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  • Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ram Dass, Rameshwar Das
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (41)

    In Be Love Now, Ram Dass shares what he has learned in his remarkable four-decade-long spiritual journey. Through timeless teaching stories, compelling and often humorous personal anecdotes, and soul-stirring insights, Ram Dass tracks the stages of his own awakening in his trademark down-to-earth style.

    alan says: "Ram Dass great/ narrater close to terrible"
    "LOVED IT; LOVE RAM DASS and the teachings"
    Overall

    If you love Ram Dass, you will want to get this book because it is as inspiring and on point as any teachings Ram Dass has given. It will not disappoint. The narrator does a fine job. Only wish it was much longer, more involved, and more stories. Ram Dass is an iconic legend.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8357)
    Performance
    (7541)
    Story
    (7536)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Classic Grisham, vibrant characters"
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    I liked this story very much; listened to it twice. Great storyline and character development and Southern culture. I wish the narrator had been able to do a better job keeping the story alive, though. I don't know about his accent, as I am not from the South but do love to hear that southern drawl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (400)

    The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle.

    FanB14 says: "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
    "Great Philippa Gregory, as always"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The White Princess to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the print version, but I love the audio. I am listening for the second time right now. Bianca Amato is a wonderful narrator for the type of book. She makes you feel you are there right in the room with the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well-written and researched. I especially liked the short author's note at the end. I think it adds quite a bit to have an introduction or end note by the author because it validates the story and authenticity. Plus it makes the experience of reading/listening much more personal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Elizabeth and Richard are talking together after the birth of their first son, Arthur, and admiring him as a beautiful baby. So sweet. Their relationship was so tumultous, that this moment of sweetness and humanity was very special. All parents can relate to this moment.


    Who was the most memorable character of The White Princess and why?

    To me, it was the Queen's nephew, the Earl of Warwick, who was shut in the Tower of London at the age of 14 (?). So sad. And his sister fought for him with such strength of character, and even the Queen could not change Richard's mind, and release the boy and not consider him a threat to Richard's throne. And when the boy was taken to be executed, the words about the fact that he had not been outdoors, or felt rain on his face for many years, was so poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great book by Philipa Gregory! I love them all. Great series -- the Cousins' War. I've read each and every book she has written, several times. I hope the author will continue, or perhaps start another series, as this one comes to an end and a new regime comes into play. For me, I enjoy the history, details of dress, houses, living conditions, lifestyle and environments, plus the political intrigue. The violence is mitigated, though it's there as it should be for accuracy. I like the way the author builds relationships among the characters. I would like to hear more about young Prince Arthur growing up years, and his marriage of Katherine of Aragon, his death; and then the early years of the union of Katherine and Henry VIII.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1924)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1690)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Pendergast is back! Good to see you again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Two Graves to be better than the print version?

    Narration and production are both excellent. Story is fast-paced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm only about 60 minutes into the story, having just downloaded and started it last night. Sounds like it is classic Pendergast at his unique best. Can't wait to hear all the details and character development. Love this series. So sad when the books end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far, the discussion about tailoring and ties. Also the very fast ride in the Mercedes, with the technical driving details. But like I said, I have just started the book. I'm sure there is much excitement ahead.


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

    Wish I could. If I were on vacation at the beach, definitely, I would listen to it in one sitting. Alas, I do not have that kind of freedom or time right now.


    Any additional comments?

    Have been looking forward to this book and have read or listened to all the others, most more than once. Sounds like it is going to be as good as or better than the previous books. Keep up the good work, authors. Love your work. Great job! Thank you.

