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  • Nobody's Slave

  • By: Tim Vicary
  • Narrated by: Tim Vicary
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Madu, a young African, is captured by the English slave-trader Sir John Hawkins. Tom Oakley is a young sailor in charge of the slaves. At first, the two boys hate each other. But as the story develops, their roles are reversed, and they become closer friends than either would have once believed possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brings an already captivating story to life

  • By Jennifer Teal on 02-12-16

Must Listen/Read - Strengthen Your Heart

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Loved it! My favorite moment was when both boys became slaves and could empathize with each other.

I want to thank the author for reading his work as he knew where to add the special touches. I really enjoyed his time and energy with each character.

  • To Dream Anew

  • The Heirs of Montana Series, Book 3
  • By: Tracie Peterson
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Dianne and Cole Selby have worked hard to make the Diamond V Ranch a success. But when an aggressive rancher plans to buy up all the land surrounding his own spread, the Selby's beautiful Montana home is at the top of his list. Now Dianne must struggle to keep love in her heart and rely on her faith in God's power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Story, so I put up with the narrator...

  • By decs7jim3 on 10-02-17

Love the Story, so I put up with the narrator...

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I have listened to each book in the series so far (3) and I have promised myself each time that I would write a review. It took three books, but here goes - I love love love the story, but what is going on with the narrator?? This applies for every book so far!! The female voices are too similar and more often than not, the male voices sound too feminine.

The numerous pauses taken by the narrator are seldom for dramatic effect, and are irritatingly breathy or noisy. She also displays unnessary smacking of lips.

I'm really not being picky, the behaviors listed above are continuous throughout each book in the series, so far. I have listened to many audiobooks, at least 2-3 per week for years, and this narrator is bad! BUT the author is excellent!!

  • Running Barefoot

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into newcomer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barefoot or Not--Run for this book

  • By The Elf in the Kitchen on 03-17-15

Excellent Story!!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

I laughed and cried throughout the story as the author skillfully crafted each character and scene. Amazing!!

Not only do you learn about tragedy, but young love, true love, community commitment, family loyalty, national patriotism, and love of music all interwoven. This is a wonderful story of self-discovery and selflessness.

I enjoyed the narrator and could distinguish between characters easily.

I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a story with "heart", drama, Native American traditions & stories, and a Christian read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wyoming Brave

  • Wyoming Men, Book 6
  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it's only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren's alpha instincts soon kick in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abused heroine hides from a hitman~ 3 STARS~

  • By Molly on 01-03-17

Great story with a lot of interesting twists

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Really enjoyed narrator. I laughed right out loud, too. Recaps story tpp often though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

It has been 12 years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiance - Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP - she works to shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Winter Rose

  • By Booker D on 01-29-15

Best Book Ever!!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

I loved it and wished it would never end. Never boring and full of twists.

  • The Long Way Home

  • A Secret Refuge Series # 3
  • By: Lauraine Snelling
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

When a disastrous decision by the trainmaster forces Jesselynn Highwood and her companions to separate from the wagon train, she races back to Fort Laramie to find a guide to take them to Oregon. But the guide has a far different plan, and following her heart, Jesselynn agrees to join him, her ragtag band in tow. Back east, Louisa Highwood and her brother, Zachary, are captured by Union soldiers for smuggling medical supplies into Richmond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Christian Series of Civil War Struggles

  • By Cecilia McNeil on 07-12-15

Excellent storytelling and a wonderful series

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Relying on God for all their family's trials and praising Him for their every joy.

  • Shades of Grace: Book 3, Part 1

  • The McKinnon Legends Series
  • By: Ranay James
  • Narrated by: Cait Frizzell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Grace Fabrizio, the brilliant and sheltered child of Mafia boss Phillip Scarlatti, has just received her master's degree from Yale in computer engineering. The celebratory lunch in Midtown Manhattan with her husband and father is the last time she sees either of them alive. Just steps away from their limousine, Grace watches in horror as her father and husband are gunned down by a ruthless and brazen assassin. Watching that murderer flee the scene, he makes his intentions clear: She is next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but no medieval era or time travel

  • By decs7jim3 on 08-25-16

Great story but no medieval era or time travel

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

I was looking for a continuation of the medieval series. I didn't want to stay in present day. I kept waiting for the characters to go back in time and interact with the characters I grew to love from the previous books - it didn't happen. Do I risk the same thing happening in the next book? I don't know.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unleashed

  • A Sydney Rye Series, Book 1
  • By: Emily Kimelman
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

One of Joy Humbolt's dog walking clients turns up dead and she begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity and then out of anger. As she digs deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, Joy gets too close to the killer with disastrous consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I hope the sties is as Interesting as Book 1.

  • By stephen on 08-16-16

Good story - far too much swearing

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I really liked the story but the swearing really ruined it for me. Too bad as I won't read another one of her books for that reason. I'm no prude and a good story just doesn't need to be so crude to be true-to-life. I spent 24 years in the military and I nor the people I worked with spoke as foul as this main character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magic of Thieves

  • Legends of Dimmingwood, Book 1
  • By: C. Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Ashley Arnold
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the magickless, young Ilan has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection among a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand. Will lan's magic and the power of her enchanted bow be enough to save her?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narrator, maybe good story

  • By Brian on 06-11-15

OK but...

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

there is too much narrative - no character development due to no conversations between them

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of Gold

  • Yukon Quest, Book 3
  • By: Tracie Peterson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Miranda Colton, presumed dead, finds herself under the care of a native Alaskan and a studious botanist from England, Teddy Davenport. Miranda only longs to find her friends and continue north. She fears that her chances are diminishing with each passing day. Teddy is deeply committed to his research of the unique landscape of the rugged Alaskan frontier. But despite his intentions, Miranda's presence awakens a deep tenderness in his character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will there be a book 4?

  • By SYJ on 06-13-15

Excellent series!! Ms Peterson is a deep- felt<br />

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

... Christian writer. This story has caused me to examine my faith and the relationships I have with those around me.
This third and final book (I wish there were more) brings all the main players to the end of their time in the Yukon. Ms. Peterson still provides surprises and twists.
The narrator is good differentiating the voices on the most part, and is excellent at providing elements of emotion; surprise, fear, anger, etc.. Sometimes there wasn't enough of a pause for a scene change, as a result, the story seemed too rushed and this led to confusion. I enjoyed the variety of characters and their in-depth development, but switching scenes and characters too quickly takes away from story development and plot effectiveness.
I'm a huge fan of Ms Peterson's Christian stories. She is a true witness of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have life ever-lasting.