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  • Walk to Beautiful

  • The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way
  • By: Jimmy Wayne, Ken Abraham (contributor)
  • Narrated by: Gabe Wicks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 362

That’s the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It’s a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn’t just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system. Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy’s horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, “She changed every cell in my body.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Herein are we all...

  • By PLCC on 11-22-16

This is a MUST READ!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have already posted recommendations on Goodreads, Amazon, and sent out several emails & texts to friends, telling them this is a "HAVE TO READ"!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Walk to Beautiful?

It would be hard to choose just one and I wouldn't want to give away the story. I think throughout the story, I was constantly touched by this young man's honesty and willingness to work hard, even when those around him showed him no examples of either character trait! He tells his story without laying blame or being negative. He tells the story, but the reader is uplifted by his diligence and faith, in even the most difficult circumstances.

Which character – as performed by Gabe Wicks – was your favorite?

I'm not sure this applies since this is a biography so the story is about one character, Jimmy Wayne.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, I don't want to give anything away, but then ending is literally beautiful.

Any additional comments?

I LOVE to read. In recent years, my reading has been via audio books and I consume--actually devour--an average of a book a day sometimes! I know a book has really touched my heart when it ends and I feel like I have lost friends. That is doubly tragic when the "friends" are fictional characters. This morning's ending was different, a touching, true story of a young man who grew up with a life eerily similar to my hubby, Gary, the Alabama Turtle Farmer! The book, A Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne, by Ken Abraham. Throughout the story, I was constantly reminded how a positive attitude, honesty of character, and a willingness to work hard can serve even those in the most extreme circumstances. I can't imagine how someone could read this story and not be touched on many levels. The hand of God was most certainly on this young man as he overcame a life most of us can't imagine. As an adult, his passion is to raise awareness for the plight of children who need foster care, adoptive homes, and especially, that every state will raise the age of foster children in state care to 21. This gives a young person time to pursue higher education, become established in the work force, or just mature a little more before facing the adult world. I recommend books often and my tastes are varied--from numerous audios of The Bible and Christian fiction to Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I don't say this lightly, Everyone should read this book! I can count on one hand the books I read or listen to more than once, other than The Bible. This will be on the "read again" list! On Goodreads.com, it is going on my "Highly Recommended by The Turtle Lady" shelf! The Alabama Turtle Farmer (my hubby) is about to start the printed version and I'm having a very hard time not sharing the story with him! If you enjoy reading, get the book! If you don't know how to read, get the audio...or learn to read so you can read this book!

  • Before He Finds Her

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,024
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,027

Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than anticipated

  • By Simone on 03-10-17

COULD NOT STOP LISTENING!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Where does Before He Finds Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was definitely a quick listen because I couldn't put it down!

What did you like best about this story?

I like to be surprised. I don't like to anticipate the ending. I like to have my reading (or listening) propelled by the need to know what happened and what will happen next!

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

I don't think so.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but answering would be a spoiler.

  • Maude

  • By: Donna Mabry
  • Narrated by: Shana Gagnon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315

In 1906 I was barely over 14 years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She said, "You've always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now you're going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tough women with a tough life, yet very enlightening.

  • By JH on 04-17-16

Wonderful!!! What a touching story!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

This is a moving story! I could not put it down! So many aspects of the story we're interesting--the story of a single life, the touches of history, the Christian element--so moving!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,704

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Great side story to Mr. Mercedes!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

I loved this one!!! Please tell me there will be another one about these characters!!!

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning

  • By: Celia Rivenbark
  • Narrated by: Celia Rivenbark
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

From the author of the best-selling classics We're Just Like You, Only Prettier and Bless Your Heart, Tramp comes a collection of essays so funny, you'll shoot co'cola out of your nose. You Can't Drink All Day if You Don't Start in the Morning is sure to appeal to anyone who lives south of something.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can I have a translated version?

  • By David on 10-30-11

Wear your Depends, Ladies!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

This book should come with a warning label: If you are a female reader of a certain age, do not read this book without taking proper precautions! Depends--those full coverage ones--should be worn while reading, especially outside One's own home! You WILL pee your pants, laughing!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,929

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Her Best Yet--and that is really saying something!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-14

Would you listen to Leaving Time again? Why?

Absolutely! I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult books, but this one is by far the best!!!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! They always do! Since I read lots of her books, I expect the unexpected, but I never figure them out!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Alice!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hold on---it's quite a ride--an elephant ride!

Any additional comments?

OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is my new favorite JP book and it's very high on my list of greatest books of all time!!! I couldn't put it down! Any JP reader knows to expect three things of her books:

1. Her meticulous research equals a book that entertains and educates the reader in that sneaky way that leaves the reader more knowledgeable from the sheer joy of partaking in the story!

2. Twists, turns, and more twists! The reader is never going where he or she thinks they are!

3. Even if you are expecting the unexpected, you will still never know what is coming at the end!

Mrs. Jodi Picoult has a talent for transforming simple words on paper and turning them into absolutely beautiful ART!

52 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • What She Left Behind

  • By: Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,512

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh.

