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Jeannie

Jeannie

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  • The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
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    On The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting, Dr. Brené Brown invites us on a journey to transform the lives of parents and children alike. Drawing on her 12 years of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, she presents ten guideposts to creating what she describes as "wholehearted" families where each of us can continually learn and grow as we reach our full potential.

    Jeannie says: "You will add dimension to your parenting skills!"
    "You will add dimension to your parenting skills!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Since Brene Brown took TEDtalks by storm, I've been following her work. I believe this is a "game-changer" for lack of a better term. We can all improve continuously, and Brene's ten guideposts are to the heart and readily accomplished. I changed my communication immediately and I thought I was pretty aware of the top parenting skills. I learned! A must listen... a "hallpass" to have made mistakes and turn relationships around without shame.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Name Is Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all.

    Lajuan says: "I LIke this book"
    "For all those who believe in souls intertwined!"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Ann Brashares writes the story of time as no barrier to love. Have you ever felt that you've known someone forever, an inexplicable level of comfort and deep connection? Delve into the tale of love crossing thousands of years and be swept away by the possibilities. Magical.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Cheer Plow Horse Winning at Madison Square Garden!"
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    What did you love best about The Eighty-Dollar Champion?

    Snowman is the unlikeliest of winning show jumpers and his story will make you cheer. From the truck headed to the slaughter house, to lesson horse for a girls' school, to a beloved family member carrying children bareback swimming....to a champion show jumper competing with the elite of the elite... The Eighty-Dollar Champion will not disappoint. I love that this is a true story and the reader is left with the knowledge that we all have that spark to be more than we seem to be.


    0 of 0 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
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    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"
    "Be prepared to wrestle with your convictions!"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I laughed, I cried, I hoped, I cheered... I learned so much about disabilities and the amazing people and caregivers. It reminded me that we have so many out there in need. Jojo Moyes again touches the soul and brings us into the lives of the disadvantaged in such a way as to catalyze change in attitudes, perspectives, understanding that translates into a desire to act and help. A must listen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lois Leveen
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.... All her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.

    Jay says: "Wonderful performance of a great story."
    "Still a man's world, but women have come so far!"
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    Where does The Secrets of Mary Bowser rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This historical novel opened my eyes in an unexpected way and is one of the best books I've listened to on audible. Set in my home state and even in a city where I lived, I was really surprised to learn about the statutes that state legislators put on the books, particularly regarding emancipation and education of slaves. These laws now seem impossible to believe and drove the necessity of keeping deep secrets to protect and bind families of freed slaves. Since Daniel Day Lewis portrayed Abraham Lincoln in the recent Spielberg film, I had a refreshed perspective that truly benefited from viewing the issues from other vantage points. Seeing the events through the eyes of a young emancipated girl made this story extraordinary. Lois Leveen has a storytelling gift and the performance by Robin Miles was wonderful.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Get to Know Anne!"
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    What did you love best about The Aviator's Wife?

    One of my favorite books is Anne's Gift from the Sea. I've given it many times to friends. This historical novel really opened my eyes about the challenges of her life and her dreams and gave me quite a different context for her own novel. A must read, but if you don't know a lot about the Lindberghs, be prepared for some surprises. Love how strong this woman was, through it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
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    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Calling all Horse Lovers"
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    What did you love best about The Horse Dancer?

    Jojo Moyes delivers again! Great story about pursuing one's dreams, love and loss, finding one's way, persevering against the odds and faith in humanity restored. It's clear that Jojo Moyes has a background with horses but did a great deal of study into the classic and extraordinary movements of battlefield dressage. Moyes perfectly describes the bond between horse and rider and I loved the Quotes from Xenophon (on Horsemanship circa 345 BC) that began each chapter. Many of us are familiar with the Lipizzaners of the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The French version has a military base and is known as the the Cadre Noir. The movements, scenes and interactions are so well written, I felt as though I were right inside the story experiencing everything first hand. I couldn't stop listening! There is a truly fabulous mix in the cast of characters and the narration is really excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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