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Karla

Santa Cruz, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Narrated By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    In chapters such as "During Your Swing Is Not the Time to Give Yourself a Lesson" and "How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf," the author guides golfers with simple yet powerful techniques to prepare for, execute, and, equally important, respond to the results of any golf shot. The author, Dr. Joseph Parent, is a PGA Tour Instructor who draws on his teaching experience to offer special methods that have led to amazing improvements in the games of professionals and amateurs alike.

    Patrick says: "All golfers read this book"
    "Till Zen..."
    Overall

    "Zen Golf" is a well written, well read, informational work that could benefit every golfer, whether aspiring or pro. Take a deep breath - relax - and take the time to enjoy and implement these great practices.
    - Until Zen, Enjoy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (633)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "A Just Miss"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was entertaining though I had a hard time getting past the author/narrators voice. The narration might have lent its self to a shorter-stronger written book however I found it grating. The story seemed 'forced', was not as funny as it tried to be and I found myself irritated at several points wishing she'd just get-on-with-it. I read/listen purely for entertainments sake and am typically not terribly critical, I am sorry to rate this book so low - it could have been a great story. My recommendation? Skip this one and beware of authors who narrate their own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    In this follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 novel The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives---one contemporary and the other set in the 13th century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz---that together incarnate the poet's timeless message of love.

    88Poets says: "So well done."
    "Not worth it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Spent a good amount of time rolling my eyes. Could have been good, I suppose... I found the execution lacking and the inconsistent narration did not help.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6810)
    Performance
    (3097)
    Story
    (3111)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Entertaining - Worth the Listen and the Credit"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book and the narration was OK. I listened to the book over a 2 day period and didnt want to put it down, In that sense it was good. I hated the music, it was too loud and annoying - I am thinking maybe that is on just the enhanced version? If so, avoid that version - it is just too distracting. If you are looking for an entertaining book, and good story this might be it - it kept me interested all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1607)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1210)

    Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

    Kathy says: "At Last! What took so long to get this book??"
    "Pure Entertainment"
    Overall

    Five stars is a pretty heafty rating for any book. However the latest in the Longmire Mysteries is so clever and entertaining I couldn't resist. Junkyard Dogs won't win the Pulitzer and if you are looking for deep you are looking in the wrong end of the pool. Yes, I admit it, I am a 53 year old female who never in a million years thought I'd enjoy a Cowboy Sheriff Mystery and I've enjoyed everyone of the books in this series (all rated 4 stars). Junkyard Dogs tops my list. I chuckled for nearly all of the short seven and half hours it took to listen. Are you looking for light entertainment that leaves you wanting more? Spend your credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Younger Next Year for Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz, Richard Harries
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    With the New York Times best-selling Younger Next Year, coauthors Crowley and Lodge showed countless men how to change their lives to achieve peak fitness and live longer, healthier, happier lives. Now they are back with an equally insightful, important, and, at times, downright hilarious version for women.

    Angie says: "Outstanding Guide for Life"
    "Not New - But GOOD"
    Overall

    My Mother gave me this book. While the material is not new, it is good. It is just what I needed to jump start the next 1/3 of my life. Yes, the theme is Get Up and Move and yes that has been said over and over in hundreds of other books - this one hit home, it put in such a way the importance of exercise I GOT it.I am not an athlete, not even close to being fond of exercise and since listening to the book (and reading it) I have been swimming daily, yoga a couple times a week and water aerobics to boot Works for me. I have purchased 3 copies and given them to my dearest friends.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To the End of the Land

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (translator)
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofer’s release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the “notifiers” who might darken her door with the worst possible news. Recently estranged from her husband, Ilan, she drags along an unlikely companion: their former best friend and her former lover Avram, once a brilliant artistic spirit.

    E. Van Hook says: "Sample first"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    Disappointed. There were no reviews when I bought the book . I based my purchase on the description. that was a mistake. I may not be able to finish it. I am finding it tediously dull - I am not sure if it is the fault of the narrator , the story or both.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8666)
    Performance
    (5327)
    Story
    (5316)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Astonishingly Disappointing"
    Overall

    After Pillars of the Earth and World Without End I was excited to submerge myself in Ken Follet’s latest work and another of John Lee’s narrations. Yikes. There is such a disconnect between those books and this. In Fall of Giants the characters are flat - the reading takes me back to story time in grade school, overly dramatic, the conversations between and of characters seemed contrived, unimaginative, unnatural and even laughably serious. Maybe I remember Pillars and World with a distorted and unfounded fondness which made it difficult for this book to compete – I don’t know – it seems these were written to ride on the shirt tales of success of the others (?) I don’t get it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4647)
    Performance
    (2115)
    Story
    (2103)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Extraordinary"
    Overall

    Once I got past the shock of the child’s voice and settled into the book I was swept away. Another reviewer mentions this as the best listen since The Help - I agree, almost. While remarkable, I can see how it could be monotonous- if it weren't for the wonder of the circumstances - simplicity and clarity of the story telling. Give it a chance, listen longer than the first 5-10 minutes, get past the startling pitch of "Jacks" voice.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2726)
    Performance
    (1789)
    Story
    (1786)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Another Kate Morton Winner"
    Overall

    After listening to Kate Morton’s ‘Forgotten Garden’ I rushed to find her other titles. It was difficult, very difficult, to get past the first part of the book, dull and fragmented - painfully choppy however once past the screen shots and other theatrical mumbo jumbo it made sense - flowed and totally captured me. Glad I did. Glad I found another Kate Morton title AND glad I gave the book a chance- past the intro. I Couldn’t put ‘The House at Riverton’ down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5271)
    Performance
    (3037)
    Story
    (3080)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Oh YES!"
    Overall

    Easy to listen to, entertaining - a new book to add to my favorites! Will go find other Kate Morton titles and hope they are to be as prized!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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