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Nelson, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2011

  • 67 reviews
  • 127 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Dark, Dreary & Depressing"

    I didn't like this book nor did I finish it.

    If you're going into social work or want to know the mindset of depressed and despondent people, this is the book for you. I look for books with twists and turns, that amaze and entertain me. This book failed to do any of that.

    Frankly the book is good for what it is meant to be. It tells the story and mindset of a girl who survived her family being brutally murdered and showed how screwed up her life became due to living on donations of those who wanted to help. The book also looks at the time (the 80s and early 90s) where abuse victims were manufactured as was testimony.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Guardian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dee Henderson is one of today's most popular inspirational novelists. She fills each work with tightly woven suspense and touching struggles of faith. Henderson has received many awards, including the RITA, National Reader's Choice Award, and Bookseller's Best Award. The Guardian is a Christy Award winner.

    Deborah says: "Excellent story and narration."
    "Same ol, Same ol"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some unexpected twists and turns. Being pulled into the story.

    What was most disappointing about Dee Henderson’s story?

    This is clearly a book for people comfortable with Christianity, which I am. What is disappointing is how cliche the story and family became. Everyone down with big challenges and they get together to meet their challenges. Everyone is so larger then life as to be unbelievable.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't really have one.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Guardian?

    I'd make the characters less sappy and more human.

    Any additional comments?

    I thought the series might improve but it plays on the same template

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    Kyle says: "Like bacon for your ears"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Didn't like the book. I didn't see listening to it as time well spent. Not that humorous and didn't feel pulled in. Speaks about how good his life is and what his life was like growing up. Nothing really out of the ordinary except he excelled at theatre and acting.

    Has Paddle Your Own Canoe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've listened to others there were entertaining and left you with a message.

    What does Nick Offerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wouldn't buy the book and would not have listened to it. I gave it over 5 hours of listening and it couldn't pull me in.

    Could you see Paddle Your Own Canoe being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, such a movie would be as interesting as watching paint dry

    Any additional comments?

    Jon Stewart pumped it up on the the Daily Show. Wish it was as exciting to me as he says he found it.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Attorney: Why Most Legal Practices Don’t Work and What to Do about It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber, Robert Armstrong, Sanford M. Fisch
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber, Robert Armstrong, Sanford M. Fisch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Drawing on his decades of experience working with small-business owners, Michael Gerber adds to his mega-selling E-Myth series with The E-Myth Attorney, a one-of-a-kind system for transforming an attorney’s practice into a business positioned for long-term growth.

    Terry says: "Liked E-Myth - this one was a disappointment"
    "Liked E-Myth - this one was a disappointment"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    I was disappointed in this book. The message came out in the main book

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This book gives some great tips on where to go with a practice. The main consideration is avoiding hourly billing and suggestions how to do this. When speaking with clients, they would rather have a predictable fee, even if it's a bit higher.

    The book tries to deal with lawyer's big egos by speaking down to them. Won't work. Those are the ones who won't read this book.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine

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

    Not applicable

    Any additional comments?

    I thought this would be a nuts and bolts book with examples and templates. Most the book was explaining the e-myth and why it applied to lawyers. Either the lawyer gets it or doesn't. No point it explaining.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? How do companies pave the way for dishonesty? Does collaboration make us more honest or less so? Does religion improve our honesty? Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune whether it's the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "You Cheat (and I Do Too)"
    "Can we control our lying?"
    Where does The Honest Truth About Dishonesty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is incredibly thought- provoking! I love books that developer or change the way I see the world or my life. This book achieves that in a way that kept my attention. Because of that I see as a must listen to book. It is my favourite book at this moment. I now hove lots of books I think are the best I've listened to so it's hard to say its my favourite as it may be a lie.

    I'm glad I bought it.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrator keeps the story moving. At the end of the book there are interviews conducted by the author. The author has a different accent.

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

    This book makes you consider the subtleties of being truthful and honest and the many unconscious, reasons for dishonesty. The book shows how mass deception can be acceptable in organizations such as Enron and in our governments.

    The author does many social experiments and many of the outcomes are counter-intuitive. Those findings were the most provocative part of the book.

    I also enjoyed the end of the book where the author let us listen to interviews with others he collaborated with in the formulation of his findings expressed in the book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shane Claiborne
    • Narrated By Shane Claiborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us. He lives among the homeless, helps local kids with homework, and tries to resurrect the forgotten places of our world. Shane's message will comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love.

    Christopher says: "Irresistible"
    "My Step Daughter Recommended It"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm over 50 and my 18 yr old step daughter recommended this book, both I think so that I would understand how she sees Christ and Christianity, and how I should consider it.It sat in my library for a year before I finally listened to it.It was a great book that hit right at my criticisms of church and Christianity. Churches have a challenge balancing their missions to serve and minister with maintenance and preservation. There are so many stories of pastors and church members sacrificing those they don't like so the church is a more comfortable place serving those who contribute financially or in other ways.Shane has the same concerns and addresses them in a non-judgmental and non-confrontational way.Shane talks about where he sees the churches should be; how ministering to the poor and downtrodden is one of the highest callings one can achieve, and how easy it is to lose site of this.In listening to this book I saw Christ in a more comfortable, more approachable way. His language was young and meant to appeal to youth, but I got over it.I enjoyed the read and recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Very Redneck though great insight on the Navy Seal"
    Any additional comments?

    This book speaks of what it is to be a Navy Seal on their elite team. It's told by someone who rose to the top and had to retire and go on to a second career due to injuries. Very heartfelt book. Enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Incredible book - Very well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book. It will make you laugh and cry.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is about the challanges of publishing the stories about black maids in the South in the early 1960s. You feel the challanges these women went though in first telling their stories, then agreeing to have them published.

    What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

    There were numerous narrators and they were great. They made the story.

    Any additional comments?

    Love this book. I'm looking forward to the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Not a Love Story though very practical"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage?

    This book speaks to the practicalities of marriage - from the viewpoint of someone who has seen very disappointing marriages in generations of her family.

    Looks at the flaws of marriage and how Ann ended up in second marriage by default, when she was in fact trying to never get re-married.

    What about Ann Patchett???s performance did you like?

    The book is well read. It kept me interested.

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

    The theme of the book is the most important thing about marriage is does the relationship make you both a better person.

    Any additional comments?

    Listened to this book while planning a second marriage. Nothing is sugar coated. Sets out things one should think about before taking this big step.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "The most outlandish comspiracy theories look tame"

    A real example of where truth is more facinating then fiction.

    Annie Jacobsen is an incredible narrator. The content is facinating. Very informative. At times makes you angry. Her books is so well documented, and where she extrapolates, her conclusions really make sense.

    She takes you to where the further question marks are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Surprisingly Excellent"

    I got this book as I like the narrator and it had so many great reviews. This book makes you think of the relationship between humans and nature - and in particular plants - in a whole different way. Johnny Appleseed is explained with many fascinating facts about apples and apple trees.
    Apples, Tulips, Marijuana and Potatoes are talked about and explained. I found the discussion on potatoes would be the most provocative. The book allows you to better understand the blight,why genetic engineering of foods is gaining a foothold, and the challenges of organic farming.
    Well worth the listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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