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Deborah

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  • No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mitt Romney
    • Narrated By Mitt Romney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

    michael says: "You can like this book without being a Republican."
    "Still waters run deep. This is one smart man!"
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    What did you love best about No Apology?

    This book shows all the different experience that Mr. Romney has in so many aspects of economics and leading people in no nonsense ways. There are so many things to be done and in really a short 4 years but it seems as if he is going to be right in his element. His track record shows a go getter, an extremely common sense kinda guy! I especially like to hear the authors read their own books, you can tell that it is told the way it was thought.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Apology?

    He describes international students studying in our universities and at graduation it is required that they leave the country (I assume for home.) This in comparison to illegal immigrants coming and being covered by our precious entitlement programs. It makes sense that we might like to hold on to the bright ones if we at all could and reform the entry for those who are not contributors to our system. Many of these international students are very serious about their education and work for degrees in the sciences and engineering.
    These happen to be the areas that our american students seem to have waning interests despite the potential for such great need and opportunity as a needed piece of our economic recovery.


    What about Mitt Romney’s performance did you like?

    He wasn't wishy washy about the topics . He had an opinion and then expressed why he felt that way in an easily understood manner . Then he told you how he had done some of these things and how success is not a bad word.


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

    What America Needs in our President!


    Any additional comments?

    I just really liked the book ,it was easy to understand, and I learned a lot !!!!!
    I really like his no nonsense approach, and that he isn't hesitant to make a change if it makes more sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (564)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Names"
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    At this begining of a new series all the new and similar names are allittle hard to follow.The info about the coffee; brewing times and different flavors from different beans is a great learn!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11852)
    Performance
    (10867)
    Story
    (10928)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Was this book for young adults? :)"
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    I loved this book although I am 56.
    The number of emotions a book can take me to determines how much I like it and this book does not disappoint. I was laughing and crying, slowing to rehear some of the poetry and believably feeling like I have a better understanding of these issues from all the characters. It was a good listen and I think young listeners will gain a better comfort level when they experience these life situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weekends with Daisy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sharron Kahn Luttrell
    • Narrated By Jane Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Sharron Kahn Luttrell was still mourning the death of her beloved German shepherd when she decided to volunteer as a weekend puppy raiser .But Daisy, an adorable bundle of fur the color of buttered toast, captures Sharron's heart the moment she's handed the leash. And while Keith, the convict who cares for and trains Daisy during the week, seems intimidating at first, he is soft-spoken and polite. What's more, Daisy's appearance on Fridays, freshly scrubbed and sweet smelling, seems further evidence of his gentle nature.

    Susan says: "Daisy's Smile on the Cover is a Perfect Indicator"
    "Dogs! Love em!"
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    Where does Weekends with Daisy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This rates about an 8. I love a good dog read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrating character and of course daisy! she was interesting and not too predictable.


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

    No.


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

    I usually listen to books in one sitting but like the story to last as long as possible, so this one was O.K. That way. It was satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the view point of this story. The secondary plot was informational and sensitive . It was a little hysterical about the inmates issues though.. I would be curious too but didn't really see why she felt so threatened. The relationship with Daisy was fun and a good ride In the positive aspects of helping others and the blessings that so many people can receive just incidentally .It was encouraging and I did look into local volunteering as a trainer in my locality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Martin A. Lee
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Martin A. Lee traces the dramatic social history of marijuana, from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in a culture war that has never ceased. Lee describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry. Colorful, illuminating, and at times irreverent, this is a fascinating listen for recreational users and patients, students and doctors, musicians and accountants, Baby Boomers and their kids, and anyone who has ever wondered about the secret life of this ubiquitous herb.

    Blake says: "A hard book for me to rate"
    "Lots of info!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Smoke Signals to be better than the print version?

    This book is so well investigated that I think that I would like a print copy for reference.


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

    The personal stories where the people as sick as they were, and needing help themselves, were trying to do things for the sake of others , I was really impressed at the goodness that this group of people have. I wonder does that trait come before the weed or does the weed help mold the person to be so socially considerate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Edward
    • Narrated By John Edward
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    In Crossing Over, John brings his listeners with him on the extraordinary journey that has been his life since his New York Times best seller One Last Time was published in 1998. In the style of his TV show and personal appearances (poignant, funny, and remarkably candid) John deals head-on with the controversial issues he has confronted on his voyage as a psychic medium. Listeners might be surprised to learn that it hasn't always been smooth sailing.

    Betty says: "Intriguing and entertaining"
    "fascinating"
    Overall

    this is an easy listen and fascinating group of stories. I also like it when an author reads their own work and this is extra nice because of his familiar voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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