  • By Rebecca C. Schwarz on 04-11-15

LOVED this book! It's really two stories in one!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-14

Where does What She Left Behind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in my top ten...and my library contains over 2000 audio books!

What was one of the most memorable moments of What She Left Behind?

I am afraid to answer this because I don't want to give anything away. The ending was beautiful, but there were so many moving points in the story!

Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

Izzy was my favorite in the modern story and Clara was definitely my favorite overall.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not creative enough to do this justice--my failing, not the book's!

Any additional comments?

I HIGHLY recommend this! I almost never give a book 5 stars!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Switch

  • By: Megan Hart
  • Narrated by: Filomena Contessa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 204

"Don't get me wrong, I'm not in the habit of reading other people's mail, but it was just a piece of paper with a few lines scrawled on it, clearly meant for the apartment upstairs. It looked so innocent, but decidedly - deliciously - it was not."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE MEGAN HARTS BOOKS.

  • By Stephanie on 05-08-12

Good story, VERY strong/crude language!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-14

What did you love best about Switch?

The story--a young woman receives notes addressed to someone else, reads each one & follows their "instruction" to change her life--is intriguing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paige's former husband

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't want to spoil...when Paige delivers the "last" note to the hotel for the person the notes were actually addressed to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes! The language and play by play sexual info made me blush through the whole book!

Any additional comments?

I have to credit the author for having the talent for creative and unusual phrases. She has crafted an entertaining story with strong characters. I would have enjoyed it more if Paige didn't have such a "potty mouth" and I could have done without the TMI sexual play by plays. I'm no prude (listen to/read everything from The Bible & Christian fiction to Stephen King & Fifty Shades) but the language and extreme sexual info was distracting from the real story. For those who might be uncomfortable, I would say, "This is a Fifty Shades-type story...IF the main character in Fifty Shades, Anastasia, had a vocabulary that would make a sailor blush!"

  • The Trial of Fallen Angels

  • By: James Kimmel Jr.
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Brek Cuttler has it all: a husband she loves, a daughter she adores, a successful law practice. And then one day everything she has ever known disappears. Brek finds herself standing on a deserted train platform, covered in blood. As she tries to comprehend what is happening to her, a man from her past approaches and explains that she has been chosen to join the elite team of lawyers charged with prosecuting and defending souls at the Final Judgment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SPECTACULAR - PHENOMENAL

  • By Donna on 06-16-13

Wonderful! A new favorite with so many messages!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Trial of Fallen Angels to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version, but listened to the UNabridged audio.

Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

Nana Bollini (sp?)

Who was the most memorable character of The Trial of Fallen Angels and why?

Brek Cutler

Any additional comments?

The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel Jr. is a wonderful read! I have read mixed reviews about the book, but I can say that it was easily one of the most moving things I have ever read! It is often compared in reviews to The Shack by William Young. I can see the reason for the comparisons. It is definitely fiction, but the fictional story depicts a modern-day example...parable, if you like...of life--the good and evil in each of us, the struggle we each have to balance love and forgiveness, the judgements we must make about our fellow man...and the judgements God must make on us. I don't want to spoil the message, but the book is deep. As with The Shack, it is not intended to be literal. It is merely intended to use a story to demonstrate what might be, in order to view the many sides of each story, each incident that makes up our lives, the reasons behind the choices we make. Ultimately, it's the story of the TRUE meaning of UNconditional love and justice. I recommend it highly. For my friends who might be offended, there are a few, very few curse words...just what I call "minor, true four-letter words" if I remember...and used only when someone is crying out in true, horrible grief. There is much in the story about history, the Jewish faith, the Christian faith, the flood, Noah, and Noah's reason for his sacrifice to God after he and his family left the Ark. There is also a huge message about the love and judgement of God and the power of forgiveness offered by my Jesus!

  • The Dirty Parts of the Bible

  • A Novel
  • By: Sam Torode
  • Narrated by: Bruce Miles
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

It’s 1936, and Tobias Henry is stuck in the frozen hinterlands of Michigan. Tobias is obsessed with two things: God and girls. Mostly girls, of course. But being a Baptist preacher’s son, he can’t escape God. When his father is blinded in a bizarre accident (involving hard cider and bird droppings), Tobias must ride the rails to Texas to recover a long-hidden stash of money. Along the way, he’s initiated into the hobo brotherhood by Craw, a ribald vagabond-philosopher. Obstacles arise in the form of a saucy prostitute, a flaming boxcar, and a man-eating catfish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud funny and just irreverent enough.

  • By Kathy on 06-18-11

Strong language and pee your pants humor!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

If you could sum up The Dirty Parts of the Bible in three words, what would they be?

hilarious, cussing, hilarious!

What other book might you compare The Dirty Parts of the Bible to and why?

Cake Icing, Butt Butter, and Tea Lids by Renee Andrews

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to choose & I wouldn't want to spoil the story!

If you could take any character from The Dirty Parts of the Bible out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Craw...although I would want my hubby along just for...safety!

Any additional comments?

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book, but I would warn readers that the story's main character is a young man who is controlled by daydreams and hormones...and many of the other characters are hobos. The language is very strong, appropriate to the situation and characters. The story is "pee your pants funny"!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful