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Crystal

Angier, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
  • 18 ratings
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  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (856)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Brian Quaranta says: "For those interested in neurology & psychology"
    "Engaging an Informing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brain on Fire the most enjoyable?

    Maybe it's because of Susannah Cahalan's expertise in writing or Heather Henderson's wonderful narration style, whatever the reason, this audio book was amazing. This book opened my eyes to new worlds for the mentally disabled. It allowed me to have hope for those who seem hopeless. My favorite aspect of this book was that Cahalan somehow managed to make me feel what she felt--Is she crazy? Will she make a 100% recovery? Will she have a reoccurrence of encephalitis?


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Nonesuch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.

    Carl Smith says: "Simple pleasure"
    "A Delightful Listen"
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    While this story does not seem to be overly original (It is in the realm of Emma and Wives and daughters.), it is well written. Eve Matheson did a wonderful job narrating. The combination of the writing style and narrator make it a very enjoyable book. I was in stitches quite a few times while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (756)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Clinical is the key word..."
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    Fascinating stories of strange illnesses fill this book. Unfortunately, I failed to keep in mind when purchasing this book that there would be a clinical aspect to the stories. The author dug a little deeper than I had anticipated; however, it would be a great book for someone who really wants to know the whys, hows, and ifs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3860)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1612)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Great Performance"
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    This is a very good story and was performed well. Note to parents: be aware that it has typical British language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life in France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (243)

    This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

    Sara says: "What a pleasure!"
    "Poor Narration"
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    I really didn't care for the narration style in My Life in France. The reader wasn't quite boring, but she didn't really make Julia Child's personality come to life. I would have loved to hear someone who sounded and acted more like Julia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (561)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Poorly Recorded"
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    The story was as I expected: A man, his animals, and their adventures. The recording of the book was a little echo-ish for me. Maybe it is an older recording?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (307)

    Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

    Catherine says: "An Amazing Story & Narration"
    "Great Narrator"
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    I have read The Nazi Officer's Wife before, even though it was my second time, I enjoyed it immensely. I think what made this reading of the book so special for me was the narrator. I would have thought it was Edith Hahn Beer reading it had I not seen that Barbara Rosenblat narrated it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Emily Colson, Charles Colson
    • Narrated By Emily Colson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    This is the true story of Emily Colson, a single mother who has faced life's toughest obstacles. This is also the story of her nineteen-year-old autistic son, Max, a young man who struggles to speak, who some professionals deemed a waste of time. But a young man with a gift. Journey with Emily through this unabridged audio download as she shows how Max unraveled the thinking of those who tried to teach him and help him, a lesson that the seemingly weak people can be more powerful than the strong.

    DIONNE MASSEY says: "Wonderful True Life Story"
    "Encouraging Story"
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    What does Emily Colson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed hearing Charles Colson and his daughter, Emily, share Max's story. Also, at the very end, Max and Emily sing a little together, which was a nice surprise.


    Any additional comments?

    Emily Colson reminded me that we all interact with people, and that despite our troubles we need to look beyond ourselves to help and love others. Maybe someone doesn't have an obvious disability that they are struggling with, but are struggling with their marriage or finances, etc. If Max is able to reach out to the people in his community, why can't I?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Tada, Joni Eareckson Tada, Larry Libby
    • Narrated By Stephen Grey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love...in sickness and in health. Even the honeymoon wasn’t easy. Did Ken realize what he was getting into when he proposed to Joni, a quadriplegic woman? As their marriage years moved on, Ken became increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for Joni, who begins to experience chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain.

    Crystal says: "Joni AND Ken"
    "Joni AND Ken"
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    The tone of this book feels alot different than Joni's first book. Her first book was emotional, while this book has little emotion. I started to read this book expecting to hear more of Ken's voice and his take on loving someone with a disability; this is not what this book is about. It is truly about marriage and the history of their relationship. Thankfully, it does give a brief history about Ken, the mystery man. I did enjoy the last chapter, when Joni and Ken actually read their ending thoughts and advice. Overall, the book humanized them. They aren't perfect or angels. They are people who have struggles, just like everyone else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born Again: What Really Happened to the White House Hatchet Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles Colson
    • Narrated By Jon Gauger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    In the 1970s, against the backdrop of the explosive Watergate scandal, Charles Colson revealed the story of his own search for meaning during the tumultuous investigations that led to the collapse of the Nixon administration. A convicted former special counsel to the president, Colson paradoxically found new life - not with success and power, but while in national disgrace and serving a prison sentence.

    Cindy says: "Great Read"
    "Hatchet Man"
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    Colson gives us truth-filled picture of what the Watergate scandal looked like from his point of view. The story is that Colson worked for Nixon and could pretty much be relied upon to get anything done (aka Hatchet Man). Colson explains his subsequent conversion and time in prison. It was a fascinating and informative book that I would recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Spencer-Wendel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    Susan Spencer-Wendel's Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy is a moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). After Spencer-Wendel, a celebrated journalist at the Palm Beach Post, learns of her diagnosis of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, she embarks on several adventures, traveling to several countries and sharing special experiences with loved ones.

    Bonny says: "Until I Say Good-Bye is a paradox for me."
    "Whatever Will Be, Will Be"
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    Susan Spencer-Wendel's "Que Sera, Sera" spirit throughout the book is at times hard to grapple with emotionally, but nonetheless inspirational. She did not plan to have ALS, but she has taken what life has given to her and made the best of it. Her book is about making memories with her loved ones, many of which turn out unexpectedly. Some very low-lows come with the book--however, without them we wouldn't feel her very highs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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