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  • Love by the Numbers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Karin Kallmaker
    • Narrated By Kathleen Roche-Zujko
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    With a relentless TV lawyer and public mob still out for Lillian Linden-Smith's blood for crimes committed by her "American royalty" parents, getting out of the country is her only hope for anonymity. If that means cleaning up and presenting an antisocial know-it-all Ph.D. for bookstores, clubs and lectures, fine. Dr. Hathaway may have succeeded in driving away all the others, but not this time. From their first meeting the sparks fly, and each is thinking: She has no idea who she's dealing with.

    Karen says: "Kept Me Interested to the End"
    "Typical Romance Novel"
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    I was fascinated when I saw that this was the story about a college professor. A college professor who was not only a lesbian, but an expert on the science of the brain. Not to mention an Indian who had grown up in the wasp world of old New England. Nicole Hathaway is a professor at the local university that began with a donation a member of the Hathaway family. She has just written a book that she is going on the road to promote. A serious hardass she has already gone through three assistants and she hasn't even left her home yet. the fourth assistant is on the way to her hometown of Meredith, New Hampshire.
    Mix this package with a young woman whose uncle is Nicole's editor who has grown up in the midst of a lie. Patterned on the infamous Bernie Madoff; her parents had run a Ponzi scam that ruined thousands of people. She is running from the publicity and from Melanie Boone.an onscreen cable personality (I'm guessing Nancy Grace).
    Though these parts of the book worked, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein; a romance novel is a romance novel is a romance novel. In the end it was the same old predictable time-worn story that pretty much all romance writers seem to write. There are enough original elements in the story that it was worth three stars; four if you're a fan of romances. Just don't expect anything more; or anything new? It's the same old romance novel that your mom read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Inauguration Speech 1933

    • ORIGINAL (20 mins)
    • By Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (54)

    On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd President of the United States. Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves and asserted in his Inaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself". By the time of his inauguration, there were 13,000,000 unemployed Americans, and almost every bank was closed.

    rick says: "Holds Up Well"
    "Holds Up Well"
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    Though the bombastic style used by speakers doing an open air address it held up well. It explains a great deal as to why Roosevelt is still regarded by many as a statesman by many and as an excellent politician by most, if not all. It was a bit eerie as to how well the words of the new president in 1932 apply so well in this era.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erin Solves Bullying Forever / Ladycollege

    • ORIGINAL (5 mins)
    • By Erin Judge
    • Narrated By Erin Judge
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Hear comedian Erin Judge perform standup comedy from her album, So Many Choices, recorded at The Broadway Playhouse in 2012.

    rick says: "Humor"
    "Humor"
    Overall
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    It's a little difficult to rate five minutes with any real accuracy but this was humorous and and nominally enlightening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (159)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "Uh...Well....."
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    I think this one is; uh, deserves a 4 star rating; though I think I've displayed my ambivalence to that sufficiently. Waves; particularly Tsunami and rogue waves have been a fascination for me for a few years now and I'd hoped this book would answer some of my questions about those. What I wasn't expecting was an almost surfing groupie fan magazine fawning ode to Laird Hamilton by the author. There is quite a bit of information pertaining to waves and the best places to find them; as well as the reports of people who found themselves caught up in rogue waves around the world. Unfortunately far too much of this selection is dedicated to the author's extreme admiration of Hamilton the Surfing God. Perhaps he is worthy of such admiration; after all he did convince Gaby Reese to marry him and bear his children, but it wasn't the reason I purchased this audio. The book is well done, it accurately conveys the extreme dangers of waves the size of ten to twelve story buildings. The narrator Kirsten Potter does a fantastic job with the material and the author truly expresses the magnificence of the sea and the amazing power of it. This is probably a very good listening for anyone who relate to that; it just wasn't what I thought I was buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping the Giant Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peg Kehret
    • Narrated By Terry Bregy
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He'd never flown before, and he'd never seen the Pacific Ocean. But Kyle's vacation becomes a nightmare when he's babysitting his sister BeeBee and an earthquake hits. Can Kyle and BeeBee outwit and outrun nature's fury to save themselves from tsunami terror?

    rick says: "Wrong Narrator"
    "Wrong Narrator"
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    This was, for the most part a nice little kid's story; though much of the middle portion of the narrative was pretty tedious. However the middle aged male narrating this tale from the perspective of a thirteen year old just didn't work. Indeed it was just so jarring, that at times it completely distracted from the story. I know that it's probably impossible to find a thirteen year old male capable of reading an audiobook but I find it hard to believe that a better reader couldn't have been located.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Vorhaus
    • Narrated By John Vorhaus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    i>Lucy in the Sky is a coming-of-age tale set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969. Gene Steen is an earnest, intelligent, truth-seeking teen stuck in the cultural wasteland of his suburban home. He wants to be a hippie in the worst way, but hippies are scarce on the ground in the forlorn Midwest of Gene’s 15th year. Then, on the Summer Solstice, his life is turned upside down by the arrival of his lively, lovely, long-lost cousin Lucy. She’s hip beyond Gene’s wildest dreams and immediately takes him under her wing.

    rick says: "Really Good"
    "Really Good"
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    This was a fantastic coming of age/ adventure story set in 1969 that tells the tale of the very unfortunately named Gene Steen and his cousin Lucy. Fifteen year old Gene lives with his parents in Milwaukee; surely the least hip place on Earth he's sure. Lucy on the other hand is surely the coolest person on the planet and totally hot too; too bad she's his cousin but at least he's learning some things he never expected to.
    Then the story goes from young adult coming of age narrative to an adventure when she tells him a few of her secrets and the two of them take to the road.
    If not for an overly detailed acid trip description this is a poignant, intelligent, mature story set in a time that I remember quite well. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Bevin Alexander
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Imagine the impact on world history if Robert E. Lee had listened to General Longstreet at Gettysburg and withdrawn to higher ground instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line. Or if Napolon, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he'd never made before. The advice that would have changed the outcome of these crucial battles is found in a book on strategy written centuries before Christ was born.

    Anthony says: "Simply Excellent"
    "How Different History Could Be"
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    Bevin Alexander concentrates on eight battles where better strategies or reactions by the men guiding their armies could have changed history. Warning for those of you have idolized Robert E Lee, he doesn't fare very well in this work; nor does George Washington for that matter. Using the works of Sun Tzu the author points out mistakes made by military leaders that cost battles, and or wars.
    It's an interesting take on historical events; particularly the battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the American Civil War. I visited the sight and took the tour of the battlefield, and what Lee tried to accomplish there always confused me.
    There are times when the audio version bogs down in detail that probably worked better in print. Still for those of you fascinated by military history this is a definite add to your collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (357)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "Finishes Strong"
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    This book began so slowly I came close to giving up on it. Adam Marsh's meltdown; the act that sets this whole story in motion was done in slow motion and with more detail than is imparted in The Odyssey. The characters aren't particularly well balanced for the most part; particularly for the first three quarters of the book. What saves this book is Adam's growth of character and the relationship between him and Chance the rescue dog. Well, that and the improvement in the relationship between Adam and his daughter Ariel; both of them growing as people as well as father and daughter. If you're able to get through the first couple of chapters it's a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girls Only: First Time

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Selena Kitt
    • Narrated By E.V. Grove
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Molly likes babysitting for single mom, Faith. She's younger and cooler than most of the other people she sits for and Molly finds herself lingering at the end of the night, asking the older girl questions about life and love... and sex. When Faith comes home a little drunk and a lot horny, Molly finds that tonight, Faith has some show-and-tell answers to her provocative questions that leave both women more than satisfied!

    rick says: "Not Bad"
    "Not Bad"
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    This is a pretty good story and E V Grove does an excellent job, but after listening to Taken I was expecting more. When it comes t erotica Selena Kitt is a better author than most but this this one doesn't quite measure up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Little Liars #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sara Shepard
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (178)

    Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. And Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

    Marlina says: "You have to kind of get used to it"
    "Mean Girls Meets Hannah Montana; I Guess"
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    While at a loss for a compromise choice my daughter talked me into a bit of nostalgia. After one chapter she had to admit that the trip down memory lane hadn't taken her where she'd hoped to go. One chapter in, we reached a consensus that the max age for this series was fifteen; tops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dakota Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lynne Spreen
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    While visiting her Midwestern hometown after many years, workaholic Karen Grace risks a few extra days away from the office, to get reacquainted with her extended family and childhood friends. She visits the crumbling homesteads of her prairie ancestors, and rediscovers their immigrant dreams and sacrifices. When her tyrannical boss fires her, she's 1500 miles from home, just one more middle-aged worker out of a job in a tough economy. To make matters worse, her husband just left her for his pregnant girlfriend.

    rick says: "Should Be Blahs"
    "Should Be Blahs"
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    A tired trite story that tosses cliches around like confetti. The female relatives of the protagonists are uninteresting stereotypes instead of people. To add to this the narrator speaks in singsong cadences that sound as if her previous experiences as a narrator was as kindergarten teacher. Avoid this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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