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  • A Nest of Sparrows

  • By: Deborah Raney
  • Narrated by: Julie Lancelot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Reserved contractor Wade Sullivan never expected to fall in love with Starr Parnell or to love her three small kids as if they were his own. But that's exactly what happened. As their wedding draws near, however, tragedy strikes - and Wade must put aside his own grief in order to help Starr's children cope. As Wade focuses his efforts on caring for the children, he discovers that their tender, young lives give tremendous meaning to his own broken one. Then Starr's abusive ex-husband shows up to claim the offspring who barely remember him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nest of Sparrows

  • By Mincks 2 on 10-07-17

Beautiful yet Realistic

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

This is a love story, but not a conventional one. It is a story that speaks to a parent’s love for a child, a friend’s love for a friend, and God’s love for all. The true sense of what family should and should not be is contained in Deborah Ramey’s words. This blows the conventional and expected out of the water and replaces it with the real and unexpected. The characters are filled with flaws and redemptive qualities. All of them. Fantastic snapshot of real life and how God weaves threads through our lives that only He could control. His plans are truly for our good. It’s just hard for us to see what that looks like from our tiny windows. Narration is exceptional.

  • Canteen Dreams

  • Nebraska Brides Series, Book 1
  • By: Cara C. Putman
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Nebraska schoolteacher Audrey Stone wants to support the war effort in any way she can. When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. She never expected to fall for a local boy...or face the challenges of budding love in the face of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • World war 2 story about the war work at home

  • By Bonnie Olive on 04-26-17

Love on the home front

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

With the backdrop of WWII as its historical anchor, this delightful story explores the shock and horror of Pearl Harbor, the loss that came with it, and the struggle off those left to serve from their comfortable homes rather than in the discomfort of the battle itself.

The shame and longing of both Audrey and Willard as they fought their own inner battles is well-written and expressed in the voice of the narrator. The characters are not flat or token. They feel with complexity the shifting tides of moving on with life despite the seemingly radical turn of events disrupting luthier normal. Great listen.

  • What the Wind Knows

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Captivating Historical Romance!

  • By Melanie on 03-04-19

Emotional read

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

This story had me on the edge of my chair, my heart racing from joy then grief as the plot unfolded. Masterfully told with unforeseeable twists and turns. It blends the story of Ireland in all its storied and volatile history, with a timeless love story. It includes love of all types: passionate and familial, of God and country.
The narrators are perfect. Their accents and characterizations, add layers to the already emotional story. I can’t recommend this novel enough. Don’t miss it!

  • Welcome to Wishing Bridge

  • Wishing Bridge Series, Book 1
  • By: Ruth Logan Herne
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Kelsey is on her way to a life do-over. And it's not the first time. Abandoned by her drug-addict mother as a teen, she landed in a foster-care group home where she experienced faith and community - and met her best friends, Jazz and Theadora. The trio stuck together like sisters and vowed to make their lives mean something. Now Kelsey's pushing thirty, and her life has taken a wrong turn. Pregnant and alone after loving the wrong man, she's on her way to making another life-changing decision when a blizzard strands her outside the sleepy town of Wishing Bridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my Top 2017 Listens!

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 01-07-18

Belonging

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

This story is one of belonging-of searching for a place to overcome one’s past and begin fresh among supporters and friends. It shows how the past tends to dog us. Even when we’ve separated ourselves from it and accomplished good and honorable things. It shows how God works to give us a hope and a future in the most unexpected ways. Believable hero’s and heroines, a plot that is realistic yet filled with magic and God’s providence and an assortment of needs and desires coupled with intriguing advice and small town charm make this a book for lovers of romance and good story. The narrator does a fantastic job with the various roles. Her voice is pleasant and her emotions just right.

