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Heidi

Arapahoe, NE, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (338)

    The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
    "Fascinating and motivating to read."
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    What made the experience of listening to How Children Succeed the most enjoyable?

    I liked the author's motivation for writing, and I enjoyed the unexpected outcomes of his research.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found some new energy for teaching.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    I liked the school administrators.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I have talked about this book a lot with my colleagues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (461)
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    (461)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Amy says: "Great Book. Great Narration."
    "Great listening!"
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    If you could sum up A Fighting Chance in three words, what would they be?

    Hope is here!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Elizabeth's constant movement forward, even when the 'yuck factor' was in the way. What a great mission for Americans.


    What about Elizabeth Warren’s performance did you like?

    I loved that she narrated her own story. It made it personal.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to - even though it wasn't possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the print version too, so that I can refer back to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "Amanda, my sister!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A House in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    I felt like I knew Amanda right away; having her read the story herself was very meaningful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Amanda's tenacity. It is a testament to human strength and Christian love.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Lindhout – was your favorite?

    Amanda was my favorite character.


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

    I am very interested in supporting Amanda's charity; I think her heart is solid.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it; I can't wait to recommend it to my students!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11841)
    Performance
    (10856)
    Story
    (10917)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Best read lately..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I loved listening to the story; I didn't try to read the print version. I love having the vocal personality present.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot kept me married to the listen.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    The characters were so real to me -- great job Kate!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it all in one day; couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    I can go see the movie now.... I've read the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN are Subverting America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laura Ingraham
    • Narrated By Erin Novotny
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Meet the elites. They think you're stupid. They think all freedom-loving Americans are stupid. They think patriotism is stupid. They think churchgoing is stupid. They think flag-flying is stupid. They think your SUV is evil - although theirs is absolutely necessary. They think owning a gun is criminal. They think George Bush is an idiot. But in this refreshing and blisteringly insightful look at the elites, Laura Ingraham reveals that it is they, not us, who are pickled in prejudice, morally blind, and outrageously hypocritical.

    Beth says: "Love Laura, Hated this Audiobook"
    "Hate literature"
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    What would have made Shut Up & Sing better?

    A little less uber-partisan rhetoric.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I toggle back and forth between democrat/republic literature so that I can avail myslf equal opportunity listening.


    What didn’t you like about Erin Novotny’s performance?

    If Erin's vocal intention was to make Laura sound whiney and cynical, great job! The vocal tone could have been played differently to make it sound like level-headed narration.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - I don't think the Republican's want Laura on their team. My cynical side was enjoying the "Shut Up & Sing" comments, because 'Hollywooders' does make fools out of themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    There's still hope. I know too many Republicans that are less fanatical about how to stand for change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (508)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "OK read"
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    Would you listen to Gods in Alabama again? Why?

    This was a one-time read, on recommendation for book club. I wouldn't have picked it out, but I might tell my high school students that they might enjoy it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arlene was my favorite character, because she endured the most grief, seemingly. I learned to like Aunt Florence, and admired Burr.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the phone conversation between Arlene and her aunt.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4260)
    Performance
    (3798)
    Story
    (3801)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Gripping."
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    If you could sum up Orphan Train in three words, what would they be?

    Got my attention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the relationship stories throughout the book.


    Which character – as performed by Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Vivan/Dorothy/Niemh


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I had a hard time putting it down for the night.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to use this as school literature; as historical fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prairie Silence: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Melanie M. Hoffert
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Melanie Hoffert longs for her rural North Dakota home with its grain trucks and empty main streets. But like many, she followed the out-migration pattern to a more urban life. When she returns home during harvest to confront the silences that have kept her at arm’s length from her childhood community, she finds it’s not easy. When asked if she's found a “fella,” rather than explain that she dates women, she stops breathing and changes the subject.

    Susie says: "An Expatriate from the Rural American Prairie"
    "Great story!"
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    What did you love best about Prairie Silence?

    I loved the connection to the Midwest rural lifestyle. Many of our families are separated when rural America doesn't accept our kids.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Melanie, of course, was my favorite. Her journey through adolescence and young adulthood was so familiar to all of us.


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

    I didn't have any extreme reactions. I have a child who is gay, who has fewer complications in city living than with us in the Midwest. We love him like we love our own lives, and can't imagine treating him any differently than any other members of our family.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest this book to others who want to learn to love.

    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
    (422)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (372)

    >"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."
    "Best read of the year for me."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Your Life Book Club to be better than the print version?

    I like both the audio and the print the same.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Your Life Book Club?

    I loved connecting with the characters -- I felt like I knew them!


    What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He portrays the personality of the story well.


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

    I told everyone around me that they MUST read the book, and told of how precious the storyline is.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a definite stocking stuffer. I want to have this kind of relationship with my own children in my waning years. I also now want to read all the books from Mary Anne and Will's booklist.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Adharanand Finn
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world’s greatest runners - and put them to the test - combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights.

    Sharlene says: "His Curiosity is Contagious"
    "Great read."
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    Would you listen to Running with the Kenyans again? Why?

    I wanted to run the whole time I was reading the book!


    What other book might you compare Running with the Kenyans to and why?

    n/a


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was reminded of the runner's heritage because of the audio, and more keen to the cultural differences.


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

    Run, Forrest, run!


    Any additional comments?

    I've told all of my friends about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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