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Gilmara Lima Mendes

Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

Piscataway, New Jersey | Member Since 2012

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  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Medina
    • Narrated By John Medina
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (419)

    In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

    cynthia says: "Neuroscience for the nursery"
    "Fun, entertaining and enlightening!"
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    When I picked out this book I thought I was going to listen to a book about brain development, or how to potentialize the baby brain development, but instead I got a book about brain, personality and emotional intelligence development.

    The first thing you have to consider before going through this book it that you MUST keep an open mind. Why? Because many of the popular beliefs new parents think are right are SO WRONG according to this book. Example? Remember those moms who puts headphones on their bellies so their yet to be born babies can listen to Mozart to boost their brains? Well, Dr. Medina says they are unnecessary.

    If you are one of those parent who think DVDs will help their kids get smarter, this book is so NOT for you. Like I said, he contradicts many popular beliefs and some people who strongly believe in them might not finish this book.

    Dr. Medina brings some common concepts we take for granted to the light of science and he explains what style of parenting would be more beneficial for parents to raise a happy and smart child.

    This is brought to you with a high dose of fun and laughter. You will constantly find yourself thinking about things you do - right or wrong - and laugh out loud with this book.

    I highly recommend this book to any parent who wants to get the most of parenting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Who is your teenager listening to? Teenagers today are bombarded by messages from their peers, the Internet, music, movies....the list goes on. As parents, you may wonder if your words mean anything at all. If so, take heart: all research indicates that the most significant influence on the life of a teenager comes from his or her parents. Yes—parents!

    Judy Lokits says: "Eye-opener"
    "Still up-to-date!"
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    This book is about not only loving your teenager, but also about learning how to demonstrate your love in a way they feel they are loved. Sometimes at home with all the rules and responsibilities, it is hard to appreciate your rebel teen, let alone show them they are appreciated.
    When I started this book, I had already listened to 5 Love languages of children, and 5 love language for couples, thus I thought it would repeat itself, but it didn't.
    This one has a great approach for teens, and if you are one of those renitent parents who is struggling with his/her teen at home, you need to get this book and absorb every ounce of knowledge this book has to offer.
    With the advance of modern life, it gets harder and harder to understand your teen, but this book presents simple things and strategies you can do with your teen in order for you to have a more harmonious domestic environment.
    This book is especially aimed at helping parents not only to learn to show their kids' love language, but also to understand their teen's. If you are not a parent, but want to understand the teens around you, and how to show your love for them in a way they get it, this is a great source of knowledge. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (429)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Sarina Anderson says: "I've been DYING to read this One (pun intended)"
    "Happy ending after all!"
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    Well, because I thought I didn't know what was coming, I got tense while reading the book. I even had to stop listening for a while until I felt safe and sure I wanted to continue. I was rooting for our America.

    There were some events I saw coming, and some other twists that could have been nicer and more intrieguing, but the author didn't do anything about it, so those details were just revealed and nothing happened. That part was disappointing. I think the author could have done really nice things with those new twists.

    Through the ending some other things were a little predictable, but what I liked most about this book was the fact that we saw America not only as the brave girl who fights and stands up to the man, but a girl who has teenage conflicts and emotions and she is very confused until the last hour and a half of listen.

    Another thing I have to point out is that everything fitted into place. There was no final major conflict for America to resolve. The author could have done something about it too. It would have been spicier.

    I loved this book, nonetheless, and I do recommend it. It is truly a YA with lots of teen drama, but it is a very nice read / listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
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    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Interesting Development of this Love Triangle"
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    1st of all, if you haven't read the first book, go back and read it, because you will miss most of the fun, and won't understand the story.
    2nd of all, I have mixed feelings about the development of this love story / triangle, I mean, I have my pick, and I don't know who she is going to choose.
    Some people say this was a little predictable, but I don't agree. America is still trying to figure out how much she wants to be in this competition and how much she wants to be princess (or not), and the twists that happen in book 2 certainly make her re-think her whole belief system. She screws up a few times in order to start finding out what she truly wants. Very exciting events happen.
    I listened to this in 3 sittings!
    I am dying to find out what happens next. Will she be the next princess of Ilea, or will she choose to be the love of Aspen? I guess we will have to read and see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1056)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Shannon says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Sparks going both ways!"
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    I started this book because of my students' recommendations. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. As an YA fan I believed I would like it, and I just realized how much now, because I keep thinking about it and keep wanting to purchase the next one as soon as possible. You just know how much you like a book when you start dying to read the sequel.

    This is the story of America Singer. Her country is divided into casts. She is a 5 - not a good place to be - but she actually has the chance of a lifetime. She can change her life by entering a selection process in order to be chosen by prince Maxon to become princess of Ilea. The thing is, she is in love with Aspen, and the stupid guy pushes her into the selection so that she could have a better life. Little did he know that Lady America had some good chances, and that the odds could be ever in her favor.

    This book reminds me a little about hunger games because of how these girls lost their privacy so quickly, because of the TV crews which keep trying to find out more about prince Maxon and the so far selected ladies, and also because of the hunger, poverty and suffering going on in the lower casts, the underprivileged.

    The highlight is the friendship / sth else between lady America and the Prince, and it gets even better when Aspen, the stupid ex boyfriend, gets back in the picture.

    Can't spoil it. You have to read it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Powell
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (165)

    Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don’t break it first), and more.

