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  • Maria of Agreda

  • Mystical Lady in Blue
  • By: Marilyn H. Fedewa
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Stories of Maria of Agreda's exceptional attributes spread from her cloistered convent in seventeenth-century Agreda, Spain, to the court in Madrid, and beyond. Without leaving her village, the abbess impacted the kingdom, her church, and the New World. Based upon her transcendent visionary experiences, Sor Maria chronicled the life of Mary, mother of Jesus of Nazareth, in the Mystical City of God. This work was temporarily condemned during the Spanish Inquisition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Cynthia M. Puett on 06-10-17

Fascinating story!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Any additional comments?

The story is well researched and well written, the narrative flows well over all.
I had never heard of Maria of Agreda before reading "Maria of Agreda: Mystical Lady in Blue", but I'm so glad that I read this book, I found it extremely interesting and found myself asking many questions. It gives a wonderful story how a young girl became a nun.

Thank you for such an awesome book.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead Sea and the Jordan River

  • By: Barbara Kreiger
  • Narrated by: Becky White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

For centuries travelers have been drawn to the stunning and mysterious Dead Sea and Jordan River, a region that is unlike any other on earth in its religious and historical significance. In this exceptionally engaging book, Barbara Kreiger chronicles the natural and human history of these storied bodies of water, drawing on accounts by travelers, pilgrims, and explorers from ancient times to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed historical infomation in a story format

  • By Bill Beaulac on 04-08-17

Very interesting and very detail

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

What did you love best about The Dead Sea and the Jordan River?

I love the detail of the story. I've been too The Dead sea on the Jordanian side so I'm really curious about it. If you are interested in this subject, I really recommended it.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I really enjoy the story but the narrator is very slow and boring, makes me feel sleepy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too much information in this book. I have to absorb it little by little.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Season of Suffering

  • Coming of Age in Occupied France, 1940-45
  • By: Nicole H Taflinger
  • Narrated by: Sally Martin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Born in 1927, Nicole Braux's earliest recollections occur in the French city of Nancy, where her father owned and operated a hotel and restaurant. Her charming reflections paint a picture of a romantic culture still wounded by the First World War. Nicole was 12 when her father was recalled into the reserves in 1939. Within months, she watched German troops invade. "We peeked above the window sill and saw them...Our imaginations hadn't exaggerated; they looked as evil, it not more so, than we'd expected!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Young lady's perspective French Nazi Occupation

  • By Sarah Moon on 03-31-17

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

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

Yes, I really like the story and can't stop listening to this audiobook. Once I began listening, the story makes this audiobook hard to put down until I have finished it completely.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them. I truly adored this audiobook from start to end.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I really want to, but I don't have enough time for that. This book is 7 hours long. Sally Martin is a good narrator, makes this book even better in audio than paper. I would certainly recommend this audiobook to a friend.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Breakthrough Faith

  • Living a Life Where Anything is Possible
  • By: Larry Sparks
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

We all experience the impossibilities of life, just like the four men in the Bible who sought Jesus' healing touch for their paralyzed friend. The question is - how will you respond? You have two options. You can accept your circumstances as God's will and simply give up, or you can break through and receive everything God has waiting for you. The paralytic's four friends didn't give up and broke through the roof to get to Jesus - and experienced the miraculous. You can break through too!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat Contradictory Information in the Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-15-17

An inspiring book on faith

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

What did you like best about this story?

This book really makes you think about Breakthrough Faith.

Any additional comments?

This was a very good book about faith. It has opened my eyes much deeper in my walk with Holy Spirit and inspired me to have greater intimacy with God. I learned so much. I highly recommend this book if you want to have supernatural faith in God despite your circumstances. This will be a great reference book for me in the future. Thank you for writing this book.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • 50 Acts of Kindness

  • By: Ellyn Oaksmith
  • Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Being overly kind isn't in Kylie Harrow's nature. This has never been more evident than when Kylie vents her frustrations to an innocent employee - and the whole scene is posted online, tanking her career and earning her the dubious distinction of "world's worst boss". But when she flees home to the South, Kylie finds her childhood home has changed. The high school quarterback is now the hot and handsome sheriff. Her mother has turned her home into a nudist colony.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Totally crazy and entertaining fun

  • By J and M on 05-29-16

Easily read, enjoyable story line

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

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

Yes, this book is very fun to read. I did really enjoy 50 Acts of Kindness and would recommend it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the main character, Kylie. She becomes a better person throughout the story. I also enjoyed the other characters in the book. The characters were all really interesting.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the comedy. A fun read for anyone with mix of humor with a touch of romance too. Perfect for holidays. I can't wait to read more books by Ellyn Oaksmith.

