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  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,104

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Best Audible Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Stunning book, brilliant narration. Something to savor! A world that remains when the last chapter finishes. Eagerly awaiting the next book. I feel I am growing with the central character. I will be buying this for all my family!

  • Home to Cedar Branch

  • Quaker Cafe, Book 2
  • By: Brenda Bevan Remmes
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

After a betrayal ends in tragedy, Katy seeks refuge from her abusive husband, Hank, in her quiet hometown of Cedar Branch, North Carolina. Taking up residence on the old family farm and landing a job at the local Quaker Café, she hopes to leave her troubled past behind. At the café, Katy finds allies, kind people willing to protect her and offer advice. There's the gracious owner who insists that manners prevail, the no-nonsense cook who tackles life with a cast iron frying pan, a Yankee transplant who doesn't bow to convention....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious, superb characterization, thoroughly enjoyable

  • By S.J on 05-17-18

Hilarious, superb characterization, thoroughly enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Brenda Rennes has done a brilliant job creating a fascinating story that lets a walk a mile in varying characters shoes. Recommended!

  • The Catholic Table

  • Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet
  • By: Emily Stimpson Chapman
  • Narrated by: Emily Stimpson Chapman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

What does our Catholic faith teach us about eating well? Some of us eat too much food. Or we eat too little. Often, we eat without gratitude, without charity, without respect. But, as award-winning author and food-blogger Emily Stimpson Chapman explains in The Catholic Table, with a sacramental worldview, the supernatural gift of God's grace can transform and heal us through the food we make, eat, and share.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book shifted my worldview to incarnational

  • By S.J on 04-30-18

This book shifted my worldview to incarnational

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Emily’s stunning prose is to savor and helped me more clearly see God’s hand in all, Christ in all. Thank you for such a powerful book. Please write again of the pervasive presence of God in the evocative way you do.

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  • Forged in Fire

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 4
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 28 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252

Joseph Colsco has survived what many would not have - cast naked on an alien planet amidst humans speaking an unknown language and with a different culture and history. Now, known to the people of Caedellium as Yozef Kolsko, he has risen out of despair to prominence and finds himself a central figure in the culmination of a struggle against an imperialist power bent on subjugation. The clans of the Island of Caedellium must gird themselves for what is to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story & narration.

  • By Joe Ibrahim on 02-09-18

Compelling and thought-provoking!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Narrator superb, I didn’t want the fourth book to end! The world and characters were thoroughly alive, an absorbing juxtaposition of modern thinking and clan culture.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 13
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-11-17

To be savored!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Beautifully written, original, a thoughtful thriller with a central character to aspire to.
Brilliantly narrated. If only there were more...

  • Wolfsong

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kirt Graves is superb!

  • By Belen on 10-07-16

Explicit male homosexual acts detailed

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Powerful storyteller. If not for the explicit sex content I would have rated it 5/5.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vatican Waltz

  • A Novel
  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life with her elderly father just outside of Boston. When she loses her beloved grandmother as a child, her faith takes a turn for the devout, and she begins experiencing what she describes as "spells" - moments of such intense prayer that she loses herself. Uninterested in boys and a social life, she develops a deep friendship with the parish priest, whose ideas are often seen as too provocative by his congregation but who encourages her to explore her spells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Priest Her Vocation?

  • By jonmontanavega on 08-03-16

Stunning, fresh imagery, intimately conveyed utterly absorbing.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-16

I felt time stood still as I listened and I inhabited the inner world of the central character. A master contemporary story-teller. The narration was authentic to the voice, powerful and perfect.
My best listen for 2016.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful