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Trish

I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

Virginia | Member Since 2005

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  • 89 reviews
  • 268 ratings
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  • 78 purchased in 2014
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  • All My Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Lucci
    • Narrated By Susan Lucci
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When Susan Lucci and All My Children were introduced to the world in 1971, American television changed forever. Susan's character, the beautiful, spirited, and mercurial Erica Kane, was an original. But while millions have enjoyed getting to know Erica's many sides, the woman who plays her has remained a mystery.

    william says: "Susan Lucci- the woman that never had a bad day"
    "Very Entertaining!"
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    Susan Lucci's memoir is a very enjoyable listen!

    I must admit--I am a fan from way back in the beginning years of All My Children, so I certainly knew bits and pieces of her story. But what a well-written and beautifully read book--I was truly surprised! She seems to be a lovely lady with a beautiful family, and I will always remember this memoir fondly and wish her well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking on Water

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    A year earlier, Seattle advertising executive Alan Christoffersen lost everything he held dear - his beloved wife was killed in a terrible accident; his partner stole his business from him; and the bank foreclosed on his home when he couldn’t pay the mortgage. With seemingly nothing left to live for, Alan set out to walk from Seattle to the farthest point on the map, Key West. And now, after walking more than two thousand miles on a journey filled with surprises, dangers, and revelations, he approaches his destination - and the most important decision of his life.

    Jean says: "Enjoyable book"
    "Book Five--"
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    I'm not sure why Audible does not have this book linked to the series, but it is Book Five in a 5-book series that begins with The Walk.

    I loved this series--I listened to the final four books consecutively--I just could not stop until the journey was complete. I was so involved, I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction! It is well written and uplifting. And the journey's conclusion was sweet and satisfying.

    The author narrates all five books in the series, so I liked the consistency of the same tone and voice throughout. I highly recommend the whole series--and listening to them in order. It is definitely worth the time and credits you will invest--and I hope you enjoy the books as much as I did!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Step of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    After the death of his beloved wife, after the loss of his advertising business to his once-trusted partner, after bankruptcy forced him from his home, Alan Christoffersen is a broken man. Leaving everything he knows, he sets out on an extraordinary cross-country journey; with only the pack on his back, he is walking from Seattle to Key West - the end of the map. Along the way, Alan begins to heal, meeting people who teach him lessons about love, sacrifice, and forgiveness. But in St. Louis, Alan faces another life-changing crisis, and now the journey is in jeopardy.

    Trish says: "Book Four--"
    "Book Four--"
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    This book is the fourth in a 5-book series--

    I discovered this series with book one--The Walk--and did not realize it was a series at that time. Once I found that there were four more books, I read all four without straying to any other books in between. That's unusual for me--I don't think I've ever read any of my series books back-to-back! I had no desire to leave Alan Christofferson's world while there were still Miles to Go (whoops--that was Book #2!!).

    I highly recommend this book, but even more, I recommend reading/listening to the series in order. Enjoy--

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Grace: The Third Journal in the Walk Series: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he plans to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map.

    Trish says: "Book Three--"
    "Book Three--"
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    After the first two books in this 5-book series, I just had to keep listening. I became so involved with the character's story, I just did not want to leave it and go on to read anything else.

    I'm keeping this short and sweet because I want to post a review for all five books. They are all wonderful, and will pull you into a fictional journey that is hard to put down. I speak from experience, and recommend to all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miles to Go: The Second Journal of The Walk Series

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, wakes one morning to find himself injured, alone, and confined to a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen days earlier, reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he planned to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. But a vicious roadside stabbing has interrupted Alan's trek....

    Melissa says: "Love this series"
    "Book Two--"
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    I read Richard Paul Evans' book The Walk without realizing it was the beginning of a five-book series. Then I discovered the rest of the books--I devoured the remaining four, one right after the other.

