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  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4323)
    Performance
    (3332)
    Story
    (3335)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Funny Romance"
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    All in all it is simply a fun book! I think it was funny and sweet without being sappy. The world building was great and the characters were even better

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (278)

    Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

    Jefferson says: "Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases"
    "Black Noir at its finest"
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    Wonderful story with fantastic characterization and dialogue. The narrator is amazing I think he captured the essence of the characters really well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tracie McMillan
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    What if you can't afford nine-dollar tomatoes? That was the question award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan couldn't escape as she watched the debate about America's meals unfold, one that urges us to pay food's true cost-which is to say, pay more. So in 2009 McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters.

    Tim says: "Gringa Whines"
    "A bit disappointing"
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    I was browsing through audible and came across the “American Way of Eating” by Tracie McMillan and narrated by Hilary Huber. What caught my attention was this idea of why it is so difficult for so many Americans to eat well. In her book she describes how she takes on a series of unskilled jobs from farm to plate – laboring as a farmhand where she picked grapes, sorted garlic, onions and peaches and later cut garlic. Then she goes on to stock shelves at Wal-Mart and finally works as an expeditor at Applebee’s.

    I am always interested in the invisible members of society and to that end I can say Hilary Huber does a wonderful job bringing this story to life. In the field there are some interesting stories about how people are living and what people are eating. Then after she leaves the fields we rather lose that perspective instead it mostly about take home pay and what she encounters at work.

    Unfortunately the point of her book was supposed to be more about why it is so difficult for American’s to eat well. By the end of her book I could not really see the connection between the work she did and people’s food choices. I know what it is like to wake up and work in a crappy job all while trying to make ends meet. I know how hard it is to figure out how to pay for the basic necessities of life and while I have always chosen to buy whole food instead of fast or convenience food – her story made it seem like this is not an option.
    I think I am disappointed in this book because I wanted more about social change, people making different conscious efforts to support a better food structure. I wanted more time in the fields to see how they did eat and more in depth stories about their health that kind of thing.

    So for me the book missed its own mark. I think it was entertaining though just not sure if it is really all that informative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5133)
    Performance
    (4610)
    Story
    (4636)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "A Modern Day Tale"
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    I am going to skip the retelling of the story and straight for the performance. I loved the cast, the voices were perfect, I also read a long in my book and voices from the cast stayed in my head.
    Very well done and honestly I think it made a great story even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2210)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "The lighter side of heartache"
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    Lacey has been married to Mike for years and while her marriage was never passionate she thought it was stable. Then an order of flowers are sent to Lacey by mistake they are really for Mike's receptionist who is also Mike's mistress. Well Lacy is quite humiliated and she decides to get back by sending a mass e-mail to all of their friends, family and clients. Well one would think that people would sympathize with Lacey but they don't instead Lacey is forced to retreat to a lakeside cabin to lay low while things in town simmer down. At the lake house Lacey meets Monroe and ex-cop and crime novelist who likes isolation. Needless to say Monroe is not exactly happy to have a divorcee right next door who may or may not have a lot of drama.Meanwhile Lacey needs to figure out her life, what will she do for money? What does she like?

    Normally I am not a fan of contemporary romance but I think Molly Harper is the greatest so I willing to take a chance. This book if very funny and Amanda Ronconi (narrator) just makes it all better. Lacey is a great character I like that she is for the most part rational but when she is irrational she really jumps off the deep end. This feels like a story that could actually happen. I also like the way that Mike was portrayed, he seemed like a man who just never thought about what he wanted and instead went along with everyone's expectations.

    At first I thought it odd that she is entering a relationship with Monroe even if it is supposed to be casual but at the end it works.

    Great story that is a lot of fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3327)
    Performance
    (3047)
    Story
    (3029)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Love can be funny"
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    Iris is the concierge to vampires in Half Moon Hallow this means she does all the things vampires cannot do in the day time, event planning. delivering blood, shipping packages, etc. On top of running her business she is the guardian to her sister and she is trying to manager her on/off again relationship with an ex boyfriend. Then one day Iris is in the middle of her very long to do list when she trips over Calix also known as Cal. Cal is a vampire, he has come to Half Moon Hallow to investigate a series of unprovoked vampire attacks on humans. The problem is Cal has been poisoned and needs to hide from everyone. The unwilling Iris agrees to host him for a week for a small fee. BUT Cal thinks humans are worthless and Iris thinks vampire are one step away from ripping her throat out. Iris and Cal have to figure out how to get beyond their issues.

    We first meet Iris in Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors as she helps Jane get through her wedding nuptials. I really enjoyed this book it was lighthearted and funny. The writing is smooth all of the way through and the mystery who is behind the poisoning was good.

    I listened to this book on audio, it was narrated by Amanda Ronconi and she is fantastic!

    You do not need to read any of the other books in the Jane Jameson series nor the previous book in the Half Moon Hallow (Driving Mr. Dead)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Handling Fear: Talks on Spirituality and Modern Life

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marianne Williamson
    • Narrated By Marianne Williamson
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This collection of Marianne Williamson audio recordings includes her popular lectures on handling fear.

    Harbinger of books says: "Great lecture"
    "Great lecture"
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    I absolutely love Marianne Williamson's lectures. This one has four different parts: embracing change & handling fear, fear of success, spiritual solutions and love, moving out of fear and pain each segment is about an hour. The sound quality goes in and out and in some places I think it may skip a little. Having said that I love this one and I listen to it whenever I am feeling down or nervous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryan Burrough
    • Narrated By John Helyar
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time, the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough's and John Helyer's account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 gives us not only a detailed look at financial operations at the highest levels but a richly textured social history of wealth in the twilight of the Reagan era.

    Cheimon says: "Great book, not so great audiobook"
    "Review"
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    This audiobook gives details of the RJR Nabisco leveraged buyout. It is a decent read because it gives shape to the story of how greed and shortsightedness contributed to probably one of the most poorly done managed corporate takeover in history. I think the authors did a really good job of covering all aspects of this story, at times it brings home the meaning of fact can be stranger than fiction.

    I am glad I got the abridged version because I bet the unabridged version was just full of details that I was not necessarily into. I must admit the reader kind of blew it for me. At times it felt like he was rushing to the end and at times it was to monotoned for me. Not to mention I could hear breathing gaps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Roberts
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    The best-selling author of The End of Oil turns his attention to food and finds that the system we've entrusted with meeting one of our most basic needs is dramatically failing us. With his trademark comprehensive global approach, Paul Roberts investigates the startling truth about the modern food system.

    John M says: "kinda boring"
    "Interesting Take on Food Security"
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    The story itself is well done and definitely give you something to think about. You may not agree with all or any of the authors conclusion but it does get one think about how food is produced and if this is sustainable. I did not think it was very scientific which works to the books advantage but also its disadvantage. It works because it is easy to listen to and gets you thinking. It does not work because I would like to know about some of his data sources for reliability. This is not to say I think he lied or even over exaggerated but I always like to understand the context of a claim.

    The actual recording of this book was good EXCEPT for all the pauses. The reader would be in mid sentence and then you get a pause. Also between chapters the reader sounded different so for a moment I would think something happened in the down load. These issues do not take away from the book but it is sloppy editing and are rather annoying.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled Threads: Elemental Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1063)

    "I'd rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson's front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn't shy away from my past - or my present. And right now I have a bulls-eye on my forehead."

    Beatrice says: "Disappointed but hopeful"
    "Tangled Threads"
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    In this installment of Elemental Assains, Gin Blanco our favorite assassin has declared open season on Mab Monroe. As Gin has been steadily taking out Mab’s minions, Mab has fired back by sending the best assassin LaFleur after the Spider. Meanwhile Gin is also fighting an emotional battle with her feelings for Owen Grayson and her sister Bria.
    This book is really predictable but I still think it was quite good. I like watching Gin start to work on her emotions and start to accept that she has people to lean on. I also think the author does a great job integrating the emotions with the action and it does not feel like it ever drags.

    Overall my issues were minor one of them was the believable factor for example Finn who has these amazing sources and is an incredibly talented handler listens to a bartender for information yet does not suspect it could be a set up?? Another minor issue is how everyone knows Gin is the spider, except of course Mab because she is to stupid to recognize her voice. Last but not least is the constant repetition, I know the spider is the symbol for patience, I do remember what happened in the last three books please do not keep bringing it up.

    Despite these issues perhaps it is because I listened to this as opposed to reading it and Ms. Lauren Fortgang (the narrator) just smoothed it all out, but I did enjoy listening to this one. While I was never scratching my head trying to figure out what comes next I did enjoy watching things unfold.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James O'Shea
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In 2000, after the Tribune Company acquired Times Mirror Corporation, it comprised the most powerful collection of newspapers in the world. How then did Tribune nosedive into bankruptcy and public scandal? In The Deal from Hell, veteran Tribune and Los Angeles Times editor James O'Shea takes us behind the scenes of the decisions that led to disaster in boardrooms and newsrooms from coast to coast, based on access to key players, court testimony, and sworn depositions.

    Lynn says: "A Sad Tale"
    "The truth about the decline in newspaper"
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    James O’Shea attempts to paint a picture on how the media has been transformed due to big business. I think he gives a face to what most of us already know. Personally I still recall how the white house leaked a story to a journalist.. then the journalist wrote the story …then the white house said the story was credible due to the news article – yep that type of circle represents what we seem to be losing, oh and if you are looking for that tale it is not in this book.

    I found the book to have a good flow and it was well done. There were parts where I wished he went into more detail, like after the initial press room cuts what happened to reporters do they go somewhere else change careers? Are those that are left forced to write more? The tale Mr. O’Shea tells about how the Tribune Company started to fall in part due to the loss of advertising revenue and in part to the mismanagement of the paper itself. The book leaves one to wonder in times like these where we so desperately need unbiased news media if not papers who will fill that role?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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