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  • To Release an Earl

  • By: Ilene Withers
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

After experiencing a life changing injury while out riding her beloved horse Pirate, Willa Dutton becomes convinced she should release her fiancé, the Earl of Roydon, from their engagement. She feels another woman would be better able to provide him with heirs and participate in the activities he loves. With this decision made, Willa sets out to find him a better wife by matchmaking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Courage and love are hand in hand

  • By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN on 10-10-16

Sweet story but wooden dialogue.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Writing suitable for teens. Unrealistic, stilted dialogue. Sweet but definitely not believable. Good people have no faults, bad people are evil or criminally insane.

  • A Forgotten Place

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t - take their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dreary place, trapped, closed-minded people

  • By Marta on 09-26-18

Dreary place, trapped, closed-minded people

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Love all the other Charles Todd mysteries, but not this one. Just too sad and hopeless. People are locked in to greed, suspicion, and self-interest. Violence and murder are acceptable to them, to protect the deceits of the past.

Beautifully written if you can handle the intense gloom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unexpected Love

  • By: Tracie Peterson
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

In Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller's compelling tale of duplicity, romance, and redemption, Sophie Broadmoor risks losing wealth and reputation when she's swept off her feet by a dashing stranger. On an 1897 Atlantic crossing, Sophie meets a widower whose promises make her heart sing. But when she finds herself in a compromising situation, she's glad a true gentleman comes to her rescue.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious morality tale.

  • By Marta on 08-19-18

Tedious morality tale.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

If you enjoy walking moment by moment through the characters' loss, pain, immaturity, and selfish decisions, followed by the entirely predictable and painful consequences, then this book is for you. Not escapist reading. The love of Christ shines through at the end, with healing and restoration. However, the characters are neither winsome nor likable during this refining process. I found the book excruciating, and skipped through much of it.

  • Romancing Daphne

  • By: Sarah M. Eden
  • Narrated by: Luone Ingram
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters' beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster. But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door - James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean yet romantic and captivating

  • By Candy on 08-15-17

Good story, mismatched narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

No criticism of these well-developed and interesting characters, nor of the writing and plot. There were the usual grammatical errors. However, was unable to listen to the audio book. The narrator was not able to disappear into the story. She was "off" enough to call attention to the mismatch. Could not listen. I read the ebook instead.

  • Where There's Smoke

  • Montana Fire, Book 1
  • By: Susan May Warren
  • Narrated by: Janeta Holzner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Kate Burns is a legendary smoke jumper, known for her courage and willingness to risk everything to get the job done. Only she has a secret, one she won't admit to anyone. Supervisor Jed Ransom commands the Jude County Smoke Jumpers with a reputation as a calm, levelheaded leader. Kate is the only one who's ever gotten under his skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book

  • By superteacher2003 on 06-05-17

Give this one a miss! Appallingly bad.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I enjoyed other books by this author, and am sorry to report that this one is merely a collection of cardboard characters, cliches, and stock phrases. Inserting the repeated comments about rippling muscles, tight shirts, etc., etc., etc. just makes it worse. It's all unbelievable! Skip the book and use the time to clean the garage!

  • The School for Mysteries

  • A Midlife Fairytale Adventure
  • By: Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Pam Dougherty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Phoebe McFarland has just lost her job as a rural home health care nurse in White Oak, Tennessee, a sleepy rural community nestled in the mist-shrouded Smoky Mountains. But then she's unexpectedly offered a ritzy-sounding position as a private duty nurse to an enigmatic scholar. Unfortunately before she can start her upscale new life, Phoebe is unwittingly caught up in a medical emergency with Nick, a total stranger. The mismatched couple is forced to cooperate as they flee professional killers who now have Phoebe in their crosshairs, as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and car chases!

  • By Jan on 09-23-18

This is a tract promoting Pantheism

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

A really funny book, well-written, with only the usual errors in grammar. The narrator does a fine job, although she has some difficulty distinguishing male voices. It is enjoyable unless you would be uncomfortable with the denigration of the Christian faith, and the enthusiastic promotion of Pantheism: Buddhism, Hinduism, Baha'ism, and the occult. Also there are Gnostic themes, teaching that only a few select people can access the higher, secret, religious mysteries.

