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MICHELLE

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective.

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    >. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.

    Ml says: "Fabulous, Life Changing"
    "A lovely reminder of gratitude"
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    I enjoyed this book and so I bought hard copies gave it to many others. It lifts the spirit. His other book The Travelers Gift was even better. Enjoyed both of his books...and will read The Summit next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (350)

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Marci says: "Every Character is Great"
    "Mixed feelings-Depends who's calling?"
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    What did you love best about The First Phone Call from Heaven?

    I had mixed feelings about this one. I wasn't sure if it was going to encourage me or throw me in a state of despair. We've all lost someone right?I found the story heartwarming at times, and then conversely puzzling at others. It wasn't the storyline I found puzzling..it was my feelings.Its cleverly done Mitch Albom takes the reader through that journey . In the end I felt.... peace.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The pilot..his journey


    Have you listened to any of Mitch Albom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes,Very well


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction, but it was thought provoking


    Any additional comments?

    I gave the book to someone who lost her husband of 54 years , almost a year ago...
    It seemed to help.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (713)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Truly life-changing....truly"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If enough people could grasp the concepts in this book ,we could develop emotional intelligence and even inspire a positive emotional evolution . This hand book of how to avoid the pitfalls of emotional snares should be in every household and be considered as a text book in schools.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Brene Brown. Brilliant


    What does Karen White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humanizing


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Daring Greatly?

    Recognizing the courage it takes to be true to my self and to ignore unworthy critics.


    Any additional comments?

    I have bought many hard copies to share with friends and loved ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (388)

    In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex....

    Mary Sue says: "Another good entry into fiction!"
    "Historical truth with a soul."
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    If you could sum up Caleb's Crossing in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful Word Tapestry


    What other book might you compare Caleb's Crossing to and why?

    The Help. Historical story with a soul.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ehle – was your favorite?

    All of them but if I had to choose Bethea


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Thoughtful wonder leading to tearful and heart wrenching realizations


    Any additional comments?

    I am so impressed with the writing and the storyline that I am going to purchase the hard copy of this book for future reference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4279)
    Performance
    (1998)
    Story
    (2013)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "I appreciated this book after a trip to Chicago"
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    Well written.It cleverly merges two fascinating stories. I will read more Erik Larson, l enjoy his style of writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15866)
    Performance
    (14076)
    Story
    (14116)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Keeps you guessing."
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    This isn't the genre I would normally choose. It was a mystery all the way through. Although well written...I was relieved to have finished the book. Definitely not warm and fuzzy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (357)

    At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

    Nancy says: "Perfect timing"
    "Changed The Way I Looked At Marriage..Well written"
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    This book was very close to home for me. I am a commitment phobia person my -self considering marriage to someone overseas. The story was well written, funny and it hit every concern a person needs to think about when marrying someone. The in depth exploration of different cultural perspectives on marriage geographically,historically and statistically was very helpful for me personally. I probably got more out of it than most due to my situation..but I believe that there would be less divorce if people would read this before getting married so that they understand what it means.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11213)
    Performance
    (9699)
    Story
    (9668)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Walter Isaacson Does It Again...Amazing Job!"
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    This book if one of the best biographies I have ever read. The story is told in detail through the facts,the words of Steve Jobs himself , those who loved him and loathed him. You get the full unbiased picture of Steve Jobs as well as a behind the scenes look in to how some of our most influential social technology came to be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (188)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

    morton says: "Practical Advice with Real Life Examples"
    "A Must Read For Every Business Owner..Big or Small"
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    I sure wish I had been handed this book 20 years ago when I opened my 1st business. I would have saved my self a lot of costly mistakes. This book covers everything in a simple way that almost anyone can relate to. If you are thinking about a business or you are already running one..You owe it to yourself to read this inspiring little book :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5397)
    Performance
    (3013)
    Story
    (3036)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "A Sattire About Life And The Universe"
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    I was introduced to this book by my borderline aspergers friend. The book is very cleverly written and the narration extremely entertaining. I am originally from the UK which made it more helpful for me to appreciate the humor and sarcasm directed at the English culture. The story, while clever, seems to lead to an anti climatic close. The names of the characters were bizarre...as were many directions in this book. I am glad I read it..but at times it was tedious for this logical brain of mine.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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