  • No One Ever Asked

  • By: Katie Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray - the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman, and champion fund-raiser - faced with a shocking discovery; Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption; and 22-year-old Anaya Jones - the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand-new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Tamara on 06-22-18

Surprising and enlightening

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I came into this book with high expectations and I was not disappointed. Katie Ganshert delivered. And then some. This exploration of racism in midwestern America is as complex as the actual problem. No one explanation catches the full scope of the issue. The emotions explored and laid bare for intense scrutiny run the gamut if the human experience. Very well written. It will stick with you long after you hear the last word. The narrator was excellent as well. Her emotions put me in the heart of the characters interactions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the future of the human race.

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  • Chasing the Lion

  • Sword of Redemption, Book 1
  • By: Nancy Kimball
  • Narrated by: Joseph Narducci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

From the blood-soaked sand of the Roman arena, a divine destiny will rise. For as long as Jonathan Tarquinius can remember, everyone has wanted something from him. His half-brother wants him dead. His master's wife wants his innocence. The gladiator dealers want him to fight - and die - for their greed. Rome's most famous prostitute wants his love. And the gentle slave girl who tends the wounds on his body and the hidden ones on his soul, longs for him to return to his faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story with a spectacular reader

  • By Patrick on 02-11-15

A fighting faith story

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

If you enjoy Roman history and finding faith stories, you will enjoy this one. A sweeping saga following the story of Joseph loosely, we see Jonathan’s journey from believer through trials that destroy his faith to love that redeems it. Excellent portrayal of life as a gladiator in Domitian’s Rome with a wealth of history and premiere storytelling. The narrator is top-notch. I highly recommend this audiobook.

  • Beyond Justice

  • By: Cara C. Putman
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Hayden is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious DC law firm.... If the case she's just been handed doesn't destroy her first. Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain that follows when justice is not served. It's why she became an attorney and why she's so driven in her career. When she's assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn't sure if it's the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership - or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Christian book.

  • By Martha on 09-15-17

Intricate story

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This is a compassionate story of a side of immigration one doesn’t often see in the news or the mainstream political arguments. It puts a personal face on an impersonal issue. The slow unraveling of the complicated plot pulled me along and kept me interested until the last secret was revealed. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery mixed with a bit of romance and a contemporary issue that bears thought and consideration.

  • 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 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

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

Beauty is more than skin deep

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Beautifully written story with carefully crafted characters. Each one is broken in a different way. Each needs to take hold of the redemption and forgiveness offered by God and move on with their lives letting go of their old beliefs and looking ahead to the new purposes God has in store for each of them. Fabulous story.

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  • The Masterpiece

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,639

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not realize this was religious....

  • By Amanda on 05-08-18

Work of art in words

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Masterfully written, this story twists and turns through the paths of two lives. We see how God worked through every circumstance to lead the characters to Him and to each other. The narrator enhances my enjoyment of the story through her spot-on interpretation of expression and nuances of pitch and tone. Encompassing both action and thought, this story will appeal to anyone curios or thankful as to the way in which He cares and intervenes in the lives of His children.

  • Butterfly Palace

  • By: Colleen Coble
  • Narrated by: Devon O'Day
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Austin, Texas - 1904: Abandoned by the love of her life and still mourning the loss of her mother, Lily Donaldson has turned her back on the pain and come to Austin for a fresh start, working for the Marshall family as a kitchen maid in their luxurious mansion, the Butterfly Palace. The tasks before her are legion, and her mistress less than pleasant, but at least Lily’s new life will be, if nothing else, distracting. But one night, while serving at a dinner party, Lily recognizes the man who abandoned her, Andy, her liaison from the livery stable, the blacksmith’s son...sitting among the distinguished guests.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • MIXED FEELINGS

  • By Jennifer on 09-04-14

Well-woven story

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

The symbolism and plot twists made this story both deeply satisfying and enjoyable to read. I recommend it to anyone facing challenges or difficulties in life. The hope and belief in better possibilities to come drive the plot forward even as the mystery deepens. I rooted for Lily and Drew.