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K. LaSala

NJ | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Skiff
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The Divinity of Dogs is about the moments you learn something profound about life from an experience with a dog. Featuring more than 70 stories culled from hundreds of submissions to the author's Web site, these inspiring and heartwarming true stories show where love, tolerance, comfort, compassion, loyalty, joyfulness, and even death have provided experiences that have led to spiritual enlightenment.

    K. LaSala says: "Miracles abound"
    "Miracles abound"
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    A touching collection of stories that show just how insightful, intelligent and emotionally bonded people and their dogs are. There are several tear jerker stories and most of the stories end with the dog dying somehow. But, the stories are well told and just helps demonstrate what most dog lovers already know - that their dog is really their best friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (427)

    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    J. C. Schmidt says: "Savage is an Amazing Writer and Narrator"
    "Entertaining and moving"
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    Loved this book. It was full of really touching stories, struggles and experiences of Dan's life and it is read perfectly. It's not going to convert anyone to his side of things so I wouldn't recommend it if you aren't like-minded but it sure made me laugh and cry and I even came away with some relationship tips for my own life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Virginia Morell
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals. Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars?

    Kathi says: "Beautiful insights into the minds of animals"
    "Finished in 2 days!"
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    I finished this book in two days! It was a greatly informative and educational peek into the science behind our animal kin...not just dogs but primates, dolphins, whales, even ants.

    While I wriggled a little bit at some of the lab experiments, the outcomes are enlightening. This is a great book for anyone considering a career in dog training or just looking to understand how our counterparts communicate, feel and survive despite not communicating verbally.

    1 of 2 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
    (483)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (450)

    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"
    "Experience the AT without leaving home!"
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    This book makes me want to hike more! I learned a lot about the history of the AT and enjoyed the stories of Bryson's travels. I really enjoyed his sometimes hiking partner (and all of his issues) and also hearing about some of the odd people they met along the trail. The AT sounds intimidating, amazing, spiritual, enlightening and beautiful. It's a good read and a great way to experience the AT a little bit without strapping on a heavy pack and getting blisters on your feet.

    The reader was very enjoyable - nice tone and a few character voices. Definitely a good choice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kim Kavin
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
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    (17)

    When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle - advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jersey - was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving dogs.

    Jami says: "A Tough, But Important, Read"
    "Informative and shocking but well worth the read"
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    An eye opening peek into the world of rescue from kill shelters and gas chambers down south to private and volunteer transporters to rescues and fosters and finally to adoption and forever homes. This book is a very informative read and has a heartwarming story of a journalist looking to track down the history of her rescue dog. Along the way she learns so much about tax payer funded "shelters", about so called rescues and about how thousands of dogs are saved (and sadly about the 10K per day that aren't.) It's eye opening and touching. It's sad and uplifting and I challenge you to read it and not walk away compelled to volunteer, donate or support rescues in some way. Don't shop, adopt. And always spay/neuter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (852)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Informative and shocking"
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    An eye opening look into the big food business including how they intentionally trick consumers with shady marketing, how they use scientists to formulate precise equations to make processed foods as addictive, cheap and satisfying as possible so we go back for more and how when the food industry ran into trouble they turned to their friends in the tobacco industry to help them navigate through the obesity crisis...and still come out ahead.

    The supermarket is a battlefield, as the author says. And I will never look at potato chips the same way. Excellent, informative read. Pass the fruit, please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (253)

    This book is Moore's most personal to date - and will be irresistible to fans and foes alike. A sort of anti-memoir, Moore breaks the autobiographical mode while he hilariously presents 20 far-ranging, irreverant vignettes from his own life. This book is a wild, revealing, take-no-prisoners ride through the early life of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, this is a book Michael Moore has been writing - and living - for a very long time.

    David says: "So that's how he got that way"
    "Personal stories from MM"
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    I love that this was read my Moore himself. He's got some very entertaining and funny stories and I now have a greater understanding of why he's one of the most hated men around. Like him or hate him, he's incredibly intelligent, passionate and has a lot of good stories to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other - And the Lives They Transformed Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Edwards
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    The last thing Lisa Edwards needed was a new dog. But when she came across an abandoned litter on Halloween, her heart went out to the runt who walked into walls and couldn't steady his feet. Lisa - healing from past abuse and battling constant pain from a chronic medical condition - saw a bit of herself in little Boo. And when he snuggled, helpless, against her, she knew he was meant to be hers. The dunce of obedience class with poor eyesight and a clumsy gait, Boo was the least likely of heroes. Yet with his unflappable spirit and boundless love, Boo has changed countless lives through his work as a therapy dog.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Soothing, relaxing, inspirational"
    "Heartwarming, touching story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Boo to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is great. Engaging, different voices for children and just a nice, overall voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog Named Boo?

    There are lots of quirky funny stories about the different dogs.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED this book. It's a heartwarming story of an unlikely therapy dog touching, helping and saving so many lives. It shows how every dog comes into our life right when we need them.

    It's also a great inside view of the life of a therapy dog and handler and the issues and training they go through, all the various programs they can assist with and some great little anecdotal stories about the people whose lives they help.

    It made me laugh, tear up and smile a lot. Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3160)
    Performance
    (2475)
    Story
    (2467)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Very entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent! A funny and entertaining account of growing up first as an outsider, and then becoming part of and working his way through Hollywood. The audiobook is narrated by him and was engaging to listen to. It's a great peek into the inner workings of the world of TV and movie, and has many touching stories about growing up, learning life lessons and loving, along the way.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Know When the Men Are Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Siobhan Fallon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    In Fort Hood housing, like all army housing, you get used to hearing through the walls. You learn too much. And you learn to move quietly through your own small domain. You also know when the men are gone. As Siobhan Fallon shows in this collection of loosely interconnected short stories, each woman deals with her husband's absence differently.

    glamazon says: "You know when you've got a great read!"
    "Not Army Wives the TV show"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a really hard time getting into this story and getting attached. I kept saying "I'll give it one more chapter" and by the time I was ready to give up on it, I only had 2 chapters left, so I stuck with it. I don't know why either. The characters were fine but I never really got attached to them. As an ex-Army spouse I thought I would. It is a realistic portrayal of deployments, the families left behind and the awkwardness of reuniting post-deployment but if you're looking for Army Wives like the TV show, this isn't it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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