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  • By: Gordon Korman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150

New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman harkens back to his No More Dead Dogs days in this stand-alone that takes a tone more serious than you've ever heard from him before. A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing book for readers big and small

  • By Andrea on 06-23-17

Great story, great narration, thoroughly enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This is a great story for middle-schoolers on up to adults. It is about second chances and making choices, bullying and peer pressure and even parenting. Very enjoyable listen, loved all the different voices and characters.

  • Picture Me Gone

  • By: Meg Rosoff
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room - sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father's best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she's closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and depressing.

  • By Debbie on 05-25-18

Boring and depressing.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

No action, just finding a man who is depressed, that's it. Includes a lot of descriptive junk, language, etc. After the first 10+ chapters of this, I skipped to the last 2 and got the reasons for the depression, but that was it, end of story. Just a whole book of young girl's observations and adult's depressive lives. Think I'll return it and get my credit back.

  • The Proving

  • By: Beverly Lewis
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Amanda Dienner hasn't spoken a word to her Old Order mother or twin sister in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her sister should have been the obvious choice! But because this is all her controlling mother's doing, of course there's a catch, and Mandy soon learns that the farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for one year.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-17

Good story about forgiveness.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Enjoyed the story, but the main narrator, who I think is Christina Moore, makes most of the voices sound similar and sometimes the girls sound like boys. Pay close attention to names. I think Suzy Jackson only narrates the epilogue.

  • Eat, Drink, and Be Wary

  • The Sleuth Sisters Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Maggie Pill
  • Narrated by: Anne Jacques, Laura Bednarski, Judy Blue
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When the FBI asks the Sleuth Sisters to attend a retreat for "Love-Able Ladies", Barb opts out, unwilling to spend a weekend celebrating the joys of being some man's "little wife". Retta is eager to go since the venue is a swanky vineyard/inn on the Leelanau Peninsula, north of Traverse City, Michigan. Never a fan of large groups of strangers, Faye would rather stay home, but since Retta needs a "wing-woman", she doesn't get a choice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment

  • By Patricia on 11-19-17

All five books in this series...

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

...have good stories, good mysteries, funny characters, etc.

However, all three narrators have issues, but the one who portrays Faye is the WORST. The one who portrays Barbara and the one who portrays Retta may just have technical issues, but they all don't finish their sentences before pausing or taking a breath or stumbling on words, CONSTANTLY. Idk if they just need more practice, if they are asthmatic, if they can't read well, or maybe they lose their place when reading??? Idk what exactly the problem is, but with Barbara's and Retta's characters that can all be sort of overlooked, but Faye's character, OMGsh I wanted to yell "Stop! What is wrong with you?!" soooo many times!! GRRRRR!!

I enjoyed all of the stories and think this is a good author and that is the only reason I kept listening.

But I won't listen to anything else by these three narrators. By the time I got to the 5th book, I was super annoyed by all the mistakes in the narration. It's really a shame b/c this is such a good series.

  • Flywheel

  • In Every Man's Life There's a Turning Point
  • By: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, Eric Wilson
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Jay Austin did what it took to get ahead and make the quick sell at work. Problem was - the more successful he was, the more he traded what really mattered. His integrity. His relationship with his wife. His time with his son. He was chasing things that had no eternal significance. It wasn't until God slowly unraveled everything that he saw how empty his life had become. Now it will take a courageous heart and a saving grace for Jay to finally turn his drive into a desire for a more authentic life with God as well as with his wife and son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the movie, love the book!

  • By Debbie on 04-05-18

Loved the movie, love the book!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Love all the movies by the Kendrick Brothers, they write great truth-filled, faith inspiring things that cause me want to worship and praise God even more and examine myself and my relationship with Christ. I wish there were more books available by them!

Narrator is better in this one than in Facing the Giants, but is not distracting.

Thoroughly enjoyable and very much appreciated!

  • Facing the Giants

  • Never Give Up. Never Back Down. Never Lose Faith.
  • By: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, Eric Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jesse Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

It's been six years without a winning season and Coach Grant Taylor's job is on the line. Unless the Shiloh Christian Eagles turn things around - and fast - he's history. Unfortunately, their leading scorer has just left for a rival school and the team has lost its drive. The pressure is on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story is fabulous, narrator not so much.

  • By Debbie on 04-04-18

Story is fabulous, narrator not so much.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

The movie is my favorite and the book is great! Both very faith building! I've watched every Kendrick Brothers movie and they are all fabulous, but Facing the Giants is still my favorite and speaks to me personally, and I love it and thank God for it!!

The narrator is not so great, but I was not distracted by it b/c I love the story and faith in God it inspires and the truths of God's working in our lives. He is always there and always working because He loves us and wants to have a relationship with is and wants us to work TOGETHER with Him to defeat our giants!!

  • Sensible Shoes

  • A Story About the Spiritual Journey
  • By: Sharon Garlough Brown
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support, and personal revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story!

  • By Cindi S. on 06-29-16

Boring, boring, boring, and narrator only reads.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I almost always search for books with a Christian aspect, but this "story" is more of a new age inner-man study/self-help book. Not much story at all, as if the characters were written only to be tools of teaching. The narrator s/l she is just reading and every character's voice sounds the same so you have to pay very close attention to the names. I wasn't even able to finish the book, only made it to ch. 5 (but almost every chapter is at least an hour long), and it never got any better. It talks very in-depth about walking a spiritual meditation labyrinth and other similar new age pilgrimage, sacred journey, inner labyrinth, spiritual director type things, and something about lectio divina, sacred reading??? Anyway, too much new-age type stuff for me, and waaayyy too boring, and not much actual story. Will try to return and will not be listening to any more by this author or this narrator, they both go on my NO list.

  • Egypt's Sister

  • A Novel of Cleopatra
  • By: Angela Hunt
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what - but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story with God woven in beautifully

  • By Ingrid Manz, CRNA on 01-25-18

An okay story with an okay narrator.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Not overly impressed, skipped a lot of dark detail. Basically a story of cleopatra and politics. Narrator takes a breath and pauses at the weirdest times as if she is short of breath or trying to find her place or something. I would have like more Christian aspect and less idolatry and cruelty.

  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
  • By: Lauren Graham
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,362

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls - the first and second times - and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • By NO SPIN on 12-02-16

More Gilmore Girls!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I'll keep chanting, "More Gilmore Girls, More Gilmore Girls, More Gilmore Girls"!!
Could be called Gilmore Girls, Next Generation :) or Gilmore Girls & Boys if Rory has twin boys :)

  • The Guardian

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

Dee Henderson is one of today's most popular inspirational novelists. She fills each work with tightly woven suspense and touching struggles of faith. Henderson has received many awards, including the RITA, National Reader's Choice Award, and Bookseller's Best Award. The Guardian is a Christy Award winner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and narration.

  • By Deborah on 10-11-11

Clean mysteries, decent narrator.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Stories are clean with Christian emphasis, my favorite :) And narrator is good. The stories, however, seem to be the same, just different characters. I like her writing and these are good listens.