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Cathy

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (617)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "So glad we had this time!"
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    If you are a Carol Burnett fan then this is the book for you. It will enlighten you, make you laugh, and sometimes bring you to tears.

    I grew up watching Carol Burnett and each week it felt like she invited us into her life. To know some of the behinds the scenes that went on, how Carol and her family lived outside of the show, and the people and animals she helped along the way is inspiring.

    Listen to her tell her own story. Better than reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (534)

    As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband. But vicious rumors begin to circulate the next morning when Bobby loses his gun and his privileges. It turns out the dead man was the son of a prominent Boston judge and had accused his wife of poisoning their son.

    Sherry says: "I know I'm not Alone . . ."
    "An excellent listen"
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    This is the second Lisa Gardner book I have listened to and it did not disappoint.

    Ms. Gardner's characters are tortured souls thrust into untenable situations. It is sink or swim and her characters rise up against formidable odds.

    The one thing I found a bit odd about the choice of narrator was that it was a female yet the central character is a man. It took a bit of time to get used to this but I was soon caught up in the story, it no longer mattered who was narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spartan Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (750)

    Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

    C. Johnson says: "A little bit National Treasure..."
    "A great story...but long winded"
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    This was my first exposure to Clive Cussler. At the beginning of the book it was captivating and intriguing. Half way through the book it was still captivating and intriguing. But I found that it got to a point where it became repetitive. I started to want the book to end.

    That being said, I will try more Clive Cussler books because the imagination, attention to detail and history makes it worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (515)

    The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell.

    David says: "Grab it"
    "Strong focus on America"
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    The essays are fascinating, well written, well performed. Each is about American historical figure like Mark Twain, John F. Kennedy, Abe Lincoln, etc. Probably of more interest to an American than to a non-American.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

    Darwin8u says: "Death IS the DARK backing"
    "devastating-ly beautiful and sad"
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    Cancer. Spares no one. Christopher Hitchens nails it. How it feels to have cancer, the fears, the dealing with the stupid things people say to you, to atheism, theism and beyond.

    As one who is dealing with Stage 4 cancer and also facing my death, I found Mr. Hitchens words (and those of his wife) comforting, scary and real.

    A brilliant book. Hard to listen to as one who is dying. A necessary read for all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1443)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Mind blowing"
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    If one needed convincing to become an atheist, this is the book. The facts are shocking and astonishing.

    I thoroughly enjoyed most of this book. I found the last couple of chapters a bit too much but overall, a fascinating read or listen. There is a lot to take in so I also purchased a hard copy of the book and read it after listening to it.

    Already a confirmed atheist, I now feel better armed to have spirited debates with any believer.

    One downside is that Mr. Hitchens tends to drop the ends of some sentences so if trying to listen with any other noise or distractions, some of the narrative gets lost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (765)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "There is Magic in Reality"
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    I read "The God Delusion" (same author) and found some of the science way over my head yet I liked the book enough that I am reading it for a second time. The topic is of utmost interest to me.

    I find this book (The Magic of Reality) somewhat "below my head". The topic is absolutely magical. There is no question about that. However, many of the concepts are laid out once, twice, three times and more and the repetition gets a bit boring.

    Perhaps that is because of the weighty material being discussed, and the author's desire to dispel myths. He presents clear and concise arguments at each stage of the discussions, so clear in fact that the repetitions become redundant in some chapters.

    However this a most interesting book. I learned a great deal...and I know I missed much. Therefore, I will listen to this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (85)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know.

    Carolyn says: "If you only own one audio book, this is it!"
    "You need to know this!"
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    I read this book a few years ago and loved it. I have since bought several copies and given them away.

    However listening to this book made it so much more "real". My husband, who loves science but does not read much, thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book as we drove from Canada into the States. He asked for it every time we got in the car.

    A most enjoyable and interesting listen. Something for everyone.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Van Dyke
    • Narrated By Dick Van Dyke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (250)

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.

    Richard says: "Still Inspires Me and Funny."
    "New beginnings"
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    My first audiobook. No longer a virgin! And what a way to start.

    Doesn't hurt that I adore Dick Van Dyke but that aside, his autobiography is magic...made more magical by his telling of his own story. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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