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Lisa

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  • The Call of the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    Louis Madigan says: "A Classic"
    "Still a great book"
    Overall

    This is still a great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kayla's Big Move: Undercover Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Angela Dusenberry
    • Narrated By Chelsea Makela
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kayla, a 12-year-old girl who recently lost her father in a school shooting, is facing many changes. Raised in a Christian home, she has learned to take her religion for granted. Now, she is starting seventh grade in a new town, a new school, with no friends, and no father. For the first time, being a Christian seems to interfere with being popular, and she is faced with one of the biggest decisions of her life: Does being a Christian mean more than just believing in God... and if so, does she really want to be one?

    Lisa says: "Challenge for Teens: Finding Good Friends"
    "Challenge for Teens: Finding Good Friends"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Kayla's Big Move the most enjoyable?

    The narration by Chelsea Makela coupled with the writing was so realistic that it was like listening in on a conversation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kayla was my favorite because she had so many challenges and choices to consider and make. The choices were real.


    Which character – as performed by Chelsea Makela – was your favorite?

    Listening to Kayla was so realistic, it was like having a conversation.


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

    Her choices of how to earn forgiveness from her teacher was my favorite. Believe it or not, I had to make a similar choice at the same age. I thought that I was the only one.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book and other books narrated by Chelsea Makela because it is like talking to teen friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (944)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Worst Language Ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Will Grayson, Will Grayson better?

    The language was so deplorable that I couldn't listen beyond an hour.


    What was most disappointing about John Green and David Levithan ’s story?

    The language and continual sexual issues - I couldn't even get to the plot!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved The Fault in Our Stars so I decided on this book by John Green without fully investigating the content or reviews. I am no prude but the language in this book was beyond that heard on teenage rugby fields or ice hockey practices. I only lasted about an hour after listening to more foul language than ever - some that I have never heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Isabel Gillies
    • Narrated By Isabel Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Isabel Gillies had a wonderful life -- a handsome, intelligent, loving husband; two glorious toddlers; a beautiful house; the time and place to express all her ebullience and affection and optimism. Suddenly, that life was over. Her husband, Josiah, announced that he was leaving her and their two young sons.

    Bonnie Brody says: "Oh, So Quaint and Shallow"
    "Great until the end.."
    Overall

    This book was very realistic and well written - I felt that I have "been there, done that" - In fact, I have. Unfortunately, the story is all too true and it is written so that you feel you are living the story... until the last 20 minutes. I felt like the author didn't really know how to end the story to keep it believable. The author was an excellent narrator which is not often the case with authors. I will look forward to this author's next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antarctica on a Plate

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexa Thomson
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Antarctica lends itself to tales of adventure and heartbreak. The landscape is polarized, beautiful and deadly in equal measure. But Alexa doesn't scale mountains or trek to the Pole. Instead, armed with an old cookbook, she attempts to create three-course meals with no electricity or running water and struggles to defrost meat in sub-zero temperatures. Life in a thin nylon tent in the company of scientists, explorers, and eccentrics soon begins to take on extraordinary dimensions.

    Amazon Customer says: "Shallow as hoar frost"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    It was just boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    Book reader says: "Another excellent book by Simon Winchester"
    "Would you rather live in Hurricane Country?"
    Overall

    The geology in the book was powerfully described and extremely interesting. As someone who lived in the Bay Area for more than 20 years and experienced the 1989 quake, I found the attitude in this book offensive. A key message of the book -over and over and over again- is that people shouldn't be living near or on the San Andreas fault. Has he considered the probabilities of hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis? Where would he have us all live? He showed a complete lack of empathy for those living in the Bay Area in 1906 or 1989.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Little Pieces

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (158)

    By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

    Heath says: "Great Book"
    "Need some courage to change your life?"
    Overall

    James Frey's story is captivating, gripping, heart-wrenching and honest. In a world where people portray themselves as victims, it was inspiring to meet someone who takes responsibility for his own decisions.

    The narration by Oliver Wyman is the BEST that I have ever heard (and I've been listening to audible / recorded books for years).

    I read this book as a "kick-off" to motivate me to stop taking a drug prescribed for traumatic stress syndrome several years ago. It helped alot - so far so good. Thanks for telling us your story, James.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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