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100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.

SAN CARLOS, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 34 reviews
  • 137 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Ross Range
    • Narrated By Jesse Einstein
    Overall
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    (274)
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    Murder In The Yoga Store is the true story of the brutal killing of a beautiful young woman at a chic Lululemon yoga-wear shop. The grisly murder was committed on a pleasant Friday night in upscale Bethesda, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C. In this riveting narrative by veteran journalist Peter Ross Range, the author for the first time brings together the tale of what really happened in the yoga store murder.

    Ullanta says: "Straightforward, and, in the end, unnecessary."
    "Listened to in one Day"
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    I listened to in one sitting -- It's only 3 hours but I really enjoyed it as I missed this headline other than vaguely knowing there was a murder at a Lemon Lulu, but no more than that and it was not on my memory horizon at all. It was a great storyline and a sad tale of murder that didn't have to be. There were so many things that could have prevented this from happening, it makes one wonder if it was meant to be -- but that certainly can't be true. If it was written as fiction, it would have been considered too implausible to the reader

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (828)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "This kind of Story not usually on my To Read List"
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    Don't be turned away by opening chapter(s). It is dry courtroom dialog between defendant and prosecutor but it's an important part of the story to follow. If you enjoy suspense this book will satisfy. I don't usually read books of this genre but it was recommended to me by someone who enjoys the same books I do so I went with it. I'm surprised that I didn't want to read before bedtime but it was in my head and I knew that it wouldn't help for sleep. I don't recall a book that had that effect on me. Or maybe it hits too close to home what could be (for a woman)! I really stretched it out -- it took so long to reach its peak.. since I assigned it to listening to at the gym I really stretched out the pain/pleasure and spine chilling effects. And not the least of it's success is the narration -- just right on spot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (997)
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    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "A New Genre Adventure for Me"
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    I loved the gentle tone of the narrator, and loved the beautiful, magical story about a child made of snow. This listen will stay with me for a long time. I was able to let myself be taken away by the fairy tale aspect and it’s so well written that the plot is not completely improbable. I have never read a fairytale based novel before but the review caught my attention. I just love listening to something new that turns out excellent. I looked forward to getting back to it every day.

    The story took place in Alaska in the 1920’s and portrays the difficulty of a couple setting up a life there and as a listener I had no trouble
    Imagining Alaska and the cabin they lived in with all of the hardships they seemed to endure -- that certainly bothered me more than it did the couple!! They did have the results of their child of snow
    to carry them through……and that’s the story you will love.

    Debra Monk did a fantastic job narrating; her voice fit the story perfectly.
    The story was very well written and the author’s description of Alaska is amazing. I thought it was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anya

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
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    Anya Savikin lived among well-to-do Russian Jews in Poland, in a world more like Tolstoy's than our own, until the first bombing of Warsaw and the chaos that ensued. Her story incarnates the strength and love of Eastern European Jewry, before and after their decimation.

    Paula says: "A True Life Story in Novel Form"
    "Lengthy memoir that flies by with good reading"
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    Excellent epic novel about a holocaust survivor. It is unique because it is written as a stream of consciousness and it is one of the most detailed books I've ever read, and the reader REALLY gets to know Anya. This novel is extremely well researched and is just plain impressive.along with the narration -- equally impressive. My first introduction to Susan Fromberg Schaeffer novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1603)
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    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
    "So Much Story Detail"
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    When I listened to a Sample, I knew that I would buy this audio version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrated by Anne Hathaway --- like many people, I've read the books, seen the movie and TV versions, plays - you name it, but this version is the coup de grâce in that the listener gets so much story detail that is forgotten from the days of reading as a child and never really absorbed in the movie version -- so I loved it for that reason. The narration by Ms. Hathaway was the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasures from the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mirjam Pressler
    • Narrated By Sherry Adams Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    An old lady, an antiques dealer, dies in Basel, Switzerland. Her devoted daughter-in-law finally steels herself to do what all families must in the aftermath of a death - she heads upstairs to the attic to sort through the old lady's effects. But this wasn't just any old lady, and this wasn't just any old family house. Helene (Leni) Elias was born Helene Frank, only daughter of Alice Frank and sister of Otto Frank, who in turn was Anne Frank's father.1929 destroyed the Franks' banking business in Frankfurt; the rise of the Nazi party began to destroy their lives.

    Starlet says: "This was no Anne Frank's Diary"
    "This was no Anne Frank's Diary"
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    This is not close to Anne Franks Diary -- of which I've read several versions and love!. This is interesting enough, but not enough for me to finish -- which surprised me. I think I may go back to it -- I may have been reading too many books of this genre and had to move on. 9/27/11

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of a Soldier: A True Story of Love, War, and Sacrifice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kate Blaise, Dana White
    • Narrated By Melissa Edris
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    (10)
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    Mike and Kate Blaise fell in love during high school in small-town Macon, Missouri. Sharing a deep sense of patriotism, they both entered the U.S. Army, she as a commissioned officer and he as an enlisted infantry soldier who later became a helicopter pilot with the Air Cavalry. Forced to accept the realities of a military marriage yet determined to stay with her husband, Kate passed up her dream assignment in the United States to be with Mike, who was deployed to Korea.

    Starlet says: "Five Star it Was Not"
    "Five Star it Was Not"
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    I was very bored with this novel and stopped about half way -- i don't think I'm that easily disappointed in books. For this one, I had in mind something completely different. I decided to read it based on the highly rated reviews in Amazon. One reviewer commented that they thought these 5-star reviews were written by family....possibly so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Lotus Grows in the Mud

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Goldie Hawn
    • Narrated By Goldie Hawn
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (33)
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    Goldie Hawn's life is an ongoing tableau of stories, and she has a born knack for telling them. In this candid and insightful book, Goldie invites us to join her in a look back at the people, places, and events that have touched her. It is the spiritual journey of a heart in search of enlightenment.

    Terri says: "A Lotus Grows in the Mud"
    "My Expectations were not Met"
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    I really love Goldie Hawn; we grew up together on TV and movies, we are born the same year....although I finished the book, I was so surprised by the monotone of her narration and remember it being unmemorable. My expectations were perhaps too high, and I was disappointed Perhaps another narrator would have saved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "Couldn't Finish this Highly Rated Book"
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    I loved the whole idea of the storyline, but it just seemed to go on forever and at a slow pace -- I found myself not that excited about getting back to the book -- and that was my feeling to the end. I don't even think I finished it. I love time travel, but for some reason this one did not grab my attention. This was in 2005; perhaps I'll give it another try -- but I usually don't go back a second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1415)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (255)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "My First Audible.com Listen in July 2005"
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    My first book "read" on audible.com and I Loved it -- It was riveting; however, I have to say that the last two chapters disappointed me so much -- the author did the proverbial Rush job. I wasn't in a very forgiving mood and gave a 4 star but I have now come around to how I felt about 98% of the book -- it's a 5 star in that respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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