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  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,592

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly informative with a humorous twist

  • By alan on 05-29-17

Humor amid the Specters of Death

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Jennifer Wright’s Scholarship is superb. I admit I am a disease / science nerd but I have seldom enjoyed more a book like this. She covers many of the plagues that have attacked humanity. She spends time with the organisms, their transmission, their scope and then the people who have fought them. Her touch of humor suits the topic well. Her judgements are blazingly scornful at times and at other times she is willing to canonize people she views as saints for their persistence and more importantly their love and commitment to humanity.

She comes across as a real person writing about real people who quite often dedicated themselves in service to others. She is not afraid however to call the occasional money grubbing carnival acts as she sees them.

Informative and fun.

  • Malevolent

  • Shaye Archer Series, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer's past. Including Shaye. Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Nine years later, she's a licensed private investigator with a single goal - to get answers for her clients when there aren't supposed to be any. And maybe, someday, answers for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twists and suspense!

  • By Wayne on 12-01-17

Malevolent: might not be strong enough

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

There are some truly wicked characters in this book. Even the heroine, Shaye, has a very abusive past which is only hinted at. I just can’t believe the world is this full of truly wicked sociopaths - at least not at the population density required for this novel. The plot was interesting - but beyond believable and very difficult to follow. The main characters were very interesting and well developed. It seemed all minor characters were just there to provide bodies and there were a lot of those. I liked Shaye, her family, and officer Jackson and feel there is plenty of opportunity to continue them in a long series - but I doubt I will listen to any more. I liked the author’s writing and the narrator was great but I don’t want to spend anymore of my time in books with so many psychopaths.

  • Undaunted Courage

  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and the Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! But...

  • By sucks like poo on 11-17-15

A Journal of the Trip

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This was very historically accurate and thorough but it isn't what I expected. It is more a documentation of the journey than it is the story of the people on the journey.

Just not what I wanted.

  • A Life Beyond Amazing

  • 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today
  • By: David Jeremiah
  • Narrated by: Tommy Cresswell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106

Are you ready to become the person God has called you to be? In A Life Beyond Amazing, best-selling author Dr. David Jeremiah uncovers God's strategy for change and challenges you to make nine important decisions that will transform your heart, your life, and your world. This life-changing book explores the nine qualities of character that carry us forward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dr.jeremiah is such a roll model..

  • By Anonymous User on 11-01-17

How does your Garden Grow?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

When we think about fruit growing, it seems it is the natural result of the life force flowing in the parent plant. When we are told about the fruits of the Spirit, we are told that fruit is the natural result and blessing of being filled with the Spirit.
I don’t know about you, but I have studied “the fruits of the Spirit” so many times in my 45 years of walking the Christian path, if I had known that is what this book was about. I would have never chosen it for Bible Study.

And, what a mistake that would have been!

Dr. Jeremiah reminds us that while fruit is the natural result of life flowing through the parent plant, usually to produce good fruit requires a large in-put of energy, work and focus to get the parent plant.in the prime condition it must be in to produce the best fruit. If you have ever gardened you know how much work is required.

Dr. Jeremiah then shows us how each fruit of the Spirit is a verb - an action word. He shows us how action and work on our part are required to produce the fruit. He provides a plan with steps to help us prepare our own garden soil so we can live a life Beyond Amazing.

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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,770

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

So this is your life

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I have worked with many children who have Asberger’s and who are more severely autistic. This book provides an honest look at the struggles of people who are afflicted as well as the struggles of those dealing with them. It helped me to better understand the flood of stimulus that triggers some of their more extreme behaviors.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,109

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Small Town: Murder and Manipulation

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Audible provided this book free, perhaps to build a following for the series. At times I was tempted to lay it aside, but felt I owed their largesse a return for their investment.

The book was a pleasant listen. The multitude of voices were all from the actual persons involved in the case. This meant there was a wide range of accents and and colloquialism - which were natural and which I enjoyed.

The central suspect, Ian Bailey, was a self-absorbed wanna-be poet who had never recovered from a very early brilliant success in journalism. He was a “blow in” I.e. a outsider who came to live in a small quiet village in West Cork. The story suggests that he went about trying to impress the townspeople with outlandish clothes, props and by performing his own poetry in pubs - without invitation. In addition to being obnoxious by popular opinion - he fell into further disregard with three brutal bearings of his domestic partner that had each required Hospital care.

When another “blow in” is murdered. The town needs a suspect and Ian Bailey looks like everything they could want.

From this point on I found myself identifying with different sides of the story in nearly each chapter. Were the small town “Guards” corrupt? Most likely, they never considered other suspects and almost certainly obtained evidence through coercion, bribes and blackmail.

I actually found myself rooting for a stray horse as the perpetrator for awhile. But a brother “Guard” would have pleased me just as well.

Did Ian do it? Probably not - but he obviously enjoyed the notoriety. He seemed to string people on about his own involvement. I doubt Ian murdered the woman - there seemed to be no ties, no proof of opportunity, no motive. But I might have wanted to see him found guilty - just to get the sod out of my nice quiet town.

I think if there had been a clear resolution I would have enjoyed the book. The fun of a mystery is the search and finessing of the details that provide a clear view. There was none of that.

We do not learn anything about the murdered woman. We don’t like Ian and probably think he deserves anything he gets. And there is a clear message, that local law enforcement is incompetent and, quite probably corrupt.

I like my murders wrapped up with clear defeat of evil by the honorable and committed boys in blue.

Here you get a mash of twenty years of confusion.


  • The Women in the Castle

  • By: Jessica Shattuck
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,672

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined - an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times notable book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skating On The Thin Ice Of Life

  • By Sara on 04-29-17

WWII from the Female Point of View

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Most of us feel we know the stories of WWII. We know the battles, the Heroes, the horror of the death camps, and the aftermath. This book brings another view forward. The women who survived, each different- a German country woman, a conspirator against Hitler, a Hitler youth worker. Thrown together by the roles and concerns of their sex - to protect their children and survive whatever the war brought their way.
This book, encourages peace and reconciliation in part by the way it helps us identify with and come to love each of the very different Women in the Castle.

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,063

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

  • By Gina on 12-30-17

Another Visit with Heroes

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

After a break from M. Sullivan’s books - I unexpectedly stumbled on this one. It did not disappoint except that it came to an end. Hadrian and Royce continue their exploits; saving damsels, fighting a new variety of monsters, and bantering with each other each step of the way. I don’t think I would ever tire of these two.

  • Darkness of Dragons

  • Wings of Fire, Book 10
  • By: Tui T. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 179

The new prophecy comes to a thrilling conclusion in the New York Times best-selling Wings of Fire series! A young NightWing may have had the first true prophecy in generations... Something is coming to shake the earth. Something is coming to scorch the ground. Jade Mountain will fall beneath thunder and ice. Unless the lost city of night can be found. Will the return of Darkstalker bring a horrible future to Pyrrhia? Or can five young dragons save the world - again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By scott on 04-10-18

Great Ending Book

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

I was disappointed with some of the earlier books because of their short story feel. In this book there is none of that.

The characters have interesting interactions, are presented with complex situation and grow through these trials.

I am thrilled to give this book a five month in all categories. I love the narrator and will look for more books read by her and probably for more books by Tui, though I will always miss the complex world and dragons she brought to life in this series.

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  • Moon Rising

  • Wings of Fire, Book 6
  • By: Tui T. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 224

The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends. Moonwatcher isn't sure how she feels about school, however.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Bee on 01-31-18

Dragons you can believe in.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

I have purchased and am listening to all of these books. I will write a more thorough review of the first five books. Currently I am working my way through books 6-10. The details and story development are excellent. The dragons have so much character and there is such a variety - they might as well be human. The detailed development of each of the tribes of dragons was masterfully done. Each has its own colors, own talents, own special abilities, very distinct diets and environments. There was a lot of thought put into these books.
The books are great for young adult - which is their target audience. My one complaint - the first several books were excellent - with good stories and involved plots. The last couple However seem barely more than glorified short stories. This one in particular - there is only one plot line. A new school opens after the war - with the intention of drawing the tribes closer together and ending future conflicts. Before the school is two days old - dragons are dead and the survivors are dispersing with a variety of missions. Each of those mission may become worthy of a book - however, I feel this story should have been the first couple of chapters in a much longer book. The fact that the audience is young adults or youth - isn’t any excuse for the brevity. Young people are capable of reading books in much greater length and detail. I feel I have wasted my audible credits. After the first two - I thought these books would be worthy of the credits I spend to get them. I am very disappointed at this point. These could have been up there with Harry Potter books - but the lure of easy money has cheapened the books while greatly increasing the cost to the individual reader.

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