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  • This Is Me

  • Loving the Person You are Today
  • By: Chrissy Metz
  • Narrated by: Chrissy Metz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,116

In This Is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave listeners both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy's This Is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments and leaves the listener feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent - 1 million stars

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-28-18

Wow

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

What an amazing journey. Bravo Christy thank you for sharing your story with us.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,716

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

excellent, loved this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Atwood takes you to the edge of a cliff and dangles you over the edge. although I didn't totally understand the book until after I had finished it.

  • The Color of a Promise

  • The Color of Heaven Series, Book 11
  • By: Julianne MacLean
  • Narrated by: Samara Naeymi, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Having spent a lifetime in competition with his older brother Aaron - who always seemed to get the girl -Jack Peterson leaves the US to become a foreign correspondent in the Middle East. When a roadside bomb forces him to return home to recover from his wounds, he quickly becomes the most celebrated journalist on television, and is awarded his own prime time news program. Now, wealthy and successful beyond his wildest dreams, Jack believes he has finally found where he is meant to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these books I'm a total addict.

  • By Joyce Ballast on 03-04-18

Love these books I'm a total addict.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Can't put it down once I start it, she can weave a plot like none other.

  • Wonder

  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,763
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,758

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'M THE OLD MOLDY CHEESE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-28-17

what an amazing book

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Reviewed: 02-03-18

loved every minute, so we'll written. You really get sucked into it feeling the emotion.

  • My Name is Markham

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks! It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Zara Ramm

  • By Lesley G on 01-27-17

A Good Chuckle

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Cute story, do miss Sara Rahm but seeing it is a man's story I guess it's fitting.

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

Fantastic Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-10-17

I love Jodi Taylor what a romantic, witty tale. Warmed my heart. Hated to have it end.

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 07-25-15

Love Love Love The Nothing Girl

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-16

Listened to .ostensibly of the book on my way home from a road trip and couldn't stop listening. Jodi Taylor is my favorite author

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians

  • By Linda on 01-26-15

Bravo

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-16

Loved it, can't get enough of this series. Zahra has me eating out of her hand. Looking forward to the next book.

  • Secrets Lost: Secrets Remembered

  • By: Marcia Breece
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Morgan Hill dons a pair of spectacles she finds hidden in an heirloom trunk and begins to catch a glimpse of lost generations and long forgotten family secrets. Her expansion and awakening flourish when she meets Yuri Bozek, a mysterious lumberjack who is more than his occupation implies. Drawing on his intuition and a deep energetic awareness, Yuri guides Morgan to discover the true essence of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secret lost and Remembered

  • By trixie on 11-22-14

Quite the Sleeper

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets Lost: Secrets Remembered to be better than the print version?

This book starts out quaint but before you know it you can't put it down. A great read.

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

No but I will from now on.