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  • The Freedman

  • Tales From a Revolution Series, North Carolina, Book 9
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

The Freedman is Hedbor’s standalone novel set in North Carolina from his Tales From a Revolution series, in which he examines the American War of Independence as it unfolded in each of the colonies. If you like enthralling stories of familiar events from unfamiliar viewpoints, you’ll love The Freedman.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about freedom, war, and friendship

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-19

This captures something different - do read!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

There's much about the era of slavery and colonialism that has not been told: mostly the stories of the slaves and later the freedmen and women and indentured servants. The Freedman tells one such story. Very well researched and with characters that come to life in well-chosen roles, you'll not only learn a lot about this era when America was beginning to strike out against England, but you'll also be captivated by the story.
Hedbor does a great job of breathing life into the struggles of conscience of the characters on many different levels with unexpected turns here and there that create an authentic story.
Definitely worth a listen! A good contribution to a story that should be told.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Louise's War

  • By: Sarah R. Shaber
  • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

It's 1942. Louise Pearlie, a young widow, has come to Washington DC to work as a clerk for the legendary OSS, the precursor to the CIA. When, while filing, she discovers a document concerning the husband of a college friend, Rachel Bloch - a young French Jewish woman she is desperately worried about - Louise realizes she may be able to help get Rachel out of Vichy France. But then a colleague whose help Louise has enlisted is murdered, and she realizes she is on her own, unable to trust anyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The audio version of a page-turner!

  • By Maggie May on 01-20-18

Bit of romance bit of girl stuff lots of intrigue!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Let me say outright, at the beginning I felt like the narration was a bit stilted, some words almost computer-like - BUT that very soon passed and Louise's Story came to life and carried me along with it as the story unfolded 'page-by-page' with intrigue, wry observations on a woman's place in work and life in wartime America.
There author, Sarah R. Shaber, manages to touch on quite a number of subjects: religion, politics, chavanism, women's rights and dreams and does so without it feeling like she's trying to - the story naturally hits those challenges as Louise tries to figure out her work and private life, solve the mystery of the missing file, be a bit of a spy...
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy for an honest review. I can say I really enjoyed this book and found myself at the end, wondering what Louise and the people in her life would get up to next!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 2000 Most Common French Words in Context: Get Fluent & Increase Your French Vocabulary with 2000 French Phrases

  • By: Lingo Mastery
  • Narrated by: Emilie Cocquerel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Have you been trying to learn French and simply can’t find the way to expand your vocabulary? Do your teachers recommend you boring textbooks and complicated stories that you don’t really understand? Are you looking for a way to learn the language quicker without taking shortcuts? If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of those previous questions, then this book is for you! We’ve compiled the 2000 Most Common Words in French, a list of terms that will expand your vocabulary to levels previously unseen. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It comes with a PDF!

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-18

A whirlwind of French!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I am still a beginner when it comes to learning French and I found this audiobook made it so much more possible for me to recognise words within sentences and conversations and from there, it becomes much easier to understand what is being spoken about.
When you have spare time, or just as a regular practice, listen to 5 or 10 or 30 minues of this book and soon enough you will not have to think twice about what many more French words mean
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review - and I am very happy I did - this book will remain in my library and be used for much time to come - it's a big resource.

  • French Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn French & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (Easy French Stories)

  • By: Lingo Mastery
  • Narrated by: Noelia Gouty
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

In this book we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling, and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful French tongue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for beginners & those wanting a refresher

  • By Erryn Barratt on 09-03-18

Great immersion language learning

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I've used a bunch of audiobooks for several languages in the past few years and I can say this book is well worth it. You get the PDF with the audiobook and that is important as you can go through the lessons and really ensure you understand the details and nuances.
I would say this is leaning towards advanced beginner - you need some basic knowledge to get the best out of it, but like they say, use all resources at your fingertips. If you follow that advice, you will find you're covering a great range of useful, real-life and contemporary situations with some history and local culture thrown in.
I found for myself, if I listened/read the story synopsis first, I better understood the dialogue and then could better answer the questions at the end. I listened to a few dialogues, then listened again, then spent time going through them in the PDF and I found after that, I was pretty familiar with the new vocabulary, expressions, grammar. I would prefer when the answers were given, that a short recap of the Question and of the correct answer was given also, but that's a small thing - this is overall an excellent resource for learning French

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,070

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

A lovely story of life

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Painful at times as you wish you could help Harold see and believe in himself. The simple way the story is told, the well-chosen descriptions of the scenes along the way, the raw emissions held in check... very moving.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,526

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruby Dee is amazing

  • By Jennifer on 04-20-13

Great performance of a great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

The narrator brought this story to life as though I was watching in a theatre.

  • How to Make a Living with Your Writing

  • Books, Blogging and More
  • By: Joanna Penn
  • Narrated by: Caroline Holroyd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

In September 2011, I left my corporate job to become a full-time author and creative entrepreneur and since then I've grown my business year by year, all based on my writing. More importantly, I'm finally living the happy life I always wanted. I'm not a Kindle or blogging millionaire and this is not a get rich quick scheme. But I will share with you how I make a multi-six-figure income from writing books, blogging and marketing in an ethical manner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book or Ad?

  • By The Red BEARon on 09-25-17

A lot of honest advice

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I found Joanna Penn through one of the creative entrepreneur coaches I trust the most, Marc McGuinness. I'd listened to a podcast where he interviewed her and I thought "Oh she sounds like she's won't b s you" I liked her style and felt the info she gave was straight up and not trying to oversell you some formula. So I went and checked out her website and found good solid blog posts and videos on there too.
By the time I listened to this book, I'd listened to quite a few of the 'great' ones out there on writing and some I liked a lot more than others. Too often though, much of the content was slick marketing style stuff that left you still wondering how YOU would achieve your goals. Joanna's book isn't like that - it's a comfy mix of information and personal story that gives you solid suggestions of actions to take, software to use and so on and she doesn't pretend things will happen like magic. She's encouraging and offers sincere advice, ideas and info.
I'd say if you're looking for a good book to get you going, (and one that doesn't break the bank too!) you'll be happy with this buy. I am currently listening for the third time and that is a rare thing for me to do, possibly the first time I've done this.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Authority

  • The Culling Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ramona Finn
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Glade Io is torn between two worlds. She’s a trained killing machine - selected by the ruthless Authority to be a Datapoint, a tech-enabled agent of the state who eliminates threats to the human colonies throughout the solar system in the Culling. But her time among rogue colonists called the Ferrymen has convinced her that The Authority has far more sinister plans in store, and all the justifications they fed to her are lies. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2 did not disappoint.

  • By April R on 05-25-18

Exciting adventure, impossible choices

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

At each turn you knew something was going to go wrong, but you weren't sure what. The story is full of relationships fraught with the challenge of restricted abilities to feel emotions, big brother watching and ever-human feelings of inadequacy and egotism compounded by underground political movements shrouded in secrecy and constant challenges of figuring out who to trust, who's the good guys, who's the bad or is everyone a bit of both..for much of the story you'll be guessing and there's always a sense of dread at what lies ahead has you on the edge of your seat.
The story is believable and keeps you thinking 'I can see this being our future'. There's plenty of intriguing tech, politics of the future and characters that you want to reach into the book and strangle!
I really enjoyed reading this - think I'll be buying others in the series
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review - if you like dystopian sci-fi future, I think you'll be very happy with this one

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Imp

  • By: Kevin Candela
  • Narrated by: Gary Bennett
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

From the writer of Ghost Hunter, Little Women with Big Guns, and Krakenstein vs. Koalatron comes an unforgettable excursion into the depths of the unknown. Loaded end to end with chills, this terrifying narrative is loosely based on accounts of encounters with the legendary Pukwudgie, a cryptozoological "myth" originating in Massachusetts' mysterious Bridgewater Triangle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic Horror Story with An Unlikable Protagonist

  • By Ashanti on 08-15-18

good suspense, dry humour and a good plot twist

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this short story. Uses the classic horror movie technique where you are kinda willing the character NOT to do what you know they're going to do. But it's certainly not obvious what will happen there are good plot twists - didn't see them coming and the end is unexpected too.
The narrator does a good job, giving the story a believable characterisation.
I was given a copy for an honest review - glad to have listened to it and would continue to listen if the series continues

  • Permission to Screw Up

  • How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong
  • By: Kristen Hadeed, Simon Sinek - foreword
  • Narrated by: Kristen Hadeed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 698

The inspiring, unlikely, laugh-out-loud story of how one woman learned to lead - and how she ultimately succeeded, not despite her many mistakes, but because of them. This is the story of how Kristen Hadeed built Student Maid, a cleaning company where people are happy, loyal, productive, and empowered, even while they're mopping floors and scrubbing toilets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I Needed as a Millennial Manager

  • By Ashley R on 10-13-17

Genuine Useful Advice!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

A friend of mine sent this book on for me and at first I was unsure...I'm so sick n tired of 'advice' books mainly advising you to buy their overpriced course...

THIS IS DIFFERENT! Highly recommended

This book takes a pretty well rounded look at how a business grew from pretty complete lack of knowledge and expertise, through the roller coaster of trial and error, to a place where the interests of owner, management and staff - and of course customers - were looked after really well.

The author takes you from college days of her start-up, through years of growth into a highly successful business and personal success as a speaker and mentor. If you are in business or manage people and think you would like to do better - get it