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Ann.

Abbotsford, B.C., Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (3035)
    Performance
    (1093)
    Story
    (1072)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "AWE INSPIRING!"
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    Eckhart Tolle's work, The Power of Now, is filled with wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice from beginning to end. He shows clearly how progress in the evolution of human consciousness is absolutely necessary for survival of life on this planet, and that it is up to each one of us to change our perception of the world in which we live if that progress is to take place. Tolle also shows how our tendency to dwell in the past and future obscures the present moment. In so doing, we fail to see what is necessary right now, thus we make wrong choices and decisions which lead to untold suffering for self and others. This work is a recipe for true happiness and if everyone followed the advice contained therein the world would be a happier place to live in. I have listened to it so many times now I have lost count. If I were shipwrecked on a desert island and I could take only one book, this would be it!

    115 of 120 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1796)
    Story
    (1802)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "A RIVETING MORAL DILEMA."
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    My God, this is a beautiful story! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will have very deep thoughts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8650)
    Performance
    (6220)
    Story
    (6255)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "HISTORICAL FICTION"
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    I am amazed at the negative reviews of this book! I think this historical fiction series is absolutely wonderful, highly educational, i.e., medieval culture with witches, vampires etc. thrown in for fun - although in medieval times, it wasn't much fun for the poor souls who were burned at the stake. It’s a winning mix and I highly recommend the series. I can’t wait for the third book to come out! What a great way to learn about other times and places. But then, I enjoy historical fiction because I have such a need to learn while I am being entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luck in the Shadows: Nightrunner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (191)

    Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

    Julie says: "Looking forward to the second book in this series"
    "DREADFUL NARRATION!!!!"
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    Because I loved the Tamir series so much, I went ahead and bought the first two books in this series. I have plodded my way through the first half of the first book and the narrator is driving me CRAZY! What a disaster! I simply cannot go further. For heaven's sake, who chose this man? I have been so distracted from the story that I couldn't give an honest review of the characters or plot. SAVE YOUR MONEY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Jonathan Alter
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    In The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Jonathan Alter uses his unmatched access and deep knowledge of politics and history to produce the first full account of America at the crossroads. He pierces the bubble of the White House and of the presidential campaigns with exclusive reporting and rare historical insight. More than a campaign book, this is the epic story of an embattled president facing a historic moment he considered more pivotal than 2008.

    Mike says: "The Best Telling of the 2012 Campaign So Far"
    "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY."
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    This is a great book! Could not put it down. The battle going on between two ideologies in America today is comparable to a war, with al that that implies. Jonathan Alter's description of the battle between the center and the right is riveting! There is as yet, no clear winner. Only history will tell.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5876)
    Performance
    (4242)
    Story
    (4262)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL!"
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    This is the story of a young girl placed in a foster home on Himmel (Heaven) Street, Munich, Germany, just before WW2. Although they are poor and the foster mother swears like a heathen, it is a place of love in the midst of ignorance. I will not tell you who the story teller is but you will be surprised - at least I was. You will cry, you will laugh, but most of all you will be buoyed by the courage of the human spirit! Listen to this story. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anita Moorjani
    • Narrated By Anita Moorjani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (368)

    In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

    Jeffrey says: "SImply Amazing"
    "A RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS"
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    A truly inspiring rendition. Best I have read in the genre! The unconditional love she experienced for herself and all of humanity can be "felt" as you listen. She expresses the ineffable better than most. Only some of the mystic saints have done as well or better. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Game: How Hedge Fund Manager Bill Ackman Called Wall Street's Bluff

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christine S. Richard
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The collapse of America's credit markets in 2008 is quite possibly the biggest financial disaster in U.S. history. Confidence Game: How a Hedge Fund Manager Called Wall Street's Bluff is the story of Bill Ackman's six-year campaign to warn that the $2.5 trillion bond insurance business was a catastrophe waiting to happen. Branded a fraud by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and investigated by Eliot Spitzer and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ackman later made his investors more than $1 billion when bond insurers kicked off the collapse of the credit markets.

    Dr. Jose Lopez says: "Great Book About shorting and depth of research"
    "A PEEK INTO THE WORLD OF THE 1%"
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    All are villains in this world. The wizard of Oz (Municipal Bond Insurance Corporation), is caught choreographing the fantasy. David (Bill Ackman, the wicked shorter) slays Goliath (MBIC). The multiple regulatory bodies mimic Snow White in her sleep mode. And Warren Buffet tries to put Humpty Dumpty (today's economy) back together again. The prognosis? Well, the Wizard has changed his name and the show goes on. Stay tuned for the next instalment. There's an election on the horizon.

    Although there are many short comings with this book, the fact remains that I could not put it down. However, I found the author's style of writing frustrating. She starts out with one scenario, then quickly flashes back to another point in the past or future that appears to have no connection, at least to me, as a lowly member of the 98%. This works well for fiction but not for non fiction which requires explanation and examples. The book should have been much longer. Also, the narrator's voice is screechy at times and again this detracts from the material under discussion. At the beginning of the second section of the book, the narration breaks down altogether for a few minutes? Sentences/paragraphs are missing and this left an extra gap in my understanding. It sounds like a bad phone connection. That being said, I have read at least a dozen books dealing with the meltdown so I was not totally in the dark.

    Suffice to say this work is reminiscent of Harry Markopolis' No One Would Listen wherein a quant (math whiz) spends about ten years spelling it out for the regulators so that they can put a stop to Bernie Madoff before he bilked thousands of investors out of sixty billion dollars. Now that we know that regulation is frowned upon by corporations and Alan Greenspan on down, it has become clear that investors and citizens would be wise to listen to the whistle blowers of society, no matter how unsavory they may appear to be. Are they not, when all is said and done, the supermen/batmen in our midst? The regulators are owned by the corporations and vice versa, so let Superman fly and heed his presence!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • False Pretences

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Margaret Yorke
    • Narrated By Maureen O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    When her goddaughter is arrested, Isabel Vernon is startled to discover that the child of her memory has become an overweight, shaven-headed environmentalist and that Isabel herself is now regarded as Emily Frost's next of kin. Emily is then released on bail to the Vernons in the villlage of Fordswick. But her presence in the Vernons' house proves troubling, and is deepening the tensions already within it.

    annhere says: "DELIGHTFULLY SURPRISED!"
    "DELIGHTFULLY SURPRISED!"
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    This is a suspense story with a twist. The characters are well developed and the plot kept me interested from start to finish. I highly recommend it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (980)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Constance says: "WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!"
    "AMERICA THE GEAT! FOX NEWS AND RUSH LIMBOUGH"
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    All of the above are mentioned in this book, especially America the Great over and over. I greatly admire America but this was a bit much. It must be an election year! An interview with Romney comes at the end of the first short story and is then followed by a sequel story. Never have I listened to a book that was interrupted by an interview with the author.

    As mentioned by others, Dewey is larger than life and performs missions impossible. Character development is poor and I had great trouble figuring out who was who - so much so that I found myself back tracking a couple of sections to try and figure it out. Then there is that long scene describing numerous weapons ad nauseam.

    There are some enjoyable, exciting scenes but so disjointed the flow is stilted. I think the narrator did his best with the material handed him. He too sounded stilted at times as he tried to make sense of things.

    Alas, I bought the sequel, Coup d'Etat. I will read it but don't expect much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swallow The Happy Pill: Secrets To True Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    "I just want to be happy," a simple goal expressed as though it were the very least we could expect of life. Some phrase it differently, and some attach requirement or specifics to the statement by pre-deciding how happiness must be packaged. Nonetheless it sounds so reasonable an expectation and yet for some reason so many people spend an entire lifetime unable to reach or even discover the first step on the path to this universal desire. Many believe that this illusive state would be possible if they could only win the lottery, inherit great wealth....

    Grant says: "Happy I listened."
    "SWALLOW THE HAPPY PILL LIED TO ME!"
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    I am half way through this book and so far, about 50% of the material is copied and pasted from the author's other book, Alcohol Lied To Me. In my opinion, this is dishonest! But of course, there will be no guilt on his part as he does not believe in retribution.

    Also, I do not appreciate his negative views on organised religion which, in his opinion, causes untold guilt and suffering for religious souls. Organised religion over the centuries did much to spread civilisation to the populace and has brought happiness and peace to countless millions. Granted there were also horrendous mistakes made as civilisation evolved but this is no reason to throw out the baby with the bath water. A dialectic approach is needed here.

    I do not intend continuing reading the ramaining half as I have already heard most of it from his other book, and I am angry at being bilked. I would like a refund from Audible. No one should have to pay twice for a book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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