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  • Heart in the Cloud

  • By: Mrs. Angela Marie Damrow
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

This is a 100-percent true account, in my own words, about my life and struggles from childhood trauma to full healing! Enjoy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Mark on 07-12-18

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Really enjoyed it! Mrs. Damrow did an excellent job talking about her struggles. Narrator was wonderful! Lauren Holladay has a beautiful voice and perfect inflection!

  • Sufficient Grace (Volume 1)

  • By: Jessica Greyson
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Four years have passed since tragedy broke Grace’s family apart, tarnished the family name, and sent her into hiding at finishing school. Now, with a new last name and a few years between her and the accident, Grace wonders if she will be able to escape the heavy shadow of the past that smothers her with guilt and a desire to escape life. Grace carefully guards her heart from others to prevent them from discovering her past. However, when Mitch, a deputy, comes into her life, he seems bent on destroying Grace’s armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sufficiently wonderful!

  • By Lauren H. on 02-24-18

My Wife loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

I got this book for my wife and we both listened to it in the car on a long drive. We both really enjoyed the story. I liked the Western genre and my wife really liked the budding relationship between Grace and Mitch. Overall, a well written and sweet book. The narrator, Lauren Holladay, was outstanding.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Marooned on the Conestoga

  • Colony Ship Conestoga, Book 2
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Paul Hikari
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

In book two of The Colony Ship Conestoga series, Jerome and Cammarry, the adventurers from Earth, are trapped on the wrecked derelict of the once-enormous generational ship. It is in orbit around a mysterious and unknown planet, but most of its systems have failed, and life is barely managing to survive. Cammarry and Jerome, along with Sandie, their artificial intelligence system, work to investigate the wreck. What will they discover? What dangers await?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stronger than book 1.

  • By Rayc on 01-22-18

Good book, but narrator is irritating

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

As a fan of John Thornton's books, I appreciate his gift of writing. But he (or whoever chooses narrators), should really give some serious thought as to who narrates his books. It was painful getting through books one and two.

THEN..."Eureka!"... just as I was about to give up on the series, I listened to book 3 and this beautiful, professional actress stole my heart! I was so happy that Thornton finally found a great narrator. After I finished book 3, I was equally thrilled to hear the same narrator on book four. But, alas, for whatever reason, Lauren Holladay, the narrator disappeared from the rest of the books after book 4. If the narrators are grating on your nerves, stay with it at least through book 4. I'm ditching the series after that unless he gets some decent talent to narrate his books.
What a pity.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Conflict on the Conestoga

  • The Colony Ship Conestoga, Book 6
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Jerome and Cammarry, the adventurers from Earth, are still trying to piece together what all has happened to the Colony Ship Conestoga. The slave revolt in Habitat Alpha is continuing. The various systems of the ship are broken, half-working, or just frustratingly difficult to get operational. The enigmatic inhabitants of the alien world, Zalia, are potential threats, and more mysteries than ever are surrounding all attempts to make things work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good solid Sci-Fi

  • By Rayc on 03-04-18

Bring Lauren Holladay back as narrator!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I am a huge fan of John Thornton's books, but this is the last one I am going to waste my money on, not because the story isn't good. The narrator's are terrible! I've listened to all of the books in this series up to this one and, with the exception of Lauren Holladay (books three and four), the readers sound amateurish, there is noise in the audio and sentences repeated. I would suggest that the publishers find performers who are actual professionals. As much as I like Mr. Thornton's work, he has lost me because of his narrators. I'm a member of a Sci Fi audio book group (we suggest good Sci Fi to read or listen to). I will be warning them not to waste their money or credit on this series unless it's only for book 3 or 4... which won't make much sense if they don't hear the whole series. It's important for people listening with ear buds that there isn't crackling noise and irritating voices.

It's a shame that such a good writer doesn't seem to care what his audio books sound like.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alone on the Conestoga

  • The Colony Ship Conestoga, Volume 4
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

In the fourth book of the Colony Ship Conestoga series, the adventurer Jerome seeks to find out what happened to his fellow adventurer Cammarry. She is lost somewhere in the vast Habitat Beta. Jerome has only a few of his Dome 17 high tech gadgets, and has also lost contact with the artificial intelligence system, Sandie. He feels alone. What dangers await? What other things are lurking in the unknown recesses of the derelict and crashed colony ship? Will Jerome be alone for the rest of his days?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good solid Scifi

  • By Rayc on 02-07-18

Awesome Sci Fi Fantasy!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I'm really liking this series called the Colony Ship Conestoga. The characters are really being developed well. My favorites are book three and this one, book four. Sandie the A.I. is starting to experience human emotions. Everyone seems lost and are all trying to unselfishly rescue each other. The end was the best. Lauren Holladay is by far the best narrator in the series. I hope I hear more of her delicious narration in future Thornton books.

Highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Age before Beauty

  • Sister-to-Sister, Book 2
  • By: Virginia Smith
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Desperate to stay home with her baby, Allie Harrod launches a new career. Sure, she dropped out of Girl Scouts because she was lousy at cookie sales, but makeup is different, right? She'll do anything to make enough money to cover her share of the household bills, but how can she focus on her business when her list of problems is growing? None of her pre-baby clothes fit, her checking account is dwindling, and her mother-in-law has decided to move in! To top it off, her husband's attractive coworker suddenly needs his help every weekend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Allie's story is a blast!

  • By Mark on 12-28-17

Allie's story is a blast!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Another winner from Virginia Smith! This second book in a 3 book series takes a look at the oldest of three sisters, Allie. Allie is the most outspoken of the three sisters. She's a novice psychologist, a fiercely protective mother, and a dedicated wife and sister. After giving birth to baby Joan, Allie experiences some feelings of inadequacy and even suspects that her faithful husband Eric, may have a wandering eye. As Allie struggles to lose some weight after giving birth, her self esteem is low, she's confused as to whether she wants to go back to work or stay home with her new baby. An unexpected knock on their door one night puts a strain on their marriage. Will Allie and Eric make it through this struggle? I suggest reading or listening to Book 1 first, but this book also does well as a stand alone.
The narrator, Lauren Holladay hits a home run again on this second book as well.

I highly recommend this book and the whole series. I really enjoyed it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Third Time's a Charm

  • A Novel (Sister-to-Sister)
  • By: Virginia Smith
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Tori Sanderson has the professional opportunity of a lifetime. If she can prove she's executive material, she's in line for a big promotion. But there's only room for one new account executive, and her co-worker has his eye on the job--and on Tori. Her matchmaking sisters have a handsome handyman in mind for her. But how can she consider romance when she couldn't hold on to the one man who was supposed to love her forever--her own father? The time has come for answers, and Tori decides to search out the father who deserted her twelve years ago. While Tori may find the answers she craves, will she ever be able to love again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By Lauren H. on 12-28-17

Tis' Really a Charm!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Waiting for the audio book version of Third Time's a Charm was definitely WORTH the wait. The third book in a 3 book series finishes with a huge WIN across the finish line! Each book took a look at one of three sisters, as Virginia Smith wows us with Tori's romantic life in this adorable and hilarious story! Two of Tori's sisters play match maker and every time they try, it's disastrous and most definitely will make you laugh out loud. Lauren Holladay is quite engaging as the reader and delivers the humor with precise timing. I won't spoil it, but I loved the ending and Virginia Smith, with Lauren Holladay's narration made this one my favorite of the three in the series. (But I do recommend you read or listen to the first two books in this series first) It comes together so nicely at the end. Loved it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Quest for the Conestoga

  • Colony Ship Conestoga, Book 1
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Erin Macdonald
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Dome 17 is the only safe place left on a dead Earth. Life in Dome 17 takes a dramatic turn after some adventurers return from evaluating other domes. The struggling remnant of humanity cannot remain safe in the dome much longer. The question is where to go and how to get there? Seven vast colony ships were launched 100 years ago, but can one of them be located? Will it offer a chance to survive?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conestoga

  • By trixie on 12-23-17

Great story, horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I'm a fan of John Thornton's books and I was looking forward to starting this series. I was not let down at all by the story, but the narrator detracted from the book and it was hard to stay with it. She made errors and they were left in. I do not know who is responsible for checking, but there were repeated sentences, very little difference in the character's voices and noise in the background, which was very distracting.
Great job by the author, but the narration was painful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Repairing the Conestoga

  • The Colony Ship Conestoga, Book 3
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Cammarry and Jerome have only explored a small part of the wrecked Colony Ship Conestoga. The section called the needle ship is in orbit around a strange world, but where are the remaining sections? Using the help of Khin, a man born on the needle ship, and the artificial intelligence system Sandie, Jerome and Cammarry try to get parts of the old ship fixed and functional. But things do not go smoothly. What will they discover? What new things await? How will they locate the lost habitats which made planet-fall somewhere on the unknown planet? What dangers will they encounter as are repairing the Conestoga?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars!

  • By Lauren on 11-27-17

My favorite book

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

The world of John Thornton is definitely a fantasy world and I had a lot of fun listening to this book. I enjoy his books and look forward to the next in this series. Ms. Holladay did a very good job narrating the book and I'm looking forward to book 4.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stuck in the Middle

  • Sister-to-Sister, Book 1
  • By: Virginia Smith
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Joan Sanderson's life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is living at home with Mom and looking after her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement. That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door. Suddenly, Joan has a goal - to get a date. But it won't be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly with him and Joan is sure that she can't compete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars!!!!

  • By Mark on 09-29-17

5 Stars!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Joan Sanderson is the middle sister of three spunky sisters, although she is the most reserved and sensible one. When a hunky doctor moves in to the house next door, an immediate competition for his affections begin between the lovely and kind Joan and her younger sister Tori, who is beautiful, petite and a serious flirt. Joan gets coaching sessions on how to flirt by the oldest sister Ally and the entire ordeal is hilarious!

Who does Dr. McDreamy choose, if either? The sisters flirtations get stranger and stranger, and it looks like he's about to run for the hills of Kentucky!

This was an adorable story by a very gifted writer. I will listen to it again. Loved the narrator by the way, her performance was great. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I will definitely get it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful