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  • Here Burns My Candle

  • A Novel
  • By: Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Narrated by: Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

A mother who cannot face her future.... A daughter who cannot escape her past. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her.

Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liz does it again!

  • By Lynn Diener on 05-02-10

Book is WAY to long.....

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I typically love long audible books 15hrs+ preferred (and by a Christian author) ....but this book is longer than it needs to be....so much repetitive description of locations, housing, clothing. The story was good (just toooooo long), the author/narrator is passionate and well researched.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,616

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Wonderful narration of a classic

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Don’t hesitate to read/listen to this book! Story line, characters and narrator is top shelf!

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,264

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem

  • By Sara on 05-12-16

A story about rediscovery, love and not judging others

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

After listening to A Man called Ove and My Grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry, both written by Fredrik Backman - both excellent books about life and decisions to allow others to be themselves. I decided to give this book, Britt-Mare Was Here a listen....at first I was taken in by this story, but before it was over I was in love with it. Fredrik Backman has a true talent for telling it like it is from a perspective that bores into your heart - truth, love, integrity, honor and spirit. Enjoy!

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,472

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Beautifully written and narrated...still laughing AND crying

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Don't miss this book! So full of life lessons. You will laugh and cry....what more could anyone want from a book!

  • Highland Blessings

  • By: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
  • Narrated by: Elle Newlands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior, kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. While Akira's strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment when he forces her to wed him, hoping to end a half-century-old feud between their clans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Goldie on 11-05-17

Horribly Predictable and SLOW - liked the narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

What disappointed you about Highland Blessings?

I am a very avid reader and enjoy audible (unabridged) books when I haven't the time to sit and read a hard copy. This book/story was a waste of my time (first time I have ever felt that way about a book)The characters in this story constantly contradict themselves - one minute there would be absolute decision/conviction and the very next they would waiver - this happens over and over and over and over again - it seemed it was to just prolong the story.

What was most disappointing about Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s story?

Repetition - lack of follow through! Akira went from wanting Brice to give her time to consummate the marriage until there was love - too much turmoil - to then she is gonna have a bairn/child - seems Jennifer left out an important step - not that details where needed, but at least the fact that Akira finally felt secure in the love Brice and she shared.

That's just one of the examples of the inconstancy in this story.

Which character – as performed by Elle Newlands – was your favorite?

Normally, in an audible book, I can identify with a specific character - but I due to the constant wavering of character - I did not find a character I could connect with in this story. I do not feel it is due to the Elle Newlands' performance, but to the lack of depth in the story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Highland Blessings?

The endless wavering of the character's convictions and decisions. Very wishy-washy indeed…..did not leave me with a feeling of committing ones life to Christ was portrayed in this book.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • What Once Was Lost

  • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The practice of ministering to the widows and orphans is reflected in this story of Christina Willems, a young woman from Kansas, in 1884, who is determined to reopen the poor farm she manages after a fire devastates the property. She finds opposition from many surprising corners but an unlikely ally in a lumber mill owner who wants nothing more than to hold himself aloof from the world and its troubles. Levi Jonnson agrees to take care of one of the poor farm residents, a young blind boy - and in doing so opens himself up to Christina's world in ways he wouldn't have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen!

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 02-09-14

Thoroughly enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you enjoy story that tells more than JUST the story this book is for you. With hidden meaning behind the events, characters that struggle to fully trust God - to fully trust he has a plan and future to prosper those he calls according to his purpose - this book does not disappoint!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Sin Eater

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

Garnering three RITAs and a Christy Award, Francine Rivers is acclaimed for classics like Atonement Child. Set in the 1850s Smoky Mountains, this Gold Medallion-winner tells the gripping tale of a girl who's desperate to remove the guilt of her sister's death and anxious to absolve her departed grandmother of sins. While seeking the elusive Sin Eater, she uncovers a hideous secret and finds the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • M K Hudson

  • By Mary on 06-28-11

WOW….This book is amazing!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Sin Eater to be better than the print version?

I am a book-aholic, this was my very first audio book and I really enjoyed being able to listen as I worked…(type A personality) So yes, the audio was better for me this go round.

Who was your favorite character and why?

A favorite character would be had to choose…I enjoyed each one (with the exception of the really bad guy)

What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

She was flawless!

  • The Longest Ride

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,711

91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story

  • By Bj on 10-13-13

Loved most of it!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - great story lines….lots of depth! Great Characters!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ira & Ruth were my hands down favorite! Just wish Nicholas could have kept the 'sex before marriage part' out of the equation. That was a bit of a downer in the book and the reason I did not rate it a 5 star.

Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and January LaVoy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was my first

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A story of enduring love….

  • Pearl in the Sand

  • By: Tessa Afshar
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 she was sold into prostitution by the one man she loved and trusted—her father. With her keen mind and careful planning she turned heartache into success, achieving independence while still young. And she vowed never again to trust a man. Any man. God had other plans. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walked Salmone, a prominent leader of Judah, held in high esteem by all Israel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pearl in the sand

  • By Michael on 06-01-15

Loved the Story…narrator is good, but…….

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

If you could sum up Pearl in the Sand in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational, Motivating, Historical

What did you like best about this story?

I love the story of Rehab!!! All aspects! Tessa Afshar does a great job at bringing Rehab's story to life. Really enjoyed hearing the names of the people and cities pronounced.

What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

She has great inflection in her voice and does wonderful with each character - giving them each their own voice. Her swallowing got a bit irritating by the end of the book though.

If you could rename Pearl in the Sand, what would you call it?

I couldn't think of a better name