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Kate+Mitchell Powell

I listen to audio books while working.

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HELPFUL VOTES
25

  • Night Music

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (288)

    The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

    Kelly says: "Jojo Moyes is my favorite."
    "Needed an Editor"
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    We enjoyed much about this author, and she had some surprising twists, but it is still a formula romance novel. This is why she needed a better editor -- without some of the exhausting and predictable drawn-out romance novel moves, it would be a better book. About 2 hours, gone, and that would make it better.

    Also, at the end we were going "What? Really you are going to do that mousy stuff with them? Puhleeze!" So very disappointed wishy-washy ending which was not like either character.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whip

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Kondazian
    • Narrated By Robin Weigert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, during the renowned California 'gold rush' days. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.

    sherlock says: "MUST LISTEN"
    "Too too sad for me to finish, so a personal review"
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    Narrator is great, and the story may be great -- I made it about halfway through but the violence is so sad and horrible that I could not finish the book. I can handle some violence, and can take sadness in books, but this one was too much. The writer is good, so if you can handle it, great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9081)
    Performance
    (8181)
    Story
    (8187)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham at His Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was like the old Grisham, where the characters are fully developed and entertaining, lovable and hate-able, an ending I should have seen coming but was surprised by, and excellent commentary on our history to boot. Listened to it again with my husband and it was totally enjoyable a second time. Loved it, recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Potent is Dangerous: A 'This I Believe' Essay

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.

    Kate+Mitchell Powell says: "So nice to hear the voice of one of my heros!"
    "So nice to hear the voice of one of my heros!"
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    Story

    I had read the speech. I love the writer -- one of my favorites, and never heard his voice. What gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cape Refuge: Cape Refuge Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    When Thelma and Wayne Owens are found murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services, their son-in-law, Jonathan, is arrested for the crime - but his wife, Morgan, and her sister, Blair, as well as Thelma and Wayne's daughters, are confident that he didnt do it and set out to find the real killer.

    Nancy says: "I'd love to say I loved this.. but..."
    "Good thriller, not violent"
    Overall
    Performance
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    A number of people commented that this was too religious. It is a book about a Christian couple's murder and their children search for the truth, and there are Christians and non-Crhistians. I didn't find it preachy -- if this had been a Jewish couple's death then it would have been very Jewish faith oriented. However, if you have a thing against people talking about deep faith and struggling to find their faith, then this is not the book for you. I might not read the series but it was a good book. A little formula, A little obvious in the secondary characters lives, but a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Masks: A Cree Black Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Hecht
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (217)

    Daniel Hecht has created a plausible, heart-stopping ghost thriller. Relying on the science of parapsychology to spine-tingling effect, he brings to life a remarkably compelling character in Cree Black, as well as the ghosts she confronts.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Unusual thriller"
    "I wanted to LOVE it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Hecht writes the ghost/paranormal stories so well, but I can't give him a 5-star because his comprehension of how women think and how weak he made Cree Black drove me nuts. I've been a professional woman in crisis and with a dead husband -- and while there are many variations in life, she either is a smart woman or she isn't. Over and over he put her into situations which no smart woman with her knowledge would've gone. So now we have a basic romance book -- women doing stupid things to be saved from by a good man. I'd like to see him ditch the romance novel format and let her be a SMART woman in crisis, not a cliche. His side characters were well-developed, and the plot was surprising, but the ending left me a bit unsatisfied. I'll give him one more try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (666)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Must Read Legal Mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The story has psychological depth and a tight plot. Carofiglio has a good understanding of both men and women, ethical dilemmas, and the law. People that like Dona Leon or Rex Stout will love this writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Food is Food & Love is Love: A Step-by-Step Spiritual Program to Break Free from Emotional Eating

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Geneen Roth
    • Narrated By Geneen Roth
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Why do we eat? It's more than just a hunger for more food, teaches Geneen Roth. Your relationship with food is a microcosm of your relationship to being alive, and to your beliefs about trust, pleasure, deprivation, and nourishment. Now, Roth offers listeners When Food Is Food and Love Is Love, a deeply spiritual culmination of her groundbreaking work since the best-selling Feeding the Hungry Heart.

    Karen says: "Like being a part of one of her lectures"
    "Great New Meditation Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Her program has worked so well for me after years as a yoyo-dieter, always hungry, always wanting, always overweight, always on a new diet.

