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  • A Simple Christmas

  • Simple Gifts Series, Book 3
  • By: Charlotte Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Nora Hooley's shop is abuzz with preparations for the holiday open house, and Rosalyn Riehl is handcrafting wreaths. The work is a welcome diversion for the only unmarried daughter of Cornelius Riehl. Her gruff dat has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, leaving dutiful Rosalyn to manage the household's inexplicably shrinking budget. Then another distraction swaggers into Simple Gifts - blue-jeaned and leather-jacketed, with a reputation that precedes him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Read ❤️

  • By Betty on 10-02-18

Loved it! 5 Big Stars!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This is a simple review for a Simple Christmas. If you like Amish fiction, you will never, ever go wrong with Charlotte Hubbard's books. I always wait with anticipation for her next release! When I listen, I feel like I know everyone in Willow Ridge, since I've listened to all of her books, the names are all familiar and it's just like listening in to a family get together. Susan Boyce is wonderful. I love how she narrates Charlotte's books. They are a match made in Heaven.

If this is a genre you like, you won't be disappointed!

  • The Heart's Frontier

  • The Amish of Apple Grove, No. 1
  • By: Virginia Smith, Lori Copeland
  • Narrated by: Cecily White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

An exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers. Kansas,1881--On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer's Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first. Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone's prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged--do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other's match?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 4 Stars for the story

  • By Mama Kin on 09-29-18

4 Stars for the story

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I enjoy these authors, so I was a bit disappointed. It seemed to take forever to get going, the first three hours were very slow, then it did pay off and got much better, so while I'm used to giving Ms. Smith and Ms. Copeland 5 star ratings, I have to give it a four... which isn't bad.

The one thing that really took away from the book was the narrator. Emma's voice was described as low and if I recall, smooth. Cecily White's pitch was very high and she would do much better as a YA narrator. This book had a masculine feel to it with all of the cowboys, but her high pitch just put the whole book off kilter. I'm sure she's very good with other genres, but they really made a mistake with this narrator. Unfortunately, because of the narrator, I won't be listening to the rest of the series.

  • Take a Chance

  • The Bridgeport Social Club Series, Book 1
  • By: Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

Kurt Holland wants the best for his younger brother, which is why he moves Sam to Bridgeport, Ohio. It's a bigger town with a well-known high school. Just the place to give his little brother more opportunities - maybe even a scholarship to college. Kurt hopes his gamble pays off, since Sam's future isn't the only thing riding on it. Kurt's put most of his savings into a new landscaping business there, too. But when Sam gets in trouble for fighting at school, Kurt isn't so sure it was the right decision, until he meets Sam's English teacher. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The NEW Shelley Shepard Gray

  • By Mama Kin on 09-24-18

The NEW Shelley Shepard Gray

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Over the last couple of years, I have purchased 30 audio books by Shelley Shepard Gray. As a Christian, I really enjoyed them and always looked forward to her new releases. I knew if young ears heard her audiobooks, I wouldn't have to worry. Every time a new book comes out, I look forward to buying the audio book.

I really don't have the words to say how shocked, disappointed and even angry I am at what she's done to her listeners without any warning. If you are expecting a good, wholesome book for your family's ears, be ready for trashy language and strong sexual overtones. After listening to 30 audio books by Shelley Shepard Gray, I can hardly believe she wrote this drivel.

Early on in the book, I started hearing foul language, coming mostly from mouths of the young high school children in the book. The sexual innuendos and double entendres were NOT funny and I nearly stopped listening. The only reason I listened to 2/3 of the book is because I wanted to write a fair review.

Ms.Gray is a popular Christian and Amish writer. I have never heard a foul word in any of her past books, much less the sexual overtones that are not family friendly.

I used to be able to trust that she would write a good, clean book without having to flinch whenever a filthy word came flying out of the character's mouth. Well, now, Shelley Shepard Gray has lost my trust and I'll never listen to another book by her again.

If Ms. Gray wants to start writing smutty romance books, that's her business. But the least she could do is to warn her followers that this book is NOT appropriate for young ears to hear.

Apparently, Ms. Gray doesn't understand, or maybe she doesn't care, that the people who made her famous for the books she used to write, are the very people that she is offending.

Because of her previous books, I was under the impression that Shelley Shepard Gray was a Christian woman. If she were, I would imagine she would understand what the Bible says about using foul language. She would understand that her description of a man and a woman in a steamy scene will be embarrassing to an older women like me when my grandchildren are listening.

Perhaps Ms. Gray doesn't care how her fans feel. I'm not going to try to read her mind by suggesting reasons why she's abandoned her core audience, but, one word of wisdom to
Ms. Gray: The people you meet on the way up are the people you'll see on the way down. How many of us that you have offended will still be here for you? I don't know, but I surely won't. Without a warning that this is not a book for Christian readers, we just assumed we were safe with you. But we aren't.

If you are reading this review and don't mind the language, and strong sexual overtones, I'll be honest, the book meanders around and is repetitive. I don't understand the big deal about all of the poker playing in the book. It adds nothing to the story.

