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Diane B Anderson

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  • Catching the Wind

  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

What happened to Brigitte Berthold? That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was 13, when he and 10-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise ending...

  • By zjohnnylz on 09-10-17

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Melanie Dobson has developed her characters with heart and soul.
Beautiful scenery and suspenseful with of course a believable conclusion. I love her novels

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Among the Stars

  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

As Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter. Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden Among the Stars

  • By Scrapbook Mom on 12-13-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This is a beautiful take of love, sacrifice and family. Melanie Dobson takes this time of desperation and weaves a love filled story. I thoroughly enjoy historical fiction and this is one if the best. Thank you for the insight and care used in this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The High Tide Club

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

When 99-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000-acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She wants Brooke to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall a good story but...

  • By RocketDog on 05-25-18

Sweet and poignant

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

The high tide club is a gem. It tells a story over several generations with a sweet message. This is my first Andrews look but not my last.

  • Once We Were Brothers

  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5-Star Thriller with History and Heart

  • By Ella on 11-22-14

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I have listened to mini world war two dramatizations. Written storythat keeps you guessing until the very end. Well done😄

  • The Right Time

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205

Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father - and soon she is writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill, imagination, and talent far beyond her years. After her father's untimely death, at 14 Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds 26 mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to understand the five star ratings given this book

  • By Karyn Mazzeo on 10-21-17

Yay

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Danielle Steele always delivers a great story with true feeling. I think that this story is autobiographical

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,374

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

A beautiful well written of world war two that we don't hear about. The author and the author

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

A beautiful well-written story of World War II that we don't hear very much about. The author writes a very historically accurate account of the days in Malon. If anyone is a history buff this is a good book

  • Irena's Children

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
  • By: Tilar J. Mazzeo
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

In 1942 one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw Ghetto as a public health specialist. While she was there, she began to understand the fate that awaited the Jewish families who were unable to leave. Soon she reached out to the trapped families, going from door to door and asking them to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling children out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So worth reading...

  • By Jan on 10-07-16

Finally the truth

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

This is a finely crafted story about Irena and the sacrifices that she made to save 2500 children. May we all have the social conscience to look out for each other.

  • When Mercy Rains

  • Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

She left, heavily weighted with secrets. But God reveals all things, in His timing. And He redeems them. Suzanne Zimmerman was only 17 and pregnant when her shamed mother quietly sent her away from their Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. With her old home, family, and first love firmly behind her, Suzanne moved to Indiana, became a nurse, and raised a daughter, Alexa, on her own. Now, nearly 20 years later, an unexpected letter arrives from Kansas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good listen

  • By Francine on 12-16-14

When mercy rains

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

If you could sum up When Mercy Rains in three words, what would they be?

well developed characters

What did you like best about this story?

The story was Christian based with the use of prayer in the everyday characters as it should be in daily life.

Have you listened to any of Alyssa Bresnahan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

If you could rename When Mercy Rains, what would you call it?

Forgiveness is always possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,223

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

Strange Ending

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

It was a great story there was some good factual information. The part of the girl was was lovely and the mixture of the German boy and the French
girl was very nice but the ending sort
of just left you in the air it was it was difficult to finish

  • When I Married My Mother

  • A Daughter's Search for What Really Matters - and How She Found It Caring for Mama Jo
  • By: Jo Maeder
  • Narrated by: Jo Maeder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

An irreverent New York City DJ braces for disaster when she moves to the Bible Belt to care for her estranged, doll-obsessed, hoarder mother. What unfolds in this best-selling memoir is a hilarious, heartbreaking love story that sees elder care and making peace with the past in a most unexpected way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for grown up children

  • By Victoria Evangelina on 08-11-16

Great Mother and Daughter Story

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

This reminds me of the time I had mom in her final years. I made me nostalgic for two years ago. I miss my mom everyday. Thanks for a touching memorial to love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful