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  • Trading Christmas

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays - except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!Through an internet site, Charles and Emily arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston - and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover that it’s not the prison town - it’s Santa’s village! The place is full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and...elves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like Holiday Snowflakes

  • By 3AM Mom on 01-19-12

Lovely!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This was a lovely, feel good story with a hopeful message. I thoroughly enjoyed the clean, fresh read.

Renee Raudman did an excellent job of narrating. She really added to the book.

I won't spoil it for you. Just simply - enjoy!

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,422

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Informational!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This book gives kudos to the NOAA and highlights the magnificent amount of data and treasure trove of information it gathers and stores. Sadly, it also highlights a quiet war for who is allowed to receive information from the National Weather Service. Specifically, Accuweather, would like to make your forecast something you must pay for in order to be assured safety and warnings in the major destructive weather events and have been trying to get them out of the weather reporting business. However, where do the weather apps get their data from? You guessed it, the National Weather Service.

Prior to reading this book, I was an Accuweather App fan. I had not installed it on my new phone and will be seeking to use anything from them again.

Thank you NOAA for all you and the public servants whose passion it is to keep us safe.

Informational.

  • When God Says "Go"

  • Rising to Challenge and Change Without Losing Your Confidence, Your Courage, or Your Cool
  • By: Elizabeth Laing Thompson
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Laing Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who were called by God to fulfill his purposes. These Bible heroes responded much like we do - with a jumbled-up inner storm of excitement and fear, insecurity, and hope. Their stories and struggles will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you face your very own doubts, regrets, and worries. When God calls, it’s time to go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read & tool!

  • By Gr8ful Lady on 10-26-18

Great read & tool!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Absolutely excellent book!

Elizabeth Laing Thompson is a gifted writer. She shares candidly about her own life and it's ups and downs with humor, wit and love. Her work is bathed in appropriately applied scripture. Each chapter gives opportunity for further growth and the scriptural references to dig deeper as well as some pointed questions for journaling.

The performance of this book was perfect! It truly was icing on the cake!

I would recommend this book to anyone at any stage in their life's journey.

Thank you, Ms. Thompson, for the excellent, inspiring, encouraging, soul-searching, read!

  • The Mutual Admiration Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Lesley Kagen
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

FACT: Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Theresa "Tessie" Finley, she's in over her head. PROOF: After hearing a scream and catching a glimpse of a mysterious man carrying a body beneath the flickering streetlights in the cemetery behind her house, Tessie adds solving a murder case to her already quite full to-do list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted metaphors funny and how.

  • By Lois on 06-16-18

What Fun!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

This story is set in the 1950's; a simpler and more innocent time when children played outside and their imaginations were encouraged and stretched. I just loved Tessie and her amazing imagination as she set about to solve crimes while caring for her younger sister, who had some sort of challenge, having repeated the 3rd grade and whom Tessie did her best to protect.

The characters are wonderful and relatable. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and more so through Audible.

Dara Rosenberg was fabulous!! The narration really made this book for me. It was wonderfully performed.

Thank you Lesley Kagen for the lovely story (in the midst of difficult circumstance) and Dara Rosenberg for the icing on the cake with your narration.

  • Deception

  • Fear the Heart of Darkness Masquerading as Light
  • By: Barbara Warren
  • Narrated by: Alexandra G. Haag
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Their parents paid the ransom - the kidnappers released one child. Haunted by the pleading eyes of her older sister, Tess Howard has spent the last 24 years searching for Rhona. Reunited at last, the pair is thrust into a deadly world of deception where the bond of shared secrets threatens to choke the light of truth. Blood is thicker than water, but a heart of darkness exacts revenge, not love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Gr8ful Lady on 09-26-18

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I really enjoyed the writing in this book and found myself wanting to caution Tess on several occasions. Her confusion and angst come through beautifully as she has to decide who some new people in her life actually are. The story lines for what was happening in other character lives interwove beautifully and the touch of romance with lovely.

The characters were well developed and true to form. I truly enjoyed a clean read without punctuating profanity. Well done, Ms. Warren! Thank you!

