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  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5346)
    Performance
    (4526)
    Story
    (4497)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Interesting...."
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    I do believe people are motivated to do certain things or commit specific actions. We could call this a habit. The topics discussed in the book don't show any revelation or breaking ground discovery. The stories told do reflect determination in oneself and how to achieve your goals. If you want to wrap this up in a neat bow and call it a habit - then so be it. I did enjoy the book and do recommend it. The part discussing our shopping habits was very interesting. If anything its a book about what makes us human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1555)

    Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

    Dogs & Horses says: "Slower pace than first 2 books"
    "It's a must listen if you are a Jack Reacher fan"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tripwire to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the printed version - that's so 1990


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tripwire?

    The story was a constant build up - it was a fun ride all the way!


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

    I must say Dick Hill is still my favorite, but Jonathan did a good job. There were a couple of small instances where the book would move into another chapter and it took a moment to figure that out sometimes - he changed without warning. It did not affect the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I listened so long I had to use the bathroom at one point. Does moving to the bathroom count?


    Any additional comments?

    In all seriousness - I like the Jack Reacher books and it has been awhile since I actually enjoyed one all the way through. I was about to give up on him. First 5 star book for me in a long while

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1394)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Love a good Jack Reacher - but BLAH!"
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    What disappointed you about Personal?

    The story was so dragged out that the whole book could have taken only half of the chapters. The discussion of such minor details made this book the equivalent of watching paint dry.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think he wrote this just to write a book. Betting that the name alone would sell the book and not worry about content. Makes me made when authors do this (James Patterson is another one that is guilty of this also)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Dick Hill is great - He could read the dictionary and make it sound good. Not his problem it was such a bad story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Moments when the story actually moved along it was good - the dozen or so chapters of nothing really sucked.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't give up Lee Child yet - you don't hit home runs every chance at bat. I'm all about second chances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (697)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    KC in Lexington says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "Great read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - not to predictable but fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mystery man - he could have gone either way


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He flowed flawlessly between characters - awesome job - he made the book!


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

    Not extreme - I liked the twist


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend the book - easy to listen to

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6000)
    Performance
    (5592)
    Story
    (5593)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "The narration makes the story"
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    Would you listen to Mr. Mercedes again? Why?

    No - once was enough.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot did continue to build - fun book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the whole thing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last few chapters had were fun


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3308)
    Performance
    (3057)
    Story
    (3058)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "What I expect from the King!"
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    Where does Joyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far, all of the Stephen King books rank in the top five. The narration is what makes these books come alive.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot moved right along. I would not call it an "edge of the seat" listen, but there were enough things going on to keep it interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well rounded book - it all worked for me


    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    The story is about and amusement park - the name is as good as any.


    Any additional comments?

    I had this book on my wish list for a long time. I was worried by the description that this story would not be for me. I should have known that I have not listened to a bad King book yet. There are a couple of overlapping ideas from other books that pop up in this story, but it all works. 7hrs is not as long as most King books, but it was worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase: Fox and O'Hare, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (608)

    Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted - and untouchable - criminals. Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency.

    Stacy says: "Love the humor, but kind of the same story"
    "Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - the book is an easy listen and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author keeps the story moving along and does not go off on sub plots or dive in to drab details.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a couple of twists and turns, but the ending was worthy of the build-up


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

    Oceans 11 meets born identity


    Any additional comments?

    The only negative would be the narrator. He did a good job, but you need a few chapters to get used to his style of reading. Almost like he is reluctant to be doing this if that makes sense?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3883)
    Performance
    (3266)
    Story
    (3290)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Not so much"
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    What did you like best about The Innocent: A Novel? What did you like least?

    The narration by Ron and Orlagh made the book


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Sure - just disappointed in this one


    Did Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    If it was not for them, this book would have been a snoozer


    Could you see The Innocent: A Novel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really - nothing new here


    Any additional comments?

    The book took a long time getting to the point. You were never able to figure anything out which made the story even more frustrating. Everything gets summed up in the last chapter. What is supposed to be a big cliff hanger just makes you glad to be done with the book. It started off well, died in the middle and then quickly summed up in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10659)
    Performance
    (9638)
    Story
    (9724)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Blaaaah"
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    This book is 90% history lesson, 5% running in circles and 5% story. One review had said it perfectly - Dan went through a lot of trouble to describe everything to the last detail! I like the history, but not to much where it takes over the book. He wrote a book just to write a book

    1 of 1 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
    (1130)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1042)

    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!"
    "Powerful"
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    A great story of honor. Unbelievable tale of courage. Nice to know this can happen in our world

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (651)

    Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable.

    Maria S Kehr says: "Powerful book for Women!!!!"
    "Excellent !!!!"
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    From start to finish the book stayed on course. Narration was perfect and that made this one enjoyable book. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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