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  • Invitation

  • By: Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and others
  • Narrated by: Bill Myers, Cherise Boothe, Ali Ahn, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Gathering four stories from four best-selling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series. In "The Call" by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders...but there are some very disturbing strings attached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nail biter

  • By Eric S Baker on 11-20-17

Fanciful and Hard to see "Why did y'all write it?"

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

What would have made Invitation better?

Some point to each novella! Meant to inspire, but inspiration to "what on earth is this trying to convey?" probably isn't what was sought.

What do you think your next listen will be?

NOT this "private club" nothingness.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The readers were good, and that's about the best part of the entire collection.

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

Disappointment, especially with Frank Peretti's name attached to it. There was great storytelling, and meaning in the "Darkness" books. This was sadly lacking in just about all departments.

Any additional comments?

SKIP THIS SERIES. Trying to endure the Assault novellas - 1st is worse than any of this bunch. Returns... Incoming...

  • Threads of Suspicion

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

With the public eye fixed on the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force, Detective Evie Blackwell and her new partner, David, are under pressure to produce results. While they investigate two missing persons cases in Chicago, Evie and David's conviction that justice is truly possible for all will be tested to the limit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great book christian book

  • By Martha on 05-08-17

Where are the characters?

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Way too much technical and theory content, and way too little character interactions and “action”. Shows skill in researching the content, but repetitive detail and poor conclusions to the book left this as simply nothing to write home about. Dee has done better.

  • The Witnesses

  • By: Robert Whitlow
  • Narrated by: Heath McClure
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Parker House's secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather's uncanny ability to see future events in his mind's eye - a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank House through decades of trying to erase a murderous wartime past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narration

  • By Van on 10-30-16

Please fire Mr. McClure

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If it was read by someone who had a clue about sentence parsing, intonation, pauses at obvious plot-line breaks, I'd absolutely recommend this book.

This is at least the 2nd Robert Whitlow book we have ENDURED with Mr. McClure as the narrator. Hire Adam Verner! He makes Charles Martin's books an absolute pleasure.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heath McClure?

Adam Verner! He makes Charles Martin's books an absolute pleasure.

Any additional comments?

This was a good book. Not his best, but, apart for the narrator issues, a good story, backed by decent characters and a flowing storyline, despite many flashbacks. If you're not into hearing atrocities Hitler's thugs inflicted, then skip this one. Some are quite disturbing, even for baby-boomer era listeners.

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  • Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales

  • By: Randy Singer
  • Narrated by: Joey Collins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a points-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he found forgiveness and faith and earned his law degree. Now he longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth. Be careful what you ask for. Harry McNaughton is one of the founding partners of McNaughton & Clay and the only lawyer willing to take a chance employing an ex-con-turned-lawyer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great story EXCEPT for all the sexual innuendo.

  • By Lynette Eppley on 10-10-15

Never saw the ending coming

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

Well done! Engaging. Believable characters and storyline. Well read by the performer. Sat in the car ofttimes at crucial stages.

  • The Gift

  • Chiveis Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Bryan M. Litfin
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

After the finding of an Old Testament in book one of the trilogy, The Gift picks up the story of Teo and Ana. Exiled from their homeland and trying to survive in unknown and dangerous lands, they search for any record of the missing Testament. Their journeys lead them into the region we know as Italy. An elite society welcomes Ana, who finds she must choose between her new life and her dream of returning to Chiveis. Will Teo and Ana's relationship withstand the circumstances and new enemies pulling them apart?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good theology meets bad story telling

  • By nj on 01-25-13

Made the commute enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

Believable storyline. Imagine no New Testament - thank God we have it! The characters continue to be real and the emotions tangible. Two very good parts so far, hope part three delivers!

  • The Mountain Between Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443

When their last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get home just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crashes into one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Sher from Provo on 10-14-16

Please don't end

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

We sat on the driveway for the last 20 minutes of this enthralling, emotional story. After a month of drive time listening, we didn't want it to end. Conflicted by two relationships you want Ben to make the right choices. The ending is brilliant. The story gripping. Nothing improbable. Suspenseful. Real life. Real emotions. Real insights. Excellent is too poor an accolade. Charles Martin is an amazing author. Thank you, Charles.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Silent Planet

  • Ransom Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, complex, not middle of the road

  • By David on 05-27-05

Gripping, provoking and how true

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

Reviewed: 04-24-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Lewis' grasp of the best and worst of humanity is clearly portrayed in a fast-moving, thought provoking story, where one can relate great principles and insights to the non-listener. Though some may not be drawn to science-fiction novels, the lack of techno-overkill is refreshing enabling the listener to enjoy the story for itself and the themes embarked upon in part 1 of this trilogy.

What did you like best about this story?

The eye-openers Ransom experiences, particularly the appreciation of the traits of each species he encounters that are so contrary to the attitudes formed before meeting them - pre-judging others is such a stupid predisposition...

The use of so many English words long fallen into disuse is very refreshing and stimulates the listener's vocabulary back above the 6th-grade norm of so much of modern "literature". The language Lewis uses paints graphic word pictures that few others approach. This is classic writing!

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

He brings tangible emotion to the listener that is clearly in keeping with the context and his speaking pace is fast, which keeps one's attention.

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

The honor and respect given to the three hrossa killed by the "bent men".

Any additional comments?

Truly a great novel; highly recommended for its language and story, but predominantly for its themes and messages.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Piercing the Darkness

  • By: Frank Peretti
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe flees for her life. Her journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read

  • By Noreen on 08-27-10

Slow start. Audible LAZY with the "disk" splits

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

Reviewed: 03-29-12

What made the experience of listening to Piercing the Darkness the most enjoyable?

Frank deals with realities in ways the listener can relate to, whether you believe in the supernatural God vs. Satan ongoing battles for mankind. God wins - enjoyable every time, despite the seeming losses along the way. Wisdom is painted with clarity as allowing pain and difficulty in the short-term, avoiding what we would prefer to experience - cosseting - to achieve a higher, more enduring end. I can relate! Sally Beth's rebirth is beautiful beyond words, conveying the love of God in a word picture that makes Him so much more desirable.

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

Initially not. So many threads and characters need to be introduced that it takes about 1/3 of the book until things have gelled and the action moves along more easily. Once going, it's hard to turn it off.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sally Beth's rebirth at the end of her quest.

If you could take any character from Piercing the Darkness out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Tal - I would love to hear him talk about his experiences and his knowing the workings of the angelic for God's beloved people over centuries.

Any additional comments?

Stick with it for the latter 2/3 of the book. Well worth the listen.

AUDIBLE: Please remove the irritating

  • Life Support

  • The Santee Series, Book 1
  • By: Robert Whitlow
  • Narrated by: Rob Lamont
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

A tragic accident in the Carolina mountains leaves a young man paralyzed and in a coma. Soon a fierce legal battle erupts between the man's wife who wants to terminate life support and the young man's father who wants to keep his son alive at all costs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, many faceted plot line

  • By SAinCA on 07-26-11

Good, many faceted plot line

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-11

For listening while on a long drive, this was very good and mostly held our listening attention. The only downer was the excessive number of times Reyna (Sp?) repeated the sentiment that 'I'm sure he'd want to die" or such like. Having listened to both parts, I'd like a Part 3 that deals with the aftermath of the climactic events. Robert is such a good writer and having read the book there is too much left out, which is sadly true of his other audio books. Quite why there's a time limit placed on an audio book I really don't know - it's not like there's a constraint on file sizes these days. Would that Audible would reconsider their abridging policy and just read the entirety of Robert's excellent books so we can enjoy them to the full. Recommend getting the book so you can fill in the obvious gaps.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful