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  • Short-Straw Bride

  • By: Karen Witemeyer
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

RITA Award finalist Karen Witemeyer pens heartwarming historical romances that lift the spirit and the soul. Short-Straw Bride finds Meredith Hayes struggling to let go of her childhood crush on Travis Archer - the strapping young lad who saved her as a little girl. With a sensible proposal from the eligible Roy Mitchell on the table, it’s time for her to move on. But when Meredith overhears a plot to drive Travis and his brothers off their coveted land, she has no choice but to intervene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NO "SHORT-STRAW" STORY!

  • By Kimberly on 12-02-12

So compelling it derailed my homework.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This is an excellent Christian book about trusting God. The very likable main character and her new found family, the Archer brothers, learn how to balance trusting God with taking action. It is very well written and performed. Great action scenes. I really enjoyed it and my homework suffered. :)

  • The Bridesmaid

  • Home to Hickory Hollow, Book 2
  • By: Beverly Lewis
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Erin Moon
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Twenty-seven-year-old Amish woman Joanna Kurtz has been a bridesmaid plenty of times, but never a bride. And despite having a secret romance with responsible young Amishman Eben Troyer, their relationship can only go so far, because the two are always kept apart. Will Joanna ever know the joys of marriage?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, but really slow.

  • By pixledust on 08-28-18

Okay, but really slow.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This book is interesting, but the pace of the story is so slow. I could not continue past chapter 16. It is worse than a soap opera--doling out minuscule forward movement while incessantly reviewing know information. It is not a bad book, just extremely slow.

  • Shelter

  • By: Robin Merrill
  • Narrated by: Lisa Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

She begged God to rescue her. He said, "Go." So she headed out into the blizzard. In a car that wasn't exactly hers, with a dog who wasn't exactly a rat terrier, she drove. Until she ran out of gas in the small Maine town of Mattawooptock. What on earth is God thinking? But it is there, in a weird little bathroom in a weird little church in a weird little town that Maggie Hansen finds herself. And as God would have it, she finds a lot more than that.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple Story . . . of what church SHOULD be

  • By Debbie on 01-28-17

Fresh Christian romance about finding God's will.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This is a well-written and well performed Christian story about a young woman who follows God's leading to leave an abusive relationship. God directs her to a Church that doubles as a homeless shelter. The characters are true to life. The story is compelling. Having worked in a homeless shelter, I was surprised how many details of homeless life and the discrimination they face were accurately portrayed. This story is light on grit and is more uplifting, but it is still gets many details correct. I enjoyed this book and think it is perfect for an inspirational summer listen.

  • The English American

  • A Novel
  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

This AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording of Alison Larkin's best-selling autobiographical novel about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents and herself in the US is followed by an exclusive interview with the author. In addition to being a best-selling novelist and comedienne, Alison Larkin is also the award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Layla on 06-19-18

This book is simply perfect.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I do not say this often, but this book is perfect. Based on true events, it is a touching story about an American baby who is adopted by English parents. She is nothing like her adopted parents, although she loves them very much. As an adult she feels the need to find her birth parents in order to answer some questions and find herself. Her Georgia born, free spirited birth-mother could not be more of a contrast to her proper British mother. The story is very well-written, emotionally truthful, and poignant without ever portraying the adopted heorine as a victim. Don't let the perfectly captured emotional scenes fool you. This is a funny, smart, uplifting and inspiring book. The dialogue is hilarious. It is well-paced and perfectly perfomed. The narrator has an excellent singing voice. Often when an author performs her own work, it is a disaster. That is not the case here. She could not have chosen a better narrator than herself for this book.

There is a small amount of swearing that is authentic to the story. Since the heorine (and the author herself) are a result of an adulterous affair, the themes are necessarily adult. With that in mind, the book is relatively clean. No graphic sex. It is appropriate for older teens and adults. The story is amazing. I highly recommend it to every age appropriate person.

  • The Amish Widow's Faith Boxed Set 1-4

  • By: Joseph Hersh
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Deavers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

After a long journey, love has finally come to Samantha Lapp's life. But just as quickly as happiness has found her, tragedy strikes. Samantha is left trying to pick up the pieces of her broken life. Will her faith be strong enough to guide her through, and will she ever be able to open her heart up again after what happened?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The speaker didn’t match the story

  • By Little Book Lady on 08-31-18

Christian fiction with a peek at Amish marriage.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Amish Widow's Faith Boxed Set 1-4 to be better than the print version?

