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Sandra

Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

Member Since 2003

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  • The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (14)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
    "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
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    Twain's viewpoint on the German language was written a long time ago. He has been one of my favorite writers since I was a child and this is one of his funnier pieces. It is only surpassed by his story about crossing the Platte River near Julesburg CO where I currently live.

    He tells a story about a buffalo climbing a tree after a hunter that makes most people laugh out loud.

    I advocate reading more Twain for the good of your digestive and respiratory system!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (927)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Useful Book, but Wasted on Audio"
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    This is an excellent organizational book with very practical ideas and resources. Unfortunately, I like to refer back over and over again to sections of this type of book, so I bought the soft-cover version, too. It's now required bathroom reading to remind me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened One Wedding: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (202)

    After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid - the gorgeous best man. She's stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn't mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are.... Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed.

    Houston mom says: "Best story yet"
    "Mistaken About the Story"
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    I thought this would be a story about a wedding -- with a mystery as a large portion of the story. Boy, was I wrong! This is a modern romance with all the sexy(?) details graphically described, little plot, and a sense of 'why did I waste my money?' at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remains of Innocence: A Brady Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two perplexing cases that may be tied together in New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance's thrilling tale of suspense that brings to life Arizona's Cochise County and the desert Southwest in all its beauty and mystery. An old woman, a hoarder, is dying of emphysema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In cleaning out her house, her daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner.

    Jean says: "A tale of family dysfunction"
    "Engaging and Complicated Plot Line"
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    This is a continuation of the stories about Joanna Brady and being Sheriff. The plot incorporates several different families, personalities, and plot lines to create an exceptionally good read.

    It's interesting to see how authors develop their craft. J.A.Jance is certainly developing and getting better. Then, too, from past stories, I wonder how long she's been trying to get rid of one of the characters--a thoroughly disagreeable person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Blue Line: Joanna Brady, Book 15.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By James Eckhouse
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Not a jump in the car, see the sights kind of ride. He's been taken for everything he has. He's lost his house, his restaurant business, his savings, his car, his best friend, his faith—all to his conniving ex-wife. But that was seven years ago. He picked himself up, left Chicago, and started over in Peoria, Arizona, running the Roundhouse Bar and Grill. He doesn't look back on those bad years; there's no point. Not until two curious cops show up at the Roundhouse.

    Jean says: "It was delightful"
    "Flashback!"
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    Interesting story about Joanna Brady's second husband before he met and married Joanna. Fills in a story and explains, a bit, why he has the occupation he does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (494)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Excellent History of a Remarkable Group of Men"
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    Because of the secrecy surrounding the services of the Code-Talkers after WWII, these faithful soldiers didn't get the recognition they deserved. It's more than past time for this book and it's a pity that it shows up after the death of Chester Nez.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1053)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Gripping True Story!"
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    This book is well written and performed as well as an excellent source of information. Most of us cannot remember a time when antibiotics weren't available or a time when many common childhood diseases could be fatal.

    The book relates the early history of the discovery of antibiotics as well as the development of the protective services that keep Americans from using pharmacological items that are neither effective or safe.

    An impressive history!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Irving Wallace
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Thousands of desperate people are drawn to Lourdes and its renowned Grotto when the Vatican announces that the Virgin Mary will perform another miracle cure there. Their lives are at stake... but will a miracle really occur?

    connie says: "good idea, tedious dialogue"
    "Bernadette of Lourdes Controversy Revisited"
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    Many people have read or seen the movie of "Song of Bernadette", but this is a new take on the Saint who saw the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France.

    Written from a modern viewpoint, Wallace recreates the history and controversy that surrounded the appearance of Mary and the life of Bernadette. It's inoffensive even to staunch believers, but presents the viewpoints in a human way through the venue of a novel.

    An excellent and entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Leopard Got His Spots

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Phillip J. Mather
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Kipling’s timeless classic of How the Leopard Got His Spots is skilfully narrated by Phillip J. Mather. Phillip’s mellifluous tones transport the listener, young or old, back to a time when the world map was indeed coloured red!

    Sandra says: "Lush Narration"
    "Lush Narration"
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    Philip Mather narrates this Kipling classic with just the right voice to intrigue and delight young listeners and those of us who remember the "Just So Stories." I loved his voice, so appropriate for the story explaining how the Leopard got his spots.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1043)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Good Story All the Way Through!"
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    I'd forgotten about Nevil Shute and was delighted to be reminded by this book. A story of travail and love that proceeds from Malaysia to England to Australia, spanning the years from World War II to its aftermath, this book is well written, intriguing, and will hold your interest all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Guts, glory, danger, and sacrifice are all in a day's work for Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security. While investigating a murder on the ranch, Hank finds himself the number-one suspect.

    Sandra says: "Another Perennial Favorite"
    "Another Perennial Favorite"
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    Hank is falsely accused of the ultimate crime for a ranch dog -- chicken killing! Hank's adventures will intrigue pre-teens and entertain them even on a long trip across the wilds of Wyoming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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