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  • Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Adharanand Finn
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world’s greatest runners - and put them to the test - combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights.

    Sharlene says: "His Curiosity is Contagious"
    "Insightful & Inspiring"
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    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who loves running or wonders how so many people from one country can dominate in the world of running, this is a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (659)

    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland....

    Paul says: "Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries"
    "Scorch my brain -"
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    I couldn't get past the endless time in the desert! Ughh. Everyone keeps telling me that it gets better from there, but I couldn't do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Ryan
    • Narrated By Tom Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation....

    Doug says: "A True Story of Personal Transformation"
    "I want an "Atticus""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Following Atticus to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, but I enjoyed the audible version as read by the author


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the relationship between Tom Ryan and Atticus - the love, trust and interdependence that allowed Tom Ryan to grow. My favorite scene is when Atticus gets his winter gear - priceless!


    What about Tom Ryan’s performance did you like?

    His inflections gave the story a true feeling and added to the meaning of the story.


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

    I did listen to it in all one sitting... and have since listened to it again and again! It makes me feel hopeful about man's connection to other animals and the world around him; as well as our ability to accomplish amazing things in the face of tremendous challenges. But most of all, I fell in love with Atticus.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking of the saying,

    0 of 1 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
    (10009)
    Performance
    (6084)
    Story
    (6114)

    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!"
    "Surprisingly captivating"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    I started listening to Unbroken for my book club, but was captivated by the story. I was afraid it was going to be gruesome and emotionally draining due to the topic, but Linda Hillenbrand makes this an amazing story, that although horrific in many of the events, is told in a way that makes it mesmerizing and hard to put down. Anyone who has an interest in history, world war II or even sports will find this an inspirational story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Number Four

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (779)

    Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

    Brynn says: "Annoying book we wanted to like"
    "good story"
    Overall

    Good story - started listening to see if the movie might be interesting and found myself drawn into the characters. I really like it and want to see the movie now.
    Can't wait for the next part to come out. Loved the characters being built and the plots. Thought it actually was ok for my middle school kids to listen to/ read also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross's TRIAL

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (181)

    From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

    Carolyn says: "In a word ... miserable"
    "enlightening and frightening"
    Overall

    I listened to this book with dread in my gut. I knew the outcome; I knew of the tremendous bigottry in the old south; I knew things would get ugly, but I just couldn't put it down. I kept hoping something would be different, that the ending would change. It didn't. But, there was hope in the ending words of Abraham Cross.

    Even living in the 21st Century, we still have ignorance and bigottry in our lives, but it has changed in the last 50 years and continues to slowly change with every little step. My kids can't believe that things like this happened in their country, in their parent's lifetime. Having Grandparents from the deep south, I know it was not that long ago when such hatred and violence was considered justified.

    The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I would have liked a little more insight into the back-stories and motivations of the surrounding characters especially LJ and Elizabeth. Also, I would have liked more closure on certain main characters at the ending: LJ, Elizabeth, Ben's father, Moody, and Luis- the lawyer from Jackson.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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