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S. Crier

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  • 8 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 101 titles in library
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  • Tar Baby

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Alfre Woodard
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Through a season of untroubled ease, the lives of five people move with a ritualized grace until, one night, a ragged, starving black American street man breaks into their house. And, in a single moment, with the perverse decision not to call for help but instead to invite the man to sit with them and eat, everything changes.

    S. Crier says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Story

    I'm an avid admirer of Toni Morrison's work and have absolutely loved all of the previous books by her that I have read. This book was absolutely boring. It took months to force myself to listen to it. Some of the subplots were very undeveloped and led nowhere, just hanging there like untied threads. Basically, everyone just seemed underdeveloped and the book as a whole lacked the depth and character I have come to expect from Ms. Morrison.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 72 Hour Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bebe Moore Campbell
    • Narrated By Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    In this novel of family and redemption, a mother struggles to save her 18-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder. New York Times best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell draws on her own powerful emotions and African-American roots, showcasing her best writing yet.

    Kevin says: "Very interesting book on mental health..."
    "Excellent listen"
    Overall

    My entire family (7-36) listened to this book on a road trip. Be warned, though, that there are some bad words and disturbing tales. However, the book kept the interest of the entire family and sparked conversation about mental illness and its effects on people and families. Another wonderful work by Ms. Campbell and one that gives us a bit more understanding, and hopefully compassion, about the flight of those dealing with mental illness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum NLP

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christiane Turner
    • Narrated By Christiane Turner
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Quantum NLP is the art and science of human excellence. New scientific discoveries show us clearly that we are creating our reality through the use of our language. By teaching ourselves more effective language patterns, our brain automatically forms new neurological pathways that naturally lead to new behaviors and habits.

    MICHAEL KERR says: "very good"
    "Good techniques"
    Overall

    A very good counseling audiobook with specific techniques for identifying some of the whys in your life and taking power over them. I plan on listening to the book again to try more of the techniques.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (3537)
    Performance
    (1799)
    Story
    (1788)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Alexandra says: "This guy makes sense"
    "Great Book!!!"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book for those looking to get a handle on their finances and take control of their financial lives. Dave provides a very specific, step by step plan for getting out of debt and securing your financial freedom. He backs up his plan with commen sense reasoning and proven methods. An absolute must for those who are ready to start living freely!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What You Owe Me

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Bebe Moore Campbell
    • Narrated By Caroline Clay
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    New to Los Angeles, Hosanna Clark, a farm worker from Texas, befriends Holocaust survivor Gilda Rosenstein. Together they build a cosmetics company and a deep friendship. Then Gilda disappears, taking with her the company's assets. The loss leaves Hosanna financially ruined and emotionally damaged. Years later, after her death, Hosanna's daughter will look to collect the debt Gilda owes.

    Adia says: "Awesome. Very well written."
    "Cambell continues to entertain"
    Overall

    I've read two of Campbell's books prior to this one - 72 Hour Hold and Your Blues Ain't Like Min. What You Owe Me is more of a multi-character sketch like Your Blues Ain't Like Mine. It's interesting and I like Campbell's how people's lives fit together style. If connected character sketches is your thing, you'll enjoy this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Suze Orman
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money? Suze Orman investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money in this groundbreaking new audiobook. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, she equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from making more out of the money they make.

    Heather says: "Every woman should read this one!"
    "Good Info"
    Overall

    Great book! Will definitely listen to again.
    The first 2-3 chapters are a bit preachy, motivational speaker, but the following chapters, starting around 3 or 4, have alot of good info. The Save Yourself Plan (chapter 4, I believe) basically has a 5 month plan. Each month is focused on a particular financial area, checking accounts, insurance, investments, etc. The plan is very doable, and Suze includes a basic set of goals for each month
    In addition to the actual Save Yourself plan, the chapters "You are not on sale" and "The 8 Qualities of the Wealthy Woman" were very good, with essential principles and points.
    I really enjoyed this book and have found it very helpful. I plan on listening to it again. I will also purchase the hard copy so that I can more easily access the sections most relevant to me at any given time.

    Overall, this book is a good start for those of us looking to take control of our finances and live a life of financial freedom. I am now checking out Suze's other books to find the right next step. I've also enjoyed and recommend "The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas Stanley and "The Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All the People: A History of US, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Meet Harry S. Truman, Joe McCarthy, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Full coverage of everything, including President Clinton's impeachment trial.

    S. Crier says: "Great entertaining enrichment"
    "Great entertaining enrichment"
    Overall

    We listened to this audio book on a long trip from New Orleans to San Antonio and back. The entire family enjoyed it and learned much. Although the author does, as the previous reviewer mentioned, define some words for us, I found this quite helpful for the children and as a parent. (My kids are ages 5-11.) As adults, we often forget that kids of varying ages don't have the vocabulary we have and simply haven't yet taken history or civics yet. So, in addition to the author's definitions being helpful for the children, these instances were also reminders to me that the kids might not know this term. Often we would pause the audio after one of these definitions and discuss the concept defined.

    The only complaint I have is that the author sometimes refers to events she does not explain. This is mentioned as an aside. For example, she might be talking about a political figure and say like in event so and so, Senator X campaigned for reform when speaking in Idaho. But she never tells us the significance of event so and so. This may be because the event was explained in one of the earlier volumes. For some reason, we bought Volume 10 first. Now I am going to purchase more volumes, starting with 1!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kira-Kira

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cynthia Kadohata
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining

    Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare.

    Chris says: "An Emotional Rollercoaster"
    "Wonderful family fair!"
    Overall

    This is a wonderfully stirring book with a wonderful narrator. On an road trip, my family (kids 4-10, mother, grandmother) listened with rapt attention. We laughed, we sympathised, and the children asked questions that led to wonderful discussions. A wonderful way to spend a trip or an evening at home. Definitely beats hearing "Are we there yet?" over and over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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