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  • A Season for Tending

  • By: Cindy Woodsmall
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s "gift" is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business. Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel, farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend, Catherine, remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Season for Tending Review

  • By linda bement on 02-20-17

a wonderful read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Reading a ton of Amish lit right now, and some of it is downright boring. Not this one. The author weaves in interesting characters throughout the story. Her writing is full of the best (and sometimes the worst) of human kind. Quite a wonderful ride, you're in for a treat you won't soon forget. Enjoy.

  • The Blessing

  • The Amish Cooking Class, Book 2
  • By: Wanda E. Brunstetter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Food and friendships bind souls in an Amish kitchen. Return to the Troyer farm, where, despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open up their Ohio home to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet story

  • By C A Costello on 09-09-18

Too many character stories

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

If you like multiple character stories, you will like this book. The story is good and ends on a satisfying note. My problem, as with the first of this series, is that there are so many characters, I lost track. I'm sure readers that like lots of characters will like this story, just not my fav.

  • The Jungle

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, The Jungle is Sinclair's extraordinary contribution to literature and social reform.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant rendering of an old classic

  • By Donald T. Wardlow on 02-18-09

Evolves slowly and carefully

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Stick with this book. Especially with this narrator. The story becomes very engaging after a few chapters or so. Hang on, because the very best part is the Socialist' speech towards the end of the book. The narrator does the best job of reading this speech. Simply the best, it will scoop you up with its compelling arguments. Overall, an amazing book.

  • Huckleberry Hill

  • Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Beckstrand
  • Narrated by: C. S. E Cooney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81

Lia Shetler is resigned to being a spinster. She's too tall and sturdy to ever be marriageable - so says her overbearing dad. Instead, she's helping her pretty, spoiled sister, Rachel, secure the perfect husband - the Helmuths' grandson, Moses Zimmerman. But the more Lia sees of his gently teasing ways and quiet understanding, the more she wishes that Moses could be hers alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!!!

  • By Shirl on 10-28-15

Interesting story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

good story. Just enough Amish influence, romance, suspense. The story is easy to listen to, the narrator does a great job. Good character development as well.

  • The Seekers

  • The Amish Cooking Class, Book 1
  • By: Wanda E. Brunstetter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Married for eight years, with no children to help fill her days, Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her home in Holmes County, Ohio. But it is a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multi-characters story

  • By J. on 04-21-18

Multi-characters story

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

I guess I prefer my stories to remain on 2 or 3 main characters, and this series has multiple characters taking the spotlight. Too hard for me to keep track of, liked the story and the performance though.

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  • The Forgotten Recipe

  • An Amish Heirloom Novel Series #1
  • By: Amy Clipston
  • Narrated by: C. S. E Cooney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Veronica Fisher is devastated when her fiancé, Seth, is killed in an accident at work. Seth's friend, Jason Huyard, was with him and blames himself for Seth's death. Although Jason has never met Veronica, he feels as if he knows her because Seth talked about her constantly. After the accident, he can't seem to get Veronica out of his mind. Two months later, Veronica is cleaning the attic and comes across her mother's old hope chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Forgotten Recipe

  • By Susan Fryman on 10-03-16

More raspberry pie, please!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

This is my favorite book of the series of four. You're forgiven if you end up wishing they'd included a recipe for raspberry pie! The story is very rich but remains right on the 2 main characters throughout. A lovely Amish story that ends well.

  • The Beloved Hope Chest

  • An Amish Heirloom Novel, Book 4
  • By: Amy Clipston
  • Narrated by: C. S. E. Cooney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

Mattie Fisher's three daughters know that she's been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they've discovered a new clue about their mother's past. But there's a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she's not sure she's ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just right

  • By J. on 04-21-18

Just right

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Loved this book. You don't have to read the others in this series in order to understand this book. This is a heartwarming story, one you won't soon forget.

  • 101 Power Thoughts

  • By: Louise L. Hay
  • Narrated by: Louise L. Hay
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 453

In this inspirational audiobook, Louise L. Hay brings you 101 power thoughts and explains how each can make your life more productive and positive. You might wish to replay the thoughts that are especially meaningful to you so they can really make a lasting impression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's made a difference in my life

  • By Kelly on 10-08-04

Your life coach, Ms. Hay

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Discovered Ms. Hay during my cancer treatment days. I've stayed for the ride and never looked back. There's nothing Ms. Hay can't talk you through. I recommend anything she's written, but this one remains my favorite. Give it a listen.

  • A Deadly Secret

  • The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst
  • By: Matt Birkbeck
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Based on interviews with family, friends, and acquaintances of Durst, law enforcement, and others involved in the case, A Deadly Secret is a cross-country odyssey of stolen IDs and multiple identities that raises baffling questions about one of the country's most prominent families - and one of its most elusive suspected killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tour-de-force of Crime without Punishment

  • By Teadrinker on 06-14-15

Goes behind the scenes

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Having already been familiar with this story, I found this book to be a great way to fill in the blanks. So, I recommend it for that. More importantly, I highly recommend this book because of the narrator, David H Lawrence, he simply tells the tale and stays out of the way of the story. I'd listen to this guy read a Chemistry book, no kidding. Try him, you'll see he's like no other narrator. I hope more authors use his services.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330

This novel is indeed a morality tale about the hazards of egotistical self-indulgence. Dorian Grey's pact with evil allows his portrait to take on his many sins and degradations while his physical appearance remains youthful. Over the years as he becomes cruel and vicious, even murderous, Dorian's young and perfect body is no longer enough to salvage his deteriorating mind and morality. Will justice and good prevail?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my faves!!!

  • By Cindy Hill on 04-04-15

Beyond Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this book to anyone, of almost any age. The candor and detail written by Mr. wilde cannot be compared to any other. His prose has withstood the years with little to no tarnish on its intent or searing pronouncements. I never tire of this story nor its author. 100 stars.

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