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Toney, Alabama
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  • Perennials

  • By: Julie Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Eva - known to all as Lovey - grew up safe and secure in Oxford, Mississippi, surrounded by a rich literary history and her mother's stunning flower gardens. But a shed fire, and the injuries that it caused, seemed to change everything...especially when her older sister, Bitsy, blamed Lovey for the irreparable damage. Bitsy became the cheerleader. The homecoming queen. All the while, Lovey served as the family scapegoat, always bearing the brunt when Bitsy threw blame her way. At 18, Lovey fled to Arizona. In time, she became a successful advertising executive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faults, Family, Fear, and Finally Faith

  • By Debbie on 05-15-19

Faults, Family, Fear, and Finally Faith

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

For anyone who has ever been lied to, lied about and had to ultimately fend for themselves, this book is for you. If you’re from the south, where “putting on your best face” is expected, this book’s for you. If you’ve never been the cheerleader, whoopee, this book’s for you. If you’ve always valued the truth above the frivolous, stop now and get this book. All you reviewers who complained about the winey main character, lol, gotta believe y’all were the cheerleaders . . . the smiling through the bs, covering up what’s underneath, and nobody’s ever gonna know the truth ones. There is a depth of absolute truth in this novel that will knock your socks off, if you’re not afraid to get past the surface. One of the very best stories of all time, Bitsy (who never really got over having a little sister come on the scene) and Lovey (who grabbed life as she saw it, loved openly and honestly, saying what she thought) were as different as night and day. They were born to two bigger-than-life parents who fiercely loved one another, but maybe didn’t know how to guide and love two very different little girls. One, mean spirited and self-centered. One, serious, thoughtful and self-critical. What Chief and Laurel may have missed seeing in their young daughters’ spirits and behavior when they were little, they more than made up for when they came home for their 50th wedding anniversary, which is where this story takes place. All families are flawed. We all need healing, and most of all, we all need God. What we believe is strength, many times is the worst kind of weakness. Bravo for a wonderful tale of love, healing and family.

  • The Dream Stalker

  • Arapaho Indian Mysteries
  • By: Margaret Coel
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The Wind River Reservation agrees to a nuclear-waste storage site in exchange for jobs and millions in revenue. But murder points Vicky Holden and Father John toward a larger plot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greed, Conscience and Burying the Dead

  • By Debbie on 05-15-19

Greed, Conscience and Burying the Dead

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

The third in the Wind River Reservation Series finds Father John O’Malley awakened in the middle of the night by an old man saying he is dying and asking the priest to come . . . following the old Indian’s instructions to his house, Father John arrives too late. The old man is dead, shot in the head in an isolated cabin. He’s an Arapaho, but his identity is a mystery. And Father John is determined to find out who he was and give him a proper burial before the three days is up and his ghost begins to roam the land, as the Arapaho’s believe. As always, the St. Francis parish is in dire financial straits, and Father John’s new assistant, it seems has been sent to find a solution to the money crisis. The same lack of funds applies to the Indian Reservation, and some financial wizard has come up with the idea of housing a nuclear waste storage facility on the reservation, despite the many health concerns. Arapaho attorney, Vicki Holden tries to caution the people about the possibility of a disaster by allowing the building of such a facility, as does Father John, putting herself and others in danger. This is a series that grips your interest from the start, mixing the wisdom and customs of the Arapaho with the love and kindness of Father John and the mission he runs to help the native people. Always portrayed as human and flawed, as all believers are, Father John faces his own personal demons as he continues to serve and do what he can for the Arapaho. The solving of the murder, the unraveling of the greed and corruption behind the agreement to build the nuclear waste storage facility and the friendship between Vicki Holden and Father John all come together at the end for a superb conclusion. Can’t wait for the next in the series.

  • The Christening Day Murder

  • By: Lee Harris
  • Narrated by: Dee Macaluso
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Former nun Christine Bennett is looking forward to the christening of her friend Maddie's baby. But when she goes to the church basement of the town that was flooded out 30 years before, Christine stumbles upon the skeletal remains of a body - the grim result of a 30-year-old murder. Trying to sort out the sordid puzzle from the past, Christine manages to unravel the dark secrets of the once close-knit community, and also reveals a killer who's not afraid to kill again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christening Day Cold Case

  • By Debbie on 05-14-19

Christening Day Cold Case

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

The third in the series finds Christine Bennett returning to the town she grew up in for the christening of the baby of her best friend. Thirty years ago, the town was flooded, but now it has resurfaced and the little church that was once home to both Christine and her best friend, Maddie, is the place that Maddie’s baby will also be christened. To everyone’s surprise, Christine finds a body, buried under water, all these years, in the basement of the church. What was to be a joyous event turns into a cold case investigation, with Chris Bennett insisting on justice for the unknown victim. But tight lips and secrets are around every corner in this tiny town. This is my favorite so far in the series. I could not, for the life of me, figure out who the killer was. And I like Christine more with every story, ex-nun, sleuth, girlfriend, teacher . . . disciple of the Lord . . . imperfect and flawed, just like me.

  • Tendering in the Storm

  • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In Book Two of the Change and Cherish series, Emma Giesy is married and the mother of two. She's strong-willed and smart. Despite the odds, she and her husband branch off from a religious community of the 1850s to work and live independently in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory, surrounded by her husband's family rather than the influence of the autocratic German leader who has taken the main colony into Oregon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second in Series, Story of Emma Wagnor Giesy

  • By Debbie on 05-14-19

Second in Series, Story of Emma Wagnor Giesy

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

The life of Emma and Christian Giesy in Willapa Bay, Washington (after their trek westward from Missouri) is the second in the series. The story is both beautiful and heartbreakingly sad. The life that Emma and Christian made together after the rest of the colony moved on to Aurora, Oregon, was the happiest and most productive of their lives. Although he had initially been afraid of the water, Christian and his friends entered into the oyster business and provided a living for themselves and their families. Christian’s parents also remained in Washington, although they were never supportive of Emma. The tragedy that befell Christian and what happened to Emma and the children afterward nearly broke me. But this is a true story. And if it didn’t break Emma (and it ALMOST did) who lived to an old age, I surely wasn’t going to be a weakling just listening to it. I know one thing for certain, it was her CHILDREN that kept her from throwing in the towel and quitting. For I, too, am a mama. Clear down to my toes. Mistakes and all, Emma was a fighter. I wish that the third in the series was still available on Audible. But for some reason, it isn’t. So I will be forced to get it in print. Amazing story of a real-life woman of substance.

  • The Yom Kippur Murder

  • By: Lee Harris
  • Narrated by: Dee Macalouso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When ex-nun Christine Bennett can't get into her friend Mr. Herskovitz's apartment to accompany him to Yom Kippur services, she discovers that he's been murdered. The police arrest someone almost immediately, but Chris isn't ready to end her own investigation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first, but still worth it

  • By Karen K on 06-12-13

Former Nun, Current Sleuth, Super Friend

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

Christine Bennett, after being a nun for fifteen years, now teaches classes to university students and serves her community. Its in the latter that she befriends, Mr. Herskovitz, and agrees to take him to the temple for the Yom Kippur service. He and a few other elderly men and women are the only remaining in the run-down NYC tenement, that the landlord sorely wants to sell, and reap a bundle of cash. Christine has been running interference with the owner of the building who wants to drive out the elderly who have guaranteed rent controlled apartments. Most have already moved, but a few hold outs remain, such as Mr. Herskovitz. On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, when Christine arrives to take Mr. Herskovitz to the temple, she finds him beaten to death in his apartment. Convinced the motive was a scare tactic to get him to leave his apartment, Christine begins to look for the killer . . . and into the past of Mr. Herskovitz, a survivor of the Holocaust. Locating his two children, who haven’t seen their father in years, she learns there are secrets buried deeply going back to before WWII. This is the second in the Christine Bennet Mystery Series, and its just as good as the first one. No longer a nun, but still clothed in faith, seeking to do good, right the wrongs she comes across, and to find her place in a world that finds her different than almost all other women . . . a good thing in my book. Bravo! Great story!

