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  • Escape

  • Unchained Series, Book 1
  • By: Maria McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Madison Vaughn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Daniel and Lori love each other, yet to live as one in 1856, they must escape from the unyielding society that imprisons them. Lori was born a slave in North Carolina, yet by chance was raised alongside Daniel in a wealthy abolitionist household. The sudden death of Daniel's mother catapults Lori back into bondage. Relegated to chattel on a rice plantation, Lori lives in constant fear under the tormenting scrutiny of Daniel's wretched aunt.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over Done

  • By Dianne on 07-24-17

Over Done

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Would you try another book from Maria McKenzie and/or Madison Vaughn?

No. I feel this book over describes or repeats character details and is to "preachy."

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting is the method of escape from the plantation. Least interesting is the repetitive descriptions of the characters anxieties.

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

The personality of the characters is expressed well by the performance

Was Escape worth the listening time?

If I had not been in the car for several hours I would not have finished the book. At home I definitely would have returned it to Audible within the first 3 hours of listening.

Any additional comments?

The storyline is interesting and I stuck with with the book by fast forwarding many times. I would not waste my time or money on the next two books in the trilogy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grace

  • A Novel
  • By: Natashia Deón
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 889

For a runaway slave in the 1840s South, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic master. That's what 15-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she leaves behind her beloved Momma and sister, Hazel, and takes refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story of several women's journey

  • By Lillian Rodriguez on 11-19-16

Way over rated

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

Would you try another book from Natashia Deón and/or Lisa Reneé Pitts?

No

What was most disappointing about Natashia Deón’s story?

Not enough clarity of characters and plot overview in the first chapter

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Enunciation was unclear and verbally words were run into each other

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was historical fiction.

Any additional comments?

Not worth the time.

10 of 25 people found this review helpful