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Rosemary Hughes

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  • Six Armies in Tennessee

  • The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns
  • By: Steven E. Woodworth
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When Vicksburg fell to Union forces under General Grant in July 1863, the balance turned against the Confederacy in the trans-Appalachian theater. The Federal success along the river opened the way for advances into central and eastern Tennessee, which culminated in the bloody battle of Chickamauga and then a struggle for Chattanooga. Chickamauga is usually counted as a Confederate victory, albeit a costly one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great details of Civil War fighting for Tennessee!

  • By Donna Wiebe on 10-13-18

A historical narrative of civil war engagements.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I have read recounts of the Civil War, but this particular works is the culmination of various sources, giving a complete outline to all the integral aspects that caused victory or loss, in the various encounters, in particular the politics and machinations that were part of those schumishes.
Although, having the audio component was helpful and allowed me to listen whilst driving. I found the actual audio delivery of what could be described as bland contents great. If I was studying the Civil War, I believe I would appreciate the books and it's contents more.

  • Awesome Possum

  • Awesome Possum Pony Club, Book 1
  • By: M. Garzon, Kaida Garzon-Habacon, Fen Garzon-Habacon
  • Narrated by: Heather S Auden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Ben’s never been this unhappy. His parents got divorced, and he moved to a small town where he doesn’t fit in. He has no friends. Then, he meets a beautiful but suspicious black horse. Panther is even more troubled than Ben. And unless Ben can convince Panther to trust people again, the horse’s sorrow may cost him his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can someone in the same situation help this horse

  • By Rosemary Hughes on 10-08-18

Can someone in the same situation help this horse

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

A young person, after a parents divorce, is often adrift in emotional stress, when moved from home, friends and school, that stress is elevated, leading to actions that out of character.
The same could be said of animals, wrenched from their normal environment and security, forced to move to a place they have never experienced, they in turn can behave in a way which is contra to their norm.
So, we have two characters, boy and horse, both displaced and emotionally raw. Can they help each other in their new situations.
I have written this review after listening to the audio rendition of this book. I found the voice impersonation entertaining, as well as it adding depth to a wonderful story.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When friendship counts

  • By Rosemary Hughes on 10-08-18

When friendship counts

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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: 10-08-18

Faced with situations that a lot of adults could not handle, this young boy and his friends find that they can solve problems, if only they work together.
A fabulous story of friendship and horses, a combination that is hard to beat.
I write this review after listening to the audio rendition of this story, which kept me well entertained, on what otherwise would have been a dull and long car journey. I just loved the various voice characterisations.

  • Broken Trust

  • By: C. B. Clark
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

After five years of hell with an abusive husband, Natasha Hartford vows never to trust another man. Then she stumbles onto a murder scene and meets sexy, stubborn Homicide Detective Chase Brandon, a take-no-prisoners tough guy who’ll settle for nothing less than the truth. Sparks fly, but Chase’s suspicions and Natasha’s innate distrust block the way to happiness. As more murders occur and a possible connection to her ex-husband appears, Chase fears her life is in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Broken Trust

  • By MEdy on 10-09-18

A very complicated murder mystery and love story

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I wonder sometimes at the stupidity of characters in novels, and yet, the news is full of people doing foolhardy things.
This is a novel of a women who has been broken by an abusive husband, who is trying to make herself a new life. However, the break she has received in the form of an job interview, turns into a nightmarish situation, where she appears implicated in a murder.
The hero, in the guise of Detective Chase, is also a love struck fool, which causes him to do some stupid things.
Complicated much... you have no idea, unless you listen to or read the book.
I listened to the audio rendition, which I enjoyed so much, I listened into the wee hours of the morning. The narrator is particularly talented in voice characterisation for each individual within the story, giving a further interest level to an intriguing plot.

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  • The Turning Point: A Blaze of Glory Short Story

  • Blaze of Glory Companion Books, Book 3
  • By: M. Garzon
  • Narrated by: Heather S Auden
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Teri is sinking in a morass of pain. Her dream of being a jockey was brutally shattered by an accident that left her broken in every way. Tired of worrying her family, she seeks out the comforts of her childhood - horses and stables and a sweet, blond boy. But the boy is grown now and so is she. Will Teri be able to remove the armor that's been holding her together long enough to find solace in the arms of an old friend? The Turning Point is a short audio story that takes place after the events in the Blaze of Glory series.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my!

  • By Melanie osmond on 07-25-18

A short but emotionally charged story.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

A very short story, giving Teri's outlook, after her accident as a jockey, whilst racing.
We experience her angst at her mother over protective attitude. Teri had experienced a degree of freedom, prior to being injured but feels smothered currently. Only one person seems to understand her and therefore it to him, she reaches out.
Ms Garzon has a wonderful way of being able to put a person's situation and emotional temperament on paper, so you can see life from that person's perspective. The audio rendition only adds to that experience, by adding a voice to the character, making them even more 3 dimensional.

