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Tonja Shelton

North Carolina | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
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  • In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Dick Cheney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (356)

    In his unmistakable voice and with an insider's eye on history, former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

    A User says: "Eye Opening, Insightful and Honest"
    "HIs story, a rebuttal to the critics"
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    I listened to this book because at the end of the 2nd term of Bush/Cheney administration, I became disenchanted as to how they seemed to fall apart (yes, I voted for them). However, I always feel it's best to make sure you hear all sides of the story. I thought then, and still do, that Cheney took some heat from the liberal media for which he could not directly respond due to his being in office.

    I'm still not sure I agree with all his diplomatic views, but I appreciated listening to his views and his openness and frankness with his interactions with Rice, Powell, and Bush.

    If you truly dislike someone for their views, you should at least hear them out. For those on the fence with how they feel about Cheney, you need to listen to this book. He gives also gives some good background on Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Clinton, and their staff. HIs review of history (i.e., Vietnam war) outlines how this affected the decision making process for the interventions in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

    It's a good think that Edward Herrmann narrated this book. The epilogue and prologue are spoken by Cheney but you can tell his speech is labored, perhaps from his health. I think Herrmann could narrate instructions on how to fill out tax forms and still make it sound interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (248)

    This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

    Tonja Shelton says: "Outstanding narration"
    "Outstanding narration"
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    Bill Shatner should narrate more books. He is very entertaining, keeps the listening very interesting, and is able to poke fun at himself. The years must have put some humility into him. I think history will treat Bill better than the present. A must read if you have ever been entertained by watching anything he has had a part in.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (10930)
    Performance
    (6949)
    Story
    (6980)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Best audible book I have listened to so far."
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    I kept coming back to this audio book solely because others rated it so highly. I passed on it several times thinking 14 hours was too much time. I decided that all the positive reviews just might make this a good listen. I must admit, after a year of membership and many audible ???listens???, this book has been the best by far. This audible book was excellently written, and having it narrated by Edward Herrmann was icing on the cake. This is one book that will probably always have a place in my memories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shawn Achor
    • Narrated By Shawn Achor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (825)

    Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

    Roy says: "Very Informative Application of Positive Psycholog"
    "Did I accidentally fast forward?"
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    I really liked listening to this book. However, it???s not a ???read this and be happy book??? ??? you have to want to learn the basics of happiness and you have to want to change your outlook. A pessimist might find this book to be a turn off. The author narrates the book and does a great job. The preview teaser that you listen to on audible.com doesn???t do the book justice. This is the first audible book that I found myself breezing through so quickly that I thought I must have accidentally fast forwarded. If you know that happiness can truly make you successful, you should really listen to this book.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Your Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Guide For Raising Responsible, Productive Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Larry Winget
    • Narrated By Larry Winget
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Being a parent is the toughest job in the world, especially with the increasing number of negative influences and pitfalls facing our kids today, from childhood obesity and out-of-control celebrity culture to the dangers of the internet and credit card debt. Larry Winget has never been one to shy away from tough truths, and what he says here may well be difficult for some parents to swallow: we are in the midst of a crisis with our kids.

    Barbara says: "Helicopter parents beware!"
    ""You want the truth...you can't handle the truth""
    Overall

    If you have read any of Winglet???s material or listened to him on TV, you know he doesn't worry about hurting anyone???s feelings. I thought this book was great for anyone who has kids living under their roof (regardless of the kid???s age). You may not agree with everything Larry has to say but his point blank, in your face style of making you pointing out the problem has irrefutable truths. I think it???s great that Larry narrated the book ??? you won???t be disappointed in the listening. Love him or hate him, his common sense approach is hard to argue with.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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