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  • Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Margaret Walker
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction. Weaving her own family's oral history with 30 years of research, Margaret Walker's novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubilee churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting!

  • By purp on 12-14-16

Don't miss this one!!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

What an amazing story! It's one of the best books I've ever listened to. I'm fascinated with this time period and what people went through and endured...so much pain and hardship but victories too. This is a book I'd listen to again. It's a truly inspiring story.

  • Walk Me Home

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

If 16-year-old Carly and 11-year-old Jen can find Teddy, Carly knows he’ll save them from foster care...if he can forgive them for their mother’s vicious lies about him. But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. And after Jen makes a heartbreaking confession, Carly wonders if they’ll ever escape the pain of the past. Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire listeners and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Performance for an Outstanding Story!

  • By Krys on 11-04-13

Another winner by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I thought this was a fascinating book... a bit unreal as I really can't imagine this to be a true story (two girls walking for miles in open desert). but it was fiction, so I enjoyed it as such. And enjoy it, I did. I especially liked the character of Jen, the younger girl; she had such a good head on her shoulders and was more practical than Carly. The ending was satisfying and a happy one. Very good story as are all of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books.

  • Karolina's Twins

  • A Novel
  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

From Ronald H. Balson, author of the international best seller Once We Were Brothers, comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor's quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland, and find two sisters lost during World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impeccable writing and superlative narration make this book a winner

  • By Leonora on 02-03-17

I'd give it 10 stars if I could!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Wow...I finished listening to Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain just before starting this book and thought it was one of the best I've ever listened to. Then this one...what can I say? Spellbinding. Heart wrenching at times. Excellent writing, excellent narration. Again, one of the very best books I've ever listened to. A satisfying ending. Well worth a credit.

  • Necessary Lies

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Alison Elliott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370

Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Controversial story - great performance

  • By Marie on 05-26-15

The Best Book I've listened to in a long time

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

OMG, this was a riveting story that kept me awake well into the early morning...one of the best books I've ever read/heard. Highly recommend! Felt close to tears at the conclusion, realizing all that Ivy endured based on the things that took place in those years. Amazing writing, amazing narration. Don't miss this one!

  • The Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Walsh
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Aaron Miller knows a thing or two about loss. He’s lost love. Dignity. Second, and even third, chances. Once honored for his heroism, he now lives in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Unbeknownst to Aaron, someone is searching for him. With deep insight into the human heart, consummate storyteller Dan Walsh gently weaves a tale of a life spent in the shadows but meant for the light. Through tense scenes of war and tender moments of romance, The Reunion will make you believe that everyone can get a second chance at life and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth TEN Stars . . . The BEST Military Story Ever

  • By Debbie on 02-04-14

Great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

What a story....well told. Would've preferred different narration, especially the female voices. That was the only negative for me.

  • A Redbird Christmas

  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quintessential Fannie Flagg.

  • By Buford on 12-15-04

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

A relaxed, fun and very delightful audio book. I was afraid it was going to be a sad ending but it was not.

  • Heartburn

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,102

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a treasure

  • By David Shear on 07-10-13

Crude language

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Narration was the best part and the reason I listened; I could have done without the crude language.

  • The Things We Wish Were True

  • A Novel
  • By: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
  • Narrated by: Taylor Ann Krahn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts - until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors' intertwined lives begins to unravel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hate fake Southern accents

  • By David on 07-01-17

Such a good book!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-17

So glad I picked this book to listen to...didn't get too much done but really enjoyed this one. Now, back to reality.

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,604

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and humbling and awesome.

  • By Michele on 11-08-15

A movie in the making?!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Oh, yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend or family member. It was a wonderful book, the first I've listened to by this author. I felt like I was right there with the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Let Me Go?

Oh dear, too many to count...but the wisdom and insight from a nine year old child was memorable.

Which scene was your favorite?

Overall, the bonding that took place with the residents and neighbors who cared for Grace and how her whole, sad situation brought them all together.

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

Yes, but I also wanted to savor it and simply couldn't listen for 11+ hours straight.

Any additional comments?

Would like to see this as a movie...I think it would be good.

  • Bridge to Haven

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Francine Rivers is the best for a reason.

  • By Candace on 05-06-14

Too long for my liking...

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I think there are better books by Francine Rivers (i.e., Redeeming Love was the best) and other authors.

What did you like best about this story?

The redemptive message especially came through at the end.

Did Kate Forbes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I thought the narrator did an ok job differentiating the characters but the narration dragged on slowly.

If you could rename Bridge to Haven, what would you call it?

I wouldn't change the title.

Any additional comments?

Maybe it was just me, but I felt the story went on much too long and the slow narration didn't help.