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  • Searching for You

  • Orphan Train Series, Book 3
  • By: Jody Hedlund
  • Narrated by: Susan Hanfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won't abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option. Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By C on 12-29-18

Nice finish to the three book series.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

As often happens with series this third book didn't quite grab me as much as the first two. But it was good. I appreciate the well written spots where God was drawn into the story. I didn't appreciate the details of kisses and desires. I felt those went over what was necessary.

  • With You Always

  • Orphan Train, Book 1
  • By: Jody Hedlund
  • Narrated by: Susan Hanfield
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This book drove me crazy

  • By Elaine on 11-25-17

Excellent story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

One star off for the narration which would have been excellent except for one character. The voice used for that one made me cringe every time he spoke and that was often. It didn't ruin the book, but was terrible. Other than that it was a great book and I'd love to hear a sequel.

  • The Orphan's Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy and tedious

  • By Churchill on 03-23-17

Title is odd

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Ok. Yes, there is mention of an orphan train in the book. But my goodness, this is not a book about an orphan train! It is about a circus and about war. Good story. Very well written and narrated. But remember the saying don't judge a book by its cover? Yeah that! One star off for lack of a more appropriate title.

  • The Best Land Under Heaven

  • The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny
  • By: Michael Wallis
  • Narrated by: Michael Wallis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Cutting through 160 years of mythmaking, best-selling historian Michael Wallis presents the ultimate cautionary tale of America's westward expansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched but performance is just mediocre

  • By T. Redwood on 07-14-17

WOW

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

As I first started listening I didn't think I would like this book. It felt like I was having a text book read to me. But I was soon pulled in to the historical context and forgot that I wanted conversation and a story. If you like Oregon trail history this is a must!

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,049

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Surprise!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-18

This book surprised me.I wasn't sure if was going to be worth buying. But I love history and I was very pleased to discover a lot of historical facts along with a warm story.loved it!

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,016

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Enjoyed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Pretty good book. Mostly held my attention which I admit can be hard to do. It wasn't really hard to know where it was going, but written well enough that I wanted to hear it to be sure. Narration was good. A few times it seemed the reader got mixed up with the voices, but caught her mistake quickly. Worth the money? Yes. It was for me.

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  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers new evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of the Year

  • By Sharon on 07-11-18

Great story ruined by the unnecessary language

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Why do they ruin a good story by using the F word in nearly every sentence I'll never understand.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Half a Heart

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093

At nine years of age, Logan Weber knows the routine. Keep quiet, make the food last, and don’t ever cause trouble. He’ll do what it takes to evade the rages of his troubled, violent father. Even though he’s only a child, Logan already knows too much - has seen too much. So when the opportunity presents itself, Logan runs. He has no idea where his journey will lead, or that the grandmother he’s been told is dead is desperately searching for him. Alone with no home of his own, Logan looks for a safe place to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grandmother's Quest

  • By Elaine M. Panzeter on 05-28-18

Not stupendous, but still a great story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I'm sure I will play this one again. Didn't make me cry, didn't scare me. Just held my interest to the end. I had no problem with the narrating, all voices were clear a quote realistic to me.

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sinead Dixon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

In what may be Dickens's best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman - and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of "great expectations." In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading!

  • By ProjectMary on 10-15-18

Never read and thought it was time.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

All in all I enjoyed the story. Out of maybe 6 characters the narrator made them sound like two or three. Numerous times I lost who was speaking because they sounded so much the same! Another thing is the boy sounded the same at 7 as he did at 20. I was frustrated that his voice didn't grow up. But all that said it is worth listening to and narrating has to.he very difficult. Four stars. Not perfect but great read.

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  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,310
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,343

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

Title completely mislead me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I had no idea it was a horror story. I expected a mountain and an old gentleman with a clean life living off grid.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful