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Ruth Burks

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  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1010)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Best Listen in a long time"
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    An engaging story that proves the old saw "truth is stranger than fiction". A definite must listen for anyone with even a shred of interest in history. Has a Indiana Jones feel to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power & Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tip "T.I." Harris, David Ritz
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Hip-hop artist Tip "T.I." Harris has received every acclaim the music world has to offer. Now, working with bestselling celebrity collaborator David Ritz, T.I. applies all his talent and experience to the world of fiction by creating the epic love story of Power and Beauty. After the death of his mother, Charlotte, Paul “Power” Clay allows himself to be guided by Slim, a local businessman. Slim always has the best of everything, and Power is sure that if he learns Slim's ways, he'll make something of himself - and perhaps be worthy of Tanya “Beauty” Long.

    Sharon says: "Awful read!"
    "The ending is a cliffhanger... to be continued"
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    The ending is a cliffhanger... to be continued. I didn't really like that aspect of it.
    Also, both Power and Beauty both 16 at the start of the story, don't give you a sense that they are teenagers. They act like grown 40 year-olds without any teenage angst or 'tudes'. Entertaining but not real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Language of Knitters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Temple
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Temple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    The Secret Language of Knitters is a humorous dictionary of knitting terms. Knitters use terms like "frog," and "WIP". Mary Beth explains them all, from A-Z, with humor and wit, drawing on knitting experiences and stories gathered over a lifetime of knitting.

    IRINA says: "Fun Fun Fun"
    "Insights into knitting and knitter's obessions"
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    Very funny! Loved it! I think even my husband who doesn't knit would have good laugh. Hey, he likes to make fun of me and my hobbies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (305)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "Interesting, realistic, enjoyable"
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    It's not really a romance (thank god, I can't stand those silly things) or a chick lit book (no mention of Jimmy Choo shoes whatever those are). It's a good nonfiction with a decent storyline -for me not too complex, not too simple, not too many characters.

    The main character shows some growth about how she deals with her troubled son. She finally evolves and learns to put herself first.

    I also like books where I can learn interesting asides about places, events or things or that motivate to do new things. This read encouraged me to start cleaning out my closets!!

    This story had two characters that I really could relate to-the son who was very much like my daughter (now deceased-rehab can do so much) and Marva who was very much like my mother except she (and fortunately not much of a hoarder) was an architect.

    I really enjoyed this read except for the narrator. The narrator spoke in a slow, sexy, languid almost "porn' style" which almost puts you to sleep. I rarely have any complaints about narrators but this one really creates a mess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unraveling of Violeta Bell: A Morgue Mama Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By C. R. Corwin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Maddy Sprowls, newspaper librarian for the Hannawa Herald-Union, prefers to stay in the newspaper morgue and do her job. But one Saturday, she sees four elderly women get out of a taxicab at a garage sale. She figures that those women must hire that cabby every week to drive them from garage sale to garage sale, and wouldn't that make a great feature story for the paper? Shortly after the story runs, one of the four women, retired antiques dealer Violeta Bell, is murdered.

    Donna says: "Great book, the Best of readers"
    "Fun Listen"
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    Light, engaging, entertaining. The narrator's voice is a bit annoying-too old and scratchy although in character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Knitting Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    After the sudden loss of Stella, her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island. Seeking a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, she little realizes that the circle will change her life.

    J. C. Georgia says: "Almost Relentlessly Dreary"
    "New Knitter's Review"
    Overall

    Not great but enjoyable, definitely falls into chick lit category. Interesting side comments on knitting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fat, Fifty, and Fxxxed!: A Fast & Furious Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Geoffrey McGeachin
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Martin Carter is having a crook day. His home life's a misery, he's been retrenched by the bank, and everyone's forgotten his birthday. But a million-dollar payroll, a pistol, and a split-second decision change everything. Hurtling north on a motorcycle with the intriguing Faith, Martin encounters a mysterious hit-man, a new-age bike gang, a reclusive media mogul, and the booby-trapped mountain hideout of an old schoolmate.

    Judy says: "Delightful"
    "Fun, lots of laughs"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable,light and completely unbelievable. Doesn't tax your mind. Reader could have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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