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M. D. Barnicke Belleghem

Author, Consultant, Speaker

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  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (545)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Patti says: "Loved the book and the characters"
    "A Great Diversion"
    Overall

    There are some leaders who believe they are above the law and they are the most dangerous. A riveting read for a holiday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (412)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    Sara says: "Story telling at its best!"
    "Entertaining With Good Characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love to travel. The settings stimulated my desire to travel.


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

    I personally identified with being an outcast in a small town and feeling rejected because of lies told about me.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Wildflower Hill although some of the details didn't seem realistic. Issues of having no money but managing anyway and leaving children for so long didn't ring true for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unexpected Guest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Anne Korkeakivi
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. One she never expected to see again.

    Jennifer says: "Keeps you guessing."
    "A Light Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found this an easy listen while doing chores but felt the main character was rather shallow. Guilt from our past can often overshadow our present and this aspect of the story kept me interested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (531)

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

    Karin says: "Good book, unsympathetic heroine"
    "Disappointed on Several Levels"
    Overall

    Repetitive and dragged. I found the writing used some of the same phrases repeatedly and it was irritating. Some descriptions went on too long and others left me wondering what was happening as the topic changed without as much information as I would have liked. I listened to it all but feel it could have been much shorter. On the other hand having travelled through much of the areas of England where the story is located I enjoyed the history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1537)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (679)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Good description of process"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the insights I gained from this book but would have liked to have more suggestions of practical applications in unique situations. I intend to work to apply the concepts. I have successfully used the process once. I learn through visualizing so the stories were helpful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1845)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (924)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Interesting and Believable Characters"
    Overall

    Working with people professionally I often find fictional characters shallow and hard to believe. I liked the people I met in this book. Lots of authentic dialogue.

    My only wish, as with many other audio books, is that I could re listen to some sections without having to go back so far as leads and clues are disclosed.

    Now to get the next book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12972)
    Performance
    (5324)
    Story
    (5369)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Interesting & Rather Long"
    Overall

    If I had learned history from good novels and stories of the times I would have retained a lot more of what I was taught. The details of the times increased my awareness of issues of life and the times and the characters were people I could relate to. The brutality and hardship of life as revealed in this story will make my visits to historical places in Europe more filled with fantasies and respect for the achievements of those who built cities, churches and castles. I found it rather long and at times repetitive but it was a good story to hold my interest to the end.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (10092)
    Performance
    (4573)
    Story
    (4588)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Success Takes Support"
    Overall

    I was both saddened and encouraged as I saw ways my youth hindered my success in some areas and promoted it in other directions. I also read with the viewpoint of myself as a parent and ways I influenced my children's achievement or lack of it. A worthwhile read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chivalry

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christina Pickles
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (312)

    "A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale. Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide."

    Teresa says: "A delightful story!"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this short story and laughed aloud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

    Stephen says: "Fascinating"
    "The Nine"
    Overall

    A very educational look at how the appointments to the judicial bench influence the laws of the country and how the judges make their decisions. Disturbing in how removed from reality some are. A fascinating look at their culture. I enjoyed this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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