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Tina

I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

Nibley, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • God Said,'Ha!'

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

    Haley says: "Resonated Big Time"
    "Umm. I don't get it."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book is totally for SNL fans. 'Pat' isn't doing it for me.

    If you really enjoy listening to live comedy AND you like Saturday Night Live, then this book is for you. I'm having a hard time with poking fun at one's family in this fashion.

    Sorry everyone. I know you don't like my few stars but would you allow me to not enjoy this? Call it my crazy moment, but allow me to choose my own 5 star books. Ok?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dumb Witness: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    When Hercule Poirot receives a letter from Miss Emily Arundell, an elderly woman concerned about her recent accident, his suspicions are aroused by the date on the letter-some two months earlier. A visit to Miss Arundell's estate reveals that the wealthy mistress has been dead for some time, leaving behind a bitterly contested will and a pack of greedy heirs with motives for murder.

    Scot says: "Excellent Narration, and a Great Story"
    "Interesting and everyone kept their clothes on!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recently picked up another book (has a TV series about it) because it was popular and everyone was talking about it. I returned the book. I love books. I don't return books! I read them, reread them, lend them, listen to them, talk about them and even sleep with them under my pillow.

    This book was interesting, twisting, thoughtful, provoking and everyone walked around with their clothes on. Considering the most recent movies and TV series left me thinking that the collective "everyone" has lost their mind. This book has some unusual topics (dinner conversation about pesticides, anyone?) but it was something that could be listened to in the car with very young children, teens and even an elderly grandmother. Offensive? Not likely.

    The performance was fun. The voices were great. I didn't want it to end.

    I'm getting more Agatha Christie books and catching up on my library. I've plenty of books that don't talk about 50 shades of something, outlandish storylines or something called soft porn. Porn is still porn whether it is soft or hard or somewhere in between. Skip the trash and enjoy a book like this instead. Doubly good, my dear fellow!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (5401)
    Performance
    (4748)
    Story
    (4792)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Awesome!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I laughed, I cried and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is not modern writing with modern perspectives or politically correct phrases. This is an old book with older ideas and was far more a perspective of the time in which it was written. Worthwhile to listen! Thank you, Audible, I love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (381)

    Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

    Stacey says: "Good self-help book; not well-suited for audio."
    "The last book"
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    I have a friend who is always saying he is looking for his last book, meaning something so good and powerful that searching for another perspective is not worth the time. I suggested I have found the last author, but not the last book. Brene Brown is moving, enlightening and so real. I have re-read her books several times. I feel like I was swallowed up as a broken soul and soothed until I could stand on my feet again. I'm not alone, I'm not perfect, I'm just me. I learned that practicing what I believe means loving myself and those around me for who they are, not what they are. Practicing each day means making my life fulfilling and happy. Practicing the art of loving without constraint, without parameters, without any restriction at all is what I want in my life. WOW! Incredible author.

    I started with The Gifts of Imperfection. I listened 3 times (in a row no less!) and I have given away 20 copies of the book.

    I suggest that if you are looking for your last good book then you have found your last author instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog Named Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (570)

    Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

    Carolina Kat says: "Best Audible Book Yet! DON'T MISS IT"
    "Warm and cozy, heart-growing adventure"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole family. George, MaryAnn and Todd were great. They just worked together like a close knit family.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a single character that was a greater favorite. I can't think of a better narrator either. The tones, the voice alterations and just the sentiment behind the words worked with Mark's performance. What a joy!


    Who was the most memorable character of A Dog Named Christmas and why?

    Christmas. A dog person will just understand. The credit in this book says something like 'For my wife, she has taught me so much - not the least of which is the value of a good dog'

    Families who have dogs understand the values that dogs teach us - any day that ends with a bit of ball throwing/fetching is a good day, sofas are for snuggling, the outfit/haircut/makeup don't have to be perfect to be the perfect companion for a dog.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a short but exceptional story. It is perfect for this time of year and it is a perfect story for families. I wanted to listen all the way through but the day caught up with me and instead we went to bed with just over an hour left. While making breakfast we finished the story. We giggled about the story events as we let the dogs in then let the dogs out. By story end our dogs were curled up on the sofa ready for a mid morning nap.

    A few of you may want a box of tissues but overall this is not a tear-jerker story, this is a feel good story with a good ending.

