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Karen D. Phillips, MD

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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kevin Kwan
    • Narrated By Lynn Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

    Teresa says: "Narration is horrible"
    "Horrible people"
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    I was hoping a little humor would be woven into the story to blunt the nauseating excess. No luck. It's ok to be fabulously wealthy, but these people were mean, shallow and conniving. The book gave me a very uncomfortable feeling and I had to turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    From the blockbuster bestselling author of the Eve Duncan novels comes a new, stand alone thriller about a woman with a photographic memory who has lived her life in the Witness Protection Program. What she once put her entire family in jeopardy and now, years later, her cover is blown. She’s on the run, and the lives of those she holds dear hang in the balance. As only Iris Johansen can do, you won’t see the twists coming.

    Denise says: "Excellent!!!"
    "Please let it be over soon!"
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    She has this great ability to see people's memories and hasn't used it once. This is stupid.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1758)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Just loved it."
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    Just plain loved it. I was disappointed when it came to an end. Good use of credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lynn K. Wilder
    • Narrated By Julie Lyles Carr
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    From a rare insider's point of view, Unveiling Grace looks at how Latter-day Saints are 'wooing our country' with their religion, lifestyle, and culture. It is also a gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism, found their way out and what they can tell others about their lives as faithful Mormons.

    Karen D. Phillips, MD says: "Not convinced"
    "Not convinced"
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    Although I am not LDS (I was raised Catholic), I live in Utah and have many LDS friends. I've been to church a couple times and we love having the missionaries over. Although I have no desire to "become a member" I thought this book would bring up interesting questions to pose to friends and missionaries. Nope. After listening to this book I still can't figure out how she thought the Book of Mormon was untrue after reading the New Testament. I asked my friends about the paranoia she had wearing a cross on a necklace and they all laughed.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (274)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Worth the credit"
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    What a great job to have. I liked how the guides respected the animals. I would love to know more about Mr. Allison's adventures or have him as my guide on an African safari.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live to See Tomorrow: Catherine Ling, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of 14, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals in her world. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: Her son, Luke, and her mentor, Hu Chang.

    brenda says: "I tried I really did"
    "Couldn't even finish it."
    Overall
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    I usually look forward to Iris Johansen's books and the character of the strong, independent Catherine Ling is great. Everything was going well until the telepathic visits started. That shifted the whole story from really cool to silly woo woo. I haven't even finished it and don't think I will.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Manners Minds Your Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    How do you maintain a family-friendly office without discriminating against singles? What’s the difference between showing romantic interest and sexual harassment? Which colleagues should be invited to family weddings? When should you be unavailable, at or away from work? Don’t convene a focus group or appeal to Human Resources - consult Miss Manners! With wit and wisdom, Miss Manners restores civility, guiding you around your coworker’s messy cubicle, past your overly prying boss, around the bridal shower for the new temp, and through tedious staff meetings.

    Karen D. Phillips, MD says: "Did the editor go on vacation?"
    "Did the editor go on vacation?"
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    I'll start by saying that I love Judith Martin! Her razor sharp assessment and response to each situation is as pointed and entertaining as ever. Ironically, this audiobook about professionalism isn't done very professionally. I love the narrator as well, but she rereads parts that she obviously expected to be edited out and weren't. At first I thought I was inadvertently pressing the rewind button. Once I figured out what was actually going on it was somewhat amusing, but I am surprised the book slipped past the editors and was published in this form. Not to worry though, it was still worth the credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1127)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Great fun!"
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    I really enjoyed this book! I am very much looking forward to the rest of the series. Write quickly Janet and Lee!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pros and Cons: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (267)

    FBI special agent Kate O’Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s 20th-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures while the self-proclaimed "King of Hostile Takeovers" is getting married, Kate is 85 percent - okay maybe 92 percent - sure that she’s finally going to bag Nick Fox. Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year.

    JEAN says: "mmmmm the voice of the narrator"
    "I can't wait for the whole book!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Great teaser! These characters have such great potential and I hope this turns into a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Law: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    At last recovered from a near-fatal gunshot wound, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky is back at work. But instead of returning to his old job as chief of homicide detail, he's assigned a desk job in the payroll department, where he has no business investigating murders -until his father's closest friend is shot dead in a downtown pawn shop.

    Pam Sturgess says: "Good book + horrible performance = waste of money"
    "Could barely finish"
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    There were too many characters to keep straight. Maybe that says more about me than the book. Hmmmmmm..... By the last two hours I didn't really care how it ended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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