Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review: Love in Every Stitch

Lee Gant shares her stories of knitting and healing in Love in Every Stitch. Gant tells the reader parts of her personal journey and how knitting saved her life. Along the way, she invited others to share their stories.

Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and HealingKnitting, like reading, can be very addicting, healing, relaxing, and exciting. It's a past time that can take you places because readers and knitters also want to know and share with others around them. Just as I want to knit one more stitch, I want to read more page, or listen to one more minute in my audiobook. Love in Every Stitch was a difficult book to set aside for other activities that needed my attention.

I wanted to read Love in Every Stitch to know more about the knitting community. I consider myself a beginning knitter. My great-grandmas knitted dishcloths and I adored those dishcloths. After several years, I found friends who knit, I found the pattern online, and I learned to knit! It's been very rewarding to make those dishcloths for myself and for others.

Dawn Harvey shared Lee Gant's stories on audiobook. I felt that Harvey's voice fit very well with the tone of the book. Her voice reminded me of a mother or grandmother sharing a story. This is a non-fiction biographical book, so dynamic flare was not needed and I think Harvey captured the emotions well. I would listen to Dawn Harvey again, as well as a another story by Lee Gant. If you enjoy knitting or biographies, I would highly recommend Love in Every Stitch.

Reviewed from an Audiobook Jukebox copy. Thank you, Blackstone Audio!

I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Jukebox for an honest review.

Audio Book Details...
Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing by Lee Gant
Read by Dawn Harvey
 Produced by Blackstone Audio
Number of Discs: MP3 download (32 parts)
Total Time: 5.6 Hours
ISBN: 9781481529341

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Review: Answers to Your Questions About Heaven

David Jeremiah is well-known speaker, pastor, and broadcaster. He is a pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church and founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries. Although he is a familiar on-air voice, he did not narrate his book, Answers to Your Questions about Heaven. The book was narrated by Bob Souer.

Answers to Your Questions about Heaven by David Jeremiah reviewed on Adolescent Audio AdventuresThis is a book of firsts for me - the first book by David Jeremiah and the first book I've heard read by Bob Souer. The narration was well done. The format is questions and answers. The questions read with good pauses before the answers were presented. Souer's voice was an easy listen. Every once in a while, it felt like a computer narration, but not for long sections. Souer has a very straightforward approach to reading an audiobook. I would listen to him again.

The content of Answers to Your Questions about Heaven was okay. Jeremiah talks about heaven, angels, demons, and the millennium. The most thoughtful section of the book was when he answered questions about angels. To briefly sum up, our impressions of angels are vastly different from how they are described in the Bible. I would agree. For the most part, the millennium section stood out because it was a very different take on the end times and heaven. I know people have questions about heaven and I appreciate Jeremiah sharing Bible verses with the readers.

I was intrigued by the questions shared in the Answers to Your Questions about Heaven, but I would not need to read it again. This book made me go back to Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Faith builds hope and trust and removes worry. So I don't need to worry about heaven. God has kept his promises for ages past and I know he will keep his promise of heaven to me.

I received this audiobook for free from christianaudio for this review.

Audio Book Details...
Answers to Your Questions About Heaven by David Jeremiah
Read by Bob Souer
Produced by
Number of Discs: MP3 download (18 parts)
Total Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Release Date: April 16, 2015
ASIN: B00W851PF4

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: Gettysburg Address & Emancipation Proclamation

Have your read the Gettysburg Address? Or the Emancipation Proclamation? For myself, it's been a while since I've dived into these historical documents. I think the only time I've been asked to read these pieces was during my high school American History class. It was good to hear Abraham Lincoln's words again. The Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation were shared during 1863, but both pieces are still shared and talked about because of their significance in American history.

Adolescent Audio Adventures reviews Gettysburg Address & Emancipation Proclamation Audiobook

Robertson Dean narrated both pieces on one CD. Each piece is very short and to the point. Dean read them on the CD rather than performed, proclaimed, or reenacted them. He reminded me of how a professor or teacher with a pleasing voice would share these during class. Dreamscape Media added a bit of music at the beginning and the end of the CD which was fun. The music was very appropriate and early American sounding with drums and winds.

I think students or history lovers would enjoy listening to this audio CD. It would work well in a classroom setting or a quick audio on the way to school.

Reviewed from an Audiobook Jukebox copy. Thank you, Dreamscape Media, LLC!

Audio Book Details...
Gettysburg Address & Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln
Read by Robertson Dean
Produced by Dreamscape Media, LLC
Number of Discs: 1
Total Time: 9 minutes
ISBN: 1633796833

Friday, June 5, 2015

Audies 2015

Are you familiar with the Audies? The Audies are awards given by the Audio Publishers Association, or the APA. Audiobooks from nearly 30 different categories are narrowed down to a short list of finalists. The finalists are announced in February and the winners are announced at the Gala on May 28, 2015. The Armchair Audies are audiobook enthusiasts who listen to the finalists in each category and cast a vote for the winner.
I listened to one of the youth categories - Children's for Ages Up to 8. I listened to five out of the six titles before the Gala. My top picks that I thought would win were H.O.R.S.E. and Deep in the Swamp. This year's winning title for Children's for Ages Up to 8 is ... H.O.R.S.E.!

For a complete listing of the 2015 Audie winners, check out the Audio Publishers Association press release.
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