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Steve

Bethel, OH, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (541)

    Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. Brian Tracy knows this firsthand. He didn’t graduate from high school, and after working for a few years as a laborer, he realized he had limited skills and a limited future. But through the power of self-discipline, he changed his life.

    Steve says: "Highly Motivational!"
    "Highly Motivational!"
    Overall

    Michelle, not Steve, Carver: I absolutely loved this book! I've probably listened to it to it 3 or 4 times already. It's very fast moving and the ideas are very well organized. I did not buy this book to find a never-before-heard of secret to self-discipline and so hearing familiar thoughts and ideas was in no way a disappointment to me. Rather I'd hoped to find motivational encouragement to put into practice those ideas I know to be true about achieving greatness in life and this book absolutely delivers! I'll definitely be listening to this book many more times. I honestly find myself already doing hard things that I would rather procrastinate and that is the motivation I hoped to find in this book. Two thumbs up!

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5917)
    Performance
    (5377)
    Story
    (5368)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees but this was fantastic!!!! Amazing work of historical fiction that the author clearly researched thoroughly to twist a heart wrenching tale out of the true lives and circumstances of a surprising number of people. The author's note at the end is definitely not something to skip!! Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye do a superb job with narration as well, great, all the way around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (412)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Masterfully Told ~ Unbelievably Memoir-Like!"
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    Michelle, Steve's wife. :) I downloaded this book blindly (not knowing a thing about it, I didn't even read the summary) at the recommendation of my sister-in-law and the story of Alice's journey down the path of early onset alzheimer's disease was so masterfully told I had to remind myself it wasn't possible for the story to be an actual memoir! I will definitely be reading this again for sure! It's intelligent, fascinating and thought provoking all at the same time ~ from page one to the end, it doesn't disappoint. Alice gives a speech, not as a Harvard professor, but as a woman living with alzheimer's, that is so thoroughly compelling it actually had me in tears! The ending was a true revelation. Loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the Junior League

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    Mercedes Hildebrand Ware is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood.

    bebe says: "Loved it"
    "Cleverly Weaved Light Chick Lit ~ Loved It!!!"
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    Michelle, Steve's wife. :) I was looking to find something light, entertaining and chick-like to help me pass the time while doing a room painting project and this was PERFECT!!! I immediately recommended it to my sister-in-law who was going on vacation. While I know nothing about Texas women or the Junior League, and I'm sure I didn't learn about either here, this was a really fun way of pretending to get a peak into a world that seems the epitome of the lifestyle of an elite southern woman. You grow to love the heroine more and more by the minute, and the character development of supporting cast is strong enough to really make you feel like you are getting to know, and root for, several supporting characters as well. Jenna Lamia does an excellent job of providing unique voices for the various characters making it easy to almost see a circle of women in conversation, not to mention the high-class/low-class distinction. I enjoyed her readings of several other books I've downloaded though I didn't actually seek her out, she's done such a great job with each of the books I would definitely be willing to see what else she's read. The fact that I wasn't really caught off guard by unbelievably shocking twists in no way detracted from the overall entertainment value of the book. Sometimes you don't want to think, you just want to sit back and enjoy, this is a perfect book for that! I have another room to paint and I'm downloading another book by this author right now. Although I would be happy to listen to this one again. :) Two thumbs up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl - and a young woman - trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference.

    Balakrishna says: "March without a march"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    From Michelle Carver - I rarely write reviews but I simply had to with this book. This book is not a political book about her term under President Bush. And you don't need to agree with her politically to find yourself absolutely enthralled by this book. As the title suggests, this is a memoir of her family history, how she was raised, the choices her amazing parents made to help her become who she is today. Besides being a very engaging writer, I thoroughly enjoyed her narration as well. I found myself completely sucked into the book unable to turn it off even late into the night, like a good fiction novel might capture me. She was raised in Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights movement and her completely thorough description of everyday life as a black family carving out a piece of happiness through those tumultuous times was simply astounding. The details she recalls paint a completely clear picture, I could see what she was describing and it was terrific, every stage of her life fascinating. She's completely amazing and I hope she writes more, I'll definitely read it. Two thumbs up!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2336)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1049)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Bilgin Esme says: "Not only procrastination"
    "Great Information You Can Never Hear Too Often!"
    Overall

    There isn't a mystical magical secret in any "stop procrastinating" themed book of course. I'm smart enough to know to make lists and do the hard things first. I was looking for a well written, well read, motivating book to listen to that makes me want to get off my duff and quit procrastinating and this is an excellent book for that purpose! I don't think there can be too many books in a person's library that motivate them to push harder and smarter for success. I'll read all I can on the same subject until I get it, over and over again! Two thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27131)
    Performance
    (13751)
    Story
    (13797)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "FASCINATING!!!!!!!!!!"
    Overall

    This book came highly recommended to me and WOW! did it deliver! The narration was simply extraordinary, each character uniquely distinct and emotionally spot on. The story was engaging from the opening lines, I was hooked immediately. I've never read historical fiction before and now I'm sorry I haven't, this was simply amazing. In fact, when I finished it, I had to start it over and listen again right away, it was that good. This is a sure thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1090)

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Actually I'm Steve's wife, Michelle.

    Fabulous well written characters with depth, creative storyline that keeps your heart beating fast and furious, great reader, well worth the listen to! I'm downloading the rest of the books now and plan to listen again when I'm thru them all!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2187)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (941)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I won't lie it took time to get into but then I fell in love!!!! It was awesome!!! And the other books in the series I loved too, though not as good as the first. I've listened to it 4 times!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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