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Lynette

50-something, female, work in the city, live in the country in the Midwest, religious, married, conservative, professional.

Grasston, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 172 titles in library
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  • The Brain Mechanic: A Quick and Easy Way to Tune Up the Mind and Maximize Emotional Health

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Spencer Lord
    • Narrated By Spencer Lord
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    You have the incredible power to change the way you think, perceive, and react to stress - for the better - through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been known to be widely successful in the treatment of problems associated with anxiety, depression, mood, personality, addiction, weight, and emotions. Until recently, access to CBT was only available through professional therapy. Now with The Brain Mechanic, Spencer Lord delivers a concise, entertaining, and easy-to-use guide that demystifies cognitive behavioral therapy.

    Stephen says: "Best Intro To CBT I Know"
    "Good, not Great"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't find it as helpful as I had hoped. No real lightbulb moments.


    Would you recommend The Brain Mechanic to your friends? Why or why not?

    not so much, not as excelent as it should have been


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (790)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Excellent as Usual"
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    I have not read (listened to) all of the Inspector Gamache books, but it doesn't seem to matter too much to read them out of order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catholic Digest: Words For Quiet Moments

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Phoenix Audio
    • Narrated By Teri Garr, Richard Gilliland, Loretta Swit, and others
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Over 100 classic and contemporary quotes from the pages of Catholic Digest give us renewed hope, spiritual vitality and a new perspective on the miracles that sustain us daily.

    Lynette says: "Great for relaxing"
    "Great for relaxing"
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    I love listening to this as I fall asleep. I only wish there were more editions!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5918)
    Performance
    (4282)
    Story
    (4302)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Wonderful story, excellent narration"
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    The characters in this story were very real. The writing was excellent and the naration brought the story to life. The device of the character telling the story, as written, was a little odd. But, it never distracted from the story and turned out to be a mechanism for some good messages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13906)
    Performance
    (12276)
    Story
    (12304)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Twisty Turney Extra Clever!"
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    Loved the dual narrators. Particularly fabulous for this story.
    The ending was NOT what I expected. I will definitely listen to this author again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7528)
    Performance
    (6785)
    Story
    (6882)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Fabulous, now I know what all the hoopla was about"
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    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the best ever.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    other JRR Tolkien, of course.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    perfect as usual--I love listening to him!


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

    several times I both laughed out loud and cried. Engaging drama!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy D. Wilson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Why might some sex education programs result in more teen pregnancies? Why did reading that self-help book make you feel less happy? What's the best way to recover from trauma? Can we actually improve our lives by redirecting our thinking?

    Brian says: "Why programs fail."
    "Interesting"
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    What did you love best about Redirect?

    I liked how the author pulled information and research from various areas to synthesis his premise.


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

    Not all in one sitting, but I did have a couple of driveway moments, where I sat in the driveway waiting to hear the end of the chapter.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5210)
    Performance
    (4484)
    Story
    (4495)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "fun for a quick listen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say it was a nice little diversion.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    a little hard to believe all that...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2402)
    Performance
    (2168)
    Story
    (2214)

    The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

    Anna says: "Thank you, Audible! Tolkien at long last!"
    "Fabulous!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Two Towers the most enjoyable?

    the story, the voice and style of the narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    the relationships that developed between the charecters. I can see people I know, and myself in each of them.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    I loved his English accent, like having my English grandfather read to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (686)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "haven't lost my keys since I started this!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have, to my son. He learned his cluttering habits from me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not really a story, but I liked hearing permission to rid my home of unuseful shtuff just because it once belonged to someone I loved.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alison Packard
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (692)

    Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

    MAB says: "Shocked that I enjoyed this so much"
    "Junk Food for the ears"
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    What did you like best about Love in the Afternoon? What did you like least?

    it was a light story, nothing too hard to think about


    Any additional comments?

    An okay diversion, but not my typical genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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