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kristi g bustamante

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  • When I Married My Mother

  • A Daughter's Search for What Really Matters - and How She Found It Caring for Mama Jo
  • By: Jo Maeder
  • Narrated by: Jo Maeder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

An irreverent New York City DJ braces for disaster when she moves to the Bible Belt to care for her estranged, doll-obsessed, hoarder mother. What unfolds in this best-selling memoir is a hilarious, heartbreaking love story that sees elder care and making peace with the past in a most unexpected way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for grown up children

  • By Victoria Evangelina on 08-11-16

Loved this book and its author

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Wonderful! I have recommended this story to several friends who are also getting to know their parents as "old people". It's encouraging and honest. Personally, I want to look up and find Jo Maeder and ask her to be my friend. She's just someone you like.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Orhan's Inheritance

  • By: Aline Ohanesian
  • Narrated by: Assaf Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 765

When Orhan's brilliant and eccentric grandfather - a man who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs - is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But his grandfather's will raises more questions than answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and Haunting

  • By alison on 05-05-15

Nothing great

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

It was all fine. I can see how others might find it more interesting than I did but it didn't really catch my attention.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Holiday in North Korea

  • The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth
  • By: Wendy E. Simmons
  • Narrated by: Jeena Yi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

In My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, Wendy shares a glimpse of North Korea as it's never been seen before. Even though it's the scariest place on Earth, somehow Wendy forgot to check her sense of humor at the border. But Wendy's initial amusement and bewilderment soon turned to frustration and growing paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious Yet Real

  • By Atira on 05-09-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Ms. Simmons told her story of unbelievable events and propaganda in a way kept me laughing but most of all, made them believable. I have recommended this several time. I do wish there were fewer "f*#%" used but it's her story and she was telling it as she wanted.

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  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,609

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

It was fine

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Nothing great. Nothing terrible. As a "real southerner" I'm surprised again how authors and editors from other parts of the country didn't check their cultural and linguistic facts, but I'm getting use to that.

  • The Secret

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 1
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,796
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Historical Highland Romance

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-17-13

What was I thinking?

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

I didnt remember purchasing this book but it was in my library so guessed I had thought it would be a good listen at some point. Where was I and what had I been drinking when I did? The story is nothing more than the old "dime store novel" and the narration is almost laughable.

  • New York

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 35 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Rachel on 12-17-09

Nice book

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

This is the first book I have listened to or read by Edward Rutherfurd and I greatly enjoyed it. I often find I enjoy one time period more than others in this type of book but that didn't hold true here. The story kept my attention beginning to end.

  • The Little Book of Talent

  • 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills
  • By: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Daniel Coyle spent the last few years traveling around the world and meeting with top coaches, teachers, and neurologists in order to unlock the secret of how greatness happens. Now he has taken his groundbreaking research and boiled it down to the essentials: 52 simple, proven rules for developing and growing talent in sports, art, music, business, or just about anything.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should havegotten the paper book.

  • By Wendy Dethloff on 06-18-15

I have recommended it may times

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

Not often do I get a book in print that I have already listened to but I did this time. If you take this book as "good advice" rather than hard core absolute truth, I think it can applied to many situations.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,558
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,403

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Enjoyed it, in spite of myself

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Yep, I smiled most of the time while listening to this book. Great story and very charming main character. Although I understand the situation would bring out the worst in anyone, I do wish there could be less cursing. What can I say?

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,355

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

A pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

I have to admit I don't enjoy explicit violence and sex in novels and consider them to be a crutch used by authors who usually have a weak cast and story. The Secret Keeper does not use, nor need, such devices. A very charming story with characters who are mostly engaging. A very enjoyable mystery. As usual, I enjoyed Caroline Lee's narration.

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  • Top Dog

  • The Story of Marine Hero Lucca
  • By: Maria Goodavage
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes listeners into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond developed between Lucca and Marine Corps handler Chris Willingham, launching what became a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for dog lovers!

  • By Tim on 03-25-15

An interesting and feel-good read

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

My son-in-law recently told me how much enjoyed watching the dogs at work during his last military deployment. Being a dog fan myself, this book caught my attention. As I expected, the story of a dogs working and providing many vital services to the military was interesting enough, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn a little about military missions as well. All in all, this was a very enjoyable book.