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  • Phantom Waltz

  • By: Catherine Anderson
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

The first time wealthy rancher Ryan Kendrick sees Bethany Coulter, he falls in love. She shares his passion for horses and can light up a room with her smile. She is perfect in every way - except a riding accident years ago has confined her to a wheelchair. Bethany is convinced that she will never marry or bear children. Now Ryan wants to change her mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely

  • By w.a.m. on 05-20-08

WOW

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

Reviewed: 03-11-12

Would you listen to Phantom Waltz again? Why?

YES This is such a sweet love story and how 2 people learn to live with adversity.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Phantom Waltz?

When she was able to ride her horse again to feel somewhat normal.

Have you listened to any of Julia Gibson???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Would have liked to had that much time in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Great read that had all the human emotions involved in a couple finding happiness.

  • White Gardenia

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating novel

  • By Paddington on 08-30-11

Ana, grow up

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

Reviewed: 03-03-12

What did you like best about White Gardenia? What did you like least?

Liked this part of history which I had never read about before and it helped me understand what the world was like at that time. I like the characters but did not like how emotionally immature Ana was through out the book. I think t he author repeatedly went overboard on Ana's crying and inability to adapt to changes. I would have liked to read the book with Ana as a stronger character.

What other book might you compare White Gardenia to and why?

Very similar to her other books Wild Lavender and Silver Wattle.

What about Deidre Rubenstein???s performance did you like?

Very good and excellent accents.

Do you think White Gardenia needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Would be nice to see Ana grown up in the years of raising her daughter and helping an elderly Mother. Also to develope her relationships with her husband and friends. Plus to see the history unfold as to these years in Australia.

Any additional comments?

I did like the books and would recommend it but only to women.....a man wouldn't like all the crying in Ana's character.

  • Women in Love

  • By: D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

A powerful and engrossing tale of extremes and extremists, D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love follows the passionate relationships of two sisters, Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen, with their respective lovers, the ominous Gerald Crich and the charismatic but fragile Rupert Birkin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • narrator not so great

  • By Mindy Kirkton on 09-28-16

Exhausting.....

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

Reviewed: 12-20-10

The premise of the book was good but with it's continual debating between characters it
exhausted me. Their debates are very liberal thinking for that day but they had no more
answers than they had questions. I waded through the book hoping for at least a good ending.
The ending was disappointing and I felt as if I'd wasted not only a credit but a lot of time
listening to it. The narrator's voice was so shrill with no variation between characters that
I often couldn't listen for more than 15 minutes at a time. This is why it gets a "1" star from me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Her Mother’s Hope

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Internationally best-selling author Francine Rivers—winner of a Christy Award and the ECPA Gold Medallion—crafts a riveting tale of mother/daughter bonds stretching across decades. Strong-willed Marta leaves Switzerland early in the 20th century and settles in California. Though Marta loves her eldest daughter Hildie, they often clash as they attempt to find their places in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Awesome Read From Francine

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 04-12-10

Forgiveness

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

Reviewed: 06-15-10

I've read all her books and as always the bottom line in her books is a spiritual truth. I feel
the story showed how forgiveness to the ones we love the most can change the path of ones life and
last for generations. Book was great but I would have liked a better ending. I wanted to know how
Marta's life ended and if Hilda survived. But I can happily imagine a good ending for all. Ms Rivers please continue to write your historical
fiction christian books.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer House

  • By: Mary Nichols
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

When Lady Helen Hardingham’s parents say she will never find a better husband than Richard, she agrees to marry him. But all too soon Richard returns to war, and Helen begins to wonder just who she has married. Then she meets Oliver Donovan. As the war continues, Oliver has to return to his regiment – and is never seen again. But Helen is left with more than just her memories: she is with child. Twenty years later and a second war is ravaging Europe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice mix of romance and history

  • By Anonymous User on 03-30-10

Nice mix of romance and history

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

Reviewed: 03-30-10

At first I thought the book was going to be predictable but as I listened on I saw the twist and turns as the plot grew. I thought the author did a wonderful job of showing what it was like
to have lived in London during WWII. The narrator
was easily understood with her British accents.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lake in the Clouds

  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494

It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah's half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth's school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great installment

  • By I like to shop on 06-10-16

Brings story together

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-09

This is the 3rd book of the series and Im so glad that I listened to it. It fully brings all the family back together as all the characters of the previous books are blended in. I almost felt like
a member of the community. I've learned to appreciate that time period in history and what life was really like for all involved from these
books.
I'm not sure I'll purchase the next 2 books for
taking my 2 credits for so many months has limited
my variety of choices. I felt this book had a good enough ending for me to imagine their futures
and feel satisfied without running the series in the ground.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Reckless Love

  • MacKenzie-Blackthorn, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

No one who roamed the steep green mountains and red-rock canyons of Utah Territory was safe from El Cascabel and his renegade warriors - not Janna Wayland, not the wild stallion Lucifer - not even Ty MacKenzie, the stranger who had come for the stallion, and stayed to capture Janna's heart. Now all three must join forces and make their escape, or die trying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, Reckless....

  • By Anonymous User on 05-28-09

Yes, Reckless....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-09

I have read Elizabeth Lowell's "only" series and loved the narrator so wasn't sure about this one
with a female narrator. But when I got into the book it didn't matter.
I loved the description of the land and a woman's survival skill's among Indians and wild horses.
Like all Elizabeth Lowell's books that I have read
you always have the most handsome and potent man
vs an independent perfectly formed responsive woman.
The story has a little of everything including a
good Indian fight, danger, daring escapes and of course in the end a pledge of enduring love and marriage.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Band of Brothers

  • The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters
  • By: Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799

They were called Easy Company, but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered huge casualties while liberating Europe in an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters led them through the Battle of the Bulge, the attack on Foy, where Easy Company reached its breaking point, and finally into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded. Outside Munich, they liberated an S.S. death camp and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's alpine retreat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond the Band

  • By Renee on 02-03-07

Not a repeat of Ambrose writings

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-09

I bought this book for my husband to listen to the following is his review....a review from a
Vietnam combat infantryman's point of view.
Major Winter's writings relates his personal feelings of Easy Co.;his trials as he lead men into loss of life,wounds and civilized life left behind forever.He did not feel he was born to lead but leadership came about on his experiences prior to the war. It is the infantryman who bears the harsh cruelty of war.Winter's gives insight into the infantryman and the men who must make the decisions.Those that have been in war will have moments of reflection,understanding and a quiet nod of the head.Brotherhood of infantryman is better understood,closer than blood family.It is men at their best hoping no one will ever have to do the same.Their duty is ultimatley to each other. Ambrose's writings are not repeated. Winter's gives deeper clarification.Europe was freed and ultimately us. Byron Adams

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Comanche Moon

  • By: Catherine Anderson
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson pens riveting historical romances. Loretta Simpson lost her parents to a daring Comanche raid seven years ago - and now she lives as a mute with her extended family. Meanwhile, Comanche Hunter of the Wolf sees her as the embodiment of an ancient prophesy and chooses her for marriage. Still fearful of his tribe, Loretta soon finds her will bending, even as conflict between their two peoples intensifies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Finish It

  • By Jennifer on 01-21-10

unfolding of history

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-09

This was an excellent book about the Indian and
white settlers conflict. Within the wonderful romance of Hunter and Loretta you can see their conflicts of honor to one's people vs their love. I felt hurt for both sides and saw how this time in history has left such a scar on American history. Man's inhumanity to man and how a few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch. I did feel the book was a little long especially with Loretta's stubborness. I would love to read a sequel.
If you like romance and westerns this is a must read.

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,200

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Movie!

  • By Heather Feuerhelm on 03-31-12

The Time Traveler's Wife

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-09

Good love story but strange. It was hard to keep up with so much time travel that made the whole plot seem strange. You almost forgot that the book was about the travelers wife. I did appreciate their love and hopes for a normal life.
Thought the medical side of the story very interesting. Good narration. Recommend only if you like time travel theories.