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Diana

Antelope Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Many people feel called to help others and change the world, but they just don’t know how to fulfill their potential. They have the creativity and passion, but often get lost, not knowing how to direct their energies. Now, popular life coach Martha Beck shows how readers can find their calling in service and healing - while realizing their destiny. With a sparkling, compassionate, and often irreverent style, Beck draws from a combination of ancient wisdom and modern science to help readers consciously embrace vital skills that may be embedded in our DNA and are now made accessible again.

    June E. Smith says: "Interesting"
    "Delightful and fun learning experience"
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    If you could sum up Finding Your Way in a Wild New World in three words, what would they be?

    Joyful Mind Teachings


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, obviously the author since she is sharing her thoughts and experiences.


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

    No - and this was a lot of fun to listen to. The various accents she used as part of the narrative were done well (at least they fit their stereotypes) and the delivery was good for the funny parts, with good comedic timing. There were some smile inducing sections, and a couple of laughs.


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

    Bend it Like Beck-I-AM (under some twisted cutlery)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3486)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3237)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Great writing that gets even better with each book"
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    This is not a book series I would have ever imagined I would be interested in - the covers and the concept - monsters, guns, good vs evil via imperfect but brave people . . . I was too snobby for this kind of book series . . . but no more.

    The Monster Hunters International series is way too fun. The writing, the imagery, the intricate plots that manage to play out over time in the series of books . . . I'm glad I read the reviews and decided to give the first book a try, and then eventually come back to the second and continue on from there.

    Some of the "educational" type of books I get on Audible take work and thinking and concentration. Fun books are a reward. Larry Correia's books are a lot of fun . . . yet I am still baffled that I am able to handle these books. When television commercials for scary movies would start I would quickly change the channel. Perhaps it is the undercurrent of humor and humanity and the viewpoint of heroism that makes even the *scary monsters* in these stories easier to handle. (Plus there's no creepy music like in the movie trailers)

    Sometimes I wish more characters were a bit deeper with added descriptions and personality flaws. The mastery Larry Correia shows in describing settings or action or plot could be applied a little more to giving characters more dimension. Some of the British authors I've read earlier this year were outstanding at giving characters finer definition with a few nuanced words.

    The humor and self-deprecating wit laced throughout take the edge off the scary monster parts. The author's writing tightens up with each book. The narrator makes it fun and even throws in some sounds that made me laugh out loud.

    A fun diversion from real life. A tad addicting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4019)
    Performance
    (3644)
    Story
    (3661)

    Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

    Nicholas says: "Unexpectedly Enjoyable"
    "Exciting, Fun, Imaginative continuation"
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    Larry Correia has an amazing ability to describe scenery and action. This third Monster Hunter book focuses on Earl Harbinger, the elder werewolf and many of the other characters introduced in the Monster Hunter series are not in the story since the setting is an out of town trip Earl has taken.

    The new characters introduced are great and I love the description of the northern weather, the equipment, clothes, and different lifestyle which are in opposition to the previous southern humidity and greenery described in Alabama.

    The imagery, fast moving and intricate plot, and insightful character descriptions make Larry Correia's books fun and exciting.

    I'm not interested in horror, or bloody action movies or books, but the writing in these books make me interested and the imagination and descriptive ability of the author keep me going.

    The first Monster Hunter book was good, but I felt the romance bits were predictable, a tad awkward, and weren't as sophisticated as the rest of the book. The writing has improved, with the second book being a lot better, and this third book I've read is good too. I still think the Grimnoir trilogy is better, with more iconoclastic characters, but since I've finished those I've come back to read the Monster Hunter books and finish this series.

    The imagination and interesting plots are the best feature of Larry Correia's work. The underlying humor is spice. The writing of women characters and bits of romance will hopefully evolve and seem to be improving in comparison to the first MH book, but the female characters have been at times depicted in a stereotypical and one-dimensional manner. In this book, it was all too predictable that the "cradle-robber" joke was going to be made, and I just shook my head when it happened.

    Narration was good. I had thought the northern accents would have been more like in the movie "Fargo" but accents were lightly used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exploring the Fifth Dimension: Parallel Universes, Teleportation, and Out of Body Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dr. Bruce Goldberg
    • Narrated By John F. Longen
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    This book is the most comprehensive book on out-of-body travel you will ever listen to. Through more than 20 exercises, you will learn to safely leave your body and return unharmed from explorations of the upper astral plane and the causal, mental, or etheric realms. You might even venture to the soul plane and observe how you select your future life.

