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land1176

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2932)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2576)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Inspiring!"
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    If you could sum up Wild in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring and Amazing


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

    I would have liked to listen to it all at once however time did not allow.


    Any additional comments?

    A Great Book! I would never have the courage to do what Cheryl did - hike the Pacific Crest Trail all by myself. Being a native Oregonian, I could visualize many of the areas that she highlighted in her book from Northern Califonia all the way to The Bridge of the Gods. Deeply moved by the loss of her Mother and the situation where they let her Mother's horse, Lady, go.

    If you are "thinking" about reading or listening to the book, Just Do It. You will be thankful you did.

    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
    (1757)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1479)

    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"
    "Intersting and good information"
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    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    Change your Eating


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was not overloaded with statistics but gave enough stats to make the point.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Processed food has become the staple for most households. As I have tried to restrict carbs in my diet, this took it one step further to eliminating "wheat".


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

    Some laughter but no tears


    Any additional comments?

    A good book and one that I would recommend that people read or listen to. It is very interesting the processing changes and how that has had an impact on health.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Helen Lisanti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (211)

    Charles Bingley, a wealthy young gentleman, has moved into Netherfield Park manor, which causes much excitement in the village of Longbourn, especially among the five unmarried daughters of the Bennet household. Despite many romatic complications, the overall tone of this classic novel is, as Jane Austen described it, “light and bright, and sparkling”.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's About Time I Read This"
    "A Classic"
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    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice?

    Having seen the movie - it was easy to visualize the book as I was listening to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interesting dynamics of the families and the other individuals withing their community.


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

    I love the different voices she uses for the different characters. It adds so much to the listening value of the book


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

    It was already made into a movie which is what prompted me to listen to the book


    Any additional comments?

    It is a classic and well worth the time to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (223)

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    Reader says: "Good but too broad"
    "An Amazing Story"
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    What did you love best about Thunder Dog?

    This is a very heart warming book that gives you a completely different view of the events of 9/11


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roselle - the dog


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

    When the attack happened - the overall calmness of Roselle was amazing. She never left her post and she never forgot her responsibilities for a moment.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will certainly give you a different view of 9/11 and it reminded me that we are only "handicapped" if we choose to be. Roselle was certainly an amazing dog and there were other amazing dogs that worked with the search crews to locate survivors and unfortunately, the deceased as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (396)

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "Very Good!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The King's Speech in three words, what would they be?

    Very Good


    Any additional comments?

    With Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee recently occuring, it was good timing for me to listen to this book. Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator and the information in this book gave additional insight on the Monarchy. I have not yet seen the movie and wanted to listen to the book prior to watching the movie anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (243)

    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "Amazing"
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    If you could sum up Mrs. Kennedy and Me in three words, what would they be?

    A wonderful view of history from a different perspective.


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

    You already know the outcome - President is assassinated. Jackie remarries, lives great life, dies of cancer. Be prepared for the emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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