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christine

Marlton, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Forgotten 500

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gregory A. Freeman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (204)

    Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

    Ron says: "an amazing tale"
    "lost history story of the brave"
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    If you could sum up The Forgotten 500 in three words, what would they be?

    Typical accounting of an event in history that our government would cover-up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one in particular. They were all heros


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    Good


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

    Maybe not in one sitting but for sure wanted to finish


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Excellent real life story about hoarding"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Coming Clean to be better than the print version?

    Excellent real life story about hoarding and how it affects everyone in the family.
    Highly recommend. You sure will start thinking your stuff when you read this.
    Great book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving 25 to life.

    Beatrice says: "If you like mystery you Must read this one"
    "Cute easy read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Cute, easy read. Nice little detective story. I always enjoy these and would recommend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Terence McKenna
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the environment. Among the new foods found in this environment were psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

    Denise (Julian) Greene says: "A paradigm shifting experience"
    "Just too repetitive and scientific terms"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You really need to know biology to just know what they are referring to. Interesting but got bored after a while. Finished but did not enjoy all that much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy O. Frost, Gail Stekeete
    • Narrated By Joe Caron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (362)

    What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper thats ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house?

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Terrific story about people and why they may hoard"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Think that you are not a hoarder huh? Well, we all have too much stuff. A hoarder is not just a person who is on the TV show. Our lives are filled with big houses with stuff we do not need and it takes away from enjoying out lives. We have to work too hard etc. to try to impress neighbors and friends. Lots to be taken in while reading this book.


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

    Not moved but realized when I was growing up we did not have a big house. Nor, did my mom buy me lots of clothes or stuff. All that stuff is not necessary. Really realizing that we sure do not need the stuff and clothes are not all that necessary. Streamlining is needed in our lives.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2311)
    Performance
    (1464)
    Story
    (1447)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Boring book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anybody who likes a men running around killing each other with no story or mystery. No thrills. No plot. I kept waiting for a surprise to happen.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    No excitement at all. No mystery. Boring.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Mediocre. Nothing to get me excited.


    What character would you cut from Bad Luck and Trouble?

    Who knows. None of them were exciting. Hard time making a connection with any of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Don t bother reading his one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (381)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Fantastic animal"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eighty-Dollar Champion to be better than the print version?

    I loved this story. It was a heartwarming story about a great horse and his achievements.

    An ordinary horse who was extraordinary.

    Not a sad story. I normally don t like to read sad animal stories


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eighty-Dollar Champion?

    How he kept coming back from the fa he was sold to


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1125)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Another excellent history book on beverages"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I love trivia as well as history. This book delivers on the history of six different beverages. Tea, beer, coffee, coke etc. my favorite was where did beer originate. Coffee too. I think many will be surprised with some of the information in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to it on my way to North Carolina

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (485)

    It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward.

    Henry says: "A Must Listen"
    "Starting to like Isacc Bell"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The first book I read by Clive Cussler I was not impressed. Then I read two more. As I go along I like Isacc more. However, the stories are quite predictable for me and I prefer to have twisted endings. I have been able to figure each one of his books out easily. But, they are easy reading and you do get a bit of learning in with each book. Not my favorite but not the worst books either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    The monumental statues of Easter Island, both so magisterial and so forlorn, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape, have been the source of great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific islands, have built such monumental works?

    C. Telfair says: "Love Those Mysterious Islands!"
    "New info for me"
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    If you could sum up The Statues That Walked in three words, what would they be?

    I remember watching shows on Easter Island but this book was fantastic as far as the history of the island and how they carved the stones and moved them. It was a great learning experience for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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