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  • The Forgotten Ones

  • A Novel
  • By: Steena Holmes
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 695

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets. Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story of Past Family Secrets

  • By Wendi on 05-04-18

An Intriguing Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This book is incredibly well written and performed. Each character paints a picture of their view of reality. As the story expertly unfolds new layers of truth collide with each perceptiin , holding the reader's interest to the very end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mustard Seed

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

Oberlin, Ohio, 1868. Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South. Jordan Freedman was born a slave to Mattie, Lisbeth's beloved nurse. The women have an unlikely bond deeper than friendship. Three years after the Civil War, Lisbeth and Mattie are tending their homes and families while Jordan, an aspiring suffragette, teaches at an integrated school. When Lisbeth discovers that her father is dying, she's summoned back to the Virginia plantation where she grew up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part TWO

  • By Dorothy on 04-16-18

Nice continuation

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Another enjoyable book underscoring the I!immorality of owning another person, by Laila Ibrahim. The characters are believable, the plot engaging. And Bonnie Turpin's narration is perfect. She has such a soothing lyracle voice which adds to the enjoyment of this book.

  • Sipping From the Nile

  • My Exodus from Egypt
  • By: Jean Naggar
  • Narrated by: Jean Naggar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 23

In this coming-of-age memoir about a privileged, protected childhood in the exotic milieu of 1950’s Egypt, author Jean Naggar describes a magical time that seemed as if it would never end. But Egypt’s nationalizing of the Suez Canal would set in motion events that would change her life forever. An enchanted existence suddenly ended by international hostilities, her family is quickly scattered far and wide, and Naggar is eventually swept into adulthood and the challenge of new horizons in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling back in

  • By Nuance66 on 01-24-16

Great Boom

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Jean Nagger gives us a bdsautiful history of her privileged life growing up in a wealthy Jewish family in Egypt. Her physical descriptions of her home, her beloved Cairo and Alexandria set the scenes of the narrative of her mosft I teresti g life, for much of the book through the eyes of a precocious and sheltered child.

As she grows and political climates change we glimpse life of her large extended family who live in various places, yet have a familial tie that binds.

As the author performs her own narration, I found her voice and melodious accent to add to the enjoyment of the listening experience
I wanted to know her and be her friend.

While she tackled this work primarily for her family, we are richer that she followed her publisher's urging to market to the public at large.

Some of her timelines could have flowed more smoothly, nevertheless, this is worth your time whether listening or reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Piano

  • From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations
  • By: Zhu Xiao-Mei
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Zhu Xiao-Mei was three years old when she saw her first piano. Soon after, the child began to play, developing quickly into a prodigy who immersed herself in the work of such classical masters as Bach and Brahms. Her astonishing proficiency earned her a spot at the Beijing Conservatory at the tender age of 11, where she began laying the foundation for a promising career as a concert pianist. But in 1966, with the onset of the Cultural Revolution, life as she knew it ended abruptly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very powerful story

  • By Ed Patterson on 11-12-12

For those who love Bach and Chinese history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Zhu Xaio-Mei has written a captivating autobiography weaving the back andc forth story lines of her love affair with the piano, her and her family's experiences during Chairman Mao's devastating Cultural Revolution, and the subsequent high cost to their family, friends, and China as a who!e.
The novel is set to the beautiful music of Bach, Chopin, Schuman and other great Western composers. As a Chinese would do, she u derplays the sheer brilliance, giftedness, and unrelenting tenacity that allows her to endure extreme hardship under communism, including the brainwashing, suspicions, paranoia, and finally the labor camps.
All this is helped y her beloved piano which she and her mother were an!e to miraculously hide from the communists.
While one need not !be a student of Classic music to enjoy this gem, knowledge of the composers and their works will enhance the richness of the experience.
Nancy Wu's authentic performance enhanced my enjoyment of this delightful Audio Book.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,925

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-17

This is possibly the best book I have read all year. I fell in love with more than one of the characters and felt empathy, sympathy,and even sometimes disgust with them.
World War Ii history of the plight of the Jewish people and those who helped them to hide and escape is my favorite genre. Beneatn a Scarletf Sky is a refreshing story which is unpredictable and therefore captivating.
Will Damron did a superb narration.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,229

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Heartstrings Pulled

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Lisa Wingate has topped herself with this heartwarming novel. I have enjoyed many of Wingate's books, but the story lines,character development, research,and word pictures makes this one extra special. Through her vivid imagery I could hear the ripples of the river as well as smell its smells. Every scene richly stirred all the senses.

As well as being a spellbinding story, Before We Were Yours has significantly shed light on a horrific piece of our history.
Excellent.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Sister of Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sabra Waldfogel
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history. Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By M. Ryder on 06-20-16

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

This book is a poignant story of the complexities of the Civil War Era South weaving the lives of half sisters, both daughters of w wealthy Plantation owner. Adelaide, the legitimate daughter and Rachel, his daughter by a beautiful slave.
The story follows the girls as they turn into women, discover the truth of who they are and their love for the same man. The intricacy of their sisterly relationships is compounded by the strictures of mistress/ slave racial tensions piqued and held my interest.
All the characters were well developed and the plot was interesting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,272

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Outstanding on every level

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

This is such a well written book, I am sad it ended. The easy rocking back and forth of time frames and characters end up together in a subliminal me ending, with a few ends tied up so the reader is satisfied with the resolution.

Jim Dale's narration is utterly superb. The book, though a masterful work, would have been less satisfying simply read. The narration makes the scenes and characters real.

  • God's Smuggler

  • By: John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 542

As a boy, he dreamed of being an undercover spy behind enemy lines. As a man, he found himself undercover for God. Brother Andrew was his name, and for decades, his life story has awed and inspired millions. This best-selling memoir recounts the incredible efforts of the young Dutch factory worker to transport Bibles across closed borders, and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God is still in control!

  • By De on 11-20-15

Inspiring and convicting

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

I read this book as a teenager some 40 years ago. At the time it gripped my heart and gave me a heart for the persecuted church in communist countries. Listening to it these forty years later did not disappoint. I was once again transported to the little VW bug, heart racing as God closed the eyes of border guards to the Bibles that Brother Andrew was smuggling into these countries. I received excitedly the Word in my own language as these Bibles were brought in.
I was also encouraged by Brother Andrew's open transparency as he described the progression of His faith in the God who supplied every need.

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,419

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Frank McCourt is a word master, vividly describing his childhood growing up in unbelievable poverty and deprivation. Despite the utter sadness of their situation and his father's alcoholism, the family's love, spirit, and grit shine through these children. McCourt' s narration is a bonus as the accent just makes the story more alive and real.