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  • Anne of Windy Poplars

  • By: L. M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Tara Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside - and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they wanted to be principal of Summerside High School.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Curse You Narrator Change!

  • By Carole on 11-12-17

Please get Karan Savage to narrate

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I had been looking for the Windy Poplars to complete my Anne series, but this version is rather hard to listen to and follow along. The narrator uses "voices" for different characters - but the voice she uses for Rebecca Dew and some of the other female characters are distinctly male - and her children's voices are squeaky - it would be better just to read it straight through in one voice I think, as this was very hard to follow. I love the stories and hope that some day Karen Savage will narrate this Anne book too. Karan's narrations of the other Anne books just draw you in, hold you captive, and let your heart fall in love with each of the characters - seeing them each one so clearly from the true personalities that Lucy Maude Montgomery had given them. Perhaps Audible can convince Karen Savage to have mercy on us all and give us the splendid gift of narrating Anne of Windy Poplars. Please search out the other Anne books that Karen narrated - you will not be disappointed!

  • And Still She Laughs

  • Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering
  • By: Kate Merrick
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Kate Merrick examines the Bible's gritty stories of resilient women as well as her own experience of losing a child - a journey followed by more than a million people on prayfordaisy.com - to reveal the reality of surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding my joy

  • By Georgia Girl on 09-25-18

I love Kate Merrick!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

I sat at the table holding this book out at arms length and said to my husband, "I love Kate Merrick, she's my friend." He got a quirky grin on his face and said "is she?" At which I gave a hearty resounding "Yes!" Even though I've never met Kate, and she doesn't know me, she has been my friend through this book - walking me out of bitterness back into a place of laughing with joy. And even though my loss was not as great as hers, my bitterness was probably more (I'm petty like that). But Kate had me at "you can throw this book across the room if you want too" (sorry Beth Moore, I admit I have chunked a book or two) - but Kate said it best - "but go pick it back up, because Jesus is worth it." Yes. He is. And I'm glad I picked it back up (I picked yours back up too Beth), and kept reading and kept going, because that's what faith is really all about - keeping going even when it seems ridiculous to do so. Thank you Kate for the gift of laughter and for opening your story and reaching out your hand and saying come along girl, there's joy to find! (ps, I have both the print copy and the audio version, and have also gifted quite a few copies - I love the way Kate writes and her story is both tragic and beautiful and she is so gracious to let us into those places and share how she walked through grief to the other side.)

  • Capital Gaines

  • The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff
  • By: Chip Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Melinda Paul, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,123

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Now

  • By Brett Ritchison on 10-17-17

Thanks Chip!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

For reading your own story and for inspiring us with insights of your real life, and mostly for the encouraging words to believe in ourselves! Love y'all Gainses!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,057
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,016

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised! This is not a "chick book"

  • By Mavwreck75 on 07-30-17

Really fun!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I really enjoyed this book - have never seen their show, as we don't have cable, but it is so much of what great stories are made of - and helps us realize that so many of us are having amazing lives, even if they never do get to the tv level - inspiring, encouraging, and family friendly - so no crude surprises! Thanks for sharing your story Chip and Joanna!

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,656

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

The "f" bomb? Really??? In this time period?

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

When reading a period book you kind of feel safe from this terrible use of language, but it seems this writer spanned time and took up modern language and ruined his book. I was enjoying it until then. Now I want to return it. Please help return the "f" bomb to its rightful place at the scum of society - I for one will not defile myself by becoming numb to the usage of this awful word.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

  • By: Beth Moore
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It's not like they were close. She hadn't seen him - or her grandmother, the ice queen - in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, called and said her expenses would be paid if she'd fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Thrilling to the Very End

  • By Hugo Reed on 10-25-16

Just not my style I guess :0)

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

There were so many "likes" in this book - everything happened "like" something - like John travolta, like something doing this, like something doing that. It was quite long to listen to and really was pretty predictable and drawn out - like something incredible was going to happen but it never did. Love Comes Softly, Jane Eyre or the Anne of Green Gables series are all super listens, as is Newton and Polly!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Newton and Polly

  • A Novel of Amazing Grace
  • By: Jody Hedlund
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Now remembered as the author of the world's most famous hymn, in the mid-18th century, as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton was a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty was to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father - until the night he heard Polly Catlett's enchanting voice caroling. He was immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously wonderful! I couldn't stop listening!

  • By MARY on 09-27-16

More than you could imagine

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I'm not a romance reader so I was reluctant to try this book, and reluctant to keep listening when it took that path. But this book is so much more, an incredible story of love and grace, terror and heartbreak - well researched and brings to light the story of this man which I probably never would have known otherwise. A must read / listen for 2017! This is a book I would listen to again and again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarlet Thread

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Angela Rogers, Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

Sierra Madrid's life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Kathryn's example, Sierra learns to surrender to God?s sovereignty and unconditional love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 04-19-13

Rather petty

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

The story line is quite petty - the problems of the couple really make you want to tell them to grow up. I finally skipped from the 7th chapter and listened to the end to see if it was worth continuing to listen - glad I skipped forward. The end is nice. And the best part of the book are the readings from the antique journal - but that is probably less than 10-20% of the book.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,194

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

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

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Not as good as expected - some explicit material

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

What would have made The Help better?

I love audiobooks, but had put off getting this one is I wasn't sure that I would like it. And frankly I was right. The voices are wonderful and that was the best part of the book. I only give a book 5 stars if I completely enjoy it. The things I did not enjoy about this book: there are many curse words and taking of the Lords name in vain – it didn't start until after the third chapter or so but then it just kept increasing throughout the rest of the book. I understand that it was used to relay a true feel for the characters of that time period, but it's just not something I enjoy listening to. Secondly, there was a scene in the 23rd or 24th chapter in which one of the maids and her lady boss were confronted by a naked white man and there is a lot of talk of what he is doing with himself – stroking himself, holding it out like a po boy sandwich, asking if they want a piece of p**** pie – just not something that I enjoy reading! I honestly just do not like to listen to books that make me feel uncomfortable – I don't like to be listening to it and have something be being said that I wouldn't want someone to walk in at that moment and hear me listening to, such as my daughter, or anyone else. If it's not something that I feel like I could listen out loud to in a mixed crowd of children and family, I don't enjoy listening to it. And thirdly, I did not enjoy listening about how the white women treated their maids. The voices certainly capture your desire to keep listening, but I have to admit that I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for something to happen and then the book was over and I felt disappointed because it never really did. There were some sweet moments, and some sad moments, and i'm glad that they beat up the white man that was naked, but some of the things that some of the characters did just seemed out of place or just really immature and petty. We never found out what happened to skeeters mom, and it surprising that she would just up and move without a word about it when her mom had been on her deathbed. Perhaps the movie is better than the book, but this listen did not leave me with a good feeling, and certainly not a book I would ever listen to again. Some books I can listen to a dozen times and never get tired of them, but this was not one of them.

What could Kathryn Stockett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Don't take the Lord's name in vain. Don't be so descriptive with questionable material - anyone who is mature enough can get the picture, and if they can't get the picture, why put those words and images in their heads?

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrators were the best part.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissappointed, wish I had not spent almost $17 to listen to this.

  • Christy

  • By: Catherine Marshall
  • Narrated by: Kellie Martin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christy

  • By Pamela Heiniger on 11-06-10

Beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

Lovely story and wonderfully read! Great recording. Many hours of listening enjoyment. I've listened to it several times and enjoy it as much or more with each listen.