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  • Guided Meditations for Difficult Times: A Lamp in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jack Kornfield
    • Narrated By Jack Kornfield
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    Hard times come to everyone. When they come, we can all use help. Fortunately there are skillful ways to illuminate our path and strengthen our heart's courage, clarity, dignity and compassion. To help us navigate our own difficult time, trusted meditation teacher Jack Kornfield, known for his gift of transmitting meditation with his warmth, wisdom and precision, offers Guided Mediations for Difficult Times.

    Sara says: "A Compassionate guide"
    "Very Good"
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    Love when a download is a investment that can be applied repeatedly. Jack Kornfield , humble, peaceful...beyond words. I truly appreciate.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chanel: An Intimate Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lisa Chaney
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    By the end of World War I, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel had revolutionised women's dress. But dress was the most visible aspect of more profound changes she helped to bring about. During the course of her extraordinary journey, from abject poverty to a new kind of glamour, she would help forge the idea of the modern woman. Unearthing an astonishing life, this remarkable biography shows how the most influential designer of her century became synonymous with a rebellious and progressive style.

    Yuefang says: "Chanel Chanel!!!"
    "Half & Half"
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    What did you like best about Chanel? What did you like least?

    The first half was very interesting, then it became yawn worthy and then it was just annoying


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

    In the beginning the author says how little is documented. Out her personal thoughts, how few letters she wrote. I enjoy the history and the info how she started out in life. In the later parts of the book, for me, the author thought she was hanneling Gabriella telling someone us of her thoughts,. She thought this, she felt that. It annoyed me and I do not understand why editing didn't catch this?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    For me the narration was fine.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Lisa Chaney’s life?

    Now you see right there, we aren't buying Lisa Chaney's life, we were BUYING a telling of Gabriella CoCo Chanel!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Paula Brackston
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A year after her husband's sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat's death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her - a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she's near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision.

    L.W. says: "Thoroughly Entertaining"
    "Thoroughly Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up The Silver Witch in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, interesting, well written


    What other book might you compare The Silver Witch to and why?

    Style of Kate Morton, not as deep. Themes of Mary Stewart, intrigue of ?.. I don't know but it was intriguing. I listened to all in 2 segments. Not a super long book but well paced.


    What about Marisa Calin’s performance did you like?

    Extremely well narrated. I always say how much I dislike the English voice. I suppose this is Welsh but I really enjoyed her narration of all characters. I will look for her again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...


    Any additional comments?

    This was an unexpected really good book. The pieces over the centuries had to come together, and this story was very satisfying. When you listen to book that captures you and then you immediately want to share it with a friend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deep: A Stage Dive Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (777)

    One by one the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it's Ben's turn - only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there.

    Sharon says: "High Expectations for Book 4"
    "Kylie Scott I have so enjoyed this series"
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    If you could sum up Deep in three words, what would they be?

    Ms. Scott writes individual stories about people who are linked in ways. She writes a smart dialog. I had so much fun with this series. I so hope your future are this entertaining. They were each different, you know how to hook the interest at the very beginning. I really had fun with these characters. Their love stories are great. I will be looking for more books from author+narrator. Narrator was just wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep?

    The very beginning....


    Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Highly prized by me. I am picky about narration and loved her voice, She gave each character their own voice and I appreciate that. Can't be easy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Maid

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (229)

    The story follows the life of Tina, a young woman caught between the mother who adopted her - the beautiful, upstanding Delia - and her true mother, her plain, unmarried ‘aunt’ Charlotte, who gave Tina up to provide her with a socially acceptable life. The three women live quietly together until Tina’s wedding day, when Delia’s and Charlotte’s hidden jealousies rush to the surface.

    Anita says: "Touching story, well read"
    "Wharton wrote it...."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Old Maid the most enjoyable?

    If the author is Wharton it is a classic. This story has been told before and since but each author shares their particular flavor of writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Maid?

    For me it is the question of why the girl cannot be beloved by both. For she was beloved by both. Why does there always have to be a bad guy. I understood the emotional struggle but just once can we not write a story in which all are magnamous.
    *The moment Adeline makes the decision Charlotte cannot marry. And follows thru on that decision by changing the rest of her life. I had to wonder about the emotions leading to that. That could have been the wall remaining a lifetime. Maybe Charlotte regretted sharing her secret with her most trusted relative. Or maybe she savored telling her. This book could be discussed a lot.


    Have you listened to any of Eleanor Bron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first with this narrator. I had some problems separating the characters by sound.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (991)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Patricia says: "I Loved this book!"
    "This can happen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Flat-Out Love the most enjoyable?

    If you have never suffered a loss so horrible you cannot accept the reality, you may think this is beyond what can happen. I can't say I enjoyed this book, I figured it out pretty early on, but I had to know what happened to the characters. I believe this story was well written and well narrated.


