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Crystal

"I listen to learn"!

Shreveport, LA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Hudson
    • Narrated By Shanelle Gabriel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    Soulful and sultry, Jennifer Hudson wowed the world with her powerful voice in American Idol's third season, and then took Hollywood by storm with a star turn in Dreamgirls that won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Full of stories from her American Idol days, her experience acting in Dreamgirls, and how her son inspired her to want to live healthfully, this book is a gift for her millions of fans and an inspiration for anyone struggling with weight issues.

    Michelle says: "An ad for weight watchers"
    "Nice Listen"
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    Where does I Got This rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the top, but not 5 stars like "The Help" and a few others


    Would you recommend I Got This to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, only because of her personal triumph with Weight Watchers and the encouragment that she has brought ot so many others in her family to live a more healthy life.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Shanelle Gabriel?

    possibly...I could hear Jennifer in her voice. She certainly seemed to have her "whatever" attitude. Unfortuntately, I thought Jennifer was reading it thats why I bought it. It only disappointed me mentally-Shanielle did a great job!


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

    "Whatever"!


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that while Jennifer spoke more of her weight loss than anything, she did not really speak of her personal tragedies in 2008 and how she was able to deal and heal. I believe this could've been a 2 fold book of deliverance for many readers (listeners) had she done that. To oversome self esteem issues, healthy living and triumph over tragedy-it would've been a "10". I do understand that perhaps sh ewas just trying to focus on the good.Altogether, goo book...i would read agin if I had to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jermaine Jackson
    • Narrated By Jermaine Jackson Jr.
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Jermaine Jackson—older than Michael by four years—offers a keenly observed and surprisingly candid memoir tracing Michael’s life starting with their shared childhood and extending through the Jackson 5 years, Michael’s phenomenal solo career, his loves, his suffering, and his tragic end which sparked worldwide grief. It is a sophisticated, no-holds-barred examination of the man, aimed at fostering a true and final understanding of who he was, why he was, and what shaped him.

    Devon says: "half biography / half research"
    "DEFINETLY WRITTEN FROM THE HEART"
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    This was a wonderful listen. I can hear Jermaine in every word. What a loving tribute to his brothers memory. Initially I had to get used to the narrator. Although it was Jermaines son, he did not have the high pitched Jackson voice I was used to so I had to get over that. None the less you heard the sincerity in every word. Many questions answered. You were given just enough of the past w/o too much lingering. I'd listen again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    Carl Weber is the New York Times best-selling author of such fan favorites as So You Call Yourself a Man. The First Lady is the tale of a preacher's wife who learns she's dying and vows to find her husband another woman. There is no shortage of ladies who want her man, but will she be able to find a suitable replacement among the conniving church women?

    Natalie says: "Hallelujah!"
    "WOW, I LOVED IT!"
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    I wish i was more familiar with the writings of this author so i can listen to his books in chronological order! This is my 2nd Carl Weber book and i love it! The story line was awesome and i could not have predicted the ending which made it even better. Once i started it, i couldn't put it down! I'm sold, on to "The Preachers Son"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blueprint: A Plan for Overcoming Life's Obstacles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kirk Franklin
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Kirk Franklin’s life was hardly built on a firm foundation. His father abandoned the family. His mother also abandoned Kirk, and constantly told him he was an unwanted child. He was adopted by his 64-year-old Aunt Gertrude at the age of four. His sister became a crack addict. He never saw a black man who was faithful in marriage. Without a blueprint, he struggled mightily yet managed to triumph even more mightily, dedicating his life to helping others find hope during hardship.

    antigudra says: "Good Material"
    "Very Surprising from Kirk!"
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    I must say I rather enjoyed this book. I had been considering it for about a year now and finally got down to; "well, theres nothing else out there right now". The values he is reflecting I can appreciate and rather enjoyed hearing. The performance (although the intent was to sound like Kirk) was a bit rough. At one point I felt it was a book for men. At the end it all came together with the title and made alot fo sense. I think you will enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption - from South Central to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Douglas Century
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Ice-T here offers his hip-hop generation’s Horatio Alger story: the narrative of an orphaned child who, drawn inexorably into a harrowing life of crime, ultimately turns away from the streets and, through self-discipline and a single-minded work ethic, forges a path to international fame as a musician and film-and-television star.

    kris says: "I have a whole new respect for this man!"
    "GOOD BOOK, BEWARE OF THE LANGUAGE!"
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    Enjoyed the book for the most part. Of course one should expect "Ice T" to talk like "Ice T". Interesting life story, but i would've liked to hear more about his life TODAY towards the end. I believe it was eluded to but not really reflected upon. I think I heard his wife Co Co's name once?
    Regardless definetly a story of triumph and overcoming the obstacles that life puts in your way.
    Well read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Father First

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dwayne Wade
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Dwyane Wade, the eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, has miraculously defied the odds throughout his career and his life. As incredible as his achievements have been, it's off the court where Dwyane has sought his most cherished goal: being a good dad to his sons, Zaire and Zion, by playing a meaningful role in their lives. Recounting his fatherhood journey, Dwyane begins his story in March 2011 with the news that after a long, bitter custody battle, he has been awarded sole custody of his sons in a virtually unprecedented court decision.

    Crystal says: "Great Listen"
    "Great Listen"
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    Learned alot about Dwayne and his appreciation for his journey and role that everyone played in it. Many lessons in this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steve Harvey
    • Narrated By Steve Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (395)

    In the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Steve Harvey gave millions of women around the globe insight into what men really think about love, intimacy, and commitment. In his new book, he zeros in on what motivates men and provides tips on how women can use that knowledge to get more of what they need out of their relationships.

    Yolanda says: "Felt like I finally got the talk from my father I"
    "LOVED IT, MUST READ FOR ALL WOMEN!"
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    Initially it starts out about dating which was less interesting because I'm already married...glad I didn't turn it in there. I can honestly say after listening to this book I have a new outlook on my husband and my marriage. Didn't see that coming. Steve really opens up about the realities and expectations of women and the mind set about them (from a mans perspective). IT ALL JUST MAKES SENSE! For those who are seeking a partner-this is definetly something you need to read...for those who already have one...we may have missed the boat in the beginning but there is still hope!
    Again, this is a must read for all women. I was also very pleased that there was no profanity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lucimarian Roberts, Robin Roberts, Missy Buchanan
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Robin Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Good Morning America viewers have come to know and love Lucimarian Roberts, the 88-year-old mother of coanchor Robin Roberts. On the day after Hurricane Katrina blew through the Gulf Coast, they watched Robin, standing amid the remnants of her hometown, recount the desperate search for her mother - and her return to safety. Robin was not surprised to learn that even as the winds howled and floodwaters rose, Lucimarian sang hymns....

    R. Sippel says: "book about faith"
    "Very Inspirational"
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    This was a very "nice" book. I understand the logic behind it totally-however, I thought it was a book about Robin and her Mom. It more centered around her Moms story, which made good sense. It was a very inspirational story of someone who learned at an early age to work hard, be grateful and you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you and a good family. Loved the hymns at the end.
    Not quite what I was looking for, but I did enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finally Free: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Vick
    • Narrated By Rodney Gardiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    One of the most talented and polarizing athletes of our generation, Michael Vick’s stunning story has captured news headlines across the nation. From his poverty-stricken youth, to his success on the field in high school and college, to his rise to NFL stardom and his fall from grace, Finally Free shows how a gifted athlete’s life spiraled out of control under the glare of money and fame, aided by his own poor choices. In his own words, Vick details his regrets, his search for forgiveness....

    Malcolm says: "Sugar Coated and Simplistic"
    "Nice story of redemption"
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    This was a nice book. I enjoyed hearing how his life has changed dramatically through the things he has suffered at his own hand; however, I feel like he stayed away from the "things he did". I understand that may have been deliberate in an effort to focus on the restoration of Michael versus the mistakes. I would really like to have known more about the trouble to appreciate the triumph even more. None the less, it was a good book with many life lessons. Certanly something I would recommend.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By T. D. Jakes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Forgive and forget. It should be easy to do—so why don’t we do it? The father who wasn’t always there for us. The mother who punished us. The spouse who betrayed us. The children who will leave us behind. Whoever and whatever the source of hurt, there is always a path to forgiveness. But too often, instead of forgiving, too many of us live with resentments and grudges that keep us stuck, robbing us of joy, peace, and purpose.

    rossana says: "an eye opener"
    "Life Changing !"
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    Bishop jakes has an elequant speech that can sometimes leaving you saying; "what"? But his insite is priceless. Really enjoyed the book overall. Forgiveness is nigh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cissy Houston
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Honest and heartbreaking, this is a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all: her daughter, Whitney.

    Kimberly Davis Wilson says: "Nobody Knows Whitney Better Than Mama"
    "Very heart warming"
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    This book really gave me a look into the life of Cissy Houston, which then gave me a different perspective about Whitney. It is truly written from the heart, with no regrets or excuses. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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