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Antoinette Hattingh

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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,864

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Right from the heart

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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: 07-12-17

This is a touching rendering of a life lived through WWII in Italy. Extremely well written and easy to listen to

  • Follow the River

  • By: James Alexander Thom
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing tale of survival

  • By Marie L Walker on 01-12-11

Gripping and fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I was totally drawn into this story - the narrator did an excellent job to keep my attention. Do not start this book unless you have time to finish it: very difficult to put down

  • A Bridge Too Far

  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day. In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters, Ryan brings to life one of the most ill-fated operations of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story much better than the movie

  • By Michael on 07-26-12

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Gripping story on these 9 days and how one strategy panned out in many peoples' lives

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Story

  • By: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a heartbreaker, with a happy ending

  • By Andy on 11-08-13

Absorbing narrative

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-21-15

What a great example of overcoming an experience none of us can imagine.
Well-written, heart-wrenching at times.

  • Anna and the King of Siam

  • The Book That Inspired the Musical and Film 'The King and I'
  • By: Margaret Landon
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikely candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic

  • By Ellenaeddy on 03-30-13

Interesting historic novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-09-15

What a joy to listen to this book - the culture is well explained and events are described in an enthralling manner.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Longest Day

  • June 6, 1944
  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

> The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seen the movie? Read the book: it is worth it

  • By pratalife on 07-22-12

Outstanding and gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-04-15

This rendering of D-day took you right into the lives of various people who were affected by this ... Absolutely outstanding and gripping to the end

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,904
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,758
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,835

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Resilience redefined

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

Yes. This book not only gives an insight to the life in a Japannese concentration camp, it also challenges you

  • Real Marriage

  • The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
  • By: Mark Driscoll, Grace Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, talk about sex and marriage in down-to-earth terms, hitting issues other Christian books won't. While a wonderful wedding day is important, it's the last day of marriage that really counts. Will the last day of your marriage come prematurely through divorce? Will it be filled with regrets as you sit at the funeral of your spouse? Or, by God's grace, will the last day be a time to rejoice in the life you lived together?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Marriage Book!! Read, Don't Listen...

  • By Stephen and Julie George on 05-20-12

Excellent advice for couples

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

What made the experience of listening to Real Marriage the most enjoyable?

This book is real, the advice is real and it stimulates openness and conversation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable, it is a reference book

Which scene was your favorite?

Not applicable, it is a reference book

What did you learn from Real Marriage that you would use in your daily life?

To listen and try to understand where the other person is coming from. To deal with past hurts and not to ignore them

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