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Grosse Ile, MI, United States
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  • Dance with the Devil

  • A Memoir of Murder and Loss
  • By: David Bagby
  • Narrated by: Allan Edwards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

In November 2001, the body of a young doctor named Andrew Bagby was discovered in Keystone State Park outside Latrobe, Pennsylvania, five bullet wounds in his face, chest, buttocks, and the back of the head. For parents Dave and Kate, the pain was unbearable? But Andrew's murder was only the first in a string of tragic events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Whole New Level of Anguish

  • By IndyMcDuff on 09-15-16

Feel a Dad's Anguish

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I'd watched television programs about this murder in this book is the only place I could get a true perspective on the parent's pain and anger. I highly recommend this book and agree with other reviews where they recommend watching the documentary first.

  • Stand Your Ground

  • By: Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Narrated by: Suzzanne Douglas, Madeleine Maby, James Colby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Stand Your Ground is the story of three women who find themselves thrown together because of the most horrible of situations. Janice Johnson suffers through every mother's nightmare when she finds out that her 16-year-old son, Marquis, was murdered in the parking lot of a convenience store. But she and her husband's horror becomes greater when they find out that the shooter has not been arrested. The Johnsons begin a quest to get justice for their son - though the Johnsons want to take different roads to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spell bounding

  • By Barbara on 10-09-15

Beautiful novel, it changed me

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Where does Stand Your Ground rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rarely take the time to write reviews but this book was one of the best I've read in a long time.

What did you like best about this story?

This novel made me totally reconsider the stories you hear about in the media. I never considered that the media could be reporting false stories with a grain of truth to manipulate potential jury pools. I will never take a media story at face value again. What happened in the novel has happened in the media accounts after all of the race related shootings in the US.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I liked the switching between narrators to give you the feeling you are really in the mind of that person.

If you could rename Stand Your Ground, what would you call it?

I think the novel is appropriately named, I hope they do repeal that terrible law. I never considered that people could intentionally provoke a deadly encounter simple to kill someone of a race they dislike. There is too much hate in this country, you can't have laws that allow that hate to become legalized murder.

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  • Mail Order Bride: Frontier Soul

  • By: Emma Ashwood
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Abby Johnson is returning to Jamestown a year after escorting her cousin, Charlotte, to the same town to become a mail order bride. Abby has now made the same leap of faith - well, not quite. She has at least seen the man she has agreed to marry, Sam, the stranger she met on the train during the previous journey. The handsome Sam is now the doctor at Jamestown, but he still has a dream of making his fortune as a rancher. The good news is that Sam is just as Abby remembers him...or so she believes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narrator

  • By Shannon on 04-16-16

Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

The narrator for the book was like nails on a chalkboard. I couldn't stand to finish the story.

  • Unwrapping Christmas

  • By: Lori Copeland
  • Narrated by: Emily Sophia Knapp
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, the true spirit of Christmas begins to emerge in unexpected ways for one woman as God shows her the true meaning of giving. Unwrapping Christmas is a Christmas story as heartwarming as the season itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pointless....absolutely no plot

  • By Shannon on 12-26-15

Pointless....absolutely no plot

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

Reviewed: 12-26-15

If you want to listen to a book where literally the only thing that happens is a woman whines about how busy she is this is the book for you.

  • Another Homecoming

  • By: Janette Oke, T. Davis Bunn
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The world is at war. A young man bravely kisses his weeping bride goodbye at the train station, leaving her all alone. Then the dreaded telegram, and a decision that nearly tears her apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching Story

  • By Shannon on 04-15-15

Touching Story

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Very well narrated and written book about what truly brings peace and happiness. What makes a family was defined in this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In His Steps

  • By: Charles M. Sheldon
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Since 1896, over 15 million readers have been intrigued by this extraordinary story. The appearance of a mysterious stranger and his impassioned pleas for the poor and downtrodden leaves a small town deeply shaken. The town's congregation decides to follow in the footsteps of Jesus regardless of the consequences. This story has inspired generations of believers, and echoes today, as young Christians ask, "What would Jesus do?" and try to follow in his footsteps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story

  • By Shannon on 03-06-15

Beautiful Story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

I loved this story of a Utopia where we make our decisions based on what the Master would do. Reminded me of the sacrificial life described in Kisses for Katie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hurlbut's Story of the Bible

  • By: Rev. Jesse Hurlbut D.D.
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Hurlbut's Story of the Bible has its roots in the old custom of parents telling their children stories from scripture. One of those parents who kept this custom particularly alive and meaningful was Dr. Jess Lyman Hurlbut. Like many great works of literature, the stories that make up this book were told and retold innumerable times before being set down on paper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Rendition

  • By Victoria on 11-12-03

Engaging Narrator - True to the Bible Accounts

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Would you listen to Hurlbut's Story of the Bible again? Why?

Yes, it's does an excellent job of telling the Bible stories without deviating from the true Bible accounts. It takes out the more graphic parts of some stories so it's kid friendly.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

His voice is very nice to listen to and he tells the stories in an engaging way.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a long book comprised of over a 100 Bible stories so it's a nice one to listen to over time.

Any additional comments?

Great investment... I bought this with Whispersync and the cost was low to get the ebook and audiobook.

  • Where Trust Lies

  • Return to the Canadian West, Book 2
  • By: Janette Oke, Laurel Logan
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Beth Thatcher returns home from her first year as a schoolteacher in the mining town of Coal Valley and steps into a whole different world. Her life back among her wealthy Eastern family is a stark contrast to her primitive life in the West, and Beth isn't sure where she belongs anymore. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday - a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the U.S.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Janet Parsons on 03-16-16

Love Janette Oke but Vacation Details Dragged

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love Janette Oke but I would direct a friend to other books. I was disappointed in the way this story dragged.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Fewer details of their vacation travels and more excitement. In the first book I was reminded of Christy and I loved it. This one drags until the end of the book. I hope this book will setup the next book nicely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,472

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

Beautiful Story

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

What made the experience of listening to Yellow Crocus the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed how love can build a new family when the one you were born into cannot be the family you need.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Yellow Crocus?

When Lisbeth made the right choice for her husband.

Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you could take any character from Yellow Crocus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mattie

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café

  • By: Max Lucado, Candace Lee, Eric Newman
  • Narrated by: Ben Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This was OK

  • By Susan on 09-08-15

Special Story

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Memorable story that reminds us all that we are never alone. I loved how Manny showed her this at the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful