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Philippa

Powder Springs, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 reviews
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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
    (287)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (236)

    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?"
    "The Light Came On"
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    Any additional comments?

    I always wondered why I was such a slow reader and since I often confuse words such as left and right (knowing very well which is which) I wondered if this book may offer some answers to my questions. In order to get real answers I'd probably have to be tested, but there where scenarios in the book in which I found myself as in a mirror image. I found it interesting to see how others with severe forms of Dyslexia were able to lead normal and successful lives. I found that very inspiring.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (1554)
    Story
    (1561)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Loved it! Couldn't Stop!"
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    I listened through this over a weekend which are my busiest days with little "listening time". I couldn't stop. Even on the "re-read" I couldn't stop. The story caught my attention about a quarter through the first part (chapters 4-6) and carried it all the way to the end.

    At times (very few) the added sound effects were a bit too loud but that was easy to overlook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (686)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Don't Buy - Don't Waste Your Money"
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    This book has been the hardest one for me to get through. Do not waste your money like I did, though this is a must read in literature.

    Parts 1-4 fade in and out. It's hard to hear and because of the accent of the narrator I had to turn the volume a bit higher than normal. Then all the sudden the sound was so faint I could hardly hear it at all even on the high volume.
    Parts 3-5 have background noises and voices. Extremely distracting.
    Parts 7-10 have skips in them where it seems like parts are missing.

    I don't blame the narrator himself. The other books he narrated did not have these problems. Whatever the environment was did not work well.

    Audible should strongly consider "pulling this from the shelf' and having this re-recorded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5622)
    Performance
    (3564)
    Story
    (3592)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Henrik says: "What an incredible audio book"
    "Not Impressed"
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    The performance of this book was good in all parts. I usually like Philosophy but this book felt to me like a waste of time and money. The story in which the philosophical topics were incorporated was flat and the philosophical topics didn't seem "valid". (I don't know how to better explain this.) I did not like this book at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2909)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1281)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Gladis says: "Awesome advise"
    "Great Financial Motivator!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Total Money Makeover the most enjoyable?

    I have always made sure to payoff credit cards monthly or stop spending to not build up debt. I picked up this book to see how I can advance myself financially. Reading this book I realized I was already doing many things right. The confirmation felt really good. The step-by-step instructions were helpful to ensure you don't loose focus. This book has greatly motivated me to take control of my 'financial fitness'. I plan to teach this to my nieces once they are old enough.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The baby steps to achieving financial fitness.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is targeted towards people with high debt. I understood that some points had to be drastically emphasized in order to make them effective at all, but at times I found the emphasis a bit insulting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (535)

    When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart.

    DKay says: "More please"
    "Action Packed Vocabulary"
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    Any additional comments?

    From the very beginning this book was packed with action words and words not often used in my daily vocabulary which made it even more interesting. The story captured my attention from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2810)
    Performance
    (2394)
    Story
    (2379)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Catchy Story"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    In the beginning I found the book a bit slow and thought I wouldn't like it. Nevertheless, I stayed with the book and half way through found it so interesting that I couldn't stop listening. All the sudden the slow beginning made sense and tied in to the outcome of the story nicely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlines

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (833)

    When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times best-selling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting....

    Felicity Fairchild says: "VA fans will be thrilled!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Bloodlines?

    If I did not know it better, I would say the author has to be a recent high school graduate. The story is kind of flat but filled with high school drama. So much so that I almost discarded the book. This book should be listed in the Kids Fiction section rather than in the Adult fiction section.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (1417)
    Story
    (1426)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Unhealthy Relations"
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    Would you recommend Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to your friends? Why or why not?

    I guess I had wrong expectations about this book and do not seem to understand many of the author's ways of expressing things. I found the book rather depressing but not for the references to 9/11 rather for the family relations. I guess there is too much left for personal interpretation.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Graysmith
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
    "Great Representation of Facts"
    Overall

    If you are looking for some graphical representation of some fictional string of killings, this book is not the right one. If you have been obsessed with the facts of this real serial killer's case and want to learn more about the crimes events and evidence, then this book is the right one.
    This book walks the reader through the mountains and mountains of events, evidence and facts of the Zodiac's crimes. The author manages to depict the crimes as horrible as they were without exaggeration while introducing the different characters as if they lived in your neighborhood.
    Although, the book explains some of the problems that have influenced the difficulty of solving this case, I do not understand how this case could still not be solved (considering all the newest advancements in forensics) but that is not the author's fault.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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