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J. Cline

Eugene, OR USA | Member Since 2009

  • 13 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 513 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Bodhisattva Mind: Teachings to Cultivate Courage and Awareness in the Midst of Suffering

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron

    What if you could cultivate the mind of a bodhisattva -- one who has dedicated one's life to the benefit of others? According to Pema Chödrön, best-selling author and American-born Buddhist nun, you can. On Bodhisattva Mind, she examines sheshin, or "guarding alertness", and the other qualities of mind we need to develop on the path to enlightenment.

    J. Cline says: "First Understanding of Buddhism"
    "First Understanding of Buddhism"

    This recording was my first introduction to Buddhism. Pema Chodron is the best first teacher anyone could ask for. Her explanations are simple yet deep and based on experiences that I could relate to. She is funny and easy to listen to. I'm now listening to this recording for the second time.
    I took a Mediation 101 class last month and this is the perect next step in my practice. I highly recommend it and plan to listen to more of Pema Chodron's other works.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    "Too much romance"

    I'm not a fan of romance writers and wish I would have realized this is in that genre. If you do like romance books, then I think this one is interesting and well done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Have not finished yet, but had to comment...."

    I am only on Chapter 3 and am hooked! So glad for the holiday weekend so I'll have more time to listen.

    19 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    FanB14 says: "Just Missed the Mark"
    "Time travel hard to believe"

    While I like books about time travel they usually leave me wondering how it "really would work". A friend who read the hard copy book said there were some references at the end that are missing in the audio book explaining more about time travel. Going to re-check the download file PDF for that.
    This book was OK - I really didn't notice a lot of swearing - but it didn't "grab" me....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra

    In Life After Death, Chopra draws on cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the great wisdom traditions to provide a map of the afterlife. It's a fascinating journey into many levels of consciousness. But far more important is his urgent message: Who you meet in the afterlife and what you experience there reflect your present beliefs, expectations, and level of awareness. In the here and now you can shape what happens after you die.

    Sheila says: "Something to belive in."
    "Didn't meet my expectations"

    I'm very interested in life after death, because I lost my oldest daughter to cancer in 2003. After she died I had a couple experiences I could only categorize as visits from her. I got a little lost in the Quantum Theory section and did not find overall that the book helped me come to better terms with what I believe (or don't believe). Deepak is somewhat critical of those who doubt and that has given me some ideas to think about as I'm definitely in the doubter camp. Also, his comparison of those who lack belief to materialists was interesting. But it is still difficult for me to "get there"..... I did enjoy his voice and listening for the most part....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northwest Angle: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm. Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. And from outside comes the soft wail of an infant, abandoned in the brush....

    karen says: "Not quite as riviting as others, but..."
    "Listened to Cork series while painting house...."

    I had lots of listening opportunities this summer while painting our house (exterior). While it was a bit of a shift to get used to Buck Shirner at the point in the series where the narrator changed - not sure what book that was now. I think this was only because I was used to David Chandler. I didn't find Buck's voice to be grating, rushed or irritating in any way. Northwest Angle was well done and I am looking forward to the next in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Three Big Problems"

    1. Surely someone could have asked Jacob what happened? Of course that would have ruined the plot. It was as maddening as a soap opera that no one asked!
    2. Although there were parts where I felt the description of Jacob's actions and words fit Aspberger's I felt that other parts did not. Her research may be lacking or she needed to adapt his character to fit the plot.
    3. The ending? What ending?
    I did hang in there and listen to the entire book, but as many others mentioned I found it repetitious. But that is a small problem compared to the 3 big ones mentioned above.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Being Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Crace
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman

    Jim Crace has been called "one of the brightest lights in contemporary British fiction" by The New York Times Book Review. His novels have won a Whitbread Prize, an E.M. Forster Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, the GAP International Prize for Literature, and have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Far-ranging in its imagery, Being Dead is a provocative examination of mortality.

    J. Cline says: "Contemplating Death"
    "Contemplating Death"

    Perhaps, having had a child die, I have a greater interest in contemplating death than the average listener. I found the book to be magical and plan to listen to it again. There is no problem with the narrator that I perceived. The author has a gift for language that supersedes any in my recollection.
    If you are adventurous in the truest sense (not in the car chase – building explosion way), give this a listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Daniel Tammet
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    One of the world's 50 living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than 50 living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats. (Think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man.) None of them has been able to discuss his or her thought processes, much less write a book. Until now.

    J. Cline says: "Ordinary Life Through Unordinary Eyes"
    "Ordinary Life Through Unordinary Eyes"

    Yes, Daniel's childhood is ordinary (if having 8 siblings is ordinary) but the way he experiences his childhood is unique. This was a book that I hated to see end. I listen to 2 or 3 books a month and this one ranks as one of the best. The narrator is excellent and does a great job being Daniel's voice. I did wish I could have seen illustrations in the book as I'd like to know how the numbers look to Daniel, but my imagination filled in the gaps. I highly recommend the book for all who want a deeper understanding of those on the autism spectrum. It provides good fodder for thinking about how our brains work.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tess Hudson
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman

    Surviving a lifetime of her father's secrets, schemes, and whispers of veiled conspiracies, Maggie Malone has always felt invisible to him, and to the world that could never understand her. And now she must trace the steps of her ghost-father to find out who wanted him dead.

    J. Cline says: "Romance"

    When I searched on Irish and Mystery this title appeared. Unfortunately I missed the fact that this book is a Harlequin publication. It was true to that writing style with a predictable plot and too many cliche's to mention. "Buttery leather chairs, shark chum ... etc." If you like romance you may like this one, otherwise steer clear.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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