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  • An Echo in the Darkness

  • The Mark of the Lion, Book 2
  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,484

As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done!

  • By Susan on 09-17-08

Mark of the Lion

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This was the 2nd book of the Mark of the Lion series and I read the first two books in two consecutive days. they are brilliantly written and outspokenly Christian. As such, they both subtly challenged and strengthened my walk with Christ.

That being said, I have one complaint. "Sardonically" is a word that is used way too often. Nearly every other page uses it to describe someone's expression and after just a few chapters of the first book, the repeated use of this word had become grating. I hoped that in the second book, Rivers would use a different descriptor, but "sardonically" was back in extreme and full force. It was distracting and very off-putting. It may sound like a petty complaint, but I assure you that it is not.

Other than that, I highly recommend these books in the Christian fiction genre.

  • Reason to Breathe

  • Breathing, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Donovan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,108

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great story

  • By Tonya on 07-17-13

cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

Definitely ends on cliffhanger...just a warning if you don't want to read a whole series.

  • Our Own Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Daynard
  • Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant's daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life - until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!

  • By BookwormKitchen on 03-14-16

The Midwife's Revolt Repeated

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

I really did not love this book. Although well written, this book is basically a copy of The Midwife's Revolt just told from a different perspective. Sounds like an interesting sequel? I thought so, but was sadly mistaken. The story repeats much of what is told in The Midwife's Revolt just from a different characters viewpoint with not enough change in perspective or details to make it interesting. If I hadn't read The Midwife's Revolt already then I might have enjoyed this book more, but the books are way too similar to enjoy them both as separate entities. If you have read the previous book, then I would skip this one since you already know the whole outcome and details of the story.

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  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,193

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

A compelling tale that history should never forget. Erik Larson is a masterful, historical author.