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  • Where the Wind Leads

  • A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption
  • By: Vinh Chung
  • Narrated by: Josh Aaron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 312

Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty. Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary “boat people” and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refugees from Vietnam

  • By Justicepirate on 06-22-18

Great Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Well written and well performed. This should be required reading for all high schoolers. Next time someone tells you that they are underachievers because they grew up disadvantaged, give them a copy of this book.

  • The Darkest Child

  • By: Delores Phillips
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's 10 children, but she is also the darkest complected. The Quinns - all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers - live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are 12 years old so that they can help support her by going to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Darkest Child

  • By Beguiling on 04-02-18

Unforgettable Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

After reading or listening to hundreds of books, I have never been compelled to rate one. This is an extraordinary story. Mrs Phillips was an incredible story teller. Her book is spellbounding and beautifully written. What a loss to us that she was unable to finish the sequel or to write other books for us.

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  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 599

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This novel has issues!

  • By Wayne on 09-12-17

Many Twists and Turns

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

Would you listen to When You Disappeared again? Why?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns of the story.

Which character – as performed by Simon Mattacks and Elizabeth Knowelden – was your favorite?

Both

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

A page turner. The ending is stunning. Highly recommend.

  • Beyond Belief

  • My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
  • By: Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology

  • By Tim on 02-07-13

a must read

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

the story was well written and very enlightening. this should be required reading in all high schools.
L. Ron Hubbard must be laughing in his grave at all the stupid people who have fallen for his delusions.