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  • The Beast I Loved

  • A Battered Woman's Desperate Struggle to Survive
  • By: Robert Davidson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

June Briand shot four bullets into her husband's head and was sentenced to 15 years to life. This is the shocking, true story of survival - and the intense bond June shared with her pathologically violent husband, a monster who physically and sexually tortured, degraded, and dominated her so relentlessly she refused to believe he was dead even after she killed him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Beast . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 07-14-18

Very inspiring. A good read/listen

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This was a really good book. The only thing i would change is to have this narrated by a women. Though the male narrator did a great job.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,000

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

Amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I was hesitant to listen to this book, but im so happy i did!
A truly amazing story. I already want to listen again!

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,107

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

Great!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Where does Mercer Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this story! It is at the top of my list for all the books i have!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mercer Girls?

I loved the way the author switched between the 3 different women. Listening to the different challenges each of them faced was amazing!

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

Emotion in the words

Any additional comments?

Great story and great narrator!!

  • The Seamstress

  • By: Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overcome with Emotion

  • By Meryl on 05-16-13

GREAT STORY

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I was very happy with how the narration was done! This book was easy to follow and was well written. Highly recommended if you are interested in this topic!

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,885

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

This book was great! I enjoyed it so much i was sad it was over. I thought the stories of three different women would be confusing, but it wasnt at all. Highly recommended!

  • A Delusion of Satan

  • The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials
  • By: Frances Hill
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid Puritan community of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. In less than two years, 19 men and women were hanged, one was pressed to death, and over a100 others were imprisoned and impoverished. This evenhanded and now-classic history illuminates the horrifying episode with visceral clarity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen

  • By Denis O'Brien Shannon on 03-26-16

An Okay Read

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

This book was written well. The only thing that was hard to follow was all the names within the story. If you do have an interest in the Salem Trials, I would recommend this book.

  • Ravensbruck

  • Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women
  • By: Sarah Helm
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 32 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 140

On a sunny morning in May 1939, a phalanx of 867 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - was marched through the woods 50 miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then herded in through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards. Their destination was Ravensbrück, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My thoughts

  • By Linda Gartner on 02-27-18

A good read, but tough to get through.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

I listen to audio books at work and I really enjoy books on this topic. The information and the delivery of the book were great. It was just so heavy with facts and names that sometimes it was hard to keep straight.

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  • The Last Days of the Romanovs

  • Tragedy at Ekaterinburg
  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Helen Rappaport, an expert in the field of Russian history, brings you the riveting day-by-day account of the last 14 days of the Russian Imperial family, in this first of two books about the Romanovs. The brutal murder of the Russian Imperial family on the night of July 16 to 17, 1918, has long been a defining moment in world history. The Last Days of the Romanovs reveals in exceptional detail how the conspiracy to kill them unfolded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT

  • By courtney on 08-31-17

GREAT

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I really enjoyed the story. I wish the author would have given us some more background on each of the family members, instead of just a few. Also, i noticed that some pronunciations were different than in other books i have heard on the same topic.
Anyone interested in this topic should give this book a chance. Very informational!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 23rd Psalm

  • A Holocaust Memoir
  • By: George Lucius Salton
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 113

In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but 11-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when 14-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec. For the next three years, George slaved and barely survived in 10 concentration camps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book. horrible voice actor

  • By Branson on 01-05-17

A MUST READ!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

I really enjoyed this book! The narrations was wonderful! The story was incredible. It is hard to believe human survived these horrible things, but it is amazing that those survivors can share their experiences with us. Anyone who enjoys Holocaust Memoirs will enjoy this book!

  • The Romanov Sisters

  • The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution - the nightmare that would sweep their world away and them along with it. The Romanov Sisters will surprise people, even aficionados.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made you want to change the ending

  • By MissSusie66 on 01-23-15

AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

I really enjoyed this book! I will defiantly try to find more by this author and narrator regarding this subject.
I think the narration is what really made the book come to life. As interesting as the story is, it is filled with heartache and the narrator does a wonderful job at expressing that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful