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Michele

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  • Messages from the Other Side

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By John Holland
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    John Holland is one of the top psychic mediums and spiritual teachers in the U.S. He has been lecturing, demonstrating, and giving psychic readings for private clients for over 16 years and has been featured on The History Channel, A&E, Unsolved Mysteries, and in numerous articles. He is the author of several titles, including Power of the Soul. In this conference presentation, given at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., John takes you on a journey into what it’s like to be inside the mind of a medium.

    Karen says: "Just so so...."
    "Awesome!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Messages from the Other Side to be better than the print version?

    This audiobook is one of my favorites! John Holland is hilarious - who knew? He really disarms you with the jokes and puts you at ease. I guess you could say he is really down to earth (no pun intended).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The funny stories John shared about reading people and what it's like to be him, in general.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    He's just a cool guy from my part of town,which I can totally relate to.


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

    The whole book is insightful and full of information. I have tickets to see John live next month, so this book was a great first step into finding out what's going to happen once I get there.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised that the book ended without any readings being shared. Its sort of an ubrupt ending that you don't see coming. That is the only thing I would change about this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (20115)
    Performance
    (15679)
    Story
    (15626)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Couldn't get taken away with it"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. This was just an ok book for me. I couldn't really get into it. I want to listen to and read books that I simply cannot be without. You know the ones that you just can't put down? Unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me.


    What three words best describe Tina Fey’s voice?

    crisp, clean and nice. Her voice was fine to listen to.


    Do you think Bossypants needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    For me, not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1398)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Absolutely my favorite audio book so far!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    The fact that this book is based exactly where I live made it absolutely fascinating to listen to. It also has quite a few equestrian components to it, which I wasn't aware of when I purchased it. Since I own a horse and live in the same area, this book was very pleasurable for me to listen to. Furthermore, the narrator is fantastic! Just perfect in every way. I could listen to her (a/k/a Hilde) over and over again and I will probably listen to this book again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hilde is awesome.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    I liked her inflections and tone. I also like the way she did Frank's voice and her grandson and daughters. Absolutely hilarious at times.


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

    I just love this book. I will definitely listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely buy this one. You won't be disappointed; especially if you live on the North Shore of Boston!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1348)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Good story!"
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    Would you listen to In Cold Blood again? Why?

    Yes, because I know I didn't get all of it the first time around. Its a slow start. Very wordy, in my opinion. I wanted it to go faster and get to the good stuff. When it finally got to the interesting part, I was happy. If I was reading this book, I would not have made it past Chapter 1. It's worth the listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles - 34 True Stories of Angels Among Us, Everyday Miracles and Divine Appointment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson, LeAnn Thieman
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver, Tom Parks
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Everyone loves a good miracle story, and this book provides true stories of healing, divine intervention, and answered prayers. These amazing, personal stories prove that God is alive and active in the world today, working miracles on our behalf. The incredible accounts show His love and involvement in our lives. This book of miracles will encourage, uplift, and recharge the faith of Catholics and all Christian listeners.

    John says: "TERRIBLE"
    "Wished I read it instead of listened...."
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    If you could sum up Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles - 34 True Stories of Angels Among Us, Everyday Miracles and Divine Appointment in three words, what would they be?

    kind.of.boring


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

    Kathy Garver. Holy cow! Her voice is so annoying. Tom Parks only read 1 or 2 stories and she did the rest. And please Kathy, stop doing character voices. They were so ridiculous and over dramatic! Every time she would change her voice into a character, I wanted to throw up. People driving near me in traffic probably thought I really was, because I continually made "throw up/gagging" facial expressions every time she did it!! I was so focused on her annoying reading, I couldn't feel very good about the stories; some of which almost seemed too ridiculous to even be real. I mean, did they even fact check any of these? They seemed very fictional, and I'm a believer!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathy Garver and Tom Parks ?

    Julia Whelan...Tom Parks can stay, but he needs to read more!! Why did he only read 2 stories out of 36??


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

    No; and not because of the stories...because of Kathy Garver.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23723)
    Performance
    (21151)
    Story
    (21221)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Amazing!! No pun intended..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The readers. They were so excellent! Smoothy, creamy voices, proper inflections and tones; it was easy to listen to all 19 hours of this book! I really liked the character voice changes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns...not knowing what could happen next. It could go anywhere at any time and that's what kept me listening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    simply Amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    I was slightly disappointed with the ending. Without giving anything away, I just wanted more. It almost feels as though all the good ideas were used for the middle of the book, and by the end, there was not much thought left. I was hoping for more of a feel good, gotcha ending - but I didn't get one. Sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Ashton
    • Narrated By Jeff Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?

    Wade says: "The Casey Anthony Saga - required reading"
    "Great listen!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you were into the Casey Anthony trial (as I was) this is a must listen! I watched every day of the trial from beginning to end and watched many of the news shows that talked about the trial, both leading up to it and also after it was over. This book reveals things you never knew about and more importantly, discusses evidence that wasn't allowed into trial. Truly fascinating!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Casey Anthony, of course. And she truly is a character!


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

    Since Jeff is reading his own words, you cannot interprete them in any other way other than the way they were intended. I like this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "cant.make.it.through..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is full of information; however, I think it skips around a lot and is hard to follow. I don't mind the narrator's voice as much as others did. I actually think he does a nice job. It just has a confusing feel to it...one minute its about McDonalds, the next is politics, then it goes to crime and frozen food. It has no structure. I wanted to hear about what was in the food - not the history of the world.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I stopped half way through and switched over to Messages from the Other Side by John Holland.


    What about Rick Adamson’s performance did you like?

    He wasn't boring.


    What did you take away from Fast Food Nation that you can apply to your work?

    Nothing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2397)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1157)

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Jacobus says: "A quality production of a gripping tradegy"
    "Incredible story!"
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    Where does Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one is at the top of my list, mostly because it is a first-hand account of what happened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Night?

    There are so many points that come to mind. After everything I have learned about the holocost and even after listening to this book, I still cannot understand how this happened...or, rather, how this was allowed to happen to so many people for no reason whatsoever.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall is an amazing narrator. I appreciate that he used the proper intonations; especially when speaking Hebrew.


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

    I cried numerous times while listening to this book, which is difficult for me because I listen while commuting to and from work!


    Any additional comments?

    This is story that will need to be told forever -- over and over again, so history can never repeat itself. I feel terrible when I think about the countless number of people who had to endure this, but I am thankful that Elie Wiesel had the courage to share this with the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1084)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Amazing story!"
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    Where does A Stolen Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an amazing story of how Jaycee was able to survive for so long under those ridiculous conditions forced upon her. I could not stop listening to her tell her story. I did skip past the grim details of the sexual abuse. Being an abuse survivor myself, I could not bear to hear her say what happened to her. I applaud her for giving the details; however, I could not stop thinking about how many perverts were listening to it over and over again. I wish that part was not in the book, but I realize that is part of her story and she should not be ashamed to tell it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jaycee's completely upbeat and optimistic outlook on life.


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

    I think this is her only one...but I could be wrong.


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

    No. I needed to take breaks from the details every so often.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth it. I've been wanting to buy this book for some time now. I'm glad I decided to get the audiobook instead of the regular hardcover. Hearing Jaycee tell it in her own voice gave it so much more meaning. You go girl!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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