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  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (3165)
    Story
    (3188)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Fascinating view of the women's prison system"
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    This book gives you an insight to the women's prison system that it unattainable in scholarly books. The first-hand account of what prison life is like, versus what life is like behind bars when your not charged but held until trial is remarkable. It talks about issues and reveals a glimpse of what it must be like to lose everything except what you can keep inside you. And teaches you how to use it to your best advantage. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good and Useful Hurt

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out his studio’s motley crew of four. The last either expects is romance, but that’s what they get as they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete and total disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution - and solace - he will sorely need.

    C. Sorensen says: "Good enough to kill time, but that's about it"
    "Disjointed and rambling"
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    I'm sure there's a kernel of a good idea in here somewhere, but I stopped searching for it before I got to the midway point in the book. And stopped reading shortly there after. Unless you're a fan of the author, I'd pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Time of Cholera

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (498)

    From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

    Anne says: "Timeless Romance, brought to life by Armando Duràn"
    "A whole life, and what's important in it."
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    This is the wonderful and eminently readable story of strong women and equally strong men, set in a strong society. Wonderfully detailed in internal and external scenery, this is the story of love created, ripped apart, abandoned, found, horrified to be found so late in life, lost again and ultimately found again forever. It makes me smile. Definitely something you want to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Changewinds Blow: Changewinds Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    She was haunted by thunder and plagued by dreams... Strange, dark dreams of a world beyond time and space, a land of magic and mystery. But Charley knew it was more than a dream - for her friend Sam shared her vision. Suddenly, the dreams become a reality... As a raging storm sweeps Charley and Sam to the fantastic land of Akahlar, where unicorns and griffins run free, an enchantress commands a den of unearthly pleasures, and a wizard warns of a terrifying inescapable event.

    Barbara says: "Interesting concept, well developed"
    "Interesting concept, well developed"
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    I will admit that I like Chalker's writing and have for a long time. I read, and re-read his books and am rarely bored. This is the first in a series of what happens when, "things change". Things you should have recognized and controlled but didn't, and things that change that are out of your control. It's an excellent series dealing with growth, development, realization of both; who are the bad guys, and who are the good guys who are doing bad things. Really makes you think about the way you're living your life, while entertaining you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost & Found

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Sheehan
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Rocky’s husband Bob was just 42 when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor…and Rocky’s world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts – reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak’s Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she’s lost....

    Christine says: "BORING and PREDICTABLE"
    "Predictable and wooden"
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    A reasonable story line gone bad. The dramatic storyline is dull and is hampered by narration that sounds like the person has their finger under every word said. Pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riders of the Purple Sage: The Restored Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Zane Grey
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    In Cottonwoods, Utah, in 1871, a woman stands accused and a man is sentenced to whipping. Into this travesty of small-town justice rides the one man whom the town elders fear. His name is Lassiter, and he is a notorious gunman who's come to avenge his sister's death.

    Kristi Richardson says: "Western classic of Mormons as the Bad guys."
    "There's a reason why he's a legend"
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    I hardly think that I'm going to make a contribution to the reputation of Zane Grey, but if you have never read anything by him, and you think you "don't like westerns" then pick up this book, because you're in for a surprise.

    Set in a time and place that we can't conceive, Grey writes about how people come to find their "true grit" and its impact on their lives and the lives of those around them because of it.

    I found myself drawn into the story, the depth of the characters and the intricate weave of life that he creates among them. Grey is a master storyteller. He describes the landscape so well, you can really see it in your mind's eye.

    And that's just the surface. You are swept along as the characters begin to question their beliefs, and in many cases abandon them, in others find a particular value in them that makes them stronger people as a consequence.

    This is a book I'll read again, and again. There's that much detail and perfect storytelling, that it's more than worth a second or third read.

    Buy it, read it, enjoy it, learn from it. What more could you ask for?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (809)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "Some books are better in print"
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    This is a good book with lots of good advice, but the spoken version is missing the exercises, the charts and the graphs.

    If the author had provided a website (or if Audible can shoot me to a page that supports the book) where I could have gone to get the additional material so obviously missing from this version it would be worth the price, but it's seriously flawed as presented.

    This is a reference book -- something I'd want to return to again and again. There's no way to do that with the Audible version -- no way to bookmark a section. I can at least do that with a e-book or printed version.

    Based on this experience with "how to" books in spoken format, I'll have to drop this type of book from my audio listening pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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