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Laurel R. Werner

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  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (408)

    Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over 50 years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself, The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself, and much more.

    Kimberly says: "What's Your Growth Plan?"
    "Inspiring and thought provoking"
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    Where does The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't normally listen to "self help" books so I as far as those types of books go I would put it in the top 10.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth?

    About the chicken's always drowning when the floods came and the wife advising the husband to switch to raising ducks.


    Which character – as performed by John C. Maxwell – was your favorite?

    none really stand out that I can recall.


    What did you learn from The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth that you would use in your daily life?

    Probably the law of intentionality - you have to focus with intent if you want to grow.


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to listen to it again. It is about how you have to take control of your life with purpose and intent and not just let time go by. Not only do we need to take a more active role in our personal development and growth but we are here to help others achieve their best as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (488)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "Loved this book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gold Coast to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Rummel really brought the characters to life and was a joy to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fell in love with Frank Bellarosa, made me want to meet him, have dinner with him, and more!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most memorable was when John was at Frank's house having a cigar and getting to know more about Frank. I also loved the bar scene at the country club where Frank wasn't welcome, when Frank got arrested, and more.


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

    Would be a spoiler alert if I told you.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a classic and a must read for all. Just a great, epic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3637)
    Performance
    (2264)
    Story
    (2255)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "The long and winding story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love Connelly and the story was fine but I thought it went on for too long.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    Much prefer the Harry Bosch series


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Buck Schirner?

    Narrater was good, he did a fine job with the different characters without being annoying.


    Was The Poet worth the listening time?

    2/3 worth listening too, 1/3 worth skipping.


    Any additional comments?

    A fine read/listen if you are bored and want to give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17865)
    Performance
    (16169)
    Story
    (16294)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Entertaining and Interesting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't consider the audio edition better or worse, it's all a matter of preference and situation whether one reads or listens. I find I get through a book faster if I listen to it because I can multi-task. Depending on the narrator sometimes it's more enjoyable to read.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Hunger Games - young adult heroes and storyline set in the future.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Beatrice/Triss was the main character and you grow to care about her and her survival skills.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you enjoyed Hunger Games and Twilight you will like the Divergent series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1539)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Never a disappointment"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Serpent's Tooth the most enjoyable?

    I just love Walk Longmire, Henry Standingbear, Vic, and the gang. I never tire of Craig Johnson's stories of Apsaroka county.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    You know, I love George Guidall and have bought several other audio books for his narration. For whatever reason though in this book he sounded, well, tired, which made Walt Longmire sound tired and old. Not bad enough to where I didn't enjoy the book but I think we may be at a point of needing a new voice for Walt Longmire :(


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

    Always gave me a chuckle at the wit


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I've given a Walt Longmire/George Guidall anything less than a 5 star rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Change

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far more difficult than it initially appears. Identifying the woman is just the first step in what proves to be an emotionally charged investigation.

    Bob Patin says: "Great book"
    "Returned it was so bad"
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    What disappointed you about Sea Change?

    It is so unnecessary to narrate audio books with, "Harry said," "Sally said," " Said Mary," etc. It got so annoying where every sentence was introduced or ended with so-and-so said that I returned the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1471)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Longmire goes to Philadelphia!"
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    If you could sum up Kindness Goes Unpunished in three words, what would they be?

    Longmire, you rock!


    What other book might you compare Kindness Goes Unpunished to and why?

    Since Walt is in the big city of Philadelphia, I was trying to think of other mysteries based in Philly I can compare it to. But Johnson just puts such a unique spin on the story I really can't come up with anything to compare it to!


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

    The personalities of the characters with his great narration. He really, really makes the Longmire series come alive.


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

    When the horse died, but I am always moved anytime an animal dies in a story, LOL!


    Any additional comments?

    Just have to read the books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1758)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1338)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "Another fabulous Longmire mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend alll of Craig Johnson's Longmire books and all books narrated by George Guidall.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Another Man's Moccasins?

    All of Johnson's stories are different. This one was about sex trafficking and took the reader into Lonmire's past as a Vietnam vet. I love getting to know more about Walt. He is such a fascinating character! Lots of twists and turns keeps the reader engaged and wanting to know how it ends.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Longmire, Henry, and Vic are all my favorite!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Your past will find you and follow you.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read all of Johnson's books and listen to all of Guidall's narrations :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2151)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (944)

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Ella says: "This book consumed me"
    "Poignant story about a holocaust survivor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was well written and narrated and gripping story told from the first person view of a holocaust survivor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of what it was like to live in a concentration camp.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, listening to all the Craig Johnson/Walt Longmire books, This is how I discovered George Guidall and I am keen to listen to all his other books.


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

    No, nothing extreme, but was hard to "put it down." It's a short listen, 4 hours, and worth every minute.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm always fascinated by people overcoming the most tragic of circumstances, but they can be tough to listen to as they can be depressing, but I enjoyed this book. It was gripping but always sad knowing that humanity can be so cruel to one another. It was inspiring to hear how Wiesel overcame the hardship of the labor camp. A couple of other great books to listen to (or read) about the holocaust is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and Schindler's List by Thomas Keanelly. These three books will always stay with me in the back of my mind as an inspiration for overcoming the worst of human conditions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1475)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "Love, love, love Longimre Series"
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    Where does The Dark Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10, but considering the four or five books by Craig Johnson I've listened to so far they are all in the top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I mostly love how all the Longmire books are narrated. Guidall does such a fantastic job with the different personalities and voices. Truly a pleasure to listen to. Craig Johnson's wit is always great entertainment. Each of his books are different in pace and organization even though most of the characters are the same. I like how he went back and forth from past to present in retelling the story's events.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Longmire as always, but Henry Standingbear is always impressive. This book was mostly Walt telling the story.


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

    No, not an extreme reaction, but burst out with a chuckle frequently.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who likes witty mysteries and wants bit of a western, cowboy, sheriff, Indian, and spunk thrown in would like these books. Guidall is truly a wonderful narrator. I've listened to a couple of his other books and will continue to explore his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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