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Spring Lake, Mi United States | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 195 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

  • To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mary C. Neal
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back is Mary’s remarkable story of her life’s spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again.

    Richard D. Shewman says: "Christian witness for the most part"
    "A Narcisists Legendary Tale"
    What would have made To Heaven and Back better?

    Leave out personal religious and political beliefs.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary C. Neal again?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She did not focus on the title of the book. What draws the reader to the book is the title and the promise of hearing a story of angels and life after death from a medical doctor's perspective. She focused instead on her personal accomplishments here on earth. We learn mostly that she is highly educated, well traveled, a world class athlete, and of course a perfect mother.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I just finished the book, and was so disappointed. I purchased it because I lost my sister recently and wanted something uplifting.
    I was surprised to discover there is very little in this book about death, heaven, and angels.

    The book is mostly comprised of Dr. Neil's narcissistic rantings about her accomplishments in life (beginning in childhood) and religious/political beliefs.
    It's almost like reading someone's journal. She seems to be ego tripping all over herself throughout the book. By halfway through the book, I'm thinking, OK, we get it, you are a brilliant, highly educated, cultured, world class athlete, all the while being the perfect parent.

    It's ironic that she says she embraces "finding joy" every day in her life. I "find" that hard to believe if her book is any indication. The entire book is bleak, depressing, and dark, even when she is describing what should be a happy experience.

    I'm a religious person, and even I grew tired of the constant interjection of her torturous and redundant perspective on religion and faith. There are countless numbers of quotes and readings from the bible. One might start to wonder if she was using them as filler.

    Despite all of the good doctors success in life, the reader will likely get the strong impression that Dr. Neil feels like she has endured many injustices throughout her life.

    Welcome to life here on earth Dr. Neil!

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    "Not What I expected"
    What disappointed you about Robert B. Parker's Lullaby?

    I didn't like Joe Mantegna's style of performance/reading. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary cursing. Don't get me wrong, I can talk like a truck driver at times, but this just seemed excessive and contrived.

    Has Robert B. Parker's Lullaby turned you off from other books in this genre?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not, sure, but I just didn't like his style of performance. I like Joe Mantegna as an actor, but he did not do well with this book in my opinion.

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

    I liked the character Mattie Sullivan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Self-Hypnosis Diet: Use the Power of Your Mind to Make Any Diet Work for You

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Steven Gurgevich
    • Narrated By Steven Gurgevich

    What's missing from the hundreds of diets on the market to help us achieve healthier bodies? "The most important element," teaches Dr. Steven Gurgevich, "is not in the body, but in your mind." As a key member of Dr. Andrew Weil's physician's training program, Dr. Gurgevich has brought hypnosis to the forefront of modern medicine.

    Carl says: "Outstanding!"
    "Lengthy diatribe, very little actual hypnosis."

    If you consider being bored to sleep as a way to be "hypnotized" this book may be helpful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "Lots Of Twists And Turns"

    Overall the book is well written. Some sections of the book toward the end are a bit far fetched, but non the less keep the readers interest.
    There are many sections that should come with a warning for mature readers only, as it could be upsetting for some people.
    One does get a glimpse into the seedy side of life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"

    A phenominal work of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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