    C. M. Otto says: "Great Information,Could have had a better delivery"
    "Comprehensive review and explanation of psi"
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    This is an interesting book, somewhat similar to other books that include past lives, Near Death Experiences, Out of Body experiences, descriptions of the astral and beyond, karma, universal laws, auras, and pretty much anything that a skeptical materialist "pure" scientist wouldn't deign to investigate.

    The teleportation portion is fascinating. The description one person made before teleporting of sensing the vast connective net all around made me recall another description in another Audible book of a person describing the same type of net and sense of Oneness as well as in other previously read descriptions of something called Indra's Net. It is interesting to read various authors, who are writing about paranormal experiences, and see strong similarities between their own or their subjects' experiences.

    Each chapter has its own focus, and after describing and explaining and sharing the concept and experiences the author has had of a particular paranormal experience, he is kind and generous enough to share the wording of a self-hypnosis session that the "reader" or Audible listener can use to create their own session. In the wording, there are also suggestions to use New Age music to fill the silent pauses, such as "play New Age music for 3 minutes" before saying the next phrase. I think it is very thoughtful of Dr. Goldberg to supply the wording for the do-it-yourself readers. I'd read a snarky review about the "play New Age music . . . " phrase and just want to offer my opinion that it was a nice extra added to the already substantially informative book.

    For those who don't want to create their own hypnotic sessions, there are some already made by Dr. Goldberg at his website. (Which needs to be updated - it still offers cassette tapes!) It's a good thing the actual hypnotic sessions aren't included within the book since many people listen to Audible books while doing things . . . like driving. I've bought some of the hypnotic sessions done by Dr. Goldberg and they are good - found them at the mp3 section of Amazon as a download.

    The narrator was just okay. Too many words were mispronounced and after a while it was a little annoying. Didn't anybody listen to this book before it was made available or wasn't there an editor or producer who paid attention to this? Doesn't the reader have a dictionary? Has he honestly never heard these words before?

    The information is good - some new and unique information to me - and I've read a lot of books in this area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (556)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Investigative Journalism at the fringe of humanity"
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    Jon Ronson is a very good reporter. His in-depth short stories are written, and read, with a sly and wry sense of humor. It is amazing how deep he delves into some stories, and how long he takes for some stories - months and years.

    I wouldn't have been interested in most of the topics he chose to cover, but learned things that are kept out of mainstream media and that are good to know. Most reporters wouldn't be able to take the time it takes to do the stories Jon Ronson does.

    There were a few laugh out loud moments in this audiobook, but for the most part the stories were captivating and fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (251)

    Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.

    Nancy J says: "Another Delightful Adventure"
    "A quick delightful escape"
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    Sometimes choosing an audible book to listen to is akin to choosing a meal from a menu. Something heavy and substantial? Something nutritious and good for me? Something delicious but fun?

    This is a delicious but fun book.

    If you just want some light reading, with some mystery and adventure, but with humanity and wit . . . this will work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark and Stormy Knights

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Shannon K Butcher, and others
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Joe Barrett, Marc Vietor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (353)

    It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders embarked upon a most perilous quest. They're the ultimate defenders of humanity, modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today's hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic mystery and mayhem.

    L. L. Kiminki says: "Get this just for P.N. Elrod, not for Jim Butcher"
    "Uneven quality in stories selected"
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    There are a couple of very good stories and a couple of very bad stories - which I ended up skipping because the poor quality was so annoying - especially the cliche romance style one - that one was just awful.

    There were quite a few just average stories that I kept listening to, hoping for the author to kick into gear, but arriving disappointedly to an ending with the realization that hopes for creative ingenuity were wasted.

    It must be hard to put together a collection of short stories from various authors. Perhaps an author or two will agree to participate and simply go to a file folder and pull out a story that was done in the past and dust it off and send it in response to a request for a short story - maybe it never got published for the exact reason that it needed more work. Certainly a few stories in this collection were not worthy of even a "C+" in a Creative Writing class.

    The couple of good stories that were very good almost made up for the others. Excellent and tight writing. Hopefully introducing interesting characters and concepts for a longer book or series.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (46 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (172)

    Spanish Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Spanish.

    Kevin says: "Good sample"
    "Surprisingly painless - and an affordable series"
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    This is a good way to learn. Because speaking out loud in response to the questions is required, a person might prefer to do this at home alone, or in a car. I'm doing outdoor chores, so the horses and chickens and goats are all learning Spanish with me.

