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Kathy

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  • A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kevin Hazzard
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (511)

    In the aftermath of 9/11, Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life - his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age 26, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm - one of blood, violence, and amazing grace.

    Kathy says: "A Wild Ride You Won't Forget!"
    "A Wild Ride You Won't Forget!"
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    I simply loved this book, and if life hadn't impinged upon me, I would have listened straight through. Really, it was too darn short to even consider an uninterrupted listen as it would have been over much too soon!

    What was it I particularly enjoyed about this book? I so appreciated the author's total honesty about all aspects of his story--how he came to be an EMT/Paramedic, the difference between EMS and Paramedics, the training, the terrifying first weeks (months?) on the job, the "partner" problems, the evolution of Marty, the incompetence that was rampant, the burnout, and of course, the patients. I believe another reviewer described the book as "raw and unfiltered", and for me, that says it all.

    George Newbern is becoming one of my very favorite narrators. He totally nailed it here!

    In summary, I was engrossed during every moment of Kevin Hazzard's tale of his EMS/paramedic experience. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in knowing more about this field or are just looking for a very entertaining listen.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Every Moment of a Fall: A Memoir of Recovery Through EMDR Therapy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carol E. Miller
    • Narrated By Lisa Flanagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Carol E. Miller was 16 when the private plane piloted by her father crashed, pinning her in the wreckage, critically injuring her parents, and killing her 12-year-old sister. Compounding this traumatic event, her father told her he wished she had died instead of her sister. For the next 20 years, she labored under feelings of guilt and a lack of self-worth. When another in a long line of personal crises landed her in therapy with an EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) practitioner, she began at last to investigate the crippling effects of the plane crash.

    Real Life Stories, LLC says: "Excellent, w/ rare insights into trauma"
    "Totally Mesmerizing and Much Better Than Fiction!"
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    I knew it would keep my interest, as I have a degree in psychology, but I didn't think I'd hang onto every word of Carol's "life story" as she went through the process of sorting her life out. She has had extraordinary things happen to her, mostly things none of us would have wished for--from having multiple abusive parents to being in an airplane crash.

    Carol's life was not going the way she felt it should and finally convinced herself to give therapy another chance. It was the most 'right' thing she ever did.

    Listen to her story. It is amazing and fascinating. Every word of it! If you are at all like me, you will be mesmerized at how the therapy plays out, particularly as she is referred to an EMDR therapist. What is EMDR? Read this book and learn about how this almost magical yet highly regarded technique works.

    Narrated by Lisa Flanagan--I had to keep reminding myself she wasn't the author. She was awesome!

    Most highly recommended!

    * * * * *

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Padma Lakshmi
    • Narrated By Padma Lakshmi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
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    A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi's unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera - a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron's Heartburn.

    Aishwaryame says: "Touching, Deep, Surprising, and Inspiring"
    "I Loved This One! Padma is great!"
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    After watching her host Top Chef for years, I had to satisfy my curiosity. Who IS this woman and does she know anything about food or is she just there for her looks and sex appeal (never have I seen so much cleavage than during those big chef dinners!)

    Padma tells all. She is incredibly open and honest about her life--her romances, her medical issues, her family, how she got to where she is, how difficult it is to eat all that food and stay slim, etc. etc. etc.

    Oh, and yes, she does know alot about food! Lucky for you and me, she shares some of her favorite Indian down-home comfort food recipes with us in a pdf.

    Padma narrates her memoir which is as it should be. All in all, I really loved this book and highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tourists of the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By C. F. Waller
    • Narrated By J. Scott Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
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    Dylan Townsend stands on the beach watching commercial jets fall out of the sky like oak leaves twirling in the wind. A wing shears off the one closest to the shore just before it splashes down in the sea. Why was she telling him this outlandish story? What sort of tourist agency would offer people a front row seat to the end of the world? More importantly, why would anyone book such a vacation if there wasn't any way home afterward?

    Cyn says: "Thrilling, chilling and excting GREAT listen"
    "State of the Art Bang-Bang"
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    I immensely enjoyed this sci-fi time travel tale. It was just lots of fun and for some reason, brought to mind the bobiverse books, if you know what I mean. No similarities in story line but there was definitely a similar feel.

    This book had interesting, well-enough-developed characters and a good-enough story line to make me suspend my imagination and enjoy it the whole way through.

    I am sure you could imagine a future tourist agency that takes people back in time to witness landmark historic events. You could even imagine some of the events that would be most popular, and I am betting they would not be the feel-good ones, right?

    The apocalyptic EVENT in this story is in our future, also. I don't want to give too many details as this book should have NO spoilers in order to be enjoyed to its fullest. That's why I won't say a word about Dickie--oops. We follow Dylan from the age of about 13 to adulthood as the main protagonist. Along the way he meets a host of characters, good and bad, in his attempts to survive the apocalypse. There are great shootem-ups, some romance, lots of drama, time travel, and reality-based outcomes, in other words, don't expect a totally feel-good, touchy-feely ending.

    Yup, the first "volume", (chapter, that is), can be a bit confusing, but it still easily grabbed my interest. Have patience and it will all come clear in the end.

    The narration was excellent with just a little nitpick from me. The narrator sounded quite a bit older than Dylan for much of the story. Yet his expertise with this narration made it only a tiny bother for me.

    4 and a half stars rounded down just a tad.

    Enjoy this one--it is definitely worthy of a credit! Trust me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hate U Give

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Angie Thomas
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (13217)
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    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

    Michael - Audible says: "What a story!"
    "Supberb and Timely Tale--Feels Like Non-Fiction"
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    In a way, it IS non-fiction, as a young man of color was recently killed nearby my city in his grandma's backyard, armed only with a cellphone, yet having 20 rounds shot into his body. I predict the cops will be investigated and have no consequences--isn't that the way it always plays?

    I digress. This was a wonderful but tough listen, really funny, really sad, but always entertaining. You simply should stop reading here and get the book. But I will go on a bit. It makes one feel it may be a young adult book but that is only because the book focuses on a 16 year old girl who witnesses the cold-blooded killing of her lifelong friend up close. (If we find a book about an old man or women, no one calls it a codger book, do they?) It is only for adults and older and more mature youth, in my opinion, as I would not to condone all the swearing to younger teens. The swearing is real and a fact of life and did not bother me at all.

    I will remember our protagonist, Star, for a long time. I immensely enjoyed her family's interactions, her dangerous predicaments and choices, and the way the story wound to an end. I was sorry to have it end, as I did not want to say goodbye to any of the members of this family.

    You really should get this book.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (1795)
    Story
    (1799)

    When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. However, she soon discovers an arched doorway into an overgrown garden, locked shut since the death of her aunt 10 years earlier.

    Joe K. says: "Wow, what a great story!"
    "A Children's Classic For All Ages To Enjoy!"
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    This was a truly delightful listen for me, and I hope you will consider it, too. It is along the lines of "Anne of Green Gables" and "Zippy", novels centering around young preteen girls who are neglected and living in less than perfect circumstances but who rise above their lot and come of age in a wonderful way. It is another example of what I think of as literature as "comfort food".

    This novel was first published around 1911 but doesn't feel dated at all. Well, maybe a bit, as you don't have youthful protagonists fused to their electronic devices but instead, glorifying in the nature around them. How refreshing, huh?

    The narration is just perfection. Josephine Bailey does a wonderful interpretation of young Mary Lennox and her two young boy friends, never approaching sickly sweet or obnoxious, like children's voices are often portrayed. She is a gem of a narrator.

    And this is a gem of a book that I really enjoyed every moment of. Highly recommended!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (2096)
    Story
    (2090)

    With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

    Largactil says: "Sensitive and Enlightening"
    "If it was easy, everybody would do it!"
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    Well, that is probably not true and it's clearly not gotten significantly easier since the author wrote this book, just different, with new technologies and ideologies that are currently in practice.

    I loved the book--it was a fast, easy, and fascinating listen: a serendipitous decision to become a neurosurgeon, the rotations, the training, residency, surgeries, and practice.

    Listening to some of the case studies felt traumatic to me, realizing what a microsecond of inattention, a tiny slip of a tool could do to a patient. Zap, your life is over, done. I felt horrified and saddened yet could not and would not stop listening.

    Neurosurgical psychopaths? I loved listening to the author's conscious decision not to become one. Not an easy decision, I am betting.

    The narration was fine but I wished the narrator had learned the accurate pronunciations of many of the medical terms. It was a bit distracting.

    Overall, a great listen. If you like medical-type stories, I think you will love this audiobook, too!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cat Warren
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    Cat Warren is a university professor and former journalist with an admittedly odd hobby: She and her German shepherd have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog. What started as a way to harness Solo’s unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced Warren to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.

    Lill Veronica Bongo says: "Good book with an engaging story"
    "My All-Time Favorite Dog Book (non-fiction)"
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    This book is a must read for serious dog lovers and those that aspire to be involved with "working dogs". At first I thought I may not like it, as it was chock full of details and statistics on working dogs, while I had hoped for lots of search, rescue and find stories involving the author's dog, Solo.

    While there are some working dog stories, this book is much, much more in that it explores so many issues related to training and working with a cadaver dogs. I hesitate to use that term, "cadaver dog" as it has negative and icky connotations and this book is neither icky nor negative.

    Expect to learn SO much about the field of working dogs--how they are chosen, the necessary personality traits, the downside of singletons, dog behavior, trainer behavior, fraudulent trainers (oh, yes), various working breeds and their characteristics, the different agencies that train and use working dogs, private agents, and of course, lots about the author's own dog, Solo.

    This is a book that got better and better as it went on. I felt a tiny tear in my eye as it ended, not because of the ending content but because it was over. I wanted to know more!

