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Suzette Bakke

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  • Out of the Darkness

  • The Story of Mary Ellen Wilson
  • By: Eric A. Shelman
  • Narrated by: Deb Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

In New York City, in April of 1874, a most unusual event took place. A severely abused nine-year-old girl named Mary Ellen Wilson became the first child in America to be rescued from an abusive home. She had been beaten, burned, slashed with scissors, locked in a closet, and had never been outside of her tenement home in over 7 years. Thanks to the concern and dedication of a missionary named Etta Wheeler, the child was finally saved from her cruel captors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harrowing Story

  • By musa on 03-21-17

Inept Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I haven’t yet finished this book, but am about to return it to Audible, as the narrator is so inept she’s distracting me from the story too badly. She mispronounces words (“dilapiTaded??”) repeatedly (meaning she really doesn’t know how to read them), and her attempt at various accents is awful ~ her Irishmen sound either greatly Americanised or actually Scottish, and her New Yorkers all sound Southern! Goodness me ...
I’m going to have to just read this book for myself, instead of listening to it while crocheting.

  • My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

  • A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past
  • By: Jennifer Teege, Nikola Sellmair
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happens to pluck a library book from the shelf, she has no idea that her life will be irrevocably altered. Recognizing photos of her mother and grandmother in the book, she discovers a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List - a man known and reviled the world over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving! Intense! Informative!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-22-16

Very moving

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Very moving, thought-provoking story ... the person reading the book is somewhat distracting from the story, however.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Train Your Dragon: How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 364

In Hiccup the Viking's misadventures, the stakes have never been higher, and it's friend versus foe to decide the fate of the world. In this, the penultimate title in the amazing story arc that began with How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup is faced with a personal dilemma against the backdrop of an impending battle and the possible destruction of everything he knows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love these books!

  • By Suzette Bakke on 05-30-15

Love these books!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

Love these books, and David Tenant is the perfect person to perform the audio book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Seabiscuit

  • An American Legend
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • See you in the winner's circle

  • By Janice on 06-26-13

Always One of My Favourite Books

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

I've read this book probably twenty times, at least ... Laura Hillenbrand is one of the greatest writers who has ever lived, in my opinion ... and Seabiscuit, one of the greatest horses. Such an exciting, inspiring true story of just the right team coming together to bring out the best in one another. I think that, from this example, we should all look at the person next to us with "new eyes" ... of what might they be capable, if we just took the time and effort to engage them ... get to know them ... nurture them ... give them the tools and/or the venue that will help them to bloom. In so doing, we will bloom, ourselves. Thank you, Ms. Hillenbrand, for your years-long effort to fight through your own difficulty to bring this team to life for the world once again ... for this tribute to some of God's greatest gifts to us humans (our spirit, and horses, in general, whose spirits are unmatchable gifts to us) ... for immortalising them, both for your own inspiration and for the appreciation of the descendants of these people and for the rest of us.