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Molly D.

Tujunga, Ca
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  • The War That Saved My Life

  • By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,885

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute - she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Powerful Wonder

  • By Sara on 02-07-17

Well done!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

I am a therapist by trade, and was astounded by the author's ability to weave so much healing into a book that focuses on trauma. The caretaker "Susan" is a character in the story who brings stability and soothing to two children who have been neglected, abused, and in the middle of a terrible war. Susan's words tell the truth in a way that slowly attack the walls that Aida has had put up in order to survive psychologically. Clearly the author understands childhood trauma and healing in a way that is not flippant or flowery, its just real. Her ability to describe dissociation, sensory grounding, and trauma triggers (without ever using those technical terms) is brilliant and nurturing.

  • The War I Finally Won

  • By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 641

World War II continues, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, are living with their loving legal guardian, Susan, in a borrowed cottage on the estate of the formidable Lady Thorton - along with Lady Thorton herself and her daughter. Life in the crowded cottage is tense enough, and then, quite suddenly, Ruth, a Jewish girl from Germany, moves in. A German? The occupants of the house are horrified. But other impacts of the war become far more frightening. As death creeps closer to their door, life and morality during wartime grow more complex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite book!

  • By Suzanne Bruno on 12-14-17

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

I am a therapist by trade. The author clearly has a keen understanding of trauma, attachment and healing, plus she winds it into a wonderful story! I adored both of the books Ms. Bradley has written.

  • Plain Perfect

  • A Daughters of the Promise Novel
  • By: Beth Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Renee Ertl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

On the rolling plains of Lancaster County, PA., Lillian Miller is searching for her grandparents' house...and so much more. After years of neglect and abuse, she's turning to a lifestyle of simplicity among the Amish to find herself. As she discards the distractions of her former life, she befriends the young boy working on her family's farm and his attractive widowed father, Samuel Stoltzfus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not the best

  • By Molly D. on 06-17-18

not the best

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I've listened to an enormous amount of Amish fiction and I also have a a thirty year friendship with a few Old Order Amish families. I have studied the Amish culture academically, but even so, I truly have a low bar when it comes to this sort of audio book. The story here is a bit far-fetched but not terrible. The reader performance, however, needs help. The Deitsch pronunciations are quite far off and the reader's voice is annoyingly forced. I got half way through it and I just couldn't do it anymore.

  • A Midwife in Amish Country

  • Celebrating God's Gift of Life
  • By: Kim Woodard Osterholzer
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Midwife Kim Osterholzer ushers listeners behind the doors of Amish homes as she recounts her adventures answering God's call to the craft of midwifery. Kim chronicles her nine-year apprenticeship grappling with the nuances and idiosyncrasies of homebirth. She recounts the beauty and painstaking effort of those early years spent catching babies by the light of crackling woodstoves, oil lamps, and lanterns. Every birth enthralled her, whether it involved halting hemorrhages, sharing breath with tiny lungs, or bouncing through wild rides in ambulances. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than I expected

  • By C A Costello on 09-09-18

engaging!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Excellent story about faith and daily walking with God. The information about the Amish appears to be very accurate and sensitively presented.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bringing Maggie Home

  • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

When Meghan DeFord is forced to take a six-week leave-of-absence after a traffic accident, she chooses to spend the time with her grandmother. Meghan has wonderful memories of childhood summers with her Grandma Hazel and anticipates a time of relaxation and filling a scrapbook with pictures of their time together. Meghan's mother arrives unexpectedly and brings her long resentment towards Hazel for her overprotectiveness and near paranoia. During their time together, Hazel confesses her long-held secret....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story and narrator

  • By Connie on 12-02-17

exceptional

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

I have listened to so many Amish-based (and similar fiction) stories that its nearing the level of bizarre. This one is beautifully written with a fresh plot and very interesting twists and turns.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Danika's Journey

  • Amish Girls, Book 2
  • By: J.E.B. Spredemann
  • Narrated by: Jamie Hershberger
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Danika Morales is devastated when tragedy strikes close to home. She is forced to move from her friends and beautiful home in sunny California to Amish country in rural Pennsylvania to live with her estranged uncle. This surfer girl believes she'll never be able to adjust to a land-locked plain lifestyle, until she meets her new best friend. Still, being an outsider and of a different ethnicity, Danika faces many challenges on her journey to adulthood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • difficult to listen to

  • By Molly D. on 07-06-17

difficult to listen to

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

What disappointed you about Danika's Journey?

unrealistic story and the reader sounds like a computer voice.

Would you ever listen to anything by J.E.B. Spredemann again?

probably not

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was upset with myself for ordering it. I couldn't finish it after the first hour or so. It was grating on my nerves.

Any additional comments?

I know its a kid's book and I am an adult. Still, it is very disappointing because of inaccuracies and the very odd reading style.

  • The Decision

  • By: Wanda E. Brunstetter
  • Narrated by: Pam Turlow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Starting over in a new Amish community after suffering terrible heartbreak has been going good for Jonah Miller, until his heart takes another terrible hit. Elaine Schrock loves Jonah, but she feels she must dedicate herself to taking care of her grandmother. Jonah doesn't know if he can risk loving a third time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • decisions

  • By Rose on 03-20-15

too many medical problems

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The reader sounds sappy and it seems that most of the characters are having intense medical problems all of the time.

If you’ve listened to books by Wanda E. Brunstetter before, how does this one compare?

not my favorite

What didn’t you like about Pam Turlow’s performance?

Her voice sounds like she is talking to a class of kindergartners.

Was The Decision worth the listening time?

no, I am returning it.