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Tracy

A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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  • Roots of Buddhist Psychology

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jack Kornfield
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (160)

    The Buddha said many times that just as the great oceans have but one taste, so do all the true teachings of the dharma: the taste of freedom. Jack Kornfield's The Roots of Buddhist Psychology is an invitation to drink deeply of these teachings; to taste the wisdom that flows from the heart of Buddhism's most useful ideas on the interior life and what brings awakening, freedom, and happiness. Jack Kornfield opens this eternal view of the mind for all listeners in this collection.

    Eric says: "Fantastic read"
    "Well-Compiled Series of Talks (live)"
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    This audio-book is a series of talks by Kornfield rather than an actual "book". They are recorded live, and so you do hear the audience's laughter or shufflings. This is fine by me - I feel like Kornfield is talking directly to me, as if I were present in the audience.

    The talks are sequential, and, I am sure, were delivered over several days at the same conference, so there is cohesion and development. The theme of the series is Buddhist Psychology, but each talk, varying in length from about 45 minutes to an hour, focuses on one main common aspect of the Buddhist Psychology. For example, the first talk is really a sort of introduction, which talks about what Buddhism isn't and also introduces the "types" of personalities we all embody - the "grasping", or greed, type; the avoidance type; etc.

    The other talks then have a specific focus - one is on greed, and how it corrupts; one on loving kindness; one on generosity - be generous to all ("and that doesn't mean everyone except moi", quips Kornfield! - so be generous to yourself, too!); etc...

    I really enjoyed this audio, and I continue to listen to it or different parts of it regularly.

    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Buddhist talks or Kornfield.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death at the Alma Mater: A St. Just Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    St. Michael's College, Cambridge, is prestigious, stately - and in frightful disrepair. To replenish its dwindling coffers, the College's Master holds a fundraising weekend for wealthy alums. But all goes awry when the glamorous - and despised - Lexy Laurant is found strangled on the grounds. There's a lengthy list of likely suspects: Lexy's debt-ridden Latino lover, her titled ex-husband who left her for another woman, and a garrulous oil-rich Texan with something to hide, among others.

    CB says: "Americans are stereotypes, and not good ones!"
    "Pales in comparison to Malliet's other novels"
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    This was an okay listen. It's well narrated, and the characters are fun, like Malliet's other St. Just novels. However - this one really left me feeling flat. It seems to get tied up too quickly, without really having left proper clues. It's as though the author got tired of writing and said, "well, I'll just make this character be the culprit". The characters also were not as well developed as in some other books by this author.

    Like I said, it was ok, but if you haven't read G.M. Malliet before, I'd suggest Death of a Cozy Writer (St. Just) or Wicked Autumn (a Max Tudor mystery).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Mary Burton
    • Narrated By Jean Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Even behind bars, serial killer Harvey Day Smith exudes menace. Psychologist Jolene Granger has agreed to hear his dying confession, vowing not to let the monster inside her head. And Harvey has secrets to share - about bodies that were never found, and about the apprentice who is continuing his grisly work.... He buries his victims alive the way his mentor Harvey did, relishing their final screams as the earth rains down. And as one last gift to the only father he knew, he'll make the most perfect kill of all.

    JD says: "Struggled to finish but it was ok"
    "An Easy Romantic Thriller"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not a waste of time, and was a good way to stay entertained while driving and doing other tasks.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Serial killers from the past. And a hint that one may be returning in future novels.


    Have you listened to any of Jean Alexander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I've heart this narrator before, but she was very good.


    Was No Escape worth the listening time?

    Yes, I suppose so, since I was not in the mood for a demanding listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This was okay, a decent listen. Worth the credit if you enjoy romantic thrillers and mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death and the Lit Chick: A St. Just Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (78)

    Wildly successful chick-lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But the fun ends when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon. Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis....

    C. Schmidt says: "Meh"
    "Delightful "Locked Room" Mystery"
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    Where does Death and the Lit Chick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hmm. Among British cozy mysteries, it's right up there - a 10, I'd say. Good cast of characters, and, as an earlier reviewer mentioned, they are introduced in a very digestible way so I can remember everyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Magretta Simcock, aka Greensleeves, because she is a demanding, colorful, older woman with lots of character.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I forget which ones. This one was ok, but she didn't really manage the American accent well, and, at times, I couldn't tell when a character was thinking or actually talking. Otherwise, she was good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I LAUGHED. I enjoyed the characters, and the mystery very much. Good tale, with great (and hilarious) characters. Really really liked this one.


    Any additional comments?

