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Brooke Davis

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  • The Rescued Bride: Mail Order Brides

  • The Cattlemen's Wives, Book 1
  • By: Ann Laurel
  • Narrated by: Serena Travis
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Amanda Barnhill knew it wasn't fair; these sorts of things rarely were. However, the Corinth's had made a promise to her ailing mother and so they were determined to follow through in their own deceptive way. Would Amanda ever find the life she only dreamed possible after all the heartache and deception she faced? Still, she took the chance and defied the odds to find the life she desperately wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Western Cinderella

  • By Brooke Davis on 06-09-16

A Western Cinderella

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

Would you listen to The Rescued Bride: Mail Order Brides again? Why?

Absolutely - it's a very relaxing listen, between the writing and voice used to convey it. The writing is simple and poignant, much like its time period, not heavily resting on a large vocabulary or spicy dialogue to get its story across. While some might complain the story itself is tedious, I feel that its pace is accurate as this is the story of a woman patiently waiting as many of us do for a husband. While the growth of the romance is spaced, it is all the more charming. With its easy to follow pace, this is the perfect story to listen to while knitting!

What other book might you compare The Rescued Bride: Mail Order Brides to and why?

It reminds me a lot of a western style Cinderella, with its own twist. The struggles of sweet, dutiful Amanda draw your heart in with tugging sympathy.

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

I have heard her work in New Lady in Waiting, another great book written on the subject of being ready for the husband God has for you. Her performance in this is far more dynamic as she plays all the various characters. I loved her portrayal of Ms. Crabapple, giving life to the old caring woman.

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

Not to give too much away, Amanda's confidence rolling from mouse to lion throughout and especially the end is a thrill.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to hear more of this series, and I hope to see Ann and Serena work together again; their writing and vocals worked together really well!

  • DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good's The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love Summary

  • By: Ant Hive Media
  • Narrated by: Serena Travis
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In The Wait, DeVon and Meagan share the life-changing message that waiting - rather than rushing a relationship - can help you find the person you're meant to be with. The book is filled with candid his-and-hers accounts of the most important moments of their relationship, and practical advice on how waiting for everything - from dating to sex - can transform relationships, allowing you to find a deep connection based on patience, trust, and faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth in a Crunch

  • By Brooke Davis on 06-09-16

Truth in a Crunch

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

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

Yes! Celibacy is a difficult path to choose in today's society and it is incredible how DeVon and Meagan stuck by their guns to live out God in their relationship and wait until marriage... It also lends weight to their story, versus someone writing it and having not walked the road themselves. Having it laid out so simply as this, in a sharp set of points made, I would find it really helpful to bolster the spirit to stick by this chosen stance. Another perk of having it be so short is that it's more than easy to revisit time and time again to get a fortification to the heart choosing to abstain.

What about Serena Travis’s performance did you like?

It was clear and just as cheerful, you can hear her smiles and concern during the sadder bits of information. Her sympathetic tone adds a dimension to the writing, giving the material more life in its emotion: you FEEL empowered and happy about choosing celibacy as much as you gain the logic to stick by it.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Not wrapping your head around finding a partner frees you up to pursue life!

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    Length: 31 mins
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  • Brene Brown's Daring Greatly Summary

  • By: Ant Hive Media
  • Narrated by: Serena Travis
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

After 12 years of research, author and hugely influential thought-leader Dr. Brené Brown exposes and challenges the deep-seated myths we have about vulnerability as something negative that needs to be overcome, and instead argues that being vulnerable puts us in a position of strength and power. If we want to live a life free of shame, we need to learn how to appreciate and love what we have without any conditions or clauses, and we need to be able to rely on our inborn worthiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Soundbite

  • By Brooke Davis on 06-09-16

Perfect Soundbite

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

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

I'd recommend this to several friends. For those who are just too busy in their day, this book is a "snack" of each chapter to get you through the entirety of the book! Brene Brown's Ted Talk level material is a fantastic look into the psychology of vulnerability, and honestly a much needed one in a society of extremes where either you have to be an iron clad lid or it's commonplace to have your hand held through anything as simple as getting out of bed. She trots the path of vulnerability right down the middle, making it clear what healthy levels to have.

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

Serena's voice is also a great addition to this summary. She has a crisp clarity to her tone in this audio bite that sets it apart from the soft story telling and voice acting used for other titles, perfect for a title that should exude confidence.

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