Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hacker by Ted Dekker Ebook Review

Hacker (The Outlaw Chronicles #3)

Hacker by Ted Dekker

From Amazon:

My name is Nyah and I'm a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn't exist, but do. 

Seventeen year old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world's largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong she's plunged into a desperate situation with only one way out: one last hack that will either save her or kill her. 

So begins Hacker, a modern day parable that examines the staggering world around us, the seen and unseen, and reminds us that there's far more to who we are than meets the eye.

My Take:  This is another great book by Ted Dekker.  The book starts with a bang with Nyah trying to Hack into a company and things go bad and Nyah finds out some things that are secret.  She is trying to make some money to help with the care of her mother.  She goes to meet her friend who has cancer and he tells her about an experiment he has been conducting and how it could change both of their lives.  The rest of the book is the wild ride that follows.  Great suspense and thrill ride.  Dekker at his best. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Spotlight of A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford, #5)

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

From Good Reads.com

In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie?

Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier. But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time. In 1908, Colonel Crawford's regiment discovered that it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people in India and England yet was never brought to trial. In the eyes of many of these soldiers, men defined by honor and duty, the crime was a stain on the regiment's reputation and on the good name of Bess's father, the Colonel Sahib, who had trained the killer.

A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying Indian sergeant that the supposed murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive—and serving at the Front. Bess cannot believe the shocking news. According to reliable reports, Wade's body had been seen deep in the Khyber Pass, where he had died trying to reach Afghanistan. Soon, though, her mind is racing. How had he escaped from India? What had driven a good man to murder in cold blood?

Wanting answers, she uses her leave to investigate. In the village where the first three killings took place, she discovers that the locals are certain that the British soldier was innocent. Yet the present owner of the house where the crime was committed believes otherwise, and is convinced that Bess's father helped Wade flee. To settle the matter once and for all, Bess sets out to find Wade and let the courts decide.

But when she stumbles on the horrific truth, something that even the famous writer Rudyard Kipling had kept secret all his life, she is shaken to her very core. The facts will damn Wade even as they reveal a brutal reality, a reality that could have been her own fate.

It's Monday What are You Reading?


It's Monday What are You reading? is a great weekly Meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and loving or not loving.  Warning your TBR list will surely grow.

According to my blog posts I have not participated in this meme for almost a year.  Wow I knew it had a been awhile but I didn't think it had been that long.

Any way since I have been completely slaking off I totally missed mentioning on my blog that June was Audio Book Month.  So I did a few audio book discussion question from past audio book weeks on the blog.  I also posted a new audio book review.  I have quite a few books that I need to write reviews up for so maybe I will get caught up soon.

Any way on the Blog Last Week.
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Adventures in Odyssey Adventure Club

Child of Mine

Mini Review and Book spotlight of Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis

Book Review of The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl

Audio Book Review of Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl by Jase Robertson and Mark Schlaback

Current Reads are in the Sidebar

Coming up on the Blog this Week

A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford, #5)

Book spotlight of A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

Penny Wise

Book Review of Penny Wise by Neta Jackson and Dave Jackson

Coming Up

What Strange Creatures

What Strange Creatures by Emily Arsenault

The Butterfly and the Violin (Hidden Masterpiece, #1)

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale #3)

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Audio Book Discussion 5

Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us! We’d particularly love to know what narrators or publishers are active in social media or do a great job communicating with listeners.

I usually learn about great audiobook titles from other bloggers, publisher's emails, new arrival lists at Audible. 

I buy my audiobooks from Audible.com.  I have the 2 credit a month plan.  I also get books occasionally from the library but it is a very small selection.  I do reviews for Audiobook Jukebox, Simon and Schuster, Christianaudio.com.  I use to belong to Christianaudio.com but decided I would rather up my credits on Audible.  I have used Librivox in the past and just recently have gotten my husband to listen to Shakespeare on it. 

I receive an email from Simon and Schuster every month with a list of books available.  I also get an email from Christianaudio.com twice a month with two books to choose from (I need to review one book every 3 months to stay in the program).  I haven't really had much contact with narrators but am open to explore this area. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Audio Book Discussion 4

What do you do while you listen? Any particular tasks or games that you find amazing for audio time?

 I find that I am like many other audio book fans.  I listen while I drive to work.  Since we live in the country and basically have to drive 1/2 to go into Lancaster I usually have an hour whenever I go anywhere.  I have about a 35-45 minute drive to work four days a week so that is about an hour and a half a day .  I listen occasionally while I am on the computer if I am really caught up in a book.  I don't listen often while I do housework but I have started doing it more.  I always listen for at least a half an hour before I go to sleep.  I make sure it is something that doesn't have to much action to it.  That does the opposite of what I want which is to relax.  I have played Candy Crush Saga while listening a few times but there again I was really into the book. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Audio Book Discussion 3

Current/most recent audiobook:

The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work

Current/most recent favorite audiobook:

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club (The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club, #1)

Listened to this book because my hubby and I are going to see the play that is based on this book.  I have the next in the series but have to decide when it will come in order to listen to it. 

Confessions of a Murder Suspect (Confessions, #1)

This was one of this summer's Sync titles.  I was so excited to see a James Patterson title being offered this year.  I enjoyed this book alot even though it is considered YA. 

Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:

I don't have a new narrator that I have discovered.  I do like Davina Porter and I hope to get to the last couple books of the Outlander series in the near future. 

One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist:

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

another Sync title  really looking forward to listening to this

Gone Girl

have had this in my audible library for awhile but just haven't gotten to it. 

Audio Book Review of Good Call by Jase Robertson and Mark Schlaback read by Jase Robertson and Missy Robertson

Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl

Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family and Fowl by Jase Robertson and Mark Schlaback
Read by Jase Robertson and Missy Robertson

From Goodreads.com
The closer we look at the Robertson family, the more we discover the substance and authenticity below the surface of these well-known TV characters. In this enlightening book, Jase Robertson gives us a deep look behind his funnyman exterior. In addition to stories of life in the Robertson family and epic tales of hunting of all kinds, readers will get an inside look at Jase 's personal faith in the Creator of the outdoors he so dearly loves: 

My first thoughts about God came in a duck blind as I gazed upon the diversity and beauty of creation. There is nothing in nature that can be reproduced or equaled by humans. None of our computers, microchips, or cell phones can duplicate what God has put forth. Viewing the details of this magnificent earth is better than any sermon from any preacher I have heard about the evidence of God. 

More than a behind-the-scenes look at this beloved Duck Dynasty character, readers will be inspired and encouraged to implement Jase good call reflections on faith, family, and fowl into their own lives.

My Take:  Although I don't regularly watch Duck Dynasty I have enjoyed listening to all the books that the Robertson's have released over the last year or so.  This book is no exception.  I enjoyed listening to Jase's and Missy's story.  The part I especially liked was how they handle the knowledge of Mia's special needs and how they eventually helped other families in the same situation.  All of the Robertsons seem to be exceptionally nice people and they are people that I would like to know.  I like the way that they always turn to God in whatever situation they find themselves in.  Even though they are well off now it wasn't always that way and they seek out the Lord in all their situations.  Jase seems to have always had a good solid foundation and was always trying to witness to others.  He even relays a story of when he had a confrontation with a girl's boyfriend and he witness to him in the midst of everything.  That boyfriend ended up coming to church and getting baptized and is now a good friend of the family's.  This book is just packed full of similar stories.  I think you would like this book if you are a fan of the show Duck Dynasty or you just want an uplifting experience. 

Audio:  I sometimes like it when authors read their own books especially in the situation like this.  I thought that Jase and Missy did a good job of narration but you could tell that they aren't professionals.  

I received a review copy of this audio book from Simon and Schuster Audio in exchange for my honest opinion. 

The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the book: 

Naomi King, soft spoken, loyal, and easily overlooked, has a gift. She sees what others can't see. Intuition, she calls it. Others in Stoney Ridge don't know what to make of it and dismiss her hunches and inklings altogether.

When a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with a shocking secret about Tobe Schrock, Naomi fears the worst. She can't ignore the feeling that something sinister is at work--- something more than a threat to the tenuous love begun between her and Tobe.

As signs mount, they begin to point to Jake Hertzler, the elusive mastermind behind Schrock Investments' downfall. Soon, events spiral hopelessly out of control and Naomi must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/ywEHT 

About the author: 

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.

Download Suzanne's free app! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi

Find Suzanne online: websiteTwitterFacebookPinterest

My Take:  This is another great installment in the series The Inn at Eagle Hill.  I enjoyed revisiting the characters that live in and around The Inn.  This is the third book in the series and the final book.  Although you don't have to read the other two books to enjoy this book you will want to read them just so you can enjoy these characters that much more.  There are many twists and turns in this book and many of the issues are resolved in ways that you will find enjoyable.  I was kept guessing about alot of the situations that I had no idea how they were going to be resolved but was happen with the resolutions.  I did not want to see this series end as I have grown to love these characters.  A must read for anyone who enjoys Amish fiction. 

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Audio Book Discussion 2

How do You Choose Your Audiobooks?
How do you decide what you’ll listen to? Do you mostly listen, or split time between listening and reading? Particularly if you split time, how do you decide what you’ll consume in audio and what in print? 

Most of the time I decide what books to listen to depending on what I am in the mood for.  I have been doing quite a bit more audio books for review lately so I will admit I feel a need to listen to those books sooner than later but I have decided that I will listen to one of my personal books before I go to sleep at night.  I split time between print and audio but audio seems to have gotten alot more time this year.  I think this is because I can consume audio so much easier as I can multitask.  There are certain books that I prefer in audio like James Patterson books and The Outlander Series but I am also an equal opportunity reader/listener of other genres like Amish fiction (my husband enjoys these books too so I will get alot of them) .  Lately whenever I see a book that caught my eye on the blogosphere I will quite often check to see if it is on audio and see if I can get it for review or I will put it on my wishlist on Audible and use one of my credits for it the next time my credits are renewed. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Audiobook Discussion Number 1

Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience. 

I have been listening to audio books steadily since 2006 when my Husband bought me a MP3 player that came with a trial membership to Audible (because I had mentioned that I wanted to fill my 1/2 hour one way commute time more constructively) and I haven't turned back since (I actually wore that MP3 player out.  I use my phone most of the time for listening now).  I generally listen in the car but I do occasionally listen while I am doing stuff on the computer .  I also use my audible app to listen before bed as I can set the app to go off by itself.  I also listen while I am walking  for exercise.  I actually like to listen to longer books most of the time. I think I like to listen to longer books because that way I can read shorter books and get more read that way.  I have listened to most of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I listened to Under the Dome by Stephen King.  I have to the first  Game of Thrones book. and I need to schedule the next ones in the Outlander series and the Game of Thrones series.  It was a little difficult to listen to the Game of Thrones because so many of the names sound alike.   I almost exclusively listen to James Patterson books on audio, They make a good filler book as I will quite often take a break in the middle of the longer books and listen to a shorter book. I also like to listen to Ted Dekker  books on audio. I have noticed that I also like to listen to biographies and autobiographies on audio and it is usually a plus when the book is read by the person it is about (I listened to two books read by Carol Burnett and one read by Kristin Chenowith)  One series of books that did not work for me on audio was The Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke.  I didn't like the recipes read to me.  They are a more visual experience for me.