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Rachael

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  • What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Debra Ollivier
    • Narrated By Debra Ollivier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    In her groundbreaking and utterly liberating new book, Debra Ollivier goes beyond familiar ooh-la-la stereotypes about French women, challenging cherished notions about sex, love, dating, marriage, motherhood, raising children, body politics, seduction, and flirtation. What French Women Know debunks long-standing myths and offers savvy new thinking from an old sexy culture.

    Josiane says: "The Truth and Nothing but the Truth"
    "Flows of Life"
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    I completely disagree with the idea of having affairs when married as long as you keep it quiet.

    However, I do agree with the idea that there should be mystery with a woman with her man. The section on beauty is fantastic. I agree Americans want understanding and ruled ways of life, boxed up and easy to digest in a false happiness.

    Also, the battle of the sexes and true feminism in America is a serious issue and is discussed in the book also.

    Ironically some of these french ideas are very biblical (despite the book blaming protestant ideals being America's biggest problem but many protestant ideals weren't biblical either!)

    Overall, it's a great book and the narrator is easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Best Friend Forever: Making and Keeping Lifetime Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Townsend
    • Narrated By John Townsend
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Our world has diluted the meaning of friendship, but the reality is, there’s nothing like the sustaining strength of true-blue, forever friends. Still, many people are convinced that they’ll never find such lifelong connections—or that they don’t need them. In this encouraging audio book, best-selling author and psychologist John Townsend delivers hope and help for making these relationships a reality—and for making them even better if you’ve already got a “bestie.”

    Phillip Cohen says: "Met me where my need is"
    "Could be MUCH shorter"
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    Keep up with your friends that matter most. Know when to let go and when friendships naturally seperate. Get out of yourself but also know when you need your privacy.

    This is the basics of the book. The rest of the book are those things elongated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Phil Cooke
    • Narrated By Phil Cooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Stop being average at so many things, and become extraordinary at one big thing. What were you born to accomplish with your life? One Big Thing will help you discover what you were born to do and allow it to revolutionize your business, your ministry, and your life. In today's distracted, digital culture, it’s harder than ever to identify your calling, get your voice heard, and achieve your dreams. To stand out and communicate your ideas and message, you need to cut through the clutter and get noticed. Here's how.

    Rachael says: "One Big Question"
    "One Big Question"
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    Phil Cooke is very blunt and straight forward. I enjoy to the point narration and listened straight through. I can understand if someone leaves this book wanting more and I don't think it's the authors fault but rather because it leaves you with the desire to find your one big thing which no one else but you can answer.

    This book successfully guides you in directions of various ways that you can discover what you're really good at, what's really in your skill sets, honestly evaluating what you do best. There were many questions he asks for you to answer that I never even thought about.

    This book posed more questions for me at the end of it rather than any conclusion, but I believe it's a good thing. He asks what your one big thing is and only the listener can finish the book with their answer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Ted Williams, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Ted Williams
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Ted Williams was panhandling in December 2010 when a passerby taped him and posted a clip of his gorgeous radio voice on YouTube. The video went viral, and overnight, launched him—the homeless man with a golden voice—into the hearts of millions.

    Rachael says: "Golden Indeed"
    "Golden Indeed"
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    Ted Williams doesn't hold back when he's sharing about his life, good and bad. His raw honesty in his faith's ups and downs were refreshing. He describes his struggles on a base level that makes him very relatable even in situations I've never experienced. Down to earth and great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Damien Echols
    • Narrated By Damien Echols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.

    Courtney says: "A compelling story-worthwhile listen."
    "Arkansan Storyteller"
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    This guys voice is so awesome. It's the perfect voice to tell his own story.

    It's interesting to hear who he admires and his experiences growing up to now. If you're wanting a lot of case information I don't feel like a ton of info is here (it's definitely there just not lengthy.) I think that's the point though, to be about him and not the case.

    My only complaint would be that he uses metaphors beautifully but way too often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Bernard N. Nathanson
    • Narrated By Kevin Charles Minatrea
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    As director of the world's largest abortion clinic and the nation's most prominent abortionist, Dr. Bernard Nathanson presided over 60,000 abortions. As co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, he helped make abortion legal. Then, in a conversion that made headkines and astonished both sides of the abortion debate, he renounced his profession to become a pro-life advocate. But Dr. Nathanson's journey was not over.

    Susan says: "A Vast Perspective on the History of Abortion"
    "Incredible"
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    Overall it's informative and brings a lot to light on the abortion industry. You can tell he's slanted to pro life but I appreciate how he explains pro life and pro choice thinking processes because he was so pro choice before.

    In the beginning it has a lot of medical jargon so I had to pray I could get through it haha but then the author started to talk about how he grew up and talked about his experience becoming a doctor and going through college. Then I felt like I got sucked into the book.

    He later describes more medical things so I was a bit confused from time to time but he still explained personal and public events powerfully.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jean Sasson
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
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    (51)

    Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage.

    Rachael says: "Wow..."
    "Wow..."
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    Such a powerful book. To hear a full story of this princess' experience just brings you in and really makes you feel for her. I hope something can be done for women in Saudi Arabia... :(

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Led by Faith

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Immaculee Ilibagiza
    • Narrated By Immaculee Ilibagiza
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    For three months in the spring of 1994, the African nation of Rwanda descended into one of the most vicious and bloody genocides the world has ever seen. Immaculée Ilibagiza, a young university student, miraculously survived the savage killing spree that left most of her family, friends, and a million of her fellow citizens dead. Immaculée's remarkable story of survival was documented in her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

    Rachael says: "Interesting perspective"
    "Interesting perspective"
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    I wasn't sure if I liked this at first. The writing is very direct and simple which isn't bad but sometimes felt a little flat. However, I did enjoy being inside her head. She can be a bit repetitive but hearing her talk about her faith gave me a different perspective into her Catholic prayer life and her relationship with God. Basically this book is following her prayers throughout her journey. It's rare to get to hear a person's perspective on their relationship with God that just presents itself as it is instead of preaching it to you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cross and the Switchblade

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!

    Carole says: "hope when there is no hope"
    "Informative"
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    The down to earth way of the preacher makes him relatable. He is honest about his fears and unbelief at events. He does a great job describing all the people he meets, specifically gang members and his experiences with them.

    It does get slow around the 5 hour mark when he talks about the organization that he created. It picks up again about 30-45 minutes to the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1741)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Incredible Narration, Wonderful Story"
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    Hathaway voices all the characters differently and adds emotion to the voices. It's absolutely awesome. I love the way these books are written as well. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. No regrets at all picking this one of the many choices!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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