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carol

Coquitlam, BC, Canada

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  • 67 reviews
  • 100 ratings
  • 432 titles in library
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  • Life after Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon - Survival of Bodily Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Raymond A. Moody
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    In Life after Life, Raymond Moody investigates more than 100 case studies of people who experienced "clinical death" and were subsequently revived. First published in 1975, this classic exploration of life after death started a revolution in popular attitudes about the afterlife and established Dr. Moody as the world's leading authority in the field of near-death experiences.

    carol says: "Good for it's time, but better books currently out"
    "Good for it's time, but better books currently out"
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    This was a wonderful book considering that it was published in 1975. Raymond Moody is to be commended for his wonderful efforts in this field. A true pioneer. However, I much preferred the newer "Evidence of the Afterlife" (Dr. Jeffrey Long and Paul Perry) I pretty much felt this book was a waste of my credits. Nothing new, and not enough.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (996)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Last of the trilogy"
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    I enjoyed this book. I really enjoy the writing style of this author, and his extensive historical research, making his books such an enjoyable read (or listen)
    This book concentrates on WW1 and the battle at Galipoli.
    Again, I did not know much about this era, or this battle.
    In school, WW1 was glossed over, and more concentration was placed on WW2, so I learned quite alot.
    Having said that, I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy the best. (The Potatoe Factory), the 2nd, Tommo and Hawk, the least, and this book I found to be nowhere near as wonderful as the Potatoe Factory, but it was still good.
    IMHO, worth your credit. Make sure to start at the beginning though, with The Potatoe Factory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3115)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2195)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "Why is this such a famous series???"
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    Ok, I got sucked into this book, thinking I could really get into a good series.
    This book and series has had lots of acclaim- how could I go wrong?
    For the first third of the book, absolutely nothing happens.
    Just kept plugging along, thinking it would change. How could so many people love this book, right?
    Then by the time something did happen, I was totally uninvested with the characters, and I thought "Who cares?"
    How this series has found so much fame is really beyond me. I found it to drag, and I also found it poorly written. Perhaps it gets better with the other books, but I won't be wasting me time, or my credit to find out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Listen as David recounts the experiences of his rise to successful novelist - his wretched boyhood , the drudgery of his various jobs, his marriage to the boss’ pretty daughter, his flight to the continent, and finally, a reunion with his true love. Tull’s marvelously resonant voice ushers us smoothly through young David’s trials. His ability to move deftly between different accents gives new life to some of the best-known characters in all of literature.

    qtvxzplr says: "Superlative reading"
    "Thought I'd give Dickens a try."
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    I am one of the few people I guess, that just doesn't like Charles Dicken's writing.
    He takes FOREVER to describe something, or to get to the point.
    He is a masterful writer of course, but he just doesn't "move it along" fast enough for me.
    I just couldn't get into this classic.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4662)
    Performance
    (4001)
    Story
    (3979)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "For very young readers"
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    I purchased this book after hemming and hawing.
    The reviews were so promising. Rhys Bowen was supposed to be such a great writer.
    Well, stick with Nancy Drew books.
    They are a little more "involved" with a plot
    What can I say. Dull, Boring. Fast forwarded almost everything.
    What a disappointment!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tao of Pooh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hoff
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (627)

    Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

    Gavin says: "Simply Pooh"
    "Waste of my credit"
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    I know, I know, this is was a best seller.
    Well, I just didn't get it.
    Extremely biased just on this religion.
    Boring.
    I couldnt get through it.
    I did not gain any deep insights.
    My bad.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (871)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "WoW!!"
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    I haven't written a review for a long time, because the audios I have chosen haven't been all that noteworthy.
    This book is the exception, prompting me to write a review.
    First off, I had never heard of this author. (shame on me)
    Second, I only purchased this on the good reviews, and the storyline intriqued me.
    It is the first book since Game of Thrones, that I absolutely did NOT want to stop listening to. (btw, game of thrones is a completely different genre, however, both the writing, storyline, and readers are excellent!)
    This is a book that I am glad I listened to, rather than buy the hard copy to read.
    The reader was exceptional. I could picture this entire book in my head as he read along.
    I researched this author, and found that sadly, he had passed on last year I believe.
    The literary world has lost a wonderful writer.
    Fortunately for me, I listened to this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3442)
    Performance
    (2447)
    Story
    (2451)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "FABULOUS BOOK!"
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    This was a new author for me. The title didn't exactly grab me, but the reviews were amazing, and this audible was on sale at the time.
    I'm so glad I purchased this. Even if it wasn't on sale, it would have been worth every penny of my credit.
    First off, the narrator was beyond fabulous. I have only ever heard a narrator this good before (imho) and that was the narrator for The Game of Thrones audibles.
    I think this is one that needs to be listened to vs read.
    Bryce Courtenay really researches his novels. It shows. This is a three part series, of which I listened to all three . I thoroughly enjoyed book one and book three, but I felt book two in the series was a little boring,(esp compared to one and three) but that is just personal preference, as in all things!
    Worthwhile. Bryce Courtenay is a brilliant storyteller, and Humphrey Bower is as brilliant in his part as a reader / actor!! Can't go wrong with this duo!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (681)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Not a bad book, but not great either!"
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    I had high hopes for this book. While it started out interestingly enough, it could not hold my interest, however I ploughed on til the end. When I start playing the book on 3.5 speed I know it's a lost cause. Didn't take me long to start listening to this book on 3.5 speed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3574)
    Performance
    (3168)
    Story
    (3173)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Charlaine Harris should just STOP now!"
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    This was a total DEAD END in mho. I won't be reading any more in the series if she puts another book out. Just dull now. This series has been worked to death.
    Time to find another great series. I wouldn't bother with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel: Scoundrels of St. James, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (383)

    On a quest to avenge her sister's death, Eleanor Watkins never expected to fall for the man following her through pleasure gardens and into ballrooms. But soon nothing can keep her from the arms of the sinfully attractive scoundrel, not even the dangerous secrets she keeps. Strong, compassionate, and utterly irresistible, James is all she desires. But can she trust him enough to let herself succumb to all the pleasures that midnight allows?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Great finish to the series."
    "A new author for me!"
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    Didn't think I'd have enjoyed this book as much as I did, nor the series for that matter. The reader kept me totally interested, and Antony Ferguson was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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