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  • Beneath a Golden Veil

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It's 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city's refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart's promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests - fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North - force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By Mommy Mel of CO on 12-01-16

What a great informative book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

The story totally captures your interest. A great read without sex and profanity which is getting harder to find. I couldn’t stop listening to it the author makes the gold rush main setting so interesting. I learn so much interesting things from her books. Second one I have listened too. But won’t be the last

  • Catching the Wind

  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

What happened to Brigitte Berthold? That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was 13, when he and 10-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise ending...

  • By zjohnnylz on 09-10-17

What a great story of loss and love and across generations.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-19

I loved the ending but didn’t see it coming So GOD had restored the years the locusts had taken. This is historical fiction at its best no sex or profanity in the book nor was it needed as a filler. Second book I have listened to from this author Waiting for another one This was a side of World War Two I never really knew about

  • The Persian Gamble

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

 Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem - Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By Anonymous User on 03-13-19

This may be his best book yet

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-19

Wow what a story. I so enjoyed this book. I learned so much about the espionage world and even the subject of nuclear warheads were made so interesting great character development. I especially appreciate the lack of profanity and taking the Lords name in vain. No sex in this book
Because this author is so talented he didn’t need “fillers”. As far as the other reviewers go those who thought he was proselytizing too much I didn’t find that the case. He just told the simple truth without belaboring the point. Marcus really cared about where his best friends were going to spend eternity because everyone will spend it somewhere Wish I could give it 10 stars Waiting for another one please mr Rosenberg. Also the narrator truly captured the different accents like I’ve never seen before

  • My Soul Is Filled with Joy

  • A Holocaust Story
  • By: Karen I Treiger
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Stern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Sam and Esther Goldberg met in the Polish forest - just outside of the Treblinka Death Camp. It was August 3, 1943, just one day after Sam escaped the Camp during a prisoner uprising. With 870,000 murdered at Treblinka, Sam was one of approximately 65 to survive and live until the end of the war. Esther had been hiding in that patch of forest for a year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My main complaint is that I can only give 5 stars

  • By paula wright on 04-07-19

My main complaint is that I can only give 5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-19

The best non fiction book I have listened to on the holocaust. This author is absolutely fantastic and keep me engaged thru out. Although I admit I did have to fast forward a little because I just couldn’t hear about the horrors of the treblinka DEATH camp. I couldn’t even imagine those poor souls in that hell. The research
Was certainly very thorough and I learned so much about pre and post war Poland and especially how things are in Poland today But I won’t do a spoiler for others the characters became alive both good and bad
This book is also a tribute to the righteous among the nations gentiles who risked their life and their family life helping the Jews who were hunted down like animals this is not a book about anger or revenge hence the name please read it for yourself because I could go on and on Looking forward for more from the wonderful novelist. What a great family she has

  • In Another Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jillian Cantor
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, George Newbern
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A sweeping historical novel that spans Germany, England, and the US and follows a young couple torn apart by circumstance leading up to World War II - and the family secret that may prove to be the means for survival. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Science fiction v historical romance

  • By paula wright on 03-31-19

Science fiction v historical romance

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-19

I had it figured out after 4-5 chapters. Didn’t like the American voice for German man Incongruous is the word for this book. Kinda a waste of my time and money but listened to the end just to see what happened. The. Author couldn’t even give it a happy ending This could have been such a good love story except for the ridiculous ¥¥[¥¥}[^£.?... but I will give this novelist a second chance

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  • The German Midwife

  • By: Mandy Robotham
  • Narrated by: Julia Winwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Germany, 1944. Taken from the camps to serve the Führer himself, Anke Hoff is assigned as midwife to one of Hitler’s inner circle. If she refuses, her family will die. Torn between her duty as a caregiver and her hatred for the Nazi regime, Anke is swept into a life unlike anything she’s ever known - and she discovers that many of those at the Berghof are just as trapped as she is. And soon, she’s falling for a man who will make her world more complicated still.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Plausible and fascinating

  • By Holli Yargo on 04-20-19

Since this book is historical fiction and Mandy could take liberty why was I almost crying at epilogue

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-19

Such a great book. I got so involved with main characters This is my favorite genre of books and Mandy didn’t disappoint I will wait for more from her

  • Killing the SS

  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard - contributor
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954

As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were soon caught, including the notorious SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among them were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting and Detailed

  • By Nay717 on 12-07-18

Learned a lot about post war Nazi escaping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Seemed to be labor intense frustrating job as Nazi hunter had no idea that so many people wanted to just forget it happened. So many false leads Very disappointed to learn of USA role in being lax on Nazi killers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Desperate Hope

  • By: Elizabeth Camden
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she's finally put behind her - or so she thinks. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak. Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. He is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This author makes boring subjects exciting

  • By paula wright on 03-13-19

This author makes boring subjects exciting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I learned so much about life in in early 1900,’s. Life in big cities and small towns Who would have thought a destruction of a town and rebuilding could be interesting Character development was good and I never knew what was going to happen next. Great novel

  • A Daring Venture

  • By: Elizabeth Camden
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50

Dr. Rosalind Werner is at the forefront of a groundbreaking new water technology - if only she can get support for her work. Nicholas, Commissioner of Water for New York, is skeptical - and surprised by his reaction to Rosalind. While they fight against their own attraction, they stand on opposite sides of a battle that will impact thousands of lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By C on 07-13-18

I learned a lot about water born diseases we hardly ever see now

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Good story but a lot of foolish pride with the main characters Time wasted over “hurt feelings” almost bought the story down. I really appreciate the lack of profanity and sexual scenes which doesn’t add anything to story. Looking forward to her other books and happy to read about some public health pioneers

  • The Homeplace

  • Singing River, Book 1
  • By: Gilbert Morris
  • Narrated by: Judith West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

As the year 1928 begins, 14-year-old Lanie Belle Freeman of Fairhope, Arkansas, has bright hopes for the future. Her father has launched a new business, and her mother is expecting her fifth baby. Lanie has dreams of going to college and being a writer. Then tragedy strikes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story!

  • By Deborah on 10-24-14

Slow to start. But hang in there. It’s worth it

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-19

I’m from the Deep South. The heart of Dixie guess people in Arkansas talk differently Almost quit book cause of annoying hillbilly southern
Redneck twang but so glad I didn’t. Wonderful job of character development. I laughed out loud frequently great story line. Looking forward to book 2