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  • Send Down the Rain

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family's beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future - until a cherished person from her past returns. Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Martin breathes life into every story

  • By Barbara Fischer on 05-17-18

Charles Martin, great storyteller

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I love Martin’s books...the reader has a wonderful voice and great diction...I guess it was a little too romantic/dramatic for me. Exaggerated love. The reader has a poetic, wistful lilt, which adds even more drama....almost a mournful cadence...like Garrison Keillor.

  • Radical Acceptance

  • The Secret to Happy, Lasting Love
  • By: Andrea Miller
  • Narrated by: Andrea Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Loving the lovable parts of your partner is easy. He's funny, charming, smart, successful, and kind. He's perfect. Except for when he is not. Like when he is late. Or short-tempered. Or impatient. Or lazy. Or he has just loaded the dishwasher incorrectly (again). Maybe he suddenly feels like the most frustrating person on the planet. Or maybe you're simply not feeling heard or seen. Or loved enough. Tremendous empowerment and liberation come from loving someone - and being loved - for who we really are.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible naration but great book

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-19-17

Author-narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

A book encouraging more love and acceptance is always a good thing, but the tedious, slow, mechanical delivery of the author was more than this listener could handle. I know professional narrator fees are $150 per hour or more, but that is money well spent. If you’re going to charge $20 for a book, the listener expects a great narration

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  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,570

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Food!

  • By Tunes on 02-25-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Miss Brown's writing seems to lend itself better to a male reader. The reader was adequate; however, her male voices took on a nasal tone, which I found to be distracting.

  • Unoffendable

  • How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better
  • By: Brant Hansen
  • Narrated by: Brant Hansen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 739

It's a radical, provocative idea: We're not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own "righteous anger" is a myth. It is the number-one problem in our societies today and, as Dallas Willard says, Christians have not been taught out of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth. How refreshing.

  • By Terri C. on 07-15-17

10 stars

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

This book was an encouragement on so many different levels… First the honesty – Hansen has Aspergers so he cant lie. Is it blunt? Thank God, YES!! I love ministers who can turn a phrase in 15 different ways, but I don't have time for that… So those books go half-read. I must be busy going about my Father's business, which at this time appears to be (partly) encouraging our Aspergers grandson...one reason why no one has time for books heavy-laden with verbiage. Hansen, if you are reading this review, thank you for your honesty ...it made all the difference in the way I will be interacting with others....hope to read it with a group this Fall

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but Brittle

  • By AR on 02-17-17

Fun and informative

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Delightful little book.... I'd write a longer review, but I'n busy lighting candles and enjoying hygge...read the book and you'll understand.

  • The Wise Woman

  • By: George MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Veronica Murphy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

This is the story of two girls, one is a princess and the other is a daughter of a shepherd; both are spoiled and self-serving. Their lives are changed forever when they encounter the Wise Woman, who undertakes to teach them virtue with an astounding balance of grace and truth. Firm and loving, the Wise Woman is everything a good parent could hope to be, and a refreshing portrayal of the Heavenly Parent in us all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my all-time favorites

  • By NWGirl on 04-06-17

Wonderful MacDonald

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

George McDonald is magical… As CS Lewis said, he was the master of the fairytale. There's something miraculous about his writing that calms and makes human thoughts move toward creative, delightful, heavenly mysteries in a way other storytellers cannot. Not your average fairytale.... medicine for the soul.

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  • Up from Slavery

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Noah Waterman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality Check!

  • By Mickens on 06-08-16

Wow, did I really read this in middle school?

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Yes, back in the 60's, we were required to read this in Middle School...I can't imagine the average 6th grader reading this today. Much better reading as an adult. The narrator was excellent and kept his tone constant, eliminating the need constant volume adjustments while driving.

  • Between Black and White

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 2
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138

In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by 10 local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father's name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob 45 years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo's father, Bo becomes the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. White supremacists live, feel right.!!

  • By Richard Delman on 10-27-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Yes, a bit like Grisham....I am pretty sure Bailey must be a University of Alabama lawyer... you know these Crimson Tide loyalists are as bad or worse than Vols... so this would be a great gift for your U of A alumni friends. Doesn't hurt that it's good writing too!

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84,015

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

I did not want to like this...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

But I did! Really, the F word is so overused, that I just walk away when people choose to use it....but...I watched the book climb and climb as a bestseller, and finally decided to give in and buy it....it is great. He readily admits his character flaws, so there's no need in pointing them out, unless, of course, I want to prove how superior and arrogant I am. Great book!

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  • Hygge: A Danish Concept of Cosy and Simple Living

  • By: Noah Nielsen
  • Narrated by: Robbie Alleman
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Growing up in Denmark I never knew us Danes were different. Of course being different is not always a bad thing! In my early 20s I moved to New York to study interior design. It was during my time in New York that I realized the importance of hygge. Everyone seemed so busy, so stern looking, and so stressed! After spending two long years in New York I decided I had to spread the word about hygge and so I wrote my book Hygge: A Danish Concept of Simple & Cosy Living.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not purchase the audio version

  • By Lori E. on 05-07-17

Computerized voice

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

If you're looking for a good introductory book on hygge, this is not it. I'll try another hygge book and leave a review....I cannot believe this is a human voice, it is so flat.