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Ginny

Glen Ellen, CA, United States

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Successful Novelist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels,

    Jason says: "REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical."
    "Overall great summary covering everything you need"
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    David touches on everything it seems. The book is not boring and perfectly paced. I learned so many facts about being a writer that I'm more confident in my future journey without so many mind clogging questions. He exposes his own personal life which helps tremendously for understanding what's ahead. Great work!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (979)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Amazing narration and compelling read!"
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    I loved this book! Action, suspense and character development. The actor brought the characters to life. How can someone do so many voices and do them so well? But she did. This book is written very well and paced perfectly. I highly recommend this book. Good for young and old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (287)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Exciting and well written"
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    This is book 2, you might want to read Shipbreaker first. But, it's not really necessary I guess. Be prepared for lots of blood, but it's all so fitting in this series. You get so used to it because that is the way it is in those drowned cities. Very cool and possible world Paolo makes. I am so glad I have read these, they completely take you away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (774)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING BOOK"
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    This is an extremely well written book that kept my attention the entire time, which is hard to do with non-fiction. The way he teaches scientific findings makes it so easy to remember them and absorb permanently. I found myself tracking people down to share things I learned. This is not for only brainy people, this was written for the average person who wants to learn brainy things and remember them. He is my hero. I do have one gripe though. The book starts out with the author reading in an extremely annoying way. His voice kept cracking like he was going through puberty. I almost returned the book because I just couldn't absorb the contents being so annoyed. But then, like magic, he fixed his voice and actually has a very pleasant reading style. Full of energy and enthusiasm. Just hang tough, get through that part and you will be so happy you did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unquiet Mind

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Narrated By Kay Redfield Jamison
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.

    A User says: "Loved this book"
    "Good INFO but..."
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    The writer SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO NARRATE THEIR OWN BOOKS!! Good gawd, she was awful. Such a downer that made it hard to grasp what she was saying. Not dramatic downer, no, a "I am just reading this book without any interest or voice inflections in the least". It was painful. Too bad because the content of her book was good. I suggest reading this book with your eyes to avoid her ruining it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Killing’s Done: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the Channel Islands’ endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

    A User says: "Worth the effort"
    "Educational and humorous and incredible"
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    T.C. Boyle is one of the most creative imaginative writers this world has known. The way he words some of the most simple mundane things makes me giggle and emphasize. He covers topics that we can walk away with feeling like we actually learned something. This man is truly gifted. At first the narrator drove me crazy with his fast paced downer style. But then by the end, I realize that no one else could have pulled this off better. Just the right personality. Still, though, I wish he would have slowed it down a pace, especially in the beginning while we are still trying to grasp the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13533)
    Performance
    (8009)
    Story
    (7863)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Incredibly S L O W .."
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    I was begging for it to leave out some unimportant details, I wanted something climactic to happen. It was so very slow I was squirming to please please end so I can see what heppens. But, what? no payoff? I have to read the other billion painfully slow books?? The idea and writing are beautiful though. But, it's like she extended it three times longer than it should have been.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2027)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "WONDERFUL ENGAGING STORY and PERFECT NARRATION"
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    The story had a wonderful pace. It's suspenseful and beautifully written. No boring dragged out places and the character development was fabulous. I highly recommend this book. It truly is a piece of art.

    The narrator pulled off many characters. Amazing TALENT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13635)
    Performance
    (11108)
    Story
    (11738)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "I wasn't always in the mood for this book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    This is really a wonderful always exciting, never a boring moment love story. I wasn't always in the mood for this book though because I wasn't always in the mood for a steamy graphic sex scene when working out or waiting for my turn in a crowded DMV, which this first book is FULL of. Thank gawd the second book has more of a story than sex scene to sex scene. The reader is WONDERFUL. She reads all the characters perfectly and translates what might have read stiff by the eyes, quite helpful to the ears. The main character, who is first person, really lets you feel as though you can relate completely. The thing that did bother me though is how easily and often she orgasms. Seems a bit unrealistic. But then, it all is. I guess that is why we all love this book.


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

    It would be far too exhausting to listen to this entire book in one sitting. Break it up, you will need to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leslie T. Chang
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (117)

    A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America's shores remade our own country a century ago.

    Roy says: "Cumulative Effect"
    "Learned so much about subject"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book really helps me understand doing business with China. I had no idea that there was this life going on overseas. They really rely on us bringing them work. Its very educational and entertaining. I just think it dragged in parts especially following the author's heritage. That got a little boring and I got lost. But there is no book like this and everyone should know where everything we use daily comes from. How much labor goes into everything and how PEOPLE make it all, not machines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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