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Sheila

Gilbert, AZ, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • A Redbird Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

    Buford says: "Quintessential Fannie Flagg."
    "Wonderful little story"
    Overall

    While this book sounds as if it is a Christmas read, it really isn't. Flagg has written an easy to listen to story which will pull at your heart strings and leave you feeling better about the human race. I was captivated and recommend it for all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (163)

    David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder.

    John says: "Exile"
    "One of the best books available"
    Overall

    I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to become more informed on Middle East issues without having to actually do any research themselves. It is an entertaining way to gain insight into both arguments without feeling the least bit of pressure to choose sides. Anyone finding this book boring simply has no interest in learning anything about the most important conflict of our time. If you ever expect to understand Iraq, you must start with Israel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3480)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (826)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Ten stars"
    Overall

    This is a case where a marvelous book is made better through the talents of the reader. The already poetic lines are skillfully brought to life and I found myself enthralled with a culture I had never before had any interest. This is, by far, the most enjoyable audible selection I have have the pleasure of listening to. It so far surpasses other novels that a simple five stars is not nearly enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders, known as the apostles, and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct.

    Sheila says: "Decide for yourself"
    "Decide for yourself"
    Overall

    I found this to be a riveting story and as a third generation Utah Mormon I found her depiction of Mormon culture to be right on. I was raised in Utah, graduated from BYU and served a mission for the LDS Church, and in my opinion, Martha Beck is just telling it like it is. Anyone wanting a glimpse inside the faith will find her account interesting and perhaps disturbing, but just because you don't like the message why shoot the messenger? I found her personal revelations believable and backed up with strong physical evidence despite family denials. I think people should listen to her well written story and decide for themselves.

    34 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Martha Beck
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders, known as the apostles, and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct.

    Sheila says: "Read it and decide for yourself"
    "Read it and decide for yourself"
    Overall

    I found this to be a riveting story and as a third generation Utah Mormon I found her depiction of Mormon culture to be right on. I was raised in Utah, graduated from BYU and served a mission for the LDS Church, and in my opinion, Martha Beck is just telling it like it is. Anyone wanting a glimpse inside the faith will find her account interesting and perhaps disturbing, but just because you don't like the message why shoot the messenger? I found her personal revelations believable and backed up with strong physical evidence despite family denials. I think people should listen to her well written story and decide for themselves.

    37 of 50 people found this review helpful

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