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J and M

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  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (489)

    The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration.

    Robert says: "Read the book Quiet instead"
    "Love this book"
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    Having a psych degree myself I was very familiar with Jung, introverts and extroverts so usually I don't really get anything new out of these books. And being an introvert myself I was really surprised at this book. I hadn't realized the impact on energy. Or rather when she gave more examples of day to day that put it in different perspective. Usually the discussion is more abstract rather than practical daily application.

    it really brought home to me my current chronic fatigue. I have an extremely extroverted son and husband. My husband was never a problem because he was independent. Her description of her Vegas trip with her extrovert husband was EXACTLY like mine. I slept while he won money at the casino.
    I never really thought about the energy factor though and how it's draining to keep up with an extrovert. My son was highly active even in the womb. And if I didn't wear him out he would not sleep. He and his dad can get about 5 hours of sleep and be bright eyed and bushy tailed. My other son and I need at least 7-8 hours and more alone and quiet time. I was pondering what was wrong with me as we were ending this 7 day a week summer as I allowed my son to be on the swim team, which is 6 days a week, plus work as a life guard, plus volunteer at the zoo. I made him give up his Martial Arts class and drama club until after swim season. But we still ended up with a 7 day a week schedule, with multiple activities some days for the last 5 months. I literally felt like I was going crazy, being tortured and slowly killed all at the same time. If I'd had some time to reflect and recharge I would have realized sooner that I'd never before tried to keep up with an extrovert. My son is only 15 so I have been the mom taxi and have to socialize and be out and about far more than I would have ever dreamed and he is in seventh heaven. He does not feel over scheduled. This is the first time I've let him do so many activities at once. I was sure he'd be overwhelmed by now. Now I realize why he is always so ready to go and he cannot sleep at night if he doesn't swim, work out at the gym or do several hours of his martial arts class. He is the reason he and his brother started swimming on at team at age 5. It was the only sport that had practice 5 days a week and twice in the summer. But, without it he would not sleep.
    overall, it was very insightful.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1224)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "Great story with a hot narrator!"
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    First, the story. I loved this story. It was just so well done, witty, raw, entertaining and engaging. I loved it so much I'm not even going to read the second book. Based on the reviews, the characters go some place that sends us readers into reader's nightmare when beloved characters just get ruined. From the spoilers, I can tell that I love the characters too much to end up wanting to toss them over the nearest building.

    That said, I WILL read more from this author. She's just got great writing style and voice.

    The narrator: Is it me, or is Sebastian York's voice just so hot that he could babel nonsense in that sexy voice and I'd still listen? I just have a voice crush I guess on his voice. He does ok with the female characters. All of the inflections, characterization, etc are there but, it's just too understandably difficult for an alpha, manly, sexy voice like that to really pull off sounding feminine. Still, it doesn't detract or distract at all. His voice with this book was a perfect match! Both were just really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1481)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    SIMARA says: "An emotional journey..."
    "Very captivating"
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    I really enjoyed this book and it's narration. The characters were very real and complex. At times I wanted to smack Joss and yell "Get over yourself." But, I'd like to do that to some friends as well sometimes. So, it was really interesting. Characters were likable. It was just well written and the narrator captured each character perfectly. Really well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (692)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Jordy says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
    "Great writing"
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    I really like this author. She pens a good story that keeps you engaged. I saw some negative reviews about the narrator. And I have to admit I had some laugh out loud moments at her exaggerated brogue, especially Nate's during some of the more intimate scenes. She just sounded like an obscene phone caller. That said, I didn't think it was awful and I was able to finish it with no problem. She stayed in character which helped. Only I think if I were Olivia I would have burst out laughing at very inappropriate times if my man sounded like that. It was more an accent issue for me then narration. But overall it was a nice, fun read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (183)

    Romantic Times Career Achievement Award winner Lori Foster pens steamy adventures that are frequent New York Times best-sellers. In A Perfect Storm, bounty hunter Spencer Lark finally has the bait he needs to expose a dangerous smuggling ring - the beautiful Arizona Storm. Haunted by her past, Arizona welcomes the opportunity to settle the score. As their attraction for one another grows, Spencer realizes he’ll do anything to keep Arizona from becoming a victim again.

    CAROLYN says: "VERY ENJOYABLE BUT BEWARE....."
    "Not bad just not good"
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    It just felt like she was trying too hard to write about a character that had experiences she couldn't capture and make her a hero. But, it was more painful than not because Arizona was just mostly irritating. It felt like Ms. Foster was struggling the entire time to write this and make it more readable. I won't say it was bad, but I don't think I'll be able to finish it. I usually like L. Foster for a nice light read. But, this one just seems too disconnected with different story leads that don't quite connect together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1059)

    It's been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he's found his heart's muse, he doesn't want to live without her?

    Robin in Vermont says: "A Whole New Level of Wow!"
    "I didn't get it"
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    Could have been good. But nasty public men's restroom stalls, among other other situations are just nasty. The lack of simple sanitation is a major turn off. Oh, here are some used sheets everyone has been on, let's do it here. Oh, look a disgusting men's public restroom, perfect! Yuck, no thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1353)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Good"
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    The story was good but needs something. Starting to be just a touch stale. Love the narrator. Still a really good read and story. Needs a lot more Darcy. Move them along. Feels like Gilligan's Island. They'll never progress past this point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ideal Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (654)

    Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation. Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly....

    A User says: "Maybe if I was 16"
    "Almost a great story"
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    Overall I liked the story. Though it was a bit surprising how Ellie's parents and family tolerated a B like Eva. You can totally see how she turned out the way she did since the parents didn't straighten her out when she acted like a capital B. she was an irritating distraction from an otherwise good story. The other characters were likable and interesting.
    Even Ellie gave in and attended the event at the end. Granted, things happen in families and everyone must find a way to get over them. But, all I saw was everyone accommodating this despicable person and acting as if they didn't know how she'd gotten that way. In a case like that she'd be better off not knowing her, sister or no.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1333)

    Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

    marlene says: "Steamy as only a Maya Banks can be!!!"
    "Well balanced"
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    Really liked this story. Had the right balance of adventure, heat and spunk. The heroin was no helpless damsel and the story was good. Characters were likable. This was my first book by this author. Will definitely read more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sins of a Wicked Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    One would think the last place a beauty like Fallon O'Rourke could keep her virtue was in the Mayfair mansion of London's most licentious duke, the notorious Dominic Hale. Yet Fallon - who's endured nothing but lecherous advances since her father's tragic death - is perfectly safe there...disguised as a footman! Beneath the notice of the dark-haired devil with his smoldering blue eyes and sinful smile, Fallon never imagines her secret will be discovered. But how long can her deception last?

    CAROLYN says: "Good enough story and a good narrator"
    "I enjoyed this book"
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    Though I thought it would be a stretch for a woman to be able to quickly change herself to a man if she were as feminine as described and stay undiscovered in close quarters, the story was engaging enough and entertaining enough to overlook this. Overall, the story was light and entertaining. Nothing too intense or deep and bordering on implausible. But, if your looking for light and breezy, a little humor, and romance this will do the trick.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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