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Kimberly Brown

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  • Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Heffernan
    • Narrated By Margaret Heffernan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (98)

    Margaret Heffernan argues that the biggest threats and dangers we face are the ones we don't see - not because they're secret or invisible, but because we're willfully blind. A distinguished businesswoman and writer, she examines the phenomenon and traces its imprint in our private and working lives, and within governments and organizations, and asks: What makes us prefer ignorance? What are we so afraid of? Why do some people see more than others? And how can we change?

    Lynn says: "Why We Ignore What Is About Us"
    "Ignorance is Bliss!!"
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    I was very glad that I came across this book. As a 'Cassandra' this is the first time I have ever heard the term Willful Blindness explained or examined this way. I really never realized that people were not intentionally turning their back, or that they were not completely ignorant in general. Thank you Margaret for making me feel not so alone and also much more educated. How about a book like "Cassandra: The Survival Guide"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3009)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2770)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Hurried Ending"
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    I must first say it takes a lot for me to give 5 stars, that said, if not for the ending this would have gotten 4 stars. But the ending kind of left me...unsatisfied. All the details and build-up to a wrap-up style quickie epilogue, which could've been done way better. Just one opinion. Not sorry that I bought the book, or with the time I spent listening. I just wanted it more final. Narrator did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endgame: The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mauldin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (384)

    Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I.

    Lloyd says: "The Best Explanation of what's Happening Now"
    "On the Fence"
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    I liked the presentation of the information. As a numbers person it gave another perception and was thought provoking. I think it may be very difficult for some to follow the material, even though it is being read very well. I found myself backing up from time to time, just to get a clearer understanding. The use of numerous acronyms added nothing to the book, and probably should've been avoided. I must admit that if I were trying to read this book, I would not have finished it, it is not something that would keep me turning the pages. At the same time I am glad that I found it on Audible, and find it well worth the time to be read to, especially for the people who want a better understanding (or opinion) of our current world financial crisis and how everyone and everything really does matter as we are all connected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3281)
    Performance
    (3043)
    Story
    (3046)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "A very good read"
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    It took me just a little bit to get really into the book, but after that it had me till the end. Imaginative and original. I am glad that I chose it. Worth the time and money, the narrator did a very impressive job. She made it even better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On a Pale Horse: Incarnations of Immortality, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (534)

    In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

    Jake says: "Full Series Review: 5 Stars"
    "My Favorite of the Series"
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    Having read The Incarnations of Immortality repeatedly over the years, I cannot say enough about how brilliant an author Piers Anthony is. How he manages to write from each characters perception, with accuracy, is amazing. I have given this book as a gift many times and will continue to do so. I must say that I am glad I found this series first, because had I found the Xanth novels prior, I wouldn't have tried this work. I didn't like the Xanth novels at all. They were well done, they just didn't grab me and were nothing like this series.
    On a Pale Horse will always be my favorite, With Tangled Skein, Bearing the Hourglass, Wielding the Red Sword & Being a Green Mother in that order. The last two in the series were just okay for me. I feel that they weren't really necessary, per se, and weren't as engaging.
    As far as some of the remarks as to it being "humorless", where does it say anywhere that it is supposed to be funny? In addition, I saw other ridiculous remarks about it not being Christian, way out there, religious rubbish, childlike etc... Firstly, it is a FICTION novel (that means make believe). Secondly, if you wanted a Christian or religious book, sci-fi/fantasy isn’t the genre you should be looking in (or is it?). Thirdly, as a writer, editor & proofreader I find nothing childlike or boring. I would love to see any of these reviewers write 7 novels from 7 perceptions so flawlessly.
    In closing, I am in awe of Piers Anthony’s talent with this series. Everyone deserves their opinion, but at least write something with knowledge, relevance and purpose. Not every novel speaks to a person, not every novel is easily read or understood by an individual, and those type of remarks could and would be appreciated. Absurd remarks with idiotic ranting, that I believe would never assist a person in deciding whether or not to purchase a book, should be deleted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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