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  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (364)

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    Niall says: "A comic tries a little of everything"
    "Oh, this guy is good!"
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    I was not familiar with AJ Jacobs, but now I feel as though I know his entire family! He is not only a great writer, but he is a wonderful narrator. This is a truly entertaining book, and I literally laughed out loud at some of his health experiments....I'm pretty sure my ears are healthier by listening to the book instead of reading it. It's an aural thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (723)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "Wonderful Book"
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    How nice when a book matches its reviews! Thank you, reviewers! This is a well-written and very worthwhile listen! I listened to it after "The Boys in the Boat"--the best book I have heard this year---and still thought it was excellent---different writing, but excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: Mitford Years, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (171)

    After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion. His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion - for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet.

    Sara says: "Mitford Changes With The Times"
    "so wanted to give this five stars"
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    First of all, let me say that I am setting this book aside at Chapter 5 because of the change in Mitford and the narrator's strained-diaphragmatic voice. It is not easy listening. I may resume the book at a later time and completely revise this, since other reviewers say the book improves toward the end, but for now, I very much agree with Sara's review. The early books were so charming! The therapeutic value of Mitford is that the story takes us to interpersonal relationships as they could be. As Sara said, there is now a strange edginess about the town. Father Tim seems to have beome a curmudgeon... others' over-attention to Tim's diabetes and others' efforts to dress Tim properly, cut Tim's hair and (for gosh sakes) offer Tim help with bowel purgatives make the priest appear childish and coddled. Wish I could give this 5 stars, but alas, it is 3 at best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (603)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Excellent audiobook"
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    At the end of this audiobook, there is an interview with the author who mentions this is a book that should be told....read aloud in the American tradition of storytelling. How right he is! This is well written and avoids the pitfalls of over dramatization with such diverse characters. It is a coming-of-age book....you love this flawed family and are relieved when they find peace and redemption. The book begins and ends at the perfect time. The reader has wonderful intonation and articulation. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (527)

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "Can't I give the performance negative stars?"
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    You do not listen to this for the story or the narration...you want to hear the facts. The facts are fairly solid, but the narration? There were so many odd pauses I had to wonder: was he getting tired of his own book? Did he lose his place? Was he choking on a bean? I am sure the publisher did their best to get him to use a professional reader, but they should have tried harder. I've only heard one health book where the author did a great job of reading...Drop Dead Healthy... Fuhrman may be a great doc, but his reading does not do him any favors. If he ever writes another book, I hope he will use a professional reader (I certainly won't buy another book he narrates). Reviews are just the reviewer's opinion, and obviously, few agreed with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Things of God: Unlocking the Treasures Reserved for You

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Dr. Henry Cloud
    • Narrated By Dr. Henry Cloud
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Dr. Henry Cloud brings his insights as both a psychologist and a student of spiritual life to the eternal principles that govern listeners' goals, desires, relationships, and lives. These same truths, if activated in people's lives, are guaranteed to fill them with security, hope, and relationship with the eternal Creator. Cloud also reveals how these truths intersect and interface with the spiritual longings expressed in the principles found in The Secret and similar works.

    S. Thurman says: "Anything Cloud and Townsend write is good"
    "Anything Cloud and Townsend write is good"
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    Anything these guys write is good. It just is. They research their topics well and give practical advice. It's not the classic that "Boundaries" is, but it's a worthwhile comment to "The Secret"...much clearer spiritually. It is Christian perspective, so if you're hoping for a New Age experience, that it is not.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cheryl Richardson
    • Narrated By Cheryl Richardson
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    This life-changing work by best-selling author Cheryl Richardson offers you 12 strategies to transform your life one month at a time. Designed as a practical, action-oriented program, each chapter challenges you to alter one behavior that keeps getting you in trouble. The audibook is filled with personal stories of how Cheryl and others have learned to make the practice of Extreme Self-Care their new standard for living.

    Lori Elle says: "Enjoyable & uplifting"
    "Worthwhile, but...."
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    This is uplifting and informative, as others have mentioned, but I hoped for something a little more useful for my own life. Even tho I am a female, I preferred the thoroughness of the info (and delivery) in Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs. Laughter is GREAT for your health, and he really made me laugh! That's more my style since I am more recalcitrant in my health practices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fireflies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Andrew Peterson
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?

    Amazon Customer says: "Meaningful"
    "good listen"
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    If you're looking for a good, southern author, Martin's your man. Martin's descriptions can be over-the-top; however, he skillfully created a character (Uncle Willy) whose bungled southern metaphors were endearing. We always enjoy Martin's ability to weave stories about everyday life.... he usually shows a human side to villains....which is important to his overall themes of mercy and justice. Our least favorite of Martin's books was, The Mountain Between Us.... so we were surprised to see it rated higher in popularity. Maybe we didn't enjoy it because it was set in the Rockies and we live in Southern Appalachia. :)... southerners love to read about their own beloved homes and schools. Go Dogs!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mountain Between Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    When their last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get home just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crashes into one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.

    Suzanne says: "10 stars for The Mountain Between Us"
    "not my favorite Martin"
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    Would you try another book from Charles Martin and/or George Newbern?

    yes


    Has The Mountain Between Us turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    toward the end....when the house with the marble floors (where his wife and twins lived) turned out to be a mausoleum...their graves.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    Any additional comments?

    It was disppointing, because so many other people seemed to like this book; but, it was simply too tedious for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (69)

    Folly Beach is the land of Cate Cooper's childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Cate never thought she'd wind up in a tiny cottage on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, leaving Cate homeless, broke, and unmoored. Yet Folly Beach holds more than just memories. Once upon a time another woman found unexpected bliss and comfort within its welcoming arms. An artist, writer, and colleague of the revered George Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly....

    Stachowski says: "could not finish it.."
    "What about Folly Beach?"
    Overall

    Very little about Folly Beach.... just another romance. No SC feel...very light on descriptions and history. Why didn't the female character franchise her sister's bakery to SC so that the southern ambience could come to life through daily life/customers? Could have been a healing journey...but the plots were scantily developed. The female victim's husband committed suicide. Oh well.... The male victim's wife tried to kill him. Oh well. Side plots were too dramatic for such bare mentions....victim-romances belong in a novel called "Betty Ford Center", not "Folly Beach". Guess we'll have to stick to Conroy for the SC feel....even if his characters are bigger than life. The reader was clear and had some good dialect-sounds.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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