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Christine

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  • Noble Heart: A Self-Guided Retreat on Befriending Your Obstacles

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (157)

    You can't get away from suffering. That's the good news, teaches Pema Chodron. For at the core of your most painful experiences, you will find the seeds of your awakening. On Noble Heart, this best-selling author and Tibetan Buddhist nun shows you how vulnerability is our greatest spiritual resource amid life's difficulties. Using special meditations and teachings, she shows how to cultivate your own noble heart, one that sheds its armor, and opens fearlessly to both heartache and delight.

    Jim says: "Wonderful, like a personal retreat"
    "A Wonderful Retreat for the Body and Soul"
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    Noble Heart literally saved my life and sanity years ago when I had to have back surgery for a crippling condition. I had been involved in yoga and meditation practices for years when I found myself debilitated for several months. I listened to this series over and over again and it changed my outlook on where I was and what I was going through. I was happy to be able to get it in a digital format recently during a very stressful time. Broken into chapters that give teachings and meditations it is easy to listen to and digest in bite size pieces. It was recorded during a retreat and gives the ambiance and feeling of being on that retreat. Pema Chodron is a wonderful teacher and meditation guide.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (903)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "A change of scene for Dave..."
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    I wasn't sure about this when I started. Wasn't sure of the reading wasn't sure of the surroundings...Dave being out of Louisiana... but the writing was so beautiful if not a bit more brutal than previous books...
    Will Patton's narration grew on me also and I ended up really liking it.
    This is the first time I have listened to one of Burke's books as opposed to reading.
    I loved it.
    Burke is a true poet of the crime genre and a great writer...and this book is no exception!
    I will now go back and read the hard copy...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Peter Robinson is the critically acclaimed New York Times and London Sunday Times best-selling author of the Inspector Alan Banks series, as well as a winner of the 2001 Anthony and 2001 Ellis Awards. Close to Home traverses the difficult landscapes of a painful past, and an uncertain future for Inspector Banks. Two 15-year-old boys are lost, and the circumstances of their disappearances seem oddly parallel save one detail. The first boy disappeared and was presumed dead 35 years ago.

    Kev says: "Golden Age of Mystery"
    "I love these books!"
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    I am in the car a lot. I love to listen to these books. Peter Robinson's characters are so well rounded and the stories are just riveting. This one was a little easier to figure out the mystery but that is not usually the case.
    I am so hooked on Inspector Bank's mysteries!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8448)
    Performance
    (7591)
    Story
    (7714)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Wonderful story Wonderfully Read!"
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    I decided to revisit the original story before seeing the movie. Didn't have time to read it so I got the Audio version for my commute. Great fun! I haven't read it since I was 14 so it was great to see it holds up even for the jaded adult.
    My grandson has my old Kindle so I loaded it on to his Kindle (he is 9) for him to listen. He loved it and has listened to it over playing games or watching videos.
    Great fun story beautifully told!
    I recommend this version over the dramatic readings that have been abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4051)
    Performance
    (2525)
    Story
    (2556)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Great Listen, What a way to end the world!"
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    This is such a great tale. Well read. Fun to listen to.
    Hated to see it end. I read it years ago and it actually is funnier when you hear it read out loud. Well, by Martin Jarvis anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3857)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1724)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Brilliant Narration for a Great Story"
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    Read this book a while ago but decided to listen to it on Audio. Brilliant. It is wonderful to hear Fat Charlie and Spider and the rest of the characters come to life with such flare! Can't recommend it enough! Love Neil Gaiman's work and Lenny Henry brought a special gift to the reading of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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