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  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,432
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,466

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

Captivating story

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Loved it! The characters were captivating and made me want to read the Bible story as well as more from these fictional characters.

  • The Prince Warriors

  • By: Priscilla Shirer, Gina Detwiler
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Nora Hunter, Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Xavier, Evan, and their friends have typical lives until they enter a mysterious land called Ahoratos. There they meet their guide, Ruwach, who offers wisdom and direction as the kids' initial adventure begins - an adventure filled with armor and danger and a very real enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suitable action/adventure for me and my 7YO

  • By JMK in Texas on 07-01-17

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I struggled to get into this story because it was a bit juvenile and the readers did not often use the right inflections in their reading. I think the author's use of symbolism was quite clever but her constant referring to the characters as "kids" trivialized them. If I were a kid, I would want to read a book that treats me like a grown up. Only small kids are okay with being called kids, and that made this book feel like it was directed to an audience of five year olds. Furthermore, at some points in the story, I am told what things look like without getting the chance to see them myself. For example, in Scrotos there were "crazy patterns". What does that mean? What does that look like? Details like that were taken for granted that could have really made the story come to life. I found myself wondering if the author was more concerned about the metaphor she was trying to tell than the story telling it.
I love Priscilla Shirer as a person and her work for adults is spot on. I had high expectations for a book series telling the truth about the Gospel to kids. This let me down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Desperate Fortune

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617

For nearly 300 years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.... Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing - for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By Nancy Lindquist on 10-11-16

Exceptional story from an exceptional writer

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

I love this author's attention to detail and the way she surprises her readers with overlapping cameo appearances of characters from past stories. I fell in love with the characters from The Winter Sea. I followed them into Firebird. Now I got surprised by a guest appearance in this book from some of the characters from Firebird. These books are not part of a series, to my knowledge, but they read as if they are. In this way, the author shares a nugget of a mystery with her adoring fans--all of us who come to love her characters as she did.

The research undertaken by this writer to recreate an accurate picture of the characters and their time period is amazing. The author reads widely and visits locations to truly know what she is talking about. Her modern day characters in her stories mirror her own steps to unlock and tell the stories of the past.

I am in awe and anxiously await her next book.

As for the narrator of this story, I must say she is quite talented. Not only does she skillfully transfer between male and female voices, but she does so in various languages and dialects. Her inflections are spot on to let you feel the emotions of the lines. It was an added treat to already be acquainted with her from a previous book, Firebird.

Well done by all!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Only Pirate at the Party

  • By: Lindsey Stirling, Brooke S. Passey
  • Narrated by: Lindsey Stirling
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

Dancing electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey in an inspiring memoir filled with the energy, persistence, and humor that have helped her successfully pursue a passion outside the box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, genuine, and lit up with joy

  • By A. M. Waite on 01-14-16

A peppy motivational book

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I ABSOLUTELY love and admire Lindsay Stirling, so I was looking forward to this book. The book was not what I expected; it spent a lot of time going over mishaps in detail. I learned more of the dark side of touring and showbiz than I may ever want to know.
I think this book would have been better if it came later in life. Right now she has so much more youth left to live that giving advice like an adult to adults felt strange. Furthermore, she read with an overall cheery, childish voice that made the work seem more juvenile.
Again, I really like this writer as a person and artist. I just think this book could have been better.

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,969
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,928

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
  • Super entertaining!

  • By M. Ryder on 06-25-17

Truly inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Loved It! It ended too soon, though, and I wanted more. Some big life lessons were shared. I found myself rewinding and listening to sections repeatedly to dig deeper into the wisdom. This couple have truly left an impression, and I hope they continue to inspire and motivate people to love and live wholesome, simple lives.

  • 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 6,443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,905

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
  • Not What I expected

  • By Belinda on 11-16-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

This book is a surprise at every turn. Encouraging, inspiring, and a blessing to share.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Crickets Cry

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all time favorite read!!!

  • By JimG on 10-04-13

Another brilliant story!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Just when I thought I'd read enough Charles Martin to start predicting what happens next, he changes the story line. This is one incredibly brilliant author worth following. I've been reading every book of his I can get my hands on and they are all incredibly well written and inspiring. Without being preachy, Martin's books inspire the reader to be a better person. The characters are realistic and loveable. The plots are engaging. I can't say enough a out this author. He is truly brilliant!

  • Water from My Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age 16. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Trista on 06-10-15

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

I would have never expected to care about a trouble-spreading drug dealer the way I did with this book. Charles Martin is a masterful story spinner and travel writer. Every book I have read is a treasure and inspiration. I feel like a better person just for reading this writer's work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Long Way Gone

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

At the age of 18, musician and songwriter Cooper O'Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish. Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Martin has really "let it out."

  • By GG on 10-16-16

Exceptional story!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

This book holds you hostage and doesn't let you go. You want to know what happens next to the characters, and you are surprised by the twists and turns. I only wish there was more to this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unwritten

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself. He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he's found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo

  • By Jan Grizzel on 03-29-15

Truly Exceptional Vacation

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

First, I must saw I am a writer and an English teacher--which made the characters and literary references all the more dear to me. This story touched me deeply...transformed me. Bits of it were like bits of my dreams as if the writer had visited my dreams, fleshed them out, and gave me a chance to see them alive and breathing. There are not enough words to say how profound a gift this was for me.
The reader was magnificent. I've never paid much attention to readers before but this guy kept me spell-bound. He was a young curmudgeoned male writer, a young persnickety actress, an old priest, an Australian vineyard expert, and several French characters. Each character transition was seamless and on point. I almost thought he was different readers.
This book is an excellent read, a vacation in itself. Both the author and the reader are ones to look out for...and collect.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful