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Heather

Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!

Niceville, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1730)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1521)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Evanovich is always fun!"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Janet Evanovich before, how does this one compare?

    This is not Janet Evanovich's best book in the Plum series, but it was still a lot of fun.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

    To me she IS the voice of Stephanie Plum!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (696)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "Informed, humorous, enjoyable"
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    I wish this author had been my professor as this writing is linguistic anthropology at its finest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever
    • Narrated By Sasha Dunbrooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    When Linda Babcock asked why so many male graduate students were teaching their own courses and most female students were assigned as assistants, her dean said: "More men ask. The women just don't ask." It turns out that whether they want higher salaries or more help at home, women often find it hard to ask.

    Guilherme says: "Interresting subject, bad delivery."
    "Women and these who love women - Read This!"
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    Eye-opening, inspiring and well-written (and well-narrated), this book is a treasure in Women's studies, and in preparing women to ASK for what they want.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1764)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1485)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Solid information"
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    I enjoyed this book and found far too many of my own symptoms listed in the problems of gluten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Carmine Gallo
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.

    Carol says: "Gallo cuts to the chase..."
    "A must listen!"
    Overall
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    Bringing to the book (and narration) the quality and excellence we have come to expect from all things TED, the author's knowledge, humor and relatable voice makes this a 5-star, must read for your next presentation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Who is your teenager listening to? Teenagers today are bombarded by messages from their peers, the Internet, music, movies....the list goes on. As parents, you may wonder if your words mean anything at all. If so, take heart: all research indicates that the most significant influence on the life of a teenager comes from his or her parents. Yes—parents!

    Judy Lokits says: "Eye-opener"
    "Highly recommended"
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    Fantastic look at the needs of teenagers from a empathetic, loving viewpoint. I am a better parent for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Irish Americans: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay P. Dolan
    • Narrated By Jim McCabe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Jay Dolan of Notre Dame University is one of America’s most acclaimed scholars of immigration and ethnic history. In The Irish Americans, he caps his decades of writing and teaching with this magisterial history of the Irish experience in the United States. Although more than 30 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, no other general account of Irish American history has been published since the 1960s. Dolan draws on his own original research and much other recent scholarship to weave an insightful, colorful narrative.

    Heather says: "Should have been great"
    "Should have been great"
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    Since this book is on my research list, I forced myself to listen to all of it. It was a struggle. The book: The author alternates painting Irish Americans throughout history with too broad a brush and then a very narrow brush. This approach is rather frustrating to follow, and leads to confusion and questions of accuracy.
    The Narration: Though usually sounding like a robot, this narrator reads the words of others in accents, Irish, British... Those moments were the only good spots in the narration because I found them humorous. Another narrator could have improved this already tedious book with a better reading.
    Overall, it is chock full of history and rare in its extensive coverage, however it is not an enjoyable read/listen. This is a great shame, as the story of Irish Americans, if told well, should be a lively, character-filled story worthy of a true storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accent Your Character - Irish: Dialect Training

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Paul Meier
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in these entertaining presentations. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.

    Heather says: "Fun!"
    "Fun!"
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    I don't have a character to accent, but I enjoyed listening to this. As the child of an Irish-woman from Dublin, I've never been able to tell the difference in the accents of the north and south of Ireland. this was helpful and fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Mueller
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt?

    dr says: "Well worth the listen - if you eat"
    "Excellent, keeps your interest!"
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    I listened to this book in my car and really enjoyed it! Tom Mueller kept the subject fresh and relevant by introducing the reader to the history, and people (globally) that make olive oil the "liquid gold" that we consume. I will never buy a bottle again without reading the label. And I intend to educate myself on the flavor profiles of oil. This book is for the scholar, book-lover, agronomist, economist, traveler, foodie, and the casual cook alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (571)

    The last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

    Jessica says: "Great Chick Lit Mystery"
    "A fun and funky series!"
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    This is another great book in a fun series - don't try to read them out of order - it will just confuse you. But DO read them if you like funky, fun mysteries with great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (427)

    Mystery writer and dabbling recreational sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love--with a three-bedroom Victorian. She's just got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the Realtor. The rich, creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals, well, a lifeless body clutching a cameo with a disturbing history of its own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sophie Katz Rules!"
    "A fun series!"
    Overall
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    This is another great book in a fun series - don't try to read them out of order - it will just confuse you. But DO read them if you like funky, fun mysteries with great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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