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F. T. Mendenhall Jr.

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  • The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victor L. Wooten
    • Narrated By Victor L. Wooten
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    "'Boy, do I have a lot to learn!'" Anyone who's ever picked up a musical instrument of any kind - from the first caveman banging rocks to that little kid at the guitar shop - has thought that. I know I did. I'd been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone my chops, to make my mark. And I was good. But I wasn't great. I knew that there was something wrong. Then the teacher showed up...."

    Tomas says: "Surprise like no other!"
    "Great Fun if You are Open to It"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to friends that are open to ZEN, Learning, or Music. This type of fiction adventure to share mystical concepts, which can be helpful or even important life lessons, can be very powerful for those who are ready for them and can be a serious turn off for those not ready. It isn't something I could recommend without knowing the other person well.


    What other book might you compare The Music Lesson to and why?

    Way of the Peace Warrior by Millman. The Music Lesson is much more light hearted and uses the learning of Music as its focus. But both books use adventures with a mystical "teacher" to lead the "student" on a journey of learning.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this story with friends that don't quite get it but are open can lead to interesting discussions. Just remember to be kind and loving with your friends. Let them pick up what they can use and don't push anything they can't handle.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (792)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "A fun story, Brilliantly witty and thoughtful."
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    If you could sum up Just One Damned Thing After Another in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Adventure, Time-travel


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max, because she is bright , witty, knowledgeable, and competent in dealing with difficult people and situations.


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is beautiful to listen too, acting was spot on for Max.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    protecting the world when time travel is possible.


    Any additional comments?

    The brainstorming and collaboration scenes were realistic. That is what it feels like when a group of tech folks work toward their goals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancillary Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ann Leckie
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (302)

    On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

    SciFi Kindle says: "Thoughtful theme, balanced action, DRY narration"
    "Great Science Fiction"
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    If you could sum up Ancillary Justice in three words, what would they be?

    Exploration Artificial Intelligence


    What did you like best about this story?

    It took me to unique cultures and gave me new things to think about.


    Did Celeste Ciulla do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. She did especially well in characterizing non human, AI characters, making them feel "different."


    Any additional comments?

    This is science fiction at its best. It carried me to new worlds and has given me new things to think about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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