Audio versions are almost always better because you can do other things while you listen. This book is well suited for audio. The narrators voice works perfectly with the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amish Widow's Faith Boxed Set 1-4 ?

When Samantha runs into her ex-boyfriend who wants to get back together with her and her current boyfriend walks into this conversation.
The scene where Samantha's first husband dies is also very memorable. Or the scenes where she sees her dead husband and thinks she is losing her mind.
The scene where Samantha begins dating again and breaks down on her date with Abraham is well-written and memorable.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Samantha first meets Zeke for the first time after his weight loss. This is a scene full of hope and wholesome flirtation. I also really enjoyed the scenes where they met each other's parents.

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

It was way too long to listen to in one setting. This book has a steady pace that matches the Amish story. It is something that is better broken into several intervals.

Any additional comments?

This is a great Christian story that gives the listener a peak into Amish customs, courtship and marriage. It is romantic while also protraying the real challenges of marriage and raising children. I received a review copy of this audiobook for free and voluntarily left this review. This is a clean story appropriate for all ages.

  • Look Up, Move Forward

  • By: Becky Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kimberly S. Hobscheid
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When 18-year-old Becky Andrews is diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, she finally understands her childhood challenges of softball strikeouts, notorious clumsiness, and why she's never been able to see the stars. As her vision narrows, she must give up driving and accept her need for a mobility cane. In the process, she learns to embrace her new identity as a blind woman, one step at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pit stops in record time...

  • By Spencer Gwilliam on 01-21-18

Inspiring True Story of Conquering RP.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Would you listen to Look Up, Move Forward again? Why?

Yes, this is an inspiring true story of how Beck Andrews chose not to allow retinitus pigmentosa (a degenerative eye disease) to keep her from living her best life. She is first diagnosed with this disease near the time of her engagement to Steve. The author shares her physical and emotional struggles and how she overcame each of them with gratitude, forgiveness, creativity and perserverance.

What did you like best about this story?

She does not allow the numerous challanges of her vision loss to keep her from going to college, having children, forging a career or running the Boston Marathon. She shares her secrets to thriving in life rather than just surviving.

What about Kimberly S. Hobscheid’s performance did you like?

The narrator does a great job of capturing the author's voice. She has a pleasant up-beat voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book motivates me to overcome the challanges in my own life with more grace. The story caused me to be more thankful for my advantages and more creative in overcoming difficulties.

Any additional comments?

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Audio Book Boom at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Underachieving Ovary

  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Swanepoel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Does the word endometriosis make you want to stick a fork in your eye? No? Then perhaps this book isn't for you. It's funny, and (sometimes alarmingly) frank. It contains an impressive array of synonyms for vagina and it's certainly NSFW. It's about having a devil womb and a hot knife lodged in a shoulder. It's about becoming blackly bitter and twisted in infertility, and then slowly finding a way to untwist. It's part memoir, part dark comedy, wrapped up loosely as a journal full of TMI and quirk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gynecology Chronicles

  • By cosmitron on 03-14-18

Real and Raw. Touching Story of Infertility.

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Would you listen to The Underachieving Ovary again? Why?

Yes, it authentically describes the journey from trying to conceive to IVF and all the emotional steps inbetween. It is real and raw and inspiring. The story is based on her diary and is very disjointed in the beginning. Hang in there because it gets good (and begins to flow) after the first 18 chapters. All women should listen to this book so they can realize what a miracle conception is, especially young women. The doctor informs this author that at 31 years of age, she has waited too long. I sincerely wish women knew this.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author and narrator work together to capture the author's journey. She describes how she is pulled into the next medical intervention like an addict is pulled into consuming more and more drugs. She captures the emotional experience and the medical reality of endometriosis, pain managment, IUI, and IVF. She describes how these procedures affect her relationships with her husband, friends and family.

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

No, this is my first story by Jennifer Swanepoel. She is a good narrator. She captures the author's voice adequately.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It does both. The author takes you along on her poignantl medical quest to get pregnant. The story captures the ridiculousness of the various situations the author finds herself in. She struggles to find meaning in the suffering. The end of the book is very strong as the author finds the answers to her questions. It is a very satisfying well-written ending.

Any additional comments?

I received a free review copy of this audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,965

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Another awesome Harper/Ronconi story.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

What did you love best about How to Date Your Dragon?

I am a huge fan of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi. This is their best book yet because in this book Harper lets you get to know the male character and the addition of Jonathan Davis for dual voices adds interest. In previous books, the male character tends to be a bit flat because you are not allowed into their mind. In this book, that is totally different. Harper does a great job with this new experiment. I hope she continues this through the whole series. I also really enjoyed the variety of dual narrators.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main characters are interesting and likeable (especially Jillian), but my favorite character is Zed. His mother is a close second. As with all Harper books, the secondary characters are fun and interesting with a well developed character. Zed, as a friendly, happy, motorcyle riding bear shifter, is no different. You cannot help but like him.

What about Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis ’s performance did you like?

I am really glad I did not allow the negative reviews regarding the sound quality and confusion caused by dual narrators discourage me from buying this book. The sound quality is great and I don't know what those reviewers are talking about. Secondly, the dual narrators adds quite a bit of interest to the story. They are both excellent narrators. I am a long time fan of Amanda Ronconi. This is my first experience of Jonathan Davis' narration, but I will look for him in future purchases.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Again, like all Harper books, this story is hilarious. It has her unique wit which is performed beautifully by Ronconi. This story has a great ending. The perp was unexpected although foreshadowed well. In short, this is a great book.

Any additional comments?

Steamy sex scenes. Not appropriate for children or young adults.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in Thrall

  • By: Anne Cleeland
  • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 522

First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great new entry into British mysteries

  • By Tracey on 08-05-13

Unique Murder Mystery/ Police Pocedural/ Romance

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Where does Murder in Thrall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is definitely one of the best books I listened to. It combines a number genre's quite well. The mystery is good. The ending was a surprise to me even though it was foreshadowed. Both Acton and Doyle are interesting characters who are a bit odd. So of course, their relationship would be different as well. I thought it was very believably written. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of the realistic compromises one makes when working for their spouse. Acton behaves creepily, but it is an authentic part of his genius self. It is pretty easy to believe that a wealthy member of the aristocracy with a brilliant mind is also creepy. It is interesting to watch him struggle against this impulse. I appreciate that the author allows Doyle to trust her intuition that Acton is not dangerous. It is important for women to be able to trust themselves. I enjoyed the romance in the book and thought it was written brilliantly. The British police procedural seemed very accurate. I googled a few of the terms I didn't know and they were used correctly. The British slang with Irish background is delightful. The Catholicism is accurate as well. Doyle is a realistic, likeable character.

What other book might you compare Murder in Thrall to and why?

The plots are entirely different, but it reminds me in some ways of The Ghost Files by Scott Nicholson. They have in common a rational paranormal feel. A Murder in Thrall is not a paranormal mystery, but it has a similar feel. Both books have witty dialogue and great narrators that bring the characters alive. Both books have a husband and wife team working together to solve the crime. The mystery/ police procedural in this book is much closer to mystery/ police procedural books. It is well written with a great ending. The epilogue describes the first time Acton met Doyle and it is perfectly placed.

What about Marcella Riordan’s performance did you like?

She does a charming Irish accent, but she also nails several types of British accents. She has wonderful pacing and can do Acton's voice with this slight hesitation that captures his character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Every Move You Make, I'll Be Watching You.

Any additional comments?

I got the 4th book in this series for free from Audio Book Boom. I liked it so much that I went back and bought the first book in the series. I will continue to purchase the entire series one book at a time. I like it that much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unbidden Visitor

  • By: Dianne Ascroft
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

March 1913: Struggling to make ends meet, widow Bridget Murphy finds life in rural Ireland difficult, raising six children while farming her small acreage. With the help of neighbors and friends, Bridget is able to cope with the many arduous tasks and chores required of her. When an unnatural and terrifying force invades their house, threatening their family, Bridget is surprised to see so many backs turning on her. Fearing for themselves, those she once counted on for help and support will not risk their safety for her. Father Smyth, their priest, is the only one who stands alongside their family in the battle against the uninvited and fearsome poltergeist. But, prayers alone won't run the farm. Will Bridget find a way to save her home and her family before there's nowhere left to turn?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Beginning of a Horror Story.

  • By pixledust on 03-03-18

Great Beginning of a Horror Story.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Where does An Unbidden Visitor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very well-written and well performed book. However, it feels like the first chapter of a horror story. A really good first chapter, but there is no real ending or resolution. The listener is left waiting for more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bridgett's eldest son is my favorite character. He is realistic and loyal and sticks with his family. Father Smyth is also very likeable and the narrator performs him beautifully.

What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?

Her accent is amazing. Her voice is easy to listen to. Her performance was spectacular. I will look for more books narrated by her.

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

Yes, it is very short and can easily be listened to in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free from the author, narrator or publisher and I voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful