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Ellen

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Dog Named Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (446)

    Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

    Gary L. Parks says: "If you love dogs, Christmas and Wisdom..."
    "Great Feel-Good Dog Story!"
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    I love dog stories and listen to many. This was one I particularly enjoyed. I guess it helps that I listened to it at Christmas time, but I think it would be enjoyable at any time of year. The story is good and the narrator did a great job with the characters. Although a little predictable, there were a few unexpected events and it held my interest. It is a great story for kids-- I plan to buy it in hard copy for my grandson next Christmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Fire: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Dr. Gregory is starting to feel settled, hopeful that a long period of upheaval in his private life is behind him. He refocuses his energy on his clinical psychology practice, where a beguiling new patient captivates him, but the interlude of calm doesn’t last. Devastating fires are threatening Boulder. Alan’s dear friend Diane is showing signs of a long-simmering emotional collapse. And Alan’s most pressing fear - the exposure of a dangerous secret - has become a peril too real to ignore.

    Corinne says: "I Miss the Crazy Patients"
    "A Few Loose Ends"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. Stephen White does an excellent job of developing his characters and making the reader care about them while building a suspenseful story. The way he describes people and events is skillfully done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan Gregory carries the story in this book and shows us many sides of a complex personality.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I thought this performance was one of the best I've ever listened to. When a narrator makes you forget that he's providing the voices for all of the characters, both male and female, that's a job well-done!


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

    My husband and I listened to this book on a long road trip and were anxious to get back to it after every stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the ending took me by surprise and was a very interesting way to handle one of the story lines in the book, it left me wondering about a few of the other story lines that seemed to be left hanging. Of course I'm sure the intention is to keep the reader coming back for the next book, but I would have preferred a little more resolution to some of the other characters' issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mahamudra for the Modern World: An Unprecedented Training Course in the Pinnacle Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (37 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Reginald A. Ray
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    What if you could learn the ultimate teachings of Tibetan Buddhism as they were meant to be received - guided every step of the way by an experienced master? This practice, known as Mahamudra or "The Great Revelation", was once taught only to elite students in secluded monasteries and cloisters. Now Dr. Reginald Ray has created an unprecedented audio learning course to make this profoundly transformative path available to listeners everywhere, with Mahamudra for the Modern World.

    Don says: "essence of paying attention to your own awareness"
    "Beware! Not what I expected."
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    Any additional comments?

    When I purchased this title, it wasn't clear to me from the description that it was primarily instruction on meditation--hours and hours of instruction on meditation. If this is what someone desires, it is well done. Much of the recording is silence as the listener is taught various meditation practices. I liked the narrator's voice and style of presenting the material, but this type of audio book was not at all what I was expecting and not what I wanted for the type of listening I do (e.g., useless while driving).

    45 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • My Dog Tulip

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. Ackerley
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought himself a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd named Tulip. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the “ideal friend” he had been seeking in vain for years. My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of their 16-year companionship, as well as a profound and subtle meditation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of all relationships.

    N. Rogers says: "Disappointing"
    "Interesting Story About Human/Canine Relationship"
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    I love dogs and dog stories and have listened to many. This one was not one of the more emotionally compelling ones, but the writing was good (although a bit challenging to get used to) and I learned a lot of "dog stuff" I didn't know. The owner's love for his dog is clearly and touchingly described. Worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Ryan
    • Narrated By Tom Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation....

    Doug says: "A True Story of Personal Transformation"
    "Heart Warming Story"
    Overall
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    This is of the best dog stories ever! The adventures, challenges and love shared by the author and his wonderful little dog, Atticus, kept me captivated from beginning to end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6145)
    Performance
    (5458)
    Story
    (5456)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    I hesitated to purchase this book since I'm not a big fan of "fantasy" books, but decided to get it for a long road trip. Once I started listening, I was immediately caught up in the action and couldn't stop listening. The story is captivating and compelling and the performance is stellar. I was continually amazed at the author's creativity and skill at drawing me in and making me feel as if I'd actually been at the Circus. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I did not find it slow at all. The characters came alive from the very start and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. This is a book to sink into and let your imagination have free rein. It definitely exceeded my expectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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