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  • An Unexpected Turn of Events

  • Longbourn Unexpected, Book 3
  • By: Elaine Owen
  • Narrated by: Verona Westbrook
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Thomas Bennet unexpectedly outlives his wife and must make his way in a new life. Can he use the opportunity to become a better man, or will he let this chance pass him by?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book I will listen to again and again!

  • By HistoryBuff on 12-01-18

Wonderful book I will listen to again and again!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I never expected to like Mr. Bennet as much as I do in this charming tale! Well-plotted and executed, and fantastic narration! I've already listened to it twice. Brava to the author!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Perhaps Dying

  • The Medical Backstory of Spinal Tuberculosis Hidden in the Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham
  • By: Dennis A. Rasbach MD FACS
  • Narrated by: Ben Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Invalid teenager Leroy Wiley Gresham left a seven-volume diary spanning the years of secession and the Civil War. He was just 12 when he began, and he died at 17, just weeks after the war ended. LeRoy’s diary offers an inside look at a fateful journey that robbed an energetic and likeable young man of his youth and life. I Am Perhaps Dying adds considerably to the medical literature by increasing our understanding of how tuberculosis attacked a young body over time, how it was treated in the middle 19th century, and the effectiveness of those treatments.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content and narrator!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-19

I am perhaps in tears

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

A young man lay dying, his life slipping away bit by bit, and he chronicled his own demise.

Please be aware that this title is NOT the actual diary of LeRoy himself. It is selections from his remarkable diary; specifically, it is only the parts of his diary that dealt with his health. And what an eye-opening selection it is. We learn about the various medicines that were prescribed and taken by the patient. We learn about the "issues" created on his back, and how they did and did not work for the patient. We hear increasing despair in the patient's voice as he slowly gives up hope for his condition ever improving.

Even with the focus on just his health issues, this is a compelling read. I found it hard to walk away from, and I was left with a sense of loss at the last entry: I am perhaps dying. That last sentence is so poignant because the reader has known all along what is happening, but it is only now that the patient himself realizes the truth. I am incredibly grateful for modern medicines and the advances made in health care since the 1860's. I am also going to search out and read the complete diary.

I received this book at my request and am leaving a fair and unbiased review in return.

  • A Broken Kind of Beautiful: A Novel

  • By: Katie Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for 24-year-old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth - appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows - so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line - an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Listen!

  • By Beth on 12-31-18

Worth the Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I had a hard time relating to the main character, Ivy, at first. At the beginning of the story she is selfish, vain, even dishonest at times. Yet by the end of the story I had real sympathy for her, and I thought the change in her character was well done. I was also pleasantly surprised at the attention given to her relationship with Marilyn. This was not just another secular romance novel dressed up with a few Christian ideas. Instead, there was real redemption.

I received this book at my request and am leaving an honest and unbiased review in return.

  • The Wind

  • Tales from a Revolution: West-Florida
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Gabriel is a simple sailor, doing the bidding of his Captain and King, when he is swept up in a storm that changes his life in ways that he could never have anticipated. Carlotta yearns for her lost home, and is searching for her lost husband, but both remain elusive in a world that has been turned upside-down by forces far outside of her control. When the storm that is Governor Bernardo de Gálvez breaks over them both, neither will ever be the same - and nor will their world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes history so much fun

  • By KD on 10-17-18

Horatio Hornblower for the Spanish Navy

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The history was interesting, but I want to be compelled by the characters or else by the drama in the story itself. The characters all sounded the same and I found it difficult to be drawn in by them. The battle scenes were pretty short and not suspenseful. On the other hand, [SPOILER ALERT] when our hero found himself in sudden mortal danger from a storm and nearly got pulled overboard to his death, that was a tense scene that had me holding my breath. So, read it for the ;ittle-known history and you'll probably be satisfied.

I was given this book at my request and am voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gardener of Baghdad

  • By: Ahmad Ardalan
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Adnan leads a weary existence as a bookshop owner in modern-day, war-torn Baghdad, where bombings, corruption, and assault are everyday occurrences and the struggle to survive has suffocated the joy out of life for most. But when he begins to clean out his bookshop of 40 years to leave his city in search of somewhere safer, he comes across the story of Ali, the Gardener of Baghdad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story!

  • By Ginny Aybar-Flores on 12-28-17

This was a great story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I received this book at my request and am voluntarily leaving a review.

