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kimberlytere

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  • On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

    William says: "Too much like a documentary history book"
    "Good book. Solid Story."
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    While at times slow, this story was interesting and tells the true story of a family who lived during such an interesting time. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Led by Faith

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Immaculee Ilibagiza
    • Narrated By Immaculee Ilibagiza
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    For three months in the spring of 1994, the African nation of Rwanda descended into one of the most vicious and bloody genocides the world has ever seen. Immaculée Ilibagiza, a young university student, miraculously survived the savage killing spree that left most of her family, friends, and a million of her fellow citizens dead. Immaculée's remarkable story of survival was documented in her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

    Rachael says: "Interesting perspective"
    "Inspiring and beautifully written."
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    Would you listen to Led by Faith again? Why?

    Yes. I am a big fan of Immaculee Ilibagiza's books. They are honest and sobering. This book is inspiring and makes you grateful for everything you have.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl - and a young woman - trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference.

    Balakrishna says: "March without a march"
    "Awesome book!"
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    If you could sum up Extraordinary, Ordinary People in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, inspiring and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Regardless of your political affiliation, this is a story about family, love, dedication and triumph over pain. It is beautifully written and I love that Ms. Rice read it herself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (3880)
    Performance
    (3456)
    Story
    (3453)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Wonderful story."
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    Would you listen to Orphan Train again? Why?

    Yes. It was a well told story that kept me wanting more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivian- what incredible strength despite the sorrow.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure how I would like the narrator but I ended up really enjoying her voice. Love this book. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11845)
    Performance
    (7802)
    Story
    (7837)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "An amazing story that should be read by all!"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Important, harrowing story


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Zamperini


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I put off listening to this book for years, thinking, "Oh! It is just so long and what if it's boring?" It was anything but boring. This is an amazing book, written so well. I could taste, see, feel what it was like for the men who were captured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5863)
    Performance
    (5332)
    Story
    (5323)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Wonderful story! Great performance!"
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    If you could sum up The Invention of Wings in three words, what would they be?

    Important historical insight


    What other book might you compare The Invention of Wings to and why?

    Red River, Cane River and The Help because they all provide insight into the time in America where there were slaves. In my opinion, these books show, with brutal honesty the thoughts and feelings of both the slave and the master and how much difference one person can make.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Sarah Grimke- she seemed very real to me.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Invention of Wings and why?

    When Sarah Grimke comes home to find Hetty in her bathtub and the two find a way to keep the secret from the rest of the family. It was very poignant for me, the push and pull of emotions and the ability of a young woman to be amazingly brave.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ask Your Guides: How to Connect With Your Spiritual Support System

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sonia Choquette
    • Narrated By Sonia Choquette
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (148)

    We're all spiritual beings with a spiritual support system on the Other Side that oversees and helps guide our lives from the moment we're born to the moment we leave our physical bodies and return to Spirit. Not knowing this fact is a severe handicap, as the Universe is designed to care for and nurture all its creatures and help make our life's journey easier and more successful.

    Angelle says: "Excellent"
    "Wonderful, insightful guide into the spirit world!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to know more about the resources available to them, if they just tune in and ask. It is practical, straight forward advice on calling your spirit guides and connecting with the highest energy possible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The examples of what to say to call your angels and guides.


    Which character – as performed by Sonia Choquette – was your favorite?

    Sonia Choquette is a great author but also has a good voice. She is talking to me, not at me.


    What did you learn from Ask Your Guides that you would use in your daily life?

    How to ask my guides to help me daily, to expect their help and it was a great reminder to pray throughout the day.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 741hz Solfeggio Meditation: Express Yourself Freely and Communicate Effectively

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Harrold Glenn, Calderwood Ali
    • Narrated By Harrold Glenn
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    This is one of a series of meditation recordings by Glenn Harrold and Ali Calderwood, which are based upon the ancient solfeggio musical scale. Each note in this scale has specific healing properties, and this recording resonates to a frequency of 741hz which is associated with the colour blue and the element of ether. Glenn Harrold’s acclaimed vocal delivery and guided meditation combined with Ali Calderwood’s deep and moving soundscapes tuned to 741hz combine to create an amazingly powerful meditation recording

    Karen says: "If you enjoy guided meditations, you'll enjoy this"
    "Great to listen to before sleeping!"
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    If you could sum up 741hz Solfeggio Meditation in three words, what would they be?

    Helps me sleep.


    What about Harrold Glenn’s performance did you like?

    He has a soothing voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great audiobook for people, like me, who enjoy guided meditations. The music and his voice combine to create a wonderful, peaceful meditation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Vibes: Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sonia Choquette
    • Narrated By Sonia Choquette
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (96)

    In this breakthrough audio experience, which features a mixture of live and studio recordings, vibrational healer and revolutionary psychic Sonia Choquette reveals the secrets to awakening your intuitive voice and shows you how to "trust your vibes".

    Fallon says: "Must Read"
    "Great follow to her book on spirit guides!"
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    Where does Trust Your Vibes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great book. I approach some subjects like I did in school and when it comes to intuition and listening for your guides, Sonia Choquette is an amazing teacher.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meditations at the end.


    What about Sonia Choquette’s performance did you like?

    She is very real. She is talking to you, not reading. It makes a BIG difference.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her personal experiences with trusting her intuition and where it led her in life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book and I highly recommend it for anyone who grew up in a home that didn't foster this inner knowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (296)

    Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

    ana says: "from a non believer..."
    "AMAZING!"
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    What did you love best about The Testament of Mary?

    It was a mother's perspective of what happened. It gives you a totally different viewpoint of what happened to Jesus.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Testament of Mary?

    The part where she is in the crowd at the crucifixtion of Jesus and must decide whether to stay or go for her own personal safety.


    What about Meryl Streep’s performance did you like?

    Her voice has such depth and she played the part of a grieving mother so well.


    If you could rename The Testament of Mary, what would you call it?

    A Mother's Love


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful, quick book well read by Merryl Streep. I loved it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Melba Pattillo Beals
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard-won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard-opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order.

    Jill says: "A poignant memoir - a MUST READ for all!"
    "Fantastic Read! So important!"
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    If you could sum up Warriors Don't Cry in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, important and insightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Warriors Don't Cry?

    When Melba has a Sweet 16 party, something she has looked forward to for years and it does not turn out how she dreamed. Heartbreaking.


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I did like the narrator.


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

    A story of survival against the cruelty of others.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope everyone reads this. It is an important part of US history. I have seen the photos of the Little Rock 9, but this brings the whole thing to life in painstaking detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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