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  • A Long Way from Home

  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

The true story of two-year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage. Elaine and Ian had travelled halfway round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn't have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn't make sense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book!

  • By annnamarie bailey on 03-11-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This was another great read! The narration was excellent as always, & the story was engrossing. It's the story of one family's experience with international adoption. Heartbreaking at times, but the end is truly amazing! I can't wait for the next book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Two-Family House

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Cohen Loigman
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 605

Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage, with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear, and their once deep friendship begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Two Family Saga

  • By Sara on 08-17-17

Excellent debut

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This was a very well written story about two brothers & their families. Once I itarted I couldn't put it down. The narration was phenomenal & added to my enjoyment of this story. I look forward to more great books by this author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Swallow’s Nest

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

When Lilia Swallow's husband, Graham, goes into remission after a challenging year of treatment for lymphoma, the home and lifestyle blogger throws a party. Their best friends and colleagues attend to celebrate his recovery, but just as the party is in full swing, a new guest arrives. She presents Lilia with a beautiful baby boy and vanishes. Toby is Graham's darkest secret - his son, conceived in a moment of despair. Lilia is utterly unprepared for the betrayal the baby represents, and perhaps more so for the love she begins to feel once her shock subsides.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent book by Emilie Richards

  • By Randi shelton on 01-10-18

Another excellent book by Emilie Richards

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

As with her other books, this was an excellent read! It was made even better because it was read by one of my favorite narrators, Karen White.

The story is well developed with great character development. A good story overall.

  • Treasures of the Snow

  • By: Patricia St. John, Mary Mills
  • Narrated by: Pamela Garelick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

When Annette gets Lucien into trouble at school, he decides to get back at her by threatening the most precious thing in the world to her: her little brother Dani. But tragedy strikes. Annette knows she can never forgive Lucien for what he did to Dani, and she is going to make sure that no one else does either. She is so filled with rage that she sets out to alienate and humiliate Lucien at every turn. But then some surprising things began to happen to both of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight

  • By Denise on 12-22-05

A cute story for the Christmas season

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

This was recommended by a close friend who had read it often as a child. It's a book I'll read every Chritmas now. Such a good wholesome story.

  • Cruel to Be Kind

  • Saying No Can Save a Child's Life
  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: DeNica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 83

Cruel to Be Kind is the true story of Max, age six. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes. Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn't the only one in denial; his whole family are, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • simple interesting. honest.

  • By Kevster on 06-15-18

Excellent and very timely

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Another excellent book by Cathy Glass!

It's a very well-written and timely story about a little boy who is morbidly obese and his family. Max comes to live with Cathy and her family when his mother is hospitalized with complications from type II diabetes. Cathy's fostering of Max gets off to a bad start when she receives a threatening phone call from Max's mother before his arrival. No one mentions Max's obesity, and Cathy and her family are understandably shocked when they meet Max for the first time. The social worker refuses to acknowlege it, and when Cathy proposes small changes, she's told to leave things as they are. It's not until he has a medical appointment as part of the precess of coming into care, that Cathy is given the go ahead to help Max to begin to lose weight and thus live a more normal life- something he wants for himself.

As the story progresses, the rest of the family gradually warms to Cathy and accepts what she's doing for Max. His three sisters, who also struggle with obesity, also try the program Max is using.

As the book goes on, we learn about Max's mother's terrible childhood and come to understand why she's the way she is -- angry, distant, and we learn why she withholds affection from her children. I found myself liking her and Max's three sisters and cheering them on.

As with many of the books Cathy Glass has written, this one will stay with me for a long time. Sadly, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S. as well. Thank you for sharing Max's story with us, ands always telling it so well.

  • The Life She Was Given

  • By: Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Lori Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 439

On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn't allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She's never even ventured beyond her narrow room. Momma insists it's for Lilly's own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time - and sold to the circus sideshow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time

  • By SailboatAshley on 08-22-17

Another gripping story

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

This is a sad but gripping story about a little girl who is sold to a circus by her cruel vicious mother and the life she lead there. Nine-year-old Lily is taken from her attic room where she has been held prissoner by her parents and sold to the circus because she's a "monstor" according to her mother. Lily was born with albinism in the 1920s. In the circus, she's put in the "freak" show as one of the star attractions. She suffers horrible abuse but has great strength of character and survives in spite of it all. She befriends Pepper, an elephant and her handler Cole, whom she later marries. Lily performs with Pepper in the big top until tragedy occurrs, and she's forced out of the circus life she's come to love.

This is also the story of Julia Blackwood, who runs away from the manor on the day her father dies. Living a hard life on the streets, she's tracked down by a private investigator hired by her mother's attorney. She's given a letter informing her of her mother's death, and Julia is the new owner of Blackwood Manor. On her return, she discovers her father's old journal where she reads about the sister she never knew she had. Eventually Julia learns the truth and that things are not always as they seem. The story of her past is not what she believes it to be. She must come to grips with this and create a new life for herself where she will find love and acceptance. This is a story that will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Beach House for Rent

  • The Beach House, Book 3
  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times best-selling author of the Lowcountry Summer series, returns to her beloved Beach House series with the highly anticipated follow-up to Beach House Memories and The Beach House!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather weak

  • By Mary on 08-01-17

Another great book about the south

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I love Mary Alice Monroe's books! They're so well-written and put you in the heart of the book in every way. The scenery comes to life in her stories, and is as much a part of the story as the characters and plot. The fact that she reads her own work adds to the story in my opinion. I also love the characters and how things come together at the end. This is such a great series! The Beach House is the first book I've read by this author, and since then, I've read all of her other works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beach at Painter's Cove

  • A Novel
  • By: Shelley Noble
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

The Whitaker family's Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, extravagances, and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at the Muses. Leo, the Whitaker matriarch, lives in the rambling mansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read that takes you along for the ride!

  • By Yelena Tishchenko on 04-13-18

A new author for me who I will read again!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

As the headline says, this is a new author for me. I thorughly enjoyed this book and have added the other two books on audible to my wishlist. The story is well told, and the narration is excellent!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Talking Tree

  • The Hartwell Women, Book 1
  • By: Judith Keim
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 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

Following her estranged mother's death, Marissa Cole returns to her hometown. Her mother has left a request for Marissa to scatter her ashes in New Hope, Maine. Marissa doesn't understand why; she's never heard her mother talk of such a place. In Maine, Marissa is thrilled to discover a family she never knew she had. But the family isn't what she thought, and helping her grandmother keep her share of the family fortune might cause Marissa to lose the only man she's ever trusted enough to love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Contrived story, flat characters

  • By ejkam4 on 07-08-17

A good read

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

This is the first book I've read by this author, and I plan to read more. A very good story with well-developed characters. Very well written.

  • Nobody's Son

  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows. When Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged seven, her immediate reaction is: Why can't he stay with his present carers for the last month? He's already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he'll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn't coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent read

  • By Randi shelton on 02-28-17

Another excellent read

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

This is another wonderful book about a little boy who so desperately wants a family to call his own. I experienced the same emotions of anger frustration and sadness along with Cathy and little Alex as they struggled to come to terms with the failure of that first adoption... As the reader looking in, it seemed obvious to me that it wouldn't work. Rosemary and Edward were too formal in their manner. They just couldn't relate to a child like Alex. I cheered for everyone when the second placement worked out so well. Alex had a long hard road ahead of him, and I'm glad things worked out so well for all of them.

Cathy Glass tells this story in the same engrossing style she does all her others. I was hooked from the first page and once again felt like I knew her and her family a little more.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful