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Linda

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10567)
    Performance
    (9310)
    Story
    (9304)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Totally enjoyed every minute of it."
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    Even though there were some unhappy events in the book, the overall feeling was one of quiet peacefulness. The story was great. The narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, was fantastic. Didn't want it to end. Would definitely recommend this Audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long and Faraway Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lou Berney
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1049)

    Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors - and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives. In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie theater employees were killed in an armed robbery while one inexplicably survived. Then a teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

    Ted says: "It's all together here"
    "Keeps you thoroughly engaged."
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    Every word in this book is necessary. There are no dull and needless passages. One of the best books I've listened to this year. Both narrators were excellent. It is two mysteries spliced into one. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1788)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    WWBill G says: "Strong characters in a weak story"
    "Not Hurwitz's best."
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    The narrator was not very good. I put the speed at 1.25, and it was better. Ms. Campbell sounded like she was reading to a pre-school class. I have really enjoyed other books by this author, but this one was a dud. Scott Brick, of course gave a fabulous performance, but that wasn't enough to save this book. Was glad when it was over. At least it did have a good ending. I'll still read a couple more books from Gregg Hurwitz waiting in my library because I have faith they will be up to his usual great writing standard. I don't like giving negative reviews. Sorry Mr. Hurwitz and Ms.Campbell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (4997)
    Performance
    (3882)
    Story
    (3882)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Sweeping story of a man's life."
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    This book is all engulfing and doesn't let go. I rarely read or listen to such a long book these days, but this one was worth the time investment. I feel that I have lived in England and Australia in the 1800's, along with the people of this book. I can see why it is so highly acclaimed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Barefoot Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carolyn Brown
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (890)

    Leaving one widow behind is unfortunate. Leaving three widows behind is just plain despicable. Oil heiress Kate Steele knew her not-so-dearly departed husband was a con man, but she's shocked that Conrad racked up two more wives without divorcing her first. The only remnant of their miserable marriage she plans to keep is their lakeside cabin in Bootleg, Texas. Unfortunately, she's not the only woman with that idea.

    Too Happy says: "It was a great book until..."
    "Very enjoyable read/listen."
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    I nearly didn't purchase this audible book because I thought the subject of the three wives seemed to be less than exciting. However, the story didn't have one boring moment. It ended up being a warm, happy story that I'm so pleased I didn't miss. Great story and great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Beau Lotto
    • Narrated By Beau Lotto
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (390)

    Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand why we see what we do, much less how. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: It is a new way of seeing. In his first major book, Lotto draws on over two decades of pioneering research to explain that our brain didn't evolve to see the world accurately. It can't!

    Randy says: "Phenomenal"
    "This book will not set the world on fire."
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    There are some interesting thoughts here, but I’m not anywhere near “transformed” as some claim to be, according to the author. Anyone studying the deepest workings of the mind may find this book informative. Some people under 50 may find new views here. Maybe I have lived too long, and have had time to figure most of this stuff out for myself, but I didn’t really feel much in the way of enlightenment.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses: The Border Trilogy, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1410)
    Story
    (1398)

    Sixteen-year-old John Grady Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico.

    LMS says: "Beautiful writing"
    "Long, slow, mesmerizing."
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    I really don't quite know what to say about this book. There were things I didn't like, such as the slow progress, but maybe that is why I couldn't stop listening. Along the journey I learned a lot about Mexico in the '40s. I learned about unspeakable poverty. I learned about accepting things we can't change. The poetic language kept me enthralled. But I'm not sure I would read/listen to another book by this author. A little too depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Bill Mumy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2989)
    Performance
    (2712)
    Story
    (2711)

    Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die.

    Jim N says: "Danger and Discovery in the Jungle"
    "Interesting! Excellent! Loved it."
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    Better than Indiana Jones because this is real. Also, the PDF file has great photos. I never read/listen to books a second time, but this one may be the one! I enjoyed everything about it. Not to mention that it was written by one of my favorite writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kevin Hart, Neil Strauss - contributor
    • Narrated By Kevin Hart
    Overall
    (25780)
    Performance
    (23534)
    Story
    (23414)

    Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

    John Marshall says: "Foul mouth; Good Heart. smart, funny,, insightful"
    "Kevin Hart narrates his own story. Great idea! "
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    This book has some drawbacks, but very enjoyable over-all. I was somewhat surprised at the real life lessons Kevin Hart related in this book. I believe I enjoyed it more by listening to it rather than reading it. There were a lot of swear words, however Kevin uses bad words, it’s just part of the way he expresses himself. There were enough hysterical moments to keep me laughing, as well as serious inner reflection on how he has learned from his life experiences and poor choices. He relies on his faith in God to guide him. I was quite impressed by his life lessons. It made me consider my own life and what I can do to make it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1090)

    Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn't like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco - as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks - Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie's controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories...and all the victims were her patients.

    antonio says: "Brian Freeman's "faux pas"...."
    "Good creepy suspense."
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    The suspense builds right from the beginning. Psychological thriller that keeps you guessing. Several times I thought I knew ‘who done it’ but was wrong again and again. I hated to put it down and was always anxious to get back to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Benjamin K. Bergen
    • Narrated By Benjamin K. Bergen
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (782)

    Nearly everyone swears - whether it's over a few too many drinks, in reaction to a stubbed toe, or in flagrante delicto. And yet we sit idly by as words are banned from television and censored in books. We insist that people excise profanity from their vocabularies, and we punish children for yelling the very same dirty words that we'll mutter in relief seconds after they fall asleep. Swearing, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

    Sharey says: "Who knew..."
    "Interesting take on why we use swear words."
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    Ripping out a good swear word now and then can be therapeutic. There are studies and statistics to prove it. However, there are many other facts about bad words that I would never have really considered. Also, I learned many bad words i had never heard of before. The delivery was quite entertaining as well. Although I'm not big on using foul language, I do have moments when I use the s***t word or drop the F bomb to relieve stress when really bad things happen, but cussing in general doesn't appeal to me all that much. Still, the book was entertaining. You can tell from the title whether or not you would be offended by it. Just go with the flow and enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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