    The narrator also got better and better as the book went on, as she adapted to who the author was as the subject material got more relevant and intense. Bravo to Cassandra Campbell for doing such a great narration.

    And bravo to the author, Cat Warren, a former professor who found her true calling in life and has shared it so well with us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ask Him Why

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden, Nick Podehl, Scott Merriman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1366)

    Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey can't believe that his hero doesn't have very good reasons.

    auntduke says: "ask him why? "
    "Ask Me Why I Couldn't Take Any More of This Book"
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    I am quitting 2 hours shy of the ending. Want to ask me why? Well, I can't avoid SPOILERS, sorry. There is a good chance you will like this audiobook with so many great reviews. So you may not want to read further here.

    Ryan Hyde is an iffy author for me. A few of her books I have really loved, yet others were too simple, predictable, or irritating. Like this one.

    Right off the bat, I found I could not stand the narrator's portrayal of Ruth. I found it totally unconvincing and just plain irritating. As the character aged 10 years, it got a tiny bit better, but Amy McFadden made the character very unlikable for me. Likewise for Aubrey's narrator, who added to this brother's already present unlikability.

    As for the story, I found it predictable, unbelievable, annoying, and often tedious. Examples? Ruth, at age 15, not having one girlfriend in the world. Really? Same for her brother, Aubrey. 'Aubrey', really? Yup, he had no friends either.

    The parents were totally unbelievable. Going along with the literary and TV trend that all parents are idiots, the mother was incredibly exaggerated, vain, unsympathetic, self-centered, and disinterested in any aspect of her children's well-being. The father was portrayed as checked-out and not developed at all, but he was as insensitive as the mother.

    Are we to believe that young Joe was allowed to spend summers with a strange man the parents never knew or cared to know (despite Joe's contemplating suicide) AND the other children never bothered to ask where their older brother was going each summer?

    As I got two hours from the ending, the book got intolerably more outrageous and just too predictable. I am assuming idiot mother will get the siblings back together and it will be a total tearfest. I, for one, am not sticking around to find out.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kate Clifford Larson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1304)
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    Joe and Rose Kennedy's strikingly beautiful daughter, Rosemary, attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled - a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.

    Gotta Tellya says: "Illuminating and moving."
    "This Sad Story Bruised My Heart"
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    I don't know what I expected, as I knew about the ultimate lobotomy before I began listening. I knew it was not going to be a joyful, fun listen, but I never suspected I would have experienced such sadness, anger and disgust from a biography of one of the Kennedy clan. It was an important book but oh-so-sad and so difficult to comprehend all that was done to destroy a perfectly healthy baby and a delightful young woman of not quite normal intelligence and capabilities.

    Despite your political and religious affiliations, I don't know how you could come away from this story without cursing Joe and Rose Kennedy under your breath as two of the most selfish and loathe-some people you have ever heard about.

    Roses fixation on her children's weight, her denial of Rosemary's disability, her ignoring adult Rosemary for decades . . . Joe's womanizing, his selfishness when it came to his career, his role in lobotomizing his daughter to keep her docile, his keeping the reality of his secret decision and its terrible outcome from his family for so long . . . .

    Yes, ultimately some good came from the the outrageous treatment of the beautiful and innocent girl, thanks to Eunice's instigation. She seemed to be one of the really genuine and caring people this family produced, and I did appreciated learning about her role in improving the lot of disabled persons world-wide.

    Very good narration that took just a bit of time to get comfortable with.

    Read at your own risk!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5138)
    Performance
    (4755)
    Story
    (4758)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Isobel says: "Not what I'd feared"
    "Intelligent, Complex, With Lots of Entertainment"
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    This is not what I think of when I hear a book is 'science fiction'. No outer space, no military battles, no monsters. This is a very intelligently written story about a man, Harry August, who dies and returns to repeat his life over and over again with a full memory of his past lives. Harry was not particularly pleased with this fact but was powerless to stop the process. Eventually, he learned there were other Kalachakra who had the same condition. Harry tried out many different lifestyles, none of which were worth repeating in their entirety. Things moved along with no momentous events until Harry met a great friend who was also Kalachakra but who subsequently became his greatest enemy. Could Harry save the world?

    Yes, this theme has been written before but not with all the interesting twists and turns. The book somewhat reminded me of The Goldfinch, which I loved. The stories were not really similar but something really reminded me of it. It had a wonderful narration like The Goldfinch, amazing you could say. It grabbed me in the same way. (I really don't like to compare books, but I am doing it in this case, as it might help you decide to give Harry a chance.)

    TFFLofHA started off a bit slow, as setting the scene can sometimes do. It picked up its pace fairly quickly and I could not put it down. I really enjoyed how it played out to a satisfying ending.

    Yes, there is some real brutality and violence in the story and if you are very sensitive to this, you might want to pass. But if you are adventurous and like new and novel stories with interesting time travel ideas, this could be your next listen. I loved it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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