The narration was well done and fit the story line. The characters were well portrayed by Wendy Rich Stetson

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade

  • Tales from the Goose Creek B&B
  • By: Virginia Smith
  • Narrated by: Becky Doughty
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Even though retirement is still three years away, Al Richardson is counting the days. He anticipates many enjoyable years in which every day feels like Saturday. But Al's wife, Millie, has different plans for their retirement. When she learns that a Victorian-era home is up for sale, Millie launches a full-blown campaign to convince Al that god's plan for them is to turn that house into a B&B. But a B&B won't be the only change for the small Kentucky town.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun "Mayberry" tale of small home town life!

  • By LilMissMolly on 12-11-16

Really enjoyed this book.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

Any additional comments?

A charming small town's story. It is refreshing to listen a book with quirky characters. It's also a good and clean book for me to listen as a Christian. This book make me laugh and smile. I loved the characters and their quirkiness. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

  • Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel

  • By: Ray Ortlund
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Marriage is so much more than a human institution. The Bible teaches that marriage was created by God and reveals an eternal mystery - the mystery of the Gospel. In this way marriage paints a picture of our salvation in and through Jesus Christ. In the second volume in the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, Pastor Ray Ortlund traces the Bible's teaching on marriage from Genesis to Revelation - revealing how marriage stands at the center of God's redemptive purposes for the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about marriage

  • By sandra on 11-22-16

Great book about marriage

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

If you could sum up Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel in three words, what would they be?

A must read

What other book might you compare Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel to and why?

I might compare to the Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? Personally, I think you must read them both because both of them are very important book about marriage.

Have you listened to any of Al Kessel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I've listened to Al Kessel’s performance. I am really impressed with his performance. The book is already interesting to listening too but his narration make it even better.

Any additional comments?

Falling in love is easy, staying in love is another matter. This book provides the purpose for the life long commitment on marriage that based on biblical truth. I recommend this book to every Christian because it will deepen your understanding about marriage. This book is perfect if you're looking for a guide to help lead you to a better marriage that God wants you to have.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • False Start

  • An Assignment: Romance Novel
  • By: Barbara Valentin
  • Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Mattie Ross is probably the last person who should be doling out good counsel to anyone about anything. Still smarting after being left at the altar two years earlier, she is strapped with debt, has sworn off men, routinely buries herself in her work, and despite her well-proportioned figure remains haunted by childhood taunts of "Fatty Mattie". But to her publisher at the Chicago Gazette, she is their latest advice columnist, The Plate Spinner. Enter Nick Derosa, the twin brother of Mattie's cold-footed fiancé.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • False Start

  • By Zoe on 04-01-17

Funny and easy to read

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

If you could sum up False Start in three words, what would they be?

Funny, cute, and entertaining

Have you listened to any of Wendy Rich Stetson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet, but I really like Wendy Rich Stetson’s performance in this book. The narrator is perfect and enjoyable to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I want to, but I don't have enough time for that. This book is 7 hours long!

Any additional comments?

I like this book because this is not a steamy romance novel. I prefer a funny and uplifting book like this, perfect book to read before go to bed and help my mind separate my sleep time from the stresses of my daily life.The characters are pretty likable. I'll definitely check out more of her books. I've recommended this audiobook if you like simple sweet romance kind of book. One more thing about this book, it motivates me to exercise which is a good thing. It was a great read!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Budget

  • A Guide for Beginners
  • By: Christina Sorg
  • Narrated by: Amy Barron Smolinski
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

How to Budget: A Beginner's Guide is going to take you through some simple, easy-to-start steps. Before you reach the end of this book, you will have tasks you can start immediately and start to feel comfortable about your financial situation. You will discover how your mindset can be hindering your spending habits. You can stop letting your "want now" attitude from getting in the way, just as soon as you finish this book. Unlike other guides available to you, this one is set up for easy listening.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Budgeting

  • By MANI on 11-26-16

Easy and Simple guide to manage a budget

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

What other book might you compare How to Budget to and why?

I can't compare any other book about budgeting with this one because this is my first book about budgeting.

Which scene was your favorite?

This book gave me some tips on how to budget my finances and get out of debt. Her suggestions actionable and easy to follow.

Any additional comments?

This is a very informative book about budgeting. Easy to listen. It will teach you how to save and manage your money, how to be satisfied of what you have, and how to stay out of debt. But I wish that the author would've teach me more detail strategies about budgeting techniques. Everyone should read it especially young people.I like the narrator, the tone of the narrator is motivating to the listener, makes this book fun to listen.
*This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review*