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Brenda

I'm a mom of a busy 10 year old daughter, manage a demanding career and depending on my morning read during my commute to improve my happiness!

LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (566)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Interesting but the story occasionally dragged"
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    What did you like best about Moloka’i? What did you like least?

    Moloka'i was a fascinating story about a young girl who contracts Leprosy and is exiled to the Moloka'i Leper colony. It tracks her through the rest of her life and describes the challenges, experiences, and sacrifices made by those native Hawaiians who contracted the disease. I thought the story moved too slow on occasion and was anxious to get on with it in the middle .. but the end picked up and I felt the story ended well. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the subject matter.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (828)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "An interesting read but not the best"
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    This book takes place over a dinner hosted by a famous politician for his wife, brother and sister-in-law. It's narrated from the brother's point of view. The family keeps up pretensions all while a dark secret slowly emerges over the course of the evening. It has some humor, it's well written, the narrator is good, and the plot is unique and fresh, but it was just not that entertaining or thought provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversational Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflicts, and Increase Intimacy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andrew Newberg, Mark Robert Waldman
    • Narrated By Mark Robert Waldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (75)

    Sometimes it feels as if the more we talk, the less we are heard. But in groundbreaking research, Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman have discovered a powerful strategy called Compassionate Communication that allows two brains to work together as one. In twelve clear steps, Compassionate Communication actually changes our brain structure — as well as the brain of the person we are talking to — in a way that helps establish a bond between people. In this unique state — free from conflict and distrust — we can communicate more effectively, listen more deeply, collaborate without effort, and succeed more quickly at any task. Using data collected from MBA students, couples in therapy, caregivers, and brain scans, Newberg and Waldman have seen again and again that Compassionate Communication can transform a difficult conversation into a deeply satisfying one, literally in a matter of a few minutes.Whether you are negotiating with your boss or your employees, arguing with your spouse, or coping with your kids, Compassionate Communication is a simple and unbeatable way to achieve a win-win dialogue to help you reach your goals. With its clear prescription and proven results, Words Can Change Your Brain will change how you think and speak to virtually everyone.

    Amazon Customer says: "Stunned"
    "Just Awful"
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    I tried hard to like this book but ultimately found no redeeming value. The advice was sometimes ok, often impractical, and occasionally ridiculous. In a nutshell relax, look into the other persons eyes, and speak slowly. That's about it. Please save yourself respect, career and friendships by not following the more outlandish advice this book offers. Better yet, don't buy it at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (276)

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "WOW! Best listen in a long time!"
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    Loved this story - never predictable, refreshingly well told tale, twists and turns aplenty that never ceased to surprise. Definitely recommend for anyone who appreciates well crafted fiction. A combination ghost story, historical fiction, and tale of redemption.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2678)
    Story
    (2682)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Lovely compelling story of hope lost and redeemed"
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    Harold Fry's 600+ mile walking pilgrimage across England from Kingsbridge on the Southwest coast of England to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Northeast coast starts humbly and slowly ... and so does this intriguing story. Harold's journey is as emotional as it is physical and evolves along a jagged path as he explores and comes to understand the essence of what we really need - be it other people or physical comforts and moves from being emotionally bereft to a place of new hope. The book picks up speed and comes together in a thoroughly satisfying way - I gasped a couple of times as the truth of Harold's life revealed itself. Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (481)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Really loved the performance"
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    Really enjoyed this thought provoking book. I found the story to be fascinating and entertaining. I finished the book several days ago and find myself still thinking about the story. I noted that some other reviewers did not like the performance but I thought it was excellent. I never tiered of the narration - Janet Song's style was perfect for this Chinese story line and I really thought she was excellent for this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (364)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Really? Are you kidding me with this book?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was a terrible story - can't figure out why anyone recommends it. One of my friends told me to read it - said she reads it every year to


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scott and Amundsen: Their Race to the South Pole

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Huntford
    • Narrated By Tim Piggott-Smith
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    This is a brilliant dual biography charting British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911-12. Huntuford's is the accepted, definitive account of the race and a reassessment of the two men. Thoroughly researched, revealing the adventures and misfortunes that befell them both, he describes the driving ambitions of the era, and the complex, often deeply flawed individuals who were charged with carrying them out.

    Pierre says: "Good but could have been great"
    "Good business lessons delivered"
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    This book compared the south pole exploration in general and the race between the Norwegian and English exploration teams in particular. The book emphasizes the careful preparation and thoughtful approach taken by the Norwegian Amundsen contrasted with the amateurish ill-prepared English team lead by Scott. Both teams reached the pole but the experience and outcome were completely different. Very good lessons for business and life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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