    C. Beaton says: "Great book - wrong narrator"
    "Enlightening, but..."
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    Although the author tries to give layman an over view of music and how it works, if you don't know anything (or practically anything) this book is not for you. This book should be read, not listened to. This is the kind of book where you have to read some concepts over and over, and you also have to do some practice on your own (even though there is some demonstration at the end of each chapter, but it feels too theoretical).
    When I purchased this book, I thought I was going to learn about psychology of music, or even some concepts of music therapy, but this book is not about that. This book gets very technical at some points, and some dumb at others. I feel a little disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (717)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    colleen says: "It was actually pretty interesting"
    "Shame I didn't absorb as Much as I wanted"
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    Review
    This was a hard book for me to finish, not because it was boring, but because it was hard for me. In his introduction the author says he will to try to make things easy for you to understand the book, but unfortunately, his attempts failed with me.

    This is not a health or nutrition book. I was a little disappointed by this. This is a chemistry book. If you don't know much about chemistry, or don't remember what you learned in high school, I suggest you go to basic chemistry first.
    The author tries to be funny and tries to tone things down for readers like me, but I think it wasn't enough, for I realized I need to get my chemistry together.
    I did Learn interesting things here, but I have to away I retained very little information. It is a good book. I recommend it, but only if you commit to listen to it many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "Harry Potter meets National Treasure and Avatar!!!"
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    This is the story of two twin teenagers, Abby and Derek who go to this amazing school for geniouses named Cragbridge Hall, named after their grandfather - Oscar Cragbridge, a scientist and inventor who invents amazing devices thinking about the human kind's wellfare. However, some people are trying to put their hands on those inventions, and if they fall into the wrong hands, human kind's hystory as we know it might change altogether.

    This is not a school of magic, but I mentioned Harry Potter because of the style in which the author chose to write. If you are a fan of Harry Potter you might enjoy this one very much. There are many twists of events and there is a lot of adventure too.

    The thing is, because of his invention, Oscar, his son and daughter-in-law are kidnapped and blackmailed in exchange for this some precious information that only Oscar can provide. Before any of this would happen, Oscar leaves his grandkids a pair of lockets that would only be activated if he went missing, and also, some clues that might help them solve the puzzle as to why he might have been missing, kidnapped, or even killed.

    I also compared it to National Treasure because this journey is full of clues, and without solving them, Abby and Derek cannot go on in the search for their loved ones.

    Why did I mention avatar? Well, you have to listen to it, I don't want to spoil it for you. But there is a mixture of styles here.

    Even though the narrator was very good, he will not get 5 stars because he did not do the accent of the Brazilian character correctly ( I know that because I am Brazilian). Brazil speaks Portuguese, and the accent the narrator chose to adopt was clearly Spanish. #disappointed.

    As a YA fan, I do recommend this book. I am sure that if you are an YA fan like me, you will enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drive-By Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Mark Torres
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are a well-educated, upper middle-class San Francisco couple who experience the ultimate domestic nightmare. A deranged, seedy truck driver barges into their lives, blackmailing Cynthia into becoming his "drive-by" wife. Billy has led a lonely, bleak existence on the road and has always dreamed of "having him a beautiful, lovin' woman to come home to". Unable to go to the police, Allen and Cynthia desperately try to fight off the twisted stalker, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    Chene says: "A great suspense read"
    "Lite horror w a touch of psychological thriller"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is a mixture of horror story with a touch of psychological thriller. The author keeps you hooked until the very end. I listened to it in only two sittings!
    Mike is a top notch writer, and Mark narrates this book awesomely!

    Allan and Cynthia are this ordinary couple living their ordinary lives, until Cynthia is almost raped by a hiker, and that is when this supposedly uneventful story takes a very unexpected turn, and their lives start being psychologically tortured and tormented!
    What would happen if you committed a crime, and became slave of behaviors in order to hide this crime from society? Well, this is what happened to Allan and Cynthia's lives.
    Want to know more? I am sure you will enjoy this book as much as I have. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (508)

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

    Grace says: "Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!"
    "Really enlightening, but feels like a horror story"
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    This is a fascinating book.
    This book talks about the reality of the dangers of ingesting gluten.
    The first book about the harm gluten can bring to one's life I read is called wheat belly, and that one emphasizes the digestory system and illnesses that can be caused by gluten in general. Very informative.
    Grain Brain, however, also talks about this reality and more, because it alerts us about what gluten and carbs can do to our brain. It brings so many shocking things that I felt like I was reading a horror book. If you want to keep living long, healthily and with a lucid brain,
    I'd advise you to read this one. You will be amazed at what you will discover. And if a gluten free reality is also yours, you might as well read this one too in order to find out about the latest researches in the field.
    I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Baby Talk: Books 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Karin Allers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (10)
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    In this creepy horror novel, Neal Becker is convinced that his 5 month old baby daughter can talk. But that's impossible...isn't it? Except that Neal didn't really want to get married in the first place - the pregnancy was the result of a one-night stand, and he preferred an abortion. Now, Baby Natasha knows it, and she's out to get him! Or so Neal believes...join the two in a terrifying battle for survival that will make your blood run cold.

    Sandra @ Novel Review Cafe says: "An interesting plot and story!"
    "Refreshing Horror Story!"
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    This is the story of a young couple and their 5-month-old daughter, Natasha, whose sweet little face doesn't give away what she has inside.

    This is the first horror story I got the chance to stumble across and finish, and I only did because it hooked me from the beginning and I felt it was a great, "unputdownable" story.

    Neil and Annie got married very soon, since Neil was around 20 and Annie 19. Neil wanted her to make an abortion, but she refused to do so, and the only choice left was marriage. An unwanted one, as well as the baby, for Neil, that is. Strange things have happened in this home, and the father started blaming everything bad that happened on sweet little Natasha. I was so captured that I wanted to know whether Neil was crazy, Annie was paranoid or if the baby was really evil, which you only get to find out at the very end of the story.

    As a horror story, it is also funny and intriguing. Even if you are not big on horror like me, you will enjoy this one very much. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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