    Our bodies DO talk to us (well, not if you are waiting for an actual vocal chorded 'Hi, this is your body!" They are very good at telling us when to eat, when we are full, and what to eat -- what our bodies are craving. We never listen! This program gets you in touch with that and does so in a compassionate non-judgemental way. I dropped to a comfortable 130 and stayed there for years, not straying (maybe up or down a pound or two) and eating whatever I wanted but only when i was hungry -- not to be social, not because I was bored, not because my boyfriend dumped me (okay maybe ice cream then . . . but I KNEW what I was doing and so it didn't go on for more than a night.) I went from always wanting all the forbidden foods to allowing myself to have them but only when i craved them, which frankly, became less and less as I listened to my body. My body actually craves many things I was not aware I liked -- eggs, cantaloup (hated cuz it was a diet food) and salads! It doesn't feel good on diet sodas (actually gives me headaches), or some types of sugars (corn syrup gives me a stomachache.)

    Also, this is not about any one kind of eating issue, despite what some have said. It works just as well for the yoyo-dieter as it does for the anorexic. I have done the program for years and it is amazing.

    I have to say that those who wrote about her voice? WHAAAAA? I expected some crazy voice. She is well-modulated and just fine. Inducts a bit of a meditative atmosphere.

    Buying the ones I have already read to share with our family and buying the new one too. I recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bite by Bite: 7 Guidelines to Break Free from Emotional Eating

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Geneen Roth
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    For more than 17 years, Geneen Roth was either on a diet or on a binge every single day, and in the end there was one thing she completely understood: diets do not work. Today she leads workshops around the world for sold-out audiences, and her books have sold over a million copies. Now, she offers listeners Bite by Bite: her essential step-by-step program to help you determine what you are truly hungry for and to create a healthier relationship with food.

    Kathryn says: "Great book - Really Makes You Think"
    "A disordered eating teacher that speaks to us all!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Her program has worked so well for me after years as a yoyo-dieter, always hungry, always wanting, always overweight, always on a new diet.

    Our bodies DO talk to us (well, not if you are waiting for an actual vocal chorded 'Hi, this is your body!" They are very good at telling us when to eat, when we are full, and what to eat -- what our bodies are craving. We never listen! This program gets you in touch with that and does so in a compassionate non-judgemental way. I dropped to a comfortable 130 and stayed there for years, not straying (maybe up or down a pound or two) and eating whatever I wanted but only when i was hungry -- not to be social, not because I was bored, not because my boyfriend dumped me (okay maybe ice cream then . . . but I KNEW what I was doing and so it didn't go on for more than a night.) I went from always wanting all the forbidden foods to allowing myself to have them but only when i craved them, which frankly, became less and less as I listened to my body. My body actually craves many things I was not aware I liked -- eggs, cantaloup (hated cuz it was a diet food) and salads! It doesn't feel good on diet sodas (actually gives me headaches), or some types of sugars (corn syrup gives me a stomachache.)

    Also, this is not about any one kind of eating issue, despite what some have said. It works just as well for the yoyo-dieter as it does for the anorexic. I have done the program for years and it is amazing.

    I have to say that those who wrote about her voice? WHAAAAA? I expected some crazy voice. She is well-modulated and just fine. Inducts a bit of a meditative atmosphere.

    Buying the ones I have already read to share with our family and buying the new one too. I recommend!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Break Free from Emotional Eating: An Introduction to Five Key Principles

    • ORIGINAL (50 mins)
    • By Geneen Roth
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    It is absolutely possible to transform your relationship with food. But it will take time, love and a willingness to be kind, curious, and tender with yourself. On Break Free from Emotional Eating, Geneen Roth reminds us of the joy and pleasure that eating is meant to bring us, helping us reclaim a healthy relationship with food through five key principles.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Introduction to Bite by Bite"
    "This is a good intro but . . ."
    Overall
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    I think that the longer versions are better if you are serious about any of the eating issues. I didn't waste a credit but bought it -- and so it is fine.

    I have to say that those who wrote about her voice? WHAAAAA? I expected some crazy voice. She is well-modulated and just fine. Inducts a bit of a meditative atmosphere.

    Also, this is not about any one kind of eating issue, despite what some have said. It works just as well for the yoyo-dieter as it does for the anorexic. I have done the program for years and it is amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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