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N. Belle

Physician and Educator

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 170 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1548)
    Story
    (1549)

    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"
    "This was great up to a point..."
    Overall

    This was a great book up the point where the author started talking about his "human" side. The memoirs are nicely described; the scenes are set and realistic but the psycho-drama comes up sorely lacking and should have been left out. I am all for personal growth and "getting inside your own head" but this book didn't do that very well.

    I came away appreciating all that the men and women in uniform do for the country. I came away with great admiration for the sacrifice and continuous pursuit of excellence of the elite of the armed forces but just about 3/4ths of the way through this book, it flopped miserably and never got back on track. Fortunately for us, the first 3/4ths is well worth the price of the book.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19916)
    Performance
    (17832)
    Story
    (17892)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Excellent narration and excellent story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wasn't sure that I would like this book but less than one chapter in and I was hooked. Ms. Flynn, the author has a great style that lends itself perfectly to the Audible format. Ms. Whelan and Mr. Heyborne did an excellent job with this book. The chapters were the perfect length and always made me want to listen to "just one more". The turns and twists in the plot, told by the main characters are fabulous. I can recommend this book without hesitation because it held my interest from start to finish. Can't wait to read more by Ms. Flynn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Birthday

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (158)

    Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste with a successful TV show. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.

    Jan says: "Enjoyed story narrator shocking"
    "An "OK" light read that is typical Danielle Steele"
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    I bought this title because I wanted something that wouldn't "engage" my brain much and wouldn't require any thinking on my part. I was not disappointed. This book is vintage Danielle Steel and this book is pretty light. Within 5 paragraphs, you know the entire story. There are no surprises as every character is quite predictable. This book reminds me that Danielle Steel has a template on her word processor where she fills in the characters' names with the same plot over and over.

    The reader, Ms Angela Dawe, is average and doesn't add or take anything away from the story. I don't think that she could have done very much with this anyway. This book is OK for lounging around the pool or napping without missing anything. You can fall asleep for an hour, wake up and know exactly what happened while you were asleep.

    Did Ms Steel achieve anything with this novel? Well, if you start this book with no expectations, you will be rewarded otherwise, this isn't going to impress you very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12025)
    Performance
    (7399)
    Story
    (7288)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Gotta love Samuel L. Jackson's reading style."
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    I found myself laughing non-stop with this. Samuel L. Jackson has done a masterful job with some very funny prose here. Loved this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Patriot’s History Reader: Essential Documents for Every American

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart, Dave Dougherty, Michael Allen
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Since 2005, A Patriot’s History of the United States has become a modern classic for its defense of America as a unique country founded on the principles of justice, equality, and freedom for all. The Patriot’s History Reader continues this tradition by going back to the original sources—the documents, speeches, and legal decisions that shaped our country into what it is today.

    N. Belle says: "This became "heavy-handed" at times."
    "This became "heavy-handed" at times."
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    I probably should have expected that anything with the word "patriot" in the title would get a bit preachy and this lived up to my expectations. I enjoyed the choices of documents but I didn't need as much "commentary" as this book provided. Certainly, I am happy that I am educated enough to enjoy the documents and draw my own conclusions but this might be better titled "Some Essential Documents for Americans". Still, it was a nice July 4th listen with the fireworks going off in the background.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Now You See Her

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (550)

    A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York - including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can't let him pay for the real killer's crimes.

    Cheryl says: "Now You See Her"
    "I was pleasantly surprised with this book!"
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    I thought this book would be predictable but the twists and turns kept my attention. I found myself "thrilled" and "chilled" with some of the dialogue here. I would have liked to see the ending better developed but this was a great summer light read. Patterson and Ledwidge did a very good job with this book and kept me interested chapter after chapter. I even found myself "talking to the characters" at times. Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3505)
    Performance
    (2796)
    Story
    (2786)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Great Book and Great Story"
    Overall

    Rob Lowe can add "superb storyteller" to his resume with this book. He keeps your attention, in many instances, he leaves you astonished at the twists and turns of his life. You may find yourself asking, "how was he there in that place?" For someone under the age of 50, he has been close to events and people who have made a significant and lasting impact on our times and culture essentially by being a good-looking actor who has taken on astonishing roles that were not "lost" on him. He gives a great accounting of his life at many vantage points from his 5-year-old childhood impressions to his "brat pack" celebrity and into the clarity of adulthood. This is a very interesting and absorbing read from a most unexpected source.

    38 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (461)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "Unusual and Insightful..."
    Overall

    Mr. Brooks presents a great and insightful look at typical Americans. He shows a common-sense ability to "call a spade, a spade" without "political correctness". He has a clear communication style that lends itself well to the spoken word as well as the written word. Mr. Brooks presents examples of how ordinary people make their way under a variety of conditions. There are some practical tools for success presented as well as some examples of how many people find themeselves questioning so-leaders who are more self-promoting than actually leading. This is an excellent book for anyone who has more than a passing interest in human nature and in modern American culture. Mr. Brooks is an excellent observer with great insight.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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