    What other book might you compare Flat-Out Love to and why?

    Easy by Tammara Webber, sort of.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She is a very very good narrator. I have listened to her in several stories. She is easy to listen to and gives each person a voice allowing me to separate the characters easily.


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

    Yes, I cried. I laughed too.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit. I admit the titled bothered me until I the light bulb went off and I realized "Flat Fin".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Almost French

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah Turnbull
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    After backpacking her way around Europe journalist Sarah Turnbull is ready to embark on one last adventure before heading home to Sydney. A chance meeting with a charming Frenchman in Bucharest changes her travel plans forever. Acting on impulse, she agrees to visit Fredric in Paris for a week. Put a very French Frenchman together with a strong-willed Australian girl and the result is some spectacular - and often hilarious - cultural clashes.

    Jan says: "Just okay"
    "New Slant on the mysterious French"
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    Where does Almost French rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rankings are hard, let's see. I am pretty sure I will listen to it again even if just to listen to Caroline Lee. This is my favorite book about Paris and actually living there. I have bought several and found them trite, boring or ridiculous. Somewhere in the top 100, for now.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Almost French?

    The 40th birthday party for Frederic. Vacationing with him in Australia...hilarious. The job covering fashion week. Her interview with the designer. The party where she gave up on the hosts and served the champagne.


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

    Caroline Lee is among my top 5 narrators. She elevates everything she reads. I absolutely love her voice. She is able to bring a story to life.


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

    I believe the total work from her struggle to decide to move there, and everything she endured and grew from each experience she found herself. I admired her tenacity I know I would have left. I am certain it was her love for Frederic but she didn't really talk about that very much.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book, I measure that by whether I am able to listen straight through or I stop it often. I listened to this pretty much straight thru, I asked myself if it was the narration or the story. I enjoyed it and it doesn't really matter. It was memorable, I will listen to it again. Worth the credit. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    In the sizzling conclusion to Lisa Renee Jones’s bestselling Inside Out series, Chris and Sara finally embark on the road to marriage—but will the threats from their pasts steal their joy? Sara and Chris have fled to Paris to escape the aggressive reporters covering an explosive scandal. But a long-time heartache from Chris’s past awaits him there, and he finally allows Sara in fully as he shares his darkest secrets with her. Seeking peace, they spend some time at his chateau in the countryside, planning their Valentine’s Day wedding, then return to Paris for a magical Christmas. And when they finally head home to San Francisco, other broken connections from their lives are made whole again. Healing finally seems within reach…until a surprise visitor right before the wedding throws Sara into turmoil. Will they ever be totally free of their pasts?

    queenzany says: "This has to be one of the best book series"
    "Not for Me even on sale"
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    I hate this submissive crap. Please girls don't be brainwashed.
    self respect does not come in this package. I don't like this trend, I don't like young women thinking this is the way to be treated. I love excitement as much as the next person but this is not the path. I bought this for I think 2.00, not worth a nickel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8923)
    Performance
    (7787)
    Story
    (7810)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Depressing and difficult to separate characters"
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    I have been looking for books based in France. Being severly visually impaired I loved the concept presented of a 16 year old blind girl, her father built a replica of Paris, she memorized it. Only in a book. But this book was about mans inhumanity to man/women/children, I couldn't handle it. It was mental suffering for me, also I couldn't keep some the characters separated. For me, it was just too depressing.. the writing seemed good. I couldn't handle the content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meeting Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Emme Rollins
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Saydah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Sabrina can't believe her luck - she's always dreamed of front row seats to see her favorite band, "Trouble", but when she quite literally bumps into lead singer, Rob Burns, and he invites her backstage, she finds herself hoping her luck doesn't run out--and that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams will come true. This title makes the ultimate fantasy come true when a female fan meets a sexy rock star guitar god with enough pluck to make the g-string on your Stratocaster quiver for days.

    Knightmare says: "Short and very sweet (and sexy!)"
    "Short Sweet Love story"
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    I don't think I realized how short this story was...I may not have wanted to use a credit for it. However it was worth the credit for the pleasure. Loved this narrator hope I hear her again. This is a fantasy and it allows you to enjoy it. I loved it. Rock star happens to meet girl...love at first sight. Dreamy.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frenched: Frenched, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Melanie Harlow
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    When Tucker Branch, playboy heir to Branch Bolt and Screw, screws and bolts a week before their wedding, Mia Devine wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity. But her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it's drowned in Bordeaux, so Mia grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of her luxurious Paris honeymoon-alone. She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

    L.W. says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
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    The storyline is not a new. But it has a different angle I guess. I just really enjoyed the love story part of these two characters. I am not so young so the sex became a bit much. I wanted to know how they worked things out. It is worth the credit. A good listen. A good narrator. I love good dialog and this one was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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