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Kirsten

WASILLA, AK, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "All Along the Way and Every Way"
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    Great depiction of both the history and the present with the family. The role reversal of father and son and some of the background also presents it's self in ways that were unexpected at times. As we all struggle and strive to make it better for our children, hearing some of those trials and tribulations makes one realize that we are all in the same path of life.

    I personally was very drawn to the movie made with Martin Sheen and the insights to this were both encouraging and moving. Well written and a nice reflection off of both father and son in a different way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. G. Vallianatos, McKay Jenkins
    • Narrated By Michael McConnahie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food.These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world.

    Kirsten says: "A Frightening Wake Up Call!"
    "A Frightening Wake Up Call!"
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    As usual, the American public is under an illusion about what ''government'' agencies are supposed to be 'watching out for us and keeping us safe. However, this candid inside view of the EPA is a scary check of the real story and what goes on behind the scenes.

    Their hands are tied and the large corporations that feed them are all corrupt and DO NOT have our best interest at heart. Well done to Valliantos and Jenkins for having the courage to write it down and spread the word. Maybe one day, someone will grow large enough testicles Or ovaries, to bring this out into the open and expose them for who they truly are and what they 'do not stand for'. You'll be outraged and sickened by the cover ups, the disregard and complete disdain for the American public. Fobid! That the American health of the people residing in it, should actually matter and be treated as a valued population where in their health could be placed at the top of the list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Benjamin Mee
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    Already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in the Guardian, We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances. This touching memoir is set to be a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, in theaters December 23, 2011.

    Christie says: "Fabulous narrator."
    "Not Your Usual Dinner Conversation Piece!"
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    This was throughly enjoyable! The rials and tribulations of purchasing a zoo, is beyond the comprehension of most everyone and really, who stops and thinks about these kinds of things anyway?

    Ben's knowledge of the animal kingdom has some interesting points about different animals along the way as well - thus adding to the uniqueness of the story. HIs observations of his young children and their observations are also quite poignant and add interesting parts to the story - only through the mouthes of babes.

    Who knew that animals escaping in the zoo are a common occurrence? It's always so controlled when you visit them, so the behind the scenes stories are funny and not your every day dinner conversation.

    I normally feel like if I read the novel, that I don't usually have any interest in seeing a movie but this one might be just as good to watch as it was to read - if they stick to the main story line.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Entertainment Weekly calls acclaimed author and essayist J. Maarten Troost a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion". Both witty and poignant, Headhunters on My Doorstep follows Troost as he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson’s path through the South Pacific. Somewhere between AA meetings in Tahiti and discovering how the Island of Merrymaking got its name, Troost reconnects with himself, his family, and the beauty of life.

    Michael says: "Another great South Pacific Book from Mr. Troost"
    "Twisted Humour in the South Pacific~"
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    If you enjoyed the Sex Lives of Cannibals then you will enjoy this book as well - although that one was much better than this one. The title is a little off - didn't seem to correlate to the overall story. The writer does a great job in portraying his true colours when confronting his addiction to alcohol but this wasn't anything I saw coming when reading the synopsis. His wit in dealing with this addiction is bittersweet.

    He does a fine job of portraying some of the interesting geography of the Marquesas, Fukarawa,Tahiti, Fiji and back to his first experience with the far South Pacific, Kirabati. He even ties in some interesting points on writer Robert Louis Stevenson (things I had no idea about) and finally ending up in Samoa at Stevenson's grave. I've always thought that Tahiti would be on my list of places to travel to some day, along with Fuji but now, I have a new fascination with the Marquesas too now.

    I've not read Getting Stoned with Savages but if it's anything like Sex Lives, it's on my readying list now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hypothermia: A Reykjavik Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    Iceland’s best-selling novelist and a winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Arnaldur Indridason is an international phenomenon highly regarded for his engrossing crime fiction. In Hypothermia, Inspector Erlendur contends with personal demons while investigating a woman’s suicide. Although there are no signs of foul play, Erlendur gradually exposes a sinister plot.

    Bill says: "More, please"
    "Twisty in a Few Sordid Ways"
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    It's always interesting to see how different people's minds come up with different ideas in life. To write about wanting to die and how to 'try to do it medically' is a fascinating subject to most of us in the civilized world.