Also, in one steamy scene, It doesn't make sense when we hear the man has his hand stuck up the woman's blouse, and then, when they finish the scene, they start talking about going to church the following Sunday. Honestly, it's confusing.

It saddens me that this kind of book will not please God. When you see His glorious Face, regarding this book... I don't think He will say "Well done, good and faithful servant"

This book is just another trashy romance novel in a sea of too many raunchy books already out there. What used to be special about Ms. Gray, was that she took the high road.

Sadly, that is not the case with this poorly written book.

  • Faith's Checkbook

  • Daily Devotions to Treasure
  • By: C. H. Spurgeon
  • Narrated by: Christopher Glyn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Faith's Checkbook, written by world-renowned British pastor Charles H. Spurgeon, provides daily deposits of God's promises into your personal bank of faith. Spurgeon urges you to view each Bible promise as a check written by God that can be cashed by personally endorsing it and receiving the gift it represents. Cash in on the bountiful store of blessings when you withdraw daily from the Bank of Faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By JP on 01-17-15

Wonderful Devotional!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I've been listening to this for three years, most nights before I go to sleep. It's wonderful to have God's Word to listen to all night, even if you're sleeping. The narrator's voice is perfect for this.

  • Under a Dark Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Lori Rader-Day
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn't work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can't sleep without the lights on. Everyone, including her family, has grown weary of her grief. So when she finds paperwork in her husband's things indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes. She's ready to shed her fear and return to the living, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing performance. Great characters. Unique setting.

  • By Writer Girl on 08-10-18

Three Stars

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I really wanted to like this book. And I do to a certain extent, but I was also disappointed which will be explained.
I need to give credit where it is due and Tavia Gilbert did an outstanding job. Her performance was wonderful. To Lori Rader-Day's credit, the mystery of who killed Malloy was really quite good. There were some strong twists and turns that did surprise me.
So...<click>... three stars for that.
But, instead of staying on track with a really good "who done it", Ms. Rader-Day smuggled in her philosophical beliefs and at times, the book just rambled on about her apparently strong evolutionary beliefs. It almost seemed like that was the whole point of the book.
Honestly, I simply wanted to hear a good thriller, performed by a great narrator, written by a good author.

I did hear a great performance and a pretty decent thriller. That's what mystery and thriller fans want to hear... just that... a good mystery.... not a lesson in evolutionary theory which seemed to drone on and on and on.
I would have given this 11 hour book 5 stars if she cut out about 3 hours of her attempt to promote her belief system.

But the long ramblings of the man on the radio about stars and the unnecessary filler on her beliefs of our origins was really what turned me off.

There's nothing wrong with writing a book on your philosophical beliefs and your opinions on origins, no matter what you believe, but write it and put it in a category for people who want to hear it.

There were also some times where I couldn't tell if Eden was thinking in the past or present and if she was dreaming or awake. Perhaps the author was trying to be esoteric. A bit too much for my tastes.


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  • WhipEye

  • By: Geoffrey Saign
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Sam Green. Wildlife expert and nature lover, and desperately missing her mom. She also doesn’t think her 16th birthday should be a survival test. But she is about to learn she could die in the next 24 hours. Creepy monsters and a giant called Uncle Biggie do exist. Along with a scary guardian who wants to take over the world and an ancient wise-cracking parrot who wants to stop him. It’s up to Sam to save two worlds. With a supernatural staff named WhipEye - that she has no clue how to use. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whipeye, evil shopkeeper, talking parrot and MORE!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-20-18

The Beginning of a Fantastic, Fun, Fantasy Fest!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I have over 400 titles in my audio book collection. Many of them are series, which I really prefer... only if it's great. I don't want to waste 11 hours on mediocre stories and narration.
Geoffrey Saign will not disappoint!
I honestly have to say, that out of the hundreds of series I own, Sam Green and the WhipEye Great Ones are sitting at the very top of my favorites.

The characters are "real" -- Samantha and Jake are your every day teenagers...in the beginning....
As a connoisseur of books, both audio and written format, I feel I can spot a very special talent in a writer. Geoffrey Saign has the rare gift of entertaining with pen and paper (or keyboard and ink) that most authors can only dream of.

His imagination in stunning. His drama is gripping. His humor is perfectly placed, not schmaltzy or slapstick. When he intends to be funny, he really is. He doesn't use filler just to lengthen his books. When he writes, he's got something to say and it's always entertaining. And he chooses his resources wisely.

I could go on and on singing the praises of this book and the remaining books in the series. But I'll be brief and honest.

If you want your money's worth (or your credit), get this series. You won't be wasting one second of your time.
This is a rare series... one that you'll want to listen to more than once.
Get it. It's fabulous!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gorgon

  • By: Geoffrey Saign
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A powerful Lesser poisons Sam’s dad and Jake’s mom. To save their parents, Sam must bring WhipEye to Gorgon - the cruel and scheming leader of the Amazon Lessers. Gorgon demands that Sam and Jake bring him the Jewel of Origin, a weapon of great power. If he gets it, nothing will stop him. Sam and Jake must decide - will they save two worlds or save their parents? Their friendship will be tested to its limits. To stop Gorgon, Sam must be willing to risk the lives of her friends in a battle that some will not survive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST read! Action, Excitement Abounds

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-31-18

Wonderful! Can't get enough of this series!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

As a serial audio book listener and fan, I've been "blown away" by very few books and performances. There are a lot of good one's out there, but there few "GREAT" ones.... Books that you won't forget for a long time, if ever.

Gorgon is one of these books.
Book 2 of the fabulous "Sam Green and the WhipEye Great Ones Series", Gorgon exceeds everything great that one is looking for in an audio book experience.
Which makes it such a joy to listen to... and listen to... and listen to again.

I could go through the detailed summary of the book, but, I'll spare you that here. Just read the author's summary, listen to the retail sample...definitely listen to the first book of the series and then....GET THIS BOOK! The series gets better and better.

Geoffrey Saign has won several awards for his books, and it's not surprising. Mr. Saign gives fantasy lovers everything and more that they love the genre for, yet so much more. Drama, real life situations, non stop action and humor. His sense of humor and comedic timing is perfect and placed just where it needs to be, without going overboard.

As I listen to his books, I can actually envision the characters and what they look like. There are characters that are unforgettable. The kind, motherly caracal, Tarath. The sweet and lovely Heshia. The wise cracking parrot, Charlie and the evil Gorgon, who the book is named for. There are dozens of other characters that you'll fall in love with, or want to run away from!

If you are looking for a book (or series) to use those precious credits on, I can guarantee this...
Gorgon (and the other books in the series) are worth every credit used or every dime spent on getting extra credits. This book is THAT good.

The narration by Lauren Holladay is one of the best performances I've heard this year. She's got a lovely voice, but more important, every character has a voice of their own. She makes the character's hers and rocks this book.

Be looking for Geoffrey Saign's name in the future. It's going to be a big one.
Most excellent in every way!
Well done Mr. Saign... well done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heart in the Cloud

  • By: Mrs. Angela Marie Damrow
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

This is a 100-percent true account, in my own words, about my life and struggles from childhood trauma to full healing! Enjoy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Margaritaville on 07-12-18

Honest, Personal and Gritty

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I enjoyed the letters Mrs. Damrow writes to her younger self. I hope she continues her healing journey. Honest, gritty and helpful to women who struggle with mental illness and sexual assault.
Narration was great!

  • Chosen: Live a Life Where You Have Nothing to Lose, but Everything to Gain

  • By: BraRysheyia Simpson
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

BraRysheyia desires to inspire young women, young men, and everyone else to become well acquainted with our Lord and Savior. Getting to know the Lord is the best thing we, the people, could ever do. God’s presence, guidance, protection, and truth during our young lives is something so powerful that we should seek to experience it ourselves. We are the chosen people. Why not surrender it all to gain it all? Do NOT let fear stop you from living the life God wants you to live. How can you live the chosen life? Listen to the message in this audiobook. Be a Chosen One.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Grace!

  • By Mama Kin on 04-04-18

Amazing Grace!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Thanks to BraRysheyia Simpson for writing an intelligent, deep and personal book detailing her testimony on her road to salvation and love of Christ Jesus. Loaded with Scripture, Ms. Simpson rightly divides the Word of Truth.

A brave testimony by a lovely sister in Christ. I was very blessed by this book and had the pleasure of narrating it. I highly recommend it, especially for young Christians coming out of a lifestyle of post modernism into the Truth of the Savior.

A straight shooter, BraRysheyia goes right to Scripture and not her opinion as she goes through each point she is making.

A blessed book that can be listened to more than once. If you are a serious Christian who wants to learn, listen with pen and paper in hand to take notes. Thankfully, she uses a lot of Scripture and it's worth the time to write down the passages for further study.

Highly recommended for Christians of all ages and seekers who want to know more about this awesome God who has saved a people for His Glory!

  • Sufficient Grace (Volume 1)

  • By: Jessica Greyson
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Four years have passed since tragedy broke Grace’s family apart, tarnished the family name, and sent her into hiding at finishing school. Now, with a new last name and a few years between her and the accident, Grace wonders if she will be able to escape the heavy shadow of the past that smothers her with guilt and a desire to escape life. Grace carefully guards her heart from others to prevent them from discovering her past. However, when Mitch, a deputy, comes into her life, he seems bent on destroying Grace’s armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sufficiently wonderful!

  • By Mama Kin on 02-24-18

Sufficiently wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This book is a real blessing. The story flowed well and had plenty of twists and turns to keep me hopping. Looking forward to Volume 2 from Jessica Grayson. I love her writing and the narration by Lauren Holladay was masterfully done!

I highly recommend this audio book. Especially if you are looking for a clean book to read and can listen to with the kids..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful