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cecilia

Evergreen, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "Every parent should pick up this book."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to the book. However, I am sure that Dr. Perry had many more stories he could tell. He spent way too much time in the detail. After a time, each story became bogged down with miniscule details.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz ? Why or why not?

    Yes. I might purchase another book only if Dr. Perry would cover more stories and get out of the detail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not sure that I had a favorite scene. I did enjoy listenting to the doctor step back and admit that there were times when he didn't know what to do. I especially liked the story about the teenage who would cut herself and go into 'another' world to escape the sexual abuse perpetrated by her mother's boyfriend.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It was interesting, but could've been so much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3611)
    Performance
    (3295)
    Story
    (3313)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Adnan says: "Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!"
    "I love this book! There are so many twists!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rise of Empire to be better than the print version?

    The performance is great! I haven't read the book. However, the audible edition is just great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like all of the twists and turns that the book takes. There's a new angle after every chapter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many scenes that I love! I can't just pick one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I look forward to hearing about Amelia and her continued relationship with the Emporess.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4723)
    Performance
    (4342)
    Story
    (4342)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Better than The Game of Thrones"
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    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of the best, if not the best, books I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Hadrian Blackwater. He seems to always want to do the right thing regardless of the consequences.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    I especially liked his rendition of Maximus, the dwarf.


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

    I chuckled a few times, gasped a few and thoroughly enjoyed all of its twists and turns.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be listening to the sequels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9857)
    Performance
    (4790)
    Story
    (4818)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Not King's Best Work"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Raul Esparza?

    Raul Esparza did a great job reading this book.
    Stephen King stereotyped virtually all of his characters. There didn't seem to be any characcters who would've surprised the reader. Likewise the story was ho-hum. I loved King's 11/22/63. It was a great read.


    Would you recommend Under the Dome to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It was lacking at many levels. The story line was very cliche; characters were stereotypical.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite scene.


    Did Under the Dome inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I generally love King's work, but not this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Education of Little Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Forrest Carter
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    After his parents die, five-year-old Little Tree goes to live with his grandparents in their cabin deep in the Tennessee mountain hollows. Granpa instructs the boy in the ancient wisdom of “The Way” of honoring nature’s subtle balance. Even when he faces racism and the white authorities try to take him from his grandparents, Little Tree’s understanding and humor sustain him.

    Nancy says: "Comfort food"
    "Marvelous! I will listen to it again!"
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    Would you listen to The Education of Little Tree again? Why?

    Absolutely! It was such a good story. I loved the history, the innocence of Little Tree and told in such a way to allow the reader to come to his/her own conclusion about American Culture back in 1928.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Little tree was my favorite character because of his innocence. He simply described what was going on around him. He didn't judge anyone. He simply told a story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best tale within the book involved 'city slickers' going to the country to strong arm Grandpa into making whiskey for them. The events that followed made me laugh out loud!


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

    Yes. I made excuses to hike so that I could hear more and more adventures Little Tree took while living with his grandparents.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (851)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Don't waste your money on this one."
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    Would you try another book from Mark Goulston and/or Walter Dixon?

    No. It was not that great. I didn't even get through the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will listen to something fiction.


    What didn’t you like about Walter Dixon’s performance?

    Perhaps it wasn't Walter Dixon. Perhaps it was the material he was reading that really bored me to death.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Just Listen?

    I would cut out any personal stories that didn't fit in with the point the author was making.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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