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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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  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • A Lotus Grows in the Mud

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Goldie Hawn
    • Narrated By Goldie Hawn
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    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
  • Talk Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated By T.C. Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The first time Bridger saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night they were both deaf, mouthing to each other over the booming bass. And it was not until their first date, after he had agonized over what CD to play in the car, that Bridger learned that her deafness was profound and permanent. By then, he was falling in love.

    glamazon says: "Too Much Talk"
    "A seamless ending to a great story line."
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    I listened to this in 2007 and I loved this book -- what a great story line and the portrayal of the scam artist was so right on and revealing. I loved to hear the rationalization of the character's bad actions, criminal behavior -- fascinating. A nice seamless ending, but totally unknown or not guessed until the very end. It seems the more reading I do, I find that ending the story smoothly, whether it's good or bad, is not an easy thing for authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4352)
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    (1828)
    Story
    (1845)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Not as good as his previous books"
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    I read this in February 2007.l I like Dean Koontz's novels, and although this one was definitely readable and had a very interesting premise/plot line, it was just sort of slow and just not like "The Husband". or even Frankenstein, the Prodigal Son. Note: It is 2014 and I haven't read a book of his since this review -- just too many others out there to read I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
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    (48)
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    (47)

    Pete Earley had no idea. He'd been a journalist for over 30 years, and the author of several award-winning, even best-selling, nonfiction books about crime and punishment and society. Yet he'd always been on the outside looking in. He had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out until his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill, and Earley was thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities, and catch-22s that is America's mental health system.

    C. Anne says: "Harrowing, Heart-Breaking"
    "A poor system that father had to find out about"
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    I read this in March 2007 and felt that this book was an eye opener -- I mean, even if you know what happened in the Reagan years, with the closing down of the mental institutions and the eventual flow of these people to the streets as homeless with no place to go except jail, maybe family if they are lucky, and back to the street-- reading this book really brought a reality check for me as to how it works (or, rather, doesn't)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Elder Robison
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (144)

    Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

    Anne says: "Refreshing!"
    "A Man's Life living with Asperger's"
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    I am interested in books regarding autism, anorexia,the various human disorders, dysfunctions, and any psychological difficulties -- thus, the reason for choosing this title. I read this in August 2009 and didn't know it was written by the brother of the author of Running with Scissors, Aguststen Burroughs, until I listened to the forward. Apparently, this brother is, of course, Aguststen referred to in his book. I really enjoyed it -- very interesting, yet sad, to hear about the struggles of having a disorder that made him just different enough where it was a problem most of his life. It was never diagnosed until he was well into adulthood and then by accident. However, this isn't the point of the story. It makes you think of the kids that you saw being made fun of and wish that children could be more kind -- but there will always be the few out there so it's up to people to intervene. It is a story about John Elder Robison's entire life and it's worth reading, especially so, if you are interested in this sort of subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Water

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Amanda Plummer
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Starlet says: "Try Again"
    "She IS talking as though under water --"
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    I started listening to this book in June 2006, for over an hour and I had to stop as I couldn't tell if the narrator was supposed to be talking as though under water or if it was my electronics. Because I love all of Joyce Carol Oates writings, I decided to start from scratch. I'm glad I did because I then got into the story and found it to be quite gripping and telling.....so give it a chance now that you know this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Laci: A Mother's Story of Love, Loss, and Justice

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sharon Rocha
    • Narrated By Sharon Rocha
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Laci Rocha Peterson, eight months pregnant, was last seen by her sister, Amy, in the late afternoon of December 23, 2002. She spoke to her mother, Sharon Rocha, at 8:30 p.m. that night. This would be the last time anyone from her immediate family ever spoke to her.

    Michelle Bolduc Mesa says: "A MUST LISTEN!"
    "A Woman Scorned Ended it all for Mr. Peterson"
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    Listened to in February 2006. I thought this book was well written, penned by the mother of a daughter who was killed in such a horrible way by her husband and he was very close to the family. The resulting events with the husband's (Scott Peterson) parents, post murder, and how the parents antics are described in this book ,with such control by the author, is amazing. I'm just glad that it was put out there in writing for all to see. It comes across as a very accurate account, not sensationalized at all. So glad that Scott is forced to think about his actions in prison -- he could have gotten off if it wasn't for a woman scorned......who blew his cover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Norah Vincent
    • Narrated By Norah Vincent
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider.

    Holly says: "Abridged"
    "Tough Assignment but fascinating to read about"
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    I read this in February 2006. The account by Nora Vincent of her time spent as a man was a quick read. To think that she spent 17 months as an impostor and of the opposite sex! Once you start reading, you realize (as she soon did) that this was not an easy transfer. Nora Vincent covered a good cross spectrum of men's lives where she spent her time. I was fascinated by the story and felt that I was privy to information that could be confirmed by someone who was THERE. I've always thought that it would be tough to be a man; when I was 17 I remember thanking God that I wasn't a guy because I could not imagine being drafted into war. Nora doesn't even get into that topic, of war and drafts -- plenty of other situations to delve into. An excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (1664)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (834)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "On My Favorites List in 2005 and now in 2014"
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    I read this in 2005; one of my first audible.com listens and since
    I love Margaret Atwood as an author I was looking forward to reading another one of her books. This and The Handmaids Tale -- another fictional account of the future – are both in my top ten favorites. For about a month after I read Oryx and Crake I STILL thought about its portrayal of the future – news stories I hear and read, speeches from officials, CEO’s, etc., all make me think about this book! I think about How This Could Really Happen and, in fact, it seems we are on our way already -- and that it's not a far fetched concept at all. I think it’s an important book to read and it’s enjoyable as well. Anytime one thinks about a book or movie long after it’s over, deserves the higher mark!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (503)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Stuart says: "Incorrect facts, idiotic conclusions, bad humor"
    "Personally, I thoght the book was very funny"
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    I was so close to LOL moments while listening to at the gym...I'm sure I did laugh out at least once. .I'm glad that I didn't read the reviews as I really thought the short episodes of the worst ideas ever was very funny -- Even the sports related bad ideas was interesting and I'm not particularly a sports fan -- many subject matters were covered. I suppose one could nit pick at the authenticity of it (and maybe rightfully so) but on the surface and with not too much thinking on my part -- it was a good listen! The one that stands out where I don't have to go back and find them all, was the woman's portable urinal contraption...that was where I probably did actually laugh out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (406)

    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

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