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  • Taken By Storm

  • By: Kim Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Lives depend on two women when a train derails high in the remote Alps, but an unforgiving mountain, avalanches, crevasses, and other perils stand between them and safety. Associated Press reporter Hudson Mead is an extreme skiing enthusiast who has covered war zones and natural disasters during her long and distinguished career, but nothing could have prepared her for the challenges she'll face when the snow train she's riding is decimated by a massive avalanche.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • addictive listen

  • By Alice on 27-06-15

Wow, nail biting and beautifully written

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Reviewed: 10-09-15

I really enjoyed this book. The first one from this author for me and not the last. The story is fab from the start with a great story line and a brutal disaster that will keep you urging the characters on.

Highly recommended and a great performance by the narrator.

  • Jericho

  • By: Ann McMan
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an 18-month position in Jericho - a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned to the backcountry community to take over her late father's medical practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pent up frustration, anxiety much!!!

  • By seer on 16-02-15

A real treat and MUST have!

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Reviewed: 25-02-15

What did you like most about Jericho?

I can truly say I loved it all but most of all, the journey of Syd and Maddie and their path they found to each other, the friendships formed and on a personal note, for me the acceptance that came for Syd from her family. If that isn't enough of an emotional journey (and frustrating at times - in a good way), the friendships, humour (laugh out loud so don't be surprised if people start looking at you funny :-P) and other characters like David, Michael and all the other residents of Jericho will absolutely make you stay tuned until the will want more!!!! The narrator is also excellent and really brings the story to life.

What other book might you compare Jericho to, and why?

Snow Falls, from Gerri Hill. Similar journey to Syd and Maddie. A journey of meeting your should and life partner, the questions it raised about what you thought you knew about yourself and the joys of what happens next...

Have you listened to any of Christine Williams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, Aftermath, which is the follow up from Jericho and another MUST HAVE! As always she reads very well, really takes you on a journey through the book. The emotion that comes across in her voice when excitement, joy and sadness happens, really makes the characters come alive and pulls you in to the story. I have also just started listening to Hoosier Daddy and already cant stop listening.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

ABSOLUTELY! The humour is fantastic, you cant help but laugh out loud. Due to the book being so well written and narrated, you cant help but shed a tear every now and then and off course share in the joys of all the good stuff happening as well.

Any additional comments?

Overall Jericho was a fantastic book to listen to. The characters and their development is really wonderful. The journey of Syd and Maddie, absolutely beautiful and their lives entwined with all the characters in Jericho is a real treat. I don't want to give the plot away but all and all at the end I had to have more and went to buy Aftermath, the follow up to Jericho, immediately after.

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