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Rita Rae

St. Paul, MN, US
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  • The Light of the Fireflies

  • By: Paul Pen, Simon Bruni - translator
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,656

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns. He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone's been acting very strangely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By David Shear on 04-11-16

Bizarre and Disturbing situation, Yet.....

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

The writer did a fabulous job portraying the world through the eyes of the narrator, a young boy, age ten.

  • Because of the Rain

  • By: Deborah Raney
  • Narrated by: Julie Lancelot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Anna Marquette has everything to live for. Her daughters are in college and, with the support of Paul, her loving husband, she is pursuing her dream of a career in counseling. Then one night, while on a trip to Orlando, the unimaginable happens. She takes a shortcut to an evening out with Paul and is brutally assaulted. When Anna suspects the attack has left her pregnant, her faith is put to the test. As Anna and her family confront the heart-wrenching decisions that lie ahead, Anna gradually comes to realize that God has a plan for her and that she must trust Him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cotton candy

  • By Lyn Odom on 07-23-18

Over-simplified account of a complicated issue.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

A Christian story grappling with the moral decisions of right and wrong when a pregnancy results after rape. Don't agree.

  • The Storyteller's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roots India style

  • By kyle schmidt on 09-06-18

Lineage of Love and Loss

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Poignant story of love and loss spanning three generations. Primarily set in India, this book was enlightening to cultural customs.

  • From a Distant Star

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn't given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else - his family, his friends, his doctors - was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikeable protagonist, too unrealistic

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-22-18

A meaningful connection with outer space.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Great alien romance, surprisingly tender, funny and adventurous all rolled together. Kate Rudd is amazing as "the girl in love".

  • Mysteries, Thrillers and Killers: Crime Thriller Box Set

  • Mac McRyan Mystery Series, Books 4-6
  • By: Roger Stelljes
  • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
  • Length: 37 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Heart-stopping killer thrillers that fans of mysteries will be hooked on, by one of the best new authors in crime fiction. Ruthless killers...grisly deaths...escalating stakes... A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows, and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in Electing To Murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Good Series

  • By Lia on 09-09-17

Excellent Action and Adrenaline but with Heart.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Sometimes the crimes are gruesome, and there's a lot of blood and shooting, yet MAC McRyan has Heart and Soul.

  • The Girl Who Fought Napoleon

  • A Novel of the Russian Empire
  • By: Linda Lafferty
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

It's 1803, and an adolescent Nadya is determined not to follow in her overbearing Ukrainian mother's footsteps. She's a horsewoman, not a housewife. When Tsar Paul is assassinated in St. Petersburg and a reluctant and naive Alexander is crowned emperor, Nadya runs away from home and joins the Russian cavalry in the war against Napoleon. Disguised as a boy and riding her spirited stallion, Alcides, Nadya rises in the ranks, even as her father begs the tsar to find his daughter and send her home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! I think this is a 10!

  • By lisa stevens on 06-20-17

In depth history of a true story.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I love true stories, especially historical ones. This story sheds light on the lives of women in 1812-1864 Europe.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,871

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Engaging Medieval Epic Saga

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

A tapestry of well-drawn characters that the reader grows to champion or abhor, depending on their character. Historical adventure.

  • Surface Tension

  • By: Christine Kling
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Today Seychelle captains her 46-foot salvage boat out of Fort Lauderdale's New River. She's seen change sweep through South Florida, and has witnessed friends and lovers come and go. But she's never escaped that one moment when she could have made a difference and didn't. Now each time she rescues a ship in distress, a little hope stirs in her again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grab your seats and hang on!!!

  • By Mark on 12-08-18

Civilian Sleuth plays Super Hero on the water.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

The story was intriguing until it became a hoax. Regular girl, miraculously escapes death multiple times against trained killers? Unbelievable.

  • The Silver Suitcase

  • By: Terrie Todd
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

It's 1939, and Canada is on the cusp of entering World War II. Seventeen-year-old farm girl Cornelia is heartbroken when she learns that her beloved soldier, Henry, has been killed in a train wreck. Alone and carrying a heavy secret, she makes the desperate choice that will haunt her for years to come. Never telling a soul, Cornelia pours out the painful events of the war in her diary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spiritual journey

  • By Tanya M. Spiegel on 05-26-16

A Coming-of-Age tale beginning in WW II.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Cornelia chronicles her life in simple wire bound notebooks that span from WW II to the present, touching many hearts.

  • Las Vegas Girl

  • A Gripping, Suspenseful Crime Novel
  • By: Leslie Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Susan Marlowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Detectives Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are members of the elite: Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual visitors, they’re hunting for a killer. At the heart of a glamorous Las Vegas hotel, in front of hundreds of witnesses and under the lenses of countless video surveillance cameras, a young girl is brutally murdered. The most recorded crime in Vegas is missing one key protagonist, the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOT ANSWERS THEY DIDNT EXPECT

  • By Ellen Oceanside on 03-13-18

Unconventional Lady Cop Entertains!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Smart and Sassy Laura Baxter walks a fine line between protocol and questionable acquisition to hunt and snare a killer.