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  • Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Spencer-Wendel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (33)

    Susan Spencer-Wendel's Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy is a moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). After Spencer-Wendel, a celebrated journalist at the Palm Beach Post, learns of her diagnosis of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, she embarks on several adventures, traveling to several countries and sharing special experiences with loved ones.

    Bonny says: "Until I Say Good-Bye is a paradox for me."
    "Sad but inspirational"
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    Susan Spencer-Wendel's story is remarkable, yet sad. Susan choosing to accept her fate and live with joy is a great lesson for us all. The performance was very good. The book itself made me "google" Susan to see where she is now and how she is doing. Although parts of the book are a bit repetitive, the story is very emotional with an uplifting message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whip

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Kondazian
    • Narrated By Robin Weigert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, during the renowned California 'gold rush' days. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.

    Ann says: "Incredible story, incredible performance"
    "I LOVED THIS BOOK!"
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    Wonderful story...wonderful performance. I didn't want it to end. The story of Charlie Parkhurst was one that I had not heard of before. The book was a wonderful history lesson embellished by a very creative author. Excellent performance by Robin Weigert.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2633)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1629)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Textbook to Avoid"
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    Although I was intrigued by both the title and the premise, this book bored me to the point where I finally stopped listening. It reads like a textbook...boring and drawn out. Although some of the case examples were very interesting, they were few and far between and a bit repetitive each time the previous case was reviewed before moving on to the next. The narrator was just awful starting each sentence loud and clear and ending each like she needed a drink of water for her scratchy throat.

    I do not plan to finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dry Grass of August

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anna Jean Mayhew
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    On a scorching day in August 1954, 13-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family’s black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there - cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father’s rages and her mother’s benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally.

    P. Burdge says: "Solid story and performance"
    "Depressing and Predictable"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The main character was honest and believable. Supporting characters were uppity and a bit over the top.


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

    The story was very predictable. It seems as though the author was trying to recreate "The Help" but from a different perspective.


    Which character – as performed by Karen White – was your favorite?

    The narrator was very good. I would buy another book performed by Karen White.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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