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  • Mail Order Bride: The Widow Turns the Montana Rancher's Hardened Heart

  • By: Vanessa Carvo
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Mail Order Bride: The Widow Turns The Montana Rancher’s Hardened Heart, presents the story of a widow with a new baby decides to leave her small town and travel to Montana to be the wife of a Montana man she has never met. Her three children in tow, two of which are twin freed slaves, she immediately runs into a heap of trouble as soon as she arrives; meeting the rancher and his bitter son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!

  • By Kathy on 01-05-15

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

Any additional comments?

This story is a reminder of so many people in my life, but sadly mostly of my sorry, sinful self. Thankfully there is nothing so horrible anyone has ever done that God won't reach down and forgive us! Once we repent, God will change our hearts and will continue to make us more like Jesus. In striving to be more like Jesus, we should remember what God has done for us, and so keep praying for redemption for our lost loved ones. Praise God for this author and narrator for portraying God's mercy, grace, and agape love!

  • Oregon Trail Journey after the Civil War

  • By: Helen Keating
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Oregon Trail Journey after The Civil War, is the story of a southern woman and her older brother, striking out for the West to escape the hardships of the South after the Civil War. She didn't want to leave her home but not wanting to be left isolated, she went with him. The wagon train along the Oregon Trail is led by a seasoned veteran of the War, on the opposite side. Romance develops but the brother is still bitter about the south losing the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Post Civil War brought to life!

  • By Kathy on 01-04-15

Post Civil War brought to life!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Any additional comments?

This story really shows how hard life was during this point in our nation's history. The only way to survive the horrible hardships was to have faith in God. I appreciated the many encouraging Bible passages in this story :-)

  • Leota's Garden

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hurst
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

Once Leota's garden was a place of beauty - where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she knelt before a loving God and prayed for the children who couldn't understand her silent sacrifices. At 83, Leota is alone; her beloved garden is in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless. She voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend. And God brings a wind of change through unlikely means....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great one from Francine Rivers

  • By Shelfish on 09-09-13

Wonderful story with excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Any additional comments?

I am slowly listening to all of Francine Rivers' books, and each one is better and better!

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  • Mail Order Bride: The Cowboy's Homeless Widow

  • Western Christian Romance
  • By: Victoria Otto
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The young woman has not been completely honest with the Christian man and feels that he may not love her for who she truly is. Will the cowboy see past her troubled history and love her for the woman she truly is?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only by God's grace!

  • By Kathy on 12-19-14

Only by God's grace!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

Which character – as performed by Joe Smith – was your favorite?

It's a toss-up between Jeremiah and his mother, Verna. I loved Verna for her kind heart and Jeremiah for his exuberant nature. I really enjoyed how Mr. Smith read Verna's elderly voice - perfect!

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

I especially liked the first meeting of Jeremiah and Cassie, and particularly Verna's comment about Jeremiah - a real chuckler! :-) But I was really taken aback by the surprise ending of this story - certainly wasn't expecting that!

Any additional comments?

There were so many wonderful Bible verses quoted in this story, many were already favorites, but now I have some new favorites as well! All are so encouraging and reminders that we just need to trust God in all areas of our lives. We need to stop thinking that we can do things in our own strength; it's God we need to focus on each moment of each day!

  • The Western Groom: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

  • Christian Historical Romance, The Western Mail Order Groom
  • By: Vanessa Carvo
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The Western Groom: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish, is the story of a trading post operator and a bible salesman. When her Uncle Joe is killed, Penny is left to handle the trading post in a fairly remote area of Colorado. Her store was robbed and she's on the edge of a breakdown and she's lost most of her faith, when a bible salesman she is acquainted with stops by. He stays for a while, then much longer, and helps her get the store back on its feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful characters!

  • By Kathy on 12-10-14

Delightful characters!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Western Groom: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish?

One of funniest (and tragic) scenes was when Buzzer and Moose attempted to rob the Trading Post.

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

Penny's heartfelt prayers were so sincere. The way Mr. Smith read her part made me feel her angst for all she was feeling.

Any additional comments?

This story really brings home the fact that there are no coincidences in life. Everything that happens in our lives is God's way of making even insignificant things work together for His glory!

  • Mail Order Bride: Cowboy Father Finds Beauty Within Her Scarred Body

  • By: Vanessa Carvo
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Mail Order Bride: Cowboy Father Finds Beauty Within Her Scarred Body tells the story of God bringing two people together and finding the true definition of love in 1867. Susan, a beautiful daughter to a preacher from California, begins to think she will never find a suitable husband. The men in her town are either all taken or are not of the church. While at a store, she reads a magazine advertisement from a man in California, Gabriel, seeking a "mail order bride".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and uplifting!

