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Linda

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Studio City, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brendon Burchard
    • Narrated By Brendon Burchard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (138)
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    From the author of the number-one New York Times and number-one audio bestseller The Millionaire Messenger, an electrifying and inspiring work that provides the keys to motivating yourself to satisfy your highest, most essential creative and intellectual needs. Burchard, a world-renowned motivational speaker and best-selling author, makes a compelling case that it's time for an entirely new approach to understanding what drives human ambition and achievement today.

    joshdiymusic says: "Simply, this book is a truly great work!"
    "Tried, Tried, Tried to listen"
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    I think the information is so basic, that I can't understand how this was a best seller. The most annoying part of the book was Mr. Burchard's reading, especially his sort of snickering as he spoke.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Perfect ending to a great trilogy"
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    I read and listened to this at the same time. I didn't love the breathiness reading of Jennifer Ikeda... in fact it got on my nerves. Her performance was fine, it was her tone that really got to me. But, I enjoyed the trilogy and all the history integrated into the series. This 3rd book wrapped up the story in a great, happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    (164)
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    (148)
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    Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

    Joe says: "The best Andy Carpenter yet!"
    "One of my Favorite Andy Carpenter's"
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    Great plotting, funny and with a surprising who-dunnit twist at the ending. Not as much doggy stuff in this one. Now I can't wait to see what the future brings to Andy and Tara.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Norman Van Aken
    • Narrated By Norman Van Aken
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    Long considered a culinary renegade and a pioneering chef, Van Aken is an American original who chopped and charred, sweated and seared his way to cooking stardom with no formal training, but with extra helpings of energy, creativity, and faith. After landing on the deceptively breezy shores of Key West, Van Aken faced hurricanes, economic downturns, and mercurial moneymen during the decades when a restaurant could open and close faster than you can type haute cuisine.

    Linda says: "Another Great Chef Memoir"
    "Another Great Chef Memoir"
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    I'm so glad the audio publisher let Norman narrate his book. It was like listening to an old friend tell a great story.

    This book took me back to the early days (late70s, 80's and early 90s) when the American food explosion was so much fun to be part of (and I was) and chefs didn't care about their TV ratings (there was no Food Network yet), but about creating truly great food. There are recipes at the end of each chapter. My favorite is "Latkes with Sour Cream and Caviar" at the end of Chapter 19.

    Norman is also a terrific writer ...reminded me a little of Hemingway's prose.. and that's good, since a lot of the book takes place in Key West, a Hemingway hangout. I loved this book. Go buy it. Go listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mists of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (613)
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    (533)
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    (551)

    A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

    Carolina says: "Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!"
    "A Must Listen"
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    I loved this book when I first read it when it was published in 1983. As a lark, I thought it was time for a revisit as an audio book. Marion Zimmer Bradley writes an engrossing tale, which takes place over several generations. Her well-devloped characters are people who you like, recognize, love and hate. Some you wish you could give a good kick to wake up and see what's going on around them.
    It weaves the rise of Christianity and the loss of the old religion in ancient Briton into a wonderfullly different version of the Arthurian legend told through the eyes of women and Morgan Le Fey. Merlin, the search for the Grail, the knights of the round table, Excaliber, Avalon and Camelot are all here, yet all different. And, although a fantasy, makes you think about spritual growth as well as ignorance and fear. Although over 50 hours, this is a journey worth taking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    When best-selling mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared for everything. They had mapped the route, brought three GPSs for backup, as well as refrigerators full of food, and stoves and microwaves on which to cook them. But traveling with 25 dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than he anticipated, despite RVs, the extra kibble, volunteers (including a few readers), and camping equipment.

    Trudy L. Soura says: "Check the facebook page woofabago2011"
    "Andy Carpenter's Would Stand Up and Cheer"
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    A fun trip across country with David Rosenfelt, his wife Debby, a troop of dog loving comrades and all those dogs! The dog rescue stories integrated with the actual trip make this a great listen for any animal loving reader. And now I know the real identity of Andy Carpenter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (200)
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    When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death.

    Julie says: "Perfect complement-Paris Wife & Midnight in Paris"
    "Hemingway's Paris of the 20's is Truly a Feast"
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    I'm a big Hemingway fan (if I don't think about his love of hunting!). I read this years ago, but decided to listen to the newest edition that has additional material from the last editions. I love listening to good writing with well-spoken readers. I'm never disappointed with Hemingway, because his prose is so clean.

    Paris in the 1920's was truly another world from the Paris of today. As as I progressed through the book, I found myself yearning for a trip to Hemingway's Paris.

    This is sort of a food memoire. After all, how can you write about Paris and France and not include something about eating and drinking?
    And although Hemingway's food and wine descriptions make you wish you were there with him, my favorite chapters were about his friendship with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway's son, Jack, who he called Mr. Bumby.

    The last chapter includes Hemingway's various versions of his introduction to the book. Not only does it prove writing is always rewriting, but thinking that Hemingway kept every version of a short intro and they're all archived is even more fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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