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Joy

West Palm Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Million Dollar Mindset: How to Harness Your Internal Force to Live the Lifestyle You Deserve

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Arthur Ray
    • Narrated By James Arthur Ray
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The research is definitive and sobering: rich people who win the lottery stay rich. That's their normal state. Middle-class people who win the lottery soon end up back in the middle class, because that's their normal state. And those who are broke and win the lottery quickly return to being broke. The amount of money you have (or don't have) reflects who you are. If you think broke, you'll always come back to being broke. And if you think wealthy, you'll always return to wealth.

    Janie says: "Very Interesting"
    "Absolutely AWE ENLIGHTENING - inspiring!"
    Overall

    I'm in my 4th listen (and, I'll keep on keeping ON)! Each round, I hear something else NEW AGAIN and I get excited and pumped AGAIN, AGAIN! What a great and easy to hear and listen to speaker - great personality, as if I'm right there in his live seminar!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (409)

    Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

    Brian says: "Jack Sawyer delivers"
    "Another Stephen King great..."
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    What did you love best about Black House?

    went back into the 'territories' after so many years had passed... loved the entire book and Frank Muller was awesome... again!


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

    Didn't laugh or cry... wasn't that type book; it WAS a breath-holder with all the twists and turns only S.King can create


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1108)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Another great for me"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Odd Hours in three words, what would they be?

    a loveable Character


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

    Not so much on the edge of my seat, more like I was comfortable with the time it was taking to get from there to here.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot tell you my favorite scene. It just all flowed together like a synchronistic and harmonious tale... hmmm, like it should be.

    Plus, to be honest, I read it long ago and have been waiting for the next round of Odd Thomas... finally got my wish!


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

    AS I read whilst I drive, I might have lapses in time-flow. So, on a long drive, say, 10 hours or more, I'm reading except when I stop for a rest.

    During my day-to-day driving in town, I listen till I stop, put book on hold, start again to the next stop etc until I reach home. The next day is the same.

    I don't indulge in more than ONE book at a time and typically take them in the order they're on my Garmin UNLESS there's one that peaks my curiosity as a must/now.


    Any additional comments?

    Gotta Love the way to read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2314)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (847)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Next up... Brother Odd"
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    Where does Brother Odd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks high on my list. Loved it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Again, it's dealing with the spirits that have crossed over and may have an issue or three


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    His whole presentation makes me feel as if HE truly IS "Odd Thomas" and he's just telling his story.


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

    I don't 'read' - I have an auditory disability; I don't recall what I visually read yet, I recall MOST everything I hear - so, I listen, and I listen in my car, beats muzak - boring!

    In my car, I can listen and hear and remember every wonderful moment - I love that my Garmin is set up for audio books and no matter where I go, how far or how close, I'm listening to one of my books.


    Any additional comments?

    I think for the most part, I've been a member of Audible.com for probably 10 or close to it, years.

    It's the only way for me to read & absorb & remember books and I have a voracious appetite.

    I put on over 209K miles on my vehicle between 2003/4 to now the END week 2012. I did most of that driving throughout my state... and more.

    I never leave home without Audible.com books loaded on some device or other. I can concentrate on the road whilst absorbing great books! a true win/win for me ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4092)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1596)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "The beginning of Odd Thomas"
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    What made the experience of listening to Odd Thomas the most enjoyable?

    It was up my alley; I love ghostly things, I'm amongst them and, work to send them home to the light. So, the Odd Thomas group caused me to feel comfortable and familiar


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it eased through. Very synchronistic


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No; I've only heard HIM read the Odd Thomas books and he's perfect!


    If you could take any character from Odd Thomas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I don't know... I don't typically take men to dinner; they take ME to dinner ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    With each Odd Thomas, I was left wanting more... now these years later, there ARE two more - I have high hopes for the latest, I read the one prior but didn't care for it as much/see review. Odd Thomas Apocalypse (?)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1736)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Didn't like as much as other Odd Thomas'"
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    Would you listen to Odd Apocalypse again? Why?

    No, yet then, I don't typically re-read ANY of the books I purchase. In this case, for me, it wasn't worthy of a 2nd read. I found it somewhat confusing ...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Absolutely... I have MOST of Dean Koontz collection of works. Yup, there were a few mutts in amongst the purebreeds but then, what IS life for, but to experience it all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the book was done


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

    No emotion; a bit of annoyance


    Any additional comments?

    By far and large, Dean Koontz is my most favorite author for this genre' (aka weird)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tick Tock: Michael Bennett, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (485)

    New York City's number-one detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem: the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria, and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified. The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his 10 adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

    Chris says: "Another great listen!"
    "Tick-Tock -minutes seem to drag"
    Overall

    I found it to be a bit boring, not as dramatic or exciting, a bit of a cliff hanger-awaiting MORE thrills. Like a kiddie-roller-coaster... bring you up but just a little and then send you down and left you there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5206)
    Performance
    (3185)
    Story
    (3187)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"
    Overall

    Thought this was quite profound, especially from Enzo's point of view & perspective. He has a phenom vocabulary and command of our language. ONE SMART PUP!

    I think of this book quite often especially as I quote, "Never Lie To The DOG"... I have never lied to a dog (or, at least a 4 legged one) and if tempted, I cut myself short, apologize and vow to NOT lie... at all.

    I DO wonder though, what is different from the 2008 and the newer 2010? version which I added to my wish list..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (174)

    They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes.

    Joe says: "Highly Entertaining"
    "Interesting!"
    Overall

    Loved the book... Definately a Koontz Original!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Door Away from Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, Micky meets the young girl who will change her forever.

    Perk4me says: "Koontz outdoes himself"
    "FANTASTIC-WONDERFUL-SWEET"
    Overall

    Absolutely LOVED this story AND the "reader" - this was so synchronistic - storyline and reader. More like this one would be relished! Definately a HIGHLY PRIZED work in my 'collection' and recommendations

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this. He is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again.

    SA Shay says: "Turn on the lights!"
    "A Little Slow"
    Overall

    It as - in my belief - NOT up to the typical, anticipated Koontz standard. It WAS interesting and a BIT captivating / MYSTERIOUS However...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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