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Antonette

I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!

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  • 202 titles in library
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  • The Silver Chair: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (340)

    Narnia is in peril, and only Eustace and Jill can help. Along with Puddlegum, a gloomy but valiant Marsh-wiggle, they are sent by the mighty lion Aslan to find Prince Rilian, heir to the throne. Their quest leads them past hungry people-eating Giants, and deep into the dark underground. But the true test for this noble band of friends comes when they face an evil witch and her deadly enchantments.

    heatherstriebel says: "wonderful!!"
    "By far favorite of the chronicles"
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    Awesome story! Clear depiction of Christ in this story! Loved it from the beginning to the end!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1806)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "My favorite book this year"
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    Wow! I'm not really sure where to start. This book was my sister's pick, and she did a good job. So, the story starts with a punch in the gut, so pay attention. Then it slows down and builds gradually.

    It's so funny bc I thought I knew what turns were going to happen next, and was completely shocked by what turns did happen. Even the cast of readers surprises you as you read along getting used to just the one reader, and boom a different voice. Oh you are going to enjoy this book!

    This will be a book I will read again and again! I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (124)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "A romance story"
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    Today everyone equates romance to sleeping with the president. However this story is a real romance. There are a few types of love displayed throughout this tale: brotherly affection, parental love, young love that grows into a deep passion, sincere friendship, and sadly unrequited love.

    Mary Shelley included it all in this well organized, detailed account of creation of the monster that just desperately wanted to be loved. Dan Stevens, please read more books! He did a fantastic job of given each character a distinct voice, and the monster sounded just like I thought he should. I highly recommend this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (3403)
    Performance
    (1560)
    Story
    (1594)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "I shouldn't have read the Heroes of Olympia first"
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    This book reads just the others. The movie was great, and I wanted to read book 2 before I went to see the movie. I don't think I will. I will only invest in the Heroes series, and just see these movies.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. J. Virgin
    • Narrated By J. J. Virgin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    The key to weight loss isn't calories. It isn't fat. It isn't protein. It isn't even carbs. You can count them, cut them, and swap them all you want, but you won't lose weight if you're eating foods that your body can't tolerate. And the most common diet foods - like egg whites, wheat bread, and fat-free yogurt - are some of the worst offenders. These "healthy" foods are actually making you fat! In this book, celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert J. J. Virgin pinpoints the 10 foods that sabotage weight loss. Just by eliminating these 10 diet saboteurs, listeners will see incredible results.

    Melanie says: "Content made this worth it for me"
    "Thanks JJ!"
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    So far (after only two weeks), I've lost 7lbs 1.5" from my waist, and .5" from my hips! :) I can't express my happiness since NOTHING else has done it for me. I'm looking forward to actually hitting my ideal weight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    From internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith comes the seventh novel in the phenomenally popular and endlessly charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Once again Botswana's only female detective, Mma Ramotswe, and her invaluable assistant, Mma Makutsi, puzzle out the mysteries of life while finding comfort in steaming mugs of bush tea.

    says: "Much ado about bush tea"
    "I look forward to these books"
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    This has been the longest series I've read yet. The people all feel so real I want to travel to Botswana to meet them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (245)

    Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.

    Richard says: "Audiobooks don't get any better than this"
    "Mma Makutsi gets her turn"
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    This book takes us into the life of Mma Makutsi. She seems like a person I want to feel sorry for, and then she opens her mouth, and I don't any longer. Well in this book, she truly comes into her own. She's strong, takes risks, and finds love.

    I'm truly enjoying these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (824)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "Revenge is best NOT served at all"
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    I loved the build up in this story! Just when you think that Mma Ramotswe's story is over now that she's married to Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, SURPRISE in slinks Note Mokoti with blackmail! Read on for details, and enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (230)

    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.

    MusicMom13 says: "#1 Ladies Detective series delivers another winner"
    "Sappy, but I love it"
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    These books are proving to be a happy read. You know that book that feels like it could go wrong, but there's always a happy ending. Each book builds on the other, but the author was smart to recap the main characters for us in a way that's not boring. I'm totally into the story telling parts of the book as well. What I mean by that is, each time characters interact they tell each other the entire story as to how they got o be in the situation that they are in or whatever the case my be. And, initially I thought, serious who talks like this, and I realized that I do. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (324)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "My kind of series"
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    There's mystery, murder, and love, and it's not gory and lusty. I love the way the author has chosen to leave things to our imagination. When I read a book that is exactly what I want to be able to do. The narrator is growing on me.

    I'm looking forward to next book in the series! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1579)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (748)

    Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "FABULOUS FIND"
    "A real whodunit!"
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    Okay for me it was. I figured it out, but then totally dismissed the murderer! What a great surprise at the end of the book! :) I thoroughly enjoyed this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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