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  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer romance

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Incredible!!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Love this book. It is beyond well written and overflowing with wit, humor & romance. And the narration of Daniel Philpott inarguably took this book from a 5-Star read to an over-the-top 10!!

  • This Quiet Sky: A Novella

  • By: Joanne Bischof
  • Narrated by: Gail Shalan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams. Go to college. Become president. Fall in love. And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing!! A Must Read!!

  • By Micaela Wood on 03-01-15

Beyond Incredible - Joyous & Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Oh my word! I don't know where to begin I finished this book in one day. I read it and I listened to it on Audible. It is beyond incredible....I really don't have words. I am right now listening to it a second time...the narration is incredible but the story -- I honestly don't have words to describe it.

I make a point of not reading books too often that I fear will have a "less than happy" ending . . . as life definitely has had its share of sadness. So I began this one with much trepidation (after reading a few reviews). But this beauty of this story was a reminder to me of all the joy that is mixed in even with the terribly sad times. On a personal level, I was reminded that although one of my daughters died before her 10th birthday, the Lord gave us 9 more years with her than we were expected to have. I was carried back to those years of laughter and the closeness of our family in the midst of our battle against time. And how God Himself gave us MORE than we could have ever known to ask through these years.

I desperately love Sarah and Tucker . . . and their story. And I am so thankful to Joanne Bischof for sharing it with me. I now have the privilege to share it with my own daughters, granddaughters and friends.

  • As Bright as Heaven

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters - Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa - a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish flu reaches the shores of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Bright as Heaven

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Incredible & Valuable

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The year is 1918 when we meet the Bright family. Thomas and Pauline have just lost their infant son to heart failure...and they, along with their three young daughters (Evelyn, Maggie & Willa) are moving to Philadelphia so Thomas can become a partner in his Uncle Fred’s funeral parlor

In As Bright As Heaven we are a part of their story as they quickly are faced with America entering into The Great War at the same time as the plague of the Spanish Flu is devastating all of Philadelphia and, indeed, the whole world. Obviously the subject of death lays heavy throughout the background of this story but more than this, death actually seems to be another main character as their story is revealed.

There is much heartache but also much love and devotion and very unique characters.

My own grandmother lived through this story in Philadelphia of 1918, when her husband and both children succumbed to the Spanish Flu. So I knew I wanted to read this. I was prepared for sadness obviously but could not possibly have been prepared for the total immersion I would feel as I was sucked into their world.

I loved the audio narration so very much with the different narrators bringing each person perfectly to life...and even, in one case, death.

I HIGHLY recommend this story and can’t even give it the amount of “stars” it deserves.

  • Sons of Blackbird Mountain

  • By: Joanne Bischof
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

After the tragic death of her husband, Aven Norgaard is beckoned to give up her life in Norway to become a housekeeper in the rugged hills of nineteenth-century Appalachia. Upon arrival, she finds herself in the home of her late husband’s cousins—three brothers who make a living by brewing hard cider on their three-hundred-acre farm. Yet even as a stranger in a foreign land, Aven has hope to build a new life in this tight-knit family. But her unassuming beauty disrupts the bond between the brothers. The youngest two both desire her hand, and Aven is caught in the middle, unsure where—and whether—to offer her affection. While Haakon is bold and passionate, it is Thor who casts the greatest spell upon her. Though deaf, mute, and dependent on hard drink to cope with his silent pain, Thor possesses a sobering strength. As autumn ushers in the apple harvest, the rift between Thor and Haakon deepens and Aven faces a choice that risks hearts. Will two brothers’ longing for her quiet spirit tear apart a family? Can she find a tender belonging in this remote, rugged, and unfamiliar world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful & Resonating

  • By Patiotoole on 07-11-18

Beautiful & Resonating

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

What an incredible read. I don’t know how to describe the beauty of this book — the world, the characters, the joy and the sorrows, the struggles, challenges and triumphs. The bond of brothers even as each one is so unique from the other. The women who care for them and the women whom they love.

Thor and Aven grabbed my heart and squeezed it tight and I am thrilled to find that there will be more from Blackbird Mountain yet to come.

The audio narration was also wonderful.

  • The Wicked Cousin

  • Rockliffe, Book 4
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Sebastian Audley has spent years setting every city in Europe by the ears and keeping the scandal-sheets in profit. Word that he is finally returning to London becomes the hottest topic of the Season and casts numerous young ladies - many of whom have never seen him - into a fever of anticipation. Cassandra Delahaye is not one of them. In her opinion, love affairs and duels, coupled with a reputation for never refusing even the most death-defying wager, suggest that Mr. Audley is short of a brain cell or two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5/5 Unlikely Dare Devil Match Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 01-07-18

Wyndham's Narration & Reformed Rake - 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I've enjoyed Cassie throughout this series and was looking forward to her story. Very well done. Sebastian was an interesting, and eventually, lovable character. Definitely a great romance (in spite of his past coming back to bite quite a bit!)

Add Alex Wyndham's narration to The Wicked Cousin and you have a sure 5 star read!

  • The Marigold Chain

  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

England, 1666; the year all the prophecies said the world would end. For Chloe Hervaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a bride is an unwelcome shock. But while the marriage remains in name only, other forces are gathering. England is at war with the Dutch, and Prince Rupert suspects that sabotage is at work in the fleet. Instructed to find and stop the traitor, Alex enters a dark, secret labyrinth of intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent romance set during the Restoration

  • By noagnes on 02-23-18

Exceptional, as always!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I loved this book - both in Kindle and on Audible. In fact, I already feel certain that I will be reading it again. I "savored" it, reading and listening, and then reading again.

Chloe was everything I would want the heroine to be: bright, witty, compassionate, kind . . . and with enough self assurance to make the most of even difficult situations. Alex was frustrating at times, but I grew to love him as well -- especially after he has his own revelations. Just a beautiful HEA.

For anyone who finds historically accurate fiction to be intriguing, particularly in 17th Century England, The Marigold Chain is a delight. (If only I had history taught to me in this way back in my high school years!)

As always, Alex Wyndham's narration is exceptional and a perfect match for Stella Riley's 17th Century world full of stories. I can't wait for more!

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  • Hazard

  • Rockliffe Series, Book 5
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Hazard: A game of Chance and Luck, made riskier when Fate is rolling the dice. For Aristide Delacroix, the first throw summons shades from his past. A man he had met, just once, over a card-table... and the lovely girl indirectly responsible for plunging his life into catastrophe. For Lord Nicholas Wynstanton, tired of waiting for Madeleine Delacroix to make up her mind, it slyly suggests he begin a whole new game with loaded dice; while for Madeleine, it devises a terrifying lesson in missed opportunities and the uncertainty of second chances. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent continuation to a delightful series

  • By noagnes on 05-17-18

Great!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I Love how Stella Riley makes each of her characters so unique and then interweaves them throughout the various stories that she creates. Just SO perfect! Absolutely loved Aristide and Genevieve and their slowly awakened love, as well as finally seeing the culmination of Nicholas’ patient pursuit of Madeleine. And, of course, no one can beat Alex Windham’s narration in nailing every voice and characterization! Can’t wait for more.

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  • To Get to You

  • A Wild Air Novel, Volume 1
  • By: Joanne Bischof
  • Narrated by: Nick Powers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it. When the 18-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brokenness, Redemption & Beautiful Romance

  • By Patiotoole on 06-05-18

Brokenness, Redemption & Beautiful Romance

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This is my second book of Joanne Bischof's and I will continue to hunt down whatever she has written. I thought this was so very well done --- different from the last one of hers that I read (The Lady and the Lionheart <3) because the focus of this story is primarily on a teenage boy.

Riles/Riley stole my heart early on in this story. A girl (Becca) shows up late on Christmas Eve to pick up a leftover Christmas tree from the store where Riley works. He is just closing up but, recognizing that Becca needs help, he offers to help her home with it. Thus begins a precious, heartwarming relationship between this recently 'redeemed' young man and a sweet, quirky young woman whose large loving family draws Riley in.

Fate, or perhaps Providence, provides the perfect situation wherein Riley, in order to come to the much-needed aid of Becca and her family, has to swallow his pride and resentment toward his long-absent father (Jake) and request - and then accept - Jake's time and help in order to get to Becca. This is greatly oversimplifying the situation which was beautifully developed and revealed.

Even though Riley is clearly resentful at times and seems hesitant to forgive and trust, this is fully understandable as we find that Jake was completely uninvolved in his life and, as Jake admits to Riley at one point, it was for wholly selfish reasons.

Jake's friend Saul is the perfect character to provide an avenue of peace and a path to rebuilding a very broken relationship. Saul is a standout character in this story for sure.

Ultimately this a story of brokenness, pain, acceptance, honesty, forgiveness and redemption . . . as well as a very sweet and promising romance or two.

I thought one of the closing lines summed this up well: "...there are some things you can't go back from. You just lay the broken pieces down and then there's grace and its glue, and in a strange way, you're more whole than before..."

The story is a solid 4 1/2 stars for me. I also listened to the full audio book because I loved the narration so very much.

  • The Lady and the Lionheart

  • By: Joanne Bischof
  • Narrated by: Gail Shalan, Joel Clarkson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it's away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here, he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet - freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. It is a trade so costly that it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique love story

  • By Leah E Good on 07-24-18

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This is definitely a keeper - one of the best books I've read. So unique in every way. I loved Charlie and I empathized with Ella, especially when I thought of the time period of the story and her personal history. There's so much beauty here even amidst the heartache...and it was intriguing to think of a life so different from mine and from anything Ella had ever experienced.

And, ultimately, as I read the Author's Note at the end, I cried as I read the one line: "The story of a man who, through pain, bore darkness so that others could have life." This continues to resonate with me today.

Read this and be blessed.

Another Note: The audiobook narration on this was beautiful and perfectly done by Gail Shalan and Joel Clarkson.

  • Falling for You

  • By: Becky Wade
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cozart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin - and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Redemption . . . and An Intriguing Mystery

  • By Patiotoole on 05-25-18

Love, Redemption . . . and An Intriguing Mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

This was an incredible second chance romance as well as an intriguing mystery. Having read book one of "A Bradford Sisters Romance- True to You," I was very much looking forward to book two...but I really had no idea how much I would love "Falling For You." Willow is kind and gracious . . . and a breathtakingly beautiful model - the daughter of a beautiful selfish absent mother - who is always striving for perfection and is now broken because she has failed to live up to her own convictions and feels rejected by the one man she loved. Corbin initially seemed confident, self-centered and unworthy of Willow . . . and yet we find that he too is hurt and broken and simply better at hiding behind his own success and self-assurance. I love how Becky Wade introduced the "mystery" to us through young Charlotte who was also the catalyst of bringing Willow and Corbin into each other's lives once again.

It is a beautiful story of love and redemption, the strength of family, as well as the honest repercussions of human sinfulness. I love this continuing story of Nora, Britt and Willow - the strength of their bond and the sweetness to be found by them in true love and forgiveness. I also loved the relationship between Corbin and his father Joe and their spiritual journey through brokenness.

It's hard to think that I will have to wait another year to read Britt's story (and hear more about Willow, Corbin, Nora & John) even as I look forward to learning more of Britt and have hope for a possible future for her with Zander. This book is definitely a "keeper" and the narration was well done.

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