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Elizabeth

I love books! They have always added so much to my world. Between being a busy mom, having a demanding career, and keeping my household running smoothly, I have zero free time to just sit and read a book. Audible allows me to keep up with my reading (or "reading") while I'm working or driving or cooking or cleaning the house. I enjoy that so much - I love Audible!

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  • Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Carville, Paul Begala
    • Narrated By Paul Begala
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    The problem with Democrats, Carville and Begala argue, is not ideological. It's anatomical. They lack a backbone. Take It Back is a spinal transplant for Democrats and an audacious battle plan for victory.

    drwjbrown says: "Take it Back"
    "BRILLIANT"
    Overall

    This book lays out a brilliant plan of action for the Democratic party. Hopefully they will follow it! I would expect nothing less from James Carville and Paul Begala. I really loved this book - I will definitely listen to it again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6468)
    Performance
    (5996)
    Story
    (6019)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "One of my favorite King novels!"
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an excellent audiobook! I could not bring myself to stop listening.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    Naturally, I would compare it to 'The Shining' because this is the sequel. I think that it was an excellent sequel.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I am aware of.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    Good question, but I'm drawing a blank.


    Any additional comments?

    There were such high expectations for a sequel to a book as well known and loved as 'The Shining". I am so pleased that 'Doctor Sleep' exceeded them all for me.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • There's More to Life than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight about the Other Side from the Long Island Medium

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Theresa Caputo
    • Narrated By Theresa Caputo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (297)

    In her highly anticipated new book, brassy and beloved medium Theresa Caputo, star of the hit television show Long Island Medium, opens the door to her world and invites us to experience her exceptional gift of communicating with those who've crossed over to The Other Side. Combining Theresa's personal story, compelling anecdotes, and client readings, this remarkable book teaches us about Spirit and helps us understand the life-affirming messages that are sent to us every day.

    Elizabeth says: "Amazing and comforting"
    "Amazing and comforting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Theresa Caputo has an incredible gift. And she is fun and funny which gives a light-hearted feel to a serious book.If you like her TV show "Long Island Medium", you will love this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't know that I could pick a favorite part. What I loved the most were Theresa's insights and descriptions of her ability and readings. She makes the other side feel so familiar and close that it brings comfort to me.


    What about Theresa Caputo’s performance did you like?

    She is so funny and endearing!


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

    I was moved by so many of her stories about specific readings. They helped put her descriptions of her gift and of spirit, in context.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that she writes another book soon!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Andersen
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    They were the original power couple - outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kennedys in their final year together, NewYork Times best-selling biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before. Tender, intimate, complex, and, at times, explosive, theirs is a love story unlike any other - filled with secrets, scandals, and bombshells that could never be fully revealed…until now.

    Molly says: "The SECRETS of Camelot~ Kennedy bios~ 5 STAR"
    "A fascinating perspective"
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    What did you love best about These Few Precious Days?

    I could stop listening to this book. It provided a unique and fascinating perspective on this legendary couple, but simultaneously humanized them in a way that I have not experienced in any other books on this topic. They are portrayed as two beautiful, intelligent, and flawed individuals navigating both personal and historical highs and lows. It was incredibly interesting, beautiful, and tragic - just like "September Song" the poignant song which gives the book its title.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of These Few Precious Days?

    Of course there were many memorable excerpts, but the part that spoke the most to me was how the tragic loss of their newborn, Patrick, brought them closer than ever in the months before the assassination.


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

    Robertson Dean was the perfect narrator for this book, in my opinion. It required his unque combination of sensitivity and gravitas.


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

    It was all very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book even though it was so heartbreaking.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ree Drummond
    • Narrated By Ree Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    "I'll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn't looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I'd been struck with a lightning bolt... and I was completely powerless to stop it."

    Elizabeth Lyle says: "Real Life Romance and Humor"
    "I really enjoyed this book!"
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    Would you listen to The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story again? Why?

    Ree Drummond's writing style is so engaging. She is funny and self deprecating which makes her very likeable. Follow her true life story of introduction into her husband's cattle ranching life was fascinating, and their love story is incredibly sweet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the tension she builds with the the little cliffhangers along their way to marriage. Even though I knew that they would end up together, she made me feel the real emotional experience of falling in love.


    Which character – as performed by Ree Drummond – was your favorite?

    Obviously I love Ree, but, through Ree's eyes, it's impossible not to fall in love with Marlboro Man along the way.


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

    Yes and I would have if I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, it was very important to have the author also narrate the story. It added a lot to the experience for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8091)
    Performance
    (4797)
    Story
    (4785)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Flawless!"
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    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    That I learned so much. I found out what a huge difference there is between knowing about historical events versus being able to understand them in context of human lives. Ken Follett is the master at this!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    There were so many! I enjoyed Billy Williams courageously standing up for himself when his life was on the line in the court-martial hearing. I was cheering for him!


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

    He brought everything to life - wonderful narration!


    Who was the most memorable character of Fall of Giants and why?

    I loved so many characters, but Ethel Williams was probably my favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (196)

    FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

    Holly Helscher says: "Everyone is the Favorite"
    "Terrible! Started OK, but went steeply downhill."
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    What would have made The Bride Collector better?

    I don't know - a rewrite or better editing? It didn't make good sense to me and seemed disjointed. I never abandon a book once I start, even the really bad ones get finished. This one was almost a rare exception, I really couldn't stand it by the end.


    What was most disappointing about Ted Dekker’s story?

    For me the religious overtones and subject matter just didn't click. It came across as artificial and creepy - especially in the last 100 pages.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine. It was really the characters' literary voices that I found grating.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bride Collector?

    Honestly, it would be hard for me to know where to begin. The presentation of the protagonist wanting to "save" the (as described) virginal heroine just came across as creepy and unrelateable. If I wanted to read a bad, pulpy romance novel - I would have chosen one of those.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it just wasn't a good fit for my literary likes? I don't know, but I wouldn't buy anything written by this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11815)
    Performance
    (7777)
    Story
    (7812)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "This book is riveting and incredibly moving!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It is a fascinating story, which also gives amazing insight into a critical time in history. It is so humbling to learn what was endured by our Pacific P.O.W's. The core message that I received from the book is that man's true strength lies in his capacity for endurance and resilience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved most of the characters, even the awful ones, because they were so believable. The author does such a good job of developing and humanizing her characters - even when they are unimaginably evil people.


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

    I love his voice - he added gravitas to the book. Also, his inflection helped me to better understand some of the Japanese terms that I might have struggled with in reading the book.


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

    I could have listened to it all in one sitting, although it was a bit too long for that to be practical. I listened to it all over a few days while doing housework, etc. It was excellent and I definitely got a lot more done just to have an excuse to listen a bit longer each time.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very moved and inspired by this book. I learned so much that I did not already know about the Pacific War. Also, it reminded me that humans can be so resilient and have such a capacity to endure the unendurable, process the effects, and then seek happiness in whatever new form it takes. It is quite a life affirming message in the midst of a horrific history of the Pacific P.O.W.'s experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1698)
    Story
    (1684)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Another Stephanie Plum joyride - just plain FUN!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Explosive Eighteen the most enjoyable?

    I find this book and the Stephanie Plum series to be such a fun listen. It's light and fast paced - the perfect story to keep you laughing while you listen!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I don't think 5 minutes goes by without something pivotal happening - Evanovich sure knows how to get the reader engaged!


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

    After listening to all of the audiobooks in this series, Lorelei King IS Stephanie Plum to me.


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

    It could only happen to Stephanie Plum. ;-) lol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17812)
    Performance
    (15838)
    Story
    (15793)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Already one of my all-time favorite books!"
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    The protagonist, Jake, is wonderfully real, good hearted, and relatable. The world of 1958 & forward is so brilliantly detailed! I can't wait to re-read so that I can be there all over again! (Oh, except for maybe the Derry part which is SCARY!!) ;-)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the character of Jake because the reader gets to experience this amazing world along with him. He feels like an old friend by the time his (and the reader's) journey is over. I also loved the characters of Sadie, Al, and Deke.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    He does great voices for the marginal characters, but his portrayal of Jake helps a lot to make that character even more human and relateable.


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

    This story evoked both a lot of laughter and a lot of tears from me. I haven't loved a new book this much in a long long time!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is fascinating, beautiful, and heartbreaking. It's a masterpiece!

    61 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4589)
    Performance
    (3321)
    Story
    (3345)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "AMAZING NARRATION!"
    Overall

    This is classic, terrifying Stephen King. What make this particular audiobook so great is that the narrator is EXTREMELY talented.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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