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  • Nutrition Made Clear

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roberta H. Anding
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (411)

    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    Angela says: "Needs a side book"
    "Needs guidebook referred to"
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    Prof Anding makes frequent references to the "guidebook which came with your course". This is apparently more than simply a list of the lectures (which, in itself, would have been very useful) but actually includes some worksheets to help you figure out, for example, how many calories you need to maintain your weight.

    I also agree with the other reviewer who mentionned that he found the classical music introducing each chapter very irritating and unnecessary particularly since it made it take longer to get to the chapter title. Of course, if we had the guidebook for the lecture series, that would not have mattered - as much.

    I did write Audible Tech Support and was told the Tech Support person would look for an audible version of the guidebook ... not exactly what is required, here. I looked on the Great Courses website for supplemental materials but it was not available there, either.

    C'mon Audible/Amazon ... fix this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Boyfriend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (530)

    Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

    Opule says: "Typical Thomas Perry"
    "Disappointing"
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    Perry has given us a well-paced story of a retired homicide detective from LA and the sociopathic assassin he chases. There is, for the most part, a logical development of the plot without too much reliance on magical happenstance.
    That's the good news.
    The bad news ? The characters are almost all paper dolls. The assigned homicide detectives are jaded and incompetent. The women, with the exception of his daughter, an extremely high functioning woman with Down's syndrome, are easily manipulated and not too bright. No one, not even our hero, has any depth.
    The plot also has issues. For example, in the book, the investigation into the serial killer/assassin" is done by a single detective rather than the FBI. Finally, while the ending resolved the primary plot, the book felt unfinished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (3991)
    Story
    (3992)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "More than a crime novel"
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    Scott and Maggie - LAPD cop-on-the-rise and experienced Marine K9 - have both suffered similar severe losses and both are damaged both physically and emotionally. Unwilling to lose another partner, Scott pushes to join the K9 corps expecting that being paired with 'just a dog' will enable him to continue to be a cop. Maggie is there, waiting in a cage to be shipped back to another new home, having been deemed too disabled - physically and mentally - to be retrained as a police K9.
    This is the story of how Scott and Maggie heal each other - and it is told (delightfully so) from both points of view. ("Alpha is safe. Pack is safe.")
    It is, at the same time, a 'page turner' crime novel - the bad guys are very very bad, and tracking them down is the edge-of-your-seat, quick-turn-the-page-and-make-sure-they're-ok, whoa!-didn't-see-that-coming experience that it should be.
    The narrator handled the different voices deftly.

    3 of 4 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
    Overall
    (3802)
    Performance
    (3115)
    Story
    (3108)

    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.

    Ducky says: "GREAT 1ST BOOK IN A NEW-TO-ME, KEEPER SERIES!"
    "Interesting premise, poor execution"
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    I love Lorelei King from the Stephanie Plum novels, which I also love. This book had promise - as another reviewer noted, it was in part as if Stephanie woke up one day and discovered she had a new occupation as a Grim Reaper and a phantom lover who might or might not be the Prince of Darkness - lots of steamy parts in this novel.

    The writing was somewhat disjointed, as if the author had a number of phrases she always wanted to use in a novel and arranged the narrative around use of these phrases. Perhaps this is simply her first-novel awkwardness. I don't think I'd waste a credit on volume 2 in the series, even with Ms King to narrate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Time

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Caleb Carr
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    From master novelist Caleb Carr comes Killing Time, a gripping tale of the enormous - and terrifying - power of the Internet. Power to manipulate. Power to alter history. Power to kill. Take a glimpse into the future - if you dare.

    Jellie says: "Pass this one by ..."
    "Pass this one by ..."
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    The basic plot line seemed promising ... I enjoy near future sci fi and fantasy ... but the writing on this particular novel was badly in need of a good editor - the descriptions were way too wordy and predictable. At first I thought perhaps the writing just seemed horrible because the narration was so bad. But I'm afraid I couldn't tough it out beyond the first couple of chapters.

    I've read that Carr's other books are good - after this one, however, I don't think I want to risk another one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6046)
    Performance
    (5184)
    Story
    (5180)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Missing Marsters"
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    The story was excellent - it was hard to imagine how Butcher would continue past his cliffhanger finish of Book 12.

    I'm afraid, though, I have the same issue as many other readers. For me, Marsters is Dresden. I have no issues with John Glover's performance except that he is very different than Marsters - which made Dresden a different character. I think this was especially disturbing since I listened to the two books one immediately after the other and since Book 12 was such a cliffhanger that the two books merged in my head -

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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