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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
    (331)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (278)

    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
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (443)

    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
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1672)

    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.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "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
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    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
    (358)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (319)

    >"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
    (125)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    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
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (687)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "Great read!"
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    What did you love best about The Lucky One?

    I loved that the story was realistic, and that it wasn't full of sex.


    What other book might you compare The Lucky One to and why?

    I don't usually read love stories -- I'm not sure.


    Did John Bedford Lloyd do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did OK.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lucky One and why?

    Thibault -- I loved his gentle and patient personality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8514)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2834)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Robert Langdon needs to come back!"
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    Where does The Lost Symbol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks toward the top! I can't wait to get plugged into my headphones with Dan Brown's writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Symbol?

    I enjoyed the end, because of Brown's habit of keeping something hidden until the very end.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not sure


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

    No -- I needed time away from it once in awhile, but couldn't wait to find out what each chapter was going to reveal.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown is my new favorite author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17178)
    Performance
    (7411)
    Story
    (7438)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Best fiction I've ever read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is exceptional in his presentation, and the story line is personal!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the ongoing drama, and the hope of justice.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon's ability to make the characters recognizable was unmatched. I never felt like I was listening to a narrator.


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

    I couldn't wait to get to each next book. At the end of the third book, I found myself wondering who was going to pick up where he left off, or start a side story about the characters. I also was calculating the whole time about how Liz and Mikal could just find each other!


    Any additional comments?

    Great read! I owe my co-teacher a huge thanks for suggesting this to me. I was attached to my headphones ALL the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1317)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "This book changed my life."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am making sure that I give this book to everyone who will listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated the scientific information, and also the dry sense of humor that accompanied the science.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Tom Weiner's performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The candid beginning that blatantly called fat by it's monikers -- wheat belly, bagel butt, and biscuit face -- was spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has brought me back to what I always knew and used to practice: having a relationship with my body, and nurturing that relationship.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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