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  • Bubbly Schnitzel

  • International Adventures, Book 2
  • By: Meg D. Gonzalez
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
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Social butterfly and closet bookworm Julia Carter is smart enough to trick her parents into sending her to Germany for the semester, but she would never let those smarts show. It wouldn’t be good for her bubbly reputation. With its antique houses and castle atop the hill, Marburg looks like it stepped straight out of a Grimm brothers’ fairy tale. Yet, life in this little German town is no fairy tale at all - starting with the girls at school. When Julia’s offered an internship she can’t pass up, she begins the treacherous game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story from this author!

  • By Maria on 18-08-2019

Another great story from this author!

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Reviewed: 18-08-2019

I am reviewing the audio version of this book!


I totally loved this book. Having read book 3 Salty Crisps, I was anxious to hear Julia’s story. It did not disappoint. The book got and held my interest from the get go. I alternated from wanting to hug Julia, to wanting to shake her and tell her to be herself.
Lots of issues were tackled in this story. The author of these books writes in such a way though, that you don’t realise the issues are being tackled until you stop and think. This is a wonderful way to reach people, especially the intended audience which is young adults.
I love the way the author portrayed blind people as being capable and confident. As a blind person myself, I appreciate this.
The narration was good. The British accent sounded a bit like a south african accent at times, but still was a very good effort.
I am highly recommending this book, and not just for young adults, but all women who love a good story with a great message.

  • Out of Time

  • Out of Africa Series, Book 2
  • By: Michele Pollock Dalton
  • Narrated by: Rick Barr
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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When forever isn't long enough. In the second book of the Out of Africa series, John and Catherine embark on the first exciting steps of their journey together as husband and wife. As billowing storm clouds gather on the horizon, the newlyweds face a challenging season of doubt, discouragement, and despair. Will John’s new found faith survive the test of adversity; and, can Catherine regain her confidence in the faithful, unfailing love of God?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another fantastic story!

  • By Maria on 28-07-2019

another fantastic story!

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Reviewed: 28-07-2019

Another fantastic story.
I really enjoy these characters, and was happy that wE get to spend more time with John and Catherine, and Mavis and Lloyd.
Mavis reminds me of some elderly ladies I know.
I think every good story has to have a meddling busybody who means well, but usually messes up.
Seriously though, there were a lot of tough issues in this story and i think they were really well handled. They weren’t glossed over, or made light of. But examined with a christian world view. solutions weren’t easy to come by. Sometimes things remained unresolved. I love the way the characters don’t yet have all the answers. They have their times of great faith, but also great doubt. It keeps the story real and believable, and gives us readers something to relate to.

I will be anxiously awaiting for the next book. The audio version of out of desperation.
The Narration was wonderful as usual. The narrator did really well giving all the characters a voice.

Great job.

loved every minute of it.


  • Out of the Ashes

  • Out of Africa, Book 1
  • By: Michele Pollock Dalton
  • Narrated by: Rick Barr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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Love forged in the fire and founded on faith. John Brandt is a man on the edge of professional burnout and personal self-destruction. Can the sweet innocence of the new neighbor help Johnny find the peace he has been seeking so desperately? Fragile Catherine Kavanagh is grieving and alone with nothing but faith and determination to sustain her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow ! Truly wonderful!

  • By Maria on 26-07-2019

Wow ! Truly wonderful!

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Reviewed: 26-07-2019

All I can say is wow!
This novel was spectacular. A truly wonderful story.
I found myself smiling, then in tears several times throughout.
I loved watching John’s journey to faith, and absolutely fell in love with Catherine.
There was nothing about this novel i did not like.
Very well written and narrated.
The scripture references were great and fit in very well with the story.
All the characters in fact were amazing.
I am not sure what else to say, accept great job and I look forward to reading more works from this author.

I initially got a free code for this book, but liked it so much I purchased it and the next one in the series, so i could sink it with whatever device i was near at the time.
I have just finished out of the ashes and am about to start out of time.
I really, really, hope there will be more audio books in this series. I could purchase the kindle version, but listening to the mechanical voice of the Kindle version, will be a poor substitute indeed to the wonderful narration. So, once i have finished out of time, I will wait a while to see if any other audio books hopefully are released.

  • Forever and Ever, Amen

  • A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life
  • By: Randy Travis, Ken Abraham - contributor
  • Narrated by: Rory Feek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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Beloved around the world, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel and is considered one of the finest performers of his generation, admired by superstars across the musical landscape, from Garth Brooks to Mick Jagger. From a working-class background in North Carolina to a job as a cook and club singer in Nashville to his "overnight success" with his smash 1986 album Storms of Life - which launched the neotraditional movement in country music - Randy’s first three decades are a true rags-to-riches story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, and inspiring!

  • By Maria on 23-06-2019

Wonderful, and inspiring!

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Reviewed: 23-06-2019

This was a totally awesome story. What made it all the more wonderful, was that it was a true story. The fact that God was always helping and pursuing Randy shone through. Having a disability myself, I could identify somewhat with the last part of the story, and even then, Randy didn’t give up. God was always with him, no matter what.
The Narration by Rory Feek was wonderful. I often forgot the story was being narrated, it sounded so real.
I didn’t get the PDF that came with this audio book as my screen reader doesn’t always read pdf’s very well, but listening to the little notes between chapters prompted me to google Rory and i see he has narrated some other books.

This book moved me, made me smile, and left me feeling uplifted and inspired to hold on to God no matter how tough things get.

Would highly recommend.

  • His Scottish War Bride

  • By: Pamela Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Fine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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As a motorcycle dispatch rider in London during World War II, Maggie Cameron faced her share of dangerous situations. Yet none filled her with as much dread as the thought of moving to America to join her GI husband, John MacPhee, after having been separated for six months. Life in the orderly MacPhee household has been completely upended since John’s return from the war. His father’s sudden injury puts John in charge at work and at home, leaving little time for battle scars to heal. Will Maggie forgive him for dragging her away from the country she loves and into his chaotic life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful story.

  • By Maria on 16-06-2019

Another wonderful story.

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Reviewed: 16-06-2019


I totally love this story. The characters were lovable and wonderful as usual the narration was top-notch she did all the accents very well in my opinion. The story had a great message, about war and lots of other things. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Christmas at Mountain Mist

  • By: Pamela Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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Dr. Brady Thomasson has his hands full. Christmas is two days away, and he’s the physician in charge at Lilac’s senior living community. A mysterious illness, blizzard conditions, and a skeleton staff would be enough to keep even the most seasoned medical professional on his toes. Will the unexpected arrival of his former girlfriend distract him from his duties?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful read, like the rest of the series!

  • By Maria on 14-06-2019

Wonderful read, like the rest of the series!

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Reviewed: 14-06-2019

This novella was another great edition to this series of books. I have read and enjoyed all the novels and novellas set in Lilac so far.

The 2 main characters Brady and Camille, were totally lovable as usual, but even more so were the antics of the residents of Mountain mist. There were some laugh out loud moments in this book, and even some suspense.
As usual the narration was spot on.
I hope to see more of mountain mist in future novels. Some of the seniors reminded me vividly of the senior people in my life.
I would highly recommend this book.

  • Mercy Me

  • By: Pamela Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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Lilac. Where paths cross, sparks fly, and love blooms. Bridal dress designer Chloe Belmont can't believe her good luck. She's been invited to participate in a charity bridal vendor auction for the daughter of a Wall Street billionaire. Maybe now the women of Lilac will finally appreciate her dress designs. New York executive Luke Stratford can't figure out why his billionaire boss has sent him to keep Chloe Belmont away from his daughter's bridal vendor auction. What should've been a simple business negotiation turns personal when Luke realizes he has feelings for Chloe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a wonderful story!

  • By Maria on 10-06-2019

a wonderful story!

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Reviewed: 10-06-2019

This was another great audio novella. It was so interesting, it actually felt longer than it was. The author did a wonderful job getting all the information in to a book of that length. I didn't feel like i was missing out at all. I hope we meet the characters again along the way. It takes a good author, to get a message across, and to deliver an enjoyable story in just under 3 hours or so of audio.

Well done.


  • The Glassblower

  • The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
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In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great trilogy

  • By Sandra Petretich on 30-05-2017

Totally loved this book.

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Reviewed: 24-09-2018

I totally enjoyed this book. I found it extremely hard to put this book down. I enjoyed learning all about the history of where the sisters lived. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I also loved the way the artistic process was described in detail. All in all a very enjoyable story.

  • All Things Hidden

  • By: Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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Gwyn Hillerman acts as a nurse at her father's medical practice in 1935 rural Alaska. Her family life has been rough ever since her mother, hating Alaska, took Gwyn's younger sister back to Chicago to live. Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after he loses an affluent patient. In a snowball effect, he then loses his engagement to Gwyn's sister, Sophia. When the government decides to send a group of families to Alaska in hopes of making a better life, Dr. Hillerman sends a letter urging Jeremiah to join his practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book.

  • By Maria on 13-08-2018

Love this book.

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Reviewed: 13-08-2018

I loved everything about this book, even though I live in Australia, I felt like I was in the territory of Alaska. The characters were totally lovable, yet totally human. I was sad when this story ended. Highly recommend.

  • In Dreams Forgotten

  • Golden Gate Secrets, Book 2
  • By: Tracie Peterson
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
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Judith Gladstone came to San Francisco after her parents died to find her last living relative, an aunt she has never met. Instead she has fallen head over heels in love with Caleb Coulter, her friend's brother. Caleb has promised to help Judith find her aunt, but she can tell he thinks of her only as a friend, and she struggles to hide her feelings. When Caleb traces Judith's aunt to the wealthy Whitley family, Judith is reunited with her long-lost relatives. The truths she learns about her past and her parents are shocking and overwhelming, however, and the more she gets to know her new family, the more danger she uncovers. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful read cant wait for the next book. . .

  • By Maria on 07-08-2018

Wonderful read cant wait for the next book. . .

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Reviewed: 07-08-2018

I loved this book and the one previous. I thought I knew who the bad guys were but the author kept me guessing. I totally loved the characters and an clad there's at least another book to go. I also loved the lessons and messages sprimkled throughout the story. Overall, a wonderful read and I am waiting for the next installment.