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  • Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Moore
    • Narrated By Thomas Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every human journey is filled with emotional tunnels: the loss of a loved one or end of a relationship, aging and illness, career disappointments, or just an ongoing sense of dissatisfaction with life. Society tends to view these "dark nights" in clinical terms as obstacles to be overcome as quickly as possible.

    Christina says: "Wise and wonderful"
    "Wise and wonderful"

    This is a wise and wonderful exploration of human suffering. Moore takes a sensitive and strong approach to facing life's harships and challenges. Rather than offering advice on how to alleviate the pain that accompanies hardship, Moore offers helpful advice on how and why these experiences can be used to develop and learn. He places individual hardships in the context of history, as an inevitable part of the human experience. I benefited greatly by his insights, and know that this book will resonate through my life.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Jaws

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

    Tracy says: ""JAWS""

    By the time I was done with this audio book I was so fed up with the characters that I wish that the shark could have eaten the entire town (including the police chief hero). I was totally sympathetic to poor old Jaws, and would have probably eaten these nasty, manipulative, pathetic people too (were I a shark). Also, I know that society was different back in the 70s, but I did not appreciate the racist or sexist references and assumptions. There were other aspects of the story that I found equally as tasteless. I am surprized that the shark could even digest these people. All I can say is GO JAWS! Munch away! Eat the author of this piece of crap while you are at it. My recommendation-- stick with the movie you get the story line without having to put up with the characters-- also, it really is classic fish terror at its best.

    7 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By George Hagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Written in 1798, the story tells of Catherine Morland, the very ideal of a nice girl, but the naive heroine possesses an overactive imagination, fueled by her obsession with gothic novels. When Catherine meets Henry Tilney, she's instantly smitten. But when she's invited to his home, the sinister Northanger Abbey, she learns not to interpret the world through the pages of lurid thrillers.

    Christina says: "Missing pages"
    "Missing pages"

    This is a good recording of a Jane Austen classic and well worth listening to. While I generally prefer to hear a woman narrator when it comes to Jane Austen, I did think that this narrator did an especially good job and so maybe have changed my mind about this. The annoying thing is that this recording is missing the first page and a half of the story. Luckily this is a public domain novel, and so the text is freely available via the internet. However, this technical glitch did make me bump my rating down a star. The good thing is that in trying to find the novel online, I learned more about Jane Austen, and so I guess it was not such a bad thing that I had to do some research.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfires

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rachel's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachel had nothing left to fear. Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachel was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband.

    J. says: "Welcome to the Land of Oz"
    "Hard to listen to..."

    I agree that there was a complete mismatch between reader and story, which really made this audio book a difficult listen. The reader actually sounds a lot like Annette Funicello, which was really funny when she read some of the racier parts or when she tried to imitate the voice of the antagonist. Indeed, her voices were quite bad. At one point she attempted an Hispanic accent and only managed to sound like Dracula. I think that she might be a good reader for a different type of book, but sounded silly reading this one.

    Also, this might be one of Koontz's older novels and is certainly not one of his best. While the story was okay and did have a great deal of suspense, many of the ideas that underlied the book were dated and irritating (e.g. a woman was described as undesirable because of a hand deformity, as well as other sorts of sexist ideas and ways of valuing people based on physical appearance). As a woman, I did not enjoy listening to this stuff, which is silly considering that the main protagonist is female and thus the book must have been to some extent written for a feminine readership. All in all-- the novel was a pretty flat, generic and one-dimensional story.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Like Dogs! Liked it!"

    I am a real sucker for Retrievers and so my review is absolutely biased. Also, I love how Koontz writes about these intelligent dogs (remember Einstein?). While I do not like everything Koontz writes, I do like his dog stories and definitely think that animals are smarter than we give them credit for. I listened to the first three quarters of this book nonstop and was completely engaged by the storyline. The characters were well developed, and the villians were absolutely terrifying. Also, I like the fact that one of the protagonists, was a little girl with Downe's Syndrome. She was not a victem, but was a self empowered strong human being. Bravo Koontz for imparting this sensitivity and for defying stereotypes. I was a bit disappointed by the abruptness of the ending, but all in all this was one of the better Koontz books that I have listened to.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Great story"

    I don't always agree with how Krakauer does things, but boy can he tell a story. I have enjoyed everything that he writes, and "Into the Wild" is by far my favorite. I was so enchanted and frustrated by the character of Christopher McCandeless that I felt like I could have somehow been there for him. Now that's good writing! What an extraordinary and brave person this young man was, and Krakauer has captured his character with sensitivity (if not objectivity). Christopher needs to be remembered (despite the fact that he probably would not want to be). I highly recommend this book, and am inspired to go see the movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Stephanie Zimbalist, Lolita Davidovich

    Meet Rose and Ruby: sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as "the girls". They make friends, fall in love, have jobs, love their parents, and follow their dreams. But the Darlens are special. Now nearing their 30th birthday, they are history's oldest craniopagus twins, joined at the head by a pot the size of a bread plate.

