Audio books

Do you listen to audio books? I’ve just recently started doing this, and I’ve kinda gotten hooked. Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer reading paperback books. But this, of listening to audio books, gives me a way to ‘read’ while doing my work-sewing, desk work, etc.

One way to listen to audiobooks is through Audible, a website that is connected with Amazon, and I’ve gotten numerous audio books to listen to this way. I have the app on my phone. You can sign up for an account, but if you get fortunate, you can even get free books on occasion!

Let me tell you about a few…

One of the first ones I listened to was Distorted by Christy Barritt. This was the first I’d read of this series, and I am hooked! The narrator does a fantastic job on this one. The suspense is terrific! Here’s my review:

I loved this story!! This is a book I’ve wanted to read then when I searched on my library’s website, the audio version popped up, so I decided I’d experience this story in that way! And boy was I glad I did!
No matter how you choose to enjoy it, you won’t regret it, this story pulled me in from the very beginning! Tennyson, a SEAL, rescued Mallory when he completed his final mission, which also included killing the ‘bad guy’ (Torres), and Tennyson had personal reasons, too, for wanting revenge. And this is just the prologue!
On to the story–Two years later, they cross paths again. In spite of how much Mallory has changed and overcome her fears from that year she spent in captivity, Tennyson is immediately attracted to her.
Then he hears that rumors are flying about, and it seems that someone is out to harm her (is Torres dead, or isn’t he?!). Then he is asked to be her bodyguard.
Tennyson has guilt of his own, things that he’d rather forget. Mallory is trying to be strong on the outside, to show the world she has become stronger through her ordeals; that she’s more than just the spoiled socialite she used to be.
As the story progresses, more & more of their inner feelings are revealed, and you can’t help but love them. This is such a well-written novel, I felt their feelings, and the events right with them!
Action, decisions, fears, love, anonymous letters, near-misses, and more!
Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, an unexpected twist shows up–it completely surprised me! If you like Christian suspense, you won’t want to miss this one!

I’ve also found another favorite author this way. I think I found her book because I won an audible version in a giveaway or something. The book is Trial by Twelve by Heather Day Gilbert. Like the one I just mentioned, this is also not the first in the series, but I was forced (by myself, nobody else… 😉 ) to also read the first one in the series. Unfortunately, I read the first one, Miranda Warning, on my kindle app, and that reading experience was not quite as delightful as the other. (I’m not talking about the book, because the writing of it, and the suspense, all of it was super! I’m just talking about the experience of reading versus listening, especially because I’d had the privilege of hearing the other one, and yes, that is also one talented narrator. I will forever have that voice in my head as the main character’s voice!)And now there’s a third one coming out any day, and I can’t wait to read that one!

My review: This story is great! I love the setting, the author makes you feel as though you are there in Buckneck WV, and the characters feel like friends.
The mystery kept the story moving right along, and I had to keep listening-it was very compelling!
If you like Christian mystery/suspense novels, I recommend this one!

And one other author I’d like to recommend: Sherri Schoenborn Murray. I’ll be honest, I’d never even heard of her before, much less seen any of her books, but somehow, I don’t even remember how it happened, I think it must have been through an email newsletter that I’ve signed up to receive (or maybe a facebook group), somehow, I found out that she was looking for willing volunteers to listen to audio versions of her books. (What?! Who can refuse this! 🙂 )

The first book of hers I listened to was out of my normal reading genre, but it was absolutely fun, with unexpected twists and turns. I’m talking about her series that include The Piano Girl  and The Viola Girl. These are fairy-tale type of stories, set in some foreign land, in the 1800s. And they are unlike any other you’ve read! Full of details, from a first-person point of view, and so very well written! I think they’re geared toward young adults, and I think my girls will enjoy listening to them. (The only caution I would add is that there is some romance, including a few kisses mixed in, just so you know….)

Here’s my review for The Viola Girl:

This is an exceptional ‘fairy-tale’ Christian fiction!
Told in the first person, this is the story of Princess Wren.
Beginning when she’s a young girl, it goes through her life till she arrives at her own ‘happily-ever-after’.
I expected it to be a traditional, ‘normal’ fairy-tale, but was pleasantly surprised!
The characters include a delightful old viola teacher, a handsome young guard, giants and other villains, the betrothed prince, and more!
I found it full of twists and turns. Yes, although I found some parts were a bit predictable, overall, I found it very intriguing and delightful.
One of Wren’s earliest memories is seeing her beloved older sister and sent off to be married to some unknown gentleman. She is determined to see her sister again. Wren is independent and a bit headstrong. This story betrays how she learns important life lessons along the way.

This is my first introduction to this author, and I was enthralled by this book, and I will definitely read more of her work!
I believe this could also be classified as a Young Adult book, and have already encouraged my daughters to read it too!!
I received a complimentary audiobook version of this story, all opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

After listening to those two, I was also privileged to listen to another of her books, and this one is completely different from the first two. It’s a Christmas story, set in 1965–Heaven Sent. This story is a humorous Christmas romance, in a small town, filled with some of your normal small-town characters-town gossips, a single pastor, and then there were the choir girls. Although Christmas stories, are not necessarily my preferred reading, I did enjoy this book! I especially liked the fact that the author keeps you guessing until the last chapter! 🙂

In addition to audible, there is also another website (& app) that I’ve found called Christian Audio. If you set up an account with them, you can get one free audiobook each month from them. The free ones are not necessarily what I’d pick otherwise, but I have found them to be of interest. They are mostly nonfiction, inspirational, type of books. Some that I’ve gotten since I signed up earlier this year: Risen by Angela Hunt (like the movie made about Christ’s death, from the perspective of a Roman soldier); Everything is Possible by Jen Bricker; Between Heaven and the Real World by Steven Curtis Chapman; and Meet Martin Luther.

I started listening to Risen, but haven’t made it through, and have yet to listen to any of the others, so I’m not really giving them as a recommendation, just trying to show a bit of what they have available for free.

And one more…another series we’ve found enjoyable is the Sugar Creek Gang series. I’ve known of these books for most of my life, but hadn’t realized they also had audio versions. Upon the recommendation of a friend, we borrowed the audio version of a few books from this series from our local library and took them along on a road trip. It kept us entertained quite well for a large portion of the trip! 🙂

Last but not least, we enjoy listening to Adventures In Odyssey! They post a new episode online every day, that you can listen to, for free, and leave the link up for a week. It’s to the point where we are a bit excited if we stumble upon one we haven’t heard before. (Yes, certain of my family members particularly enjoy having them playing when there’s work to be done around the house–washing dishes, cleaning, etc. It makes the work go so much easier!)

What audiobooks or stories have you listened to? Any recommendations?!

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