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  • Lady of Milkweed Manor

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

A vicar's 20-year-old daughter pays dearly for a single lapse in judgment. To avoid the scorn of local villagers, Charlotte Lamb wends her way to the forbidding Milkweed Manor on the outskirts of London. Concealing her identity, she finds refuge within the dank confines of this mysterious bastion of old secrets and new life. She soon encounters a former suitor, harboring secrets of his own. Firmly relying on God's strength, both resolve to protect their loved ones.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • PART MISSING!!

  • By Wendy on 02-09-11

A most beautiful story . . .

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

One of the most beautiful novels I have ever read, from beginning to end and often with startling turns of events that I never could have anticipated. The narration was, likewise, exceptional.

  • The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

  • By: Syrie James
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

From Syrie James, the best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a novel that captures the passionate heart and restless soul of Charlotte Brontë—the author who gave the world Jane Eyre while longing for a soulmate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twice a year

  • By Victoria Evangelina on 03-23-12

A lovely, lovely 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: 02-11-19

I adored this book, an adjective I’ve never before used when describing my feelings about a book. ‘Jane Eyre’, like for many people, is my favorite book—and has been for decades. Maybe because of this, I expected that no one could truly capture its author. Syria James did. And Blanca Amato brilliantly narrated this truly amazing historical novel.

  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Waters Run Deep

  • By Sara on 04-13-16

I can’t wait until Audible makes more of Pym’s work available! 🌹

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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: 01-30-19

I loved this book and can’t wait to read more by Barbara Pym. While simmering in underlying satire, I also found it to be a wonderful, nuanced meditation of the inner life of the story’s central character, Mildred Lathbury. The author allows allows us to witness the heroine’s very gradual, but growing awareness of how she is perceived by others—and ultimately sees herself—within the allowances and constraints of her gender in mid-twentieth century London.

The narration by Jayne Entwistle was so good that I never sensed she was “narrating” the book at all. To me she WAS Mildred Lathbury.

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  • The Daughter of Highland Hall

  • Edwardian Brides Series, Book 2
  • By: Carrie Turansky
  • Narrated by: Veida Dehmlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Eighteen-year-old Katherine Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her debut into society and hopefully find her future husband. Her overbearing aunt insists that she must secure a proposal from a wealthy young man who is in line to inherit his father's title and estate. But Katherine questions her aunt's plans when she gets to know Jonathan Foster, a handsome medical student and strong Christian who is determined to protect the poor and vulnerable in London's East End.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cute story

  • By AmazonShopper_Kate on 07-07-16

I hope Carrie Turansky writes as much as she can 🌹and that Audible records it all!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I’ve greatly enjoyed the entire Highland Hall series. Especially the multifaceted nature of its characters, romantic attraction that isn’t overtly placed on physical appearance alone, and a model of spirituality based on seeking guidance, strength, and comfort rather than explicitly requested results for ourselves.

In this second novel in the series, what was most enjoyable for me was to watch Kate’s just-beneath-the-eye, but on-going evolution in her personal maturation and spiritual development.

I continue to greatly enjoy Veida Dehmlow’s narration, especially her own voice as narrator, the female voices, and her mastery of a variety of English accents. (Her work on mastering male voices seems to still be a work in progress, but overall much improved from the strong raspiness in the first novel.)

  • The Governess of Highland Hall

  • Edwardian Brides, Book 1
  • By: Carrie Turansky
  • Narrated by: Veida Dehmlow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, but when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents' financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a book I did not want to put down

  • By Les Raymond on 12-15-15

The Sound of Music meets Downton Abbey

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

A former missionary is hired by a wealthy, but stern man of the aristocracy to care for his unruly children several years after the death of his wife. Only the missionary is not a Catholic nun and the country is not Austria. No, they’re in England during the Edwardian period.

While the plot lines of The Sound of Music and Downton Abbey don’t completely coincide with The Governess of Highland Hall*, the result is still quite delightful. Suffice it to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this first book of Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series and look forward with anticipation to the next one in the series.

The narration by Veida Dehmlow was lovely and very finely done in almost every respect. My only suggestion would be to create a less gruff voice for several of the characters, including the main character in the story. I know this is possible since several of the other male voices were much smoother and easier on the ear. In any case, I also look forward to listening to future books she narrates.

