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Aitkin, MN, US
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  • The Auschwitz Escape

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

  • By Mark on 02-26-18

A true thriller of WW2

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This was a real page turner and so well written and presented. Amazing story and characters.

  • 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 2,944
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721

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

Incredible book!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Buckle your seatbelt when you start this one!! It is an incredible story and the narration is excellent. Hard to put down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bringing Maggie Home

  • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

When Meghan DeFord is forced to take a six-week leave-of-absence after a traffic accident, she chooses to spend the time with her grandmother. Meghan has wonderful memories of childhood summers with her Grandma Hazel and anticipates a time of relaxation and filling a scrapbook with pictures of their time together. Meghan's mother arrives unexpectedly and brings her long resentment towards Hazel for her overprotectiveness and near paranoia. During their time together, Hazel confesses her long-held secret....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story and narrator

  • By Connie on 12-02-17

Amazing story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Loved this book from the very beginning. Characterization and dialogue are very real and it seems like real people. I hated to see it end. Love this author who never disappoints and the narration was also excellent. Story makes you think about the “what if’s.”

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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 story and performance

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

I accidentally came across this book in my love of WWII fiction. This story is captivating from the very beginning. It drew me in and kept me there. Great characters and descriptions. Great presentations by the two readers. Such a sad time in history that makes the reader feel a part of what the characters are seeing and feeling. Highly recommend this wonderful story. Sorry to see it end. I have found a new favorite author ! Highly recommended.

  • Waves of Mercy

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude, Margaret Strom
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age 17 with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she's asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn Austin is amazing! Narration stinks

  • By M. Holmes on 01-14-17

Excellent read!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

This was one of Lynn Austin's best stories. It was totally captivating in the dual story and filled with much wisdom and historical data of Holland Michigan and the Dutch immigrants as well as the upper class Chicago elites of the late 19th century. Her characters are strong and believable. I hope there is a sequel.

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  • Morning Glory

  • By: LaVyrle Spencer
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

On the eve of World War II, two people are brought together by fate and discover an unexpected passion. Will drifts into Whitney, Georgia, one lazy afternoon in the summer of 1941, dragging his lonely past behind him. All he asks is for a chance to love. Then he sees Elly's classified ad for a husband, and when he steps across Elly's cluttered yard, Will knows he has come home at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story and narration!

  • By Melinda Parmer on 07-30-16

Wonderful WW2 romance

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

This is a well written and researched novel with amazing detail, description, believable characters and fast moving story. One of my favorites of Ms Spencer. The narrator was top notch. Time well spent for your entertainment value!
Please do an unabridged audio of her book Vows and consider redoing Spencer's other titles in unabridged reading format please, please!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Proper Pursuit

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Fresh from finishing school, Violet receives a double shock. Her dad announces his upcoming wedding and then confesses an old lie - her mom didn't really leave for a sanitarium 11 years ago. But why then did she leave? Under cover of visiting the World's Fair, Violet travels to the stately Chicago home of her saintly grandmother and three eccentric great aunts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just simply entertaining and FUNNY!

  • By Christine on 12-25-10

Delightful!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

This book is well written and narrated into a truly delightful and funny book. I laughed out loud many times while enjoying the growth of the main character Violet Rose Hayes. Lynn Austin has written a well-researched historical with strong characters and vivid descriptions that place you right in each scene. I can easily picture the Chicago World Exposition in 1893 and almost experience riding the first Ferris Wheel. One of Austin's best. Light. Funny. Romantic. The narrator does voices and accents very well. Highly recommend this one and I would encourage a sequel.

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  • Until We Reach Home

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

In this sweeping saga, three Swedish sisters endure an 1890s Atlantic crossing, an Ellis Island detention, and various other trials as they struggle to find love, faith, and home. First came their mother's death. Then their father's suicide. For orphans Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia, life stretches on like an endless winter. When circumstances become unbearable, they write their Chicago relatives, desperate for a safe haven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great One

  • By BookAddict on 03-19-12

An excellent story. Didn't want it to end.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

I would love a sequel to this. Is there one that I've missed? The story is well written with strong characters and picturesque descriptions. The Narrator is also excellent. A great story with excellent historical data emphasizing the problems and fears of starting over in America and coming through Ellis Island. Very fine work all around.

  • Within My Heart

  • By: Tamera Alexander
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Determined to fulfill her late husband's dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she's forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He's a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Brava, Tamera!

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 05-20-12

Great trilogy

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Very captivating plot and characters are so alive with emotion and fears. Excellent story. Wonderful message. Love this author's storytelling and faith-based novels.

  • Beyond This Moment

  • By: Tamera Alexander
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Tamera Alexander - RITA and Christy Award winner - interweaves threads of hope and second chances into a life tangled by half-truths and lies. Stepping off the train in 1876 Colorado Territory, Professor Molly Whitcomb, Ph.D, makes a distasteful choice she sees as her only chance to recover a fraction of what she's lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Audiobook

  • By Bookish on 04-11-14

Beyond this Moment a worthwhile investment of time and money!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Very good story, with strong characters and excellent narrator. Loved it from start to finish. Recently discovered this author and will be reading many more of Alexander.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful