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Kathryn A Pyle

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  • Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Sally Jenkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and best-selling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history.

    Suzanne says: "5 Star Listen"
    "Great book for fans of Pat"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sum It Up to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps. I liked the narration, but I didn't read the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pat's personal history and how it impacted her coaching style


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have a favorite - so much information and history to absorb!


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Fans of Pat And women's college basketball will enjoy this book. Great personal history and history of the game.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
    • Narrated By Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

    Michael Williams says: "Do this and you have the answer."
    "Alot of repetition"
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    What did you like best about The ONE Thing? What did you like least?

    A really good point, and interesting, but this could have been written in two chapters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I got bored and could not get through to the end.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (673)

    The Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, here elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way. Transcending the mere "religion wars", he outlines a system of secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, those that ground ethics in a belief in God and an afterlife, and those that understand good actions as leading to better states of existence in future lives. And yet, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a claim for what he calls a third way.

    TEDDET says: "An Easy and Informative Listen"
    "Disappointed."
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    What did you like best about Beyond Religion? What did you like least?

    The narration was very good; I forgot that I was listening to Martin Sheen, and not the Dalai Lama. However, I thought that the material was weak.


    Would you recommend Beyond Religion to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't feel like it offered anything new or inspirational. It does not offer new material for a "seeker" and it is not controversial enough to challenge a religious person to think differently.


    What does Martin Sheen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although Sheen does a very good job, reading may be more inspirational. The books seemed very dry, but that had nothing to do with Sheen's performance.


    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (2863)
    Story
    (2870)

    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"
    "A nice quaint adventure."
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    Where does The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book, although I usually listen to a different type of books - biographies, thrillers or business-related. This seemed to be a quaint little adventure story, with a very emotional appeal. I felt like my sister-in-law, a high school literature teacher, would appreciate the nuances of this book, and assign it as reading material.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold. I felt an emotional connection with him, as his journey moved him through the countryside as much as through emotional struggles.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    The neighbor. I felt as though I could actually see that gentleman.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last quarter of the book, just after the pilgrims went on. Raw, emotional times which made me uncomfortable because I could feel the pain.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9813)
    Performance
    (8811)
    Story
    (8973)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "I've been spoiled by the Trilogy"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The book itself - it is a good story.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    Lord of the Rings, of course. This is a good book, although it does not grab my attention as well as the trilogy.


    What aspect of Rob Inglis’s performance would you have changed?

    A little faster cadence. His voice on the songs bothered me, but I think that is more related to the story and length of songs, rather than anything on the narrator's part.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, it is more of an adventure novel, and I certainly was not looking for inspiration or emotional connection.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4013)
    Performance
    (3571)
    Story
    (3593)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Good, but too short"
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    Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of-the-pack. Interesting subject, but not riveting. I would not listen again, although I might suggest it to a history buff


    Would you recommend Killing Lincoln to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they liked history. Not a book that I would suggest to all of my friends


    Which character – as performed by Bill O'Reilly – was your favorite?

    N/A. He was the narrator, not a performer


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

    The details of Lincoln's final days


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book, but found it to be too short. Lots of details about Lincoln, his final days, and the people involved. Interesting to a history buff, but it was not a book that seemed to have a personality. Interesting, but dry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4907)
    Performance
    (2635)
    Story
    (2679)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "I don't run, but really enjoyed the book!"
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    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. So much great information - I am sure that I missed a lot!


    What other book might you compare Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to and why?

    Entertaining and wholly informative. I can't think of a book that I can compare. I have no desire to run, and I still enjoyed this book.


    What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A sense of emotion and involvement. Listening made me feel like I could actually be there to watch some of the events.


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

    I did have an extreme reaction - but not emotional. I do not run, and have no desire, but I have been recommending this book to everyone that I know. Good story, but even more great information about healthy living (even if we do not follow the advice.)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Conor Grennan
    • Narrated By Conor Grennan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (397)

    In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

    Angela says: "Amazing experience + Inspiring tale"
    "Uplifting story"
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    If you could sum up Little Princes in three words, what would they be?

    Uplifting, poignant, soulful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the author was the narrator


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with the last little prince


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A good read for anyone who wants a good story that is easy-to-read and offers a jump start for the soul. The author's narration added to the audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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