*Please note: By making connections among these stories, I in no way am implying that the author is dabbling in plagiarism. There are many similarities in literature and other works of art, as most of the creators are striving to, in one way or another, capture aspects of the human condition. My comment, then, is meant solely to be descriptive—as well as to compliment the author’s fine story.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112,762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,423
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103,925

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Wow!

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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: 01-05-19

I had already come to know Trevor Noah through his incisive humor on The Daily Show and Netflix specials. Now I understand him in a much fuller way, as a man of deep insight and great compassion. His story reflects not only that of his country during pre- and post-apartheid South Africa, but also that of the struggles perpetuated by racism (and other hatred) throughout history. On another level, Trevor helps us understand human relationships in fresh and sometimes startling ways.

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  • The Romanov Empress

  • A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Excellence!

  • By Natalie Bezuhov on 09-09-18

I found a new gem of an author . . . and narrator!

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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: 12-19-18

C.W. Gortner takes us through, with impeccable historical accuracy, the last three generations of the Romanov empire in Russia. An amazing feat in and of itself. But what is even more remarkable is how Gortner does this through the life, in all its intimacy, of one woman who found herself in the very center of this remarkable and tumultuous time in Russia’s history.

Katherine McEwan breathes life into this portrayal, and that of the other characters and settings, through her beautiful, nuanced narration.

  • On the Wings of a Whisper: A Serialized Historical Christian Romance

  • Sonnets of the Spice Isle, Episode 1
  • By: Lynnette Bonner
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

RyAnne Hunter is determined to stop her father from leaving for the continent of Africa, where he plans to start a mission station. And she only has until morning. Tonight at the Harcourts' Annual Ball will be her last chance to change his mind. She must succeed! Papa's health, and her future, depend on her success. But, as if her task isn't difficult enough, now the insufferable Captain Dawson has agreed to guide Papa's expedition!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Buying All Six...6 out of 5 stars

  • By :) on 07-26-17

An amazing series . . .

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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: 10-16-18

I have listened to the whole series but will only write this one review, because I imagine that once most people listen to this opening part they will continue on to the remaining ones.

The series is beautifully written and deeply moving. It is essentially about the struggles of a young woman in the face of one of humanity’s worst atrocities. Although Christian in orientation, it does not provide pat answers. A beautiful romance is also thread throughout the story.

As far as narration, I am amazed at the work of Mary Sarah Agliotta. In fact I found this series because I had come across my first book so beautifully narrated by her—and just had to listen to her again. After having listened to almost 200 audiobooks, I can say that she and one other narrator (Juliet Stevenson) equally share the space as my top narrator!

  • Rebellious Heart

  • By: Jody Hedlund
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Inspired by the true story of John and Abigail Adams. Massachusetts, 1763: A love that would shape history forever. Because she's a woman, higher learning was always closed to Susanna Smith. But her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. And she's determined to marry well, so she'll be able to continue her work with the less fortunate. Growing up with little to his name, poor country lawyer Benjamin Ross dreams of impacting the world for the better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By JK on 10-13-16

Wonderfully written & narrated!

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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: 09-26-18

I chose this book to read it between segments of another book. But I never got back to the other one! It’s because this one was so good. I had read historical novels about other parts of Abigail and John Adams’ lives, but never the early part when they first knew each other and fell in love.

The author did a wonderful job in her writing of this fictional account loosely based on their relationship (given the paucity of information available). Moreover, the narration was exceptional in every sense of what one would look for in a great narrator. I liked it so much that I looked up the over 50 other books narrated by Mary Sarah Agliotta and chose one of them for my next read!

  • Amish Promises

  • Neighbors of Lancaster County
  • By: Leslie Gould
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home on Juneberry Lane in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they're looking for peace. Joel's recently returned from Iraq and is recuperating, and Shani is just happy to have her family back together. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son accidently hurts Simon, one of the Lehman boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Wendy Glosser on 01-23-17

Mixed feelings about ‘Amish Promises’

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I really enjoyed the plot line and characters in Amish Promises—enough to allow me to hang in there until the novel’s end. What was difficult for me was the stiltedness in the telling. Since I was listening to the novel, rather than reading it, I couldn’t tell whether the difficulty was in the nature of the writing or the narration, or both.

In the end I was glad for the lessons learned, through the experiences and perspectives of the Amish and English. Unfortunately I can’t see myself going on to the next book in the series.