  • By Kathy on 12-10-14

Heartwarming and uplifting!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

What did you love best about Mail Order Bride: Cowboy Father Finds Beauty Within Her Scarred Body?

I really liked all the Scripture that was quoted in this story. They were all some of my favorite verses that served as a reminder to keep focused on Jesus no matter what trials may come.

Which scene was your favorite?

I particularly enjoyed the scene when Susan first meets Gabriel and Gideon, and especially the ride from the train station to the ranch. Oh, to see everything in our lives for the first time and never take any of God's gifts for granted!

  • Our Wagon Train's One Special Christmas Eve Along the Oregon Trail

  • By: Helen Keating
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Our Wagon Train's One Special Christmas Eve Along The Oregon Trail is a beautiful story about a young woman traveling west on a wagon train. She looks after the children and others before she does herself, but always tries to write in her journal. It’s her way of talking to God. During the trip they all have to contend with one bad apple, the weather setting in, and the splitting up of the wagon train because of a child's injuries and need for rest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful example of unwavering faith!

  • By Kathy on 11-27-14

Wonderful example of unwavering faith!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

Where does Our Wagon Train's One Special Christmas Eve Along the Oregon Trail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is another one that ranks right at the top for its encouragement for keeping faith in God no matter how dire one's circumstances.

What did you like best about this story?

The forgiveness offered is how we should strive to live our lives. The Bible says forgive 70 times 7, which is humanly impossible without faith in God (Matthew 18:22).

What does Joe Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Smith's portrayal of the characters' voices was so moving. I felt as if I were there in the circle of wagons right along with them, experiencing their fears and triumphs. His voice was perfect for this story!

  • Our Wagon Train

  • Five Sisters and Two Bachelors along the Oregon Trail
  • By: Helen Keating
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Along The Oregon Trail, is about the hardships and joy, life and death, that five sisters traveling the long road of the Oregon Trail experience, along with many others, including a man and his troubled father. There is sickness as well as health and all along, faith guides the two families through both misadventures and adventures, chance meetings with strangers, and troubled pasts. Love does play a major role in the end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need each other!

  • By Kathy on 11-27-14

We need each other!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

Any additional comments?

This story was such a wonderful reminder of a couple of things: Given to our own thoughts, we soon are led down a dangerous path (Proverbs 23:7; 2 Corinthians 10:5), and no matter how much we think we can do things on our own, we need each other - not only for physical helps, but more importantly for encouragement (1 Corinthians 12:15-20). It's hard to imagine life in the rugged west and that folks actually survived leaving their homes and traveling through unknown lands. Only by God's hand was our "Land of the Free" founded. We must never forget that; we need a spiritual revival!

  • The Baby Left Along the Oregon Trail & Rescued by Christian Pioneers

  • By: Helen Keating
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

The Baby Left Along The Oregon Trail & Rescued By Christian Pioneers is a heart-warming story about a poor wagon train making its way along the Oregon Trail. The train may be poor but the Christians on it are strong. A Native American baby is found along the trail by one young man and he takes it immediately to the wagon train. There are no nursing mothers on the small train and no source of food for the infant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Story

  • By Sue on 04-16-18

What a fascinating tale!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

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

I would recommend this book to a friend who was going through trials. This story is proof that God works in ways that we can never fathom. Troubles we have that are so awful turn into marvelous plans in God's hands.

What about Joe Smith’s performance did you like?

I really liked how Mr. Smith read the various characters - particularly the nice Betsy and the horribly nasty Big Jaw and Chigger characters.

Any additional comments?

This story had so many twists and turns along with interesting facts. I definitely want to listen to this tale again, especially when going through trials. It's very uplifting!

  • A Widow & Her Rival: A Christian Mail Order Bride Romance

  • By: Vanessa Carvo
  • Narrated by: Joe Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

A Widow & Her Rival, is about a young, pregnant widow of a soldier killed during the civil war. While she doesn’t really need a job, she takes one as a housekeeper for a single man, and he and his three children hit it off, but not in a romantic way. While Abby is on maternity leave, he sends for a mail order bride and along with an attractive woman, he gets far more than he ever bargained for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book geared more to preteens

  • By Cherry Whittington on 06-20-15

Loved the surprise ending! :-)

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

What made the experience of listening to A Widow & Her Rival: A Christian Mail Order Bride Romance the most enjoyable?

I liked this story because it had a 'twist' in that it focused on the what I thought to be the 'lesser' characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The children were my favorite part of this story - very amusing antics! :-)

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

I have listened to many of Mr. Smith's performances, but this ranks as one of my favorite, especially with his rendition of Margaret's voice - so appropriate! :-)