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gifts4444you

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  • A Champion's Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Pete Sampras, Peter Bodo
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Pete Sampras is arguably the greatest tennis player ever, a man whose hard-nosed work ethic led to an unprecedented number one world ranking for 286 weeks, and whose prodigious talent made possible a record-setting 14 Grand Slam titles. While his more vocal rivals sometimes grabbed the headlines, Pete always preferred to let his racket do the talking. Until now.

    gifts4444you says: "Great title"
    "Great title"
    Overall

    Not only did this book didn't live up to the title it just sucked!
    Andre Agassi's book was outstanding!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Eileen Cronin
    • Narrated By Eileen Cronin
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A gorgeously crafted memoir about resilience, family, and forging your own way, by a woman born without legs. At the age of three, Eileen Cronin first realized that only she did not have legs. Her boisterous Catholic family accepted her situation as "God's will", treating her no differently than her 10 siblings, as she "squiddled" through their 1960s Cincinnati home. But when starting school, even wearing prosthetics, Cronin had to brave bullying and embarrassing questions.

    Mandy says: "excrutiatingly slow narration."
    "Great story teller perfect narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    Eileen Cronin's style reminds me of David Sadaris but her life story, needless to say, was a bit heavier. Both great authors!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Leave Me This Way: Or When I Get Back on My Feet You'll Be Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Julia Fox Garrison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Julia Fox Garrison refused to listen to the professionals she called Dr. Jerk and Dr. Panic, who - after she suffered a massive, debilitating stroke at age thirty-seven - told her she’d probably die, or to Nurse Doom, who ignored her emergency call button. Instead she heeded the advice of kind, gifted Dr. Neuro, who promised her he would “treat your mind as well as your body.” Julia figured if she could somehow manage to get herself into a wheelchair, at least she’d always find parking. But after many, many months of hospitalization and rehab, Julia not only got into a wheelchair, but she got back out.

    glamazon says: "Heroic Story"
    "Thought provoking & humorous"
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    What other book might you compare Don't Leave Me This Way to and why?

    LEFT Neglected; The Long Run and last but not least Crashing Through. Julia Fox Garrison's book along with the list above are based on true stories. They are all related in that the main character unexpectedly faces major obstacles. The final book I listed, Crashing Through, is ironic because the main character gains a sense. The gained sense is his obstacle.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated By Laura Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial. Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was.

    Ginger Heyman Pigott says: "Compelling and important"
    "Excellent story & narration!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Long Way Home the most enjoyable?

    I work best when I have an excellent audio book & this one was riveting. It not only held my attention I just couldn't put it down. To my surprise Laura Caldwell did a great job with narration. Most authors just can't pull narration off Miss Caldwell nailed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catharine O'Daniel the author did a great job illustrating Mrs. O'Daniel's energy, talent and drive for law


    Any additional comments?

    SIDE note to Miss Caldwell PLEASE PLEASE write a book about Catharine O'Daniel. I need to know what makes her tick. I will order it today!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilbert Rideau
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    After killing a woman in a moment of panic following a botched bank robbery, Rideau, denied a fair trial, was improperly sentenced to death at the age of 19. After more than a decade on death row, his sentence was amended to life imprisonment, and he became editor of the prison newsmagazine The Angolite, which under his leadership became an uncensored, daring, and crusading journal instrumental in reforming the violent prison and the corrupt Louisiana justice system.

    gifts4444you says: "Unbelievably enlightening one of my top 2 books!!!"
    "Unbelievably enlightening one of my top 2 books!!!"
    Overall

    Well written, very interesting & enlightening. **EXCELLENT choice in narration by: Dominic Hoffman.

    I don't feel this book should be judged/rated by one's opinion of the author's past. Judge this obviously well written book with it's amazing story line and perspective. Or stay in your little, close minded world and condemn him but never his amazing book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard Stengel
    • Narrated By Richard Stengel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

    Jennifer Elliott says: "Loved it! Well Read and well written."
    "Mechanical voice"
    Overall

    Worth listening to but the author should NOT have read the story very painful to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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