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Jean Watz

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  • Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hawa Abdi, Sarah J. Robbins
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia" and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is the founder of a massive camp for internally displaced people located a few miles from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. Since 1991, when the Somali government collapsed, famine struck, and aid groups fled, she has dedicated herself to providing help for people whose lives have been shattered by violence and poverty.

    Jean Watz says: "How Refreshing"
    "How Refreshing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Keeping Hope Alive the most enjoyable?

    It is refreshing to hear of a Moslem serving humanity with a kind and generous heart. Dr. Hawa was just such a person. Her strong sense of loyalty to her beloved country and her stalwart approach to challenging situations results in her being a truly outstanding human. I listened to every minute with interest and awe.


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  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1519)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "An Absolute Favorite Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant Whisperer to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It is very well read, with an engaging voice that brings the book alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author. I would have enjoyed meeting him. He is a rare person who has a heart of love for life, creatures and humans and is willing to sacrifice for worthy goals.


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

    This book contained a multitude of moving moments. Every chapter had cliff hangers that enticed the reader to keep reading. It was most enjoyable and I was sorry when it ended. I immediately looked for an audio version of his other books and bought the one I found.


    Any additional comments?

    How sad that this outstanding human escaped many dangers and overcame so many obstacles and then was overcome by his fork and knife only 2/3s of the way through his life expectancy. It is a huge loss to us all. But what a fitting end to the story, to have the two herds of elephants come to his home right after he died, stay two days as if to say farewell and then return to their wild lives.

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  • Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang – Extended Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (362)

    Oliver Wyman reads The Speakeasy Guide and captures the rich atmosphere and enduring cultural influence of the roaring ‘20s. While the anecdote about Audible staffers stumbling out of an anonymous casino might be in doubt, one thing’s for sure – this fun listen is the bee’s knees.

    Kristi Richardson says: "It's the cat's pajamas!"
    "Who would have thought it all came from back then?"
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    Would you try another book from Kevin C. Fitzpatrick and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Possibly, it would depend on the topic.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I thought this was interesting. It certainly was a topic I had never given any attention to.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked listening to him since it is about words. He made it more interesting than reading.


    Was Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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  • The Beloved Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alana Terry
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being. Is Chung-Cha's father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter? Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor.

    Annie Douglass Lima says: "Deeply Moving"
    "This book leaves me with a hole in my heart"
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    If you could sum up The Beloved Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking, inspiring, challenging.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathy Garver?

    I don't know, but I did not like her "voices" for some of the characters. I would have preferred to just hear the words they spoke and let my imagination provides the tones and character.


    Any additional comments?

    I seldom read novels, I prefer non-fiction but this book was well written and seemed to have so much research behind it that I kept wondering what parts were real. Gaining a look into the horrific situation in North Korea is eye opening and sickening. I wonder if the same thing could eventually happen here in the USA with our rights being taken away for fear of terriorits and our constitution being undermined bit by bit by new laws and executive orders,

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  • Interview with Alex Poussin, author of Africa Trek

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Alex Poussin
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Without sponsors, without a support team, sharing the poverty of their hosts, the author of Africa Trek, Alex Poussin speaks to us about his adventure. We are privileged to share this intimate interview into the heart of Africa and her people with you.

    Jean Watz says: "An interview that convinced me to buy the book"
    "An interview that convinced me to buy the book"
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    Would you listen to Interview with Alex Poussin, author of Africa Trek again? Why?

    I was put off by the thought that I had to suffer through a book trying to prove that we all emerged out of Africa, too much subjectie throught for me, but I was delightfully surprised by the real emphasis on people and who they really are.


    Any additional comments?

    There were no characters to speak of, this is an introduction to the book. The interview caught me up in the author's enthusium and general philosophy of life to the point that I do want to read the whole book.

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  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (274)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "I thought this was going to be more entertaining"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Allison and/or Antony Ferguson?

    Probably not. There was too much personal information. I thought the book would be stories about adventures with tourists and animals, but it was too much about him.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the observations about animal behavior and toursit behavior too. I would like to have had the whole book be about such topics, I personally did not care about his personal nick name, reputation etc.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Stuck in the water with the the American and British couples.


    Do you think Whatever You Do, Don't Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I listened to the whole book because we were going to Africa and I was trying to get up to speed, but my husband only listened to a few chapters and decided it was not for him. It was not captivating.


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  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (316)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "The perfect book to listen to while in Kenya"
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    Where does Into Africa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    If you’ve listened to books by Martin Dugard before, how does this one compare?

    Have not heard before.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    None really, we just enjoyed the whole book.


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

    No, it is a book of facts and history, not a lot to laugh or cry about.


    Any additional comments?

    We listened to this during long peaceful evenings while doing volunteer medical work among the Maasai. It was capativating for us in our circumstance. I think we would have gotten bogged down in all the detail if just listening to it in the car or while working in the garden at home.

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  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (911)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Ian says: "Kind of Undersells Book 2"
    "Couldn't take it all"
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    What disappointed you about The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

    It is just too much hype and nonesense


    Would you ever listen to anything by Keith C. Blackmore again?

    Maybe, but probably not


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Some drama


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

    Didn't listen long enough to comment


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad this was free, I would be annoyed if I had purchased it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Natural Healing

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mimi Guarneri
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (103)
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    (100)

    Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

    Gloria Moreira says: "Great lay language refresher"
    "Well Presented and Informative"
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    Would you listen to The Science of Natural Healing again? Why?

    As a health educator I am always interested in medical information and though there was not a lot of new information for me, I was not disappointed in the content. The presenter is very methodical in her presentation and it is easy to understand her concepts. I do get a little weary of the New Age influence in current medical trends, and this was heavy on that, but it is the day we live in and people are certainly entitled to their own religious beliefs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, Herman Viola
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton is a Maasai tribesman of Kenya. In this fascinating autobiography, he shares stories about growing up in his nomadic tribe - from licking sweat off cows’ noses to survive a drought, to facing down a lion at age 14, to playing soccer for the president of Kenya. The only member of his family to receive a formal education, Joseph sometimes lived as much as 40 miles away from school. While at school, he learned about Western culture and traditions.

    Jean Watz says: "It was Excactly What WeNeeded"
    "It was Excactly What WeNeeded"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My husband and I are going to Kenya next week to volunteer in a dental clinic which serves the Maasai tribes. This was very useful information for us to help us to understand the people we will be serving. It was simply told but wonderfully human in its revelations of the relationships and activities of the tribes. My only regret is that I would like to know where the author is today and what he is doing. It ended too soon.


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