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Charline

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • The Language of Flowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (835)

    A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude.

    Diana - Audible says: "You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this one"
    "Sad Story"
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    Enjoyed the premise of the meaning behind each flower, but had a really hard time finishing it. It was so sad. Book Club choice not mine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Predator: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Fifteen-year-old Ella Carmichael gave her killer all the information he needed to find her. Now her sister has vowed to protect others from doing the same, while she hunts down this online predator.

    Billie says: "Predator - relevant for todays reader"
    "Social Networks beware of them"
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    Read this book for a book club and really enjoyed it. The twists and turns of the story kept me in my car in the parking lot listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26912)
    Performance
    (13543)
    Story
    (13591)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Don't worry about seeing the movie first."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It won't dull your enjoyment of listening to this book, you'll just be able to put a face to the voices. The choices for the voices is fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (564)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    Lorraine says: "black hills"
    "Only 3rd Nora Roberts I've read"
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    Performance
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    Great story and the reader really enhances the story with his voices. Sweet love story with a thriller timeline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Tuscan Sun

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frances Mayes
    • Narrated By Frances Mayes
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer - opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In sensuous and evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Also available: Bella Tuscany.

    Alicia says: "Under the Tuscan Sun"
    "You liked the movie, the book is nothing like it."
    Overall

    The book is a diary more than anything. It does make you want to go out and cook Italian and visit the small towns if Tuscany, if you can get through the irritating voice of the author.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (702)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "The most understandable help book ever"
    Overall

    This book is very helpful. The style of telling a story to get the point across is brilliant. I listened several times to get the concepts and began using them with my team at work. Using the five dysfunctions as a window to look at my workplace helped me determine what needed to be done.

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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