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Patricia

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  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (344)

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    Niall says: "A comic tries a little of everything"
    "Delightfully Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Jacobs is a very entertaining writer and his reading is just terrific. The information is good, because he is able to access people who are experts in the field that he is talking about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many wonderful chapters, but the chapter on germs was one of my favorites.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4826)
    Performance
    (4394)
    Story
    (4385)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "A terrific and moving story"
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    This book painted a moving picture of life in Charleston just before the Civil War. I feel upset that this is a part of history that is glossed over in school and that I never heard of Sara and her sister who are real American Heroes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (352)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    Mark says: "A good book, but not really for me."
    "A Thoughtful Book on Many Levels"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book dealt with a number of issues. It is the story of how a son and his mother deal with her terminal illness in a very loving, gentle, and respectful way. It is a story about the power of stories and books. And it is a story about a woman who chose to use the money and influence she had to make the world a better place, while keep a strong focus on her family who had great love and respect for her. It's a lovely and thoughtful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (946)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "The Triumph of the Human Spirit"
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    Story
    Where does Lost in Shangri-La rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lost in Shangri-La is one of best audiobooks I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mitchell Zuckoff did a beautiful job of getting us to know the characters. He let us know where they came from and what kind of people they were before the crash. Then he painted a picture of the strength and bravery of the survivors, as well as a very human description of the natives and rescuers.


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

    Havent' heard others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many powerful moments, but the compassion of the medics as they dressed the horrendous wounds of the survivors was particularly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book helps us realize what the human spirit is capable of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scat

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

    Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

    Vicky says: "not just a kids book"
    "Hiassen for All Ages"
    Overall

    Hiassen doesn't pretend to be serious literature and should be listened to for the sheer fun of it. He creates outrageous characters; however, you may recognize glimmers of people you may have met. He also creates exaggerated situations, which unfortunately have some basis in fact. Ed Asner is the perfect reader for the mileu that Hiassen's created. This book, as many of his books, has an enviromental message, but unlike most of his other books is a great one for teens and pre-teens as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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