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  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
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    Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

    Becky says: "Thumbs down"

    While disturbing on one level (the treatment of women in Kabul), this book, a true story, illustrates the power of one person's devotion to
    an idea (start a beauty school) and the power that it's culmination has on the participants. Also, the reader is really excellent, just perfect for this kind of story. Usually I enjoy Robert B Parker, Vince Flynn and John Sandford for their heroes but it is refreshing to read about a real life female hero.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz

    When diplomacy has failed and military intervention is deemed inappropriate, our leaders often turn to a silent and dark community for results. This is a course of action not always taken by wise and honorable men. In certain circles it is known as "the third option."

    Paul says: "Wanted more"
    "Third Option"

    Vince Flynn is my favorite action author but he just doesn't write enough books. Rabb, the hero just gets the job done without a lot of
    chatter. Read one and you will want to read them all!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Terrence Mann

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    AKR says: "The Last Juror"
    "The Last Juror"

    Although populated with interesting characters, this book
    drags along; almost half way through, it has not even finished
    with the trial. Maybe Vince Flynn has spoiled me for other

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Phil Jackson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    Nine-time NBA Champion coach Phil Jackson knows all about being in the spotlight, about high-profile, high-pressure seasons coaching gigantic personalities through adversity and controversy in the middle of a media hothouse in which every move is another headline, another installment in the soap opera. But nothing had quite prepared him for the only-in-Hollywood high-wire act of the Lakers' 2003-2004 season.

    A User says: "If you are interested in the NBA"
    "Last Season"

    Although I live in the LA area, I am not a Laker fan. In spite of
    this, I really enjoyed Jackson's chronical of a season I did not
    follow. His description of the travils of coaching provide a good
    insight into the profession.
    This book has not converted me into a basketball fan; however, I am
    a fan of Phil Jackson and hope he goes back into coaching or writes
    another book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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