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Karen FP

NAPA, CA, US
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  • The Secret Keepers

  • By: Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Narrated by: Cameron Brown
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Eleven-year-old Reuben spends his days exploring, hiding, and practicing parkour among the abandoned buildings of the Lower Downs as a way to escape the rough times that have befallen him and his mom - but his discovery of an extraordinary antique pocket watch changes everything. When Reuben finds that the watch has the power to turn him invisible, he's propelled on the adventure of a lifetime. Now Reuben is being pursued by a group of dangerous men called the Directions, and someone - or something - ominously called The Smoke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book—BEST narrator!

  • By Jamie A. on 02-20-18

loved the story

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice, but such it is with audio books! Trenton Lee Stewart is a favorite author of mine (Mysterious Benedict Society), and this story did not disappoint.
I appreciate his use of adults as being important to children and adults as allies. Yes, some adults were "bad" and untrustworthy, but it is clear. I like Jack. He represents so many of us.... do you do something "wrong" for a greater good? Sometimes, yes. Anyway, it was a great story and I really liked how Mr. Stewart wrapped it up. He didn't leave us wondering how on earth life would go on after the primary conflict was solved. Reuben is a sweet, mostly believable, kid. I can think of at least one "tween" who could do what he did!! Well done, Trenton Lee Stewart and Cameron Brown!

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  • Where the Red Fern Grows

  • By: Wilson Rawls
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,457

Since its publication over forty years ago, this heartwarming tale of a boy and his dogs has touched millions. A tale of adventure, special friendship and coming-of-age, Where the Red Fern Grows makes for delightful listening. This unabridged production, featuring a moving performance by Anthony Heald, brings this enduring classic to life and makes a powerful story even more unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this it's great.

  • By Mat Cauthon on 07-06-16

beautiful story of love and loss and moving on

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I knew going into this book that it was sad. I remember my siblings reading it as adolescents, and thinking, "why would I ever want to read that book?" Now, some 40 years later, I listened to the audio version and fully understand the beauty of Rawls' work and I think, "everyone should read this book!" The reader is amazing,and the story universal. the description of the Ozarks makes me want to visit.

  • Freedom Walkers

  • The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • By: Russell Freedman
  • Narrated by: Bill Quinn
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white man. This refusal to give up her dignity sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle, and a major victory in the civil rights movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important story well told!

  • By Rod Perlmutter on 02-06-19

Great Intro to MLKJr and his times

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

The power of peaceful protest, where love, courage, kindness and commitment, changed the world! The church-based focus of the movement and references to Scripture - to God's way rather than anger and bitterness - is inspiring..... and perhaps lost to this current generation. A great read.

  • Every Soul a Star

  • By: Wendy Mass
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Ali Ahn, Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Unlike the thousands converging at Moon Shadow to witness a total solar eclipse, Ally calls the isolated campground home. Bree shields herself in a cloak of good looks and popularity, but there is something within her no one suspects. And Jack, overweight and socially inept, finds himself on the verge of a startling possibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read with my 6th grader

  • By Jennifer on 12-13-15

I didn't want it to end!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

I really enjoyed the astronomy perspective and the overall story. The readers brought the characters to life.

  • The Best of Daily Wisdom for Women - Devotional Audio

  • By: Carol Lynn Fitzpatrick
  • Narrated by: Evelyn Strempler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

This devotional collection is designed to draw women closer to their Heavenly Father's heart. With an inspiring reading and powerful prayer for every woman's heart, this beautiful edition - Daily Wisdom for Women - will provide both encouragement and refreshment as listeners come to know just how deeply and tenderly God loves them. Women will find their spiritual journeys enhanced and strengthened as they experience intimate connections with their Master Creator.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • easy to listen to- helped me focus

  • By Karen FP on 02-23-17

easy to listen to- helped me focus

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

I liked the daily verses and reflection. wish the scriptures and prayers were read by the same person.

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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,555

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

made me laugh and cry

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Ove (Uva) reminded me of some men I know! Good men with big hearts and certain ways of doing things. this book was a pleasure to "read".

  • Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words

  • Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia
  • By: Kate Whouley
  • Narrated by: Catherine Gaffney
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words, Kate Whouley strips away the romantic veneer of mother-daughter love to bare the toothed and tough reality of caring for a parent who is slowly losing her mind. Yet, this is not a dark or dour look at the demon of Alzheimer’s. Whouley shares the trying, the tender, and the sometimes hilarious moments in meeting the challenge also known as Mom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrator, Insightful author

  • By Karen FP on 09-13-16

Excellent Narrator, Insightful author

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Catherine Gaffney is an excellent narrator. Kate Whouley is a brilliant writer. as someone who is living with a person with dementia, I found Kate's book to be insightful, encouraging, and compassionate. I'd often find myself recounting certain sections of the book to my husband, saying, "Kate's mom reminds me of dad." or, "Did you know people with dementia [fill in the blank]. That is just like dad."

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  • Up from Slavery

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Reese
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

In the South of the 1890s, Booker T. Washington stood as the often controversial personification of the aspirations of the black masses. The Civil War had ended, casting uneducated blacks adrift or, equally tenuous, creating a class of sharecroppers still dependent on the whims of their former owners. Black Reconstruction, for all its outward trimming, had failed to deliver its promised economic and political empowerment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every African American male must read this book.

  • By James Ribbron on 07-15-18

enlightening book

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

I found the book the to be an enlightening read about the life and times of a man and Institute I knew little about, except for second hand . the reader foes a good job. Booker T. Washington was a wise man who believed that kindness, unselfish living, and hard work would make a person successful - whether "colored" or not. an excellent primary source for learning about this time in history.