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Deborah

"All things TOEFL"

Wylie, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 18 reviews
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  • 46 purchased in 2014
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  • Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Roy Baumeister, John Tierney
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (355)

    For years, our concept of the self and well-being has been dominated by the notion of self-esteem, while the old fashioned value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. In Willpower Baumeister and Tierney turn this misinformation on its head to reveal self-control as arguably the single most powerful indicator of success. Baumeister discovered that willpower actually has a physical basis to it....

    Arken says: "Self-help without the hooey"
    "A good reminder"
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    Most of the information given I had heard and used before. However, I benefited from listening. I listened to the audio book each morning as I got ready for my day. It motivated me and prepared me. It is important to me to understand that will power can be depleted and that there is much I can do to stay strong enough to make good choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Fire: Hidden Cove Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kathryn Shay
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (185)

    Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.

    cglewis says: "Could not stop listening!"
    "A disappointment"
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    This reads like a teen's perception of life and love. Real people do learn to build a better life after tragedy. This is an immature look at how things work out (or fail to) . Any survivor could have written their story better than this. Terrible -- missed opportunity. Lack of any research on life after loss. Maybe this is only "a wanna-be- fire fighter's book."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1597)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (812)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "Some books are not made to be heard??"
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    I felt that the characters were getting all jumbled. We had police, lovers, spies, and all. I listened to the end but I was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cynthia Lord
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Catherine, a 12-year-old girl with big responsibilities, loves her autistic younger brother David and makes lists of rules she thinks will help him get by. But she often feels that her parents, focused on special care for David, forget that she exists, too.

    Michael says: "A Necessary Read"
    "One of my all time favorites.."
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    This story hasn't left me. I took the characters as my own. Loved the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (523)

    Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

    A User says: "Didn't want it to end....."
    "Love the characters"
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    Loved the story. The characters are distinct and memorable. There's a hopeful sub-layer that causes the reader to suspend judgment; young people make bad choices but they mature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4287)
    Performance
    (3672)
    Story
    (3669)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Excellent book"
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    A good story. Memorable characters. The story did not follow a predictable pattern. It was the story of a family... never predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "A story of family love and shocking circumstances"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is an important story, but lessened by the choice of a western sounding voice to tell the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Greta Lee?

    The author, herself, or someone sounding like the author should have put the story into the minds of the listener.


    Did In the Shadow of the Banyan inspire you to do anything?

    The re-telling of this story made me thank the people of the churches in the Boston area who brought Cambodian refugees to the USA in the 1980's from refugee camps in Thailand. I met the refugees there, I- a new teacher of English as a second language, and they- the hurt and hopeful immigrants. They told me these stories first-hand. They changed my life and changed my opinion my own countrymen. God bless them all.


    Any additional comments?

    The escape attempts from the work camps and the rules against having unauthorized food (found eggs, etc.) are other stories of bravery that should be told. Perhaps other Cambodians would please fill in the blanks from your experience or from the experiences of your parents.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3169)
    Performance
    (2820)
    Story
    (2827)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Listen to a good story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    ?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    too many to list


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

    no, I don't think so


    Any additional comments?

    It is Inspirational to me because I am the same age as the character. He is remembering his good and bad days, he's walking, and trying to do something about his life, even in these later times. All listeners, young and old, can take this story as a reminder of what's really important in life.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Get Off Your 'But': How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sean Stephenson
    • Narrated By Sean Stephenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    In addition to presenting Sean Stephenson's unbelievable life story, Get Off Your "But," offers anyone who needs to conquer fears and insecurities a hands-on guide for overcoming the forces of negativity and self-sabotage. Sean - a successful psychotherapist - shows what it takes to overcome the big bumps in the road, eliminate excuses, end insecurities, and ultimately stand up for happiness and success in life.

    Michael says: "Excellent text on removing excuses in life"
    "Inspirational"
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    Memorable stories and good advice. A living example of courage.
    You will be impressed with Stephenson's determination to solve problems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (280)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Good story, but...."
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    This was a wonderful, informative story, but I would prefer the story without the recipes the writer included.. ok, maybe one recipe would be ok if there was a point.. but this technique was very distracting... I suggest you listen to the story and skip through the recipes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila A. Dechantal says: "Worth a listen!"
    "Wise words about Life and daily joy"
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    I feel so fortunate to have listened to Anna's words. She reminded me of much that I have done well and badly over the years, how far we've come, and more. I loved hearing about her family and her push push. The book was like listening to a friend re-tell the story of where we have all been in this life journey. Plus... she's funny.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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