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Lyn Odom

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  • The Last Ballad

  • A Novel
  • By: Wiley Cash
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Twelve times a week, 28-year-old Ella May Wiggins makes the two-mile trek to and from her job on the night shift at American Mill No. Two in Bessemer City, North Carolina. The insular community considers the mill's owners - the newly arrived Goldberg brothers - white but not American and expects them to pay Ella May and other workers less because they toil alongside African Americans like Violet, Ella May's best friend. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for 72 hours of work each week, it's the only opportunity she has.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dryer than a popcorn fart

  • By Scott Wilson on 02-11-18

Left me wanting more!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

From the first word, I was drawn in deep. Ms. White & Ms. Wiley’s beautifully performed telling of this heartbreaking tale had me sitting in my car unwilling to turn it off! I believe my instant connection comes from my own desire, and great sadness, to know more about the struggles of my own poor grandparents, who were both mill workers. While not in the textile mill but in the famous furniture mills of North Carolina, they had 8 children (3 of which died in infancy) and worked sun up to sun down to provide better for them. The physical description of Ella could be the twin to my Granny V! My own daddy joined the USAF at age 16 with my Granny’s letter of consent; he served in Vietnam from the first day until the last, for 20+ years. I say this, to say this, my mother was furious with my Granny for sending her son (actually two sons) to war & what she thought was certain death.....until she understood the why of it! My Granny sent them so they would have a “fighting” chance of never stepping foot in The Mill.
Now the more.......the journey of Ella’s children after? That no good lawman (and what I think really happened the day of the raid)? Haywood, his journey after? Kate, Clair, Richard how does the knowing of Ella change the course of their lives? Clair’s upcoming marriage and the real knowledge of her fiancées family? So many questions left unanswered....and like every great mystery, I’m desperate to know if all my hunches are on the right path?

  • Born Survivors

  • Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope
  • By: Wendy Holden
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Eastern Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband travel there together, but are immediately separated. Also at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in vain to be reunited with her husband. With the rest of their families gassed, these young wives are determined to hold on to all they have left-their lives, and those of their unborn babies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just an incredible story!

  • By PCF on 06-03-17

Outstanding Performance

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Ms. Holden so thoughtfully writes, with dignity, grace and honour.
Ms. Wiley’s performance is brilliant and brings each word to impeccable life. The retelling of the depth of courage and love these three beautiful woman hold on to in the most unimaginable horrors is the epitome of Isaiah 61:3.
Thank you both for sharing your talents with us all.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,820

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Who knew!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

As a history enthusiast I loved this! I particularly enjoyed the way the story was told (and, as I always do), the easy of fact checking while listening and the balance of tidbits and facts. The performance was excellent as well. Just a wonderfully enjoyable listen. Well done everyone, well done indeed.

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  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,763

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

WHOA!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Absolutely keeps you on the very edge of your seat. I have so much to say that I find myself struck dumb! So many twists, turns and double backs it’s hard to keep track....Kate Morton’s writing is genius! Bravo, bravo.

  • Because of the Rain

  • By: Deborah Raney
  • Narrated by: Julie Lancelot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Anna Marquette has everything to live for. Her daughters are in college and, with the support of Paul, her loving husband, she is pursuing her dream of a career in counseling. Then one night, while on a trip to Orlando, the unimaginable happens. She takes a shortcut to an evening out with Paul and is brutally assaulted. When Anna suspects the attack has left her pregnant, her faith is put to the test. As Anna and her family confront the heart-wrenching decisions that lie ahead, Anna gradually comes to realize that God has a plan for her and that she must trust Him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cotton candy

  • By Lyn Odom on 07-23-18

Cotton candy

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

While the subject matter was difficult and relevant to what, sadly, is faced too many times in our society...the sing-song, overly sweet depiction of how this family handled was just too much! Additionally, I found myself scrabbling to find what year the book was released, clearly the setting was current as the reference to cell phone and internet confirmed but 2016!! We, thankfully, have come a long way from the world view that a family is all one race, all biological and being adopted is a well guarded secret; the time wasted on such things caught me feeling irritated....yes, in an earlier time in history, but 2016. There was some redemption in the conclusion and ended far more believable. I have been a big fan of other DR stories but this one left my teeth hurting & my head irritated with the too simple, too sweet, too unbelievable characters (visual of Georgette from the MTM show). I am sorry to be so harsh with my review but greatly disappointed this time. **On a side note, the subject matter was a great point of conversation with my husband & young adult daughter.

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  • Where the Wind Leads

  • A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption
  • By: Vinh Chung
  • Narrated by: Josh Aaron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 319

Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty. Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary “boat people” and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refugees from Vietnam

  • By Justicepirate on 06-22-18

Ignorance

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I have so much to say, and yet, none would do justice. Thank you Dr. Vihn Chung for allow me to spend a week in your legacy. I am honored and humbled, I pray I don’t soon forget all your example has shown me. Many continued blessings to you and yours. To God be the Glory, GREAT things He hath done.

  • Dreams of Falling

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Cassandra Campbell, Susan Larkin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree's trunk they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping - including the most important one: friends forever, come what may. But life can waylay the best of intentions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Karen White-friends, family, secrets and love

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 06-07-18

Timing is, always, everything!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

There is so much I could say.....the timing of this read is monumental to my life in this very moment. One will not truly understand this statement unless one reads to the very end. Ms. White, I do not know if you are a Christian writing for our secular world, or an unbeliever who is dancing on the edges of the dance floor but this read is for everyone who lives life on any floor. Thank you for the the important lesson of this real manuscript; I am eternally grateful for it AND the timing of my reading of it. May God continue to bless the stories you share.

  • Full Disclosure

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointed

  • By Lia on 08-22-17

More than 5 stars!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

WOWZERS, on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I listen during my 4 hr commute each day and I found myself griping the wheel and leaning into it with the twists & turns, ups & downs of this story. I’m usually pretty good at figuring it out ahead of time and this time I was completely clueless. Very very well written and performed indeed. Can’t wait to download my next DH book. Did I say WOWZERS already!!!

  • A Refuge Assured

  • By: Jocelyn Green
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Vivienne Rivard fled revolutionary France and seeks a new life for herself and a boy in her care, who some say is the Dauphin. But America is far from safe, as militiaman Liam Delaney knows. He proudly served in the American Revolution but is less sure of his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Drawn together, will Liam and Vivienne find the peace they long for? Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Lyn Odom on 06-09-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I loved everything about this story. I loved learning about a part of history I knew almost nothing about; looking up events and places and people. Well done, hats off, to both author and performer.

  • Distorted

  • By: Christy Barritt
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Mallory Baldwin is a survivor. A former victim of human trafficking, she's been given a second chance, yet not a night goes by that she doesn't remember being a slave to weapons dealer Dante Torres. Despite being afraid of the dark and wary of strangers, Mallory is trying to rebuild her life by turning her tragedy into redemption. To former Navy SEAL Tennyson Walker, Mallory seems nothing like the shattered woman he rescued two years ago, and he can't help but be inspired by her strength and resilience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good narration and story

  • By S. R. Lewis on 06-03-18

Distorted disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I really liked where the, big picture, storyline was going; however, I felt myself getting frustrated and annoyed at almost every turn. How could the two main characters be bright, intelligent, accomplished people and continually come to very unintelligent conclusions? Understanding the intent to have their pasts cause second guessing and doubts in themselves, their conclusions were, well, just stupid; almost insulting to the reader or listener, in my case. And sadly the performer did not improve the situation. **This is the first mediocre review I have ever done; I loved the first two books & usually really enjoy this author....just fell short this time; for me. 😢

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