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Cindy

ELON, NC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (437)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "Has an agenda; still worthwhile."
    Overall

    I listened to this book with some trepidation; I am a former physician who left medicine to return to high school teaching, so Dr. Sax's book really rings important to me. The book addresses what I think is a very important topic, and often does so quite nicely. Dr. Sax makes very good points about ADD/ADHD drugs, both stimulant and non stimulant. He also raises excellent points about neurological development in boys and why the typical American school system may not be best for them. But he shifts later from supporting his ideas with scientific evidence to more of a "I know a kid who..." type case studies that he then generalizes far too much. I think as long as one goes into this book recognizing Dr. Sax's agenda (a push for same-sex education) and assesses the evidence for him/her self, this is a very worthwhile book. Just don't take every conclusion as gospel.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3849)
    Performance
    (3277)
    Story
    (3275)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "A good one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    This was my first title by WIlliam Landay, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. the story got a bit predictable at times, but that's okay because it's true theme (how far should blind love and support go? What is "reasonable doubt"?) comes through loud and clear. I recommend this to anyone.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangler: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    It's 1963, and what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims: the Boston Strangler. For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop. Michael is the middle son, a Harvard-educated lawyer. And Ricky floats above the fray as an expert burglar. Now each must look into a killer's murderous rage, into their family's own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them forever.

    Cindy says: "Bored to tears"
    "Bored to tears"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Strangler?

    I loved William Landay's later book, "Defending Jacob", so was excited to get this one. I've gotten about 2 hours into it, and frankly I can't get up any excitement to listen to it anymore. For starters, it's a period piece set sometime in the 40's or 50's, and those usually don't do it for me. For seconds, it's about a bunch of brothers that I find completely unsavory, in a family that I don't like very much. The mystery is about a strangler of women that I've never met and have no connection to. At this point, I just don't care who killed them or what happens to this family, so I'm setting the book down. Sorry Mr. Landay.


    5 of 6 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
    Overall
    (26632)
    Performance
    (13271)
    Story
    (13314)

    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!"
    "The more I think about it..."
    Overall

    The more I think about it... the more I like this book. I grew up in the South in the 60's and 70's, and find these scenarios spot-on with what my parents described to me from ten years prior. I was riveted throughout. Expertly narrated and completely absorbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3116)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1295)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Totally enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I"m actually trying to decide for myself just why I'm not giving it 5 stars... maybe because the "letter" format really did drive me crazy at times-- particularly at the beginning. About 1/4 of the way in, however, I was so engaged that the format did not matter as much. In fact, the format reminds the reader how much communication has changed in the past 70 years. The narrators of this book were fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17669)
    Performance
    (7879)
    Story
    (7914)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "I salute the entire series!"
    Overall

    Fantastic trilogy! Larsson's books are filled with characters that one doesn't get to meet every day, particularly in the U.S. The interpersonal relationships are fascinating, the personalities complex. the society refreshingly different. Prude Alert: this book includes sexual details that some might have a hard time with ( I wouldn't want my 12 year old reading this book!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last American Man

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    In 1977, at the age of 17, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature.

    Cindy says: "The Man, the Legend"
    "The Man, the Legend"
    Overall

    Read this book while preparing students for a trip to Turtle Island, Eustace Conway's preserve in NC. I totally enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's writing style, and gained tremendously from this understanding of Eustace. I have read reviews that discredit Ms. Gilbert's over-involvement with her subject; my take on this is that authors have been writing about people they know "too well" for years. It's a legitimate way to write, and it's the reader's job to decide just what bias this may give the author's story. this story is very well worth telling!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Scorpion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nancy Farmer
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    When El Patrón dies at the age of 146,14-year-old Matt escapes Opium with the help of Celia and Tam Lin, his devoted bodyguard who wants to right his own wrongs. After a near misadventure in his escape, Matt makes his way back home and begins to rid the country of its evils.

    Allison says: "Don't let the back dissuade you!"
    "Surprise to enjoy it so much!"
    Overall

    I am a forty-something science teacher who listened to this book on advice of some of my students. Enjoyed the plot, and enjoyed even more seeing what my brighter students are reading and how it relates to science. Many of the ideas have been said before, but not directly to this generation in this way. The story is a great distraction from everyday life, though the ending is fairly abrupt and too 'pat' for the intense plot that precedes it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4914)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1611)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Beautifully Written!"
    Overall

    Wow. I had forgotten what a great writer Stephen King is! You think of 'horror', 'suspense', and 'supernatural thriller' with his name... but 'great writer' belongs in there too. I loved listening to the use of language in this book! It hooked me and drew me into the story, so that when things got a bit wierd, I had to slow down and listen in spurts so I wouldn't get too scared. A great choice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By T.J. Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (65)

    When seventeen-year-old Tony Lord was accused of the murder of Alison Taylor, his friends turned against him. Now he is a San Francisco lawyer dedicated to the defense of his clients, but his new client is one of those fair-weather friends...and he is suspected of murdering of a female student. Tony must confront not only the fear that his friend is a murderer, but the buried truths that underlie Alison's death so long ago.

    Linda says: "Caught me by surprise...."
    "Back to High School"
    Overall

    This is a very good (but not great) book by RN Patterson. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though if you're a realist, some of the coincidences may be a problem for you. It definitely gives the listener a lot to reflect on regarding life purposes, worthwhile goals, and the nature of friendship.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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