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Dorinda Forbes

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  • UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Hyman
    • Narrated By Mark Hyman
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    No wonder it's so hard to lose weight, our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it's a matter of survival. It's embedded in our DNA. Our diet has changed dramatically over the past ten thousand years, but our genetic blueprint has not, our bodies are not designed to process the types of food we are fed today.

    Jill says: "Ultra Metabolism"
    "Good pre-view in audio format"
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    Where does UltraMetabolism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On its own, audio not optimal for a weightloss/lifestyle book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of UltraMetabolism?

    not applicable


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine.


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

    not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    I like the theory of the book, not really unusual--but the author did use science to substantiate his claims.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1026)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "First Koontz Listen for me--I'm hooked!"
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    Where does Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 for sure. Very engaging.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen, helped me identify with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    So beautifully written, very engaging to see the characters unfold as their relationship developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2603)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1115)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "So enthralled with the Odd Thomas Series!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think would appeal to lots of different types of people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odd of course, and the Russian!--loved him!


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    He is so good at sounding like Odd, and still bringing the other characters to life too!


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

    The very end is interesting, and that's all I have to say about that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3531)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1210)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "Odd twist to the character here."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Odd's personality. He is innocent and smart without ever seeming over confident.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is just as good as the other Odd Thomas books to which I have listened.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did have a couple of parking lot moments...where I sat in my car even after I got home or to work to get to a good place to stop.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4622)
    Performance
    (2074)
    Story
    (2089)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Great story, wonderfully read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Thomas to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, because I have only listened to this book. But I cannot imagine I could read any of the Odd books without hearing David Aaron Baker in my head.


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    Odd, of course. And Elvis, love Elvis's role in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1111)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Excellent as Usual"
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    I have not read (listened to) all of the Inspector Gamache books, but it doesn't seem to matter too much to read them out of order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catholic Digest: Words For Quiet Moments

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Phoenix Audio
    • Narrated By Teri Garr, Richard Gilliland, Loretta Swit, and others
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Over 100 classic and contemporary quotes from the pages of Catholic Digest give us renewed hope, spiritual vitality and a new perspective on the miracles that sustain us daily.

    Dorinda Forbes says: "Great for relaxing"
    "Great for relaxing"
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    I love listening to this as I fall asleep. I only wish there were more editions!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8980)
    Performance
    (7069)
    Story
    (7106)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Wonderful story, excellent narration"
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    The characters in this story were very real. The writing was excellent and the naration brought the story to life. The device of the character telling the story, as written, was a little odd. But, it never distracted from the story and turned out to be a mechanism for some good messages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19881)
    Performance
    (17799)
    Story
    (17860)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Twisty Turney Extra Clever!"
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    Loved the dual narrators. Particularly fabulous for this story.
    The ending was NOT what I expected. I will definitely listen to this author again!

    1 of 1 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
    (9568)
    Performance
    (8598)
    Story
    (8751)

    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!"
    "Fabulous, now I know what all the hoopla was about"
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    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the best ever.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    other JRR Tolkien, of course.


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

    perfect as usual--I love listening to him!


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

    several times I both laughed out loud and cried. Engaging drama!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy D. Wilson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Why might some sex education programs result in more teen pregnancies? Why did reading that self-help book make you feel less happy? What's the best way to recover from trauma? Can we actually improve our lives by redirecting our thinking?

    Brian says: "Why programs fail."
    "Interesting"
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    What did you love best about Redirect?

    I liked how the author pulled information and research from various areas to synthesis his premise.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not all in one sitting, but I did have a couple of driveway moments, where I sat in the driveway waiting to hear the end of the chapter.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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