    9 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (654)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "More please! Lovely narration; imaginative story"
    Overall

    Waiting for the author's next. This book is such a nice change of pace from the usual best sellers out there. It's rich in descriptive language, tells the story of another time, the struggles of women alone in a male-dominated culture, and a coming of age in another place and time. There is nothing relatedly modern or contemporary in the situation for us Americans who are so entitled; however, the humanity, feelings and challenges are timeless. It raises much thought as to the realities faced by women in other cultures in our contemporary world, which bind women so much and restrict their freedom. I would read the author's next book immediately and hope she is working on a sequel. The narrator breathes life and mood to this exquisite tale of love and loss. I hope she will do more too; she's a genius. So soft and soothing are her words. The whole package is such a rich treat for the senses. The metaphor of carpet design and creation is beautifully crafted and effective. I very much enjoyed the tactile and visual descriptions of design, color, cotton, wool and silk and handcrafting of a jewel to be admired and enjoyed. Thank you Audible for this production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2244)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1133)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "Recommended thriller - with substance"
    Overall

    I like the way this book is narrated with a different voice for each of the two main characters -- both rather under-dramatized but introspective, as if speaking from a personal level rather than acting. The low-key approach creates suspense and gives the listener time to become involved in the story, development of the characters, and wonder about or anticipate the next events. The thriller aspect is internalized and haunting, rather than the punch-punch, yell in your face narrative approach of the latest J.D. Robb book -- Treachery in Death. This book is more thoughtful, creative, complex and psychological. The author includes plenty of forensic and police work technical details to progress the storyline as an investigation, as well as portraying personal journeys for the two main characters. I haven't finished this book yet and am looking forward to the next chapters and wonder what the author has in store as an ending. I bet it is a surprise or at least unexpected! Entertaining yet has some substance and depth.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Kuhn
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and Doubleday. Based on archives and interviews with Jackie's authors, colleagues, and friends, Reading Jackie mines this significant period of her life to reveal both the serious and the mischievous woman underneath the glamorous public image.

    Claudette says: "Very Interesting !!"
    "DIDN'T FINISH IT"
    Overall

    This book should be more interesting than it was. I listened to about 2/3 of it and stopped. It just lacks Jackie's charisma, and somehow fails to provide the inspiration and character development of a good biography, as it somehow fails to create the respect and compassion for Jackie we know in our heart she deserves. I will probably pick it up again, though, as Jackie did some fabulous work, which deserves appreciation. And obviously, the world is a better place for her presence and contributions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written on the Skin: An Australian Forensic Casebook

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Liz Porter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Kaye
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This well-researched and entertaining audiobook looks at the role of forensic investigators in solving dozens of fascinating crimes and mysteries. Liz Porter's riveting case book shows how forensic investigators - including pathologists, chemists, entomologists, DNA specialists, and document examiners - have used their expertise in dozens of fascinating crimes and mysteries.

    Annie Fitt says: "I really wanted to like this, but..."
    "Boring; tedious"
    Overall

    Though I am usually fascinated by anything having to do with forensics, this book did not grab my interest. I did not finish it and probably will not go back to it in the future. Disappointing.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2350)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1524)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Well worth the time; highly recommend"
    Overall

    This is a wonderfully written and engaging book, which covers vast ground in the field of cancer research and treatment. A must read for anyone interested in understanding the history and politics of the medical system and what the medical professionals and patients go through to make advances in the "cure." It is a difficult read, at times, and very emotional, and well worth the effort and time to appreciate the complexities of medicine both in the past and in current history. I found this book quite fascinating and helpful. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1214)

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "Disappointed; did not like it at all"
    Overall

    IMHO, save your credits; this book does not measure up to the usual Eve Dallas books, many of which (including the last most recent) I have read in a couple of days for light vacation reading. I did not care for this book very much in the audio format, though I have listened to almost the entire book walking back & forth to work. At times I wonder why I bother to finish it; perhaps I am hoping it will improve. The narration is overdone and phoney -- perhaps this is a series better read than listened to, so boring parts can be quickly skipped. The sarcasm is frighteningly bitter. It's a very terrible world portrayed. It's rather brainless, too. This book was written just to sell -- is very over commercialized and has no substance. JD Robb can do better than this.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful

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