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  • The Wake Up

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when he's suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain and fear as if it were his own. But the newfound sensitivity of Aiden's "wake up" has its price. He can no longer sleepwalk through life, holding everyone at arm's length. As he struggles to cope with a trait he's buried since childhood, Aiden falls in love with Gwen, a single mother whose young son bears a burden of his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet find

  • By Katherine Pilling on 05-22-18

The Wake Up

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I was disappointed that the main character chose to have a relationship with the mother of a child that he was mentoring outside of the bonds of marriage. At one point he even said to her that "people like us sometimes don't stay together". Marriage is "for better or for worse", which means that the couple is at least willing to commit their future in the life of the other person. It doesn't always work out that way nevertheless the depth of involvement that the character had made with the mom and her children in every other situation was incongruous with this attitude. The whole situation was a bit confusing to me.

  • The Haven

  • Stoney Ridge Seasons Series, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Woods Fisher
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

On a warm spring day, Sadie Lapp returns home to her quiet, unassertive life in Stoney Ridge after spending the winter in Ohio. Gideon Smucker, an awkward schoolteacher, has been in love with Sadie since childhood and eagerly awaits her return. But does Sadie feel the same about him?Will Stoltz, a charming and impetuous college student, has been banished for a semester and sent to babysit endangered peregrine falcons nesting at the Lapp farm. He’d rather be anywhere else...until he befriends Sadie. As the hopes and ambitions of these three young people converge, life in Stoney Ridge may never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Haven

  • By W. on 07-01-18

The Haven

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This is a good clean drama. Well written and read. Something the family can enjoy.

  • Looking into You

  • By: Chris Fabry
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Every day, Paige Redwine is haunted by a choice she made when she was only 17. Now, just past 40, still single, she lives a tidy, controlled life as a well-respected English professor at a college in Nashville. Nothing could prepare her for the day Treha Langsam - the daughter she secretly placed for adoption - walks into her classroom as a student, unknowingly confronting Paige with both her greatest longing and her greatest fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking Into You

  • By W. on 05-05-18

Looking Into You

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I've often thought of Chris Fabry as a screenplay writer for movies turned into books. Which means he was working off of the script of a movie. This book proves that he is not limited to such work. This story is original, engaging and thought provoking. It kept me looking to see what will happen next, to the very end. I really enjoyed this read! Not to mention the fact that it needed no profanity or lewd scenery to enhance the work. I can add this author as one of my favorites.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Priceless

  • She's Worth Fighting For
  • By: Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone
  • Narrated by: David Atlas, Nora Hunter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

James Stevens was, at one time, a good man with a great life. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash - no questions asked. When he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Priceless

  • By W. on 04-13-18

Priceless

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

This book is worth the credit. The truth about Human Trafficking is told without bias or unnecessary obscenity. This is a good tool that can be used to shake us all out of becoming desensitized and to do whatever we can to stop Human Trafficking in our community.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Words

  • What Animals Think and Feel
  • By: Carl Safina
  • Narrated by: Carl Safina
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book by a scientist with a heart

  • By Sharon on 11-12-15

Beyond Words

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

This was disappointing for me. I didn't finish the novel because in my opinion a beautiful narrative depicting the family life of elephants evolved into a story supporting the evolutionary trail. The theme seemed to have changed somewhere in relating the habitation of monkeys, which became a story which I would not recommend for children. I was really looking forward to the Orca or Killer Whales but I didn't want to wade through this narrative to get to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Breakthrough

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I would categorize this book as Science Fiction/Fantasy. Some of the story, especially that where they are developing one on one communication with the dolphins was very enjoyable. Other places where they morphed into more intelligent species and such left me a little nonplussed. Simply because the narrative indicated that they had made up their minds on the subject. But in my mind this book is categorized as Science Fiction/Fantasy. I would definitely rate it as a four star read.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Fatal Voyage

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Kate Harper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

Temperance Brennan hears the news on her car radio. An Air TransSouth flight has gone down in the mountains of western North Carolina, taking with it 88 passengers and crew. An a forensic anthropologist and a member of the regional DMORT team, Tempe rushes to the scene to assist in body recovery and identification. She finds a field of carnage: torsos in trees, limbs strewn among bursting suitcases, and smoldering debris. Many of the dead are members of a university soccer team. Is her daughter among them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An early novel in the Temperance Brennan series

  • By Wayne on 06-26-18

Fatal Voyage

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

This is not really my favorite topic, and I've been trying to steer away from murder mysteries to other types of adventure. Nevertheless the book presented some interesting moments and some gruesome scenes. All-in-all those who are into this type of genre will most likely find this worth their credit. Also there is profanity sprinkled throughout but not to the point of distraction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

When the Air Hits Your Brain

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I was disappointed in the read.

First of all I don't like profanity. For me it really takes away from the integrity of the story. I think that anything can be said without expletives and especially the "f" word. Next I am a woman of faith in God. I don't think I am "religious" but that definition is in the eye of the beholder, whoever chooses to judge. In this story the only people who were supposedly "Christian" were tainted with wanting to commit suicide and who illegally falsified prescriptions for their own personal purposes. Any incident which could have been attributed to God in lieu of miraculous results was quickly explained away by some sort of human factor leaving no doubt about it's origin. For example, a woman came into the ER who had been shot, between the eyes, by her boyfriend; she was conscious, very much aware of her surroundings, and in fact walking around asking for a cup of coffee. The bullet, which was still in her head skirted over the skull and lodged in the back of her neck. This was explained away by her having a hard skull with no details of how that decision was derived.

I think the author and I have totally different perspectives on life and that influenced my reception of this novel as I read. Lastly this is a work of fiction, a composite of the career of this physician with names changed for the protection of patients and colleagues but also other fictionalized parts for the story sake. Perhaps it should not be included in the Non-fiction section.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • With Love from the Inside

  • By: Angela Pisel
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687

Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and 27 days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter's voice and the final moment she'd heard anyone call her mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing - reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Mary McDaniels on 09-23-16

With Love From the Inside

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Excellent. Down to the very end. This read explores some complex intricacies of life that most of us don't have to encounter. Although I don't think I would have gone in the direction of the main character who knows what life might bring my way. Even so, she had a loving, caring husband for support as well as God Himself. The reader may be surprised at the ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

Greyhound

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

In spite of the occasional use of profanity, (The reason for my 4 stars in the Story category.) I found this read to be an absolutely humane and compassionate novel. The narration was excellent! I would not recommend it for young children but perhaps for some mature teens and young adults. It is not a whimsical tale, there is definitely a point to be made.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful