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  • Good Hope Road

  • A Tending Roses Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Amanda Troop, Diane Michele
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Twenty-one-year-old Jenilee Lane's dreams are as narrow as the sky is wide. She doesn't imagine any good could come out of the tornado that has ripped across the Missouri farmland where she's made her home. But some inner spark compels her to take action. To rescue her elderly neighbor, Eudora Gibson, from the cellar in which she's been trapped. To make her way to the nearby town of Poetry, where the townspeople have begun to gather in the only building left standing. To collect from the devastated landscape fragments of life that lie strewn about in the tornado's wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY A GREAT STORYTELLER

  • By 20eagle16 on 01-24-19

Quality narration for a story with a heart of gold!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I loved this story. The writing is so great (typical of Lisa Wingate), and the narrators make you forget they’re reading a book. You feel like you’re part of the scene—the tornado aftermath, the small town prejudices and the reluctance to accept change of any kind. This story is authentic, redemptive but never sappy. I didn’t want it to end! One of my all-time favorites.

  • A Month of Summer

  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Lisa Wingate has been favorably compared to authors Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans. In A Month of Summer, Hanna Beth has been caring for her aging husband - who suffers from Alzheimer's - and her developmentally challenged adult son for years on her own. But when she suffers a stroke, estranged stepdaughter Rebecca must take the reins. As she cares for her father and the step-brother she's barely met, Rebecca slowly begins to heal both herself and her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRUE ACCOUNT OF ALZIEMERS

  • By woodsman on 03-21-10

This is an amazing book!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I didn't want this story to end. This is one of those books where you want to enter their world and live there awhile, despite the obvious imperfections of life. I loved the characters and the story. This is one I'll read again. Love this author!!!

  • After You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,591

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't come close to, Me Before You.

  • By Taryn on 11-09-15

A must read!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

I couldn't stop listening to this story. So compelling, heart wrenching and heartwarming! Loved it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,221

France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz

  • By FanB14 on 09-03-13

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

This is one of the best audible books I've ever listened to. The story is read so convincingly that you feel you are in 1917 France. These characters and their stories are compelling and sympathetic. I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl You Left Behind.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Between

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda, Barbara Rosenblat, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband. To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take me there

  • By Heather Bergdahl on 02-06-16

Another excellent Karen White story!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

I loved this tale of sister devotion, of flawed characters whose goal, whether they know it or not, is redemption from the grave mistakes they've made throughout their common and not-so-common lives. Highly recommend.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Dream

  • By: Donna VanLiere
  • Narrated by: Donna VanLiere
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Tennessee, 1950: a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early 30s), and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But when she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden - a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills - something about him haunts Ivorie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do not give up on this book!

  • By Linda on 08-07-12

Top of my favorites list

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

Reviewed: 08-31-13

What did you love best about The Good Dream?

Donna VanLiere is one of the very best voice actresses I've heard -- and she's the author! She brings an authenticity to this work, both in her writing and in her performance, that wrap you up so tightly, it's as if Morgan Hill is a real place and these folk are your kin. But the best thing about this story is the unconditional love that springs out of nowhere within the characters and stays with you, the listener/reader, long after the story has ended. I will return for another visit to The Good Dream -- something I rarely do. That's how GREAT this story is.

  • The House Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Tara Conklin
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

The year is 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. The year is 1852: Josephine is a 17-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm - an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Jeanette Finan on 02-21-13

The more I listened, the more I HAD to listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-13

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

I did recommend it to my friends! I loved it, and couldn't wait until I could listen to the story again each day. As the story progresses, it grips you.

What other book might you compare The House Girl to and why?

It's a "slave" story, so it's comparable to lots of historical fiction stories featuring slaves. However, it has a different slant from others I've read, making it fresh and more thought provoking.

What does Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've enjoyed Bahni Turpin's narration ever since The Help came out, and her flexibility with dialects is good here, too.

If you could take any character from The House Girl out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Josephine -- I would want a firsthand look at her art!

Any additional comments?

I truly loved this story and was amazed at the lackluster reviews I read on this site. I'm really glad I didn't read them before I bought the audiobook! This is one of my favorites of recent memory!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful