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  • Spring's Gentle Promise

  • Seasons of the Heart, Book 4
  • By: Janette Oke
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39

Janette Oke is a pioneering author of inspirational fiction. Her novels are international best-sellers that entertain as they refresh the soul. Spring's Gentle Promise is the fourth and final book of the Seasons of the Heart series that follows Joshua Chadwick on his journey into adulthood. Josh is as happy as a clam now that Grandpa and Uncle Charlie have signed over the family farm to him. But soon the serious responsibility of managing the farm has him looking for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Promise

  • By A+D on 01-17-19

Sweet Promise

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Joshua Jones, all grown, shouldering the responsibility of farm and family. The thrill of owning a car, finding love, and fatherhood. The lean years of drought and barely surviving. This story expressed all of those things and more. The lesson of God's provision and promises woven throughout. I cannot forget to mention how Janette Oke uses this story to teach us what it means to cherish your spouse.
I have enjoyed this series as narrated by Johnny Heller. Though I read the books decades ago the story seems new.

  • Winter Is Not Forever

  • Seasons of the Heart, Book 3
  • By: Janette Oke
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Internationally best-selling inspirational author Janette Oke is beloved for her novels of faith. Winter Is Not Forever is the continuation of the touching Seasons of the Heart saga begun in Once Upon a Summer and continued in The Winds of Autumn. Featuring a folksy narration by Johnny Heller, this tale of a young man ready to graduate from high school and begin his adult life is touching and poignant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Building!

  • By A+D on 01-15-19

Faith Building!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This truly is a faith building story. As Josh becomes a man, he waits for God's call as to what he should do with his life. He grapples with change in his old friendships, and changes on the farm. Josh learns what it is really like to live by his faith and that God can make all things work together for good.

  • The Winds of Autumn

  • Seasons of the Heart, Book 2
  • By: Janette Oke
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

Pioneering inspirational author and perennial best seller Janette Oke is renowned for her touching novels of faith and virtue. The Winds of Autumn is the continuation of the heartwarming family saga begun in Once Upon a Summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Heart Lessons

  • By A+D on 01-13-19

Great Heart Lessons

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Joshua is growing up, almost a man. A camping trip doesn't go as planned. The new teacher's daughter catches his eye. He faces trials with his friends, great loss in his family, and he struggles with his faith. His friend shows him some Biblical truths as does Gramps.

I really enjoy Johnny Heller's narration. It is bringing this long time favorite series back to life for me. I read them when the books were first published.

  • Bargaining with the Boss

  • By: Jennifer Shirk
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Kinsley just wanted to have some fun for a change. Then she wakes up in a stranger’s bed, with her bridesmaid dress on backward and a hazy memory of what happened at her friend’s wedding. With a quick escape, she can get back to her predictable life. But then she meets her new boss - the same guy she’d woken up next to - and seeing him with a clear head doesn’t make him any less attractive. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Bargain!

  • By A+D on 01-04-19

Nice Bargain!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I picked this audiobook for two reasons. First, it was listed as "Clean and Wholesome" Second, the narrator. I love Lauren Ezzo!
This is a new to me author and I wouldn't say the book is completely "clean and wholesome" to me. Clean and wholesome doesn't include getting drunk, waking up in a strangers bed and later discussing "getting lucky." Though, nothing more than kissing is actually shown.
With that being said, I thought the story was cute. I liked seeing Kinsley come into her own and doing what was best for her instead of thinking of everyone else first.
I also liked the broody Damon. He learned to let go a bit and think of something other than business and the bottom line first.
There could have been a bit more interaction between Damon and his father. They had so much of their past to overcome and it was over in a paragraph or two.

Lauren Ezzo does not disappoint with the narration.

  • Flights of Fancy

  • American Heiresses, Book 1
  • By: Jen Turano
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high-society world she's always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania. Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he's unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By A+D on 01-02-19

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Though not prone to "flights of fancy" Miss Isadora Delafield certainly went on an unexpected adventure in this wonderful book.

I loved getting to know Izzie, seeing her blossom and find what Aunt Birdie would call the "gifts God gives all his children" was simply delightful. I loved all the humorous mishaps Izzie encountered.
I also loved Ian Mackenzie. A man set to climb the ranks of society, until he sees some long buried truths in his heart.

I love the unique humor, quirky characters, and sweet message the author spreads through the pages and into my heart.

No spoilers from me but hold on, there are some children that will steal your hearts and an unusual assortment of pets that keep things interesting.


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  • A Changed Agent

  • By: Tracey J. Lyons
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isn't the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner's niece and nephew, who've been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Changed Agent!

  • By A+D on 12-30-18

Great Changed Agent!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved Elsie's strength and her rules. She is a bit stubborn though.
Will is an undercover Pinkerton agent suddenly in charge of his orphaned niece and nephew in the middle of working a case.. Elsie is not only their new teacher, she also enters into an arrangement to be their live in caregiver. Will and Elsie develop feelings for each other, much to their surprise (not mine).
After much danger and many tense moments there is one exchange I loved..."Mr. Benton! You cannot just kiss away our problems." "Why not"(he says) "Because I said so!"
You have to read or listen to the book yourself. It's very sweet.
Narrator Lauren Ezzo does a wonderful job bringing the story and characters to life.

  • At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd): An Apart from the Crowd Novella

  • By: Jen Turano
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

After her father lost the family's fortune, Wilhelmina was cast out of the fashionable set and banished to the wallflower section. Taking a position as a social secretary to help support her family, she's mostly come to terms with her new status. But when her old friend Edgar returns to New York society for the first time since she rejected his marriage proposal, she's newly ashamed at how far she's fallen - and how hastily she dismissed him years ago.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Delight!

  • By A+D on 12-29-18

Such a Delight!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

At Your Request is such a delightful prequel to one of my favorite Audible series. I adore Jen Turanos' writing!
I loved Wilhelmina and Edgar's story. Filled with quirky characters and high society, I'm sure many others will love this book too.
The narration by Lauren Ezzo is excellent.

  • The Silent Governess

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

With the stunning prose and engaging characters of The Silent Governess, Christy Award finalist Julie Klassen whisks listeners away to Regency England for a compelling tale of romance and intrigue. Thinking she’s guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home and stumbles upon a grand estate—and a damaging secret. To ensure her silence, Lord Bradley insists she serve in his opulent manor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great listen!

  • By Debbie on 03-12-15

Very Good Story!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

This book is a bit of a mystery and suspense, filled with secrets. It is also a family drama, more secrets involving more than one family. Last but certainly not least there is a romance. Weaving his way in and around these families is the Vicar, reminding those that need it, that they are first children of God and of His love for them.
I thought the narration was very well done.

  • The Hope of Azure Springs

  • By: Rachel Fordham
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now 19, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Amanda on 08-31-18

More than 5 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Where do I even begin? I loved this book!!! It is filled with so much heart, hope, and all the emotions.
Em is barely alive when she found bleeding and taken to the doctor in Azure Springs. Needing a place to recover she is taken in by a loving family, with the exception of the eldest daughter, Eliza is a spoiled snob.
The most handsome sheriff, Caleb is anxious to find the bad guys and help Em as much as he can. I can't give details but they are in for a few surprises.
There are some very heartbreaking moments too. I've listened to this book at least three times and still get tears in my eyes at a certain point.
I loved seeing Em blossom into the woman she was meant to be. Many life lessons are learned by those around her and maybe even by some who read or listen to this story.
The ending tugs at my heartstrings.
The narration by Coleen Marlo brings this wonderful story to another level of emotion.
I never would have guessed this was a debut novel. I look forward to reading more and more by Rachel Fordham!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas with Anne

  • and Other Holiday Stories
  • By: L.M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The story of Anne Shirley has endured generation after generation and catapulted L.M. Montgomery into the ethos of literature. Here, Dreamscape presents a collection of holiday stories featuring Anne and other characters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A collection of short stories

  • By A+D on 12-20-18

A collection of short stories

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

A nice collection of Christmas and New year short stories. All are reminders of the spirit of Christmas. Giving to those in need and giving of ones self.
Somewhat predictable but still pleasant to listen to.