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Anna

When I have a little money I buy books and if there is any left over, I buy food.

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  • Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Robert Krulwich
    Overall
    (55)
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    (34)
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    Dubbed "the poet laureate of medicine" by The New York Times, Dr. Oliver Sacks is one of the great medical writers and storytellers of our time. He has transformed our understanding of the human mind and restored narrative to a central place in the practice of medicine. His best-selling books, including Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, and An Anthropologist on Mars, entertain, enlighten, and inspire his many fans around the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good read"
    "Very Helpful for Parkinson's Disease Patient"
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    If you could sum up Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, Enlightening, and Encouraging!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. Oliver Sacks on Music and the Mind?

    I also listened to Sacks' Musicophelia, so I don't recall which; described Oliver Sacks breaking his leg in a mountain climb and having to haul himself backward down the mountain using only his arms and that he sang a little "chant" which gave him momentum like that of rowing a boat and allowed him to focus. He said that little ditty saved his life.


    What about Robert Krulwich’s performance did you like?

    Oh! You mean that wasn't Oliver Sacks? I didn't know that until I heard Dr. Oliver Sacks interviewed on Fresh Air (also available on Audible) and realized that Robert Krulwich was only the reader's voice. Fantastic!


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

    I was blown away by Sacks' research. I have since read all of his other books of which The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was my favorite. My husband sometimes introduces me to people we already know saying "and this is my...hat..." because it starts a fascinating conversation!


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gift of the Red Bird: The Story of a Divine Encounter

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Paula D'Arcy
    • Narrated By Paula D'Arcy
    Overall
    (12)
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    (8)
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    When Paula D'Arcy lost her husband and baby in a car crash, she began an inner search for a faith that was stronger than fear. In Gift of the Red Bird she shares her remarkable spiritual adventure. Grief, she shows us, is an ongoing, never-completed process, one that becomes woven into the fabric of the grieving person's spiritual life.

    Anna says: "No mention of Jesus...just a bunch of malarchy"
    "No mention of Jesus...just a bunch of malarchy"
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    What did you like best about Gift of the Red Bird? What did you like least?

    I gave it three stars because I enjoyed some parts of the story but there is a whole new age of "christianity" out now with no mention of Christ's work on the cross. The author seemed to be doing some new brand of psychotherapy on herself that she calls GOD.


    Would you recommend Gift of the Red Bird to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, I would not recommend this book to my Christian friends.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Audible will let me trade this book in

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marissa Walsh
    • Narrated By Margie Lenhart
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (420)
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    Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate.

    Caryn says: "I could not finish!"
    "worst audio in a long time, I just couldn't finish"
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    What disappointed you about Girl with Glasses?

    it was just so boring, like it was written for third graders, but I doubt I would have found it interesting back then even.


    Has Girl with Glasses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    what genre? maybe that's why I didn't like it. I usually listen to historical fiction but I got this for free


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Margie Lenhart?

    Diane Sawyer can make ANYTHING sound amazing!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    ummm...nope!


    Any additional comments?

    can i exchange it for another free book? Yesssss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unspoken: Bathsheba

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
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    (26)
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    The compelling story of Bathsheba and David as told by award-winning author Francine Rivers. Listeners will see the familiar biblical account unfold in a whole new light through the eyes of Bathsheba. This timeless story has contemporary meaning for today's listeners. A study on the biblical text is included for personal or group study.

    DeeJay says: "Beautiful love story!"
    "Disappointed"
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    Any additional comments?

    I admit I didn't listen past chapter three. The story line goes to far off the biblical version and I found this disturbing. The author has Bathsheba lusting after David before and while she is married to Uriah. I believe she loved Uriah very much and it must have been very difficult being married to the man who had her husband killed (if indeed she was aware). I was left very disappointed as the character pined for David from a very young age. Yuck!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Richards
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous.

    Deanna says: "Loved, loved, LOVED this book"
    "Why the foul language??!!"
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    Has Chosen by a Horse turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will continue to search for good clean classroom material. (sigh)


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chosen by a Horse?

    Why not keep it clean? I'm telling you it is so hard to find really great stories that can be shared with the whole family or a classroom full of children.


    Any additional comments?

    Hello Audible? Are you LISTENING? (no pun intended) Why not a rating system or a warning for language/violence/sex? Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's safe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Alice Dalgliesh
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In 1707, eight-year-old Sarah travels with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness. Sarah is afraid when she hears animals in the night. She is afraid when she meets her Indian neighbors. She is especially afraid when she is left with an Indian family while her father goes back to get the rest of their family. But when Sarah remembers her mother’s parting words, “Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble,” she learns to be brave even when she’s afraid.

    Anna says: "Adorable & Timeless classic from my childhood!"
    "Adorable & Timeless classic from my childhood!"
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    What other book might you compare The Courage of Sarah Noble to and why?

    Laura Ingalls Wilder's series, or The Daughters of the Faith series although I do not know if those are available on audible and this one book could hardly be compared to a whole series but it is exceptional for it's rich historical value.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

    Well Sarah...of course ;)


    Any additional comments?

    My 5th great-grandmother was Sarah Noble Norton 1785-1854. She came to America in 1840 from England with her children and grandchildren. Although she is not THE Sarah Noble of this story, I do think it highly likely that she is a descendent. Her father's name was John Noble 1760-1807 of Foston on Malton, North Yorshire, England.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mama Learns to Drive: Stories That Celebrate Mothers

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Donald Davis
    • Narrated By Donald Davis
    Overall
    (12)
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    (7)
    Story
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    If you've ever been in the car while a loved one was learning to drive, then think of this as cheap therapy! Learning to drive has occasioned emotions ranging from reasonable caution to unbridled terror. Learning under the watchful eye of one's spouse is an added challenge. Undertaking the task with anxious children in the backseat can only heighten the sensory richness of the moment.

    Anna says: "CLEAN & HILARIOUS a Rare & Delightful Combination!"
    "CLEAN & HILARIOUS a Rare & Delightful Combination!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mama Learns to Drive the most enjoyable?

    I have been so disappointed lately with really great stories being ruined by filthy language or squeaky clean not so funny "comedies". This was refreshingly everything I hoped it would be.


    What other book might you compare Mama Learns to Drive to and why?

    I wish I knew. I have yet to research Christian Comedy but what an idea!


    Have you listened to any of Donald Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I will check them out.


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

    It did make me laugh, wasn't that the point? ;)


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Donald Davis!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Button Box

    • ABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Barbara McBride-Smith
    • Narrated By Barbara McBride-Smith
    Overall
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    (3)
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    Mama believed the woman who dies with the most fabric scraps wins. She saved scraps from odd sewing jobs for neighbors. She saved buttons from old winter coats and birthday dresses. Mama had a button from Daddy's first uniform and another from Grandma's cloth coat, and every button in the box came with a story. In her trademark Texas twang, award-winning storyteller Barbara McBride-Smith recounts stories from her family that speak to all of us.

    Anna says: "Mediocure story but I'll keep it!"
    "Mediocure story but I'll keep it!"
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    Would you try another book from Barbara McBride-Smith and/or Barbara McBride-Smith?

    perhaps


    Would you recommend The Button Box to your friends? Why or why not?

    naahhh! (yawn)


    What three words best describe Barbara McBride-Smith’s performance?

    flat, mono, and yawn


    Do you think The Button Box needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh please no.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe the kids will like it but I won't be joining them while they listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Architect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Belfoure
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

    Ellen says: "Grows on you"
    "The F word and all the vulgarity ruined it!!!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This would have been a straight up five star book in all categories had the author not felt compelled to use the F word and include vulgarities in graphic detail. Did they use that word back then? I'm sure there were nasty men and women with little morals back then as there are now and these characters could very well have been defined in truth without exposing the reader to such indecency. My opinion is nobody would have missed the profanity or the sexual content had it been left out. Mr. Belfoure has catered to the lower class masses. Sad!!!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?


    What aspect of Mark Bramhall’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator did an nice job, giving voice and life to all of the characters equally. His performance deserved four stars but for the sake of making my point...I chose not to.


    Was The Paris Architect worth the listening time?

    I have listened to 4 hours of this 11 hour audiobook and although I do think it could have been a really great story the filth makes my skin crawl. I'll not be finishing it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad Audible has agreed to exchange this book for one that will not be so offensive. Audible, if you are listening: PLEASE find a way to RATE THE CONTENTS of audiobooks for language, violence, and adult or sexual content! At least we could make informed decisions about what, when, where, and if we want to listen.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloodstone Chronicles: A Journey of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bill Myers
    • Narrated By Bill Myers
    Overall
    (14)
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    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    An action-packed allegory that captures spiritual growth from nonbeliever to mature Christian. Carved from the Blood Mountains, a perpetual reminder of God's great purchase of mankind, the Bloodstone opens a gateway into another dimension. As they visit fantastic worlds, three children discover the depths of God's love, the principles of his kingdom, and the reality of spiritual conflict in their journey toward Christian maturity. Dramatized with multiple voices; narrated by Bill Myers.

    Anna says: "ughhhhh!"
    "ughhhhh!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Any one who likes Bill Myers. I guess this kind of story just isn't for me. Perhaps it is more a science fictional type story.






    What was most disappointing about Bill Myers’s story?

    It was slow and I just couldn't keep listening.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Myers?

    I do think he should not read his own book. There are a lot of really good readers here on audible, he should just choose one that brings some life into the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    nodda!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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