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Paula

spokane, WA, United States

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  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2839)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1068)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "whining"
    Overall

    The plot is whiny and the first two readers are whiney or whiny. The book may actually have something worth saying but I lost interest because of the whining voices and characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hope and Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sid Shachnow, Jann Robbins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Major General Sid Shachnow was ten-years-old when he escaped the notorious Kovno concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Lithuania. Later, he traveled to post-war Germany, and he earned a living as a courier for his mother's black market business. His family eventually came to America where he struggled to get an education, held down three jobs, and courted the girl of his dreams, whom he would marry and raise four daughters with.

    A User says: "riveting"
    "has taken too long to get anywhere"
    Overall

    I have listened to as far as chapter 9 of the first tape on this book. I sure hope that the main character turns his life around because he gets into too much trouble to be a true hero. This has taken too long to get to this point in the story. The first tape of this book would be more more accurately named Hope and Not Honor.

    I would appreciate it if the write ups for the audible books were more accurate in their description. I have wasted 8 hours on this part of the book going nowhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13376)
    Performance
    (5794)
    Story
    (5866)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "disappointing and disgusting"
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to reading about how smart elephants are in a story about them or that included them more than this one does. I read to chapter 9 or 10 and finally an elephant was introduced. I am disgusted that there is a titillating and graphic sexual encounter every time the younger reader reads. I read a lot of reviews about this for a long time before I finally bought this book and am very disappointed that I never found this mentioned in the reviews at that point. Am not impressed in this author nor will i read her works again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (357)

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    Jillian says: "Highly recommended"
    "paula"
    Overall

    I turned this book off in the first couple of minutes of the story because the author begins with sexual content. This is not appealing to me.

    I didn't finish his book, Assegai, either, because it was too sensational and without content and too explicit about sex. If I had known what his writing was like, I wouldn't have bought this book except that I bought them both at the same time.

    The only thing I did enjoy was the words of tribute and praise he gave to his wife before the story began.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Assegai

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    It is 1913 and Leon Courtney, an ex-soldier turned professional hunter in British East Africa, guides the rich and powerful from America and Europe on big-game safaris. Leon had never sought fame, but an expedition alongside U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt has made him one of the most sought-after hunters on the continent. Soon, he finds that with celebrity comes not just wealth - but also danger.

    Jim says: "Entertaining but I'm not much for sport hunting"
    "paula"
    Overall

    I should have stopped listening to this book at the beginning when our "hero" sleeps with a widowed woman who is 10 years older than he is. I thought that the book would get better. It didn't. I turned it off when he encountered the evil princess and her sexual fantasies. A real hero doesn't do things he shouldn't do for king and country if it is wrong. The character is totally not a hero I want in my life. Give me one with virtue. This is a sensational book with no meat.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Wolf outlines in this citizen call to action - which is reminiscent of Thomas Paine's revered Common Sense - the real threats to our civil liberties that exist and explains how by working together we can stop the growing threat.

    Rick Horowitz says: "I wish everyone in Congress would read this"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    This is a book worth the money and the time it takes to read it. It is worth comtemplating and doing something about.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2717)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1194)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
    "all right but not very worth while"
    Overall

    I read this book because of the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. However, I really didn't think that they were very much alike. Some of the suppositions in Freakonomics are really too strange to accept. I enjoyed Outliers because it rang true but Freakonomics did not.

    6 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A Bride Most Begrudging

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Deeanne Gist
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Reluctant love and shared faith blossom during the daily chores and arguments of tobacco farmer Drew O'Connor and Lady Constance Morrow. Constance is everything Drew despises in a wife - she cannot cook and she prefers mathematical equations to cleaning. Worst of all, she has red hair! But when the two are forced into a marriage of convenience, Drew soon realizes how blessed he truly is.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Finding Love When You Least Expect It."
    "poorly written book"
    Overall

    The plot for this book was certainly intriguing. However, throughout most of the book, the author talks too much about their sexual attraction to each other. The characters are not filled out very well but there is certainly the physical attraction that you read about. If I owned an inspirational publishing company, I would not publish this book. I'm sorry that I wasted money on this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Through Gates of Splendor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Elliot
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In January 1956, a tragic story flooded headlines around the world. Five men, spurred by a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ, ventured deep into the jungles of Ecuador. Their goal: to make contact with an isolated tribe whose previous response to the outside world had been to attack all strangers.Through Gates of Splendor, the story of Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot, was first recorded in 1956 by Jim's widow, Elisabeth.

    Kent says: "Compelling and Authentic"
    "Boring and uninspiring"
    Overall

    This was published by some Inspirational group. It was extremely uninspiring so much so that I listened for about an hour and gave up on it. The reader was boring and so was the writing.

    0 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Peter Ustinov
    • Narrated By Peter Ustinov
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Sir Peter Ustinov's beautifully crafted autobiography is told with exquisite wit and insight. From his birth in April 1921, it spans his extraordinary career as actor, playwright, film star, and director, confirming his early belief that he is 'irrevocably betrothed to laughter'. Ustinov's renowned gift for mimicry is exploited to the full in Dear Me. Eccentric relatives, school masters, sergeant majors, and manic Hollywood moguls are all brought unforgettably to life.

    Paula says: "Boring uninspired woes about PUs life"
    "Boring uninspired woes about PUs life"
    Overall

    I was expecting to read about the funny things that happened in this man's life because he is so funny in a lot of his performances. But this was a book of remembrances that I would not like to remember about the man. It was uninspired and not funny.--More about his relationship with his parents and how he played that out over his lifetime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Men of Genius, Part 3: Nikola Tesla

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Mike Daisey
    • Narrated By Mike Daisey
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Monologist Mike Daisey presents a dazzling new work: four "bio-logues" about megalomania and desire constructed from the interleaved life stories of Bertolt Brecht, P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla, and L. Ron Hubbard. Nikola Tesla was a mad genius, brilliant scientist, and visionary who sparred with Thomas Edison and died insane and penniless writing love sonnets to pigeons - after bringing the world electricity as we know it.

    Elder Statesman Doctor says: "Fantastic Story Telling !"
    "mistitled book"
    Overall

    I thought that I would hearing about the very bright and intelligent Nikola Tesla; instead I heard some smart-mouth comedian trying to be funny. I listened to the whole thing expecting more about Tesla but what a waste of money this one was. This was more about the comedian.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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