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Cheryl

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  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (277)

    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    "You will not see the world the same again"
    Overall

    It started off a little slow but when you get into it your eyes are opened to seeing all life in a new way. I am going to listen to it for a second time because of the amount information was overwhelming. It has definitely made me rethink how I will live my life from this point on. Now I understand what they meant when they said that we are on an island called Earth. The stuff he talks about will affect all human life in the next 50 years. I see Earth's fragility everywhere now.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1640)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1436)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Best mystery; Love the team of K and M"
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    Where does King and Maxwell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the relationship between the two King and Maxwell. The dialogue and story left me wanting more.


    What other book might you compare King and Maxwell to and why?

    None. It stands alone as a super mystery adventure story.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was interesting how the sound effects added to the story and were not overwhelming. Very well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (165)

    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "My Most Favorite Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Animals in Translation to be better than the print version?

    I loved how she wove the research she has done with animals and her experience with Autism.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    If you are an animal lover this will be one of those books where you sit in the car to hear 5 more minutes. The reader is excellent. She makes you feel like you are listening to the author herself right there.


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

    I wanted to drive to her University and meet her immediately. I really wanted so much to meet Temple Grandin in person to tell her how much this meant to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

    rick says: "The slide continues"
    "Better than Dad"
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    Would you listen to Spider Woman's Daughter again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was a well paced story with lots of the Navajo culture in the story. Of course I really enjoyed that it was told from the perspective of a woman officer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bernadette Manualito.


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was very good at portraying the different characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It would make a great film but I don't know what the tag line would be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Girl Panties: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephanie Evanovich
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (131)

    Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back - and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband's illness and death. Now she's alone at age 32. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Full of Humor and Life Lessons!"
    "a how to diet book"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sorry but I want a book exchange. This was not interesting or romantic. So bad I couldn't finish it. I couldn't give it lower than one star.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3394)
    Performance
    (2930)
    Story
    (2935)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Absolutely funny!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Agent to the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Great fun!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The agent, Tom until Joshua appears then it is him/her


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

    This is my first time to hear Wil Wheaton and he was absolutely perfect. He hit the right speed and voice for the scarcasm to make me smile the whole time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so funny and well read that I am buyin a copy for my friend. Wil you did an incredible reading. Thanks for making me smile all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virals

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (228)

    Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

    Beverly says: "Kathy Reichs Does it Again!"
    "I want more!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story was great and had enough story details and sci fi aspect especially for girls interested in mysteries.It was a just a good story! I would love to read more of their stories. Kathy Rechs are you listening?


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters and their relationships. Enjoyed a detailed plot line too.


    What does Cristin Milioti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She had just the right voice quality for a young girl and put that feeling into the reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved that all was resolved in the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spontaneous Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andrew Weil
    • Narrated By Andrew Weil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (113)

    Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within. Whether you are struggling with depression or simply want to feel happier, Dr. Weil's revolutionary approach will shift the paradigm of emotional health and help you achieve greater contentment in life.

    Mark says: "Understand and overcome your depression"
    "Best book for those with depression"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Spontaneous Happiness the most enjoyable?

    Dr. Weil has a great voice, if he wasn't a doctor he could have been an announcer.


    What other book might you compare Spontaneous Happiness to and why?

    Everytime I read a fantasticaly helpful, useful book like this I run out and buy the paper book so I can pass it on to a friend. This one I also bought the Kindle version. This is the best book for those who are or have been suffering with depression.

    I would also recommend Healthy Aging which is just as good but needs a snappier title.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (146)

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "Must read"
    Overall

    If you are over 40 then you must read this to understand what happens to your brain but in a very easy to understand friendly way. It will absolutely cheer you up and make aging not such a hopeless future. Everyone in 40's, 50's, 60's and more read this book and it will give you lots of hope for the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (394)

    Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

    Joyce says: "More Crivens!"
    "More like this"
    Overall

    I wish there were more like this as the little men had me laughing all the way and a great story line too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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