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History Buff

I love documentary-style pieces and occasionally fiction.

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  • Your Mental Health Questions Answered

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By J. Lucy Boyd
    • Narrated By Dan Harder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Your Mental Health Questions Answered contains over 70 answers to the probing questions you've always wondered about. Popular medical writer J. Lucy Boyd has interviewed 20 top psychiatrists and psychologists, asking each of them one to two questions in their specialty, ranging from anxiety to addiction to sex.

    History Buff says: "Interesting book with a variety of information"
    "Interesting book with a variety of information"
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    If you could sum up Your Mental Health Questions Answered in three words, what would they be?

    helpful different fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Mental Health Questions Answered?

    Learning how to tell if a teen is on drugs or having mental health problems


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

    This is the first time I've listened to Dan Harder. I owned the paperback, and this audio version is first rate. It sounds like a professional on television.


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

    Things You Don't Know About Life, But Need To


    Any additional comments?

    If you or someone you know is having problems, it is a great book. But, if you aren't having problems, it is an even better book, because it gives advice on stress management and has lots of information that you can share with your friends. I love that so many doctors were interviewed for this book. You get dozens of opinions instead of just one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • She Just Looks Like That

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Paty Anderson
    • Narrated By Ashley Ulery
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    Bizarre suicides, new boyfriends, a sadistic stalker, a complicated father - Taylor Campbell has her hands full. Called in to help figure out the cause of a rash of suicides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the young woman faces her worst fears as she struggles to solve the mystery, maintain her sanity, and dodge the fate seemingly deemed her. This psychological thriller takes you deep inside the mind. Not your typical audiobook - you will listen to hours filled with apprehension and curiosity. Be prepared to listen all night!

    History Buff says: "Scared the Pants Off Me"
    "Scared the Pants Off Me"
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    If you could sum up She Just Looks Like That in three words, what would they be?

    scary addictive engrossing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Things just kept happening to the protagonist. Her normal looking life came apart piece by piece as she worked to figure out why people kept kiling themselves.


    What about Ashley Ulery’s performance did you like?

    She brought the story to life.


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

    Worse that your worst nightmare, because you can't even dream this stuff up.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not overly gory even though it talks about violent acts. Be ready for a family that is dysfunctional below the surface, medical people that aren't trying to cure anyone, an uppity person that loses their tall and an ending you aren't predicting. It is sexy in places but it's real -- it doesn't have supernatural or fantasy stuff. It's like the worst things that could actually happen. In the middle of it all, a sweet cat, best friends, a psychiatric hospital, a police department and a girl who's trying to find her way. I've got to listen again to see how many clues I catch the second go round. This seems to be the author's first novel but the red herrings, plotting and character development are very professional. She focuses on the characters while giving you just enough scene to build the picture in your mind. A must read if you like thrillers or suspense!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Congo!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. Lucy Boyd
    • Narrated By Erica L. Risberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Whitney Anderson is a fifth grader and president of a mystery club. She and her friends help find a missing boy, but soon Whitney is headed to a strange country- Monaco - full of adventure and a man who follows her, leaving her expensive presents. Mystery follows Whitney to the Congo, in the heart of Africa, where she must find her kidnapped baby brother before time runs out.

    History Buff says: "The Most Creative Book I've Heard in Ages"
    "The Most Creative Book I've Heard in Ages"
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    What made the experience of listening to Congo! the most enjoyable?

    I could sit back and feel like I was there. It took me back to childhood at first, riding my bike with my friends. Then, I felt the freedom of living in Monte Carlo. Then, the raw excitement and courage I would have to muster to survive in the jungle. I listened in just two sittings because I couldn't stop.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Congo!?

    Without giving anything away, I loved her time with the tribe in the jungle and the ending.


    Which character – as performed by Erica L. Risberg – was your favorite?

    It has to be Whitney, although I loved Ben, the bad guy, too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried when the baby was kidnapped from her and I laughed at her trying to figure out boys. I cried a few other times, too, like when she kept getting uprooted.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reads better than a typical book made for middle grades because it doesn't talk down to anyone. I forgot I was listening to a book for kids, other than some of the narrator's interpretations. But, it doesn't have anything a parent wouldn't want a 10 year old to hear. It teaches about dfferent countries and family and responsibility but is so exciting you can't stop to eat or sleep.

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