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  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,573

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Wonderful story, excellent narrator, too much swearing.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Swears way too much. Minimal sex. Without the swearing it’s an acceptable book to listen to while my older kids are around. This story is excellent, there’s plenty of action and connection with the characters. I can’t wait for the second book :-)

  • Raising Men, Not Boys

  • Shepherding Your Sons to Be Men of God
  • By: Mike Fabarez
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Perhaps there has never been a more challenging time to raise children than in today's culture. Parents are having to address challenges that their parents never had to with them. And while the core elements to raising children are the same, parents need wisdom for applying them to this day and age. That's what this book is about: navigating the times and raising a generation of men on godly principles - sons who are ready, able, and motivated to represent God during their days of sojourning on this earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-05-18

A preacher giving his parenting advice

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

There is good advice, and it is applicable to all children, not just boys. I think the author called it raising men, because he has only raised boys, but nothing really specific to raising men. OK parenting book.

  • Deep

  • Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
  • By: James Nestor
  • Narrated by: James Nestor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Deep is a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving - in which competitors descend to great depths on a single breath - James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than I expected!

  • By P. Wilson on 11-13-17

Interesting documentary, excellent descriptions!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

It kind of jumped all over. But this Author is obviously a good story teller. The descriptions he gave helped you to really understand, they were real life understandable descriptions. Shaking hands with hot dogs. In a relaxed Jack Black way, and so many more I can’t think of off the top. Worth a listen to, but not riveting. You don’t really get to know any characters. It’s not personal it’s a documentary.

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst - the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By nicholas on 11-02-17

Edge of your seat riveting!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Finally a book that catches me from the first page. This book has so many twists and turns and constant suspense! This is the book I listen to while doing laundry and find myself just sitting and staring off. The book you listen to when you drive, but then refuse to get out of the car because you can’t leave the book. Intense! Can’t wait to explore more of his books.
Mild language and sex, there is some but it’s not constant and too explicit. You could almost let your kids hear it, which is good but you want it on:)

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Airman

  • A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France
  • By: Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2

  • By Rebecca Lawton on 06-19-17

Good story, like watching the story, but not being IN the story

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

The story is good, but it’s a bit like listening to a history book, lots of “scene” detail but I wasn’t given the chance to really get inside of the characters heads. I’m gonna say, good not great. Its like having a friend tell you the story. But I like to read books so I can be part of the story, like I was there, living it next to my main characters.

  • The Safest Lies

  • By: Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,736

Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn't set foot outside their front door in 17 years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker's baby growing inside her - Kelsey. Kelsey knows she's supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced/Action Packed!

  • By Chanda Leigh Combs on 07-13-17

Kept me riveted

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I love a book that keeps my interested without the need to be vulgar. It was action packed and suspenseful. So sad it’s over!

  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Stephen L. Vernon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 154

Twelve Years a Slave is an account of actual events that took place in the life of Solomon Northup, during the pre-Civil War era of the 1840s. It follows the trials and tribulations of an educated African American man that was born into freedom and later kidnapped, taken away from his family, and forced into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book!!!

  • By Andrew Robbin on 09-07-14

Wow, riveting true story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Listening it was a little hard to follow along with all the names. It was inconsequential because the characters that we needed to follow were mentioned several times.

I sooooo loved this book, it is a must read. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

I did really like that I felt like the main character was completely honest and he was a good man to spend all the hours with watching. It’s a tear jerker. And jaw dropper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,324

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Loved 99% of this book

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I never listen to the same book twice. But I listened to this one twice and it was so good even the second time. The only thing I would change about it is take away the swearing a little bit in there and I would appreciate it if the author was a little bit more creative instead of using those swearwords because it makes it that I cannot listen to the books when my children are in the same room because I never know when they’re going to swear. And when I listen To too much swearing it creeps into my own language and I have to watch my own mouth. So I’m trying to stay away from swearing and that is the only thing that brought this book down. And it wasn’t excessive.

Other than the poor language the book was captivating the characters were personal it made me cry and made me laugh it is an amazing book. Interesting history as well I wish that I could listen to it while my kids were in the room so that they can hear this authors great work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,645

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By MaxineSap on 06-07-15

Fun story, way way way too much unnecessary swearing.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

I liked the story, loved the narration. Callie's voice was hard to swallow at first then I got used to it.

Definitely not appropriate to listen to when children are around. The excessive swearing ruined parts of it for me and made me wonder if the characters are supposed to be so trashy.

Other than trying to ruin it with poor language the story was good. A little predictable but still fun to listen to and made me look forward to when I could listen to it again.

Not sure if I will buy this author again because the story was barely worth enduring such language. But if they filtered it, the author would be a favorite.

  • Rise of the Elgen

  • Michael Vey, Book 2
  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

Michael was born with special electrical powers - and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a techno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out. After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Series for Boys

  • By FanB14 on 08-26-12

Great story talented narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Great book. Thank you so much for making great stories the whole family can listen to.