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  • Conscience of a Conservative

  • A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle
  • By: Jeff Flake
  • Narrated by: Milton Jeffers, Jeff Flake - preface
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

In a bold act of conscience, Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liberal Gives Flake 5 Stars

  • By TLN on 08-04-17

Jeff Flake is a hero

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

It takes guts to be able to confess all and point the way towards solutions so desperately needed in American politics today. Personally, I could never espouse conservative principles but I wish everyone would read this book. I believe Jeff is up for reelection soon but he has chosen to put country above politics.

He would make a great president!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger Within

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,624

Be careful what you wish for. On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to James, she finally gets the family she has longed for and becomes a mother to his two sons. So why is she arrested for murder? Things are not as Callie hoped they would be and she struggles to be accepted as part of James' family, and to keep hidden the secrets that could destroy her future. As her life spirals out of control, setting in motion a chain of events with devastating consequences, Callie is forced to question how well we ever really know ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-30-16

TRICKSTER

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

From the start to the end of the 15th chapter I was drawn in but getting more and more depressed. Surely, something good is just around the corner. But I couldn't help it, I had to find out what happens at the end.

I was horrified! I had the distinct feeling that the author had been playing tricks on me,the listener, and I was angry! This was just too much over the top!

  • Trapped

  • By: George A. Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Mary Kootsikas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren's heart pounds, reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone's coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching...and waiting. A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren completely paralyzed, able to move only her eyes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trapped

  • By MANI on 02-14-17

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT MISSING FOR CHILDREN

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

I read this book from start to finish so obviously I enjoyed it. However, I was puzzled after learning that the children were able to mind-read everything their mother communicated to them but then they were cut from the story until the end when they "saved the day". They were the only characters who could mind-read directly with mom but we know nothing about them. When they were called they promptly went to mom's side and did all that she wished. They were never naughty, nor anything else for that matter. For me, the story picked up when the children came on the scene, finally. Making these children 'real' and with some development and imagination, this could have turned the book into five rather four stars.

Character development for most of the characters could use some improvement. Check out Robert Jordan who was an expert in this area.

The narrator has good voice inflexion but she occasionally mispronounces some common words, and hesitates too long between chapters. I kept moving to resume the timer on my Ipad only to hear her talk again. Annoying.

  • The Olive Picker

  • A Memoir
  • By: Kathryn Brettell
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In this brave and shocking memoir, the author masterfully guides us through the pivotal points of her life, from an abusive upbringing that destroys her self-confidence, to the wreckage of an ill-conceived marriage, and on to a defining moment, full of grace and mercy, which gave her the wings to become the conquering and triumphant phoenix she is today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Memoir

  • By MANI on 12-13-16

FASCINATING AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

This is the story of Kathy who experienced physical and psychological abuse, first by her parents then by her husbands (2). She knew, as we all do, what physical abuse is. But for decades, she was unaware of the terrible psychological abuse she was being subjected to. This lack of awareness was the enemy that she had to overcome in order to gain mastery over herself and reach her goals. After a nervouse breakdown and year-long visits to a therapist, she finally saw “the monster.”
Now, she was able, against all odds, to get the education she had always wanted, to become a registered nurse, and to find a good man who loved her for herself.

I loved the narrator and thought “this is probably what Kathy sounds like.” Anyway, very well done.

This book was given to me by Boom free, at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Disappearance

  • A Mystery and Espionage Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Niv Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Grey Hamilton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Karen Glass, an American high school graduate, is visiting a kibbutz in Northern Israel. She meets Mikki who lives on the kibbutz, and they become passionately involved. They fall in love, but on her birthday, while they are on a tour of the Upper Galilee, she suddenly disappears from his car.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and Very Entertaining

  • By Lori on 12-18-16

Interest disappeared

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

I just could not get into this story. Don't know why but it left me cold.

This book was given to me free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon's Heart

  • The Dragon Fey Saga, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Rabe
  • Narrated by: Karen-Eileen Gordon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Serena Harlowe always knew her place. A foundling placed with the tutor of Illedrian royalty, she grew to be a talented fighter. After rising to the rank of lieutenant in the royal army, she proves her worth and thwarts the attempted assassination of the man she loves. The selfless act will change her life forever and start a chain of events that will unlock her hidden past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different and fun

  • By erobbins33 on 08-26-16

PERFECT LOVE

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

This is the delightful love story of Killian and Serena. All appears to be going well until one day Serena discovers a secret about herself that will forever change their lives. Further complicating matters is Katja, an evil young woman bent on destruction. These characters represent three different life forms: human, dragon fey and dark fey. But, Killian and Serena are unaware of these differences and this leads to many adventures both good and bad.

The narrator has a very unique, almost peculiar voice which took a little while for me to get used to. She pronounces every word clearly and distinctly so that you never need to rewind and listen again because of something being missed. I soon began to appreciate this uniquenes and found that her voice did suit the story.

If you just want to relax and dream, as I often do, then this is the book for you. I really did enjoy it.

This book was given to me free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

  • By: Suzanne M. Desan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Suzanne M. Desan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great balance of the big picture and detail

  • By Monte Johnston on 09-17-13

I WAS THRILLED AND INSPIRED BY THIS PRESENTATION!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

What a wonderful explosion of knowledge this has been for me. Thank you Professor Desan. Your knowledge and compilation of events is brilliant. I just could not put it down, and completed listening to it in two days. You have whetted my appetite for more. Thank you, again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dear Leader

  • Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea
  • By: Jang Jin-sung
  • Narrated by: Daniel York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529

As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • richly detailed account of getting out

  • By Andy on 07-17-14

SUPERB!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

Talk about suspense?!! I clenched my fists, held my breath, and agonised so much so that I just had to bookmark and skip to the last paragraph to see if they made it. I then went back to my bookmarked point and continued to clench my fists and forget to breathe. Daniel York does a fantastic job of narrating! His pronunciation of all those Asian names was impressive. I did stop to eat and sleep at night but other than that, I read this in one sitting. Superb!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Escape from Camp 14

  • One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
  • By: Blaine Harden
  • Narrated by: Blaine Harden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels.

  • By Amanda on 05-17-12

TRAGEDY

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

This is a story of suffering and tragedy, and we should all open our eyes to what is happening to our fellow humans. Unfortunately, the author, Blaine Harden, has little talent for the craft of writing, and absolutely NIL talent for narrating. Granted, it was like pulling teeth to get Shin to open up and tell Harden anything and we are lucky get some semblance of coherence once pen was put to paper. With good editing and a professional narrator, this could have been a best seller and Shin and the author would have gained much needed funds. Having said that, I still recommend you add this to your list of “must reads”. Just be prepared to suffer through (in union with suffering humanity?) the worst narration on the planet.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vision Impossible

  • Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 9
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Abby Cooper, the FBI's newest civilian profiler, is adding "spy" to her resume. The military's digital photography software that captures one's aura - just like Abby can - sits in a drone aircraft that's been stolen. It's a major breach in security, as every country's leader can be identified by their aura.... Abby springs into action to stop the criminals before they set their diabolical plan into motion, while making herself a prime target.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mission impossible??

  • By Sho Sunaga on 12-06-11

INNANE AND VAPID

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

This story leaves me yawning and my mind wandering. Even the narrator gave up trying to do something with it. All the character voices sound the same. The "My fiancé" line is used ad nauseam.

Victoria, for your information, U.S. $1,000,000.00 equals Can.$ 915,818.20 at today’s rate (August 08, 2014). Not quite at par but close. In this case you would round up, not down to half a million. https://www.google.ca/#q=1%2C000%2C000+canadian+dollars+equals+how+many+u.s.+dollars%3F