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Deborah Warren Coram

Ellicott City, Maryland, US
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  • Last Bus to Wisdom

  • A Novel
  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

The final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an 11-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ivan Doig was getting older

  • By Starr Callies on 01-13-16

Last Bus to Wisdom

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This was an enchanting tale with many interesting characters. It’s a bit fanciful if it’s autobiographical but nevertheless entertaining. Since it’s mainly about a 12-year old boy, I would have enjoyed sharing it with my grandson of the same age. I cannot, however, due to the awful profanity throughout the entire book and the sexual innuendos. So it’s a story about a child for an adult—but not for an adult who finds the bad language offensive.

  • Someone Else's Love Story

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 605

Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem - or what we hope they will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite modern Southern author!

  • By KarenLee on 12-11-13

Sweet Story

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This was a sweet story with laugh-out-loud moments. I love Ms Jackson’s prose that is so uniquely southern. She does a great job narrating her own book—she knows it well and adds the right inflections and pauses and the like at just the right spots. Enjoyed every sentence! Found myself saying, wish I could write like that.”

  • I Liked My Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Fabiaschi
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good all around.

  • By Adam C. on 03-16-17

Unique story with a surprise ending

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

“I Liked My Life” was well written and kept my interest from the first word. I enjoyed getting to know the three main characters well. The author went deep into their relationships, both good and not so good attributes. Worth the credit!

  • The Stars Are Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 626

In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast, from Bar Harbor to Kittery, and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disaster Strikes In 1947

  • By Sara on 06-02-17

The Stars Are Fire!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Magnificent! If you’re in the mood for a harrowing experience, the extraordinary in the ordinary, a bit of suspense, and romance, this is the book for you. My only suggestion is that it could have been a couple of chapters longer.

  • If I'm Found

  • By: Terri Blackstock
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn't commit. Dylan Roberts - her most relentless pursuer - is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He's let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn't come easily. As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who's also been falsely accused.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story...but not narration

  • By Yvonne on 04-09-17

If I’m Found

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This is the second book of a series. I enjoyed the story, however, like many series, the follow up isn’t as good as the first book. Don’t know if it’s just the reader’s familiarity with the characters. Nevertheless I enjoyed the book and like the approach of the books. I didn’t enjoy the narration—the narrator did a poor job In differentiating the voices of the characters.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,812
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,684

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

The beauty in ordinary life

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

This book was interesting to me because I knew very little about the life of a Mormon. Seeing it through the eyes of a girl who became a woman was like living the experience myself. We all have ours stories to tell and Tara Westover did a fantastic job telling hers. The narrator was okay. She needed more vocal variety and a different sound for the male voices—all sounded the same.

  • Rapture of Canaan

  • By: Sheri Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Novelist Sheri Reynolds weaves lyrical prose and folksy dialogue into her spellbinding tales. The Rapture of Canaan, a New York Times best-seller, is the moving story of a teenaged girl clashing with her harshly controlled world. Growing up in a closed religious community deep in the rural South, 15-year-old Ninah Huff painstakingly and obediently follows her church’s many rules—she knows that public humiliation follows the smallest transgression

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommend it

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-18

Rapture of Canaan not very rapturous

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I didn’t dislike the book, and I tried to like it. There were too many unresolved things at the end and it didn’t all hang together for me, even though I liked the ending. I adored the main character and her grandmother, everyone else didn’t seem well developed. Not sure I’d recommend it unless it is someone familiar with the Pentecostal denomination.

  • Royal Blood

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501

Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Adventurous Fun

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Royal Blood

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I enjoy this series. It’s my first read of Rhys Bowen books. The preceding books in the series were better written—it’s almost as if this one wasn’t edited for common sense things, for example her maid was closed in a dungeon for over 24 hours, and when found nothing mentioned about her being hungry, tired,crying, in need of bathroom. Just one example. I’ll try one more book to see if it improves. I don’t want to use a credit on a carelessly written book. These are good books for light listening—when one doesn’t want any blood and gore or serious topics.

  • The Masterpiece

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not realize this was religious....

  • By Amanda on 05-08-18

The Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I’ve read several books by Francine Rivers and have enjoyed all of them. I always learn something new in her books. This time I learned about graffiti artists. Ms. River’s inspirational background in her books are attractive to me as a Christian. She interweaves the Christian message in so many ways in the story that you’re likely to see yourself or someone you know. Good job and an enjoyable read.

  • Royal Flush

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,815

With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit

  • By Marie on 02-09-13

Royal Flush

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

This story was not as intriguing or as well written as the first two books. I’m wondering if that will be a trend so I’ll closely read the reviews.