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  • 7 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 3 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2553)
    Performance
    (1335)
    Story
    (1341)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "A Great Audiobook!"
    Overall

    The book was good, the audiobook is great! The book is read by the author -- which always makes books better, but with the Irish brogue from the author, it makes it a GEM. This is my all-time favorite audiobook, and I'm not even Irish. It's a great story, a great piece of history, a great autobiography, a great audio story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

    Nick says: "Too Much Psychobabble"
    "A Great Listen"
    Overall

    This audiobook grabs your attention right away; no need to wait even five minutes to "get into it." Held my interest throughout the book, despite its long length. The narrator does a great job in putting appropriate personality in the characters, and is easy to listen to. The subject is a bit of a spawn from "The DaVinci Code", but only as a backdrop, and not the main storyline. Overall, a good and engaging book that will hold your attention for all the hours...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the Prophet

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Kahlil Gibran
    • Narrated By Johnny Cash
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    In his writings, Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran weaves Christian, Moslem, and Buddhist ideals into a spiritual tapestry that transcends cultural barriers. This collection of his lesser-known writings reveals the author's insights on youth, love, marriage, and truth, and delves into nationalism, religion, and spiritual growth.

    Krykie says: "Yes, it is that Johnny Cash"
    "Yes, it is that Johnny Cash"
    Overall

    "The Eye of the Prophet" is a great book, but the audiobook read by Johnny Cash makes it an even better book. June Carter gave Johnny Cash "The Prophet" (also by Kahlil Gibran) before they married, and it made an impression on him (it's even shown in the 2005 movie, "Walk the Line"). If this book were merely read by Cash, it would be good enough -- his rich voice goes deep. However, it is evident that Cash believed the words he was speaking, and it makes that book even more enjoyable. East meets West, and it's a great synergy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (131)

    With his trademark wit, wisdom, and humor, best-selling author and lecturer Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explains how we can evolve from the lowest level of consciousness (ego) to the highest (unity). Dr. Dyer starts out with a challenge from A Course in Miracles: "You don't have any problems; you only think you do." He goes on to illustrate how the mind can control both physical and emotional well-being, all one has to do is create healthy, positive molecules and move away from negative thoughts.

    kimbereley says: "DON'T BE FOOLED! THIS IS NOT THE BOOK!"
    "Yes, This is Worth a Download"
    Overall

    If you've ever surfed past a PBS-TV fundraiser, you've probably seen Dr. Dryer on stage, giving a talk to a live audience. This program is the audio extension of that. Dr. Dryer talks without specfic organization, but that works for his message. It's a series of talks and stories and examples. I can't imagine reading this; it was meant to be listened to.

    It is an easy listen, and I found myself wanting to hear more. Time flew past.

    It's an audiobook on Dr. Dryer's observations about the meaning of life, how he discovered things, and examples of what he believes. No surprises in the book, but that's okay; it's enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking with Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Joni Eareckson Tada
    • Narrated By Joni Eareckson Tada, Ken Tada
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    More than three decades ago, a diving accident left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic. Back then she questioned how a loving God could condemn an active young woman to a lifetime in a wheelchair. Today she is grateful. Because it's from this vantage point that Joni has discovered a God who is so magnificent that no circumstance, no matter how terrible, can separate her, or you, from his fierce, tender, and enduring love.

    Doug G says: "Extremely relevant and personal"
    "So far, it's kind of boring"
    Overall

    I read the other reviews, and was expecting a good book. Maybe it is, but I'm over two hours into it and so far, it's nice, but not very interesting. This is the first book of hers I've tried. I'm still listening to it because if so many people in other reviews liked it, maybe something will change soon...

    Joni is enthusiastic in her reading, but frankly, listening to her early life was... boring as heck. She obviously loves her father and had a wonderful childhood, but I found it saccharine, true or not. It sounds like she had Ozzie and Harriet for parents.

    The audibook begins well before her accident, "I dug my toes into the sand of Delware Beach,hugged my knees and drew as close to the campfire as I could. The flames warmed our faces...." , and soon the listener hears her experience in listening to her father's retelling of the retelling of the story of the Flying Dutchman. It's great that she finds such joy is such sweet memories, but... to me, "I guess you had to be there."

    If you are looking for something that will hold your interest, or for something that shows insight, this is not the book for you. If you are a fan of the author, this book goes into tedious detail of her childhood.

    It's a nice book, but, zzzzzzzz.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3596)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1501)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "I recommend it, just like the majority of others!"
    Overall

    This audiobook is read by the author, which always makes books more enjoyable. I was a waitress through high school and college, and I believe 100% of the stories told. As far as the crude and vulgar language used in the book -- well, that's reality too. I heard worse language in real kitchens than I did in the Marines; the tone of this book is the tone of commercial kitchens. A good, entertaining, enjoyable book that is easy to listen to and amusing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Po Bronson
    • Narrated By Po Bronson
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Best selling author Po Bronson began work on What Should I Do with My Life? at a time when he was asking himself that very question. For answers, he crossed the landscape of America to find people who have struggled to unearth their true calling - people of all ages, classes, and professions who have found fulfillment: those who fought with the seduction of money, intensity, and novelty and overcame their allure; those who broke away from the chorus to learn the sound of their own voice.

    J. Yoon says: "A bit childish"
    "A touchy-feely book"
    Overall

    This book is a chronicle of the author's discussions with different people from different walks of life, and how he FELT about them, and how he FELT they FELT about themselves. In short, it's a book about feelings, how normal it is to be confused about "What should I Do with My Life", but it offers no real insight. It is read in an emotive, gooey style and I'm sure that the author intended the reader to weep at the touching insight he provided into "everyday" lives. I fast forwarded through some of the stories as they were, at times, repetitive. If this book were half the length, I'd recommend it. At full length...you'll get cavities.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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