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  • Ties That Bind

  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise! Christian Fiction

  • By Carol on 07-11-12

good story but bad reading.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ties That Bind?

The court room when Margo gave up her case so her niece wouldn't go to foster care.

How could the performance have been better?

I dispose whinny voices which the reader of Margo has and does. So sickening.

Any additional comments?

NEVER let the reader of Margo read again on an audio book.

  • Love's Providence

  • A Contemporary Christian Romance
  • By: Jennifer H. Westall
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark, Joe Hempel, Noel Harrison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

College athlete Lily Brennon has always been the piece that doesn't quite fit in the puzzle, especially in her blended family, and no amount of rule-following perfection seems to bring her any closer to the love and acceptance she desperately seeks. If not for Jackson Carter, her childhood best friend and the only boy she's ever loved, she's sure she would have run away years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Thoroughly Enjoyed this Book!!

  • By Shana Browne on 02-12-17

Not a believable story.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The character of Lilly is very trite and not believable of someone who has the convictions that she 'says' she had, nor the intelligence.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make it more believable and not so trite. Change the character of Lilly to a believable character, like giving her a backbone.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

This was terrible, the character, Lilly has a sickening sultry voice that is not in character to what I believe the author would have written. It was probably one of the worst narrative performances I've ever listened to.

Did Love's Providence inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to return the book. I expect more than this delivered.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What's So Great About Christianity

  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? In his new book, best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza ( What's So Great about America) investigates both Christianity and atheism and their influences on culture to show why there is, indeed, something great about Christianity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done!

  • By Evening Stars on 04-23-12

Another great book by D'Souza

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

What made the experience of listening to What's So Great About Christianity the most enjoyable?

There is so much information in this book that is relevant in today's world. Information that all Christians need to know.

What was one of the most memorable moments of What's So Great About Christianity?

Dinesh's comments about how Christianity is increasing.

What about Jeff Riggenbach’s performance did you like?

It was fine.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The fact that Christianity is still the number one religion in the world and it is growing through conversions. What a joy that is. There is also joy and peace in just being a Christian that could be shown. Yes, we are being persecuted, especially in the mid east and anywhere the muslims are invading. But Christians know what the final outcome will be.

Any additional comments?

Dinesh D'Souza does so much research and can back up everything he says in one of his books. It was a joy to listen to this book.

  • Holly and Mistletoe

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Holly Garrett was in trouble. The stranger who'd saved her from a storm was not asking for her help. And he was inviting her to live with him. She could cook for him, and bathe him, but nothing had prepared he for the glances he threw her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holly and Mistletoe

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-09

Very disappointing book and narration

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

What disappointed you about Holly and Mistletoe?

The entire story line was a vast disappointment. Not worth what I paid for it. But it got lost in the several books I bought and it is too late to return it.

What was most disappointing about Susan Mallery’s story?

The entire story line is beneath what I have read in other books from her. Did she allow someone to write it and then use her name as author?

Would you be willing to try another one of Eliza Foss’s performances?

Absolutely NOT. She sounds like she is falling asleep in the first chapter. Then her entire tone through out the book is really either falling asleep or trying to be sensual, which she is NOT.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger for purchasing it.

Any additional comments?

This book is really the worst book I have ever tried to listen to. It is too late to return it or I would. I purchased it during a very busy time and it just got lost in the shuffle. Never again will I allow this to happen. The author, Susan Mallery should personally return the money I paid for the book to me with her apologies.

  • A Dog Named Christmas

  • By: Greg Kincaid
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769

Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you love dogs, Christmas and Wisdom...

  • By Charlie Lightfoot on 11-29-08

What a Joyful book!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Christmas to be better than the print version?

I have only heard the audio version and cannot believe it could be made better

What did you like best about this story?

Being a dog lover, I loved the way that 'Christmas' helped to heal the wounded heart of the dad. He had 'bad luck' with dogs in the past, but it took the special love and understanding of 'Christmas' to heal and nourish the soul, as dogs tend to do.

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

His voice was loving and caring in just the right places

Who was the most memorable character of A Dog Named Christmas and why?

Oddly enough I felt that Mary Ann, mother of her special needs son as well as wife had that special knowledge to work with both men and let the story play out. She knew when to keep quite and let her husband work through his demons with his boyhood dog and the one in Viet Nam.

Any additional comments?

I love dog stories and this one is loving and positive in the best ways.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,206

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

If you like fantasy, you will love this book

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, more like the game of Dungeons and Dragons

Would you recommend Hounded to your friends? Why or why not?

I would only recommend this to someone who likes fantasy books. I reminded me in the old game of Dungeons and Dragons. Not what I like to read or listen to.

What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s performance?

dull, duller and dullest

Do you think Hounded needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

For me this was enough

Any additional comments?

If you like this kind of story you might like this, but not me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Never Go Back

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,770

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Tired Series

  • By Michele Kellett on 02-19-14

Jack Reacher does it again!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-13

Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

Yes, there is a lot of thing going on and it moves pretty fast as all of his adventures do.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, there were so many twists and turns that you really have to listen to catch all of them.

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

Really nothing. I don't like his voice or intonations.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The plot amazed me as always, Lee Child must do a lot of research for his books. I am always amazed at some point during the book 'how on earth is Jack going to get out of this?' But he always does. This is only one of the reasons I like this series so much,

Any additional comments?

Hope that there are many more Jack Reacher books coming. So many plots and so many solutions.

  • Inferno: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,088

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Very interesting bioethical issues!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

i use the audio versions while driving so I enjoy it better.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, Dan Brown writes so well and the action is so non stop that it is hard to stop as the story progresses. The plot was very good, having spent time in Florence, I could visually see the places in my mind. Then the other locations were so well described that it was very enjoyable.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

The heroine was very real to life and a very dynamic character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when the heroine stopped the boat and came back to tell Langdon of her complete involvement in the entire story with the virus,

Any additional comments?

The Bioethical issues in this book were intriguing and are on the front burner to many people. Good job discussing them.

  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456

A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is the worst ever

  • By Keith on 11-23-05

Not what you are expecting

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

Reviewed: 05-03-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7 to be better than the print version?

I have only heard the audio version, have not read the printed version

What did you like best about this story?

Loose ends were tied up from previous books. Laying the ground for future books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard M. Davidson’s performances?

Dont think so. Harry's voice makes him sound like a gangster, not an ole' seasoned policeman.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was surprised at the beginning of the book and had to double check that it was a Harry Bosch book. However, I did enjoy the book. You just have to get into it for a few chapters to figure how the book is going.

Any additional comments?

This is not the Harry Boush book that you expect. The focus of the book, former FBI agent McCalab, is the real star in this book. Harry is a secondary part of the book. McCalab is from another of the series where he has received a heart and discovers people who murder for organs for transplant.

However, I feel this is one of those 'bridge books' during a series, that links and ties up ends so the next book can be written. Especially, since in future books McCalab dies under unusual circumstances and Harry solves that 'murder'. So don't be put off because this is written with McCalab as the lead story,

  • In the Woods

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,723

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Very, very slow story.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

What disappointed you about In the Woods?

The writer took so very long to say anything and to move the story along.

What could Tana French have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have moved the story along faster and that would have helped a lot.

What didn’t you like about Steven Crossley’s performance?

His voice was okay, the right accent for the location of the story, but he could have been more animated with his voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Ths book sparked disappointment for me. Have read other Tana French books and they were better.