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  • Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Katie Davis, Beth Clark
    • Narrated By Jaimee Draper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    "Sometimes I want to spend hours talking with my best friends about boys and fashion and school and life. I want to go to the gym; I want my hair to look nice; I want to be allowed to wear jeans. I want to be a normal young woman living in America, sometimes. But I want other things more. All the time. I want to be spiritually and emotionally filled every day. I want to be loved and cuddled by a hundred children and never go a day without laughing.

    Carla says: "This book changed my life!"
    "Understanding"
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    If you could sum up Kisses from Katie in three words, what would they be?

    Relentless Love Explained


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story gave me an understanding of why a young woman would journey so far from home to fulfill her life's calling


    Which character – as performed by Jaimee Draper – was your favorite?

    Katie


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was comfort at knowing a force greater than all of us had led Katie to Uganda.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend to mothers, parents, family of someone who has chosed a life of service.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4717)
    Performance
    (2125)
    Story
    (2134)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Truly Enjoyable"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book explores how geography, culture, circumstances and family change life. The author truly wraps up all the different elements of his story. Of the hundreds of books I have listened to, this is right at the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "Outstanding"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is spectacular and even more so because at the end of the book, the author relates how he researched the facts surrounding the kidnapping of the main character. This book is a testament to the power of love, of determination, of spirit. This book is a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (923)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Stunning"
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    If you could sum up The Orphan Master's Son in three words, what would they be?

    An intricate novel of "the most democratic nation on Earth-North Korea." The author weaves a tale of conflict, lies, deception and human nature. Well worth the read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pak was portrayed as having so many facets and experiences.


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

    The narrators bring depth to the characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Orphan Master's Son and why?

    Commander Ga was the most memorable because of his cruelty.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13054)
    Performance
    (5502)
    Story
    (5569)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Sensational Listening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Water for Elephants to be better than the print version?

    This audio version gives the listener the perspective of the young Jacob and the elder Jacob with such richness that the printed page cound not compare. Sometimes one reads a story for entertainment but this story becomes so vivid and captivating because of the reading of it that it leaves more than a trace of longing for the story to begin again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    The elder Jacob and his memories were the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants.


    What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s performance did you like?

    The tone of the readers voices, the intonnation, inflections, and emotional content of the 2 readers makes this a wonderful listen


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

    I wanted to listen to this book in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Carmine Gallo
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (300)

    Whether he was introducing the latest iPad or delivering a keynote presentation, Steve Jobs electrified audiences with his incomparable style and showmanship. He didn’t just convey information in his presentations; he told a story, painted a picture, and shared a vision. He gave his audience a transformative experience that was unique, inspiring, and unforgettable. Now you can do it too, by learning the specific techniques that made Jobs the most captivating communicator on the world stage.

    Donn Gilray says: "Must Read/Listen"
    "Must Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who finds themselves with an audience in front of them, whether in a church, school, or other function.


    Have you listened to any of Carmine Gallo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I work with priests and seminarians on accent modification. The ideas presented in the book are so clear that the process of writing a sermon/homily is easier. Some ideas do not apply, but overall, many do apply. A clear presentation makes intelligibility easier.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3315)
    Performance
    (2891)
    Story
    (2870)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "easy listening, entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Man the most enjoyable?

    The intrigue of the story made it easy to keep on listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator is my favorite reader.


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

    George Guidall brings inflection, intonnation, and a kind of music, perhaps a symphony, to the books he reads. He is serious without drama, suspenseful without theatrics, and heartwarming without syrup.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had no extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy listening. Entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2871)
    Performance
    (2551)
    Story
    (2553)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Things Remembered"
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    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    As Harold Fly journeys toward Queenie, he engages in past times that are alien to him, but like well worn shirts to the listener. Harold meets new people and begins to find the good that can be found in most everyone; he remembers picture albums of past events and cringes, cries and/or conceals. I loved this book. I loved Maureen and her marriage to Harold. I loved the angst they both lived through. I loved the end of the tunnel, by the beach, holding hands.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That in the end, love conquers all.


    What about Jim Broadbent’s performance did you like?

    I liked Jim Broadbent's accent and his use of the English language to subtly paint the ideas in the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    Eileen says: "Exceptionally good"
    "Understanding"
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    What did you love best about The Bonesetter's Daughter?

    Amy Tan has taken the story of 2 women and woven it so that each reader can understand how unknown history can affect present reality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the "softening" of the daughter.


    What does Amy Tan and Joan Chen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader brings intonnation, pausing, vocal reflection that enriches the thought process accompanying the words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Linking


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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