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Yolanda

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  • The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    In The Voice of Knowledge, don Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound and simple truth: The only way to end our emotional suffering and restore our joy in living is to stop believing in lies, mainly about ourselves.

    Lea says: "lovely but abridged"
    "Another message on the path to finding inner peace"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the Miguel Ruiz clan continues to find more depth in explaining the journey of life in simplistic, yet infinite detail. The art of practicing and relearning is made easier and seems like a natural progression when combined with all of their teachings.


    What other book might you compare The Voice of Knowledge to and why?

    The Four Agreements


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Visualizing the grandmothers dream process, going back to their origin of teaching techniques. You can almost imagine being there and see it for yourself. In your own dream.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Owning Your Voice Of Knowledge


    Any additional comments?

    Easy to follow, listen too and revisit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7527)
    Performance
    (6906)
    Story
    (6976)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Allegiant in three words, what would they be?

    Not sure what I wanted the ending to be, but it wasn't this...I may have been hoping for a more positive - happier ending. Though it wasn't the ideal love story I was looking for more color and less dull hues.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trice, her strength and perseverance are so admirable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she stepped up to take the place of her brother.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not as much as the first two. It tended to drag on like the ending was uncertain.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like the ending was made up as a last thought. Just seemed to want to get it over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4300)
    Performance
    (3795)
    Story
    (3810)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Excellent, again..."
    Overall
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    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top with his other books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of David and Goliath?

    Giant and David...perfect title selection.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

    David...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Relating the stories to well-known historical stories.


    Any additional comments?

    A new way of looking at history...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7791)
    Performance
    (6826)
    Story
    (6835)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Amazing...the ending was perfect!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades Freed the most enjoyable?

    The suspense on all levels...the climatic middle story the filled in the mystery blanks of Grey's past.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anastasia


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    She matures and finds her own voice, will and power.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    DEFINITELY!!!


    Any additional comments?

    A definite re-read or listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8742)
    Performance
    (7595)
    Story
    (7606)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Captivating!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades Darker the most enjoyable?

    The very descriptive writing, delivery and sensationalism...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anastasia


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Anastasia seems to mature along her journey and I love her openness to trying new innovated suggestions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!!!! I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to experience the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (861)

    The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.... In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Can't Wait for Book Three"
    "Edge of my seat..."
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    If you could sum up Crossed in three words, what would they be?

    Where are they?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple story lines and events being shared simultaneously.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono – was your favorite?

    Jack - he was more passionate in his delivery.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ...a real young love story.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the beginning a lot more and have decided to hold off on the final book.Anticipation just isn't there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16830)
    Performance
    (15227)
    Story
    (15353)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Exciting, entertaining and full of visual detail"
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    What did you love best about Divergent?

    Descriptive details help to visually imagine the scenery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    Mother being shot.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An unexpected villain.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think of how judgmental society has become and how it is perceived or can be perceived.


    Any additional comments?

    Great detail!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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