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C. Oneal

I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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  • 303 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • All Fall Down

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Tracee Chimo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.

    Michelle says: "Love Jennifer Weiner!"
    "I gobbled this book up. Addicted?"
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    The authors writing was authentic and funny sarcastic and engaging. I caed about the characters right away becasue they were real. The score of this book is based on it's genre. This may not be a literary masterpiece. It is easily digestable and enjoyable look at a very serious subjst. Taking on topics that are taboo, our dirty little secrets, and presenting them in a way that opens up dialog and raises questions and attention to a serious topic is difficult to do without turning people off. This was the perfect mix of fun and whimsy and informative. I am so excited to find a new author (to me) and see the potential to read severla other works. My only disappointment is that the narrator doesn't have more to listen to. She was absolutley perfect, she lent some changes in her voice for the differing characters but didn't get so caught up in that, to have it become cheesy ( a common mistake). She was flawless. And in truth I went in search of her other works first before I look for more under the author. A lot of people can wirte but a bad narrator can mess the whole Audible process up. Thank you both for a very enjoyable listen. Literally, I did not put it down. I listened from start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child. CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make: tell the truth, and destroy her family, or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies....

    Simone says: "More! More! More!"
    "You got me again"
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    This is the third book I've gobbled up in a week. I wasn't a fan of the narrator but I respect the difficult job of so many voices. In parts though it was annoying especially in the beginning with the story seemed implausible. However, as she has done with her other books she follows the story all the way through no quick and tidy endings her characters stay true to themselves throughout the whole story. And as human beings can often seem a contradiction to themselves. Or misunderstood by an outsider. The characters themselves discover why there lives were contradictions at time. Maybe it's just the kid weed social worker in me that I too have seen these characters in real life. I enjoyed this perspective. I wonder how hard it would of been for us to find any compassion if we were exposed to both families experiences over those 27 years. I was sure I didn't like this book as well as the others and then I cried like a baby the last hour and a half of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Necessary Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Alison Elliott
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (204)

    Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.

    Bette says: "Pulls you into the story from the First Page!"
    "Sometimes the truth is hard to hear. Listen anyway"
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    First Diane may very well be my new favorite author. After reading the Silent Sister I needed another good read. Diane does a great job of getting you right into the story and keeping the pace engaging and vivid. This was a hard listen due to the subject matter and as there seemed to be no positive outcomes or ending I was nervous to spend 10 hours angry, sad and frustrated due to the injustices. After listening to the final chapter and hearing the truth about the practice of sterilization lasting until 1976 and the misuse of power to cover up crimes, prejudices, racism, and ignorance I strongly believe everyone needs to know this portion of our history.

    As I continue to her political, religious, economic and racial debates about what injustices do or don't .... Have or haven't existed and people telling other people to just get over it or it wasn't that bad or minimized and rationalizing a history they don't believe or understand, the more I believe it should be mandated reading: stories such as this, Selma or The UnBroken. Especially this story that I am sure many people are completely unaware of, and 1976 was only 49 years ago. Just because the majority of us are not evil does not mean that evil doesn't exist in the work nor does it mean that there are not still institutionalized evils still in place. Sorry for the tangent but the power of Diane's writing planted the outrage. She's an excellent writer. Thank you for shining a light on a little known atrocity right here at home in the great US of A.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lysa TerKeurst
    • Narrated By Lysa TerKeurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how.

    JUDY says: "Great book! Enjoying it very much."
    "Imperfect progress and Space for Grace"
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    Two mantras I will take with me forever. So nice the book is read by the author has there are some
    Brave testimonials made more believable as she's reading them. Such a cheerful, funny and caring voice to walk is through such a debilitating, ugly, raw, embarrassing and shameful mine field of emotions. I love this book and will refer to it again and again if even just the epilogue. Thank you for this gift, I applied it immediately the very next day and saw wonderful results for myself and others. Imperfect progress using space for grace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (635)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Great Story, new perspective."
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    I enjoyed listening to this very poignant story. I appreciate when the author reads the book normally. However there was something lacking in either emotion or range of inflection that I couldn't put my finger on, but was a distraction from the story. I actually stopped listening and decided the story was too important not to finish. Great writing maybe would have been enhanced with a different reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1322)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "Great book prefer Brene s voice"
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    Brenes books are amazing and have filled in a huge missing piece within the power of intentions theory. I strongly suggest pairing this book with the E Course offered through own and getting a journal and water colors. This combination has had a profound affect on me. The narrators voice was a little too sweet and fairy tale ish for Brenes whit and truth talk. Though I do understand she's a busy lady that needs boundaries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1135)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "She is badass and delivers!"
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    This book really is a compilation of all the self help that's been out there and is out there. She is funny and sarcastic and very smart. She has condensed all the material to the most relevant and current information. I loved loved loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (687)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "I hate books about nothing!"
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    This book tried to pretend it was about something as we hear a teen girl is dead within the first chapter. It was about nothing and it drowned on and on and on. Made worse only by the melodramatic tones of the narrator trying to make nothing sound like something which was, at beat patronizing. At worst enough to make me want to scream!! Even the topic of the multiracial relationship within the context of the era was pathetic. This could have held a lot of substance and authentic substance to the story. The content was whiny (topic and example) with a tone of despair and isolation. Playing right into the hands of people that like to use words like "race card" to minimize the experi nice and effect of living through multiracial families in this time. A real disappointment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4597)
    Performance
    (4103)
    Story
    (4101)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Amazing, didn't disappoint!"
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    I really looked forward to and enjoyed this book. I really liked The Husband's Secret and this was as good and probably better. Great character development and suspense built in. So much suspense that I gobbled it right up and now I miss reading it. I hate it when I do that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Try to Find Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Holly Brown
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Angela Goethals, James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (121)

    When a 14-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her - launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl. Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley’s hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

    Kate says: "Tedious Melodrama"
    "Rushed the ending and the girl was unbelievable"
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    The story is a good idea and believable. However, the girls vocabulary and understanding of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and psychology was stretched a bit far. I know they tried to convince us it was only because she'd been in therapy (3 years ago) so she was 11? They should have made her older to fit the vocab, but couldn't to fit the naivety. And I guess it could be considered good writing that the guy was so creepy I felt like a co-conspirator reading it and so it was creepy (not in a good way) to continue. But there were so many unanswered questions I did want to finish it to see how it worked out. This is when I really was upset as the writer jumped, skipped stepped and waved a magic wand for it to all come to an end.

    The story happening is not unbelievable, but the characters are unbelievable only because half the time we are suppose to believe she's wise beyond her years and the other half that she's sheltered and easily swayed. And the guy his character was all over the map and to believe he was as sinister as he was, he never would have done what he did at the end. I am probably adding to the intrigue to reading it, but I am just not trying to be a spoiler. This is not a good read, it makes little sense, and leaves more questions than answers even with its time lapse to the past for explanations, leaving more questions. Don't bother, you won't know much more than you know right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight Nobody

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    For Kate Klein, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. So when a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch. She launches an unofficial investigation with the help of two friends and discovers the secrets and lies behind the town's placid picket-fence facade....

    JACK says: "Excellent Guilty Pleasure"
    "Good, but not near that of some others."
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    This was okay and perhaps if I read the abridge version I would have enjoyed it more. Whai i liked about her other work was it's realism and taking on of real issues. This was less of that and probably would have not encouraged me to read her other work if this was the book I started with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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