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Lauren H.

Southwest Florida
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Amazing Grace!

Thanks to BraRysheyia Simpson for writing an intelligent, deep and personal book detailing her testimony on her road to salvation and love of Christ Jesus. Loaded with Scripture, Ms. Simpson rightly divides the Word of Truth.

A brave testimony by a lovely sister in Christ. I was very blessed by this book and had the pleasure of narrating it. I highly recommend it, especially for young Christians coming out of a lifestyle of post modernism into the Truth of the Savior.

A straight shooter, BraRysheyia goes right to Scripture and not her opinion as she goes through each point she is making.

A blessed book that can be listened to more than once. If you are a serious Christian who wants to learn, listen with pen and paper in hand to take notes. Thankfully, she uses a lot of Scripture and it's worth the time to write down the passages for further study.

Highly recommended for Christians of all ages and seekers who want to know more about this awesome God who has saved a people for His Glory!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Sufficiently wonderful!

This book is a real blessing. The story flowed well and had plenty of twists and turns to keep me hopping. Looking forward to Volume 2 from Jessica Grayson. I love her writing and the narration was delightful.

I highly recommend this audio book. Especially if you are looking for a clean book to read and can listen to with the kids..

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Great follow up to book 3 in the Conestoga Series

I'm really enjoying the Conestoga series by John Thornton! This is my favorite book in the series. I loved the narration and Sandie the A.I. coming into her own.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Stevie killed way too many brain cells

I have been a huge Nicks fan since I was a young girl, even dressing like Stevie at one point in my life, like most young girls my age. She was very charismatic as a performer. I did know, since I worked in the entertainment field, that the band had drug issues, relationship problems and a lot of fights, but I didn't realize that they were all out of their minds.

This book was a real eye opener. To take a look behind the so called glamour, doesn't seem glamorous at all. It sounds hellish. I'm glad Stephen Davis took quotes from the band members, Stevie herself and other close friends and coworkers. It really helped to hear honest statements and not just rumors. The book was pretty thorough and the narration was really well done.

I don't know how Stevie Nicks managed to keep as many assets as she has today. Her lack of knowledge about representation during her days with Fleetwood Mac was almost shocking. She seems to not have had any grasp of business decisions.

I know that's not her forte, but common sense was completely lacking. Fortunately, she was blessed with some people who saw that she was unwise and offered to help her out on the business side of things.

I get it... back in the 70's, almost every rich and famous rock star abused drugs and alcohol. The 60's and 70's were famous for it, and not just rock stars, but the culture, which was shaped by the music of the day. But Stevie, and all of the members of Fleetwood Mac should thank God today that they are alive and apparently very wealthy.

It sounds to me, that the author of this book is showing us what a lonely soul Nicks was. Going from lover to lover and fighting with band members all of the time doesn't sound very glamorous to me. And it's not. Living out of hotel rooms, no matter how elaborate, is a lonely life. I was especially saddened at the decision her and Henley made regarding the baby.

I respect Stevie Nicks as an artist and performer. However, her apparent lack of common sense really changes the way I feel about her, as far as wanting to be like her.
No thank you.

For us common people, this book show us that being a rock star is never as wonderful as it appears to us who never made it to the top. At one time, I wanted to and I am very, very glad I didn't make it there. I've seen it close up and it's an empty, lonely and selfish existence.

I pray for peace for all of the Mac members as they grow older, and hopefully, much wiser.
This is a great look into rock and roll insanity. Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Virginia Smith does it again!

The very talented Virginia Smith releases book 2 in her Sister to Sister series. All three sisters in the series have one book that focus specifically on them. This book is Allie's book. Allie is the sister who takes no guff and has a great sense of humor. But, her marriage to Eric has its' challenges. The pretty girl Eric works with seems to have an eye on him. Allie is also struggling with decisions on whether or not to be a career woman or a full time, stay at home mom. And, a surprise visit from her mother in law showing up (with suitcase in hand) causes even more stress in Allie and Eric's marriage.

Allie's sister's Joan and Tori are closer than ever to help her walk through this season of tough decision making. The characters from book one have returned and that makes for familiar personalities that we got to know in the first book. Lauren Holladay stays consistent with the voices from the first book. I think I even like it better than book one, which was great!

I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

I love this series!

Virginia Smith is one of my favorite authors. This third book in a series is not only very well written with fully developed characters, it's also hysterical! I had so much fun listening, I found myself laughing a lot. Tori Sanderson, the youngest of three sisters is a career girl. She's not interested in love. But, her two older sisters can't help but try to set her up with their favorite single guy, Ryan. But then there's that handsome devil Mitch who works with Tori... With her family and Ryan's family trying to get involved, Tori's head is in a spin. The ending was great. Well done Ms. Smith!

I've listened to the first two books, so listening in order is really worth it. Loved the narration. I highly recommend all three books. Book one: Stuck In the Middle. Book two: Age Before Beauty followed by this gem.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-17

I really like the story!

This is a very good story. Characters are developed well. The only problem was the narrator. While she has a lovely voice, I had a hard time distinguishing who the men were, and she sounded like she was trying to be sexy... which was NOT for this genre,

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

The Adventurers are back!

Jerome and Cammary are back in book 3, which has been my favorite one so far in the series. The pacing and narration are really good and Jerome and Cammary are starting to develop a relationship that goes deeper than friendship. Sandie the A.I. is also developing nicely and it seems like she will be a central figure in the coming books.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I liked the series...

I enjoyed the book and the series, but this last book was narrated poorly with a lot of noise in the background. When listening with earbuds, it's distracting and I couldn't make it through the book. I don't know how this got through ACX standards, but it's enough to give you a headache.

I suggest if you are a fan of this series, get it in electronic form, the production is sub standard.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-17

The Narrator saves the day!

I very rarely write a bad review, because I know that writers do pour their hearts into their stories. But this story was just plain weird. The main character Sarah has absolutely no common sense. It's hard to have respect for a character when she makes such insane decisions. I realize the author loves nature, I get that. I love it too...but really? She's got Sarah standing outside on a friend's porch in dangerous weather... and Sarah starts howling in the wind. I almost stopped listening at that point, but I had already listened to almost 11 hours, so, hey, why not finish? If I would see a real person in Canada in a dangerous storm, standing there howling in the wind, I would call the authorities, because obviously, she's not stable. Maybe our worldviews clash and this woman, who is probably pushing 50 goes from wife and mother to hopping in the sack with one guy she barely knows and another man, who I won't mention as I don't want to give away the story. If you hold to a liberal and pagan world view, then you will probably love this book.... for me, it's just dumb. Sarah is a loon, and Canada is probably the best place for her, as the country is full of loons (I don't mean the people, I mean the bird) I've got lots of Canadian people I love, so no slam on Canada.

I will say I was rooting for Sarah in the beginning of the story, but about half way through, she takes a hard left turn into a world I cannot understand. It's very pagan and if you're into that, well, you might like it. As a Christian...I was quite offended at the way she presented what Christmas is all about. It's about Jesus Christ, not about singing "This little light of mine"

Very much a humanist.

Tavia Gilbert, as always, is wonderfully stunning. She is the only reason I finished the book, she can make a nutty book worth listening to. I'll have to pass on Harman's other books. That's a shame because I love stories about midwives.

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