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  • 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 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

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 . . .

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

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!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

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.

  • Winter of Wishes

  • Seasons of the Heart, Book 3
  • By: Charlotte Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

Snow is falling, cookies are baking, and Christmas is just around the corner in Willow Ridge, Missouri, where a new season marks fresh beginnings for the residents of the tranquil Amish town. As another year draws to a close in Willow Ridge, life seems to be changing for everyone but Rhoda Lantz. Her widowed mother is about to remarry, her sister is a busy newlywed, and soon Rhoda will be alone in her cozy apartment above the blacksmith's shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Patricia on 01-08-15

Even better than the first two novels in the series!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

The first book is this series was already exceptional. Yet I found this third novel to be even better. It has all the wonderful qualities of the first two novels. Yet the complex situations individual characters and the community as a whole had to work out among themselves made for fascinating reading, not to mention a very special romance. The unexpected turns in the plot made Winter of Wishes a real page turner as well! :)

P.S. Although I found this novel to be the best so far doesn’t mean I’m saying to skip right to this one if you haven’t read the first two. They really need to be read in order to fully appreciate each one.

  • Summer of Secrets

  • Seasons of the Heart, Book 1
  • By: Charlotte Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Summer has come to Willow Ridge, and Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life as well - marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. But when a strange Englisher arrives in the café claiming to be the long-lost sister of Rachel and her twin Rhoda, Rachel feels the sturdy foundation of her future crumbling - including Micah's steadfast love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SUCH ATTRACTIVE LIFE VALUES

  • By Lanna S. Seuret on 02-08-16

So much more than just romance . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Charlotte Hubbard wrote a down-to-earth, compelling novel about very real people from a particular culture, in this case the Amish. There was romance, but even here the romance wasn’t a Cinderella story; the characters were just as complex and compelling as others in the novel. This holds true with the storyline, one that is multifaceted, that reflects the joys and sorrows of people at various stages of life. In other words highly relatable—while still full of warmth, delight, and laughter.

I can’t rate Susan Boyce’s narration highly enough. It easy to identify the different characters by her consistent portrayal of each one’s unique voice. What’s more, I was also able to easily know who was speaking because their personality came through in her narration. Another thing I really appreciated about Boyce’s narration is something I rarely hear discussed in reviews: the speed of narration. At the normal speed, I could easily take in the story and I was allowed enough time to gently envision what was happening in my mind’s eye. I know we have the choice of slowing down or speeding up the speed, but this often results in unnaturally slow or fast speeds. Here I didn’t need to worry about that. I could sit back and listen to a good story well told.

  • I, Eliza Hamilton

  • By: Susan Holloway Scott
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers. But no visitor to her parents' home has affected her as strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. But it is in the aftermath of war, as Hamilton becomes one of the country's most important figures, that she truly comes into her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for those who really like HISTORICAL fiction

  • By Jane on 08-13-18

Great for those who really like HISTORICAL fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I put ‘historical’ all in caps in my heading because, in addition to having a good storyline in and of itself, ‘I, Eliza Hamilton’ has lots of history built in—up close history about the latter part of the Revolutionary War through the creation of the Constitution and beyond. As far as history goes, though, it’s written in a way that pulls you in and helps you see very interesting things about the time period and behind the scenes of important events. Scott’s writing and Maarrleveld’s narration are both wonderful!

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  • Arabella

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Believe the Synopsis

  • By Carol on 10-05-14

Heartwarming & Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

While reading the initial chapters, I began to think that I would become bored with this book, as the novel’s plot line seemed to be a fairly well worn one within the Regency Romance sub genre. To my delight, as I made my way further into the book, I fell in love with the main characters and very much wanted to find out how they could ever get out the the entanglements in which they found themselves.

Typical of Georgette Heyer, she make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud during certain parts of the book. And Phyllida’s narration could not have been better!

  • Sylvester

  • Or, the Wicked Uncle
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!

  • By C. Mendez on 11-16-13

A wonderful ride!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I understand this to be the first of Georgette Heyer’s novels, one of many to come and the one that established sub genre known as the Regency Romances.

This alone is enough to recommend this classic. Still more are her wonderful writing and storytelling skills. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful tale woven (and often unwoven!). The narration could not have been better!

  • The Pursuit of Lady Harriett

  • Tanglewood, Book 3
  • By: Rachael Anderson
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious? Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she'd begun it. Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intoxicating love story

  • By Cam on 11-10-17

Light, delightful and whimsical romance . . .

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This third book of the Tanglewood trilogy is just as delightful as the previous two. Not overly complex, the books are light and whimsical in nature, this third one even more than the others. All in all, I would describe them as beautiful fairy tales for adults. And since I am a child at heart who always loved a sweet romantic story (and still do), I enjoyed the Tanglewood novels for the fairy tales they are. If you enjoy a good fairy tale on occasion as well, then you can’t go wrong with these novels. What’s more, the narration by Helen Taylor was spot on!

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  • The Mill on the Floss

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great compassion

  • By nina lalumia on 12-26-16

Beautifully told lyrical classic

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This novel is beautifully told, both by the renowned author George Eliot and by narrator Laura Paton. I recommend it for the reader who enjoys complex character studies within the genres of lyrical fiction and classic literature. The Mill on the Floss moved my heart in its joys and its sorrows.

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