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Brenda

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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    Glenn says: "Pop pop Smith"
    "Four year old listens intently"
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    What did you love best about How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

    While babysitting my young nephews I realized I needed a hand keeping them close while cooking, but with no one available for backup, Audible jumped to mind. I purchased, downloaded and played in two minutes this book that I played over and over and finished dinner with everybody safe accounted for and happy!


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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12414)
    Performance
    (8328)
    Story
    (8369)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "beyond imagination"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice is smooth, even and comforting. I don't believe I could have endured this story without hearing the words softly spoken.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story is all about Louie, and yet, Phil/Allen, Pete, Sylvia are anchors in Louie's storm.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Everything


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

    No. It is too emotionally difficult and it needs to be digested bit by bit.


    Any additional comments?

    I will always be affected by this story and the interesting way the paths of those involved collide. You can not ever have another bad day if you make it through this story.

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  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9988)
    Performance
    (7459)
    Story
    (7500)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Sophisticated story read by a great voice"
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    Where does A Discovery of Witches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is addictive and the reader is so talented that she brings each character to life.


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

    Correct pronunciation of all the important and interesting places the story takes you to.


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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (5631)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2623)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Scott says: "A true guide for life"
    "Life Changing Material"
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    What made the experience of listening to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the content is the entire purpose.


    What other book might you compare The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to and why?

    Outside of the bible, I've never read any matterial that addresses choices in living as purely.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Covey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I prefer his older works to this recording because those were the ones that I first heard and their impact on me at the time was life changing.


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

    Definitely. While I have read and hear the content before, as the listener your view points and experiences change from year to year as does your learning of the content. It's the same, but we are different, and you need time to digest and think about what you've heard.


    Any additional comments?

    This content was life changing for me 20 years ago and it continues to be the best tune-up material, outside of the Bible, that I have ever learned.

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