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Redeeming Love Audiobook

Redeeming Love

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Publisher's Summary

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a best-selling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

©1997 Francine Rivers; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 01-16-09
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 01-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "this is the best book I have ever read......"

    This book was hard for me to get into at first because of the pain of the caricatures but once I started I could not put my i pod down.... I found my self crying for angel... I have never cried while reading a book before this is the first for me. I loved this book It is my first by the author and I cant wait to purchase another. I hope you love this book as much as I have. And I loved the ending.
    Heather

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    JDP 06-08-09
    JDP 06-08-09

    Mojo

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    "Not Just For Girls"

    My wife wanted me to read this, and I really resisted for a while. Finally, I got the audiobook and started to listen. I didn't tell my wife for a while, because I was afraid to admit that, well, it was really good. I was really moved by the depth and tragedy of the main character, Angel (aka Sarah). I am not a fan of romance novels, westerns, or christian fiction, but this book will stick with me for a very long time. It is a very encouraging story, and will challenge you to rethink your place in life, your values, and the value of the people around you.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Nelishia Cartersville, GA, USA 01-04-10
    Nelishia Cartersville, GA, USA 01-04-10
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    "POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING"

    I sat down with the actual book and read it. I wanted my husband to 'know' about it and he doesn't make time to read. This story, based on the Old Testament couple, Hosea and Gomer, is brought into the 19th century during the Gold Rush era in California. Many times during the reading, I'm crying openly and talking to God. I found myself being changed with a permanent awareness of the Love of a heavenly Father that I never knew. This book starts slow but when it builds moves like a runaway train. After it's finished, you continue to think about these people as if they are really someone that you know. I can qualify this as the best, most transforming book I've ever read unequivicably. I strongly suggest this.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Meaghan Wartrace, TN, United States 08-02-08
    Meaghan Wartrace, TN, United States 08-02-08 Member Since 2015

    I'm a 24-year-old woman who loves to read. The longer the book, the better. The Stand, The Help and The Hunger Games are my favorites.

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    "really awesome and amazing"

    I will go ahead and admit that I have not read this one yet, because of the fact that audible just put this title up yesterday; however, I bought this book for my mother when we were on vacation. My mother swore up and down that she hated to read. With this book however, she couldn't put it down. She finished it inthree days, and since then, has become a very avid reader. I've heard very similar stories from friends when this book is mentioned. Every person that I've discussed this book with has encouraged me to read it even the ones who say that they aren't big on reading. What I have read so far has been awesome! The narator is good, and I enjoy the story overall. I know without having finished this book that I will love it. If my mom loves it, anyone will.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Saint Louis, MO, USA 12-17-08
    Andrew Saint Louis, MO, USA 12-17-08
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    "fabulous"

    an uplifting wonderful story, i'm not a christian, but a realigous person and loved it and put me in high spirits. One of best books I've listened to on audio out of 30

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    karen Campbell, CA, United States 05-27-09
    karen Campbell, CA, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2012
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    "An unforgetable love story"

    I never thought I would enjoy a Christian romance novel (I prefer the steamy romances), but let me tell you that this book was amazingly good and so much passion! Not preachy at all. In a way, God is simply just another character is this heart wrenching tale. I tried so hard not to cry (especially toward the end) but I finally had to pull over and wipe my eyes when it ended. So much grief, redemption and joy. A fantastic story that drew me in and kept me glued.

    It's not a light 'listen', and at times was even depressing. But the writing was so spot on and the characters so real I couldn't stop. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to crawl into the book to talk with Angel, hug Michael, slap his brother, kill a bad guy, shelter a person down on their luck...etc. I can see why it has such high ratings by so many people. And it does end with a great ending. Highly recommended to all romance fans, not just the Christian set.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Houston, TX, USA 03-05-10
    Elizabeth Houston, TX, USA 03-05-10
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    ""Sarah, my name is Sarah.""

    By far one of the most romantic love stories I've ever read. The trials that Sarah endures will make you want to jump into the book. But just when you think all hope is lost....here comes God's intervention...that takes Sarah/Angel through the unknowns of what love is truly about. What an awesome journey for many of the characters in this book. This story will touch your heart in so many ways.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    11-05-08
    11-05-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A Change of Heart"

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this Audio Book. It didn't take long that I couldn't stop listening! My heart broke as I listened. Sarah's seemingly happy early childhood, the devastation about not being loved and wanted by someone she so much wanted to be loved by. The surrender she felt to a life that could get no better. The every day struggle of surviving the only way she thought she could.
    I felt every emotion, stop breath anticipation, and finally joy for the way the Lord Moved in her life to bring her lasting contentment and Love. Though we may not see the purpose of what we are going thru, God has a plan for all that happens to us. Most of the time we have to go thru the deepest valley, to be able to climb to the highest mountain top.
    I only found out about Francine Rivers thru a month or two ago thru a bookstore clerk who couldn't say enough good about her writing, which encouraged me to download this book. I am so thankful I did!
    The short interview with Francine at the end was very uplifting. I just downloaded the next book "A Voice In The Wind" and can't wait to get started with it.
    If you want a heart wrenching, uplifting book this is it!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie FreelingAustralia 04-06-10
    Natalie FreelingAustralia 04-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Best story of love and forgiveness ever!"

    This is with out a doubt the best book I have ever read! I read my sister in laws copy while I was laid up in hospital with my back and I could not put it down. So when I got home I downloaded it for my husband to listen to in the truck. It is the perfect love story reminding us not only of how commited and forgiving real love should be but most importantly reminds us of how God is so ever patient and forgiving of us though we repeatedly prostitute our selves to the world. Would recomend this bokk to every one!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 11-18-13
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "Beautifully Simplistic"

    I have had 'Redeeming Love' sitting on my bookshelf for ages. Years, in fact. I had heard from so many friends about how wonderfully beautiful the book was, how I must read it, how my life would change after reading it. I tried several times to delve into the large book's pages but never really got very far. I thought that listening to it might be a good idea.

    The story is set in the middle 1800s, and Sara is a happy young child living with her mother. Once in awhile, her biological father would visit but it was very apparent that he was jealous of Sara. He had a wife and children of his own, and he wanted Sara's mother to pay attention to just him and not her child. He cast her out of her 'kept woman' status and ended up dying in an old shack, leaving Sara to child molesters and criminals.

    Cut to about 10 years later and Sara, now known as 'Angel,' is a high priced prostitute in a brothel. She is angry and bitter at the world, but her beauty knows no bounds. She meets Michael, who is told by God that he is supposed to marry Sara and bring her home.

    Michael does just this, and a tumultuous relationship begins as Michael tries to tear down the walls that Angel has bitterly built over the years of abuse and abandonment. Michael takes his instruction from God and the scriptures, and seemingly will not give up on his new wife. Sara has a very hard time accepting that she is worthy of love, and trusting any man.

    The book 'Redeeming Love' is a wonderful story, if you like Christian Fiction. The problem I had with it, was the writing was too simplistic and the story was very repetitive. It was also so very predictable. I think younger readers might find the book more appealing, especially those younger readers who may enjoy Christian Fiction. The narration was very good, but the story itself was much too long. I am not the greatest fan of romance, so it may be that I am just jaded, however; although I am glad I finally listened to 'Redeeming Love,' I wouldn't want to read it again or ready anything else similar to the story.

    3 stars

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • anna
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    4/13/13
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    "story that won't let go of you"

    This is a powerful book about Love, not just our love for each other but God's love for his people. Don't let the thought that this is a christian book put you off though, it tackles some tough issues with the ultimate theme being that you can never do anything bad enough that you are unloved or unforgivable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Grimsby, United Kingdom
    4/30/13
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    "From the Heart"

    This book is very dark in places and my prayers go out to anyone whos life shares Angel's story. Couldn't go to bed until I had finished the last 8 hours of this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Hagfoot
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    12/17/13
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Redeeming Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be the best audible I have ever listened to. I originally read this book on kindle a couple of years ago and listening to the audible version confirmed it as one of my favourite novels of all time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At times the story of Angel's life is heart wrenching. Extremely difficult subjects have been tackled sensitively. This is also a wonderful love story, the love between a man and a woman and the love of God.


    What three words best describe Kate Forbes’s performance?

    When, I first started listening to this I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy the audile version. I found the readers' child voice somewhat irritating, luckily this is only a short section of the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    3/31/11
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    "AMAZING!!!"

    This is my favourite book and it was lovely having read to me :) Would thoroughly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • silvia
    11/25/16
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    "Too graphic"

    For me the story was too sexual and also horrifyingly violent. It's not good to listen to before bed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    8/22/16
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    "will never get tired of this book!!"

    I have listening to this book many times. I never get tired of it!! I'm jealous of the ppl listening to it for the 1st time. it's an experience I will never get back :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Judith Brookes
    England
    6/9/16
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    "Beautiful"

    A story of unconditional love beautifully written and beautifully read. I really didn't want the story to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aimee Gray
    5/31/16
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    "Great!"

    Loved it. It's such a lovely story and great to have an unabridged audio book of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. BASSEY
    London
    3/1/16
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    "One of the few books I've read more than once"

    So grateful for this awesome gift that Francine shares with the world. Look forward to more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nosheen Sheridan
    2/23/16
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    "Excellent"

    One of the best books ive read in a while. I would recommend this one to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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