  • Halo Boy

  • Blaze of Glory Companion Books, Volume 2
  • By: M. Garzon
  • Narrated by: Steve Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

I did okay in high school. I had friends, dated, even made decent grades thanks to my brainy twin sister. But now high school's over. It's time to be a man...if only I knew how. I couldn't live by my stepfather's rules, so I flew the coop and landed at my genetic father's, in Spain. A whole new country for me to screw up in. So of course, I did. After I'd burned through a second family, there was nowhere left for me to go. Maybe I was destined to wander the earth - me, the homebody. Seriously, world. The joke's over. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seth's Story

  • By Jan M on 07-19-18

Even better than the series, if that is possible

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This is Seth's story, of the events from when he left to go to Spain, after fighting with Dec, yet again.
It is brilliant , due to the sensitivity caught and shown for someone who has lost faith in themselves, in their ability to cope and handle any given situation.
Life isn't kind, throwing the worst situations possible at this kid, and yet his empathy and caring nature shines through.
The narrator of the audio book does a fantastic job, with the characters brought to life through their voice characteristics.
Ms Garzon's had me hooked on "The Blaze of Glory" series. but the two companion books have blown me away.

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  • Elina

  • Blaze of Glory Companion Books, Book 1
  • By: M. Garzon
  • Narrated by: Heather S. Auden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

A decade ago, Elina's life was derailed by a smooth-talking charmer. Since then, she's toiled endlessly to create a better life for her children, putting thoughts of romantic love aside. But when handsome, intimidating Declan wins her over with his timely help and old-fashioned notions of love, Elina has a decision to make. How can Elina find happiness when her heart is pulling her one way and her children's futures are pulling in another?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy cowboy, yes please!

  • By Claire on 08-15-18

How it all started: the parents love affair.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The forerunner of "The Blaze of Glory", this delightful tale tells us of the meeting and relationship of Dec and Elina, the mother of Seth and Tealah. This relationship is what the future books relate to, and gives the reader a better understanding of the love Declan had for his children's mother.
The narrator of this audio rendition, gives a very good impression of Elina's Swedish accent, and adds an interesting aspect to the story.

  • Look Twice (Volume 2)

  • By: M. Garzon
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Blood is thicker than water. I didn't understand that expression when I was a kid. I only knew that I was closer to my brother Seth than to anyone else in the world. He was the calm to my storm, the light to my dark. We were tied to the rest of our complicated family by bonds beyond blood - love, loyalty, convenience - but as it turns out, the pull of blood is strong. Maybe even strong enough to tear me away from the person with whom I shared my very first breath.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep Em Comin!

  • By G C on 07-06-18

How many can commersirate with this story ?

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is a story of family, off the complex and emotional part of lives and how someone elses mistakes and judgments can affect the other person's outlooks and attitudes, not just about life, but their own self values.
I know that a person who has grown up without fully knowing their parents, always seem to have a part they are missing. The chance to full in that missing part , doesn't always mean that they become whole again, but it may give closure.
Sorry, you really need to read book 1 and then this book 2 to fully appreciate how excellent this story is.
I appreciate the narrator's part in this audio book, it adds another depth to a very deep saga.

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  • Renaissance Man

  • Blaze of Glory, Volume 3
  • By: M. Garzon
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

"And they lived happily ever after." In fairy tales, that's always how things end. The prince and princess ride away on his white horse and from then on, all's right with the world. But what if it wasn't? What if the prince's life didn't suit the princess? What if she felt stifled by life inside the castle walls? Could she tell him? And if she loved him - really loved him - how could she ask him to give up his kingdom?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to be true yourself, to be truly happy

  • By Rosemary Hughes on 09-17-18

You have to be true yourself, to be truly happy

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This third book of this series really is a rough ride for our heroine, as she is hit by one devastating situation after another. However, she does learn something that causes her to not only take more control of her life, but also shows a pathway to those around her.
I again stress that to get the full impact of this awesome story, the books need to be read in sequence , as each carries on the story of a girl's life and her fight to be recognized in the sport of horse jumping. However, it is also the story of young love, sibling devotion and how real life can be dotted with good and bad behaviors by both friends and family, which can have impacts on a person's life.
Again the narrator of the audio book has done an awesome job, bringing the individual characters truly to life, through their vocal characteristics.

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  • Blaze of Glory

  • Book 1
  • By: m. garzon
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Last year, I had it all: two jumpers on the show circuit, a lot of wins, and a lot of attention - the good kind. But now I have nothing. My life is circling the drain. The only spark of light that exists for me is my new, forbidden passion. If my stepfather finds out, he will kill me. My twin brother, my only blood relative in the world, has already begged me not to. But I can't help myself. If it can't be horses, it has to be this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Great Narration!

  • By Jan M on 07-04-18

Not for the younger horse mad reader

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I write this review after listening to the audio rendition of this book. I admire the way the narrator enhanced the story, by the straight forward reading of the book.
I grew up with a crush on horses. My family situation was such that we could not have a horse, but when I was older, I had a chance to purchase and live in a property where horses could be part of my life and my children's lives.
I think I read every horse story available, but this unlike any horse tale I have read previously.
The difference is that not only is the horse elements in this story, but the ache of a teenager, coming of age, so to speak, of boyfriends and the complications inherit. It also deals with other problems, such as step parents and corporal punishment.
I recommend this book for young adults, due to some of the content. It may help in the understanding of some situations, that people face today.

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