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  • What the Wind Knows

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best story I've read in years...

  • By Beth N. on 03-04-19

Pretty close to perfect

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

This is one of the best books I've read in the past year. I had little or no clear picture of the Irish struggle for independence and frankly doubted I'd be entertained by learning about it, but I loved the travel back in time plot so I decided to give it a try. I have to say I could not put this book down. I was so interested in the lives of the different characters that I actually doubled my walking routine just so I could listen longer. This is one of those tales that is going to leave you wanting to visit Ireland. The character development was great and I found myself really caring about them, and really hating some of them. I couldn't imagine how this story would end without me throwing the book across the room and in an effort not to spoil it for you I will say, the ending did satisfy me. The author tied things up nicely. If this story isn't adapted to screen, I'll be disappointed.

  • Where the Forest Meets the Stars

  • By: Glendy Vanderah
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises. The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable. Which "story" version is true...

  • By Christina D. on 03-16-19

I hated to have this story end

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

I wasn't sure about delving in to this story because I was skeptical about the plot description being anything believeable. I soon became very intrigued by the storyline. The characters were easy to like and I found myself caring about them. The performance rating is lacking that final 5th star because the use of "he said" "she said" became distracting. It would have flowed better by dropping those clarifications. The narrator did a great job with different voices so I did not need to know "who was saying what" and the use of that (which I'm sure was dictated by the director/author etc.) detracted from the scenes being depicted. There were times the intensity of the little girl got on my nerves, but otherwise I was very entertained. This story moves along quickly.

  • Little Pink House

  • A True Story of Defiance and Courage
  • By: Jeff Benedict
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Suzette Kelo was just trying to rebuild her life when she purchased a broken-down Victorian house perched on the waterfront in New London, CT. The house wasn't particularly fancy, but with lots of hard work Suzette was able to turn it into a home that was important to her, a home that represented her new found independence. Little did she know that the City of New London, desperate to revive its flailing economy, wanted to raze her house and the others like it that sat along the waterfront.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • essential

  • By Anonymous User on 02-16-09

A true story that reads like a good novel

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

An interview of Susette Kelo on the Today Show prompted me to read this book. I wish I had half her gumption and dedication. Many thanks to her and her fellow neighbors for elevating property rights taking to a public level.