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Swept Away | [Mary Connealy]

Swept Away

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future. Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family.
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Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future. Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along. His friends--a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers--take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude--he's the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.

©2013 Mary Connealy (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Debbie 10-12-14
    Debbie 10-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "western drama"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The men's voices either sounded whiny or squeaky like boy's voices changing. Hard to tell sometimes who's talking unless the name is stated.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of drama in the old west, but if this is supposed to be Christian fiction, the Christian aspect is not brought out much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. ALLINGER Pennsylvania, USA 09-15-14
    C. ALLINGER Pennsylvania, USA 09-15-14 Member Since 2010

    YA literature addict

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    "Decent Story, Poor Narration"

    The Story: The plot is pretty standard for the genre, but the characters are quite enjoyable. I like that there is some real psychology in the villain; his characterization was certainly the most complex and interesting (though he is in NO way sympathetic). The romance(s) were sweet and done more realistically for the time period. Our hero is a zero in the romance department most of the time, but you can't help but love him like Ruthie does anyway. Ruthie herself is a fun spitfire, which speaks to my inner feminist :)

    The biggest flaw is in McCulloh's narration. The worst part is that she pauses ridiculously long between her phrases. Seriously, ridiculously long. I had to listen to the whole book at 1.5x the speed, which made some words and phrases sound a bit funny, but shortened the pauses enough to keep me from going completely insane. Also, sometimes I couldn't distinguish between her different character voices and got confused about who was talking. I had to use the little rewind 30 seconds button and listen again, paying more attention to the other dialogue cues to figure it out.

    All in all, the narration really took away from the selection, and my next step is to return Swept Away and get my credit back. I think I'll pick up the ebook though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-28-13
    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A sweet western romance, but with reality...."

    It's worth the credit for this listen. Although the narrator isn't good with the voices for each character. it's not distracting from the story. With twists and turns, the story winds around a good tale.

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    Deborah North Pole, AK, United States 04-16-14
    Deborah North Pole, AK, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful story"

    I usually don't listen to anything that has a western theme, but this story was wonderful, with great characters and humor and everything needed to make a good story. The narrator did a fantastic job.

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    Mary West Allis, WI, United States 10-19-13
    Mary West Allis, WI, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved this story."
    Where does Swept Away rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love these christian based romance novel. I just get Swept Away by them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the two main charters started to fall for each other. In such a way they weren't really aware of it.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara McCulloh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. The only thing I would like to hear better is more difference between male and female roles.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh, yes. I couldn't put it down which led to some sleepy days and happy thoughts about the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Christian romance stories. Do check this one out. I just loved it. Left me a little dreamy. :)

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