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Valarie Holm

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  • Tending Roses

  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’s become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off her beloved land and into a nursing home. But Kate knows such a change would break her grandmother’s heart.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and uplifting story of living our goodbyes

  • By cathy on 07-04-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This was not only a great story, but the narration was good too. Loved hearing the different voices. This was another book I couldn’t wait to get back too. A lot of lost life lessons/advice included in the story, which was great.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,477

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Loved this story!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This book is full of emotion right from the start. It was interesting to hear about orphans, and non-orphans being sold, especially knowing that it really did happen. There was no part of this book that was slow or boring, I couldn’t wait to hear more. Very enjoyable.

  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,522

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

LOVED this story!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I usually only listen to audiobooks in the car, but kept listening as much as I could at home too because I couldn't wait to keep going. Delightful story and one I could actually see happening in real life.

  • 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 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

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

Couldn't wait to hear more!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

This is an excellent book! I only listen on my commute twice a week and couldn't wait for the time to come again so I could hear more. Some parts (describing the massacre) were a little gruesome, but necessary. The reader used several voices and did a great job, kept it very interesting. It did get a little long at times, but overall I loved it.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,497

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Well worth the time!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I couldn't wait to finish it! Great, involving story and the performance was spot on.

Some parts were slightly disturbing, being that it involves rape and murder, but overall a great book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Game of Life and How to Play It

  • By: Florence Scovel Shinn
  • Narrated by: Dixie Glassman
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

This audiobook has inspired thousands of people around the world to find a sense of purpose and belonging. It asserts that life is not a battle but a game of giving and receiving, and that whatever we send out into the world will eventually be returned to us. This little book will help you discover how your mind and its imaging faculties play leading roles in the game of life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great reminder but terrible narration

  • By Uyen Le on 05-06-14

I want to listen to this but it's too fast!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author talks way, way, way too fast. I tried adjusting the speed but then it echoes.

What could Florence Scovel Shinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dixie Glassman’s performances?

NO!

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to hear this book, guess I'll have to buy it and read instead (which is fine).

  • Invisible Acts of Power

  • Personal Choices That Create Miracles
  • By: Caroline Myss
  • Narrated by: Caroline Myss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

On Invisible Acts of Power, this four-time New York Times best-selling author employs her experience as a renowned medical intuitive to answer these questions, explaining why being of service to another person is not an option - it is a biological necessity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another thought-provoking presentation

  • By Chris on 04-04-16

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Very good book, easy to listen to and gives you some deep food for thought. Going to get more of her books.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful