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rick

Audible has been a lifesaver as I continue to go through the process of physical recovery.

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  • Walk Me Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Cristina Panfilio
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    If 16-year-old Carly and 11-year-old Jen can find Teddy, Carly knows he’ll save them from foster care...if he can forgive them for their mother’s vicious lies about him. But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. And after Jen makes a heartbreaking confession, Carly wonders if they’ll ever escape the pain of the past. Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire listeners and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.

    Krys says: "Outstanding Performance for an Outstanding Story!"
    "Pretty Good Listen"
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    After listening to Take Me With You by this author, perhaps my expectations were a little too high. This was a really good listening experience but I found way too much repetition in this book. Not too mention that I found nothing at all compelling about the flashback sequences that occurred prior to the sisters taking it on the run.
    I found Jen extremely likable; as for Carly, it took me most of the book to get Carly. For much of the book I found that her single minded pursuit of her terribly unrealistic goal unable to get behind. The irony of her believing that she was protecting her sister by taking them back to her deceased mother's ex-boyfriend showed her level of single mindedness along with a high level of immaturity. The author's American Indian tribal creation was a nice twist to this YA novel and all of the characters from the tribe were likable without becoming caricatures instead of characters. Carly's great travel adventure leading to the book's climax was an excellent addition to the narrative.
    I'm hoping that since this book was a 2013 release and Take Me With You was 2014 it indicates an upward curve in the quality of her work. This was a very nice audio; a solid 3.9 to 4.1 and I can recommend it with a few reservations but it's not Take Me With You.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grab Them Aghast

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Cameron Esposito
    • Narrated By Cameron Esposito
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Cameron Esposito hasn’t had a Comedy Central special and she doesn’t frequent the hip indie New York City comedy clubs, but this art-house comic has some unique talent that’s made her a favorite among hometown Chicago audiences. Her raspy, excitable delivery is clean and intelligent, and one would imagine her improv performances (her true comedy background) to be enjoyable as well.

    rick says: "Are You Kidding Me"
    "Are You Kidding Me"
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    Completely unfunny with stuttering and long pauses between wannabe jokes; take a chance only if it's free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beard

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Eton
    • Narrated By Tillie Hooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    When tall, pretty Kelly interviews at Washington D.C.’s premier LGBT-centric lobbying firm, she claims she has a girlfriend. Nothing could be further from the truth; she’s never even kissed a girl. Kelly’s hired. However, a suspicious co-worker keeps inquiring about her girlfriend. To keep her lies straight, Kelly bases her fictional partner on Anna, an aggressive, gorgeous lesbian friend of a friend. But when the firm’s annual Christmas party looms, Kelly’s forced to produce her mysterious girlfriend.

    Bonnie says: "Cute story about A LIE"
    "Defiant Mediocrity"
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    This novella contains a weak plot; broad unrealistic caricatures; a totally ridiculous core concept; yet I can't bring myself to dismiss it completely.
    Our main character Kathy interviews for a job with an LGBT lobbying group and despite a myriad of federal regulations that would prohibit such discrimination, she has to be a lesbian to work there.
    Badly needing a job she invents a girlfriend by referencing a friend of a friend that she's never spoken to. There is a nosy know-it-all employee who's sure she's posing and she wastes no opportunity to announce her views to everyone within listening distance. When Kathy's boss tells her that she will be expected to produce said girlfriend at the company Christmas party she knows she has to get creative. Anna is convinced to play the part of her paramour and the resulting events at the party are as over the top teen movie like as they are unlikely. Still there is a likable quality to this story that makes it a worthwhile listening experience..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seth Andrews
    • Narrated By Seth Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

    Michael says: "A man's spiritual journey out of religiousity"
    "Out of the Dark"
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    Christian Contemporary DJ Seth Andrews tells the story of his conversion from fundamentalist to going through the motions to atheist. There are some in depth checks on what the bible actually says and parts of the old testament in particular are as bloody and as sick as anything Caligula ever did. The author touches on the depth that right wing politics have touched and changed this country's religions. If this is an issue you've struggled with you found very much new ground being broken but the author is both a good writer and an excellent narrator; with less than five hours of material this is a succinct look at a largely unexplored and ignored movement; a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drinking My Way Through 14 Online Dating Websites

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Tiffany Peón
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Sick of feeling heartbroken over her most recent breakup and underwhelmed by the rest of her life, Tiffany Peón decided to embark on a social experiment. Over the course of one year, she used 14 different online dating sites including Craigslist, speed dating, and The Atlasphere, a site for fans of Ayn Rand. Through drunken interactions with strangers, she learned the ins and outs of the online dating world and eventually found her way back to the relationship that started it all.

    rick says: "Amusing and Sarcastic"
    "Amusing and Sarcastic"
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    Tiffany Peon's writing is humorous and Mia Chiaromonte uses a droll understated tone to convey the essence of the words. As this genre of book practically mandates a snarky, sarcastic tone there are times when the author's rendition of these dates can come off as unkind; if not cruel. On the other hand her humor is understated and there doesn't seem to be many gratuitous shots taken at the men. Interwoven into this scenario is the author's resumption of her affair with her ex boyfriend Chris. Given the cost this audio is an excellent listening choice if you desire 105 minutes of entertaining escapism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Frigging Matrimony

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice, and hilarious one-liners. Marriage: The final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the '50s, all the while knowing they’d never make it back. And now another poor rocket is ready to launch. But this isn't just any posh New York wedding. You've seen my friends, you've met our families, you know you're in for a treat.

    BluBumbleB says: "GOTTA LOVE DREW..."
    "Cliched and Predictable"
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    If you were a fan of any of the dramas of nineties on the independent television network's you will be comfortable with the plot of this selection. Even one of Audible's great narrators couldn't rescue this one from abject mediocrity. Take a pass on this one; and if you want a good quick listen choose something from Diane Capri's "Get Jack Reacher" series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (479)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Strong Comeback For Bosch"
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    I was less than impressed with The Black Box so it was with relief that when I got into this book and realized that it was one helluva comeback. Harry's new partner Lucia Soto is an excellent addition; the first worthy partner Bosch has had since Kiz Rider. Then there was the juxtaposition of the two cases they worked. As usual the politicians and the police administrators are as much the enemy as the perps; you wonder how the detectives ever solve any crime with that type of nonsupport. The only negative was Titus Welliver; his dreary monotone delivery that made long for the voices of Len Cariou or Dick Hill. Until I became accustomed to listening to it I thought that this Bosch was headed for the reject file; I'm happy I persevered and gave the writing a chance to overcome Welliver's narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

    Jean says: "Too Short of a short story"
    "Weak"
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    When an audiobook only lasts 87 minutes you'd think the action begins early and continues for most of the recording; not this time. Though the ending satisfies, it took far too long for anything interesting to occur. The weakest Reacher novella by far. Concentrate on the full length Personal for your Jack Reacher fix.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sara Farizan
    • Narrated By Negin Farsad
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is a relief. As an Iranian American, she’s different enough; if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would.

    rick says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    This is an excellent work of coming out/ coming of age YA fiction. The protagonist is an Iranian American girl Leila, who has realized that she's gay and is trying to deal with it. Afraid of life and herself she's never had any experience with a girl; indeed her best friend Greg keeps asking her out. Leila manages to avoid crossing that Rubicon without ever leaving her closet.
    Then Saskia enters the picture and the private academy that is Leila's high school and the title of the book now makes sense. Thus she's faced the difficulty of steering her way through the emotional mine field that is high school while living in two cultures while hiding who she really is. Ms Farizan is able to take us through it with hardly a stumble; much less a fall.
    This audiobook is more than capable of standing alone. However if you have a child dealing with issues of sexual identity this can be one of the ways your child approaches you in their process of coming out. I worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for close to a dozen years and the damage I saw from kids rejected by their parents was heartbreaking. The manner in which fictional parents can act as a guide if you let them. These are the same children they were before you found out; don't throw them away.
    Whatever relationship path you ultimately take I love you H and I'm always proud to call you my child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bryan Mooney
    • Narrated By Noah Varness
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As Hope Caldwell fought for her life beneath the rubble of a bombed-out building, it was the thought of Christmas in Vermont and the snow-covered mountains that kept her going. For Jack Reynolds, the mountains of Vermont have always meant something special. Now he has returned home from the big city to spend Christmas in Vermont and help celebrate his uncle's retirement from the postal service. When packing up his uncle's office, they discover a bag of lost Christmas cards.

    rick says: "A Hallmark Movie of the Week"
    "A Hallmark Movie of the Week"
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    An awfully simple little story in which everyone is good; all, or almost all of the citizens of a small Vermont town are all on the same page and all are willing to help. In the end they all come together for the dedication of a new Veteran's Center that will be followed by a job fair. This is a totally sappy story; yet it works.
    Sometimes you just wanna feel good and listen to a positive message. I purchased this one for the setting and the story came through. If you're looking for anything rough, gritty, or realistic; skip this selection, it's a total feel good piece of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Good Lesbians Meet Bad Lesbians & More Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Brenda McIntyre
    • Narrated By K. Krutz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    "Just tell me what you want, Bethany," Carmen replied coldly. Bethany smiled wickedly and licked her ice cream cone. "I'll tell you what: I am the same age as Derek. All I ask is that you do everything I say, from now on." She took another lick of her ice cream cone. "Be my sex slave, and I won't breathe a word of this to Mr. Childers." Bethany went on to promise she wouldn't reveal their special relationship if Carmen agreed. They eventually shook hands and went their separate ways. And that was how it had all started.

    rick says: "New Narrator Needed"
    "New Narrator Needed"
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    It's difficult to believe they couldn't find a better narrator to do this. As erotica it's pretty much what you'd expect; fairly ordinary. I recommend Selena Kitt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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