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Tammy

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Member Since 2009

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  • Unholy Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (280)

    They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

    Ryan says: "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
    "Unholy Night"
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    This was not a book I expected to like. I bought it because I really liked Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and was looking for something else by the same author. My choices were Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...and Unholy Night. I thought I was picking the lesser of two evils when I chose this one.

    At first, I thought I probably would not listen past the first chapter or two; I wasn't enthusiastic about the subject matter or the narrator's voice - but before I realized it, I was captivated by the story and grateful for the choice of narrator. Both author and narrator have done a great job.

    I found myself laughing aloud at some points, weeping at one point, gasping in surprise and/or horror, and frustrated that people kept interrupting me with piddly stuff like work....

    There's nothing here to offend the especially religious or the especially unreligious. It's a very different story than Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - but having now listened to both, it is Unholy Night that I will replay firrst.

    I recommend this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Ghost of a Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bill Crider
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Lifelong resident of Texas and popular mystery writer Bill Crider delivers what Library Journal calls “a solid addition to a long-running series.” Blacklin County, Texas hasn’t seen much action since Sheriff Dan Rhodes’ childhood days. So when a ghost is sighted in the jail, and Ty Berry, president of the area’s historical preservation group, is murdered, the small county is shocked. Rhodes must get to the bottom of these mysteries before it’s too late.

    Tammy says: "A Ghost of a Chance"
    "A Ghost of a Chance"
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    Other reviews have noted that they did not get the correct audiobook with their purchase; I decided to buy it and see for myself, because I like Bill Crider's books – and I figured I could call Audible and get them to fix the issue if it was still linked to the wrong file. I did get A Ghost of a Chance by Bill Crider, so any issue with the download has been fixed.

    The book itself was an enjoyable listen. I liked the plot, and the characters are well-developed and likeable. There's plenty of humor to keep you listening. This is something like number 11 in the series; the earlier books are not available on Audible, which is a shame, because it's been years since I read them, and I'd enjoy listening to them on my commute.

    I was ambivalent about the narrator, at first, but, overall, Guidall is a good reader for the series - although his characters do not sound like they're from Texas. He is also the narrator of the Longmire series by Craig Johnson, so at first I had to work to keep them separate in my mind, but it got easier.

    If you like the Longmire books, this is a series you would probably also like (and so is the Bill Gastner series by Steven Havill). Crider is from Texas and paints a great picture of small-town Texas life and law enforcement. I've already purchased several other audiobooks in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GRE Vocabulary AudioLearn: AudioLearn Test Prep Series: A Complete Review of the 500 Most Commonly Tested GRE Vocabulary Words!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By AudioLearn English Team
    • Narrated By AudioLearn Voice Over Team
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    From spelling and syntax to sentence usage and pronunciation, AudioLearn is your complete audio study guide to vocabulary for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - with more than 500 words that commonly appear on the GRE, you can be sure to increase your knowledge of GRE Vocabulary!

    Julie says: "Misspelt words&wrong definitions. Great narrator."
    "GRE Vocabulary Audiolearn"
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    I was disappointed with this program. I did like the format, which gives the spelling of the word, part of speech, and definition and then uses the word in a sentence; however, multiple words are mispronounced, at least one definition is wrong (so far), and some example sentence contradict the meaning. Additionally, some of the sentences demonstrate that the authors of the program do not understand the nuances of the words. Also, although the subject matter is dull (and the example sentences sometimes duller than the definitions), the reader delivers the material in such a flat, toneless way as to put the listener to sleep - when he or she is not shouting the correct pronounciation, that is. I would have gone over the material and made sure that I could pronounce the words - at the very least. A for the idea and the structure, D+ for execution.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pray and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Catherine Ponder
    • Narrated By Kathryn Leech
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The power of faith. The power of prayer. Billions of people pray daily. Many find their prayers answered. Others do not. Skeptics will argue that the occurrences where prayers were allegedly answered by a higher being, were merely coincidental, in other words “dumb luck” Yet how would that explain the many miracles reported each year as a result of prayer, which defy the laws of logic and continue to baffle physicians and other scientists? The author presents examples of why some people’s connections with God are more powerful than others.

    Tammy says: "Pray for a better production...."
    "Pray for a better production...."
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    The reader mispronounces words and stumbles over moderately complex grammar. Her dramatic 'voices' are distracting and have no place in nonfiction. The sound quality is sometimes okay, sometimes bad (and never great). The flow is very choppy, making me think the playback had stopped or 'skipped' like a scratchy, old 45. If there was an editor, he or she left no evidence. Ditto a producer. Even more stunning, another reader entirely appears occasionally to voice-over a phrase or sentence, and then the original reader reappears. Overall, this is an extremely amateurish production, which is a pity, because the book is worth reading or hearing. Do yourself a favor: buy the ebook and let your Kindle read it to you - its pronunciation is better. That is what I am going to have to do, since listening to this has left me more focussed on the terrible production values than the subject of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Law and the Word

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Thomas Troward
    • Narrated By Tony Cousins
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Written in 1917, The Law and the Word is a hard-to-find work by Judge Thomas Troward, a pioneer in mental science. Troward's writings and lectures greatly influenced Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science and writer of The Science of Mind.

    This book was one of the first to combine thought energy, scientific reasoning and testing, and creative power, and to see the interconnection of the three.

