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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,790

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Storms and Tornadoes, YES, Trump and Obama, NO

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Excellent listen when it comes to weather and storms, particularly tornadoes, as we live in Alabama where tornadoes have torn a path of destruction over recent years that have made the landscape look like Armageddon. Adding a tornado shelter to our home was one of the best decisions we've ever made, and coming up out of it following a tornado to the eerie quiet following a tornado, with no electricity for over a week was surreal. Driving south to our son's house, through the carnage, with no traffic signals and debris filled highways, past the local Piggly Wiggly (which was no more), one begins to count their blessings and pray for those who've lost everything. I only wish that Michael Lewis could've stuck to his subject and the data and left the politics out. That said, this is a solidly GOOD listen. And the improved weather reporting and warning systems are saving lives. And I can tell you this, in Alabama, the school systems and the people take it very seriously when tornadoes are predicted.

  • For Whom the Bread Rolls

  • Pancake House Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Fox
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida's been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house. The police can't do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone's beat her to it - in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida's dead body, Marley's suddenly the number one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley's not about to let Ida keep ruining her life - especially from beyond the grave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Might be a good mystery but...

  • By Debbie on 09-29-17

Easy Listen, Book 2, Pancake House Mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

A crotchety old neighbor, that no one likes is found murdered, and Marley, the new owner of the Pancake House is a person of interest in the murder. It seems that Ida Winkler had been blackmailing most of the town, and there's no shortage of suspects for the crime. But Marley, fearful of losing customers at the Pancake House, makes it her business to search out who might have killed the mean old woman. The writing is clean, the atmosphere in Washington State peaceful and descriptive, and the narration good. A great listen for a little "escape" from heavier books and subjects. I will definitely be listening to more in the series.

  • Fine as Frog Hair

  • By: Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by: Homer V Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Can the past heal the future? Ninety-year-old Marvin Hermesch is determined to find out. After sneaking out of the retirement home on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon, Marvin embarks upon a journey. His memory is deteriorating fast, and he's having difficulty recalling the face of his deceased wife, Ruthie. As his short-term memory slips, it awakens memories buried deep from his younger days and vivid nightmares of his youth, including the horrors of World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An emotionally well penned reminiscence story

  • By Quella on 08-23-16

Marvin Escapes the Confines

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Marvin is tired of the four walls of the retirement home and he longs to see his childhood home in the backwoods of Arkansas. He misses his sweet wife, Ruthie, and can't remember her face. He's 90 years old, and the nightmares of WWII haunt him. So he makes his escape and gets into his old beat up pick up truck and heads for home. I love his country sayings and his spunk. This short tale is a good one and well worth the listen.

  • In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

  • By: Jennifer Haupt
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills combines the force of literature with the allure of women's fiction in a family saga that spans from Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement to post-genocide Rwanda. At the heart of this novel that crosses racial and cultural boundaries is the search for family on a personal and global level.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • MLK's Dream to the Killing Fields of Rwanda

  • By Debbie on 09-19-18

MLK's Dream to the Killing Fields of Rwanda

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

From the late 1960s Civil Rights scene in America to the post-genocide time in the late 1990s in Rwanda, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills is ripe with both the hope of Martin Luther King's dream AND the loss and horror of the people of Africa following the slaughter of more than 800,000 of their people. The raw beauty and yet harsh countryside descriptions of Africa nearly take your breath away, the wild animals roaming free, being captured only by the camera lens of Henry Shepherd. This is a complicated and messy story, like life typically is. And Henry is a flawed man. He left his beautiful young daughter, Rachel and his first wife . . . and went to Atlanta to a Civil Rights rally . . . to take photos . . . where he met a beautiful young black woman . . . where the very white Henry and Lillian both believed in Reverend MLK's dream . . . and in one another. Fast forward six years, and a 30 something Rachel, having lost her second child, living in New York with her husband, is mourning more than her two miscarriages . . . her mother has passed away, she has always felt abandoned by her father and now her husband is distant. She wants to get to the root of why Henry left her . . . she wants to find him. And settle it once and for all. An internet search helps her to find Lillian, in Rwanda . . . but Lillian has her own scars . . . deep ones. A correspondence of sorts begins . . . and Tucker, one of Lillian's adopted sons and a doctor who helps all of the children, begins to secretly answer Rachel's emails on Lillian's behalf. What follows is one of the most daring, touching and frightening stories of love, hope and confrontation that I've ever read/listened to . . . its unconventional, outside what is humanly possible, but not beyond an all seeing, all knowing creator who loves us all, red and yellow, black and white . . . don't miss this one . . .

  • The Devil's Novice

  • The Eighth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Meriet Aspley, a young novitiate, causes havoc at the Shrewsbury monastery when his violent nightmares cause him to scream his anguish in the dead of night, earning him the nickname, Devil's Novice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Five Star performance by Patrick Tull

  • By Milton on 04-30-12

The Wisdom of Cadfael

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

While I've loved watching Brother Cadfael on TV, this is the first time I've had the pleasure of listening to a book on audio. And I find it equally enjoyable, maybe even more so than watching. The atmosphere of the monastery, the personalities of the monks, and particularly Brother Cadfael and his ability to suss out the root of the problem. I love his steadiness, his work in the herb garden, the way he is not put off by the airs that the other pious monks put on. With many a long year on the "outside", Brother Cadfael is no stranger to the temptations of life, the evil desires of men (and women) . . . and he knows well that what one sees on the outside is in no way any indication of a person's heart. So when the new novitiate, Meriet Aspley, comes to the monastery, bringing with him an attitude, anger and horrid nightmares, Brother Cadfael takes much of it in stride, and tucks it all in his cap for rumination . . . while the other monks are out for blood. Cool headed, Cadfael goes about his business . . . waiting for things to play out . . . as they always do . . . this is a great story . . . with many a lesson for those of us who are listening . . . and I will be looking for another Cadfael book, that's one thing for certain . . .

  • Send Down the Rain

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family's beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future - until a cherished person from her past returns. Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Martin breathes life into every story

  • By Barbara Fischer on 05-17-18

Vietnam, Heaven and Hell . . . LOVE

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Charles Martin has once again told a fascinating story of sacrifice, betrayal and LOVE. Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for a friend . . . the book is very much an allegory of Christ's love for us, but that part is subtle and understated . . . and Joseph is very human and his mistakes are many . . . a book spanning over fifty years, with a trail of heartbreak and pain, it is a glimpse into the lives of three kids growing up together, trying to protect one another and find some simblance of normalcy in a world where grown ups did not act very grown up. Yet the bond of two brothers and one sweet neighbor girl somehow held over the decades, despite the wreckage that even they continued to pile upon one another as the years continued. That God does not care about the color of our skin, what language we speak, what we may have done in this world in order to survive is evident in this story . . . that His grace is sufficient . . . the book is over the top in so many places, but it makes you think . . . God DOES over the top things . . . God IS over the top . . . and still in the business of miracles . . . so don't hesitate to listen to this book . . . don't hesitate to let yourself FEEL again . . . cry again . . . and let the Lord send down the rain . . .

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  • A Promise in Pieces

  • By: Emily T. Wierenga
  • Narrated by: Emily Caudwell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women's Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier's last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share. Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she's not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier's baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen This Year

  • By Debbie on 08-30-18

Best Listen This Year

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I listen to dozens of audio books every year, and this one ranks at the top . . . for a number of reasons. Its more than historical fiction (which I love). Its more than a story of one person's test of faith and questioning whether or not God is really who He claims to be . . . and I've listened to a good many of those, many of which are very good. Its more that a tale of war and pain and loss, although it is unquestionably one of the best war stories I've heard. I think it is the bare, brutal honesty of this preacher's daughter, turned army nurse, turned midwife that resonated with me over and over. The young girl, the good teenager, the cautious, yet brave young woman who climbed out her bedroom window to enlist in the army nurses corp . . . then the midwife back home who was afraid to love a man because she never wanted to be left alone, didn't want to be like the widows left behind after the war. And finally, most of all the grandmother, Clara, with whom I feel the greatest kinship . . . when most of life's living has been done and the wrestling with God is over . . . and one is finally smart enough to know just how powerful God is and how small and fragile we are. . . and what a gift every single breath is . . . writing like this is so rare . . . and so beautiful . . . Do yourself a favor, don't miss it . . .

  • Crime and Poetry

  • Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Flower
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother's bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn't need to read between the lines: Her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It's where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you.... Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson's poems from Grandma Daisy's shop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 and a half stars

  • By Beatrice on 04-14-16

Magical Books, A Talking Crow, Great Easy Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This book is escapism at its best. Is it blood and guts kind of murder mystery? No. Hard core investigation? No. Small town, friends and family closeness? YES, YES, YES . . . with a few rotten eggs thrown in . . . Grandma Daisy and her Charming Books Bookstore and the her friends, The Red Inkers, the local writers group who meets at her bookstore, are a varied bunch of folks, and include Police Chief David Rainwater. When Grandma Daisy's boyfriend (and carriage driver), Benedict Raisin is found murdered, and she becomes a suspect, her granddaughter, Violet goes on a search for the real killer. With a little help from the books in the book shop and Benedict's cat (who Violet has named, Emerson), Violet sets out to clear her grandma's name. This magical story takes me back to the books of my childhood . . . clean, fun and anticipation in every chapter. I love the talking crow, Faulkner. The story of Violet in high school and now her return twelve years later, and how she reconciles herself to what happened in the past. In one word, this book is absolutely DELIGHTFUL.

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,042

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

A Bunch of Whiners

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Writing is immature and middle schoolish. I had to stop. What could have been and should have been a great historical story ended up being a waste of my time.

  • Renovating the Richardsons

  • Tales from the Goose Creek B&B
  • By: Virginia Smith
  • Narrated by: Becky Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Things are finally starting to fall into a steady rhythm in the small town of Goose Creek, Kentucky. Millie Richardson is hard at work renovating a drafty Victorian house into a B&B. Her husband, Al, is busy writing checks for the renovations. And the new vet, Susan, has finally found acceptance from the town -- not to mention a hunky new boyfriend, Justin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Squirrel Antics, Mold in the Walls, Softball War

  • By Debbie on 08-20-18

Squirrel Antics, Mold in the Walls, Softball War

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

The second in the Goose Creek B & B series finds Millie and Al renovating their house, with Al bemoaning every expenditure as more and more things seem to crop up . . . the latest being mold in the walls. Handyman Justin assures him though, that Mold Man can rectify the situation, and that they will soon be back to the project at hand. Meanwhile menacing squirrels begin to attack Al's bird feeders in the back yard, making him miss the serenity of their old home even more, and rue the day that they sold it to the Thackers. Susan, the local veterinarian, and Justin are seeing more and more of one another, much to the dismay of Susan's father (and business partner). So much so that he is determined to move from Paducah to Goose Creek, so the two of them can live together. It seems that her father will never accept Justin. Amidst all the town goings on, the water tower is being repainted, commissioned to a real artist this time, and Al is managing the volunteer softball team, who is playing against the rival team from a county over. The mayor seems to have a lot riding on the game. It seems that the team is losing one player after the other, and the game is drawing closer and closer, when Al comes up with an idea. I nearly fell out laughing when Thomas (Susan's father) wrenched his back and ended up getting a massage from the new massage therapist in town (Tuesday Love). A fortuitous meeting that turned out to be . . . Goose Creek is the best, funniest, most straight-laced small town I've ever had the luck to read about or listen to . . . not so much different than the tiny Kentucky town I grew up in . . . everyone into everyone else's business, but for the most part, not a mean bone in their bodies . . . I wish this series would go on FOREVER!