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Port Perry, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.

    Cybele Bell says: "she's really quite a perfect reader"
    "Nice twist on an old story."
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    Probably more suited to a younger reader. But still made for a pleasant commuter read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3352)
    Performance
    (3083)
    Story
    (3100)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Great end to the series"
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    The last book of the series continued with many twists and turns right up to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Pam Grout
    • Narrated By Pam Grout
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    This audiobook could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments that prove reality is malleable, consciousness trumps matter, and you shape your life with your mind. Yes, you read that right. It says prove. The nine experiments, each of which can be conducted with absolutely no money and very little time expenditure, demonstrate that spiritual principles are as dependable as gravity, as consistent as Newton's laws of motion.

    Tony says: "Food for thought"
    "Positive Thinking, God and the Universe made easy"
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    An easy listen with easy to follow instructions.
    Actually had to put it aside when my first exercise worked so impactfully and give it a think. Put the Bible's instructions to love and stay on the positive side of the world in thought and deed - in a whole new light.
    Love this book. would give it 4.5 if I could.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (497)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "A history lesson with a twist."
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    Found it a little hard to warm up to the central character at first - but she grew on me. loved the background on the WASP unit from WWII

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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (205)

    This modern morality tale by gifted writer and speaker Andy Andrews teaches seven fundamental strategies for creating a successful life. Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live.

    Georgia says: "Little Heavy Handed but still an uplifting read"
    "The 5 people you meet in Heaven go on a road trip."
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    Cute premise - but a little heavy handed and didn't ring true for this quiet Canuck.
    Perhaps it will capture the heart of an American reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Okay for Now

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    As a 14-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the skinny thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, a fiery young lady who smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain.

    Katie E. Martens says: "Funny, smart, sweet, and sad all at once"
    "Life is good even when its not..."
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    Loved Schmidt's book Wednesday's Wars and was not disappointed in this book which continues the life of the main character's best friend.

    Book is intended for teens - but crosses the adult divide and makes for a nice lite listen. Lincoln is a great reader and perfect match for the central character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal - and How Nearly Dying Saved My LIfe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kevin Sorbo
    • Narrated By Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    On television, as the star of the popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god. He relished living the part—putting in 14-hour days on set, doing his own stunts, and relentlessly working out at the gym. Until one day it all came to an abrupt end. Now, for the first time, Sorbo shares what viewers didn’t know: he suffered three strokes from an aneurysm in his shoulder and was left partially blind and entirely incapacitated at just 38 years old.

    Patricia says: "Easy Listening"
    "Not your average book."
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    Kevin told the story in a very unassuming way that made the impact of what happened to him even more powerful: going from a grinding high pressure success journey to zero in a matter of hours.
    ..and then detailing the love that helped him come to terms with all that followed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold, dark depths of the water a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

    Cindy says: "Probably one of the best books I've read"
    "Is it real or is it Memorex?"
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    May have dated myself with the Headline :) but loved the story and how it made you examine the things you take for granted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (812)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "A unique book by a unique individual.."
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    Loved the book. It gave a great perspective to a world I will never know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (822)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "A story of honor and survival"
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    While the book was really a history lesson on the German Airforce during WWII thru the eyes of an ace pilot - the second part of the story - saving a bomber was a nice bonus.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Homesman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glendon Swarthout
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy - ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful.

    Janice says: "Riding into a different sunset"
    "An interesting history lesson.."
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    Bought this book around the same time as "letters from a woman homesteader". Interesting to compare the women that flourished in the hardship and loneliness and those who needed a gentler world.
    A sad book and cant say I warmed up to the hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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