    I bought the series, so this review is for the entire series. 5 Stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (885)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Good, but sometimes felt like a Paint-by-Numbers"
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    work as opposed to the masterful artistry of the Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy.

    This book had a slow start and it took a while to get the characters in place. Reading this shortly after Hard Magic, Spellbound, and Warbound, the Grimnoir trilogy was a letdown.

    The powerful imagery that provided descriptions for the imagination in the Grimnoir books - the virtual scenes, sounds, smells and tastes - weren't in this book and the characters ranged from about 5 to 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 in complexity wheras they were generally from 7 to 10 in the Grimnoir books. The imagery and characters in the Grimnoir books were well-developed, described, and complex with good and negative traits and after raising the bar, the Dead Six characters were just average and basic stereotype characters.

    In Monster Hunters' first book the female love interest and interactions felt like they were written by a 14 year old, and in the Grimnoir trilogy there was a noticeable change toward a more sophisticated and complex interaction between men and women. The inner thoughts were also much more interesting and showed conflicts and personal agendas. In Dead Six, inner thoughts were predictable and basic. And, the one of the more explicitly written "love scenes" made me burst out with laughter. Back to the teenage boy writer - so cliche.

    Bronson Pinchot is awesome as a narrator, but some of the foreign accents were a little off - and there were a few times when it sounded like he forgot which character used which speech pattern. And, the soft spoken helpless female voices . . . in real life women don't talk like that . . . and sometimes I ran the whispery spoken female sentences through my head the way real women talk and wondered why the choice was made to use such a speech pattern - why not let the women talk like they've got some backbone or brains.

    The "free" first chapter of book two is a good marketing technique and it did make me want to buy the next book.

    It was a good story, and an exciting diversion from educational books or boring work, but for me it was a "lowering of the bar" after the Grimnoir books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stargate Chronicles: Memoirs of a Psychic Spy, The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joseph McMoneagle
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Joseph McMoneagle is now known as the best Operational Remote Viewer in the history of the U.S. Army's Special Project-Stargate. His intelligence collection results have never been surpassed and rarely equaled. Among his achievements: He described the interior of a top-secret Soviet manufacturing plant and accurately predicted a new class of submarine under construction there.

    Diana says: "Personal memoir & Remote Viewing history & defense"
    "Personal memoir & Remote Viewing history & defense"
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    Enjoyable and educational memoir, maybe a little longer and more personal than usual.

    With people in the early remote viewing program getting older, it is good to clarify individual experiences, straighten out misconceptions, and to make sure the history of the remote viewing program is as accurate as possible.

    This is not a book that will teach remote viewing, yet one can not help learning something along the way.

    People who do Search and Rescue might be interested in the second half of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Considering the Horse: Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Rashid
    • Narrated By Kevin Young
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Own an unruly horse? Thinking about purchasing a horse but don't exactly know what to expect once you do? Ever wondered what and how a horse thinks? Mark Rashid tells stories that provide horse owners and potential buyers with the best training solutions - straight from the horse's mouth. By considering the horse's point of view, he explores a variety of solutions to common training problem like head tossing, trailer loading, mounting problems, and more.

    Diana says: "Horse stories jam-packed with training tips and"
    "Horse stories jam-packed with training tips and"
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    an understanding of horse behavior and needs.

    Mark Rashid is a good writer and deftly shares numerous training methods and problem solving solutions within memorable stories. The stories make for a good teaching method, making the ideas easier to remember and apply.

    The pdf file of illustrations that are in the written book is a generous addition to the audio book and I downloaded, opened, and enjoyed all the illustrations first before listening to the book. As he told the stories, the drawing that went with it was easily remembered.

    The original chapters of the first edition of the book, written some years ago, were read, then followed with commentary by Mark Rashid as he reconsidered his original training ideas. Most of the time he simply added more that he had learned in the meantime, and a few times he had changed his mind about a method and explained why and what he now chose as a better method. We all change over time and I like the way he chose to edit this book.

    I don't like sad stories, but although there are some moving memories shared, they are meaningful and precious and not heart-breaking. There are a few hilarious moments shared too.

    More people seem to be getting aware of better ways to treat and be with animals and it is trainers who are in the best position to further this evolution. Well, the "good" trainers, at least.

    Mark Rashid's books are a contribution to humanity's evolution and awareness.

    Graceful narration. Well done all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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