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  • Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Vanna Bonta
    • Narrated By Vanna Bonta
    Overall
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    Mendle Orion is a writer who lives at the intersection of fiction and reality. He idealizes love and cynically rails against a world that wastes his dreams. The man's life is forever changed the day he meets a mysterious young woman with intense blue eyes and total amnesia who looks at urban life as though she's seeing it for the first time.

    FRANCISCO says: "Up There With Great Forever Books"
    "Master Storytelling"
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    Flight was a very fun experience for me. The story is original and keeps the mind satisfied with two fascinating plots that are both about life beneath the plastic surface of smiling faces and ho-hum superficial existence.

    Bonta ranks as a great writer due to extraordinary prose, depth of ideas, masterful plot but any worthwhile novelist is first a poet, which Bonta is, and her ability to be either verbose or succint and ultimately insightful is poetry. Seriously, there are sentences in this book that are just --- beautiful. It's obvious when a writer loves words and books. There is playfulness with words in Flight. Bonta has a knack of packing megaton wisdom into one sentence. Again, obviously her poetry background.

    The narrative tone of Flight is 3rd person parable-type style, done for effect, as if written by a visitor to Earth telling a story for the ages, but Bonta gets local vernacular and different dialogues of characters down perfectly -- such as "mall-speak" and "cool-speak" as a couple of examples. Highly entertaining.

    So I wanted to hear the audio, too, which the author narrates herself. Vanna Bonta's voiceover I could listen to all day. In the audiobook narration she effortlessly delivers the spectrum of characters and dialogues she created. She is a professional and inspired actress who is credited on Disney movies. major feature films and television. The audiobook is a double-gem because we get Bonta's diamond talent of spoken word. She's a genuine artist. Her voice has excellent, natural and pleasant diction and seamless emotion.

    Naturally I had to own a copy of the paper book because it's too famous a book. I didn't realize what a history this book has until I read about it on Wikipedia. I didn't know a real rocket ship was named after Aira Flight's fictional spaceship (Lauryad).

    Flight is populated with characters I found myself caring about. I know Mendle Orion, Aira Flight and Onx, and that cagey vixen Sandra. They live with all the beloved characters who have moved me to better knowledge of myself. Interesting, I saw a bit of myself in every character's imperfect but perfectr humanity. Each character stands for an aspect of human existence. Aira Flight --- the girl with amensia and no navel is a brilliant icon for the duality of human nature ....walking around in biological body but where did she (we?) (awaresness?) really come from.

    Bonta is a master writer and enchanting storyteller.

    Movie? Thinking Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Tim Burton, Megan Fox (Sandra) an unknown for Aira Flight, like Scarlett Johnassen? Or younger cooler people will be hip.

    The ride of this amazing, strange, bizarre story is nothing compared to reality. A line from the book is true: "Reality is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be believable." (Flight quantum fiction, by Vanna Bonta)

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Betty and Howard's Excellent Adventure: A Dream Series Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By J. J. DiBenedetto
    • Narrated By Nicola Bryant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A Christmas gift for fans of the Dream Series...Just in time for the holidays - spend your vacation with Betty and Howard Barnes as they go on a "dream" European trip. You'll see a whole new side to two of the unsung heroes of the Dream Series in this fun and lighthearted romantic adventure...

    Perry says: "A Christmas Present from the Author"
    "Fun, Light Book"
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    This was a fun, lighthearted listen for a weekend drive. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of Betty's letter to her friend. I found myself smiling and chuckling many times while listening to Betty and Howard's adventures. Betty's tale has a distinct Erma Bombeck quality which is quite enjoyable. I also really liked the "letter" format, which made it really feel like you were actually reading a letter from a close friend traveling abroad.

    The narrator, Nicola Bryant, did an amazing job with the material. She brought Betty and Howard to life for the listener.

    I highly recommend this fun, light book. It's a great, short listen that will leave you smiling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Hollywood Tantra Masseur: The Untold Secret of the G-Spot Power

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jean-Claude Carvill
    • Narrated By Jewel Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    In each woman there is a secret question, one she doesn't always dare ask: "Is there something more? Is there something I don't know? Is there a higher sexual pleasure, something deeper than the one I've experienced? Many women wondered, Do my past traumas, or my partner's failure to fully understand my body prevent me from experiencing my true sexuality?Most sexually active women have asked themselves these questions at some point in their lives. Perhaps they haven't used these exact words, but the essence of their questions remains the same: Is there more?

    Restless says: "It's awesome"
    "Entertaining and Educational"
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    I recently enjoyed another of the author's audiobooks, Sex:Woman First, and when I saw that he had another title available I just had to get it!

    I loved that Confessions of a Hollywood Tantra Masseur was a compilation of so many diverse stories. There were women of all ages, shapes, and professions profiled. I was especially intrigued by the variety of sexual experiences from those who had sexual trauma, to those who needed to find themselves again after a divorce, to a fifty year old virgin. There were elements of each woman's story that every woman can identify with and take away some ideas to use in her own life.

    I really enjoyed how the author told the each story in such detail (including the cat hair in his mouth at one point!) that you really felt like you were there.

    Confessions of a Hollywood Tantra Masseur is the story a man who has been called by all different types of women in the Hollywood area from actors to students for a very specific goal which is a massage and stimulation of their G-spot. It is obvious that the writer did not want to write another boring “How To about female ejaculation” and still he wanted it to be a nonfiction book. The author created the story around a diary and some different advice how to have a good time in the bedroom such as massage, bath, fellatio, and more. But mostly it is a report about the stimulation of the G-spot and how the G-spot reacts under the stimulation of his fingers. The pleasure from the stimulation of that area seems to be phenomenal. It needs patience since it takes some time to get a result as often it’s a matter of connection with your partner. It is definitely an audiobook to recommend for any woman who wants to explore her sexuality further and wishes to know if there is something more than she actually knows today.

    The narrator, Jewel Greenberg, did a lovely job with the book. Her friendly, empathetic voice showed a gentle respect for each woman's story. She did an amazing job of bringing each woman to life for the listener. I was very impressed with this and definitely recommend it to both men and women. Women can gain so much valuable insight into their own bodies and desires from it while men can learn more about what women need in the bedroom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex: Woman First - How to teach him You come First - Guide to Female Orgasm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jean-Claude Carvill
    • Narrated By Marie Helene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
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    This audiobook will teach you to have your first vaginal orgasm. If you are a Man, this book will teach you how to never miss her G-spot, make her squirt and soak the bed every time you have sex. It will teach you the perfect oral sex technique.

    Beth says: "Thorough, Intelligent, Well Written Guide"
    "Thorough, Intelligent, Well Written Guide"
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    This was a fascinating listen. The author comprehensively covers the female body and orgasm and details exactly what women can do together with a partner or alone to maximize their sexual experience.

    The discussion of the chakras and how opening them through the various means detailed in the book enhances sexual experiences was truly eye opening. It definitely changed the way I look tantric massage and has inspired me to investigate the subject further.

    I loved how the author discussed many of the experiences he had with helping women to fully embrace their sexuality. Each case was different but imparted an important lesson that can be applied in every woman's life.

    I also loved that the author also discussed the male orgasm and how tantric methods apply to men as well.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book but I think my favorite chapter was Chapter 14: Tantra Quickies. In a time starved world this provides numerous options which each take only ten minutes.

    The narrator, Marie Helene, was the perfect choice. Her sultry voice leant the perfect tone to the material and made the book a true joy to listen to.

    If you're looking for a thorough, intelligent, well written guide to the female orgasm you have found it in this book. I definitely highly, highly recommend it to women and men alike.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Let Him Chase You: Dating Advice for Women Who Want Both Long-Lasting Love and Respect in Their Relationships with Men

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By L. Lynn Gilliard
    • Narrated By L. Lynn Gilliard
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    Real, Practical Dating Advice for Women. Are you the pursuer or do you let men pursue YOU? The answer is the difference between you becoming a side toy for a man to play around with or a girlfriend with a title and eventually a woman who any man would be eager to call his wife. Many of us modern 21st century women have been taught that in order to get a guy we have to go out there and snag him, trick him, tag him and drag him home. But that doesn't work - at least not in the long run. Men are natural-born hunters. It's in their DNA. They won't always admit it, but they absolutely LOVE the chase. They want a woman who has the traits described in this audiobook. They want to be given the opportunity to earn a woman's love. This simple, easy-to-follow audiobook explains how you can shake off meaningless flings with men and start to attract men who are serious about you. You ARE deserving of real, respectful love in your relationships. Don't allow anyone to convince you otherwise!

    Restless says: "Impressive!"
    "A Clear Guide with a Powerful Message"
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    The author has a brilliant message for young women: "When you truly believe in yourself and the power of your womanhood everyone else starts to believe it too." She did a lovely job of reinforcing this message throughout the book.

    The author covers exactly what women are doing wrong in their relationships and how to fix these problems. I especially liked that she used three specific examples from her own dating life to clearly illustrate her points by first detailing the relationships and then explaining step by step exactly where the trouble points were.

    I also really enjoyed the author's love letter to the most important person in her life at the end. I won't give anything away but it was very moving and I think everyone should write such a letter.

    The author's no-nonsense yet friendly and compassionate attitude made you feel like you were chatting with a very wise friend.

    The book was read by the author who did a very nice job. Since she clearly knew the material well she presented it exactly as she'd intended it which made it more powerful.

    I definitely recommend this to those who are looking for a clear, concise guide to creating the relationship you desire.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy Spirals Down

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charles Christopher Thornton
    • Narrated By Mimi Spillane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Thinking the death of his mom was his fault; Sammy grows up tormented and rebellious. Ruining everything and everyone that he comes in contact with until he finally has an, ah ha moment. His misguided life will never be the same as Sammy starts a new life.

    Beth says: "Touching Story"
    "Touching Story"
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    Children have a tendency to blame themselves for things they are not responsible for, so when Sammy's mother dies he blames himself. The author does a brilliant job of showing how he goes from an innocent, carefree boy to a tortured soul overnight.

    Sammy's journey through depression and suicidal tendencies, rebellion, and drug use is heartbreaking to listen to but it makes his ultimate decision to turn his life around that much more powerful. I found myself really rooting for Sammy and I was very pleased with the way his journey ended.

    The narrator, Mimi Spillane, does an admirable job with the emotional material and handles both the young Sammy and the adult Sammy equally well. Her skillful handling of the material made it even more poignant for the listener.

    I highly recommend this touching novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jemo: A Fictional Account of the Baker Blast, Operation Crossroads...and of Those Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen P. Robertson
    • Narrated By Daniel Penz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The United States conducted highly classified atomic testing in the Marshall Islands. One of the ships used in the mock up fleet was a captured Japanese Battleship, the Nagato. These ships were equipped with an array of equipment, from cameras to Geiger counters, as well as various farm animals. These tests were intended to determine "Fleet Survivability" in the face of a thermonuclear implosion. Unfortunately, no one fully understood, or could even begin to imagine, the utter devastation about to be unleashed...or the consequences!

    Beth says: "Full of Emotion"
    "Full of Emotion"
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    Alternate histories can sometimes come across as unbelievable but this was not the case with Jemo. Before reading the book I knew a bit about Operation Crossroads and the Baker Test but didn't really know all the details so this compelled me to look into the subject further. Having read more about it the book has become even more believable.

    The author skillfully used a journal format to fully explore the fear, pain, and confusion these men experienced. It all felt horribly genuine for the listener.

    The entire novella was filled with so much emotion that it was almost difficult to listen to at times. And the heartbreaking ending left me tearing up.

    The narrator, Daniel Penz, did a fantastic job with the audiobook edition. His excellent performance really showcased the emotions of the sailors and their struggle and made an already moving book heart wrenching for the listener.

    I highly recommend this very well done novella. It has truly changed the way I view the subject.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 52 Prescriptions for Happiness: A Year of Inspiration for the Body, Mind, and Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joe Dunn, Mali Apple
    • Narrated By Joe Dunn, Mali Apple
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    A practical guide to true happiness! Each "prescription" is a week's worth of fun and intriguing ideas to energize your body, expand your mind, and nurture your soul.

    Sara says: "Short thoughts on Inspiring change"
    "Warm and Inspiring"
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    I was looking for inspiration for the coming year and I found it in this lovely book!

    Each of the 52 prescriptions is a short little idea followed by suggestions on how to implement it in your life. This format is perfect for those who want a quick hit of inspiration.

    My favorite prescriptions were #8 (Give Yourself Permission - It's Okay to Be Human), #21 (Feel the Love - Celebrate the Memory of Someone Special), #51 (Harness the Energy of Intention - Get the Most from Every Experience).

    This audiobook edition was read by the authors which was lovely as they really knew the material and their calm, caring voices added an additional layer to each prescription.

    I love that most prescriptions are two to three minutes long (all are under five minutes) which makes it easy to listen to the entire book in a single sitting and then revisit each as you desire.

    I listened to the entire book at one time to prepare for the coming year and plan to listen to each week's prescription every day for that week. The prescriptions are such short yet powerful nuggets that they'll be perfect to listen to while I'm getting ready in the morning.

    I highly recommend this excellent book and I look forward to future releases from the authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanna Bonta Talks About Quantum Fiction: Author Interview

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    Overall
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    Accomplished writer and audio producer/director Laurel van der Linde interviews author Vanna Bonta about the emerging genre of Quantum Fiction, exemplified by her controversial book Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel.

    Beth says: "Inspiring to Writers"
    "Inspiring to Writers"
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    Vanna Bonta is of the most interesting authors and poets of our times. I don't always get curious about an author of books I love unless the book has a profound effect on me in some way, but sometimes when authors speak there is an arrogance or condescending attitude that is off-putting. Bonta has neither. It's striking how genuine she is and almost vulnerable yet she shares remarkably original brilliance. The interviewer asks good questions and Bonta's answers are illuminating. I feel like I should pay for this interview because it's an invaluable visit with that magic that only real writers and poets command. I mostly find it in visits with old recordings with my favorites. I was enriched listening to this, particularly after appreciating the master storytelling of Bonta's tour de force Flight (a quantum fiction novel). This interview revealed some of the author's thought processes, techniques, use of literary devices, and other artistic regimens. I should also add that the author has a lovely voice that is perfect for audio so the interview was a genuine pleasure to listen to.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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