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Laura

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  • Nutritional Excellence: Eating for Health and Longevity

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    This audio lecture is the latest from Dr. Fuhrman and covers a wide range of information on why and how to achieve Nutritional Excellence. Dr. Fuhrman also explains the core concepts of Eat for Health and his new, patent-pending MANDI food scoring system.

    Ron says: "Worth the time & much more"
    "Life Changing"
    Overall

    We downloaded this for a road trip and it was a life changing experience. We have since downloaded "Eat for Health", which is a great follow-up. This is my first review ever written - we feel so strongly about it. For anyone making this change, get a Vitamix or a Blendtec for healthful smoothies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Katja Millay
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (372)

    Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

    Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

    Kathy says: "Engrossing and well-done angsty teen novel!"
    "Did Not Realize this was for Young Adults"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends on the person; this is a book for is for young adults, which I did not realize. It was a good story with a very interesting premise. I liked beginning and the ending, however, often I was bored during the main story; the narration is pretty good, which made it easier to get through. That being said, towards the end there was finally some terrific dialogue that made me laugh, smile and even cry. Keep in mind, I am 50 years old, so for a teen or very young adult, this may be a terrific read.


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

    Yes, it would be a good movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (540)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Mary says: "Much more than I expected!"
    "Nesbo's Competition is . . . Nesbo"
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    What did you love best about The Son: A Novel?

    LOVED IT - unique story line - super interesting. I love the Harry Hole series, but Nesbo's stand alone novels are unbeatable!


    What three words best describe Gildart Jackson’s voice?

    The narration was a bit stilted in parts - but great in other parts - that was the only part of the audio I did not love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Marra
    • Narrated By Colette Whitaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (239)

    Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

    Ryan says: "A bleak, beautiful debut"
    "A beautiful haunting tale . . ."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Constellation of Vital Phenomena the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great.


    What other book might you compare A Constellation of Vital Phenomena to and why?

    Hmm, it was a very unique story. It is pretty hard to compare this to any other novel I have read . . .


    What does Colette Whitaker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The lovely accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The beauty, horror and humanity of life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8791)
    Performance
    (7929)
    Story
    (7935)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "GRISHAM IS BACK!"
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    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Unusual Suspenseful Clever


    What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads a Grisham book like no other. Not to fast, not too slow and a very believable accent. I could listen to him for hours.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Grisham, but I started to feel like his story lines were getting a little flat - endings have been a little dull and anti-climatic in his later works. This one ROCKED - he killed it and I cried at the end - which I never recall doing before reading his books. LOVED IT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6598)
    Performance
    (6114)
    Story
    (6136)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Stephen King Does It Again!"
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    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Unique & Thought Provoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan - he is complex and let's face it - he's the kid from the Shining ;-)


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?


    Dan


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Rose the Hat


    Any additional comments?

    A sequel for such a block-buster iconic hit such as the "Shining" was a big risk, but one I am glad Stephen King took! I really like this book and did not want it to end. I almost did not read it but I am so glad I did! Stephen King fans will not be disappointed
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    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Prep

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Julie Dretzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure. Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.

    Lorraine says: "Easy & Enjoyable Listen"
    "Falls Flat"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - it seemed more for young adults. Nothing much happens. The narration was really good so it was an okay listen, but I would never recommend this book. It was interesting to find that the author is actually a woman, and that her middle name is "Curtis" after her mother's surname - and that she went to Prep school at the same age as the main character in this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Curtis Sittenfeld again?

    Yes, because I loved her book "Sisterland"


    Have you listened to any of Julie Dretzin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is a terrific narrator for a young voice.


    Do you think Prep needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (374)

    Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

    JenniferandSteveLandeau says: "Man I thought my divorce was the worst!"
    "Nice Distraction - Good Narration but Predictable"
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    What about Kathleen McInerney’s performance did you like?

    She is a really good narrator, which made the book more appealing than it would have been otherwise.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a nice distraction due to the excellent narration - easy listening if but a bit predictable. More of a "chick" book for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (487)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "Boring Narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    I cannot tell if I would have liked the story had the narration been better. Some of her voices were okay, but it was dull, especially in-between the dialogue. I cannot put my finger on it - the voice was nice, but it was just so slow and kind of depressing. I am having a really hard time getting through it and probably will not finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2883)
    Performance
    (2531)
    Story
    (2553)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Slow to Start but Brilliant In the End"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - this was a great story - very different - hard to find unique plots like this one.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    Great narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This was easy to get into but then there was a slight dragging - but it is well worth it - be patient - if this was a movie, I would say the editing is brilliant as there are no wasted words - everything means something and it all comes together. This book made me cry - which was very unexpected. It is thought provoking - a good one for book club discussion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1747)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1569)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "LOVED IT"
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    If you could sum up What Alice Forgot in three words, what would they be?

    Refreshing, interesting, real


    Which character – as performed by Tamara Lovatt-Smith – was your favorite?

    I love Tamara Lovatt-Smith's narration - it is hard to pick one character - she does a great job. I suppose Alice is my favorite character the way she portrayed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this author by a mistake - searching by narrator, Caroline Lee. I loved the first book I listened to - The Husband's Secret, and then I had to find more books by this author. I noticed the narrator was someone different that I had not heard before - and I was worried it would lessen my experience. Well, let me tell you, I am not spoiled rotten by Tarama Lovatt-Smith's narration style. She has a real talent. I did not want this or any other Liana Moriarty book to end. The characters and their thoughts are realistic. Her books would all be great for book club discussions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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