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~Beloved~

Auburn, CA | Member Since 2014

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  • 23 reviews
  • 94 ratings
  • 308 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015
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  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice: The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tessa Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse.

    Sires says: "Gruesome but Deftly Plotted"
    "A little bit Sherlocky"
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    Im a big Simon Vance fan, which is why I purchased this audible. Not to mention, Im a sucker for anything set in England. Overall, the book has a Sherlock Holmes vibe. The characters, especially Silkstone, are likeable - the plot lively enough, althought not overly suspenseful. Its not outstanding, but was an enjoyable read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jon Taffer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    If there’s anyone who can prevent a bar or restaurant from going belly-up, it’s Jon Taffer. Widely considered the greatest authority in the food and beverage, hotel, and hospitality industries, he runs the biggest trade show in the business and has turned around nearly 1,000 bars and at least that many restaurants.

    Michael says: "Been to a bar? Read this!"
    "a great listen!"
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    I wish Jon Taffer actually narrated it but still really interesting! This Is a good book for anyone in business or people who oversee systems or personnel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (890)

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "*"
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    narration is intense. hard to stay engaged. the performance overpowered the content. good concepts though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1095)

    Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

    Mark says: "Absolutely great"
    "What a great book!"
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    I immensely enjoyed the whole book! This is a great read for anyone who cares about the leadership of within their agency, business or organization. I relate material to the Fire Service and could draw many parallels. This book is highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enchanted: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rene Denfeld
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

    Mel says: "Ink Blot Test"
    "Dark and Depressing"
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    This book is well written, but very dark, themed. At the conclusion, I just felt depressed. The book ends as it should and maybe that's why it's so sad. Some of us, myself specifically, look to fiction to be the happy ending that doesn't always happen in reality. This book will not give you that. As someone who worked in corrections for a short bit, I found the plot line to be quite accurate. I gave 3 stars for writing/accuracy of story line, 4 stars for a good narrator, and 2 stars overall because, despite the good writing and narration, I just didn't enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7251)
    Performance
    (6487)
    Story
    (6493)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Meh"
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    I was really excited for this second installment of the "School of Night" series. I loved Discovery of Witches. This book was a bit of a let down for me. I started listening to it a while ago, but it didn't grab me in the same manner as the first book, so it sat on my ipod until I forced myself to get along with it. It wasn't a bad book, it just didnt live up to my expectations this time.

    I found myself frustrated with Diana's character, but more so, a little off put with the overly flowery writing style in this installment. It felt like the book was drawn out much longer than necessary just in wording. Example - I lost count as to how many times Matthew was referred to by Diana as "my husband" or "the vampire" when a simple "he" or "Matthew" would have sufficed because it was obvious to whom she was referring. As in, "My husband drank his fill from the blood of the stag." It felt overly wordy, flowery, too poetic. I just wanted Harkness to get on with the actual story.

    I finished the book and it was left as a cliffhanger, but the story was slow and tiresome. Hopefully book #3 delivers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Camille DeAngelis
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At 149 years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evening, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can't fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?

    Gala says: "Kept me interested and intrigued"
    "60 minutes and I'm finished"
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    I read/listen to books in clustered theme groups based on my moods. Lately, I've been into fantasy/witchcraft - adult themed witch stories, not YA. I thought this book because the plot line sounded intriguing.

    If I'm not quite connecting with a book or narrator, I give it a few chapters and about an hour of my time. After 60 minutes, I was finished. There was essentially NO plot for me to grasp on to. I kept hitting the back button thinking I'd zoned out and missed some key sentences that would hook me in... but alas, they could not be found.

    Originally, I purchased this book based on some good reviews off goodreads, but I'm returning it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mary Simses
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough.

    Karen Watkins says: "Enjoyable from beginning to end!"
    "Not irresistible, but not off-putting."
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    I had no intentions of writing a review, but apparently neither has anyone else. So, just to throw something out there for this book, here's what I thought.

    The book wasn't bad, but it wasn't necessarily good either. It was a middle of the road listen for me. I didn't feel the urge to listen, so it took some time for me to finish it. I wasn't overly connected with the characters, but I didnt dislike them either. I listened here and there during my commute and finally finished it so that I could free it up off my ipod.

    The narrator wasn't my favorite; I wouldn't seek her out for future reads, but I wouldn't turn down a book she read either.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pavilion of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    On her 40th birthday, Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time: she tells her husband that after 24 years their physical life together is now over and she wishes him to take a second wife. The House of Wu, one of the oldest and most revered in China, is thrown into an uproar by her decision, but Madame Wu will not be dissuaded and arranges for a young country girl to come take her place in bed.

    ~Beloved~ says: "Meh..."
    "Meh..."
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    I'm a fan of Pearl S. Buck and very much enjoyed the Good Earth, but this book just didn't do it for me. The premise was intriguing to me, but the story is so flat and the reading so monotone, that I find myself just tuning it out and having to re-listen to whole chapters. I never finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14425)
    Performance
    (6725)
    Story
    (6804)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Blah..."
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    I just couldn't get into this book. I know it's widely loved, but it bores me. I need to be engaged within the first few chapters and this one just didn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4704)
    Performance
    (4189)
    Story
    (4212)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Grab a Kleenex."
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    Oh my gawd... HUGE alligator tears, splotchy face, body shuddering, and gasping bawling breaths.

    This book addresses a very deep issue and presents compelling arguments for both possible outcomes. No matter your opinion, you understand Will's perspective and his decision. You also understand the unparalleled heartache this decision creates for Louisa and the Traynor family.

    It's a love story - an amazing, deep, transcending all barriers love story.

    And. It's beautiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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