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  • The Art of Mindful Living: How to Bring Love, Compassion, and Inner Peace into Your Daily Life

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Thich Nhat Hanh
    Overall
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    Recorded during an intimate family retreat, The Art of Mindful Living presents Thich Nhat Hanh's practical, traditional gathas (teachings) that join ancient meditation practice with the challenges of the modern world. It includes step-by-step guides to meditation, breathing exercises, contemplation, and communication, opening our hearts and minds to the joyous wonder of tranquility and love.

    Jonathan says: "Good message, recording awful"
    "Beautifully simplistic ..."
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    Thich Nhat Hanh's simplistic words guide the reader to the realization of the importance of being mindful in every moment of our lives. Whilst reading I realized I knew this, 'it' was there, within me always but yet failed to see nor practice in daily life. Moment to moment.

    The practices are beautifully simple, yet deeply profound. It's definitely one of those books to reach for over and over again. Within the pages there is always something relevant for your inner being.

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  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
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    (195)
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    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "Inspirational, Romance, History & Mystery......."
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    Exceptional..... Inspirational

    Mystery surrounds a wedding dress and the people it comes to........

    Spanning over one hundred years, this book seamlessly switches back and forth between the past and present.

    People unknown to each other, yet lives intwined forever by an article of clothing (wedding dress). Designed and sewn by a "colored woman," in 1912, an uncertain time in the South when white people shouldn't have contact with "the colored".

    Well written story about faith, romance, emotional turmoil.... and a bit of magic. Incredible characters whose lives unfold, depicting their personal history throughout generations.

    My first time reading author Rachel Hauck, will look forward to more from her. Quick, enjoyable read.

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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Powerful, Moving....."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Ms Gissom's character development is expertly accomplished. True to the times. I cared for each character and felt as I could 'know' them. Who could listen to Lavinia and Belle tell about the events in their lives without empathy? Not I.

    The persona of the villains were written to be believable. Some writers sloppily write the bad guys to the extreme with no rhyme or reason which, to me, leaves holes and questions. Ms Gissom took no shortcuts. She cleverly weaves their stories thoroughly. The reader sees how the villains descended into a downward spiral. I despised them nonetheless, even more so, I think because I 'knew' them. There's always choices.

    Some describe the book as sad, bleak. Considering our country during this period was indeed dark and sad, this merely is an accurate depiction. Themes such as slavery and indentured servitude are not pleasant topics about which to read (or write) but this author has created a story that captivates.

    The Kitchen House is a powerful story. Evoking deep emotional response. Profound, moving....

    Hopefully Ms.Grissom will favor us with another compelling novel.



    ~Stormy


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  • The Other Boleyn Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (372)
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    (329)
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    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn.

    Teddy says: "Phillipa Gregory Takes You There"
    "Disappointed....."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story feels disjointed and nearly every event is written to the extreme, not in a good way. Most men were presented as weak low life, not noble nor decent. Most of the women act disgraceful, greedy. In my opinion, both sexes personas and actions were written unnecessarily to the most despicable extreme.

    The first book "The Constant Princess" was enjoyable with the smooth flow of the story, being sensible, believable. Gives a feeling of care and hope......

    I'm not sure what Philippa Gregory was thinking but this second book was a far stretch, disjointed trash.


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  • Constant Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
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    (327)
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    Best-selling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.

    Teddy says: "Beautiful Story..."
    "Inspirational....."
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    What made the experience of listening to Constant Princess the most enjoyable?

    Interesting look into the Tudor court, though a fictional one, parts seem believable. Strong female characters, well written and inspirational. Meeting the young woman doing as told, accepting and trusting. Watching her develop into her own person yet ever an obedient servant to her family expectations and realization of the depth of her destiny.


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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Fun...."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    Wonderful depiction of an insightful peek into the"reality " behind the scenes of the happenings on a starship. Makes perfect sense to a long time fan. Wheaton's performance is incredible adding to the pleasure of this story. Laugh out loud funny with twists and turns that delight.


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  • The Lions of Al-Rassan

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
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    The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

    Kat Hooper says: "Lots of drama"
    "Wonderful Adventure!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Wonderful book, well written. A fast moving adventure that sweeps you away to a land of danger, intrigue, betrayal, romance and honor.

    Strong female characters, developed carefully, with promise and regard. Male characters equally thought out, satisfying.

    At times difficult to maintain character names, but worth the focus and time.

    Beautifully descriptive!


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  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2466)
    Performance
    (1003)
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    (1002)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Wonderful read...."
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    What made the experience of listening to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency the most enjoyable?

    There is so much to this, it's not just a detective story, it's filled with the doings of many lives and African culture etc. Fantastic view of people's ways. Sprinkled with wisdom and possible life changing notions.

    Lecat's performance is wonderful.

    Definitely a book I will reread.


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  • Elephants Can Remember

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Who killed whom? Inquires mystery writer Ariadne Oliver. Only this time the whodunit is a true crime from her own past: an apparent case of double suicide that claimed the lives of two friends fifteen years earlier. Now their orphaned daughter, Celia Ravenscroft, has asked Ariadne to find out how her parents really died. Ariadne must track down the elephants--people who remember the Ravenscrofts and their troubles, from so long ago.

    Stormy says: "Thought Provoking ....."
    "Thought Provoking ....."
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    If you could sum up Elephants Can Remember in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, Emotional & Fun!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ariadne Oliver is clever, fun and a wonderful friend. I like her attitude as she 'says it like it is' though at times finds it hard to do so, She's unsure at times which makes her feel flustered. I LOVE her inner dialog - she's so REAL.


    Any additional comments?

    Ariadne takes on a task that turns into an adventure bringing her on a journey to the past. I enjoyed 'meeting' the different people she interviewed from long ago. Poirot and Ariadne are great together. I found memories of long ago stirring up within me that had laid so quiet that I'd forgotten they were there. Strange I guess but true. Take the time to travel along with Ariadne Oliver, it's quite a journey.. Brings joy, tears and wonderment.

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