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  • Playing with Matches

  • Coming of Age in Hitler's Germany
  • By: Lee Strauss
  • Narrated by: Bruce Wiebe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Heinz Schultz's word could send a man to prison. Though only a youth of 15, he was strong, tall, and blond. The boys in his Deutsches Jungvolk unit esteemed him and feared him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical fiction

  • By AZ Janet on 04-16-16

Excellent historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

I read Playing with Matches 2 years ago and just recently received an advanced copy of the audiobook. It was such a great opportunity to hear the accents for the German characters. It made me more aware of the main characters' young ages.

I was once again convinced that wars are the worst solutions for political disagreements. It is the poorest people who pay the highest price for wars. Thank you, Lee Strauss, for writing such an amazing story about World War II. Also thanks to Bruce Wiebe for the touching narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Over Manifest

  • By: Clare Vanderpool
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful Family Story

  • By Debbie on 04-23-14

Couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 12-24-12

From the moment I listened to the first free chapter, I knew that I had to read the whole book. The narrators brought the characters to life with all of the different accents. I couldn't wait to sneak in listening time for Moon Over Manifest.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful