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  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,053

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Enjoyed it very much

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

It was a quick story but touching about the greatness of human nature. This is a beautiful Christmas Story.

  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty-something coming of age

  • By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

More of a memoir than a guide to live with less.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

The book looks at the author's attempt to do away with non-essentials but focuses more on her life and challenges, painful at times, than as a guide on how to live with less. There is some guidance, but not what I was expecting.

  • Carta Enciclica Laudato Si' del Santo Padre Francisco sobre el cuidado de la casa comun

  • By: Papa Francisco
  • Narrated by: Gustavo Dardes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

El texto completo de la carta encíclica del Papa Francisco sobre el cambio climático y la desigualdad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Lecturing...

  • By cocoloustaunau on 03-06-19

Excelente lectura de la carta del Santo Padre

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Una reflexión excelente sobre la creación y nuestra casa común, la tierra. Es un mensaje muy importante para nuestro día.

  • Anything Is Possible

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,563

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful & Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-08-17

Interesting stories about an extended family.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I didn't experience this book so much as a novel but rather as a collection of short stories about the members of an extended family. Each chapter had it's own plot. They were interesting stories and kept my attention, but at times I was confused as to which relative the chapter was about.

  • The Soul of Christmas

  • By: Thomas Moore
  • Narrated by: Thomas Moore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

With his trademark blend of storytelling, faith and psychological insight, New York Times best-selling author Thomas Moore turns his attention to the most enduring story of them all: the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Moore uses passages from the Gospels, archetypal stories and ancient myths to explore the idea that Christmas can only be fully understood as belonging to everyone - as a plan for the entire human race. This may be the most profound reflection on the meaning of Christmas in a generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good reflection on Christmas.

  • By Columbia Pete on 12-26-18

A very good reflection on Christmas.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I listened to this book on Christmas day while driving to visit family. Thomas More gives a different view of Christmas and reminds us of its deeper meaning. It is a philosophical reflection on what Christmas can mean not only for the Christian but for any person who is looking for depth and spirituality.

  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

  • By: Benjamin A. Sáenz
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy Birthday to me!

  • By Chwisty Bawwett on 04-11-17

A touching coming of age story.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I enjoyed the story of Salvador and his relationship with his father, Sam, and Vito. The struggles he had dealing with his feelings, having lost his mother when he was young and the commitment of friendship make a very enjoyable listen.

  • Friction

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act and met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely incredible in the true sense of the word

  • By Bill Graham on 09-04-15

Interesting murder mystery with twists and turns.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Kept my interest and as the plot thickened I wanted to find out more. It was a good listen.

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,542

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hated the story.

  • By Bobbalinks on 11-25-16

Interesting story of gloom and doom.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I finished the book but it was a sad story that kept me wondering why things had become so bad. There is some redemption in the story and I kept wondering and will keep thinking about how this story is an allegory.

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  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,185

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

It. was an ok listen.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I found it a bit confusing at times. It was an interesting story of women in the war, flying airplanes.

  • Saving Faith

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,938

Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed.

  • By B. Yardley on 08-25-16

Good story. A little confusing at the beginning.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

Setting up the players in the beginning was a little confusing. At first I wasn't sure who was who. It cleared up after the story developed.