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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,630

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

So well done!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This book tackled a tough subject masterfully, dividing up the heavy stuff with some lighter stuff. I found myself wishing the story was all fake. I just didn’t want to believe there was truth behind the events in the story.
No swearing, no sex. It does touch on child sex abuse but not with detail.
This is the kind of book you have to chew on a while. It will stay with you long after you’re done reading/listening. Not a fluffy weekend read, but totally worth it. Though the subject matter was heavy, I found myself glued to the story -thinking about it when I wasn’t listening. Definitely recommend.

  • Walk on Earth a Stranger

  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend - who might want to be something more. She also has a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By elenne on 10-11-15

In my opinion...

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

The best writers can create a compelling story without lacing the text with expletives and sexual scenes. Rae Carson did that brilliantly. I was engaged from start to finish and felt the story was authentic for its time. Swear words were extremely minimal and love flourished sweetly & innocently without being cheesy.

The story itself is very intriguing- a bit of magic in the Wild West.

I loved the ending scene and could easily picture it on the big screen someday.

Where this story lacked was with the narration. The narrator's voice would get craggily a lot. Maybe that was the idea. But I felt that all voices sounded the same. Again, maybe that was the intention? At the start of a chapter her voice was pleasant and clear. By the end of a chapter, I desperately wanted to give her a drink of water.

Still, I enjoyed this immensely. Can't wait for the next volume and looking forward to discovering more from Rae Carson

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

  • By: Elizabeth George Speare
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with a friend or relative!!

  • By E. Dickson on 08-26-05

Love! Love! Love!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

The first chapter wasn't even half through before I fell in love with the characters. When I wasn't listening to the book, I found my mind drifting off to the story and it's characters. I cried more than once. Beautifully written without being wordy. I loved this book and can't wait to share it with my children.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,863

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

Just wow

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

Just finished and still wiping tears from my eyes. Not what I expected. I love books that you have to chew on a while to understand all its layers. I loved this heart wrenching but hopeful story. It's a heavy topic but written in a way that gives hope. The language in some parts is too much for me but I would still recommend this book for young adults to adults. This is the kind of book that makes you think and makes you want to make a better world for others.

***spoiler below***



Don't keep reading if you hate spoilers. This book addresses the heartbreaking plague of childhood sexual abuse. It might be helpful for someone who is recovering from such a tragedy. I won't let my children read it because it is very descriptive at parts.

  • The Orphan Keeper

  • By: Camron Wright
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,897

Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life - and his destiny - is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Star Worthy

  • By Kari on 10-26-16

I LOVE this book!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Compelling story, made even more so by it being based on true events. Definitely recommend!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sterling Point Books

  • Joan of Arc: Warrior Saint
  • By: Jay Williams
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Could any story be more inspiring than that of Joan of Arc, the courageous maiden who fought for the glory of France and God? Guided by what she firmly believed were visions of saints, this young Frenchwoman - still just 16 years old - led her people in battle against the British occupiers. Though she proved victorious in war, Joan ultimately became a martyr when some of her own countrymen betrayed her to the English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done to both author and narrator

  • By Katpen5 on 04-29-15

Well done to both author and narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

This book was well organized and gave a clear "beginner's" picture of the famed Joan of Arc. The narrator was my favorite audible narrator I have heard. Her voice pleasant, clear and engaging. While the story and information could hold up on its own, the narrator made it even more intriguing. The story moves along quickly without glossing over important detail. I really like how the author took special care to draw attention to points of interest that would appear later in the book. For young readers, this will be a huge help in reading comprehension. Well done!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful