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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Goood Eeeevening"

    While I generally believe details to a large degree build the realism and believability of a story, this one got to be tediously detailed at times. And the depiction of the vampire, which started out scary finally became so hokey it was laughable. So I give it a three. But its non-linear construction is engaging and the characters are compelling and sympathetic. I would recommend it as an interesting, though flawed, literary work.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Healing with Energy Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andrew Weil, Ann Marie Chiasson
    • Narrated By Andrew Weil, Ann Marie Chiasson

    An integrative approach to health means addressing not only our physical body, but our energetic body as well." Now on Self-Healing with Energy Medicine, this best-selling author teams up with Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson to offer insights and expert guidance about how to clear blockages to healing, enhance your longevity, and increase your vitality.

    Lisa says: "Unhelpful to the extreme"
    "Unhelpful to the extreme"

    This is what happens when materialist medical scientists try to co-opt traditional medicine. Ann Marie Chiasson talks about an aspect of ancient, traditional, cross-cultural spiritual healing as "energy" that can be prescribed and bottled. She's got the most annoying exercise where she talks over some intrusive music telling you to bang your big toes together. This lecture is supposed to be about self-healing with "energy," which to her is a big chuck of something that makes a clunky sound when it snaps into place inside your physical body. Also, as a near-death survivor of chemotherapy, I would definitely not consult her about cancer treatment.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    Emily says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Vivid and devastating"

    The voices in this book are so clear and the characters so vivid -- and the narration brings them to life so brilliantly, and compellingly, I was drawn in inescapably and propelled through this story, feeling what the characters felt, seeing what they saw. This is a devastating exploration of the merciless cruelty of which humans are capable by an amazing writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorceress: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders. But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection.

    Lisa says: "battle after battle"
    "battle after battle"

    I loved The Alchemyst and liked The Magician but found The Sorceress rather weak, just battle after battle between not particularly imaginative creatures and the main characters, who seemed to be more carefully drawn in book 1. There are a couple of inconsistencies in the details signifying that perhaps the author wasn't totally paying attention. The narration is somewhat flat and not always true to the text. To write a series requires a commitment this author hasn't really made.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel Honolulu

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux

    A writer accepts a job as a manager of a low-rent hotel in Hawaii. He acts as a witness to the hotel's cast of characters, chronicling their stories and ultimately regaining his will to write.

    Lisa says: "Big Buzz Kill"
    "Big Buzz Kill"

    I finally couldn't finish listening to this because it presents a very disturbing vision of humanity. The stories, one after another, are unrelentingly about people who are sad, lonely, gruesome, cruel, predatory, perverted, victimized, and on and on without amusement at their eccentricities or fondness for their foibles. I finally couldn't get through to the end to find out if there is some kind of redemption. Maybe it's that the main character gets back his will to write? So he wrote this mess.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Lisa says: "Sparkles"

    This is engaging writing. It's complex, full of amusing references all kinds of literary and pop culture allusions and clever metaphors. I didn't find the plot or the characters predictable. But, after feeling so involved in the story, I found the ending unsatisfying, like a helium balloon the day after.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mercy of Thin Air: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ronlyn Domingue
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gayheart

    The Mercy of Thin Air entwines two heartbreaking and redemptive love stories that echo across three generations and culminates in a finish that will leave readers breathless. It is a poignant and brilliant first novel that beautifully captures the nature of love and shows how it transcends all barriers, even death.

    Lisa says: "Thin Story"
    "Thin Story"

    I didn't know this was abridged until I got to the end and it was announced; somehow I missed that in the book description -- still can't find it stated anywhere. This book didn't quite hold my interest throughout. It's sort of precious and bland and I kept on with it but often wished I hadn't started.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith comes the seventh novel in the phenomenally popular and endlessly charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Once again Botswana's only female detective, Mma Ramotswe, and her invaluable assistant, Mma Makutsi, puzzle out the mysteries of life while finding comfort in steaming mugs of bush tea.

    says: "Much ado about bush tea"

    This is the best yet. Smith's writing is as spare and simple as the day to day activities of the characters, yet deeply moving, really brings the landscape - and the love Mma Ramotswe feels for it - to life. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have a warm place in my heart. And Lisette LeCat is one of the very best narrators in all of audiobook land! I can't wait for no. 8.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sarah Macdonald
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

    Meredith says: "Inspiring and witty"

    Sarah MacDonald is truly a gifted writer. Holy Cow! is a skillfully structured story of her coming of age in India as she investigates, describes, and beings to embody with (sometimes profound) insight and humor a wide variety of India's religions, saints, and spiritual practices and communities. The book is a vibrant comparative religion text. And the narrator's talent is awesome.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Anne Lamott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the trademark wisdom, humor, and honesty that made Anne Lamott's book on faith, Traveling Mercies, a runaway best seller, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith is a spiritual antidote to anxiety and despair in increasingly fraught times.

    Nina says: "Another great listen by Lamotte"
    "Honest and Thoughtful"

    Anne Lamott is a rarity in these times: a Progressive Feminist Christian!
    As a writer she is extraordinarily generous, sharing how she moved through very dark times into recovery. She doesn't posture or pretend. She speaks for and inspires people who are deeply distressed by our country's class warfare, people who are struggling to forgive destructive parents, or who are struggling not to be destructive parents themselves, people who are into their 50s, trying to gather up whatever hard won wisdom they hope they've gained. She's a quirky, poetic writer. Plan B is an insightful memoir.

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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