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Kerry

DAMPIER, Australia

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  • 9 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 160 titles in library
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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13667)
    Performance
    (6054)
    Story
    (6134)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "goda listen"
    Overall

    I think this is such an easy to listen to book that is age appropriate for all. I have not laughed aloud as many times as I did with this one. A cheeky grin should be felt by all who can relate to this enchanting tale. I'd really like to know what is comparative to this book. We all would be better people if only we all heard what the old man has to say. I believe this book will be enjoyed by many

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between a Rock and a Grace Place: Divine Surprises in the Tight Spots of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carol Kent
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Between a Rock and a Grace Place is a riveting journey of facing the impassible obstacles of life and there discovering the last thing ever expected---the sweet spot of grace. Carol Kent and her husband, Gene, are now living what some would call a hopeless place in life, as their son, Jason - with a degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, a young man who initially had so much promise - is now living out a sentence of "life without the possibility of parole".

    MAUREEN says: "Very disappointing, description of book misleading"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    a GOD book - on and on about god, faith, rah rah so unless you want to hear how no-one can live with out the strength of GOD in your life avoid the purchase of the book

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Mob: The Crow Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Clem Martini
    • Narrated By Francis Middleditch
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It is springtime and the annual gathering of the clans of the Crow family, the Kinaars, is beginning. The gathering should be a time to rejoice. Instead, it is a time of fear, danger and uncertainty, when ancient laws and customs are tested.

    Kerry says: "spencer - the refreshing mob"
    "spencer - the refreshing mob"
    Overall

    Having never listened to anything like this before it was refreshing and new. I don't normally do anything that has a cronical but I am very much looking forward to purchasing the next book. So nice to have a freh breath of air as I was begining to give up hope and ready to pack in the talking book hobby. This book has changed that...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

    Robert says: "Kite Runner"
    "The Kite Runner"
    Overall

    – this book was recommended to me I don’t think I would have chosen to read this with out guidance. Having just seen the film though…..wow the reading effects are so much better. Never getting anything that is current due to going to the library and selecting talking books up until I joined, meant I never knew how a book could be better than a movie. I think had I not read the book I definitely would have wanted my money back if I went to watch it on the big screen. I love having the book read to me. I think though that by reading the book you have expectations of how a movie would be shot. I remember thinking while listening I wonder how they depicted this in the movie? That’s easy – they didn’t! Or briefly and weakly. I think the message was of good intent but the story was just above average.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue, & Return to Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tina Zahn, Wanda Dyson
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    If I could make it to the bridge, the pain would stop. I just had to make it to the bridge, and the hopelessness would end. It became a refrain, running over and over in my head as I raced down the highway. Make it to the bridge, and the pain will end. It's hopeless. Just wanna die. Make it to the bridge.

    A User says: "Very Honest!"
    "Why I jumped"
    Overall

    – I though was a good incite into just how the ‘black dog’ can lurk around and become anyone’s friend. I thought the writer look some risks in telling her story so truthfully and I really admire this. It is also bloody great to know that people can stand by the mentally unhealthy; truth is it could be their turn tomorrow. This is not like drugs that you take optionally it’s more like loving a dog with all our heart – it biting someone – and coming to terms with having to deal with killing it. It even touches on the denial and the will to get through one hour at a time. People have all sorts of huge plans in life but have your world do a 360 and then you really get real. I also appreciate that the majority of the book didn’t focus on the children and the effect it had on them. I think most readers who choose this book would because they have empathy with the depressant. No depressant needs to then have their misfortunes become double burdened by learning how they change the life of a child. No parent wants to hurt there children. It is only the self-inflicted drug uses and drinkers that need that shoved in their faces.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nic Sheff
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

    RH says: "EXCELLENT--SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING"
    "Tweak"
    Overall

    – with out even realizing it I downloaded dads beautiful boy as well! Definitely not as well written as dad but it’s always to hear both perspectives. I’m not sure he gets the entirety of his actions even now. I have no idea why he titled it tweak? Certainly I think he seeks like a true addict who doesn’t take responsibility for the huge pain he inflicted and continues to inflict. So I suppose if you are looking for learning how insular a drug addict can be then this is a good perspective of how satin affects everyone and the perpetrator still thinks the world revolves around them, and it’s all about me. May be this ‘y’ generation has been acting out in the drug world far longer than we knew it.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (218)

    David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

    Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Painful and honest account"
    "Beautiful boy"
    Overall

    – I don’t want any of these problems. It is so bloody sad that people around them are hurt so profoundly, over and over. I don’t believe in religion but I can only relate drugs to satin. People that take drugs promote satins work with such commitment even when their clean. We all love to have a good time in our heads, who doesn’t. But to see and know the devastating effects this has how can a reformed addict keep going back to hurting others for there own pleasure. Of coarse I just read Co-dependence no more. All parents become codependent on their children’s dramas. I wonder how many parents would keep helping for as long as they do if they read this book. I think they would find it easier a lot sooner if they were educated on what they were doing. Drugs = broken heart, broken lives and broken brains. Great story, very educational

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1199)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Eat that frog"
    Overall


    – what a great way to snap back into reality. Fantastic. I thought could pride myself on how motivated I am I certainly wouldn’t have thought I was someone who procrastinates – now I no I am. I do hate frogs so the thought of eating them is equivalent to getting the ‘yucky’ things done first. I think everyone could find something that relates to themselves in this book. I’ve really enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melody Beattie
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    A source of healing and inspiration for millions, this modern classic spent over three years on the New York Times best seller list and made codependency a household word. Codependent No More contains dozens of real-life examples, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests to help you along the road to recovering your own life. For anyone struggling with a relationship involving alchoholism or other compulsive behaviors, this program points the way to healing and the renewal of hope.

    Virginia says: "A great book"
    "Co-dependent"
    Overall

    I thought the book was timeless. Finally I have a name for my personality type. Now I can identify my ‘rescue’ efforts I can try and control my impulse to help everybody. I so can not be bothered. I am like a magnet for the weak and vulnerable. You build them up – and off they fly with someone else. I definitely want to have relationships that aren’t based around the other person’s tragedies. I have carried too many people too far and I am emotional barren and always feel like the door mat. Fancy me being codependent on that! I thought they were on me and I was stuck having to support them. I have just got rid of my last ‘lost puppy’. I love dogs more than humans for sure, so now I’m just happy to give and take with my pooch. At least my time will be my own, I will have money in the back saved! And she will love me and always be there for me when I need her [not turn all woes back to focus on their problems all the time]. 36 now, hopefully this book has now woken me enough to stop taking on other people stuff….because after all it’s none of my business

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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