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Courtney A. Stevens

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  • Soulful Horsemanship

  • A Path to Emotional Freedom for the Horse and Human
  • By: Stef P. Durham
  • Narrated by: Stef P. Durham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Do you want to build a partnership with your horse that is empowering and liberating for your both? Stef P. Durham brings together her experience with natural horsemanship, equine-facilitated learning, spirituality, and coaching to reveal the beauty of working with your horse from your heart. Stef has a unique understanding of the horse-rider connection developed through years of education and experience. She brings it all together to help you find more meaning and fulfillment in the barn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horsemanship or penmanship?

  • By Jenny on 03-30-15

Little to do with horses

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-16

I think the message of this book could have been articulated in about 5 sentences. And none of those would contain much of tangible value with respect to horses. Be present; be mindful, have a good relationship with your horse; enrich your soul; be yourself. A lot of new-age, existential musings, and not many (any?) useful take-aways.

  • The Tempting of Thomas Carrick

  • The Cynster Novels, Book 21
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Thomas Carrick is a gentleman driven to control all aspects of his life. As the wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises, located in bustling Glasgow, he is one of that city's most eligible bachelors and fully intends to select an appropriate wife from the many young ladies paraded before him. He wants to take that necessary next step along his self-determined path, yet no young lady captures his eye, much less his attention - not in the way Lucilla Cynster does, even though she lives miles away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Overall

  • By R G on 03-03-15

Ok... Would be Better with a female narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-15

Fairly good story. Tho the narrator was as good as he could be, a male voice doing female dialogue is just not right, particularly in intimate scenes.
Also definitely must be read as part of the series or the ending would be (as it it was for me) unsatisfying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Heartless Design

  • Secrets of the Zodiac, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Cole
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

"Heartless" Cordelia Bering refuses every marriage offer she receives. Yet men still try to win her, drawn by her sharp wit and intoxicating green eyes. But Cordelia knows a marriage could reveal her deepest secret and truly endanger her life. Besides, she hasn't met a man worth considering, until... Sebastien Thorne, a spy in the service of the Crown. One of the elite agents in the group known as the Zodiac, he comes to London determined to solve a mystery with roots on the Continent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marian Hussey keeps it Captivating

  • By XmasMom on 01-23-15

Okay for a mystery/suspense...not quite a Romance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-14

Throughout the book, it really felt like the author intended to write a mystery/suspense novel, and threw in the "romance" part after the fact. You don't really feel any chemistry between the novel's hero and heroine and the "love scenes" fall flat.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition

  • Everything You Need to Know about American History but Never Learned
  • By: Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Kenneth C. Davis, Zach McLarty, and others
  • Length: 29 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

Here, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut as a New York Times best seller, is the revised, updated, and expanded edition of the classic anti-textbook that changed the way we look at history. First published two decades ago, when the “closing of the American mind” was in the headlines, Don’t Know Much About® History proved Americans don’t hate history—just the dull version that was dished out in school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great history refresher

  • By William on 05-17-13

Biased overview; Confusing chronology.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-13

What disappointed you about Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition?

I was hoping for an objective overview. This was not it. (Note: I am by no means a staunch conservative--more of a middle-of-the-roader--but still thought the treatment of so many periods of history were inexcusably laden with liberal biased. E.g. the vilification of corporations and free enterprise and the utter glorification of unions.)

Although I applaud the ambition of the author in covering such a dense span of time, his frequent inability to portray events by facts, detached from agenda, was disappointing. Also, the fact that he chose to do it in a question/answer format, rather than in purely chronological order, made it confusing at times and difficult for the listener to put events in chronological context. (Though the chapters are in chronological order, the questions within them may hop between presidencies and may go forward and back in time 10 years or more from one to the next.)

Would you recommend Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Not objective, poorly read, confusing format.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I thought his manner of reading, especially in his tone and diction, sounded condescending and cynical.

Any additional comments?

The reading of all of the questions at the beginning of the chapter was tedious and unnecessary. It's like reading a textbooks table of contents before each chapter. Totally obnoxious.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful