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Cynthia

I'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!

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  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (802)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Unsettling Parallels"
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    Where does The Harbinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not sure exactly where I would rank this book, but I'm glad I listened to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not exactly a book with "characters"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book mentioned St. Paul's Chapel in relation to events that happened nearby. I found this part of the story most amazing.


    If you could give The Harbinger a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Americans needs to listen to this


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (2689)
    Story
    (2690)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Stepping into the life of a young carny"
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    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Amusement Park mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Devon. A young man's journey growing up while trying to solve a mystery in an amusement park he works at for a season


    What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

    He developed very good character definition with his voice. I had no trouble telling one character from another


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Devon's journey into the past and his future


    Any additional comments?

    Very well defined characters. As usual, Stephen King is a master and luring the listening in and keeping him/her engaged to the very end. Well worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (275)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
    "Creepy"
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    Any additional comments?

    Think of a serial killer with hospital access and extensive knowledge of unhealthy ways to use drugs.

    The story is well told and very thorough, although I was somewhat disappointed in the narrator. I couldn't help thinking the reader was just going through the motions, reading a script rather than making an effort to bring the story alive and add depth to the characters.

    I wonder if another crime may have been committed, though, when considering how long it took to bring this killer to justice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3488)
    Performance
    (1969)
    Story
    (1984)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Very unusual"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    All you might ever want to know that could happen to your body after you die must be in this book. Interesting, although not for those with a weak stomach. The author even manages to inject humor, at times, in a dry, but respectful way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (443)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "How our national forests started"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good historical account of the origins of The United States' national park system and how a huge, tragic forest fire played an instrumental role. Well researched and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7312)
    Performance
    (2089)
    Story
    (2076)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Reney says: "Be careful with logical leaps"
    "Thinking about your own mind"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This book seems to be well researched and gives an in depth view on the reasons behind snap judgements I doubt many people are aware of. The book also gives understandable, logical mental steps people can practice that can alter first impressions, including our propensity for stereotyping. An interesting book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Christian Rhodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    It is midnight on 30th June 1860 and all is quiet in the Kent family house in Road, Wiltshire. The next morning they wake to find that their youngest son has been the victim of an unimaginably gruesome murder. Even worse, the guilty party is surely one of their number - the house was bolted from the inside. As Jack Whicher, the most celebrated detective of his day, arrives to track down the killer, the murder provokes national hysteria. This true story is the original Victorian whodunit.

    Margaret says: "The game is afoot..."
    "Not Sherlock Holmes"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I did experience a good feel for the times when I listened to this audio book. However, the story itself was, I think, drawn out too much. As a result, I found myself fighting to stay focused on the story. I guess the story is OK, but I would not listen to it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (881)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Hooking faith for a buck"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    L. Ron Hubbard was incredibly bold to use a person's hope and faith in continued life after death to make as much money as possible. The more money a "parishioner" pays, the quicker they "cross" the bridge of immortality. The ultimate scam.....Research of the book appears very thorough and includes views of the controversial religion from both positive and negative points of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael J. Tougias
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (17)

    During the height of the blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat, but was soon in as much trouble as the tanker. Then pilot boat captain Frank Quirk, hearing of the Coast Guard's troubles on his radio, decided to act.

    Christopher says: "A riveting story"
    "Feel what it's like to be in a blizzard on the sea"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is so well told I could almost feel myself aboard the Can Do trying to cope with the relentless storm. It is difficult enough to navigate a truck through a blizzard. I know that. Trying to navigate a relatively small boat in storm battered seas must be worse. An excellent book for anyone who wants to know just how hard it must be to be a sailor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3752)
    Performance
    (3229)
    Story
    (3203)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Justification for Introverts"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Quiet to be better than the print version?

    I have a long commute to work, so I listen to audio books as a way to indulge my periodic craving for books while maintaining the ability to drive. Because of this, I have not actually read the print version so am not in a position to compare.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Quiet?

    Discovering someone willing to stand up and say it's OKAY to be an introvert!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular "scene". That's not the right word. Rather, the insightful way the author explains how well extroverts and introverts can compliment each other without extroverts pressuring introverts to change their core personalities.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction, but a sense of relief there are other people like me who are comfortable being the introverts we are and feel we can live among our more extroverted neighbors without actually having to become one!


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book detailing the fundamental differences between two distinct personality types.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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