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Valerie Dawn Hochstetler

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  • Faith of My Fathers

  • Chronicles of the Kings
  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 558

The king's sudden death leaves his son Manasseh as the new ruler. Overcome with sorrow, Manasseh is angry toward God and begins a reign of terror that shocks the kingdom. His own insecurity prompts the death of his closest advisors, dividing the faithful in two. Barely escaping the carnage, his best friend Joshua suffers the excruciating loss of his family and plans revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By taratooley on 07-23-07

Great Historical Fiction of an Awful time in History

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I knew this would be a hard read because I knew Manasseh was a terrible king in Judah. Lynn Austin got me hooked and I couldn't stop listening.

  • Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

  • The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
  • By: Jason Stearns
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

At the heart of Africa is Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal and unstaunchable war in which millions have died. And yet, despite its epic proportions, it has received little sustained media attention. In this deeply reported book, Jason K. Stearns vividly tells the story of this misunderstood conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First book I've found that explains DRC

  • By bduhamel@faralloncapital.com on 09-09-17

Understanding What I Have Been Living In

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I have spent the past 27 years in Central Africa. As I listened to this book, I remembered where my family and I were during many of the conflicts. We were fortunate, we could leave when life got bad. This really helped to see the big picture as Mobutu lost power, Laurent Kabila came to power, and now Joseph Kabila reigns. Oh that Congo could find a true solution to all the complicated problems! Jason Stearns has done a great job of wading through and explaining. Mike Chamberlain could have used some advice on pronunciation of different regions and cities, otherwise he sounds like a news reporter all the way through.

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  • Song of Redemption

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 742

The second book in her Chronicles of the Kings series, Song of Redemption, is a retelling of the life of Hezekiah, King of Judah from 716 to 687 BC. After years of idolatry, Judah's temple has been cleansed and Hezekiah has brought God's law back to his people. But when he incurs the wrath of the barbaric Assyrians, he will need help from a surprising source.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The temple is rebuilt.

  • By Lois on 04-02-13

A Great Historical Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

As I read this I couldn't resist looking the story up in the Bible. Lynn Austin brings to life the struggle for faith that Hezekiah had as he stood for God in the midst of a nation that turned to many other religions and philosophies. She also clearly shows the cruelty of the Assyrian Army and the fear they put in the people. In the midst of all this she intwines a story of God's redemption.

  • Gods and Kings

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

Shortly after the death of King Solomon in 931 B.C., the Promised Land is divided into two separate nations: Israel in the north, and Judah in the south. Hezekiah is the second son of King Ahaz of Judah. As he comes to power, he must navigate a troubled path to reunite his wayward people with Yahweh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing Book, Not Just for Female Readers

  • By Wolfpacker on 08-25-08

Made My Husband Check Out the Bible Story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Ms. Austin did a great job of showing how the struggle to be faithful in righteousness in history is not much different than today. The narrator has a gruff voice that sometimes reminds me of Veggie Tale characters.

  • A Dangerous Engagement

  • The Regency Spies of London, Book 3
  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Just as merchant's daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone's country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone's handsome guests catches Felicity's attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why, WHY do they keep using this narrator?!?

  • By kandemc on 10-09-17

Another Melanie Dickerson Fairytale

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I love Melanie Dickerson's writing. This historical romance is set in the 1810s. She continues the story with Julia and Liora's friend Felicity finding her own adventure and romance even though she has no dowry. The author kept me in suspense as to how and when Felicity would be rescued.

  • A Viscount's Proposal

  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Leorah Langdon has no patience for Regency society's shallow hypocrisy and unnecessary rules, especially for women. She's determined to defy convention by marrying for grand passion instead of settling for a loveless union like her parents - or wedding a stuffy, pompous gentleman like Edward, the Viscount Withinghall. But when a chance meeting in the countryside leads to Leorah and Withinghall being discovered in his overturned carriage, the ensuing gossip may force them together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Edward voice

  • By Ben on 03-05-17

A Delightful Pride and Prejudice Plot

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I loved listening to this story with a Jane Austen plot since I am a great Jane Austen fan. While the plot is the same, the story is expounded and delightful, adding some suspense and enough change to keep it interesting. Melanie Dickerson has a gift of taking a familiar story and changing it enough to keep me guessing. I highly recommend this book. The narrator is good at changing voices for each character and giving expression but her male voices are a little rough.

  • The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Jay O'Shea
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave's game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave's game.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator makes this book almost painful to listen to.

  • By J. Hamilton on 06-09-15

Great story Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

What did you like best about The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest? What did you like least?

I loved Melanie Dickerson's version of the Swan Princess bringing a modern issue into the story.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way Melanie Dickerson brought God's redemption of bad situations into the story. The fact that she let her characters give God the credit was a joy.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jay O'Shea’s performances?

No, I will avoid her narration.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, I would!

Any additional comments?

She brings the modern issue of the sex trade into the story.

  • Cheaper by the Dozen

  • By: Frank B. Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  • Narrated by: Dana Ivey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

No growing pains have ever been more hilarious than those suffered loudly by the riotous Gilbreth clan. First, there are a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration: Slighty Less Annoying than Fruit Flies

  • By Stephanie L. Thompson on 09-07-14

A Family Classic

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

My family has enjoyed this book for years. Two of the Glbreth children share the great stories of how their efficiency expert dad an psychologist mom decided to have twelve children and raise them efficiently by the dad and sympathetic by the mom but definitely lovingly by both.

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