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Dog Walker

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  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (989)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "A Revelation"
    Overall

    If you are on a spiritual path, or would like to be, read this book. I recommend you combine it with Oprah's online classes from earlier this year - she discusses each chapter with Tolle and it's a wonderful guide.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (517)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Amazon Customer says: "Romance novel mislabed as an historical epic."
    "Follett at the apex of his skill."
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    Having lived through most of the timeline of this novel, I didn't expect to find the events, like JFK's assassination, made so personal and moving. Follett has the magic touch of making you care for believable and vividly drawn characters, so that you celebrate and mourn with them. Even though you know about the 20th Century, this novel will give you much to consider.
    The narrator does mix accents to an extent, the Brits sometimes having German accents and the American accents can be a bit over cooked. But overall, well narrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Life Intercepted: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Twelve years ago Matthew "the Rocket" Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was the number one NFL draft pick. But on the night of the draft, he plummeted from the pinnacle of esteem. Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, it seemed in an instant all was lost--his reputation, his career, his freedom, and most devastatingly, the love of his life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Unexpectedly Inspiring"
    "Unexpectedly Inspiring"
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    Given that the story starts in prison, I had no idea where the characters would go. I enjoyed the turns of the plot. Martin's characters are lovingly cast, but very human. His books are 'faith-based' but are more about the transcendence of the human spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (585)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "A Different Slant on Magic"
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    Modesitt appears to be exploring a different perspective on good v evil in this series. The idea that there might be a required balance is interesting. The switch up of 'black' and 'white' magic is also intriguing. Worth investing time in this fantasy universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Nephilim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Guy
    • Narrated By Sam Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Is it possible that the mythical gods of polytheistic Greece, Egypt, Assyria, etc. were actual people that lived shortly after the flood of Noah? The Last Nephilim is a work of historical fiction based upon the first chapters of the book of Genesis and several ancient apocryphal texts. The Bible presents the sons of Noah as monotheistic followers of the God of the universe. So how did their grandchildren end up reigning over polytheistic empires? What happened?

    Joseph Caulton says: "A good listen, fiction"
    "Fascinating Perspective on History"
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    I enjoyed this speculative look at alternate history. A very different perspective on 'might have beens.' This is a good enough concept that I hope the author will write a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Reckless Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (342)

    With great power comes great responsibility. So says the tradition of witching. One teenage witch missed that lesson.... As a child, Sierra Brighton traveled the world. She swam with the baby whales, danced in storm funnels, and lived in complete magical freedom. And then Momma died and Sierra ended up in foster care, an unhappy and very secret witch.

    Fetched by Nell's spell, she'll no longer need to do magic on lonely beaches - but can Sierra learn to use her power safely? Or will her reckless blood put Witch Central at risk?

    Kathy says: "Orphaned Witch Needs a New Home"
    "Somewhat Silly But Fun"
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    This series is a light listen , enjoyable, but not masterful. They are romance novels with a bit of magic witchery thrown in. A unique universe and fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Crickets Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (164)

    A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

    Andrew says: "Best one so far!"
    "Remarkable"
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    Normally, life-and-death dramatic novels leave me feeling manipulated - the author makes you care for a character then callously kills them off for dramatic effect - pisses me off (I'm thinking Jodi Picoult here - don't shoot, ok?).
    Charles Martin is so sincere and writes such warm, in-depth and realistic characters that I even found the weepy parts very true to heart and life. I also enjoy his southern eccentrics, whom he clearly cherishes. They are presented as real people, if a bit off, not as clichés.
    Very worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction: staging an intervention. But when 18-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment and her interventionist is found dead at the airport where she was last seen, Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.

    Bernadette says: "Preachy and Predictable"
    "Fundamentalist Christian Fiction"
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    A fair to good story - if you don't mind being preached to every 10 pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6276)
    Performance
    (5701)
    Story
    (5695)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "The Characters Stay With You"
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    I was a little reluctant to listen to this novel due to the hype surrounding it. I was seduced by the plot and fell in love with the characters. If you enjoy novels about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, you will enjoy this book. I still find myself wondering about the characters, how they are, as if they will stop by some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lotus Eaters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tatjana Soli
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    It's 1975 and the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the city falls into chaos, two lovers make their way across the city to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a devastated country she has come to love. Nguyen Pran Linh, the man who loves her, must deal with his own conflicted loyalties. As they race through the streets, they play out a drama of love and betrayal that began twelve years before.

    A User says: "Best book I've read yet this year"
    "Author did not research critical aspects of story"
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    While the story about the war reporter aspects was riveting, any author who wishes to write with any authority about the Vietnam War should research the military aspects of the war.
    This author appeared to have watched, and misunderstood, some vague documentary on TV. She has no concept of the air war, particularly the role of helicopters. This includes basic terminology - "planes" did not take off and land from LZs. This combined with annoying mispronunciations by the narrator - Chinook pronounced "Chin-ook" not "Shin-ook" for example - detracted from the story.
    If this sort of misconception doesn't annoy you, you may enjoy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Time Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neve Maslakovic
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Thanks to the time travel lab at St. Sunniva University, history is no longer a mystery. But when the beloved co-inventor of the university’s time machine is inexplicably smeared across time, academic exploration and the future of St. Sunniva is thrown into doubt. As assistant to the dean of science, Julia Olsen is tasked with helping Campus Security Chief Nate Kirkland quietly examine this rare mishap…then, just as quietly, make it go away.

    Alex Levine says: "Academic Mystery with a Time Travel Twist"
    "More Academic Time Travel Fun"
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    If you enjoy the genre of Historians as Time Travelers, you will enjoy this listen. The story line stays on track and interesting and the historical references are detailed enough to be intriguing without being ridden to death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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