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  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (734)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    I have loved this series from the beginning - especially the first 2 - and like most of her fans, I have awaited this last book for a VERY long time. Maybe, because of that, I was not happy about this book. 1) While I liked Sandra Burr for the most part, I totally HATED her portrayal of Ayla. I know that we always hear about Ayla's accent, but Burr's accent for Ayla made her sound stupid. It was a shock and I almost couldn't continue because of it.
    2) The story itself. I felt like there was a lot of repitition with the same story, or introductions or poems/songs being repeated in their entirety multple times. I think the Mother's Song lyrics had to be in there 5-6 times.
    3) There is also an incident with Ayla and Jondolar that formed the basis of the last quarter of the book that made me go, "WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?"
    4) There are also some wierd time gaps that occur. Jonayla seemed to go from suckling infant in one scene to horseback riding in the next scene. It was so jarring that it made me go back and relisten because I was sure I must have missed an entire chaper or section of the book. There are more gaps where entire years go by and the only transition is essentially, ".....and a year later...."
    5) I felt like there was just something missing from Ayla's character - somehow, she became "ordinary" in this book. Despite the fact that we kept being "told" how special she was, there was nothing she DID in this book that was particularly interesting, innovative or even good. If I would not have known her history, I would have asked, "What's all the fuss about?" The things that made her special or even spectacular in previous books were downplayed or non-existant.
    6) Finally, there was one "invention" that I kept expecting her to come up with and she never did. It is primed and set up for it to happen about 50 times in the book and never comes about. I don't want to say more lest I ruin the book for others, but I was disapointed overall.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1423)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Had unfulfilled potential."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    (SPOILER ALERT) HIGHLY Irritating character who is supposed to be an agent, but acts like and makes decisions like a "slow" 12-year old and then, in the last couple of chapters all of a sudden you get monsters 1000 years in the future. The story could have potentially been good, but the first 3/4 of the book was so irritating that it was almost impossible to keep going. The story in the last 1/3 was so reminiscent of the movie AI that it was like a mirror image.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (611)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Brilliant book. Amazing lessons"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I have never been so impressed with another person's words as I was with this 16-year-old "little girl" who is endowed with wisdom, thoughtfulness and an innocence that does not even remotely resemble naivete. She is quite simply a beautiful human being. The narrator was AMAZING for this piece. She brought a depth to the words that could not have been there by reading it yourself in your own voice (accent). This story is rich in history as well as rich in its basic lessons of humanity, peace, love, tolerance and so many of the virtues which we have forgotten or are going at too fast a pace to remember every day. I am in awe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (841)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Depressing."
    Overall
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    I read reviews about this book before purchasing it and they said that it was very funny. I have found it unbelievably depressing, monotonous, and even uninteresting in the extreme. I always try to finish any book that I buy out of respect to the time and work put in by the author, but this one has been almost impossible. I am forcing myself to listen each day. I am only an hour away from the end, but I just can't do it. I'm done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nutrition Made Clear

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roberta H. Anding
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (241)

    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    Angela says: "Needs a side book"
    "Excellent course, terrific presentation"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Professor Anding is terrific. She is extremely knowledgeable and interesting and I found this course very educational. I have listened to it twice already. She has a couple of sayings that she overuses a lot, but, other than that minor quirk, I loved the course.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (110)

    We all want to discover the secret to a long and healthy life. But how do you incorporate the secrets of personal wellness into the unique demands of your own schedule? What information would a knowledgeable and compassionate family physician offer someone looking for a reference guide to healthy living? These 36 comprehensive lectures offer you practical and expert advice that allows you to make your own personalized choices about healthy living, as well as ways to apply that knowledge to your lifestyle.

    Stephanie says: "There is no Bibliography"
    "Excellent. Intelligent."
    Overall
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    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Dr. Goodman was a great speaker. I loved his pace and his ability to speak in layman's terms without it sounding like he was talking down to you and at the same time, use correct terminology for those who DO want the right words/vocabulary.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10564)
    Performance
    (9588)
    Story
    (9608)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Super entertaining..."
    Overall
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The only reason for 4 stars vs. 5 is that I always compare a 5 to my all-time Greats and this doesn't quite reach that level of acclaim, but was really good, interesting, different. While all of the events are obviously "fantasy," there are some parts that are not even believable within the framework or context of the book itself and there was SO much that had no explanation. But, again.......those are tiny, nit-picky things for an overall really good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2244)
    Performance
    (1927)
    Story
    (1914)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Love this series - too fun...!!!!!"
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    Another delicious visit with Lady Georgiana. She is such a delightful character who is trying to walk a fine line between the role of royalty and commoner, worldly and sheltered, sleuth and scared witless, aggressive and shy..................... It all works to create a character who is 3-dimensional and still maintains her grace and aristocratic upbringing at all times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1303)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "Least favorite of all her books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Susan Ericksen = brilliant. She IS this series and all its characters.

    J.D. Robb = brilliant. I love everything she writes under this pseudonym, HOWEVER, this was, by far, my least favorite of all of her books. It felt a little bit empty -- like she wasn't really into it this time and was just plodding along 'cause she had to. Please keep in mind that I am comparing her to herself and this did not resonate like all the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weird Circle: A Terribly Strange Bed (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Weird Circle, featuring tales of terror and horror, aired from 1943-1947, mainly on the Mutual radio network. This episode was originally broadcast on October 3, 1943.

    Janie says: "Odd story. Poor sound quality."
    "Odd story. Poor sound quality."
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    This was kind of an odd story and the sound quality was fairly poor. To top that off, I don't really like dramatizations much anyway and the segues in this one were really "off."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8823)
    Performance
    (3053)
    Story
    (3128)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Disappointing at most...."
    Overall
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    It's a mediocre story that is very well written. The plot always seems contrived and kind of yadda yadda yadda, but within that sphere, you can't deny that Dan Brown writes it well... and Paul Michael does a nice job narrating. I guess I wouldn't skip this read, but... nor would I wish to read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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