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Lisa

Juggling Mom

OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States

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  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (644)

    The Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, here elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way. Transcending the mere "religion wars", he outlines a system of secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, those that ground ethics in a belief in God and an afterlife, and those that understand good actions as leading to better states of existence in future lives. And yet, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a claim for what he calls a third way.

    James says: "An Easy and Informative Listen"
    "Martin Sheen's voice becomes the Dalai Lama!"
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    I highly recommend this book. It is full of wisdom, anecdotes and teachings on how to exist peacefully in an imperfect world. Martin Sheen's voice somehow perfectly fits with the visual image of the Dalai Lama and gives his words both the weight and the wittiness this holy man is known for delivering. Understanding he is a leader who cannot return to his own home due to the Chinese occupation of Tibet gives his call for living with empathy for all, especially your enemies, a sense of spiritual truth. This is not heavy philosophy, but practical advice that can be immediately incorporated into everyday living.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1646)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Southern accent for a NJ hooker, really?"
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    Let me start by saying that I am a big Evanovich and Plum fan. I have read all of her books and will probably continue to do so. However, the last few books seem to have too much wackiness. I love her crazy characters and very plot driven style. Lately though, the stories seem more predictable and the characters less lovable. This book isn't going to change that trend. Stephanie has gone from cutely incapable to seriously incompetent and the love triangle has moved from steamy and romantic to sort of slutty, not something the earlier Stephanie would have approved of. Let's say this one isn't long on plot lines, but there are still "laugh out loud" moments.

    The performance was horribly distracting and took away from my enjoyment. The voices the performer used just didn't fit the characters for me. Perhaps after reading 17 other Plum novels, I had preconceived notions of what Lula, Morelli and Grandma Mazur should sound like. This reading, while certainly performed by a talented reader, just wasn't my cup of cappuccino.

    Overall, I think I'd buy this as a loyal Plum fan, but if you are new to the series, start with an earlier number!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ex

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Harley Jane Kozak
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in the murder. Zetrakis was one of the many Mr. Wrongs in Wollie's career as a serial dater, and her friend Joey has emerged as the media's prime suspect. A hot-tempered celebrity who had dated Zetrakis and was fired from his show some years ago, Joey has inherited a million-dollar Klimt painting from him. But Joey is not the only potential suspect.

    Shay J. says: "Compelling"
    "This book makes me glad to be a Hollywood outsider"
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    The story is only okay and seems a bit cookie cutter. There are a lot of alluded to sexual escapades, and Hollywood attitudes (looks are everything, relationships are based on sex and gaining power, actors are flaky, etc.) run rampant. As a mid-westerner who loves a great plot driven by action and believable characters, this book left me wishing there had been a bit more to the people and the story, but if you want something simply entertaining and enjoyable without much depth, then you'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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