    Barbara says: "Terrific material, great presentation:"
    "Lovely story"

    This was a lovely and unusual story about conjoined twins and their relationship both with each other and with the world. I was completely unaware of how common this situation is (relatively speaking) and so greatly appreciated this sensitive look into the lives of these two characters. The story was so engaging that I did not stop listening to it until it was done and felt like I myself was attached to their outcome. My only disappointment was that I do not think that the story was fully told. It seemed to end rather abruptly. Regardless, I am planning on listening to this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hauntings at Borley Rectory (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (50 mins)
    • By Michael, Mollie Hardwick
    • Narrated By Edward de Souza, Carole Ann Ford, Nicolette Marvin, and others

    Borley Rectory in rural Suffolk seems to have been plagued with ghosts, particularly that of a young French nun believed to have been murdered on the site. Dark and malevolent shapes, poltergeist activity, and voices from disused cellars and stairways haunt this recording. Borley Rectory burned down in the 1950s - and so did the studio where this eerie reconstruction was recorded.

    Christina says: "Too over the top"
    "Too over the top"

    The crying woman was really really annoying! The acting was too melodramatic. It might have been spookier if it had not been so over the top. As it was... not one goose bump.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Healing Back Pain

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John E. Sarno
    • Narrated By John E. Sarno

    With case histories and the results of in-depth mind-body research, Dr. Sarno describes how patients recognize the emotional roots of their back pain and sever the connections between mental and physical pain - and how, just by listening to this program, you may start recovering from back pain today!

    Jerry says: "Believe the Unbelievable"

    Serano offers a fairly simplistic approach to pain management, i.e. as soon as you realize that your pain is psychological it will go away. While he makes some interesting points, I also think that he might be taking things too far. While he starts off with a medical disclaimer urging people to get appropriate diagnoses for their ails, this is but a wink and a nod to his lawyer, as he goes on to question most ills, attributing injuries to emotional factors. While I am a huge believer in mind body medicine and think that mental awareness helps with any condition, I am also unwilling to let go of the idea that injury is possible. Maybe I am wrong and am doomed to a life of pain (at least for the next few days). Unfortuneately, I know that I hurt myself and so it seems logical that there is a cause and effect relationship. It might be violating Hakim's razor to look for a more deep-seated and complicated emotional reason for every pain that crops up. The human body is afterall a biological/mechanical system too. I could blame all my pains on my co-workers, friends, family etc., but really ibuprophen is quicker, cheaper and easier....

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grogan
    • Narrated By John Grogan

    John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

    Eric says: "Amazing Book"
    "Not that Bad...."

    I do not think that Marley was that bad, and so the book was not terribly interesting. I used to have a Chesapeake who did this sort of stuff and worse. Maybe I should have written a book about her.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery and Evidence That Could Change History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Simcha Jacobovici
    • Narrated By Michael Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Jesus Family Tomb tells the story of what may very well be the greatest archaeological find of all time: the discovery and investigation of the tomb belonging to Jesus' family. The tomb in question houses ossuaries (bone boxes) with inscriptions bearing the names of Jesus of Nazareth, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Judas, the son of Jesus.

    John B. Zerkel says: "Sure to stir up reactionaries"
    "Interesting read.... but, weak on the science"

    The author paints an interesting senario, and I was certainly dazzled by the prose.... However, the science driving his hypothesis was actually quite weak. For one, DNA evidence can not be used to identify the remains found in the tomb as Jesus. That's just silly. It did not work for OJ and it certainly does not work for Jesus of Nazareth! All the DNA evidence proves is that person A and B were not related (okay so what), the rest is just story telling. Also, the names in the inscriptions were not quite as clear cut as the author would have the reader believe. Nothing in the tomb reads "Here rests Jesus of Nazareth." Rather the inscriptions on the ossuaries refered to a couple of women named Mary (not unusual), a guy named Joseph (also not unusual), a guy named Jesus (not unusual at all), and a guy named Judah (again not unusual). This assembly of names is less of a coincidence when one considers how the inscriptions are twisted to fit the pattern. The name Judah is used as evidence, despite the fact that there is no such person described in the Bible--(the author's attempts to slip him in there, but I am not convinced). The author seems to be trying too hard to get his hypothesis to work. Another thing to consider is how a simple carpenter from Nazareth could afford such a tomb anyway. Rock cut architecture is extremely expensive, even today.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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