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Teresa

\\\ SixthDimension Audiobook Reviews /// Vibrant Lifeforce

ratings
156
REVIEWS
150
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (612)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Sara says: "Wears out quickly"
    "Another Worst Idea Ever"
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    What would have made Worst Ideas Ever better?

    I don't think anything could have improved this book. It was extremely boring and redundant. Mindless gibberish and I'm 'embarrassed' that I wasted my time.


    Has Worst Ideas Ever turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh yes, most definitely. I would reconsider before purchasing another book along these lines. The only saving grace of this book is that it was only .99 cents, which makes this book very self explanatory.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    It was completely redundant and I found myself repeatedly uttering "Oh yeah, I remember that. Oh yeah. I remember that, etc...."


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If there were any redeeming 'qualities' in this book, I missed them. It was completely lacking in 'quality'.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness it was only .99 cents and it didn't involve ANY mindfulness.
    You asked.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Latecomers Fan Club

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diane V. Mulligan
    • Narrated By Becket Royce
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    What is it about guys with guitars in their hands that makes them so irresistible, even when they are obviously self-centered jerks? If Abby and Maggie could answer that question, maybe they could finally get over Nathaniel. There's just something about him when he picks up his guitar and gets behind the microphone, something that makes sensible women act like teenyboppers instead of rational, self-respecting adults.

    Teresa says: "Astronaut Icecream and Drunk Dialing"
    "Astronaut Icecream and Drunk Dialing"
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    "The Latecomers Fan Club" was an interesting listen. I like the way each character or the main characters had their own chapters. Abby, Maggie, AND Nathaniel. I wasn't sure how I felt about the characters. I think the girls orbited around the narcissistic guitarist who are in fact his fan club. Abby was my favorite and Nathaniel WAS a jerk. There were also great supporting characters.

    I think this was a well put together book that didn't pull any punches. The characters were all introduced nicely with a natural setting. They were like people you know or have known. They were relatable. The story as a whole came off naturally which I liked.

    Overall I enjoyed listening to this audiobook written by Diane V. Mulligan and hope to hear more from her in the future.

    About the narrator: Beckett Royce has a wonderful voice. She worked through this audiobook fluently with great control. There were no long pauses or distractions. She had perfect voice inflections and I always knew who was speaking.

    Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life With the Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Martin
    • Narrated By James Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    Be inspired by saints like never before in My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ. This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. From a lukewarm childhood Catholicism, to the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to the Jesuits, to a media career in Manhattan, Martin has relied on the saints to intervene in and guide his life.

    Amazon Customer says: "The title describes the book"
    "One of my Favorites"
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    My Life With the Saints is a special audiobook for me. I was first given the book by a friend at Church and was really hoping to find it in audio format and when I did I was very happy. I listen to parts of this audiobook almost every night.

    James Martin is a Jesuit Priest and a wonderful storyteller. I especially like that he narrated his own book. That makes it all the more better. This has been a helpful audiobook for me at all times and I would definitely recommend the audio version for those who haven't heard or read his books before.

    A real joy in my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Mutants of the Twenty First Century

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Strange Mutants of the Twenty-First Century contains Keel's very first ruminations on Mothman, as well as a variety of strange reports on black "demon" dogs, phantom cats, Bigfoot and other North American giants, flying humanoids, flying saucers, flying snakes, and even stranger mutants that Keel believed reside with us on Earth.

    Teresa says: "I love these stories"
    "I love these stories"
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    "Strange Mutants" was an interesting listen. I enjoy the different stories from the U.S. and around the world of sightings of the Yeti, Bigfoot, Mothman, UFO's, demon dogs, vampire bats and other strange creatures. Disappearing cattle, flying snakes, and other elusive animals make for great listening. I love the subject therefore I can never get enough of the stories.

    I watch TV shows with similar content and there has been legendary sightings and some proven evidence. I grew up with the story of the Goatman and the Aurora incident so nope, these stories never get old.

    I enjoy John Keel's work. I find it all fascinating and sometimes a bit frightening. There are too many claims for there not to be something out there. This would be great to listen to on a camping trip also.

    Jack Chekijian does an excellent job with Keel's work. I like his narrating style and I always look forward to him voicing these audiobooks. Another great job!

    Audiobook gifted for unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place...

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Barbara Venkataraman
    • Narrated By Carrie Lee Martz
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    "Nagging just sounds so negative, and I am not a negative person. Truth is, I'm the kind of person you'd ask for directions if you were lost, or tell your life story to while waiting in line at the grocery store, which has happened on more than one occasion, believe me." Sure, Ella Boudreaux is great at nagging - in fact, she's the best - but where has it gotten her? Nowhere, that's where.

