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  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,109

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I made a mistake

  • By A. Musser on 11-29-17

Tragic Story, Beautifully written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I'm surprised at myself for giving such a tragic story five stars, since I normally read happy stories - even humorous ones. So for me to like a book with so much sadness is pretty amazing. Not being a history buff, I had no idea that so many people went through such a terrible ordeal or that so many starved to death in Leningrad, Russia. In spite of all the tragedy, this author wove together two stories, beautifully, managing to give the reader a satisfying ending. Kristin Hannah is obviously a talented writer, but I wouldn't have liked the book as well if I had read it, rather than listened to it. The narrator's Russian accent added a classic, romantic element to the story that set just the right tone. I'm glad I listened to this novel.

  • Walk to Beautiful

  • The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way
  • By: Jimmy Wayne, Ken Abraham (contributor)
  • Narrated by: Gabe Wicks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

That’s the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It’s a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn’t just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system. Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy’s horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, “She changed every cell in my body.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Herein are we all...

  • By PLCC on 11-22-16

Inspiring. I'm a fan!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I'm so glad Jimmy Wayne wrote this book. Some might have tried to hide such a horrendous childhood. Instead, through this book, Jimmy gave his story to the world in an effort to make the world a better place. Thanks to journals the author began keeping while in elementary school, this book is a very accurate account of Jimmy Wayne's difficult childhood and his courageous journey to a better life. There is a lot about this book that is amazing. It is amazing that a child who was so neglected could grow into adulthood without bitterness. It is amazing that a good couple finally gave a homeless teen-ager the attention and direction he so desperately needed. It is amazing that the author had the courage and belief in himself to pursue his dream. It is amazing that once he achieved success, he went to such lengths to bring awareness to the plight of children in trouble. And the list goes on. I encourage you to go to youtube and view Jimmy Wayne's videos. He's an extremely good singer. Cute too. Many of the songs he has written are directly related to events from his childhood, events that he writes about in this book. For example: The song Paper Angels refers to the paper Angels hanging on mall Christmas trees during the holiday season. Jimmy was one of those paper angels. He talks about the joy he and his sister experienced on Christmas day, opening the one gift they received. If it hadn't been for the Salvation Army, there would have been nothing at all. I urge you to read this story. It will stay with you. And be sure to listen to his version of Sara Smiles.

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  • Braving It

  • A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild
  • By: James Campbell
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell's cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his 15-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him. Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor peeling and hauling logs? But once there, Aidan embraced the wild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like I was right there, with them!!!

  • By TallulahBalu on 04-24-18

Reads like a documentary - a good one

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I bought this on sale and enjoyed it, although it is miles away from the type books I usually read. This is not a book you can't put down, but the type you enjoy returning to. Although not a true page turner, the author did a great job of explaining the dangers he and his daughter faced and I breathed a sigh of relief when father and daughter got through a dangerous portion of their adventure unscathed. Its hard to believe they embarked on such a journey and I enjoyed hearing their story.

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  • Natural Born Charmer

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255

Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another CHARMER from SEP!

  • By MSEreads on 09-27-08

Romance, Heart, and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I've listened to fourteen of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books and this is by far my favorite. I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to it. The banter between the main characters is the best I've ever heard. Even one of the sex scenes is hysterical. But this book is not only laugh-out-loud funny, it is full of heart and there are conflicts galore to be solved. Gorgeous pro-football star Dean Robillard keeps his relationships with women casual but is having trouble determining how Blue Bailey fits into his life. Independent, struggling artist Blue Bailey is fighting her attraction to Dean, knowing that giving in to this man, who is so obviously out of her league, will make leaving that much more painful. Dean, who was ignored as a child by his alcoholic mother and rock star father, comes to see the people his parents have become and must decide if he has what it takes to forgive them for their previous behavior. The rock star father has a sweet, precocious eleven year old daughter from his last marriage. She has just lost her mother and desperately wants someone to love. Rock star dad must decide if he can step up and be the father she needs. Also, Deans parents must decide if they can forgive each other for their mistakes and take a chance on love now that they are no longer the wild kids they were when Dean was conceived. This cast of characters, due to a set of believable events, ends up together on the Tennessee ranch Dean recently bought. Oh yes, there is also the wealthy old biddy who owns the nearby town who manages to insert herself into their lives, complicating things even further. Can these needy people learn to forgive and accept the love that is available to them? I urge you to jump into this book and enjoy the ride. You'll be glad you did, but you'll miss the characters when its over. Maybe you'll do what I do and read it again.

  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,081
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

A Novel for Women

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This is a novel for women. Men who don't want to hear about breastfeeding and child rearing might want to avoid it. The story, which takes place before the Civil War, deals with slavery issues but somehow manages to have more light moments than dark ones and to end well for our main characters. It begins with a young black slave girl (Mattie) being taken away from her own baby to nurse the white baby (Elizabeth) in the big house. The white southern land owners use the rationalization that was always used to justify immoral behavior toward the slaves; blacks don't think and feel like white people do. Elizabeth grows to love her nurse and spends enough time in the slave quarters with Mattie and Mattie's family to understand the injustice of her parents' beliefs. As a young lady Elizabeth reluctantly prepares for the role she is expected to play in society and is faced with a difficult decision. Will she do what is expected and accept the beliefs of the southern landowners whose wealth depends on slavery? Or will she act on what she knows to be right and take a much more difficult path. Some reviewers complained that this book didn't paint a gruesome enough picture of slavery. I, however, appreciate that the author wasn't more explicit. Enough information was given for anyone who knows anything about slavery to easily fill in the wretched blanks. I admit the unlikeliness that a woman from a society family of that era would make the decisions that Elizabeth makes but that is what makes her such an extraordinary heroine and this a good story.

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  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,460

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not Romantic, Not Joyous, and Not for Me

  • By D. Fields on 12-01-18

Eventually a happy ending

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This is a sweet romance novel and the only thing keeping the couple apart is the fact that he is her boss. She began working for him long before he became successful in the tech word and the owner of a hockey team. During those seven years, the two became friends and managed to tamp down crushes on one another, but the attraction to one another won't go away. The novel begins at the seven year point, although throughout the book you will get background information about things that happened in their lives during the years they have known one another. You will also be privy to their inner thoughts, which often focus on their yearning for one another and the "reasons" they shouldn't be together. I enjoyed the story in spite of the fact that it moved more slowly than I would have liked. The main characters were honorable and likeable. The hero is not the Alpha male you might expect, although he is very handsome and very powerful in the tech world. He is brilliant, has a lot of responsibility, and is a great guy. The lovely hardworking heroine, who dropped out of college to help support her family, is well-liked and respected by all who know her and it is extremely important to her that the hockey players she works with never question her morality or intentions. Of course, the hero and heroine eventually admit their feelings for one another and overcome the barriers to their happiness. That's the good part.

  • The Sweet Spot

  • Sweet on a Cowboy, Book 1
  • By: Laura Drake
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together. James "JB" Denny doesn't stay where he isn't welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • too slow!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-02-19

Forgiveness and coming home

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This is a well written novel about real life - the good and the bad. It is also about forgiveness - of oneself and others. And it is about love. I enjoyed the setting; bull riding in a small western town and a ranch that raises rodeo bulls. A child dies and so does the marriage, leaving the divorced wife to run a ranch, care for a father with Alzheimers, and deal with the knowledge that her husband lived with a girl half her age after they separated. Although the story is based on a sad situation, it begins well after the child's death and after the husband's time with the young woman and is mostly a sweet romance. Both husband and wife are still dealing with their grief, feelings of betrayal, and the loss of a marriage that was filled with love before the loss of the child. The story focuses on how they find their way back to one another. I noticed that some of the reviews mentioned that this is a Christian novel. I see how it might be classified as such but I think most any romance reader will enjoy this story.

  • Until Friday Night

  • Field Party, Book 1
  • By: Abbi Glines
  • Narrated by: Olivia Song, Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be big man on campus on the outside, on the inside he's battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another female narrator please...

  • By Katrina on 08-26-15

Lots of introspection

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

This is a romance between high school students who are dealing with serious, very adult problems. Although the main characters are having difficulty dealing with their individual issues, the romance itself has little conflict. The story moves slowly with lots of introspection. There are no explicit sex scenes but there are references to lots of sexual activity among students. The characters seem older than their years, making it seem that the teen-agers are finding their one true love while still in high school. The story held my interest, although I wanted it to move along at times. A few loose ends lead me to believe there will be other books in the series.

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,871

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and humbling and awesome.

  • By Michele on 11-08-15

The power of being needed

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This is a lovely story of how some lonely people in an apartment building come together to help an energetic 4th grader whose addict mother spends most of her time sleeping. Helping the child benefits the helpers as much as it benefits the child. Each neighbor has a different ability to contribute; they cooperate; and everything is working like clockwork until someone calls a social worker. To make matters worse, the child's mother resents, rather than appreciates, what Gracie's new friends are doing for her. I loved the precocious upbeat child in the story, as well as the characters in the apartment building who came to love Gracie. I urge you to give this book a try. If you like it, you might want to try TAKE ME WITH YOU by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Although the circumstances and the setting are different, there are elements in the two stories that are similar.

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  • Wrecked

  • By: JB Salsbury
  • Narrated by: Bunny Warren, Matthew Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

It's been months since Aden Colt left the army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he'd found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can - including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEAUTIFUL

  • By BNP on 07-22-17

A sweet romance with lots of sex

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This book is strictly for romance readers. There was lots of sex but the sex scenes, although explicit, didn't seem crude and the romance was sweet. The plot was different from the norm but the twin scenario became predictable pretty early in the story. Still, the faint-hearted heroine trying to grant her twin's last wish and the soldier wracked with guilt upon returning from war made me pull for the damaged but deserving couple. There were plenty of happy moments in the story and the narration was very good.