    Dare I suggest that you give this book as a gift? It is awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susanna Wesley

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kathy McReynolds
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This is the story of one of Church history's most revered women, the godly mother of John and Charles Wesley. This biography recounts the story of a woman who used her strong leadership and faith to raise well educated and spiritually disciplined children. Her unwavering devotion to God and family in the face of grief, poverty, and a sometimes difficult marriage is a tremendous inspiration.

    Tina says: "Amazing!"
    "Amazing!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure when or why I put this book in my library. I think I viewed it to be a period book of life in the early 1700s. I am not Methodist and I don't generally read historical accounts of religious figures. So aside from me scratching my head as to why I bought this book I really liked the strong matriarch in this family tale. A recent funeral really impressed upon me how much a strong motherly figure plays into keeping families tied together in harmony. Susanna Wesley is such a woman.

    The period during which this book takes place is so different than today in how many people had nursemaids in the home, staff and certainly how many trials people went through. Listening to how one nurse took a newborn to bed with her, then rolled over on the baby was a good modern times reminder that babies have their own beds. But I wonder how our society would react going from our very low infant death rate to what Susanna lived with as sad but normal. I think our society is too upset by minor things and we over-react when the mail/package is not delivered in two days or less. Yet Susanna really endured much more than we have been trained to endure. We are wimps compared to what life was like just 300 years ago. We whine too much. Susanna was a fantastic woman who had her head on straight.

    This book was inspiring. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Romeo and Juliet (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Matthew Wolf, Julie White, and others
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (383)

    The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Calista Flockhart as Juliet.

    Darrel says: "Shakespeare by way of mush mouth"
    "Enjoyed more as it went along."
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    Any additional comments?

    This presentation was quite nice. At first I thought I might stop the performance and find a copy to read along but then getting the voices down helped. Dramatic recordings can sometimes be too dramatic. The story flowed well and was enjoyable. This isn't a recording to listen as you focus on other things, this takes some attention to be paid. If one knows the story by heart from readings, etc, then maybe they can count stitches, or pay the bills while listening. I could not do that!

    I will listen again though, which is the real telling of enjoyment, is it not?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Troublemaker

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    There's a folder in Principal Kelling's office that's as thick as a phonebook and it's growing daily. It's filled with the incident reports of every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules. There's the minor stuff like running in the hallways and not being where he was suppose to be when he was supposed to be there. But then there are also reports that show Clay's own brand of troublemaking, like the most recent addition: the art teacher has said that the class should spend the period drawing anything they want....

    Tina says: "Truth, there is nothing like it"
    "Truth, there is nothing like it"
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    Any additional comments?

    We all have a troublemaker side to our personalities, some of us just display it more often than others. There are lots of kid shenanigans in this book and a few need the intervention of some strong parenting, others are just kid excitement (running in the halls). The best part of this whole book is it shows honesty will always serve to the best end. When the truth is vital to daily life there are very few hiccups teams can not overcome.

    Nice ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost and Found

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Grayson twins are moving to a new town. Again. Although it's a drag to be constantly mistaken for each other, in truth, during those first days at a new school, there's nothing better than having a twin brother there with you. But on day one of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay is on his own. No big deal.

    Tina says: "Good for kids and family listening"
    "Good for kids and family listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lost and Found the most enjoyable?

    Twins are so different. I had not thought of being a twin in this fashion so the topic was quite new to me. Do most twins feel like they want to be their own person and it is annoying when everyone calls them by their sibling's name? Who knows! I found the book funny, silly, enjoyable, and short but captivating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost and Found?

    I giggled about the skinned knee and the chicken wings.


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

    Yes, but I was able to listen in a relatively short period of time. It was fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Kids books are quite interesting. Their perspective is so different from the 9-5 rut most adults live in. Short, full of laughs and great to share is how I sum up the kids section on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3751)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1251)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "3 shorts"
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    Any additional comments?

    Three short stories take less than 1 hour and describe the true meaning of love and gift giving. There is a reason these tales are classics. Truly beautiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twits

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything, except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

    Tina says: "Ronald Dahl craziness"
    "Ronald Dahl craziness"
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    Which character – as performed by Simon Callow – was your favorite?

    I hae no favorite but Simon was exceptional. I loved the accents and really enjoyed his performance. His paints a beautiful story with his voice. Wow!


    Any additional comments?

    Ronald Dahl is very creative but not politically correct. This book was quite enjoyable. The created words and silliness were a fun experience. Don't take the subject matter seriously, it is silliness only.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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