    Tammy says: "Fingernails on a blackboard...."
    "Fingernails on a blackboard...."
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    I cannot stress enough to anyone interested in this book that they listen to several minutes of the sample before they buy.

    Unfortunately, Audible would not let me review just the narrator; as for the content of the book, I'm going to let my Kindle read me the free ebook version of this instead - it has to sound better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1845)
    Performance
    (1607)
    Story
    (1619)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Proof of Heaven"
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    I did not expect to like this book. I was surprised to find that I liked it. A lot.

    The book is well-written and well-read. It is thought-provoking, but it's also a good story in terms of his medical condition and what was happening around him while he had this experience. I found the author's voice to be pleasant, and the sound quality was very good. I found the author and the family members and friends he describes to be likable and interesting. Overall, this is one of the best books I have read in terms of holding my attention and keeping me listening despite all the distractions around me.

    If you are wondering whether or not to buy the book - buy it. Don't get hung up on what is 'proof' and what is or isn't mentioned. This is a good book. It also happens to have a good message, whether you believe Dr. Alexander's experience was 'real' or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bhagavad Gita

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phoenix Books, Barbara Stoler-Miller (translator)
    • Narrated By Jacob Needleman
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    The search for higher truth must be conducted in the midst of the forces of life, with all its demands and seductions. So teaches The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient text that has been called the quintessence of the spirituality of India. In it, the great warrior Arjuna contemplates the meaning of life, just moments before entering the battlefield. "Why do I exist? Why should I fight against my loved ones? And where shall I go after I die?" he asks himself in search for knowledge of the Absolute.

    Tammy says: "Oh, the humanity!"
    "Oh, the humanity!"
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    I bought this book and The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley at the same time. FIrst, I can't downlaod both to the same device because Audible gave them the same filename. After dividing them between devices, I listened to both. I loved, loved LOVED the walkthrough by Jack Hawley - but this one (The Bhagavad Gita, read by Jacob Needleman)...not so much.

    The Bhagavad Gita is an incredible story with so many layers....none of which are discernable here. The translation itself sounds all right, and the quality of the recording is fine, but the reader...yikes. If his mission is to put me to sleep, he can consider this a triumph. LIsten to the whole sample before you buy - but, until Audible makes another version with a better reader available, I recommend you get the Walkthrough by Jack Hawley instead and give this version a miss.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jack Hawley
    • Narrated By Jack Hawley
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    The Bhagavad Gita has been called India's greatest contribution to the world. In this audio version of his classic book The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners, Jack Hawley makes its wisdom clear to Western seekers.

    Tammy says: "The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners"
    "The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners"
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    I really loved this. The author reads his own work here, and he does a very good job. He has a pleasant voice that seems suited to the material. It is not a literal translation word-for-word, more like a distillation in modern English and with the intent to explain the Bhagavad Gita to westerners in particular. He explains the concepts and some of the vocabulary, which I found helpful. There is a sort of soundtrack to the reading, which I did not find intrusive and which I actually thought added something to it - I liked it - but I think some people may find it distracting, so listen to a sample before you buy it. Overall the sound quality was pretty good; I heard papers rattle occasionally, but I became so interested in the material itself that I stopped noticing it if it continued throughout the book. I would recommend this work to anyone who is interested in learning about the Bhagavad Gita or in world religions and beliefs. As soon as I finsihed it, I started it again, because there is a lot to it, and I was fascinated. I wish I'd found this when it was first produced.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Last of the Summer Wine Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Roy Clarke
    • Narrated By Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Brian Wilde
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Compo, Foggy and Clegg wreak havoc in four vintage episodes from the world's longest-running comedy series. Only a man with a ferret down his trousers could love Nora Batty. So lock up your ferrets (and Nora Batty!), here come Yorkshire's hilarious adventurers - three pensioners in four classic capers from the BBC television series which kept the nation laughing for more than twenty-five years.

    Tammy says: "Last of the Summer Wine, Volume 1"
    "Last of the Summer Wine, Volume 1"
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    This is based on the BBC television series of the same name, and if you liked Last of the Summer Wine when it was on the air (1973-2010) you will enjoy this audiobook. It is actually four episodes of the series, from the seventies, with added narration by Peter Sallis/Norman Clegg to transition to an audio program. Other than the added narration, which is entertaining, there is nothing new here - but it's nice to have a few episodes to carry with me when I'm commuting or at work.

    Be wary, though, and listen to the samples before you buy both Volumes 1 and 2 as when I purchased them I found they were both actually Volume 1. Audible very kindly refunded my money (these are less than the price of a credit, so don't burn a credit, pay cash), and I give them five stars for customer service! I hope they will post the real Volume 2, as I would like to have it also.

    Thanks, Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gossip: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    Lady Jane Hamilton, one of the guests at the Lochdubh School of Casting, is positively ruining everyone's holiday with her knack for digging up nasty secrets. As the week-long fishing class progresses, she gives each person there a reason to hate her. But figuring out which one of them would go so far as to commit murder is trickier than catching a Lochdubh salmon.

    MissSusie66 says: "Just Ok"
    "Hamish MacBeth"
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    I had read some of the reviews of the series before listening to this, and I was afraid I had wasted my credit, but I wasn't disappointed. The book is good - good characterizations, some humor, and a decent performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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