    A delightful cast of characters makes this book. This is my third G.M. Malliet book, and I've enjoyed them all. The "Seasonal" Max Tudor books seem to move faster (a bit), but the St. Just books (this is the second) are slower but more...complex and satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3021)
    Performance
    (2587)
    Story
    (2575)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Forgettable."
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    Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick, definitely. He's an excellent narrator. But this book was far-fetched (which is fine, it is fiction), with cardboard characters and an unsatisfying storyline. It was sort of suspenseful; but I prefer real mysteries and detective novels.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Already listened to more books - working my way through Wingfield's Inspector Frost series again :)


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The main character. I forget his name.


    Was You're Next worth the listening time?

    Well, not really. But since I was multitasking, I don't resent it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was really ok. Not awful, not awesome. I think if you like Harlan Coben, you might like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gentlemen and Players

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than 30 years. But this year the wind of unwelcome change is blowing, and Straitley is finally contemplating retirement. He is joined this term by five new faculty members, including one who holds intimate and dangerous knowledge of St. Oswald's ways and secrets.

    Leslie says: "Wonderful read"
    "Great Story, Good Mystery"
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    Would you listen to Gentlemen and Players again? Why?

    Yes, because even though I now know who did it, it was an excellently told (and narrated) mystery, with complexity and subtelty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gentlemen and Players?

    The "reveal", when things started to come together.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Two very distnct voices - Mr. Straitley (the school teacher) and the nemesis - who alternately are the narrators of the story, so we get two different points of view throughout.


    If you could rename Gentlemen and Players, what would you call it?

    Schoolmasters and Schoolboys, I suppose.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really good story, well-written and well-narrated. A nice change from some of the less stellar books I've read recently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (793)

    Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

    Jean says: "RIVETING"
    "Really Enjoyable Page-Turner"
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    I am a mystery and thriller fiend, and I really enjoyed this fast-paced and fun listen. As some other reviewers said, maybe the story isn't totally believable, but this is fiction, and it was fun.

    There was enough action and twists and intrigue to keep me hooked, and I did not feel disappointed or cheated by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1235)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Twency-four and a half hours VERY well invested!"
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    I enjoyed the narration, and the very well-organized chronological presentation of these lectures. The history recounted focused on major events and as they affected the daily lives of the people, often mainly middle class. It's not about slavery so much, or the downtrodden, but the lives and lifestyles of the average person throughout history.

    Really an excellent listen, and a book I'll go back to listen to again, choosing out my favourite lectures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1: The Body

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Goldstein
    • Narrated By Joseph Goldstein
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (77)

    In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipatthanas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.

    Robert says: "Not for beginners"
    "Peaceful (and informative) Abiding"
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    What did you love best about Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1?

    It is, as another reviewer pointed out, not for absolute beginners. It is a series of dharma talks by Joseph Goldstein, a prominent vipassana teacher renowned for his work in the West.


    What other book might you compare Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1 to and why?

    Roots of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield, which is also a series of talks on Buddhism.


    What does Joseph Goldstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A sense of peace, and experience. He is a teacher, and verbal transmission just seems to work better.


    What did you learn from Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1 that you would use in your daily life?

    Being aware, being present, being compassionate.


    Any additional comments?

    A few earlier comments indicated that track 6 was out of place - this has been fixed and the audio plays very well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (637)

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    V. Sharol Cutrell says: "Satisfactory final conclusion"
    "Wrapping Things Up"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - this was a good mystery, a fun listen, and I was able to revisit two characters who I really like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harper - the female lead and narrator of the story - was my favorite. She's interesting, has super-natural powers, and is actually rather complex for a simple tale.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they find out the mystery of Harper's sister's disappearance (a mystery that has plagued Harper through the first three books).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme. This book was good, I recommend it. It had funny parts. It was a fun listen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the first three books, give this one a go - it solves a lingering mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2222)
    Performance
    (2008)
    Story
    (2016)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Tabitha says: "I love Charley Davidson!!!"
    "Pee-Your-Pants Funny"
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    If you could sum up Third Grave Dead Ahead in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious. Sexy. Action-packed.


    What other book might you compare Third Grave Dead Ahead to and why?

    This Grave series (Charley Davidson series) reminds me a lot of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye series: both are really fun, both have a strong but odd female lead who also has "extra" powers (Laurie's character is psychic; Jones' character is The Grim Reaper and talks to dead people), and a fun male lead, and both are mystery-solvers!


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Of course, Charley was my favorite! And Lorelei King has to be one of the best narrators EVER.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh out loud in public places! I had been in a down mood when I found this book, and it was just what I needed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun super-natural romantic mystery novel that kept me smiling. I have read or listening to the first four books in the series. I have number five ready, and am excited that number six has just been released!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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