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Nadene

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  • The Chosen One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carol Lynch Williams
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her 20 brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

    Kim says: "Riveting Story - Amazing Narration"
    "a new plot idea"
    Overall

    I loved this book about a polygamist sect in a desert US state. The author did a great job of getting into the characters and show a strong sense of love of family, teen anxt and righteous indignation. It is one of the most disturbing YA books I have read recently. The reader was perfect--strong emotion in all the right places. At the end of the last disk, the author gives a great interview. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Year of No Sugar: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eve O. Schaub
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, John Lee
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year. Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer.

    Virginia says: "Too obsessed with sugar, too free with exceptions"
    "LIFE-CHANGING INFORMATION"
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    This book was just the book I needed to teach me about the harmful effects of eating so much sugar. It has helped me look at what I am eating and evaluate the efficacy of my choices. Because of it, I have made many life-time changes to benefit my health. If I could I would have rated it 3.5. There was some rambling and could have been a few hours shorter. The reader did a fine job. It was worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1288)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "Excellent!"
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    I have listened to this book over the last few days as I was planning and executing my 60th birthday party. My daughter said at this age I don't need inspirational books. So wrong! We all do at all ages. It reminded me that I am unique and precious, that I can reach life-long goals I've procrastinated and that I AM a badass! Read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise: Thunder Point, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (296)

    Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating pool is limited. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.

    Wanda says: "As Promised...Robyn does it again."
    "Her only weak effort I've seen"
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    If you are familiar with Carr's work, this fits in. It is a sweet love story with likable characters. It is the only book of Carr's that was a love story, only, with no plot. It is still worth the purchase just to see the town and characters progress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3034)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2725)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Take two!"
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    I loved this book! I listened to it every possible second over the Christmas holiday, and as soon as I finished, I started again. Within the first 30 minutes of the exposition, the story unfolds a murder. The rest of the story has you chasing the trail to the murderer. Great, plus a good plot kick in the last 30 minutes. Sometimes Nora gets a little graphic in her love scenes, this time it was just teasing references. She does talk a lot about drinking--a celebration, new friend, tiring day, party... Either way, one of the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "So funny!"
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    Loved this book with the different handicapped characters on the farm and their love and devotion to people who care for them. Laugh-out-loud-funny and sweet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1783)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1121)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Disturbing!"
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    Painfully real and detailed look at living with a disturbed kidnapper.. A surprise and shocking ending. Great book that lingers in the mind days after the last page is turned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1814)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "FASCINATING!"
    Overall
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    I loved this book from the beginning to the end. It spoke to me; I don't know why. I loved roaming around the African savanna and picturing the wild elephants and other creatures and learning about the many issues of a conservationist. The story was told with love and sensitivity and many small tales of the people and the animals woven in.

    The reader was perfect. I could picture him as the conservationist, himself, in khakis and a white savanna hat. HIs accents and tone where perfect.

    It was a touching tale that brought me to tears when it was completed--a unique experience for me. Highly recommended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (481)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "A FAVORITE BOOK!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I am surprised about some of the low reviews. I read this many years ago, recommended it to my book club and it flew amongst its members. We LOVED it! Listening was even better. As usually Picoult does an excellent job of exploring a subject from many angles. I felt this was a more enjoyable read that some of her other heart-renching explorations.

    Both narrators were good, but I didn't see a reason for 2 narrators. It didn't seem necessary or bring anything special to the book. Katie's voice was high pitched and innocent. Appropriate I felt.

    I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longhorn IV: The Family: Longhorn Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    Fate has brought about a reunion with a brother Buck Cordell thought was dead. Hard work and perseverance brought both of them success beyond their wildest expectations.

    Jean says: "Longhorn IV"
    "I miss my friends."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the whole series back to back, and enjoyed Rhode's homey stories filled with action plus the details of cowboy life. There are some slow parts, but the story jumps from one action scene to another--often with realistic brutality. Gory scenes are short but to the point. No sex, no swearing. Magically, the characters have money and can pay their staff a healthy wage without balancing a budget, like the rest of us. The books are idealistic without the details of quarrels with staff, nit picky daily irritations and marriage quibbles, but I liked them all. I love the financial details of how much things cost in the 1860's and how a business and town grew. The characters all have difficult life problems that they work through. They show kindness to each other and strangers. The crooks and thieves of the era are dealt with quick cowboy justice.

    When I first heard the reader, I hated his slow pace. On the second try, I got used to it and was impressed by the range of characters he played. The women weren't perfect, but the men and dumb crooks were great.

    All in all, I enjoyed the series and miss my friends. I'd like to check out Cody's house, and sit on the porch and rock while I listen to their stories, watch the mining town process gold and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8841)
    Performance
    (3876)
    Story
    (3940)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Delightful and Enjoyable"
    "love these books...but"
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    They don't have a climax--even after 3 books--no climax. Yet, I've read them 2xs and yearned for them again. I love the adventure, characters, the story. Truly gifted writer--just want an ending!! Perfect narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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