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  • A Pledge of Silence

  • By: Flora J. Solomon
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

When Margie Bauer joins the Army Nurse Corps in 1941, she is delighted to be assigned to Manila - the Pearl of the Orient. Though rumors of war circulate, she feels safe - the island is fortified, the airbases are ample, and the Filipino troops are well-trained.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story about a WW2 nurse!

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-25-15

My Favorite Book of the Year 2016

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Where does A Pledge of Silence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This and "The Nightingale" are my top audible listens of all time. I loved this book.

Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

I liked Marjorie and Royce's characters. The voices were perfect. "I love you, I love us" Very good narration and distinction between characters.

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

The whole book in general was moving to me. I read alot of historical fiction/ WWII books but not a whole lot are focused on life in the Pacific. This was a unique angle and now I want to read more books based on this time period/location.

Any additional comments?

This is loosely based on true stories which makes it all the more powerful. A unique perspective of WWII in the Pacific, you WON'T regret reading/listening to this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
    582 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The English German Girl

  • By: Jake Wallis Simons
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

In 1930s Berlin, choked by the tightening of Hitler's fist, the Klein family are gradually losing everything that is precious to them. Their 15-year-old daughter, Rosa, slips out of Germany on a Kindertransport train to begin a new life in England. Charged with the task of securing a safe passage for her family, she vows that she will not rest until they are safe. But as war breaks out and she loses contact with her parents, Rosa finds herself wondering if there are some vows that can't be kept....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must read

  • By Donna on 01-31-12

Very captivating with twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Any additional comments?

I bought this book as I like the narrator, Julie Teal, from "The Milliner's Secret". This book was a great read/listen for those who love historical fiction. At some parts, I was definitely holding back tears. From leaving Nazi Germany to find safety in England, Rosa tries to find her family safe passage before total war breaks out. The anticipation is palpable and you cant help but hope for the best for her and her family. I recommend this book to anyone who likes WWII/Historical Fiction.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Suitcase

  • By: Terrie Todd
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

It's 1939, and Canada is on the cusp of entering World War II. Seventeen-year-old farm girl Cornelia is heartbroken when she learns that her beloved soldier, Henry, has been killed in a train wreck. Alone and carrying a heavy secret, she makes the desperate choice that will haunt her for years to come. Never telling a soul, Cornelia pours out the painful events of the war in her diary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spiritual journey

  • By Tanya M. Spiegel on 05-26-16

A delightful Book - historical fiction at its best

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

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

Yes, it was very interesting and captivating. An easy listen that will keep you entertained.

Any additional comments?

I did not like all of the religious elements of this book. It was too ridiculous.

  • Pastel Orphans

  • By: Gemma Liviero
  • Narrated by: Whitney Dykhouse, Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

In 1930s Berlin, young Henrik, the son of a Jewish father and Aryan mother, watches the world around him crumbling: people are rioting in the streets, a strange yellow star begins appearing in shop windows, and friends are forced to move - or they simply disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Family over anything"

  • By ILoveMyAngels on 08-06-15

This is one that will keep you wanting more!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Any additional comments?

Any Historical Fiction lovers will really enjoy this book. Very fast paced and descriptive. From a young age, Henrik narrates us thru his life thru WWII. I couldn't turn this one off and finished within 3 days. (I normally only listen to audible to and from work in the car). I found myself sitting in the house just listening to this tale as i could not wait to see what happened!

  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082

Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story!

  • By LL on 05-24-18

A Nice Surprise - Captivating Story!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

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

Yes, it is a nice read and gives a good point of view of growing up in the early 20th century Boston.

Any additional comments?

It is essentially a story about nothing, yet everything in Addie's life. It is very entertaining and will keep you awake on a long car ride.

  • Secrets She Kept

  • By: Cathy Gohlke
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett, Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte's death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mother's mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany. Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte's father is quickly ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, and a proper marriage for his daughter could help advance his career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What happened the last 28 minutes???

  • By M. Ryder on 07-06-17

Amazing WWII Historical Fiction! Must Read

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets She Kept?

The whole telling of being in the concentration camps left me in awe and shock. I was teary eyed more than a few times. I also loved the angle of this book. Historical fiction, mainly WWII, is a favorite genre of mine. I have never read/listened to a book that focused on a daughter of a high ranking Nazi member. It was a different point of view that I was definitely entrenched by.

What does Morgan Hallett and Suzy Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved Lieselotta's voice. The narration was perfect.

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

Stolen Lives

Any additional comments?

I do agree that it was very odd at the end how religious the book became, definitely should cut that out.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year

  • By Joyce BZ on 06-19-15

My Favorite Book of the Year 2016

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

What did you love best about Secrets of a Charmed Life?

Everything. I never knew much about the London Blitz and this book definitely opens a window to it as well as the children evacuation to the countryside. It is engaging and will keep you wanting more.

Any additional comments?

I thought Emmy's character was a bit selfish with running away from Charlotte's and being stubborn leaving London in the first place. Then again, I had to remind myself that she was a 15 year old girl. What 15 yr old girl ISN'T stubborn and selfish at that time in her life. I always think that when I truly love/hate a character in a book, that is when the author did a great job at describing them and making them come alive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Those Who Save Us

  • By: Jenna Blum
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Trudy, a college history professor, is collecting oral histories from World War II survivors (both German and Jewish). Her mother, Anna, refuses to talk to her, but Anna's story is revealed in flashback. She conducted an affair with a Jewish baker who was summarily killed. Afterward, Anna caught the eye of a high-ranking Nazi officer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy, Hellish, and Unforgettable

  • By criswithcurls on 08-21-12

Wow! Very Powerful Read

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Where does Those Who Save Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

probably in the top 10, a captivating tale of survival. The flash backs and forwards kept it interesting as well

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO, it was in the sense that you wanted to find out what happens next, but in the same instance, it is ALOT to take in all in one sitting.

  • The American Heiress

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514

Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Maria on 06-27-11

Good Start...but floundered in the end...

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Where does The American Heiress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely lower on the list. While I liked the book overall, I was waiting for it to end so I could start another story. It is not one that stuck with me, unlike a lot of other audible books.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

All in all, it was a very drab story with the "scandal" being not so scandalous and predictable. I also think they make is seem as tho Ivo is bipolar, happy and then raging mad all in one paragraph...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,560

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

A good read, but not AMAZING....

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

What did you like best about The Girl on the Train? What did you like least?

I liked the thriller theme of the book and the point of view it was told in (by the 3 women). It became a bit repetitive certain parts. Rachel on the train etc.... I began to get annoyed with her character and felt like I was listening to the same thing over and over.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would of liked more stories of her happy times with Tom and why she was so happy when she was with him. Also, more background on her heavy drinking...