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  • The Promise Between Us

  • By: Barbara Claypole White
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she's come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind - to change her name and never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beautiful story!

  • By Beachy FL Gal on 05-21-18

Very Original

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-18

This was an excellent listen. I have never listened to a story about people with OCD. It was difficult to listen to Katie and Mazie's OCD thoughts because they are very intense and repetitive. However, it helped me understand how bad OCD can get. Justine Eyre did a fabulous job with the OCD thoughts. She nailed the intensity
and urgency of the thoughts amazingly well. Very different for a change!!

Vicky J

  • The Masterpiece

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read

  • By MW on 02-15-18

Outstanding Christian Fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Not only does Francine Rivers talk about Christiany, she explores God in depth. Even though I knew what would eventually happen, the story getting you there was awesome. You think the story will be wrapped up in a tidy little package., don't count on it. Loved the book and anyone who is drawn to Christian fiction will love it too.

Vicky J

  • The Scarlet Thread

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Angela Rogers, Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Sierra Madrid's life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Kathryn's example, Sierra learns to surrender to God?s sovereignty and unconditional love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 04-19-13

Very deeply Christian story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I love Christian fiction, and Francine Rivers does not disappoint. She is very accurate in the telling of stories from the Bible. This book delved very deeply into Christian love for God, and knowing that he is solviern and completely in control.

  • The Truthful Story

  • By: Helen Stine
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

When 10-year-old Genevieve Donovan's Nannie dies mysteriously in the Lowcountry river she's loved and lived near all her life, Genny and her family are heartbroken. In 1960s South Carolina, new industry is encroaching on old country, and Genny fears her grandmother may have gotten in the way of so-called progress. Even Daduh, Nannie's dearest friend and longtime housekeeper, doesn't know what to make of Nannie's death. Was it an accident, or did the drunkard son of a local businessman play a role?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Chris on 10-24-16

Kind of Ho Hum

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-18

This was a story that captured the essence of the South. Jenna Lamia is always outstanding. However,
nothing happened that got you really enthused. I mean it was huge to the characters in the story, but the listener knew just about what would happen. The special gifts that were inherited were interesting, but all in all even though it was a good southern story, it lacked something.

Vicky J

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  • The Stolen Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,859

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the best book I have ever listened to!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 11-26-17

Excellent!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Diane Chamberland out did herself!! This was an outstanding story and I could not quit listening. Diane is one of my favorite authors and she nailed the southern characters . The story was wonderful. I haven't listened to a book that good in awhile. This book reminded me somewhat of Dorthea Benton Frank's southern characters, especially Ruth. You won't regret getting this one. Happy listening!!

Vicky J

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Larkspur Cove

  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker, Scott Sowers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

When Andrea moves to Moses Lake, Texas, with her son, she hopes her job will provide purpose and solace from an ordeal that shattered her life and shook her faith. Mart, the new game warden, hopes to escape the constant reminders of a tragedy he can’t forgive himself for. Soon a girl’s plight offers them both a chance for redemption and draws them closer than they ever anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start the series

  • By PJ Reader on 01-17-14

predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Everything happens like you think it will from the beginning. However there is some suspense toward the end. If you like a feel good love story with a happy ending, this one is for you. I would have liked a few more surprises.
Also, this is a faith based book which for me is great, but not for some people.
Vicky J

  • Wish Me Home

  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara's heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone - on foot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so thankful for a good, positive, clean story.

  • By Christi on 06-18-17

Predictable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-17

This was a fairytale book. Some of the things that happened were so very lame it was laughable. If you like this type of book, this one is for you. It would make a good Hallmark movie. Just not my cup of tea.

Vicky J

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Worthy

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just What You'd Expect

  • By Me & My Girls on 06-20-15

Very good story!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Even though you pretty much know what's going to happen, the twists and turns of getting there are great. You keep anticipating how and when things will happen, but when they do happen it's not how you thought it would be. Jody is a very complex character, and was done extremely well by Katherine Ryan Hyde. I love the emotional depth her books have and will be looking for one I haven't read. The narration was very good too which always makes a listen better!!

Vicky J

  • Working Fire

  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 715

Ellie Brown thought she'd finally escaped her stifling hometown of Broadlands, Illinois; med school was supposed to be her ticket out. But when her father has a stroke, she must return home to share his care with her older sister, Amelia, who's busy with her own family. Working as a paramedic, Ellie's days are monotonous, driving an ambulance through streets she'd hoped never to see again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not recommended.

  • By Elise Daniel on 09-08-17

Predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

This was an easy Listen, but very predictable. Worth the credit but not the best I've ever listened to.

Vicky J

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Almost Sisters

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy - an unexpected but not unhappy development in the 38-year-old's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book in a long time!!

  • By avid reader on 07-27-17

Captures the south perfectly

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Very good! The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five, was because I felt the author wandered at the most crucial times. For instance in the middle of looking for her niece in the middle of the night, Laya goes wondering around in her memories until you almost forget what she was doing. That aside, it was a great listen!

Vicky J

1 of 1 people found this review helpful