This was a sweet story that took awhile to get me really engaged. Once it did, I was hooked. I saw the surprise ending coming but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. I liked this story a lot. You probably will too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kurdish Bike: A Novel

  • By: Alesa Lightbourne
  • Narrated by: Alesa Lightbourne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

With her marriage over and life gone flat, Theresa Turner responds to an online ad and lands at a school in Kurdish Iraq. Befriended by a widow in a nearby village, Theresa is embroiled in the joys and agonies of traditional Kurds, especially the women who survived Saddam's genocide only to be crippled by age-old restrictions, brutality, and honor killings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will love this

  • By Suzan on 08-24-18

Made me laugh, very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I was caught somewhere between admiration for this teacher's bravery (traveling to Kurdistan to teach!) and her naivete at certain points in the story (why would she ever think it a good idea to ask middle school students about their experiences under Saddam Hussein?). Mostly I just wish I had been there to see the whole thing- her friendship with Muhammad, the sweet revenge she took on Bernie, even the sad moments with Bezma and others. The ending was brilliant and hilarious. Kudos for a job well done!

  • Norse Mythology: Classic Stories of the Norse Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters

  • Classical Mythology, Book 3
  • By: Scott Lewis
  • Narrated by: Madison Niederhauser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Norse Mythology contains stories passed down from the ancient Norse religion, practiced by the Vikings and other northern people who live in modern-day Scandinavia, Iceland, and throughout the British Isles. In this book, you will also find many stories about the gods Thor and Loki and their exploits in the land of the giants. You will hear the story of the dwarf Andvari and his golden ring - the myth that is the basis for Robert Wagner’s famous opera The Ring of Nibelung as well as J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A different view of the Old Gods

  • By Son of Odin on 08-14-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I didn't actually listen to this title myself. My daughter did, as she is a fan of Norse mythology. She loved it and said it did an excellent job telling the stories of the various gods. She will probably listen to it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Travels of Reverend Olafur Egilsson

  • The Story of the Barbary Corsair Raid on Iceland in 1627
  • By: Karl Smari Hreinsson, Adam Nichols
  • Narrated by: Bruce Kramer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In the summer of 1627, Barbary corsairs raided Iceland, killing dozens of people and abducting close to 400 to sell into slavery in Algiers. Among those taken was the Lutheran minister Reverend Olafur Egilsson. Reverend Olafur wrote The Travels to chronicle his experiences both as a captive and as a traveler across Europe (he journeyed alone from Algiers to Copenhagen in an attempt to raise funds to ransom the Icelandic captives who remained behind). 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting point in History

  • By cosmitron on 07-21-18

Sad, Fascinating and Compelling All In One

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I am a history buff but I knew absolutely nothing about the practice of kidnapping citizens of Nordic countries to northern Africa in the 17th century. This was certainly an eye-opening and compelling look at the practice from the perspective of one of its victims. The narrator was perfect for the book and his interpretation of the text added a lot to the drama. Even 400 years later, the horror and suffering that the people of this time experienced came through clearly. It was also fascinating to hear of some of the customs, clothing and culture of the various countries of Europe at this time. I recommend this book to everyone who is fascinated by history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Seduction of Eva Volk

  • A Novel of Hitler's Christians
  • By: C. D. Baker
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 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

Never before undertaken in a novel, The Seduction of Eva Volk is an inside look at the not-so-simple paradox of a Christian culture proclaiming faith in Führer with bullets and bombs. Through the eyes of young Eva, the alluring charm of the Hitler movement is personified in a lover. Desperately seeking wholeness in her broken world, she is quickly swept away by the thrilling passions of love and war...until she finds herself facing the agonizing consequences of lost sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking from a different perspective

  • By Margaret on 08-20-18

Sobering and Heart Wrenching

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

The characters are compelling and believable, and I found myself identifying with Eva even as I felt the horror and revulsion at what she came to believe. The research was impeccable This is a book that will stay with me a long time.

There are scenes of attempted rape and of marital abuse, and I think there should be a warning about that in the description. Other than that I have no criticisms to make. The story is excellent and well worth your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ethan's Way: Finding Home

  • By: James Roberson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Gilmour
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Ethan's Way is the story of two cultures, that of Christian Porter, a billionaire country boy from Georgia, and of Lorena Abruzzi, a struggling journalist, from Chicago, who was trying to survive in New York City. When serendipity brought them together, at a small New York City deli, the clash of cultures took shape, as Christian struggled to cope with his wealth and fame and Lori struggled to achieve her life-long goal of writing a best-selling novel. Along the way, on this bumpy road of life, they found love. More importantly, they found what each needed in their life - family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Only...

  • By Teresa on 04-11-19

Finding Its Way

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

SPOILER ALERT - This was a story where the author told us a lot of what was happening instead of showing us. The two main characters told us that they were falling in love but gave us little reason why that would happen. Ethan, the titular character, was set up to be the moral center of the story but I couldn't see what made him especially noble. He dealt with his fatal illness with dignity but that was all. I also felt like some of the plot was hard to believe: Christian being a billionaire and having no money concerns at all, Lori feeling at home with all of his friends and family and being instantly accepted by them, no real character flaws anywhere. Most of the characters were flat and a little hard to differentiate from each other.

In spite of this, the story was interesting enough to compel me through to the end. With a little more character development I would have given it four stars.