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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5455)
    Performance
    (5068)
    Story
    (5067)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Another Cliff Hanger! and a Twist!"
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    Characters:
    Dresden
    Karen
    Molly
    Thomas
    Capt. Toot Toot
    Mab and Mave (spelling?)
    minimal Bob and Mouse
    and many more

    I am an avid fan of both Dresden and Codex. This book steers away from the usual vampire/etc. hunting that started the series. I do miss the Carpenters but love having Molly still. Dresden's life has changed, the apartment, car, cat, staff, bracelet, etc. are all destroyed. As I read the book, I kept seeing hints of the Codex style creeping in.

    As usual, it is a wild ride from start to finish. The only con was the final battle was 4 hours, ugg. But the end was worth the wait. The downside of any series is the cliff hangers and waiting for the next book to come out and it should be fascinating.

    I am a loyal fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let It Go: A True Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chris Williams
    • Narrated By Chris Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    On a cold February night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, both faced a drastically different - and uncertain - future. But as Chris Williams sat in his demolished vehicle, staring at the car that had just caused the death of his wife, his unborn baby, his nine-year-old daughter, and his eleven-year-old son, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive.

    Sallie says: "A Great Example!"
    "A Great Example!"
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    A friend recommended this book and I am so glad that I listened. He tells the story with honesty and also the raw pain that anyone would feel. My heart was just torn apart by the pain that he suffered yet he chose to forgive and thus lose that additional hatred that could have ruined him. Most of us would have both the grief and the hatred that would eat at our souls. I hope that I can remember the lessons that were taught in this book. Thank you Mr. Williams!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 2: The Avatar Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    The adventure continues when Abby and Derick begin their second semester at Cragbridge Hall, the most prestigious secondary school in the world. But when Grandpa Cragbridge admits them to the Council of Keys - a secret group of people who have keys to travel back in time - strange things begin to happen. One by one, members are found unconscious and unable to wake, their keys stolen. Now Abby and Derick must scramble to figure out who is behind the attacks before they become the next victims, which would give their enemy the power to change the past forever.

    Sallie says: "Great YA book"
    "Great YA book"
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    I enjoy great YA books. This story is very enjoyable and like the title implies, it does play off of the Avatar movie. There is a mystery and the suspense is enjoyable. This is a great, lighthearted series. Carol drives me crazy, however in real life she is very close to a lot of middle school girl personalities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1058)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Loved every minute!"
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    I love this type of story. Born Free, We bought a Zoo, etc. This true story of Lawrence's love for animals had me from the first sentence. The title is also perfect. I enjoyed his wife, employee's, and the multiple local tribes. It is a "feel good" book where a special man tackles a seemingly impossible project and through many trials makes it work. I was fascinated by the personalities of the elephants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Park Service: Book One of the Park Service Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Michael Braun
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In the post-apocalyptic future, a fifteen-year old boy stumbles on a paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service. Now this boy must learn to survive in a world he never dreamed existed while searching for answers to why everything he was taught is a lie.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Epic YA Adventure in a dystopian Future"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
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    Very much a YA book. My heart went out to Aubrey when he found out the truth to his life and how he had unknowingly played a part in multiple deaths. As I look back on the book, there were some interesting themes, however as a whole the story seems too contrived for even YA to enjoy the implausible story and ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (197)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Loved every minute!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Pilgrim to be better than the print version?

    Sure, however I have not read it. I enjoy Audible books because I can multi-task and I also enjoy the talented narrators whose voices bring the story to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Pilgrim?

    Not just one! It is action filled from beginning to end. However if I had to pick just one, it would be the end. I am not good at solving murder mysteries and I was surely caught off guard on this one.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I usually do not enjoy books with multiple stories or twists and turns. However, I was fascinated with all of the stories and the perfect ending. 23 hours went by so fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (402)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    A User says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "I guess that I am not a fan"
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    What would have made Pontoon better?

    I have heard various Lake Wobegon stories on NPR and was anxious to listen to this. I love this type of dry humor. However, within the first half hour, I was very unimpressed with the constant barrage of sexual stories including Viagra. I guess that I am a prude, but proud of it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Garrison Keillor’s performances?

    Sure, if I knew of any that were clean.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pontoon?

    "Clean" it up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Henson: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Jay Jones
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (259)

    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
    "An Amazing Man!"
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    If you could sum up Jim Henson in three words, what would they be?

    Talented, Kind, Giving


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim of course. It was fascinating to find out the details of his life and how his shows, movies, and characters were thought up and then evolved. He was kind and gentle almost to a fault, thus endearing him to everyone close to him. My children grew up with Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, Ninja Turtles, The Muppets, etc. I do agree with Roald Dahl's opinion of Henson's version of The Witches Movie, I hate it! I was sad that the author did not go into detail about Sesame Street. Henson adored his children, throughout the book stories were interlaced with his love for them. That alone elevated my opinion of this gentle giant.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    I did enjoy his performance, however he never did get any of the voices right which was a slight distraction.


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

    Heavens no, it was too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I was saddened that he was too stubborn to seek medical help when he became it. He could still be with us!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (540)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Stuart says: "Incorrect facts, idiotic conclusions, bad humor"
    "This book was like a comedy."
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    Story after story of bad corporate or personal decisions. I laughed with each story and the memory of when it happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (424)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "A very good book for the younger crowd"
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    I enjoyed everything about this book! I am a grandmother and would like my g'kids to read this when they are older. It is a book that would bring younger children to to become interested in some stories in history. Kind of a Harry Potter situation where the students can witness history in a life like visual effect. Also an Avatar aspect where the students can control animals. I will be listening to more of this series. I also like Kirby Heyborne as the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4095)
    Performance
    (3650)
    Story
    (3648)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Against all odds"
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    I listened to this book a couple months ago and it is still on my mind. It touched me heart, It is a feel good book (not really, but to me it was) about a broken man and a broken dog. Both needed each other. This book is in my top ten just because for some reason at this time in my life, the story touched me and I wanted to listen to it constantly. This book will go on my "to listen to again sometime in the future" list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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