Some reviewers have mistakenly said that the book is blatantly Christian. The opposite is true. All major tenets of the Christian faith are rejected. Also, the author omits the down-sides of Asian religion: the caste system, the disincentives to charity, the absence of a sure hope, the absence of forgiveness and restoration.

The marketing of new-age pantheism is woven throughout the book, and clearly stated on pages 215 through 230. If you are a new-age fan, you will love this book.

  • Where's My Son?

  • Det. Jason Strong #1 CLEAN SUSPENSE
  • By: John C. Dalglish
  • Narrated by: Rich McVicar
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

What would you do if your son went missing? How far would you go to get him back?Michael Barton comes home to find his infant son gone. There is no trace of the kidnappers, and the police have no leads. Michael is driven by a promise and he will not stop. Detective Jason Strong led the task force to find Michael's son and has become his friend. But as Michael's darkness grows, Jason fears he may be the only one who can stop him. It is a race against time, as the detective tries to stop the events that will change everyone, before it's too late.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to rate the story with the plodding narration

  • By Marta on 06-13-18

Hard to rate the story with the plodding narration

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Have enjoyed other books by this author. But baby-snatching is not leisure reading for me. Also couldn't get past the mismatch between this narrator and the story. The narrator would be good at reading textbooks.

  • Stranger in Town

  • A Sloane Monroe Novel, Book 4
  • By: Cheryl Bradshaw
  • Narrated by: Crystal Sershen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Six-year-old Olivia Hathaway tiptoes down the center aisle of Maybelle's Market, stopping once to glance over her shoulder and make sure her mother isn't watching. But Mrs. Hathaway is too preoccupied to notice her daughter has slipped away. Minutes later, a frantic Mrs. Hathaway runs up and down the aisles, desperately searching for her missing daughter. But Olivia is already gone. Will PI Sloane Monroe find her before it's too late?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite believable

  • By Marta on 04-07-18

Not quite believable

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This is a strange book! On the one hand it's a page turner, moves along rapidly, taking place within a few days.

However, you may have trouble suspending your disbelief. This ace tough-girl, private investigator doesn't know some of the basics of the field, and yet she has solved all of her cases! Although supposedly assertive, she allows her space to be invaded repeatedly by a male stranger and seems not to mind. She has a previous history of abuse, and now supposedly stands up for herself. It's cringe-worthy the way she accepts being being physically pushed around, demeaned, and even handcuffed by the two "good guys." And her significant other seems to be in the mafia! Sorry but the pieces don't fit.

  • Cotton

  • The Clarkeston Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Paul J. Heald
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Stanley Hopkins cannot resist the invitation from a honey-voiced US attorney asking him to track down the source of photographs of a young dance major abducted five years earlier from her apartment in Clarkeston, Georgia. A journalist has stumbled across newly posted pictures of Diana Cavendish on the Internet, apparently taken just days before she disappeared with her boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done.

  • By Marta on 04-06-18

Very well done.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Be aware that this book advances particular political and religious positions. The ignorant and/or villainous characters are Southern Baptist and political conservatives. The good guys are political progressives and religious liberals.

That said, the book is well done, No criticisms.

  • The Gospel According to Jesus

  • What Is Authentic Faith?
  • By: John MacArthur
  • Narrated by: Tom Casaletto
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

What does Jesus mean when he says, "Follow me"? Twenty years ago, pastor-teacher and best-selling author John MacArthur tackled that seemingly simple question and wrote a book that has since taken its place among Christianity's classics. This 20th anniversary edition of MacArthurs provocative book has been revised and contains one new chapter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This message needs to be heard

  • By John on 12-03-10

Loved this book!<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I am now starting the third time through this audio book. It is so rich that I want to absorb the full implication of what is being presented. So glad to have this book!