    I highly recommend this series, but I would definitely read them in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    • Narrated By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation's most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they - and America - have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

    Jean says: "A Look at a power couple"
    "Wow!!"
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    I did not know what to expect from this book, but I was truly surprised at how much I enjoyed it!! The only thing I knew about Mary Matalin and James Carville was that they worked on opposing campaigns when President Clinton was elected for his first term, and were subsequently married. So I "read" a book--

    And I loved the book--loved everything about it! Each told their own stories, and they were both entertaining. And FUNNY!! Sometimes they totally agreed on the subject they were presenting, and as you can imagine, sometimes they totally disagreed. I have no idea how these two people can live in the same house. But good for them--they make it work. And they present a very entertaining peek into their everyday lives. I enjoyed it, and am quite sure others will too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (661)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
    "Very Interesting!!"
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    Our family's first experience with Amazon.com was a disaster!! My son was excited he could order something for everyone online, have it wrapped and shipped to him ready for Christmas giving. It turned out to be a very frustrating experience, and I thought this company would NEVER make it! Of course, watching it subsequently take over the retail world, I just shook my head.

    So listening to this book was incredibly interesting to me. My first surprise was that our bad experience was five years into the company's existence--I would have guessed it was their first holiday season! And the fact that they didn't even have a profitable quarter for the first 6 1/2 years of existence, and still continued to operate (with shareholders by that time) is beyond comprehension. It's one thing for a small business to grow slowly, but this was never a small venture. It started with BIG ideas and admirable principals, and refused to budge just to show a profit.

    I found this story enjoyable to listen to. The narrator was excellent, and the book was thoroughly researched and very well written. My one tiny complaint is that sometimes the writing did not strictly follow a timeline--the time would jump a bit as the author followed a subject he was writing about, and as a listener, I had trouble keeping up with where we were in time. Minor issue for an otherwise excellent and interesting listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7727)
    Performance
    (6975)
    Story
    (6975)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Very Credit Worthy!!"
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    This was familiar, and at the same time different--

    Sycamore Row re-visits Jake Brigance and the cast of characters from A Time to Kill (probably my favorite John Grisham novel), but without the trademark big crime to be solved in court at the eleventh hour. That's OK--this book still has an interesting premise and well written story, and the narration is excellent.

    I enjoyed the story, but it started off with a bang, then seemed to flatline down the stretch. That is my only reason for the 4-star Story rating. I truly loved the way it ended though, and that overrode any hesitation I may have had about a strong recommendation overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5507)
    Performance
    (5236)
    Story
    (5244)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "MacGyver on Mars!!!"
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    Admittedly, The Martian was on and off my Wish List so many times!! I'd hear great things about it, then read the premise and think "not for me". It crossed my radar again recently, and I happened to see almost 4000 reviews with an average of 4+ stars--I took a chance.

    And I loved it!! The story was great, original, and very well written. And the narration was perfect. I am truly not a science person, and the physics and chemistry were still going over my head a bit, but that aspect of the story was written well enough that I totally got the gist of what was going on, even if I couldn't pass a test on it by the end :)

    I am very glad I chose to listen to this book. It could have been boring and scientific, but was in fact entertaining and fun. I highly recommend to all--

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    What would you do if you lost everything - your job, your home, and the love of your life - all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map.

    Kathy says: "Excellent a Must Read"
    "Quite Enjoyable!"
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    Honestly, I had no idea this was the first book in a series. When I finished listening, I was disappointed that the "Walk" had barely started, but the story had taken a turn, and it really did wrap things up nicely. When searching for other books by Richard Paul Evans, I discovered this was Book 1 of 5!! I was very happy, because I was really enjoying the journey. I am currently finishing up Book 2, and have just purchased Book 3. I think that is probably the best recommendation there is! That, and talking about it with others--Done!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
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    It has been a while since I’ve read or listened to a great book and wanted to get a review posted right away—but happily, I have just finished one and can’t wait to tell others!!

    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is that book. I was intrigued by the summary, and loved the idea of an independent bookseller being the central character. What a charming story!! I was hooked from the beginning, and was enthralled throughout. It is cute, quirky, funny, sad—heart-tuggingly sad—and I loved every minute of it! The story is original and very well written, and Scott Brick does an excellent job with the narration.

    I truly hope this book finds an audience—it deserves to—and I intend to help it along!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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