I would recommend this book. It will keep you reading until the last page and then wanting more.

The narrator was a distraction for me. Her telling of the story seemed dry and did not hold the emotion the writing did, The book, I would rate a 5 otherwise.

  • The Bookshop

  • By: Penelope Fitzgerald, David Nicholls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Eve Karpf, David Nicholls, Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important but natural and even supernatural forces, too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On my to read list for a long time

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-23-18

An Enjoyable Read - Small Town

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

A lovely story about one who hoped to provide where there was not, education, art and love of reading. Unbeknownst to her, the endeavors were not welcomed by the suspicious little town and members set about in ways that would surprise you.

I enjoyed the time and listened to this one on Audible. The narrators were lovely and truly made the book more enjoyable. I loved the cadence and delicacy of the writing.

Enjoy!

  • A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

  • Long Beach Homicide, Book 3
  • By: Tyler Dilts
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 206

On a sweltering September night, Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett is called to a grisly crime scene at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. A defenseless homeless man has been burned to death by three teenagers with gang ties. The suspects are already in custody, and the evidence is overwhelming - but when one suspect’s brother is targeted for murder, Danny starts to think there may be more to this seemingly clear-cut case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Dull and Boring Hallelujah

  • By Larry on 09-11-14

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This book had it all - comedy, mystery, family relationships, friendship and even a touch of romance.

The style is rather matter-of-fact and reminiscent of Detective Joe Friday from Dragnet, but once in, you appreciate it for what it is - a cop story. It was eye opening as to process and procedure and believable. Told through the eyes of the detective the hardness, kindness and emotion/emotionless aspects of the job came through seamlessly. It also brought to light some of the things I often forget about - old injuries that continue to plague long-time officers as well as the cases that never leave their mind. Not surprisingly it also gives window into the camaraderie of members of the force and those they work with outside the force (social workers, coroners, and family members of both victims and persons of interest).

I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

The narration was a perfect fit for this book.

  • The 7 Spiritual Habits That Will Change Your Life Forever

  • By: Adam Houge
  • Narrated by: Michael Griffith
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Becoming a highly spiritual Christian needs to be the goal of every believer. Love in itself is an action. The believer, through love should be fervently seeking the Lord night and day to grow nearer to Him. As it is written, "Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits." 1 Cor. 15:33

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book and its author.

  • By GABRIEL E. on 10-01-15

Life Changing!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

The title really rings true. If you master the habits that Adam Houge sets forth in this book, you will find your life changed for the better. Regardless of the circumstance or highs and lows of life, you can live in constant peace and joy and if you make these habits a lifestyle.

It is a short, concise, yet friendly read. I recommend it to anyone!

  • The Girl from the Sea

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

Washed up on the beach, she can't remember who she is. She can't even remember her name. Turns out, she has a perfect life - friends and family eager to fill in the blanks. But why are they lying to her? What don't they want her to remember? When you don't even know who you are, how do you know who to trust?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Bit Disappointing

  • By passiflora on 02-19-17

Twists and Turns

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

What if you could start from scratch all over again, but you didn’t know anything of the players from your previous life?

Wonderfully suspenseful! Wonderfully written. Wonderfully performed. Enjoy!

  • Choosing Words That Heal

  • By: Adam Houge
  • Narrated by: Michale Griffith
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

The words we use can have a tremendous impact on a person's life. With them we can build up a heart or with them we can break one. Words can bless and words can crush, but if they're not founded in love they'll always be harmful in one way or another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bridle the tongue

  • By Keisha on 06-03-15

Excellent! An answer for our world

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I truly enjoyed how the author brought together truth with its instruction from the Word and its application. He addresses the input/output relationship with our tongues and encourages words as they edify. There is a chapter for families and communication as well as all others.

I truly believe our world would be changed positively if everyone read and put to practice this book.

Well done, Mr. Houge! I definitely recommend this book as a read and reread for everyone. I will be rereading as a reminder to keep myself and what leaves my mouth in check. Truly, it should be nothing that does not come from a place of love.