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  • Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nando Parrado, Vince Rause
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, with no supplies and no means of summoning help.

    KHarrang says: "A Must Listen"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I remember reading ALIVE so many years ago and always being fascinated by this story. Nando Parrado was one of the survivors and has written a deeply personal book that tells the story without sensationalism. The author reads the prologue and epilogue and as other reviewers mentioned, his accent is heavy. That was not distracting to me at all. There is also an interview with Nando at the end and that was a real treat. This is an excellent listen and highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1027)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "Beautfiul!"
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    I like Alan Cumming well enough but wasn't too sure I wanted to delve into a book about his horrific childhood. When the book went on sale I took a leap of faith and bought it. I am so glad I did! Yes, his childhood was horrific in many ways but the book is not depressing or sad. It is filled with gladness, tenderness and hope. I laughed out loud and teared up several times but came away feeling a sense of joy. Alan's narration was perfect as well. Not all authors should read but he is talented enough to do both perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Academy: Princess Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Laura Credidio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

    Desarae says: "Finished in One Night."
    "Don't Let the Title Throw You Off"
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    When my daughter was young and still into all things "princess", she had this title on her shelf. We never read it at the time and I think it was probably because I was so burnt out on princess stories. Many years later, this book showed up on one of the girl empowerment feeds I read so I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did!

    The story is one of family love, tradition, the power of education, friendship, and making life affirming changes within that framework. I truly enjoyed the story and loved the full cast performances.

    You will read lots of reviews slamming the music between chapters. It was odd at first but very quickly became part of the story.

    I have now read the second book and am getting ready to read the third. So far, the series has moved along and kept my attention even though at at 51 I am not the target audience. The stories are clever and feel timely.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Recovery

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Suzanne Young
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Six months after the fall of The Program, ex-handler Michael Realm is struggling with his guilt. After all, he was instrumental in erasing the memories of several patients - including one he claimed to love. With a lifetime of regret stretched before him, Realm vows to set things right.

    Brandy Blackerby says: "it's a 5 STAR"
    "Revisiting Old Friends"
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    As a huge fan of THE PROGRAM, I was so excited when this short book was announced. It is set after the 2nd book, THE TREATMENT and picks up right where that book left off.

    One of my favorite things about this series is that the characters are well rounded. They are typical teens/young adults with flaws and missteps. The story was very satisfying and well worth the listen. It made me want to go back and revisit the series.

    Kirby Heyborne does a good job with the narration after the first 10 minutes or so which is how long it takes for him to find his pacing. He also mispronounces the name Asa as Ah-za which bugged me, but for the most part he was good.

    Sadly, the waiting begins again for the "prequel" of sorts THE REMEDY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coreyography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Corey Feldman
    • Narrated By Corey Feldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

    R. J. Melton says: "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    I remember when Corey Feldman was the hottest ticket in town. Then he disappeared, or so I thought. In this book he tells his many interesting stories of being famous and being infamous. What I didn't expect was how thoughtful he seemed and how much he has been misjudged all these years. There are stories of his relationship with Michael Jackson, his abuse at the hands of his mother and his downward spiral. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Lloyd Parry
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (459)

    Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

    La Becket says: "The best audiobook I have ever heard -- hands down"
    "Powerful!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The true story is simple: a girl goes missing in Japan. Then it gets strange. If it were a novel, no one would believe the twists and turns. I learned so much about Japan and why young girls are drawn there. One of the best true crime books I have ever read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6338)
    Performance
    (4209)
    Story
    (4224)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Beautiful Story, Beautifully Performed"
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    When I was a kid I saw ROCKY and was surprised that I liked it so much even though it was about boxing. But it turns out it wasn't really about boxing. The same can be said about this book which is about racing but not really. It was so interesting to read a book from the dog's point of view but it made me think so much. I did make good use of my hanky on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (980)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Patricia says: "I Loved this book!"
    "Weird Story but Flat-Out Interesting"
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    I don't remember why I chose this book, but I am glad I did. The story is a bit weird at first but weird becomes normal very fast. It is a little unbelievable, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14672)
    Performance
    (13372)
    Story
    (13447)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Funny, Irreverant and My New Favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know why I resisted this book for so long, but once I got it I couldn't stop listening. Kate Rudd does a beautiful job reading this surprisingly upbeat story. I laughed and cried and then cried some more. As soon as I finished listening I started at the beginning and listened again. It was that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1019)

    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
    "Took a While to Get Into"
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    I had heard one of the stories on This American Life which I enjoyed enough to get the book. Some of the stories are stronger than others but after I got used to the style I really enjoyed the book. Worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spelling It Like It Is

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tori Spelling
    • Narrated By Tori Spelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    Tori Spelling is the first to admit that the "reality" behind her popular television show, Tori & Dean, isn't always real. Not even Star magazine could invent the true chaos that happens behind the scenes. Luckily, Tori is famously honest and self-deprecatingly funny when it comes to her personal life - she's always "Spelling it like it is". Tori here shares her stories, her biggest challenges, and more with the usual humor, candor, and down-to-earth charm that her fans love.

    LL says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Guilty Pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, I will admit that I am a closet Tori Spelling fan--she is so funny and insightful. I've listened to her other books and always loved the way she relates her stories even if they don't paint her in the best light. This book was especially interesting in light of her current woes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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