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  • Everybody Wins: The Chapman Guide to Solving Conflicts Without Arguing

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Dr. Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Maurice England
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    This guide provides a simple blueprint for achieving solutions to everyday disagreements without having to have a "winner" and a "loser". By learning how to listen empathetically, respecting each other's ideas and feelings, and understanding why some issues are so important to your spouse, not only will those daily problems be worked out successfully, but both of you will end up feeling appreciated, respected, and loved.

    Niv says: "Really helpful and practiacl"
    "It's not about winning, it's about compromising."
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    Would you listen to Everybody Wins again? Why?

    Yes to refresh myself with the concepts & stories. Learning to work together so the outcome is satisifying for both parties.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Everybody Wins?

    Couple learning to compromise on painting the bathroom walls different colors.


    What about Maurice England’s performance did you like?

    You would think he is the author.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Everybody Wins?

    It's not about winning, it's about compromising and listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (750)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "It Was NOT what I expected!!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If it is a person who reads Grisham I would say maybe. This book was not what I expected from John Grisham. I have read or listened to everyone of his books. It had the law factor, but did not have the punch I was expecting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I did not like the ending, I wanted to know the decisions on the cases that Sam had. I felt that it left you hanging/wondering on her relationship with Jeff. Perhaps he has plans to write a sequel to this book?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Catherine Taber?

    I don't know, but she was not a favorite of mine. No one comes to mind at this moment. It was hard get the changing in person in her narration. I'm use to many of the male voices in the Grisham books. It was different with the female voice, I guess she was just a bit too soft.


    Did Gray Mountain inspire you to do anything?

    No it did not inspire me to do anything. It did give me a new perspective on the world of coal mining. How it has affected the environment and families. That aspect of the book enlightened me to how large corporations have no regard for doing what's right.


    Any additional comments?

    If there is another book that you really want, you can pass this.....but I can understand knowing for yourself is something that might draw you in, especially the Grisham name. I don't know what he was thinking, I still like the author, but this book is not one of his best.

    0 of 0 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
    (9284)
    Performance
    (8363)
    Story
    (8371)

    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)"
    "He always delivers!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, I only have finished the audio version. This is an excellent book for audio, especially if you have read or listened to other Grisham books. I did about 5 hours at one sitting.


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    A Time to Kill because Sycamore Row is another story in the city of Canton. It's a revisit to the city and a case that involves Jake again. This case has lots of twist and turns. It's another story involving the people that live in the town. Introducing old characters and giving more information/insight into the families that had their paths crossed & how it related to Seth's final decision.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the jury gets a chance to see the video where Seth's brother tells his story of their life as adolescents. The background of their relationship involving their father. He explains and gives more understanding as to why his brother changed his will.


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

    Yes it was and I tried my best to as much as possible. I made it in 3 days got the Mount Everest badge!


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book, you will not be disappointed. Grisham is a great writer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Day Late and a Dollar Short

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself.

    Dawn Crenshaw-Chase says: "This book is great."
    "Heart Touching Family Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story line, lots of characters, narrating is excellent.


    What other book might you compare A Day Late and a Dollar Short to and why?

    Her last book, Who Asked You Anyway, it was another book that surrounds family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Family reading each others letters. Touching.


    If you could take any character from A Day Late and a Dollar Short out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Paris, the dinner conversation be so interesting; & she would know her way around the menu.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proverbs for the People

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Proverbs for the People is an astounding collection of contemporary African-American fiction, featuring stories by such well known authors as Pearl Cleage, Omar Tyree, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Travis Hunter, Parry "Ebony Satin" Brown, Gwynne Forster, Edward Jackson and Vicki L. Andrews. These widely varied stories resonate with the power and wisdom of the ages, speaking of universal truths that will heal and guide the wayward spirit.

    Radhiya says: "Proverbs"
    "Proverbs"
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    If you could sum up Proverbs for the People in three words, what would they be?

    Learning the moral.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Proverbs for the People?

    I don't remember one that stands out, but all of the stories give a moral. It's experience the trials and triumphs of others.


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

    Good narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waking with Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    After a heated encounter inside a London hotel room - where he was pursued by three very different women - Gideon finds himself living in a world where there's no one to trust.

    April says: "A Sequal at its best!"
    "You just never know!"
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    Where does Waking with Enemies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listened to this series & its entertaining. If you like murder/mysteries with a bit of drama this is a series you might like. I have read other books by Eric Jerome Dickey & his style of writing, so I decided to listen to this series. If you are a fan of his take a chance, its not boring at all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gideon of course, he's the man.


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

    Entertaining male voice. Makes you visualize.


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

    Beware of "Waking with Enemies"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dying for Revenge: Gideon Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham, Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    International hit man Gideon never misses his target, but when a job in Detroit goes bad, he should have killed his client - a cold-blooded woman who hired him to kill her husband - when he had the chance. Now the city's mayor and with money and power to spare, this woman will stop at nothing to see that Gideon gets what he deserves.

    Lorraine L.Miller says: "Dying for Revenge"
    "Gideon is so cool."
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    Where does Dying for Revenge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to the other books in this series in order and I enjoyed continuing this story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gideon, he is complex, driven and he has a goal.


    Have you listened to any of Dion Graham and Susan Ericksen ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Dion Graham, he's excellent. I like his voice. Can't remember if I've listened to Susan Ericksen before, but she is not bad at all.


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

    More than likely the book title Dying for Revenge and Getting it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrecting Midnight: Gideon Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    After nearly losing his life in Antigua during a mission that went terribly wrong, Gideon trusts no one. But when a former lover and grifter, Arizona, resurfaces in need of his skills, she reminds him he was indebted to a man who had once saved his life: the son of the legendary con-man Scamz. Gideon is forced to take on an assignment which will lead him to Argentina in pursuit of a briefcase containing one part of a larger puzzle.

    fillistine says: "Part 5 where are You?????????????????"
    "Series Drama....."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Resurrecting Midnight to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I did like this book. I had to listen to all of the books in the series, following the story line. I wanted to find out the conclusion of Geidon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Resurrecting Midnight?

    All the the fighting and chases in Buenos Aires.


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

    Yes, he is a very good narrator. I have looked for other books that he has done. Listening to books gives me a new type of vision about them. I can really picture in my mind how the places, situations, & characters look.


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

    I did laugh. None of my favorite characters died.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in this series, start at the beginning.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (289)

    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
    "Good Story! Worth it"
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    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked the book, enjoyable to listen to. Entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who Asked You??

    When the sisters are talking to each other about family relationships.


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

    The different voices and interest and enabled me to vision the scene.


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

    Yes, If I had the time available I'd listen to it all at one time. All of the characters were different and interesting. Each one had their own unique identity.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book worth purchasing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "Butler"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Insight into those who were employed at the White House


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical content. Professionalism of the Butler. Getting a view on how things worked behind the scenes, concerning people who might not otherwise be known.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Giving personal insight to the Butler's life. Tone and diction.


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

    Yes, I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (371)

    Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and a scheming lobbyist. Next, the elusive marksman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories - is the marksman a hero or a vigilante? The case explodes and FBI agent Max Siegel battles Alex for jurisdiction.

    Andrea D. Thomas says: "Loved It!"
    "Cross....."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. Only for those who would enjoy follow the James Patterson series. If you are into crime, mystery, and suspense you will like the book.


    Which character – as performed by Andre Braugher and Jay O. Sanders – was your favorite?

    The Butcher, was not a favorite but complex.


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

    Alex continues to take way too many chances, but I enjoy the entertainment that the book offers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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