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  • The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brock l. Eide, Fernette L. Eide
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (240)

    Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization.

    Ethel says: "Has the system failed your child?"
    "It's Changing My View of Dyslexia"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dyslexic Advantage the most enjoyable?

    This book isn't about a "learning disorder". It explains the physiological difference between a normal brain and a dyslexic brain, explains how that change effects thinking patterns, and then breaks down those patterns into the different symptoms (both advantageous and disadvantageous) that they cause in the mind compared to the average mind.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    There is a great balance between the technical and generalized knowledge. The authors do an amazing job of stepping us up from general knowledge to higher understanding without getting bogged down in too much of the technical issues.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a book about a physiological state, not a story. So, there is no favorite scene.


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

    Personally, I did a little crying because it finally explained a few things about myself that I've known but couldn't fully understand.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has had an impact on my life! I don't say that lightly. ANYONE who is or knows someone who is dyslexic or has an undiagnosed mental condition should listen to or read this book!

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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18847)
    Performance
    (17039)
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    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Better than the Hunger Games"
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    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Divergent isn't my favorite book I've listened to, but it's definitely worth listening to.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    This shares many of the things that draw you to The Hunger Games, but the book is written to the target audience a little better. It definitely feels like it's meant for a mature teen in the initial storyline and monologs, but the scenes and action are less reserved and compassionate.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    She does a decent job of captivating the emotion, fear, selflessness, and courage that the main character is experiencing internally.


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

    At first, no, I wasn't drawn in enough for a single sitting listen. However, by the time of the testing, I was hooked and looked for every chance to continue the story further. When it picks up pace and interest, it will reel you in!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm excited to see this movie now that I've listed to the book. Unless they completely botch this story on film, it's going to be awesome!

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  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3926)
    Performance
    (2083)
    Story
    (2121)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "The least of the Speaker Series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book does get bogged down in the theology behind the thoughts of the main characters. It's good because it helps you understand where they're coming from and how complex their decisions are, but much of it could be reduced down to improve the flow of the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

    Yes! I've thoroughly enjoyed the Speaker series in the Ender-verse. The storytelling gets a little bogged down in the theological debate and explanation at times, but the story is still compelling all the same.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where where two of our protagonists are aboard the Starways Congress Fleet Flagship and the realization that allows them to be there. There's not much I can say without spoiling the story since so much of it is building to that point. However, for those of you who have read it, it's an awesome moment in the story where the tables of power turn in our favor finally.


    Could you see Children of the Mind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would loose much of it's soul to become one since the theological and philosophical debates wouldn't survive the conversion to script. However, I could see the storyline itself being adapted if the Ender's Game movie does well enough to justify sequels.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't yet read other's comments on this book. I'm sure many will be much more negative than mine. If you're looking for a simple entertaining listen, this isn't your book. However this storyline has depth and brings much of the story from the previous books in the series together. It is worth the listen, but make sure you're in the right frame of mind as it can get pretty heavy at times.

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  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5030)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2881)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    Auban says: "If not for the narrator..."
    "Better Than Most Reveiws Give It Credit For!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Xenocide the most enjoyable?

    The author tells the story from a perspective much like I would normally take on a situation. I tend to enjoy theological debates and the necessary realization that theology and reality must intersect. This book takes you past the cultural differences between the different species that Speaker for the Dead introduced you to and digs deeper into the theological differences behind them. Eventually you get to the root of those theological differences and find that some do intersect nicely and others no longer hold up. As always though, people choose to believe what they choose to believe. If you have any interest in theology or theoretical physics (simplified down to make the story progress of course) then this listen is worth it!


    What other book might you compare Xenocide to and why?

    I can't compare it to any other book. This diverts some from the previous two books in the series, and no one else that I've read or listened to tells a story quite like Orson Scott Card.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I wish I could say Ender, but he isn't quite as much of a star in this book as the last two. If I had to pick I would have to say Jane because of her naturally exiled but integral nature in the story. I'm curious to see how she develops from her roll in this book through the next one.


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

    I can't say it's one to listen to in one sitting. The book is read by multiple readers and as such it tends to take on a change in life according to which reader you're listening to. Some require more attention to appreciate than others due to the Chinese influence in the dialog. This is intentional though since the parts that reader covers takes place on Path, a world derived from ancient Chinese tradition. It fits the story though it isn't as fluid as many would like.


    Any additional comments?

    The comments I read on this book almost diverted me from finishing this series. I'm glad I didn't though. Ignore the comments about the dialog and monotone reading. There are 5 readers in this audio book and only one of them is less than exciting. As mentioned above the one still fits the setting in the book however because it's supposed to be a planet that is steeped in traditional Chinese values. You can't have that read by the typical voice actor without loosing a little of the soul of the story.

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  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23204)
    Performance
    (14536)
    Story
    (14688)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Forget the Movie, Listen to the Book!"
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    Where does Ender's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ender's Game is one of my top books I've listened to. The story in this book is so much more than what the movie that came out last weekend shows, so if you haven't read or heard it, you'll want to. There are few books that I've listened to that have litteraly gotten my adrenaline running or enraged me because of the situations the protagonist is in, but this one does just that. You don't just read about Ender Wiggin's story, you'll feel it and understand it from the perspective of a torn genius who can't decide between what he must do and what he desperately wants to do.


    What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

    It's difficult to compare this book to any other because it's a perfect mix of sci-fi setting, action, deep character development, and epic storyline. The only other books that I've ever read that come close to the feel and depth of this one is the Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, and White) by Ted Dekker (don't sweat the tag along book Green).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite is easily the battle room scene where Dragon Army is paired up against two armies. Without spoiling the situation, all I can say is that the way that the leaders in Dragon Army came together to find a solution to what was a totally unbeatable situation was amazing.


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

    If I had the time to sit for 15 hours I would have. I will say that I listened to both this version and the audio dramatization back to back in a matter of days, so it's definitely something I wanted to listen to earnestly even if I couldn't listen to it in one sitting.


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  • Forbidden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (239)
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    (239)

    New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

    Donna Stieglitz says: "Don't miss out on a great book!"
    "Enaging, Thrilling, and Exciting! Well done Tedd!"
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    Would you listen to Forbidden again? Why?

    Definitely! Forbidden follows in step to the storytelling style of Black from the Circle series by Tedd Dekker. I couldn't stop listening to the book! There are many storylines that are coming togather throughout the book leadign to a suprising and awesome end that leaves you salivating for the next book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The determination of the main character is insane. His passion for things is extreme leading him to follow his heart through some amazing action and emotional portions of the story in ways most would faulter.


    What about Henry Leyva’s performance did you like?

    He was engaging and realy drew you into the character, emotion, and excitment of each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The dead find life.


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  • Mortal: The Books of Mortals, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (128)
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    A terrible secret was closely guarded for centuries: every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity. Nine years have gone by since an unlikely hero named Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in Forbidden. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood - the first Mortals in a world that is dead.

    C. Brown says: "Another Solid Hit for Dekker & Lee"
    "Not as engaging as Forbiden but it makes up for it"
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    Where does Mortal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mortal had a lot of storyline setup in it which made the first half of the book seem a little drawn out, however it was well worth the patience as we got to the latter half of the book and things come to a boil. I am definitely impatient for the 3rd book in the series now!


    What other book might you compare Mortal to and why?

    This book is similar in storytelling, character development, and progression to Red from Ted Dekker's Circle series.


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

    The voice acting in this book does a good job of differentiating the characters, their personalities, and attitude throughout the story. Henry keeps things going at a smooth natural pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'll try to address this without actualy ruining the story. In the final conflict in this book, Jonathan shows a side of himself that is contradictory to what most readers will expect him to. Considering that he's an anology of the messiah, this shows a side that we often choose to ignore or forget. Seeing how Jonathan responds to those in the conflict realy opens your eyes to the power and authority he actualy has.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as the first, but definitly worth the listen. I'm excited about where this series is going!

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  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1875)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Terri says: "Don't buy this."
    "A bit monotone, but still worth a listen!"
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    Where does What Every BODY Is Saying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't have to drone about the reader's performance since there are an abundance of users who have done that already. He's not frustrating to listen to, but he's not engaging either.

    The actual content of the book is well worth it though!

    If you actualy pay attention to the book and comprehend what's being said, it will have an effect on how you watch people around you. I'm already one of those guys who natuarly que in on body language (or driving styles on the road) and can quickly estimate what kidn of person I'm looking at and how they'd react to outside influences. This book is great for explaining many of the smaller details that goes beyond the target's natural instincts and more into their current state of mind and intent. I can definitely see how this guy was successfull as an FBI interogator.

    Check the book out to better understand what messages you're subconciously sending out and what others are saying without realizing it! Again, it will have an effect on how you watch and read the people around you!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is instructional with a few stories, so there are no notable characters besides the author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Be less instrutional in tone, and more expressive instead.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from What Every BODY Is Saying?

    It has changed how I read people's intentions through their body language and posture.


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