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Melody

Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

Longmont, CO, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 156 purchased in 2015
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  • French for Beginners: Lesson 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Alexa Polidoro
    • Narrated By Alexa Polidoro
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    After many years of developing and harnessing her language-teaching skills with The French Ecole, Alexa has now created an audio treat for people who wish to learn a new language from scratch, without any pressure, in fun, relaxed, and manageable chunks. Highlights of Lesson 1 include: an introduction to the class format and some basic vocabulary; how to say how you are and where you live; talking about the weather; a small quiz; and a French song.

    Melody says: "Surprising easy"
    "Surprising easy"
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    For the price - you can't beat this brief first lesson. The speaker is clear and articulate and explains the words well. The only recommendation I have is to allow a longer pause or space so one can practice the words. Overall, I enjoyed and will look into other lessons.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fawn Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Zoe McAuley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Everyone remembers the tale of Snow White and her wicked stepmother. No one remembers Fawn Brown, the other princess, who made the fairy tale happen. Fawn Brown grew up in the shadow of her half-sister, Snow White. Daughter of the King and his second wife Margaretha, Fawn lacked Snow’s beauty and her position as heir to the throne. Fawn’s lot was to wait timidly in the background of the court until she could be sent off to a dull assignment in the bleakest corner of the kingdom.

    Melody says: "interesting"
    "interesting"
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    Listened on a car ride with others. It was okay...a little bitter. Makes Snow White look bad, but I was never a fan of hers anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manage Your Time, Master Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (45 mins)
    • By Robin Sharma
    • Narrated By Robin Sharma
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Are you in control of your most precious asset¿time? Or are you putting out fires all day long? Does each of your days lead you to your best life? Or is your time wasted on the unimportant? If you want to see extraordinary results in your career and your personal life, then you need to take charge of your schedule. Discover how the best of the best manage their time.

    Christian says: "superficial and inconsistent"
    "Okay"
    Overall
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    Story

    I like Robin Sharma. He can be inspiring. However, he tends to drop names a lot -- and that gets annoying. The first half kept me engaged, but I don't really remember the second half (and probably more critical portion of the lecture.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (698)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "Starting to really enjoy series"
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    I was charmed by the first in the series. While I do not think the narrator is the best choice - she is growing on me and I am getting used to her in this second in the series. I am now looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1133)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    Theresa says: "Enjoyable Story Ruined by Awful Narrator!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I was enchanted by this tale. Interesting twist on the normal magic/wizard/fairy tales. I am going to read more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1315)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Regina-Audible says: "Everyone deserves a standing ovation at least once"
    "More"
    Overall
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    Story

    This book is so much more than Auggie's point of view. You get the perspective of others and I think that made the book so much more. It gives you a lot to think about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Have to F--king Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (1894)
    Story
    (1881)

    Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle) follows in the exasperated footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, giving voice to the long-suffering father whose indifferent child will just not eat in this hilarious follow-up to Adam Mansbach's international best seller, Go the F--k to Sleep.

    Darren says: "Another role that Bryan Cranston plays to a T."
    "Not as good as original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sorry if I not like everyone else -- but I did not like this one as much as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mile 81

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Thomas Sadoski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (498)

    At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side”. Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

    Mary Z says: "Nailed it!"
    "Loved it"
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    Really enjoyed how Stephen King created the scene and details he puts into his stories. This audio recording also included The Dune.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Every time Kevin Spencer sees Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful Girl in the World, he’s in danger of tripping, falling, and making a fool of himself. He can hardly say a word to her. But Kev knows he’d be the perfect boyfriend for Tina. He’s not bragging. Just pointing out the obvious. Kev decides to take a scientific approach to getting a date with Tina. After all, love is based on chemistry. When new kid Cash Devine zeroes in on Tina, Kevin hustles to find the formula that will make her forget all about Cash.

    Melody says: "good de-stresser"
    "good de-stresser"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As I said before -- my stress level at work tends to lead me toward more juvenile or young adult stories. The three by Gary Paulsen have been fun to listen to, and a good escape from the stress of work. Oh - to be 14 again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Kevin has a big talent. Some might call it compulsive lying. He calls it common sense. Kev doesn’t mean to cause trouble by lying all the time; he’s just trying to make everything easier for everyone (and himself). And, of course, a few harmless, um, falsehoods are crucial to his plan to convince Tina that he’s the perfect boyfriend for her. In Gary Paulsen’s irresistible and chaotic comedy, Kevin’s lies spiral out of control until he’s faced with the need to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

    Melody says: "Mindless entertainment"
    "Mindless entertainment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The more stressed at work that I am - the more juvenile my book selections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    As a punishment for lying, Kevin has lost his allowance. He doesn’t lie now, but he’s broke. He’s got to find a way to make money. Lots of it, so he can impress Tina Zabinski, the World’s Most Beautiful Girl, and ask her on a date. So Kevin gets creative - and his life becomes a financial comedy of errors. Does he really have what it takes to get filthy rich at age fourteen? In Gary Paulsen’s hilarious follow-up to Liar, Liar, Kevin’s schemes lead him into situations that are sweet, some that are sticky, and some that are downright stinky.

    A User says: "Excellent Stoty"
    "Mindless entertainment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The more stressed at work that I am - the more juvenile my book selections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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