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Dee

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  • Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Kristofic
    • Narrated By Jim Kristofic
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Just before starting second grade, Jim Kristofic moved from Pittsburgh across the country to Ganado, Arizona, when his mother took a job at a hospital on the Navajo Reservation. Navajos Wear Nikes reveals the complexity of modern life on the Navajo Reservation, a world where Anglo and Navajo coexisted in a tenuous truce. After the births of his Navajo half-siblings, Jim and his family moved off the Reservation to an Arizona border town where they struggled to readapt to an Anglo world that no longer felt like home.

    Susie says: "Fast Times at Navajo High"
    "Really good book."
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    I'm from Gallup, NM so this book takes me back. Now that I have been gone from that part of the country I can relate to many observations in this book. Growing up there it was all I knew and it was normal to me. Now I can appreciate how different it is there and I enjoy visiting when I can.

    So glad that JK narrated this book. He has absolutely nailed the accents. When I finish listening to NWN I will start it all over and listen again. Just can't get enough. He has told the story, good and bad, of life there. Thank you, Jim. This book is delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1195)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Jodi Does It Again!!"
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    If you could sum up Leaving Time in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't putit down!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Time?

    When they found the tooth and I realized who it belonged to and then it dawned on me what was happening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the elephant scenes. So descriptive. Have always loved elephants but now understand how special they really are.


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

    Yes, definitely. I actually finished listening to it and then started it all over again to hear it with the knowledge of what I found out at the end. It was almost like listening to a different book when you have that perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    Jodi Picoult is an amazing author. How on earth does she keep surprising me? Every book that I listen to or read by her I'm looking for the twist and I'm always wrong because she does something that I just wouldn't think about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160-Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Alt
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure. This entertaining journey includes bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt walked more than five million steps in tribute to his brother, who has cerebral palsy and lives in a home called Sunshine. This trail adventure has inspired an annual event that has raised more than $200,000 for Sunshine. It includes hiking tips for the whole family.

    Pamela M. says: "An Enjoyable Adventure!"
    "It Doesn't Get Much More Inspiring than This!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Walk for Sunshine to be better than the print version?

    I have not read a book with my eyes in many years so I cannot answer this question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of doing something so difficult to bring attention to a worthy cause. Determination!


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    I liked his voice. He sounds exactly like I would expect the main character to sound like.


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

    Yes. And I almost did exactly that!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading if you love walking books. I love these books about the AT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (209)

    What would you do if you lost everything - your job, your home, and the love of your life - all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map.

    Kathy says: "Excellent a Must Read"
    "Loved this Book!"
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    Would you listen to The Walk again? Why?

    I'm not sure that I will listen to this series again but I sure did enjoy it. It was so memorable that I will be able to recall many scenes without listening again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Main Character (am bad with names) and his father. The father had alot to offer but the MC learned that a bit late in life. Also loved the deceased wife's mother. She had great determination. And Angel who was definitely an angel.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Paul Evans – was your favorite?

    The guy who owned the apartment that Nicole (Angel) lived in.


    If you could rename The Walk, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change anything.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this series was just one big book. It was a great series and I would finish one and have to get on audible to buy the next. I really enjoyed this even though I'm not the biggest fan of the author. That is saying alot. This will be in my list of all time favorite books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sarah Macdonald
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

    Meredith says: "Inspiring and witty"
    "Eye Opening for Tourists"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Especially those who think that India is the calm, zen like place and do not realize that it is very overcrowded and very poor in some areas.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Holy Cow!?

    The descriptions of the too many people and animals. The odors. The sounds.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Hosking – was your favorite?

    Cannot pick just one.


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

    I had to listen in half hour increments to take it all in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (648)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "Great for Walking or Travel Fans"
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    What did you love best about A Walk in the Woods?

    The descriptions of the AT.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was entertaining and funny. Even the things that were uncomfortable were funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything with Katz in it. I sure would hate to have him as my walking buddy.


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

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Bryson can bring a fresh outlook to any subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fitness Confidential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vinnie Tortorich
    • Narrated By Vinnie Tortorich
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (418)

    America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often R-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In Fitness Confidential, Vinnie tells all.

