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Mary

Cedar Falls, IA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13274)
    Performance
    (5704)
    Story
    (5776)

    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!!"
    "Water for Elephants"
    Overall

    Couldn't put it down - stayed with this story hour after hour. Takes the listener to a time and place not often visited. Invests the listener in the lives and well-being of its characters. Compelling story - well written, nicely narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (245)

    When Eve Duncan gave birth to her daughter, she experienced a love she never knew existed. Nothing would stand in the way of giving Bonnie a wonderful life - until the unthinkable happened and the seven-year-old vanished into thin air. Eve found herself in the throes of a nightmare from which there was no escape.

    Johanna says: "painful"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Bonnie?

    This isn't what Audible advertised. NOT satisfying conclusion to Steig Larsen's 'Girl with...' books. Narrator's voice is agitating.


    Has Bonnie turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I won't listen to any of other books by this author. I will avoid books narrated by the same woman.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Slower pace, less saccrine child's voice performance. Lousy story. Poorly written.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Simply too sweet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Pleasure Works: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Paul Bloom
    • Narrated By Jeremy Johnson
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (24)

    In this fascinating and witty account, Paul Bloom examines the science behind desires, attractions, and tastes, covering everything from the animal instincts of sex and food to the uniquely human taste for art, music, and stories. Drawing on insights from child development, philosophy, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, How Pleasure Works shows how certain universal habits of the human mind explain what we like and why we like it.

    Mary says: "Found Nothing New"
    "Found Nothing New"
    Overall

    Hoped for something new. Very disappointed. If you are just beginning to explore the field, tho,' it could be fascinating. Good Luck!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Guided Meditation for Relaxation, Well-Being, and Healing

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This superb, high quality hypnosis program by Glenn Harrold, the UK's best-selling self-help audio author, effortlessly guides the listener into a magical healing garden with a beautiful stream. The dreamy sound effects are so real you will believe you are actually there. Ideal for relaxation, well-being, and self healing.

    Andrea says: "Try this one!"
    "Bothersome Pace"
    Overall

    The pace of this speaker's voice was bothersome - when I wanted to relax. I have deleted it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (92)

    Rich with storytelling, history, folklore, and Marshall's own personal experiences, The Lakota Way expresses the heart of Native American philosophy and the 12 core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of living: bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion.

    Catherine says: "You feel like you're at the camp"
    "Calm Truths"
    Overall

    Listen to this masterful storyteller bring the recent history of the Lakota people to life as you learn the fundamental individual attributes of an honorable and satisfying life. Hear the stories told by grandparents as they have been heard by children through time. Hear between the lines to learn the underlying values of the Lakota people. An excellent listen, again and again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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