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  • The Scarlet Virgins: When Sex Replaces Salvation

  • By: Rebecca Lemke
  • Narrated by: Thomas J. Lemke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

 The Scarlet Virgins is a memoir of Rebecca's journey through the ramifications of spiritual abuse and purity culture, her wrestling with the temptation of apostasy, and the descent of herself and others into the depths of addiction, alcoholism, anorexia, depression, self-harm, and suicide.    

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty stunned

  • By Jo B. on 10-17-18

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

First, let me say this author is brave to speak out about her pain, and while she didn’t divulge too much detail about the abuse she and her fellow purity survivors suffered, it appears to have left a scar on her heart. While I don’t agree with some of what she says, namely I don’t believe sex outside of marriage is a sin, and while I think that abstinence among youth should be practiced, mostly for the reasons I’ve represented in my own book, Twisted Faith, I do not believe that sex between two, mature, consenting adults is wrong. I do believe that casual sex should be avoided, even among adults. Some may consider me a heretic, but I also don’t believe same-sex partnership is wrong. after all, we are created by God and if God thought it was wrong, why did He make them that way? I know many same-sex couples who are better marriage partners than heterosexual partners.
While I consider myself a strong Christian and try to live my life and parent my children and grandchildren in the ways God would want us to live our lives—clean, honest, and helping others, I do not believe the Bible is completely infallible. And the reason I believe this is that the Bible is written by human hands with tales handed down generations. As with any story told years after its occurrence, facts and events tend to get twisted. Simply put, humans are subject to err. Otherwise we would call ourselves perfect, which we are not. I do believe the Bible should be used as a strong guide to history and to what God wants from us.
My father was a kind man and would give someone the shirt off his back if they needed it. However, he was also an alcoholic and would get belligerent and angry when he’d consumed too much alcohol. He never spoke to us about church or God and, to the best of my knowledge, never stepped a foot inside a church except at the marriages of my two sisters. Despite this, when he passed, and I had difficulty accepting his death, God allowed my father to cross the spiritual realm and hug me goodbye. Others might consider him a sinner, but I considered him a man to look up to. He taught us to be honest, look out for others, and be moral people. I know that despite all his sins, he has found a place in heaven with Jesus.
What all that said, I have not let these differing opinions influence my review. I’m rating this with four stars because the author has put a lot of thought into what she believes. The book is well-written, the context flows well, and her thoughts are clear. Even though I do not completely agree with what she says, she is steady in referencing the source of her belief. At the end of the book she has listed reference materials that sound interesting. I’ve written them down and plan to check them out further.
The book is narrated by the author’s husband, who does a great job. His voice is strong and clear and he reads with confidence. The only problem I had with the narration is that most of the story is told in first person. In a few portions of the book, having a male narrate as a female voice in a non-fiction story got confusing, and I had to remind myself this was a female’s story. **I was provided a free copy of this audio book for review purposes, which in no way influenced my opinion.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

This is an audio-enhanced version of Washington Irving's classic tale of horror and suspense, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - complete with sound effects and a musical soundtrack. It relates the story of Ichabod Crane, the lanky Tarrytown schoolmaster who is vying for the hand of the local beauty Katrina Van Tassel, along with local strongman and bully Brom Bones. After attending a party at the Van Tassels' one fall night, Crane learns of the legend of the mysterious and spectral Headless Horseman, who rides by night and terrorizes those who dare to travel Tarrytown by night. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sly, savvy, scary

  • By IndiaC on 09-07-18

A Timeless classic

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

If you're older than forty, you're likely familiar with this old tale. I've been around a while and have read this story and seen it performed a few times on stage. This is the first time I've listened to it. The cool sound effects give it a haunting feel. The narrator has a deep, professional sounding voice and speaks clear and strong. Sleepy Hollow fans will love listening to this. **I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this influence my opinion.

  • The Waiting Room

  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Ever since her husband’s death collided with the birth of her daughter, postpartum depression has taken hold of Veronica Shelton. She can’t sleep, can’t work, and can’t bear to touch her beautiful baby girl. Her emotional state is whispering lies in Veronica’s ear: You’re a bad mother. But not everything can be reasoned away by Veronica’s despair. Can it? After all, the break-in at her house happened. The disturbing sketches she found in her studio are real. So is the fear for her daughter’s safety — especially when Veronica comes home to a silent nursery and a missing baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthusiastic 5 well earned stars! Highly recommended.

  • By Tammy Mitchell on 09-24-18

Great suspense

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I love Emily Bleeker's stories, and this is one of her better ones. The pain of loss was so strongly portrayed that my heart ached for Veronica. You won't be sorry for listening to this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gold Dragon Caper: A Damien Dickens Mystery

  • Damien Dickens Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Phyllis Entis
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Derek Turpin is set on revenge, and no one is safe, least of all Damien and Millie. Yet, duty and friendship call, pulling the detective duo in opposite directions. While Damien is engaged in a race against time to rescue young Artie Sutherland, Millie goes to the aid of a sister-in-law she has never met. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Story!

  • By D. Sturgeon on 08-30-18

This is one suspenseful mystery!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Book 4 in the Dicken's detective duo brings Millie and Dick into my territory. I always love reading stories in locations with which I am familiar. Millie and Dick are down on luck, well, I'm not sure luck has much to do with it since the evil Derek Turpin is at it again. Not only do they have to deal with being broke, their agency in dire straits, homelessness, but also there's a rift between them due to a secret Millie's been holding back. Add to all these problems the fact that Millie's brother has gone missing, leaving a wife and infant child to fend for themselves, and Millie takes off for Las Vegas, unbeknownst to Dick, who finds out from Susan Sutherland. This is one suspenseful mystery with bad guys, long-lost family, a kidnapped child, a stolen gem, an ongoing rival, and lots of danger for both Dick and Millie. Author Entis writes well with a plot that is structured perfectly to move the story along without needing to fill it with extras to plod down the story line. Her characters are extremely likable, but free from perfection. If you like clean, cozy mysteries, you can stop looking; Phyllis Entis is your author. I listened in one day, eager to get to the end, even though I'd already read the book.Tom Lennon is back on the job narrating, and he does a wonderful job.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Joyride

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Carole and her lover thought they had committed the perfect crime, murdering Carole’s abusive husband and making it look like an accident. Unfortunately there was a witness, someone far more twisted than they are, with plans for a killing spree of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Volvos are not a joy to ride in

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-07-18

Outstanding everything

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This audio will give you chills. The suspense is fantastic, and the narrator did such a good job of portraying the psychopath that you might think he is one. You just know something bad is going to happen when he's watching the murdering lovers rid their lives of the scummy ex-husband. I loved Rule and his imperfect life that's dragging him down every day. The fact that he gets so involved with not only solving the crime, but in helping the true victim of the story makes him a likable character.. David Stifel's voice and mannerism reminds me of Dick Hill, so if you're a fan or this talented actor, you'll enjoy this book. This was my first experience with both the author and narrator, and I'd definitely listen to another. **I was offered a free review copy of this audiobook.

  • Sarah's Special Gift

  • A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho
  • By: Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Kashner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Sarah is a beautiful and successful dance teacher. She is deaf, but this does not stop her from living life to its fullest. While visiting the Roberts family, David finds himself entranced with this very special lady and ends up defending her honor several times. He finds Sarah has gone through many trials as she teaches him the importance of not dwelling on the past and how to love life. Meanwhile, David learns about the legend of the Bear Lake Monster and wonders why the community believes in such a thing. He is determined to prove there is no Bear Lake Monster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dance Teacher Finds Love in 1900's Idaho

  • By LilMissMolly on 10-02-18

Another great one.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I love how this author follow the lives of the people in her stories as she tells a different story each time. In Sarah's Special Gift, Sarah has moved to Bear Lake to setup a dance studio. Despite being deaf in a time where women were expected to stay home and be a wife and mother, Sarah shows tremendous strength in her determination to be an educated business-woman and overcoming her disability, making her a character young women can respect. I liked the references to Helen Keller which helps to educate younger readers, and also the way the author maintains strong morals and family values throughout her books. The legend of the Bear Lake monster and the way it affects the residents of Bear Lake is a cute side story. I actually looked it up; it's a real thing. You can find several websites that reference it. **I was offered a free book in exchange for an honest review, which in no way swayed my opinion of the author, narrator, or the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seed

  • By: Michael Edelson
  • Narrated by: Rob Zaleski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Fifty people go to sleep in their own beds and wake up in a compound in the middle of the jungle. Men and women from all walks of life with only one thing in common - none of them know where they are or how they got there. Alex is a paratrooper. Yael is a mathematician. Max is a law professor. They can't leave - a lethal barrier surrounds the facility, but no one knows if it's there to keep them in, or to keep something out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seed is everythin Wayward pines should have been.