  • Clearing in the Wild

  • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of Bethel colony, an 1850s religious community in Missouri that is determined to remain untainted by the concerns of the world. A passionate and independent thinker, she resents the limitations placed on women, who are expected to serve in quiet submission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Tale of Emma Wagnor Giesy

  • By Debbie on 05-14-19

Historical Tale of Emma Wagnor Giesy

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

Based on the real-life story of Emma Wagnor Giesy, a young woman who was a part of the Bethel Colony in Missouri in the 1850s, Clearing in the Wild is a richly detailed and an eye-opening account of life in a religious community like few others. Led by Wilhelm Keil, who made all the decisions for the colony, including approving who could marry whom, the community was self-sufficient, making and selling goods to the outsiders. Preaching hell and damnation and the coming end of times, Keil lived in the “Big House” while others lived communally. One of the best money makers for the colony was their homemade whiskey . . . yes, whiskey. Few ever challenged Father Keil, but one who did was Christian Giesy, when Keil refused his blessing on the proposed marriage of Christian and Emma Wagnor. The couple was not married by the stubborn Keil, but he did invite them to the “Big House” for a party afterward. Feisty, outspoken Emma was the perfect match for Christian, but was way ahead of her time. I’ve thought long and hard about this book about Emma and about the lessons of her life. This is a very good series. I’ve gone back and researched the Bethel Colony and their trek westward. At times I’ve thought that Wilhelm Keil had an almost cult-like hold over his followers . . . but I’ve had to back off that opinion. He took the Bible out of context. He was a hard man . . . as many of that era was. But he was no Jim Jones. Most of all, I absolutely LOVE Emma, her spirit, her gumption, and the way she loved and honored Christian. Her sacrifice for her family. If you are not a person who can enjoy the JOURNEY, this book is not for you. This one is all about the journey, both physically and spiritually.

  • When Mountains Move

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

It is the spring of 1943.... Millie's world is about to change forever. Soon after the break of day, Bump will become Millie’s husband. And then, if all goes as planned, they will leave the rain-soaked fields of Mississippi and head for the wilds of the Colorado Rockies. As Millie tries to forget a dark secret, she hasn’t yet realized how drastically those past experiences will impact the coming days. For most of Millie’s life, being free felt about as unlikely as the mountains moving. But she’s about to discover that sometimes in life, we are given second chances, and that the only thing bigger than our past is the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hardship, Secrets, Choices, Peace

  • By Debbie on 05-13-19

Hardship, Secrets, Choices, Peace

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

The second in the series, When Mountains move continues the story of Millie Reynolds (which started with Into the Free). Both superb, southern historical fiction. Set in Mississippi, during the depression, Millie is about to marry Bump (Kenneth) Anderson and move to Colorado. Fearful, yet hopeful for a fresh start and a future out west, the young couple make their way to Colorado to begin a ranch and then a veterinary practice. Keeping the dreaded secret of the attack in the church to herself, Millie continues to have nightmares of the church going Mr. Miller and the rape, bearing the shame of what happened to her. This author is so skilled and adept at portraying the feelings and fears that are common to us all, the failings of the church and other Christians in reaching out and loving those who need it most, and the prejudices that confront our society then . . . and now. Millie’s Native American heritage marked her in the 1940s as less than others, and Oka, her Grandmother was full Native American. The farm hand that worked for Bump, Fortner was also Indian, and made him a murder suspect in the eyes of the law. I appreciate the honesty with which the strains of marriage are dealt with . . . squalling babies, jealousy, too much work, stress, secrets, and yes, temptation . . . NONE of these are new . . . but to quit . . . to give up on what God has joined together was not an option . . . There is no preaching, condemnation, no Bible thumping. There’s a clear delineation between good . . . and evil . . . I love Oka, her wisdom, and Fortner, beaten down for years, yet filled with kindness. Few couples have to deal with the major hurdle that Bump and Millie had to, and just entering into their marriage. Thank you, Julie Cantrell for an amazing story of perseverance and hope.


  • The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks

  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312

Grab your lace shawl and top hat and get ready to twirl—this is a full-throttle appreciation of the life and voice of Stevie Nicks from one of rock criticism’s most celebrated writers.   

Best-selling author and Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield explores the music and artistry of the rock goddess who has kept generations of music lovers totally bewitched and spellbound, with such classic rock hits as "Rhiannon" and "Gypsy".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bad recap of Rolling Stone interviews

  • By kristen mukai on 05-08-19

Big Fan of Stevie . . . But Not of This

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

Reviewed: 05-08-19

Having seen Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac in concert in Atlanta in the 80s , I was really looking forward to this audio book. Wasn't expecting this drivel . . . ain't no meat on the bone here . . .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Pumpkinflowers

  • A Soldier's Story
  • By: Matti Friedman
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Using humor, pop culture, and even musical references, Michael Friedman re-creates the wartime experience in a narrative that is part memoir, part journalism, part military history. The years in question were pivotal ones, seeing the perfection of a type of warfare that would eventually be exported to Afghanistan and Iraq and has come to seem like the only kind of warfare in existence - wars in which there is never any clear victory, but not quite enough lives are lost to rally the country against it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book

  • By BB on 06-16-16

Israeli Defense Fighter’s Story of War in Lebanon

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Canadian citizen and Jew living in Israel, Matti Friedman brings to life the war between Israel and Lebanon in the 1990s. A conflict that few know much about and the western world seem to care even less about, the memoir by Matti Friedman details clearly what a well-funded organization Hezbollah is, and gives us a glimpse into how we got to where we are in Afghanistan and Iraq today. The book was an eye opener for me, as I had always thought that the conflict between Israel and its neighbors was a religious one. But Friedman’s trip (as a Canadian citizen) into Lebanon years after the conflict prove there’s little basis for that. Americans and Israelis are hated (and I’m pretty sure that they can’t tell a person why) and Canadians are not. One thing that was no surprise to me was that the Israeli soldiers were fighting for each other, not so much for their country. The same is true for Americas young soldiers, both my sons included. The book is well written and gives the listener much to contemplate.

  • Falling to Pieces

  • A Quilt Shop Murder
  • By: Vannetta Chapman
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books - faith, community, simplicity, family - with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women - one Amish, one English - each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cozy English Meets Amish Mystery

  • By Sara on 08-16-14

Slanderous Newspaper, Amish and English Sleuths

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

What an enjoyable listen! When Callie Harper inherits her Aunt Daisy’s quilt shop, she leaves Houston to travel cross country to Shipshewana, Indiana, a tiny Amish town to settle her aunt’s affairs. Finding her aunt’s dog, Max and a shop in need of repairs, she agrees to temporarily open the shop, fix it up and sell some of the Amish quilts on eBay for Deborah, Esther and Melinda, the Amish friends of her Aunt Daisy. They soon become her friends, as well, helping her in the shop, listening and spending time with Callie, who lost her husband two years earlier. When the local newspaper editor writes a scathing article about Callie and the quilt shop, Deborah comes to her defense. And the hateful man is found dead in the newspaper office the next evening. Bound and determined to find the killer, Callie and Deborah join forces to ferret out who wanted the man dead. The story is both gentle and soothing AND intriguing. The ways of the Amish have always fascinated me, and in this book, they are melded with the English in the small town of Shipshewana which swells to 30,000 on trade days. This is the first in a series that I think I’m going to enjoy immensely. Suffice to say, I think that Callie will decide to stay in Shipshewana!