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  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,622

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

!!!!Outstanding!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-17

My ear was glued to the speaker! So much information that had remained hidden for far to long. This is a must hear for anyone who wants to know how WWII came about, while it was going on and the aftermath. All in an extremely easy to understand 8 hours. Thank you Audible for this exciting offer!

  • The Winter Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 34 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

It has been 12 years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiance - Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP - she works to shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Winter Rose

  • By Booker D on 01-29-15

The Winter Rose

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Which character – as performed by Jill Tanner – was your favorite?

Jill Tanner did an outstanding narration with all the characters.

Any additional comments?

The Winter Rose is my favorite of The Rose Trilogy. I love Sid and India. You know the age old question, “If you were stuck on a desert island, what book would you choose?” I would hope I could choose 3, The Rose Trilogy. In all seriousness, these are wonderful stories, I’m an avid reader and I read these books when I just want to escape for a week or two. I now have the trilogy in audio and it was wonderful having it read to me.

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  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,622

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

OUTSTANDING! A must read classic.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-14

Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely at the top of my list, this is a book (series) I will reread many times. It's a nicely paced story that taps into all your emotions from laughter to tears and everything in-between.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jamie of course. He's such a strong and lovable man.

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Davina Porter bring the characters to life. She does a brilliant reading with the accents and pronunciations that if reading I would never have sorted out.

Any additional comments?

I was totally surprise that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Diana Gabaldon writes with such detailed description you feel like you are a part of the story. I have to say that I listened, and read also, along with Google images to get a complete visual.

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  • The Wild Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

It is London, 1914. World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters, including Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting Kilimanjaro with Seamus Finnegan - and will never forgive him for saving her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad that this third in the series is the last.

  • By I like to shop on 08-22-16

The Wild Rose

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

Reviewed: 05-27-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wild Rose?

Book 2 was my favorite of the trilogy, so any part that was pertaining to Sid and India and their continued story was enjoyable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The first time I read this trilogy I was on a weeks vacation and it took all week to read them. They are big sink your teeth into books. When I went back to work and people asked if I went anywhere I said, "Yeah, 1900s London". Best vacation I've had in a long time. Listening to it being read to me was extremely enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE DON'T READ THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU'VE READ THE TEA ROSE AND THE WINTER ROSE.
One review commented that Willa was selfish and self-centered. Her character was introduced and developed in The Winter Rose. In The Wild Rose she is selfish and self-centered, but if you know her history she's better understood which makes the ending so much sweeter.

  • The Tea Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Wow wow wow!

  • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

The Tea Rose

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

Reviewed: 05-27-14

If you could sum up The Tea Rose in three words, what would they be?

Lovely mental vacation.

What about Jill Tanner’s performance did you like?

Jill Tanner's did an outstanding job with the narration. Her range in characters was done nicely.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At 28 hours one sitting would be difficult, but yes the ear buds were in my ears more often than not.

Any additional comments?

I have read this trilogy 3 times and listened to The Tea Rose and The Wild Rose twice. Jennifer Donnelly draws you into 1890 London and it's hard to come back to reality. Beautiful story, the characters are alive, the details are vivid without being boring. I even went so far as to print out a 1900 London & New York maps to move around with the story.

The Winter Rose is book 2, it is not out in audio yet, why they started with book 3 then moved to book one is a mystery to me. These books need to be read in order, character developement is created in each book that brings you to the next.

PLEASE HURRY with the release of book 2. How can a new reader understand the story without the middle!

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