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Lisa Wells

Frederick, MD
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  • Words in Deep Blue

  • By: Cath Crowley
  • Narrated by: Hamish R. Johnson, Chelsea Bruland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Years ago Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family's bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. Now Rachel has returned to the city - and to the bookshop - to work alongside the boy she'd rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can't feel anything anymore. As Henry and Rachel work side by side they find hope in each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet yet Sorrowful Story

  • By Kee on 06-15-17

I Adored This Book About Books!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

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

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

I'll admit I'm a sucker for books centered around books. However, this book is absolutely amazing.

I now want to create a letter library in our home but I'll need to get over my aversion to writing and highlighting books. In the interests of my conscience, we'll be using pre-owned books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,559

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

This Book Will Stay With Me

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Any additional comments?

Wow! Just Wow! This book is an amazing account of child trafficking in the 1920s through 1950s. I know I'd heard about Georgia Tann but it wasn't something that stuck with me. It will stick with me now.

This story was a beautifully woven story of one family's separation and the bond that could never be broken. I was on the edge of my seat listening.

28 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • How Dare the Sun Rise

  • Memoirs of a War Child
  • By: Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Abigail Pesta
  • Narrated by: Sandra Uwiringiyimana
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism. Sandra was just 10 years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandra's voice is mesmorizing!

  • By Karissa Barber on 04-18-18

Timely Child Memoir on Immigration

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

Would you listen to How Dare the Sun Rise again? Why?

Absolutely, I know I will. It was a remarkable story of resilience in such a young child. I can't fathom what it's like to grow up in a place where war is the norm.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How Dare the Sun Rise?

I love how she went away to find her own voice. We can teach our children lessons non-stop but there's a point where they need to start listening to their own voices.

Which character – as performed by Sandra Uwiringiyimana – was your favorite?

I loved her Mom because I can relate to her in that she always wanted the best for her child, though she didn't always know what that was.

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

Yes, I did listen to it in one sitting. It's easy to get wrapped up in. I wanted to know how it ended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,912

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

The Beauty of a Simple Life

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

This book is simply magnificent. The story of an old curmudgeon is woven into perfection. I'm so glad I found this glorious book.

  • The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey

  • By: Chris Colfer
  • Narrated by: Chris Colfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 804

In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is inside his own short stories. When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing and adventurous

  • By Mark Warrington on 10-06-16

Overall a good book

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Ending absolutely sucks. It was an enjoyable read. He is a great Author and leaves you wanting more.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,591

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

Best Book I'll Read This Year

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

I think I found the perfect book at the perfect time. It's like someone was reading my mind and glimpsing my soul. The result = Perfection!

  • Echo

  • By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,039

Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016. Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become sinterwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio productions I have heard

  • By tru britty on 07-28-15

Loved, Loved, Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

Perfect combination for the story...I absolutely loved the complete closure
at the end of the story

3 of 3 people found this review helpful