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  • The Christmas Vigil

  • A Munro Family Series Novella
  • By: Chris Taylor
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

When former New South Wales District Court judge Duncan Munro is found lying unconscious in a hotel room surrounded by evidence incriminating him in an affair, his close-knit family is rocked to their core. Marguerite Munro is unwilling to believe her husband of 40 years has been cheating on her, but the evidence doesn't lie. Roses, champagne, massage oils, lingerie. It's obvious he was expecting a woman and she knows darn well it wasn't her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Christmas Vigil

  • By Mama Patrice on 11-07-16

Excellent Romantic Mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I loved everything about this book itself. The only part I did not like was the fact that the narrator did not have an Australian accent. Once in awhile the word "mate" would appear or a location in Australia would be named, reminding me that the setting was not In America, which is the accent the narrator seems to have. Other than that, the narrator did a wonderful job. His voice changed perfectly for male and female characters, as well as children.

  • A Virgin River Christmas

  • A Virgin River Novel
  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722

New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr’s Virgin River novels are beloved by countless fans. Since Marcie Sullivan’s Iraq War-veteran husband died, she’s been unable to move forward. She decides to seek out Ian Buchanan—the man who disappeared after saving her husband’s life four years earlier. Then when Marcie nearly dies and Ian saves her, the couple’s relationship deepens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chicken soup for my ears...

  • By SIMARA on 05-10-12

Unconditional Love at Its Best & Worst

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Society is approving and encouraging of promiscuity, so I suppose I should not be surprised to find it in fiction. However, it did surprise me in this story which was otherwise quite wholesome and moral. Although the explicit intimacy took me by surprise and disappointed me because of the graphic description, the value Marcie placed on the life of her disabled husband was truly beautiful (and the reason I gave it four stars in spite of the explicitness of the physical relationship between Marcie and Ian). As a free read from Audible, it was an easy holiday listen.

  • Hinds' Feet on High Places

  • The Beloved Story of Much-Afraid and Her Exciting Journey to the High Places
  • By: Hannah Hurnard
  • Narrated by: Flo Schmidt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 110

Much-Afraid begins her journey, crippled and disfigured, with the cry, "Oh, if only I could escape from this Valley of Humiliation altogether and go to the High Places." She leaves her Fearing relatives behind, and presses on to the Realm of Love. As the Chief Shepard explains, no Fears can live in this realm, because "perfect love casts out fears and everything that torments".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always good

  • By Mary Kay Woolsey on 02-12-05

a must-read for every Christian

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This is one to keep in your library and listen to at least once a year. Such a beautiful allegory! And the female reader has a unique ability to read the male dialogue without sounding affected. I loved it, and more importantly, it deepend my understanding of my relationship with Jesus.

  • How Now Shall We Live

  • By: Charles Colson
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that answers life's basic questions and shows us how we should live as a result of those answers. How Now Shall We Live? equips Christians to confront false worldviews and live redemptively in contemporary culture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1st Audio

  • By MELISSA on 04-26-16

All truth is God's truth.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

That really says it all. Listen to this book. Then buy the book so you can read and annotate it.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,096

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

An Essential for Parents and Teachers

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Every hospital should give a copy of this book to new parents. As a teacher and parent myself, it rings true. Loved it!

  • Listen, Slowly

  • By: Thanhha Lai
  • Narrated by: Lulu Lam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

A California girl born and raised, Mai can't wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai's parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • May be better read in text

  • By Wendi on 11-05-17

May be better read in text

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Whilel I enjoyed the story, I was very distracted by the reading of it. I often imagined other ways to read the same words. The narrator read the protagonist's point of view as too "valley girl" for me. That being said, I loved the way she read the other characters' words. Hearing the Vietnamese language was beautiful.

  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,660

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING

  • By Nelishia on 01-04-10

Beautiful allegory

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

The only thing about this book I didn't like is that it had to end. This is one I will keep in my library and listen to again and again!

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,866

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

I don't regret listening to it.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Not much counter-intuitive about it. And I really disliked all the swearing. As an English teacher, I have said a lot of what he writes to my students, and I would love to play excerpts of the book for them, but because of all the foul language, I don't feel comfortable doing that.

  • The Fourteenth Goldfish

  • By: Jennifer L. Holm
  • Narrated by: Georgette Perna
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough...he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Sandy Palmer on 05-13-15

probably a better read than a listen

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

The story was very creative. The moral reminded me of Tuck Everlasting. The narrator's voice too babyish for main character, to Valley-girl for the babysitter (thankfully, she was not in the story much). The other voices were great, though. I loved the way the writer incorporated science history and the dilemmas faced with different discoveries.

  • Hope Heals

  • A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love
  • By: Katherine Wolf, Jay Wolf
  • Narrated by: Stu Gray, Charity Spencer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 250

Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just six months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family. On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful, thought provoking book.

  • By popcornlady on 09-09-16

The Epitome of Inspiration

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

This book will change your life...if you are open to let it. One of the best books I've experienced. it is also a book you should have in your hand (and then place in a conspicuous spot on a shelf so that you can see it often) even if you are listening to it on Audible.com; a fabulous section of pictures is included. Additionally, each part has Jay's signature along with Katherine's printed name to signal the shift in the narrator. Seeing her writing is a significant and beautiful detail, as is the anchor symbol throughout. This is one of the few books that I have both the Audible copy and the printed copy. I look forward to reading and re-reading, listening and re-listening!