    Chris says: "The best voice in audible with the lungs to match"
    "Don't Waste a Credit on This One"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is another snake oil diet book. He says that is a 'lifestyle' change but it is really the Atkins regurgitated.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Cannot stomach another chapter. Getting my credit back on this trash.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Vinnie Tortorich’s performances?

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment. Disappointment at this "author" for putting down everyone who has put in the study time, effort and observation but who have different opinions that this "expert".


    Any additional comments?

    The first chapter of this book caught my attention - diets do not work. So right. I thought this would be the book that changes the way of thinking of the American public. But as I continued listening to him trash other fitness experts and fitness equipment it is obvious that he is only in this for the money even though he says this is not his motive.

    This book is the Atkins Diet and nothing more. This guy sounds like a caveman with a mouth full of dinosaur meat and a big drumstick in his fat fist. And either he has a speech impediment or he sounds like the typical guy who has taken way too many steroids. You all know that voice, we hear them on tv all the time.

    Yes, I too, am a health care professional. Interestingly enough I have many clients who are of a healthy weight and bmi but whose cholesterol and triglycerides are out of control even though they pay close attention to everything that goes into their mouths. This brings about the question, is it better to be thin and fat or fat and fit?

    I could go on and on but do not care to spend any more time on this book. It is a ridiculous piece of dribble obviously meant to gain a cult following for a guy who is an Adonis in his own mind and has a very large ego. He should revisit all of his theories when he passes middle age and his arteries are clogged from so much animal fat that he can't get off of his couch. The only other thing that would be even better is that he change into a middle aged, post menopausal woman. Better yet, his middle aged, post menopausal wife will have to bring his statin drugs to the bed because his arthitis is so bad that he cannot get out of his hospital bed unaided.

    This book just is not worth the effort after the first chapter. He is right about one thing - diets do not help and whatever eating plan you choose, you will have to maintain it for the rest of your life. It's that simple and it's that hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gargoyle

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Davidson
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (137)

    An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Hell is a choice"
    "The Most Intriguing Book I've Ever Read"
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    This book caught my attention within 5 minutes and I was not able to stop listening until it was finished. Then I started it over and listened to it again. There are some novels that I listen to every year and this is one of them. It left me wanting more and what better sign of a great read than to not want it to end.

    The characters are quirky and unusual but somehow endearing and full of mystery. Throughout this entire book I was wondering where this girl gets her money and why she chose this man to help and support. This writer gave me enough information to keep me hungry for more through the whole book.

    I was in a petstore in Mobile, AL and there was a girl in front of me at the register that had angel wings tatooed on her back. The wings were enormous and went from her shoulders and disappeared into the waistband of her hip huggers. I told her I liked her wings and I said, "The Gargoyle?" She gave me the biggest smile. It was her favorite book and very few people understood her tatoo.

    I have a gargoyle that sits near my desk to remind me of this book. Who knows, maybe it's a replica of one carved while living on instant coffee granules.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (493)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "This could really happen to any one of us!"
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    This story was so funny and so far fetched that I could actually imagine it happening to me. I will never, EVER again spill my guts to a perfect stranger on an airplane no matter where I am going or under what circumstances. This cured me from blabbering just because I'm in a situation where I probably will never see someone again. Ha!

    Was it Kahlil Gibran who said 'it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt'? Wise man. Very wise.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3273)
    Performance
    (2227)
    Story
    (2259)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Can't Get Better Than This!"
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    It doesn't matter how many times I've read GWTW I just don't get tired or bored with it.
    The audio version is amazing. The reader does such a fab job of it and her accent and different voices are unsurpassed. Since we have always identified Scarlett with Vivian Leigh and Rhett Butler with Clark Gable, the reader does not disappoint us since she nails those voices and accents. Absolutely an amazing reader.

    I seem to read the book and then watch the movie. The dialog in the movie follows the book almost verbatim so many times but the book is pretty different from the movie. And the book is pretty darn racy for something written so many years ago! Margaret Mitchell was way ahead of her time writing so openly about issues that still face us today, i.e., sex. She manages to write about sex without being graphic or offensive.

    Something that has always bothered me is not about GWTW but about the 'sequel' Scarlett. It is based on the movie and not but book. Although it's good I really would have liked to find out what happened to Scarletts children since they don't exist in the GWTW movie or in the book or movie called Scarlett.

    This book is it! Just can't get better than this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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