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Alexandra

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  • Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Doug Lemov, Katie Yezzi, Erica Woolway
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    We live in a competition loving culture. We love the performance, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer, sometimes to the point of obsession, but if we really wanted to see greatness - wanted to cheer for it, see it happen, understand what made it happen - we’d spend our time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practices instead.

    Mykl Devlin says: "Improve at improving"
    "Practice Makes Permanent"
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    If there's one thing I got out of this book, it's that practice makes permanent. This actually might be the only thing I got out of the book, but it's something I've thought about every couple days ever since listening. When I'm driving, and I realize I haven't been paying attention, I remember that I'm making a habit of distracted driving and make a conscious effort to perk up for a few minutes. You hear "Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect", but it wasn't until I listened to this book that I realized crappy practice makes you even crappier. The rest of the book didn't leave much of an impression as it focused heavily on the profession of teaching, and I'm not a teacher. I'm glad I listened to it, but am unlikely to listen to it again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Storm: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 15

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    The Great War has ended at last. Archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, the distinguished Egyptologist, no longer fear for the life of their daring son, Ramses, now free from his dangerous wartime obligations to British Intelligence. Delightful new additions to the growing Emerson family and new wonders waiting to be discovered beneath the shifting Egyptian sands mark a time of new beginnings in Luxor.

    Competition Rider says: "Abriged to Incomprehensibility"
    "Significantly better than the last two"
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    Although I can't say Molly's character bears any resemblance to her former incarnation, this is still one of the more memorable installments. The post-climax conclusion feels very short (I don't think it's more than five minutes), but the ramp up to the climax is pretty fun. On the whole, solidly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden One: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    Suzanne says: "The Golden One"
    "Not a fan of the split structure"
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    In some ways, this is two novels; the first and third acts are one, and the second act is a wholly unrelated interlude. I like acts one and three much better than act two, which feels like a distraction more than anything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Silent: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 13

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia Peabody, grandmaster Elizabeth Peters' indomitable archaeologist-sleuth, once again sets sail for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and specters of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land.

    Nancy says: "Unabridged is unacceptable"
    "Just okay"
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    I had actually forgotten who the villain was in this one; it didn't leave as much of an impression as Miss Minton and her erstwhile beau. It would be hard to follow up He Shall Thunder in the Sky, but this is a decent effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season.

    iphone reader says: "Excellent!"
    "Best Title, Best Ending"
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    I honestly don't remember much of what happens in the first 80% of this one; the last 20% is just too awesome. I relistened to it several times. I'm pretty sure the first 80% is good, too, it's just hard to pay attention when you're impatient to get to the last act. You can't read this one without first reading The Falcon at the Portal, but you can't read that one without immediately wanting this one. One of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Falcon at the Portal: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    Join spunky Amelia and her charming family for a thrilling new archaeological adventure in Edwardian Egypt. Even on the joyous occasion of the marriage of their Egyptian "son" David to their beloved niece Lia, trouble finds Amelia and hunky hubby Emerson. And this time it is personal.

    Kermit says: "Perhaps Best of Series"
    "The Most Infuriating And Fascinating Installment"
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    Talk about an emotional rollercoaster. I give this one the highest rating of any in the series, much as it maddened me the first time I listened to it. I would not recommend starting this one without having the next (He Shall Thunder in the Sky) on hand; these two collectively mark the high point of the series for me. Just when you think you're getting a payoff several books in the making, Elizabeth Peters turns the tables again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (363)

    Against the romantic backdrop of Edwardian Egypt, the irresistible Amelia Peabody and her charmingly unconventional family prove themselves to be formidable foes of villainy. In The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Amelia must muster all of her considerable skills of detection to unravel a snarled web of stolen archeological treasures, murderous cults, and fallen women.

    Yvonne Jocks says: "Another Wonderful Book in the Series"
    "A bit long, but strong start & finish"
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    This one starts fast and ends fast, but takes its time in between. I do feel tighter editing could have shaved off a few hours, but on the whole enjoy this one, particularly the Ramses portions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeing a Large Cat: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (354)

    Best-selling mystery author Elizabeth Peters has captured the hearts of thousands of readers with her spunky Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody Emerson. In Seeing a Large Cat, Amelia must ensnare a modern-day killer, a bogus spiritualist, and a predatory debutante in the awesome Valley of the Kings. Someone is sending ominous messages: "Stay away from tomb Twenty-A!" Intrigued, parasol-wielding Amelia won't rest until she finds the forbidden burial site.

    Nancy J says: "Top -Notch Story & Performance"
    "The Start of the Best Part of the Series"
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    This is the first installment in which we hear from Ramses and the other children, and I had forgotten how much that adds to the general enjoyment. While Ramses' narrations aren't as humorous as Amelia's, they provide an excellent counterbalance, quite a bit of action and even some much welcome romance. It's fun to see how everyone behaves when the elder Emersons aren't around! The plot of this particular episode is also one of the better ones. Definitely one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hippopotamus Pool: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (372)

    The spunky Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson has returned to the exotic Nile valley. Parasol aloft and hot on the trail of an unexplored tomb, she must outwit a shadowy evildoer, a questionable antiquities dealer, and her loquacious son, Ramses.

    Kay in DC says: "Desert Derring-Do"
    "Not one of the most memorable"
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    I have trouble keeping the "fable" installments straight in this series. This one I can recall mainly by the fact that this is where they get David, who's pretty much the last major character required to complete the Emerson set. It's enjoyable enough, just doesn't stick out in the mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Continent: Discworld #22

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?

    Douglas says: "No worries, mate"
    "A Solid Entry in the Discworld Canon"
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    Although I didn't care as much for the Outback venue, I can't deny there are some wonderful set pieces. The climax is a bit weird, but the faculty's adventure, the sheep-shearing contest, and the escape from prison sequence are all pretty fantastic. The argument over Australian figurative language is a personal favorite. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (409)

    This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

    Molly says: "Great Series, Greatest Narrator"
    "Not a favorite, but cute in its way"
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    The first time I listened to this, I found the central conceit fairly frustrating. Knowing the ending, it was easier to listen to a second time, and indeed somewhat more fun, knowing what the protagonist does not. On the whole, I found the beginning and end quite memorable, but couldn't recall much of what happened in the middle. That said, the letters from Ramses are among the best in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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