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Angela Kukhahn

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Santa Monica, CA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Elements of Expression

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Arthur Plotnik
    • Narrated By Richard Waterhouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    A FUNNY and useful book for language lovers! There are many grammar and usage books that give advice on correct English. This isn't one of them. The Elements of Expression targets expressiveness as a goal apart from getting it technically right. Imagine the yawns a sportscaster would induce by announcing, "His bat struck the ball and the ball went into the stands," instead of "He took that ball downtown!"

    Angela Kukhahn says: "Spice and Zest!"
    "Spice and Zest!"
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    If your writing needs a infusion of zip, this book is for you!

    The author has just the right balance between irreverence and adherence to the classic rules of writing. A fun listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melody Beattie
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (441)

    A source of healing and inspiration for millions, this modern classic spent over three years on the New York Times best seller list and made codependency a household word. Codependent No More contains dozens of real-life examples, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests to help you along the road to recovering your own life. For anyone struggling with a relationship involving alchoholism or other compulsive behaviors, this program points the way to healing and the renewal of hope.

    Virginia says: "A great book"
    "Break The Cycle"
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    I love that Melody has written this book from both the standpoint of someone who has been an addict and a codependent. She understands wholly what it means to walk in both sets of shoes and therefore is qualified to give honest advice. She makes it clear what codependency is, how it occurs and how to get over it and move the hell on with your life. Those willing to face themselves and do the work will benefit tremendously from reading this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3841)
    Performance
    (2574)
    Story
    (2601)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Politics and Religion"
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    Things I like

    * The unique voices of five different quirky women
    * Historical facts about the Congo and what happened there.
    * The conversational tone the author uses when speaking as one of the characters. You feel as if you are sittiing there having a chat with one of them.

    Things I don't like

    * A little heavy for my tastes. It goes deep into Anti-American talk and Anti-Religion.
    * A feeling that you get lost in the characters thoughts instead of the book moving forward.
    * One sad things after the other. It needs more humor to be enjoyable, or at least not so many sad things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7498)
    Performance
    (6410)
    Story
    (6435)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than β€œan idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "I Couldn't Put It Down...Inspiring and Gritty!"
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    I admire Cheryl for opening up and revealing the truth about herself in spite of the criticism that she must've known she'd face. I am in no way excusing the behavior that she shows early on in the book, however, it still takes an enormous feet of courage to tell the truth ten years later while writing about her journey.

    We all have things we've done that we are not particularly proud of, but someone who can see themselves clearly to tell about it without turning away is a rare person indeed.

    The courage and steely resolve she posses is so inspiring and makes her increasingly likable, even admirable as she makes her way down the pacific coast trail.

    I highly recommend this book if you like a story of grit, determination and perseverance. Cheryl refuses to give up. You will feel like you are there with her lugging her back-breaking pack, losing toenails and finding the part of yourself that defies the stereotypes that others put on you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Quiet Highway

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Natalie Goldberg
    • Narrated By Natalie Goldberg
    Overall
    (48)
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    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Observant and relentlessly honest, Long Quiet Highway starts out as a reflection on the people, places, and experiences that helped best selling author Natalie Goldberg discover the transformational power of writing. Soon it crystallizes into a winding koan that cuts through sentiment to get at the truth of the spiritual life and the discipline needed to achieve it.

    Michael says: "Natalie reveals self....."
    "Makes You Rethink Your Life"
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    Nathalie has a way of drawing you in and making you go so far as to rethink the ways in which you are moving through this world. Without even saying so she helps you pay attention, to be present. The depth of emotion she is able to express through writing about ordinary things and experiences is absolutely breathtaking. This, and all of Nathalie's books are a "must read" if you are looking for a book that takes you on an emotional journey up and down the hills of her life and when you are finished you feel liked you've learned something. That you are now a better person, better able to be present with the people in your life that you love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    • Narrated By Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    Women want to be in love, get married, and live happily ever after. Yet disrespect for men and disregard for the value, feelings, and needs of husbands has fast become the standard for male-female relations in America. Those two attitudes clash in unfortunate ways to create struggle and strife in what could be a beautiful relationship.

    Mike says: "My Husband's Happier...So am I"
    "A Great Reminder to Play Fair"
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    This is a great book for us ladies to remember to treat guys with the love and respect that they deserve. Dr Laura gives it to us straight in this book. It's easy to think in terms of what we want from our men. Oftentimes we may not realize how selfish we are being.

    This book brings to attention masculine needs and reminds us to take them into consideration. Listen and save your relationship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19620)
    Performance
    (9385)
    Story
    (9414)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Better than The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo..."
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    What did you love best about The Girl Who Played with Fire?

    The well developed characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisabeth Salander turns out to be even more of a badass than I could have hoped for! This book also show her vulnerable side, which also makes me love her all the more!


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Lisabeth Salander, he does a great girl voice for her!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    About halfway through the story gains steam and becomes impossible to stop listening to!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend and am excited to start the third book in the series!!!! I am bummed there won't be more in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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