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Victoria

RangerGirl

Provo, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 40 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 409 titles in library
  • 50 purchased in 2014
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  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10297)
    Performance
    (7740)
    Story
    (7785)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "~it's a [very] long story~"
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    The idea is cute, but the story is too long and filled with plenty of unnecessary details. I liked both Diana and Matthew, but they never fully come to life for me. The ending is abrupt though the story was dragging itself for about 20 hours... But it looks like it's the first book in the series. I doubt I will listen to the following books, though I wish the heroes the best on their journey and the quest for the right to love freely.

    Victoria Evangelina

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Aleph

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny. his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion.

    Kathy says: "Strangely compelling read"
    "boring infidelity"
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    I am very sad to find such a boring and empty book from the famous writer. Plus, it stank of infidelity. I dropped it at 3 hours' mark.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Autobiography of a Yogi

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (486)

    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    Peter A. says: "One of the finest books on Spirituality ever"
    "not easy for an outsider"
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    I do not know much about the teachings and tradition of Paramahansa Yogananda, and while the story was very engaging, I could not fully comperand the great wisdom others found in this book. All in all, an interesting listen outside of my "beaten path" :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (128)

    A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Swell Songs Sung So Well"
    "get your writing tools ready"
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    I enjoyed this Audible edition. Lots of inspirational tips which fire up the desire to sit down and write! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By William Bernhardt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Too often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to know to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to a fresh approach, a philosophy of writing that will transform your work and take it to a higher level.

    Amazon Customer says: "Simple, Yet Invaluable"
    "worth re-listening"
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    Inspirational book on writing tight and correct way. I highly recommend it to everyone! Worth listening to again and again - just like the other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Simple Prayer: How to Talk with God about Everything

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Sandra McCollom
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Have you ever really considered what prayer is and why you pray? Do you understand just how prayer impacts your life? In The Power of Simple Prayer, Joyce Meyer unravels the mystery of talking with God by explaining and exploring the different types of prayer.

    Melcena says: "Excellent"
    "closer to God"
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    Wonderful book filled with lots of useful advice!!! I enjoyed the writer's openess and ease of communication with her reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Writing the Blockbuster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Albert Zuckerman
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Every novelist dreams of it - writing the book that rockets to the top of the best-seller lists. Now, they can see how it's done, up close, in an audiobook by an agent who has sold manuscripts that turned into hits. Here Albert Zuckerman covers the essential elements of the blockbuster novel and shows writers how to put them to work in their books. Zuckerman covers the subject thoroughly, from creating outlines and building larger than life characters to injecting suspense and more.

    Johan says: "Disappointed"
    "treasure"
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    A treasure for writers, willing to put a lot of hard work in their manuscript, in order to make it as commercially good as possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life: Red Sneaker Writers Books, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By William Bernhardt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This audiobook explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story.

    Joe Pawlowski says: "Some good tips"
    "need more guidance"
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    I know so little about creating a character for a book, that I, probably, cannot yet fully appreciate the advice William Bernhardt gives. The process is still quite hazy for me, although I gained lots of great advice from this slim, yet informative volume. I will continue exploring the Red Sneaker series on writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Financial Infidelity: Seven Steps to Conquering the #1 Relationship Wrecker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bonnie Eaker Weil
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Financial Infidelity is the number-one problem in relationships - it's a deception so subtle you wouldn't even realize you're cheating. Whether it's a secret credit card, hidden shopping bags, revenge spending, a gambling problem, or more overt financial manipulations and powerplays, the infidelities associated with money can be just as damaging to a relationship as a physical affair.

    Victoria says: "get a physical copy of the book"
    "get a physical copy of the book"
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    Perhaps, this is not the right book to be listened as an audio. It contains a lot of lists and exercises; but the main point is: we ought to be honest with our partners about our feelings and expectations on relationships and life. Otherwise, it all goes to hell. the book helps to see the most difficult areas in financial field your marriage, and tries helping you to navigate over them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (388)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "learning about China"
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    A very good introduction to the way life and food unfolds in China. It brought me a lot of nostalgy, for we used to live there for three years....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3481)
    Performance
    (2256)
    Story
    (2274)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "one of my favorites"
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    Wonderful: story, language, message and the whole athmosphere and moral of the story. One of my favorite books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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