    Indridason does a fantastic job of creating the visual story in ones mind to follow along as the plot twists and turns. Leading you off on a different direction, you think you know what comes next and then it's a little twist again with another small surprise. Well done. I'd read another one of his books again soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    In 2007 chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2005 he and Nick Kokonas opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine. Then, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma - tongue cancer.

    Susan says: "Not much I didn't know"
    "A Tasteless World?"
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    This narrator did a fantastic job of describing Grant and his trials and tribulations from working his way up at the French laundry to Alina and what he encountered along the way.
    As a chef I found the book inspiring enough to want to pick up his cookbook as well as Thomas Keller's. It's also a gentle reminder to us all, not to take anything for granted including our sense of taste.

    Some of his creative ideas and food presentations descriptions have given me pause for thought. If you haven't looked up his YouTube video that videos you might do so just to wet your taste buds.

    A great story about beating the odds, not accepting no for an answer and delving forth with courage when you think you're all tapped out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (510)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Do you really know who your spouse is?"
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    A little bit of a twist of a plot, couple of stories within a story. The narrator does a great job in describing these characters quite well. An unpredictable ending though. Just when you think it will end in a classic sense the twist brings you back around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Get Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jack Foster
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (100)

    Written by Jack Foster, a creative director for various advertising agencies with more than 40 years experience, How to Get Ideas (over 90,000 copies sold and translated into 15 languages) is a fun, accessible, and practical guide that takes the mystery and confusion out of developing new ideas.

    Ahmed says: "Great Audio Book"
    "Let's create National Pajama Day at work!"
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    This is a great reminder to have some fun in your life! If everybody comes to work in their pajamas it's going to be a memorable day. So why not do more fun days because when your staff is having fun the creative juices are flowing better. This was a great little book about bringing out some of the better sides of people and encouraging them to bring their own ideas to the table.

    Again it's very easy for us to get caught up in the day to day life and not pay attention to some of the small things. This has some really great ideas on how to get inspired and from places you would least think likely. By the way have you read your short story or poem of the day yet?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Your Thoughts Work For You

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Byron Katie
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Byron Katie
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Presenting together for the first time, Byron Katie and Wayne Dyer address the powerful effects of your thoughts and how they create your experience. You'll learn a transformative process that will allow you to identify the stressful thoughts that cause all the pain and suffering in your life. When you release these thoughts, instead of letting them dictate your experience, you become empowered to live a life of joy - in touch with your true nature.

    Michael says: "Practical Advice to Change Your Life"
    "Interesting view and analogy"
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    Dr. Dwyer has always been inspirational and brings his own element and character to whatever he creates. This is the first I had listened to Byron Katie and by the end of this book I could see where she was going with her four questions. As human nature does - tends to fall into a basic thought process and pattern - it's difficult to not move forward without retaining that thought pattern after all these years.

    Is it true? The theory behind the question really makes one take a hard look at each issue from a different perspective. How do you know it's true? It's easy to see how the human western culture tends to fall back into the same type of thought analysis. Looking at it from a very different angle does give one pause for thought and the deeper meaning behind these questions.

    I like the concept and I believe that I like where she's going with this analogy it's just going to take me more than a book of a few hours to try to grasp this concept. I would certainly read more of her books in the future. It was a nice team effort on both of their parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honolulu

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

    Jeffrey says: "Very Distracting Narrator"
    "Glad to be Born in the Modern Era!"
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    Given that I did not have access to the book in hard bound cover, as I was listening to this I began to think that is was written as a true story that bordered on historical fact and story together.
    The was extremely well written and the author did a fantastic job of depicting the lives of various characters that lived during that time frame. Thus, making me exceptionally glad that I was born in the modern time and in the US. To be Korean woman in the early 1900's definitely had its undue hardships towards the feminine. The excess of values that they held so dearly with their views are certainly ones that would not be tolerated in today's world.
    This books moves along very quickly and continuously sparks ones emotions as the different events happen. Be prepared to listen and enjoy all the different emotions that pass through as you hear each event and imagine yourself in her shoes. I also now have a better concept of why some of the different cultures also have a lack of tolerance with each other and why.
    Well done and highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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