    Joan says: "Best 42 mins EVER!"
    "This story is a GEM..!"
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    I loved it. Ella is hilarious. This story is the epitome of the southerners I know. It reminded me of everyone I know back home. We like to talk A LOT. Listening to this audiobook was kind of like listening to an old friend.

    I hope Barbara Venkataraman keeps writing these great stories. They ring so true to life. Ella, Charlie, Captain Jack and the barnacle scrapers. I liked it when she told Charlie to stop laughing at her when she said she was going to college for Culinary Arts.

    Carrie Lee Martz is great! I love her southern drawl. It must be natural and if it's not, she nailed it. She does a wonderful job in this story and I look forward to more from both.

    Audiobook gifted in exchange for honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Most Likely to Murder: A Susan Lombardi Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carole B. Shmurak
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    What high school class has a 32 year reunion? A class whose president has left the country, whose vice president is dead, and whose treasurer is in the Witness Protection program - in fact, Professor Susan Lombardi's class from Count Basie High School. Susan has misgivings about revisiting her hometown: she's leery of seeing her former high school sweetheart, now a high tech millionaire, and reluctant to get involved in a battle between her squabbling brothers.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great quick series"
    "My Favorite So Far"
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    “Most Likely to Murder” was my favorite in the series. It keeps getting better and better. In this story, Susan is on sabbatical and she and her cousin Judy are planning a 32 year high school reunion at William James Basie HS. While going over the guest list they discover that one of their classmates had disappeared and was rumored to be in the Witness Protection program. They found several other friends, including Susan’s old boyfriend Richard, and Toby the pretty girl who had become a popular news reporter on a major network.

    After using social media to locate the rest of their old friends, Susan receives a random email from someone named Xander Drake who claims to have been in their class and is planning to attend the reunion. They don’t recall ever knowing anyone with that name which draws some suspicion.

    Susan’s best friend Elaine is still there and good ole Swash surprised me by not attending the reunion with Susan. Swash is Susan’s husband and a great supporting character.
    The story was fun and exciting, and the characters are like old friends or family you haven’t seen in a while. It’s always fun catching up with them. Overall, I really enjoyed this adventure.

    About the narrator: Barbara Benjamin-Creel did an EXCEPTIONAL job voicing this audiobook. There were several new characters with their own personalities through Barbara’s voice. To me, she was half the story. She kept the story moving along at a good pace along with giving everyone their own identity. It was all very well done and thus far my favorite.

    Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Benton: A Zombie Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Jolie du Pré
    • Narrated By Angie Hickman
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jennifer Benton's family died in the first wave of zombie attacks. She found friends in a small group of survivors, and she's fallen in love with Mark, the charismatic young man leading them. Though the survivors now have a fragile sense of safety, some of Jennifer's new friends die, and she has a beautiful blonde rival. Jennifer thinks jealousy will bring Mark back. She's wrong. And now everything may be over - for everyone...

    Teresa says: "Something draws me in with this story..."
    "Something draws me in with this story..."
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    I don't know what it is but this story draws me in. It has potential to keep building. The characters are likeable and the story has ongoing episodes that seems to be building towards something greater.

    It's the zombie apocalypse from Jen's point of view. A few new characters are introduced including Lauren. She poses a threat to her and Mark's relationship. As does another new character named Marcus. They end up having to go to Tent city and it's not exactly what they were expecting.

    The plan is to leave Tent city with Todd on his airbus but there's only room for eight. And another unexpected twist has arisen. I can't wait to see what Jolie du Pré has in store for us next.

    About the narrator: Angie Hickman is great in this series. She has multiple distinguishable voices which are especially good. Angie Hickman makes the story entirely believable. She's perfect for this story and I look forward to more soon.

    Audiobook received foc in exchange for unbiased for review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thirty-Something Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By L. M . Stull
    • Narrated By Lori Faiella
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Life has been anything but kind, and everything that can go wrong has. At an age when life should be coming together and questions should start to be answered, Hope finds herself feeling very alone and very confused. As her life spirals out of control, she realizes she needs help. And she needs it quickly. With the love and support of some very dear friends, Hope slowly begins to find her true self, and along the way, she meets someone. Someone who makes her feel like living to see another day might just be worth it.

    Teresa says: "Bittersweet"
    "Bittersweet"
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    "A Thirty-Something Girl" is an interesting story. It's about a young woman named Hope who finds herself in a failed relationship that her and her husband had both participated in. With the help of her friends, she slowly begins to think she can overcome the seemingly difficult situation.

    She eventually lands a new job as a free-lance editor and meets a man named Sam. The only thing is, when she first met him, she didn't catch his name and while writing in her journal later she coincidentally gave him the very same imaginary name.

    I felt this was a good listen. It was sobering with a depressing feel at first but it goes along with the territory of breaking up. What I took away from it was the importance of keeping a journal and having close friends and giving oneself time to heal, especially when a situation such as this arises.

    Overall, I had mixed feelings about this story but with a little Faith, it had a bittersweet ending.

    About the narrator: Lori Faiella has a beautiful soft voice. She has good control and tone and stayed consistent throughout the story. She also has good character differentiation. I always knew who was speaking.

    Audiobook gifted in exchange for review

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Callie the Calico Kitty

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By LaVonna Moore
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Callie narrates this sweet and adorable story of her new country life after she was adopted. Callie learns all about country animals. Very educational. Based on a true story.

    Teresa says: "This is Perfect for Children!"
    "This is Perfect for Children!"
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    "Callie the Calico Kitty" is a super cute audiobook. Callie lives in Texas on a country ranch named 'The Little Orchard' with another tiger striped kitty named Double and a guard dog named Peanut who has a loud bark. She sees several other animals that at first seem scary because they're large and soon learns that they're horses, a goat, a donkey, and an owl.

    This is a perfect story and grandma approved! My grandchildren would love listening to Callie explore and learn new things, such as the blackberry bush, birds, locusts, katydids, and a skunk. I loved listening to this story myself. It's really cute, especially when Callie and her brother and sister saw a dusting of snow for the first time.

    This is an excellent story for children written by LaVonna Moore. I would definitely recommend this audiobook. It's a good length for anytime listening. Terrific!

    Kitty Hendrix does an exceptional job reading this book. She was consistent throughout the story with great voices. You can't go wrong with this one and I look forward to more.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane and Austen: Hopeless Romantics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephanie Fowers
    • Narrated By Andrea Emmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Meet Jane and Austen. First there's Jane - an impractical, starry-eyed wedding planner; if love can't match what she's read in a book, she doesn't want it. And then there's Austen - a pragmatic, logical-to-a-fault financial consultant; even if he were interested in someone, he wouldn't know. The two have one thing in common: they can't leave each other alone.

    DK says: "Would Go Well W/Required HS/YA Required Reading"
    "Jane and Austen"
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    My first impressions of this audiobook was that I liked it. It’s a YA comedy romance story with references to Jane Austen novels. Whimsical, cute, and fun. Jane, a budding wedding organizer who wants to have a Jane Austen romance meets her leading man Austen, a slightly stuffy financial planner, and the rest is history.

    It was interesting that the term ‘meet cute’ was referred to in the story. That is a fitting description. It was a light listen, nothing heavy. It was lengthy and possibly could have used a little more refining.

    Aunt approved because I couldn’t help thinking about how much my niece would like this audiobook. Overall, it was a cute story with a wink towards Jane Austen.

    About the narrator: Andrea Emmes did a wonderful job voicing this audiobook. She has a wide range of dialects that sounded perfect with the characters. All in all it was a great match.

    Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kip Lornell
    • Narrated By Michael Rene Zuzel
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States reflects the fascinating diversity of regional and grassroots music in the United States. The book covers the diverse strains of American folk music - Latin, Native American, African, French-Canadian, British, and Cajun - and offers a chronology of the development of folk music in the United States. A chapter includes detailed information about the roots of hip hop.

    Robert Franks says: "Outstanding Musical Journey!!!!"
    "Exploring American Folk Music"
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    I first have to say that this was simply a treat to listen to. This book not only laid out the groundwork for American folk music from it’s very foundation or roots, it put in the cornerstone as well. This was an incredibly detailed look at the origins of our musical culture as it is to this day.

    Kip Lornell provided extensive research drawing from numerous examples along with at least three subsequent examples of the origins, styles, and evolution of each genre of American folk music. I was utterly impressed and learned a lot of nifty things about folk music and music in general that I didn’t know before.

    There were several musicians who may have easily been put to the back burner and been forgotten about during folk music’s evolution or the Folk Revival. A few of my favorite topics in the book were about the Native-American music and the border stations where Wolfman Jack became a DJ. From hymns, blues, gospel, zydeco, family and community gatherings, military songs, working songs, campfires, and traveling songs; it’s all covered in this great audiobook.

    “Exploring American Folk Music” was a wonderful listen and a great audiobook for music lovers, and more specifically American folk music lovers. I think it’s safe to say that American folk music is a melting pot of wonderful and diverse musical influence from all over the world.

    Overall, this audiobook was superb. I would definitely recommend listening to this one.
    About the narrator: Michael Rene Zuzel did an outstanding job narrating this book. It was just right. Not too fast or too slow. He spoke clearly with a steady pace and he showed interest in the subject with his own upbeat cadence which was suitable for the content. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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