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  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,456

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING

  • By Nelishia on 01-04-10

Questionable

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

This book was a bit too much. Main character, Angel, so frustrating!! It took her forever to find herself among her self pity. It was absolutely ridiculous how many times she left and came back. The story line was good but the times she left and what she did was extremely frustrating to listen too. I was so glad when book ended and will not be reading any more of this authors books.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,717

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

  • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

Must read

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This book was well written. Storyline is so sad knowing that this is a true story. You won't be disappointed. Could hardly put book down.

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  • The Librarian of Auschwitz

  • By: Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites - translator, Dita Kraus - prologue
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so, Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Librarian of Auschwitz

  • By Anne Swan on 05-31-18

Great read

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This book was so very sad and depressing to know what these people went through. Book was slow in beginning but better later on. Good author in explaining in detail all the heartache

  • The Wild Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

It is London, 1914. World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters, including Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting Kilimanjaro with Seamus Finnegan - and will never forgive him for saving her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad that this third in the series is the last.

  • By I like to shop on 08-22-16

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

loved it! Good book (triology) . reader is great. will read more of her as a reader. story goes into detail about all families n eady to follow. most memorable was the love between Joe and his beloved.

  • The Winter Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 34 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

It has been 12 years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiance - Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP - she works to shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Winter Rose

  • By Booker D on 01-29-15

wonderful<br />

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

such a good read. reader is great. the heartache that all went thru is so sad. but ended good. I will read more of her books. I've read the rose trilogy. worth ur time

  • Fire Along the Sky

  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315

With epic sweep and breathtaking adventure, Sara Donati's best-selling saga of an Early American family's struggle for survival in the Northeast wilderness continues with the story of an indomitable woman and an unforgettable journey of redemption across a young nation threatened by the flames of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unparalleled performance

  • By Kathryn on 08-28-13

EXCELLENT

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Oh how I love her writings. her stories just suck u in from beginning to end. the reader is awesome! !! everyone should read her books. so clean N wholesome.

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

GREAT BOOK

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

this book was spellbinding! enjoyed every moment n at times I could hardly stand the suspense. sad to know how horrible the war was.

  • The Auschwitz Escape

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,178

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

  • By Mark on 02-26-18

must read

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

excellent book. It's a must-read. When I was reading it I had to shut the book off many times because the suspense was too much for me to handle. very sad but good. reader is excellent

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,986

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

read this book

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

this book was so good and so exciting this book was so good and so exciting that I could hardly stand not to skip over Parts because I didn't know if I could deal with it. will certainly get more of his books. the reader was phenomenal.

  • Dawn on a Distant Shore

  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724

Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, Nathaniel learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father in Montreal, Nathaniel himself is imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as a spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great great great

  • By I like to shop on 05-10-16

wonderful read

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

LOVED IT. LOVED THE WHOLE STORY LINE. READ THE FIRST 3 BOOKS THEN QUIT AS I KNOW THE MAIN CHARACTER IS GONNA DIE AND I DIDN'T WANT TO READ THAT. I MADE MYSELF QUIT EVEN THO THE BOOKS WERE GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL Y WRITTEN. I FELT I WAS THERE LIVING THE LIFE WITH THEM. LOVE HER BOOKS.

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