  • By Brian Hook on 10-12-16

Original concept

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This story has all the makings of a great suspense novel. There's the hero, of course, who you just know will save the day, right? Or does he? I guess that would depend on what you consider saving the day. Then there's the macho guy you would expect who needs to be knocked down to size, the love interest to whom the hero must prove himself, the bad guys who think they're doing the right thing, and the good guys for whom you want to cheer. And as in any post-apocalyptic story, there is the sadomasochist who leads by torture and instills fear in all the rest of the people who are in shock by their confinement in unknown territory. Pay close attention in the opening scene because it will tie into the story near the end. I went back and listened to chapter one again. **Thank you, Michael for the free review copy. As always, I look forward to your novels.

  • Whisper Me This

  • A Novel
  • By: Kerry Anne King
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

Single mother Maisey Addington has always fallen short of her own mother’s expectations - never married, a bit adrift, wasting her high IQ on dead-end jobs. The only thing Maisey’s sure she’s gotten right is her relationship with her 12-year-old daughter, Elle…until a phone call blows apart the precarious balance of their lives. Maisey’s mother is in a coma, and her aging father faces charges of abuse and neglect. Back at her childhood home, Maisey must make a heartrending life-or-death decision. Searching for answers, Maisey uncovers one unspeakable secret after another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • drags on and on

  • By Ashley Marlaine Monica Hurn on 08-19-18

Do you really know your mother?

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

What if you found out your mother has been hiding a secret your entire life? What if you mother was dying and leaving you to deal with this secret, a secret for which you must seek out the truth? What if your father was slowly losing his cognitive abilities and needed round-the-clock care? And while all this was happening, your daughter's father is threatening you with a child-custody case? That's a lot of drama to deal with and keep your sanity. The author handles the juggling of these problems quite well in this story. There's a love story brewing in the background of all this and I found myself rooting for Tony. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic suspense.

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  • Black Shadows Under a Blood Moon

  • A Horror Short Story
  • By: Roma Gray
  • Narrated by: JD Kelly
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

One by one, cities have been falling to a terrorist attack. No one can stop the terrorists or figure out where the next attack will take place. All that is known is when the attacks start, the strange gas the terrorists use turns the moon a blood red, and black shadows of men and women are seen, slinking among the buildings. Yet, somehow, not a single survivor has managed to provide a solid description of the people attacking their towns. Most contribute this to the mysterious gas that seems to put the residence into a temporary psychotic state, but what if it’s something more than that? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy short story!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-20-18

Another great one

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I love Roma Gray's stories, and this one was no disappointment. The book has great suspense, and I found myself pausing and listening with an intent ear to see if the black shadows would be creeping in on the family. I'm glad I didn't listen to this earlier because we just had a blood moon and it would have freaked me out. A different narrator than most of her books, but JD Kelly still did an excellent job. If you're a fan of horror, you won't regret listening to this one. **I received a free review copy of this book, which in no way influenced my opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Freedom

  • The Zion Series, Book 1
  • By: Brittany Nicole Lewis
  • Narrated by: Rick Barr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Katie was born into a cult. Her family lived there for generations. As she got older, she realized the Elders were keeping secrets from the community. Risking everything, she leaves the cult and searches for the truth. With the help of outsiders, Katie and her young husband David are put in touch with an organization called Purple Haven, which provides medical care, shelter, counseling and job training to individuals who have escaped from cults. She soon discovers she’s pregnant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great start to this series

  • By I. Ray on 08-24-18

Inspiring story

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I really enjoyed Finding Freedom because I love to read about peoples' plights to escape a controlling environment. A warning to listeners/readers, this is heavy on Bible talk, so if you can't be objective in terms of religion, this book might not be for you. In this story, we learn about a family who turns their back on the Zion community when the teenage daughter falls in love with someone who would not be chosen as her soul mate. The story seems a little slow at times as we go through the daily lives of the characters. However, I don't believe the author is intending to entertain us with action and adventure. I admired the search to find the truth and love how the author made her characters realize how scriptures were twisted by the Zion community, to suit the prophets' own purpose. I would have liked to see more dialogue and action in the story, to delve deeper into the feelings of the characters. They were scared, and this was a life-changing decision for the family, but I didn't feel the panic they likely would have had, especially with the mother, who was regretting her decision to leave her son behind. I received a free review copy of the audio book, which in no way swayed my opinion.