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  • Happiness: A Memoir

  • The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
  • By: Heather Harpham
  • Narrated by: Heather Harpham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant - Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Being At A Riveting One-Woman Show

  • By Erin - Audible on 08-09-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

This book is a poignant, funny, sad and cogent account of a family’s journey with a child who has a serious and undiagnosed congenital blood disease. The father’s decision that he does not want children changes quickly when he meets his sick daughter at four months.

The book is well written. The writing style is enjoyable. The narration is terrific!

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  • A Dogleg Island Mystery
  • By: Donna Ball
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Aggie Malone is a dedicated young cop who has spent her entire life just looking for a place to call home. She never thought she'd find it in a quaint Florida village called Dogleg Island, where almost nothing ever happens. Deputy Ryan Grady is an easygoing playboy who carries a surf board in the trunk of his patrol car and lives in the same rambling beach cottage his grandfather built 70 years ago. He grew up on Dogleg Island and can't imagine ever living anywhere else. It's always been the most peaceful place he has ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic story. great plot and character developm

  • By Leiha on 09-01-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The plot was good, the description of a Florida hurricane was correct, the connection between the heroine and her dog was spot on. I liked the narration

  • Dog Gone

  • A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home
  • By: Pauls Toutonghi
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog - a six-year-old golden retriever named Gonker - bolts into the woods. Just like that, he has vanished. And Gonker has Addison's disease. If he's not found in 23 days, he will die.

The search begins. Fielding and his father, John, are dispatched to the field. They have the family's other dog, Uli, in tow. Combing the trails, Fielding and his father bond like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Kathleen McDonald on 08-14-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

I completely enjoyed this book. I felt that I knew the characters from the beginning. My empathy was with Gonker and Fielding, strange as the man was. Very well done. Good narration.

  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes

  • A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
  • By: Anderson Cooper
  • Narrated by: Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a yearlong conversation unlike any they have ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow .... Inspiring

  • By donna spencer on 04-08-16

A Different Kinds be of Memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

Mother and son exchange a year's emails in which they explore their lives, memories, beliefs, today versus the past. It is very unusual in its format and very effective. I loved it and recommend it.

  • Smoky Mountain Tracks

  • A Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Volume 1
  • By: Donna Ball
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

As a native of the small town of Hansonville, North Carolina,and a wilderness rescue worker, Raine Stockton knows the Smoky Mountains as well as anyone could, but she gave up her Search and Rescue work after a tragic loss. Now she reluctantly returns to active duty to help find a young child who has been kidnapped and taken deep into the forest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Smoky Mountains, Dogs & A Mystery

  • By Sara on 08-05-15

Enjoyable book.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

I like books with dog heroes now that I have a Labrador retriever of my own. The mystery was simple and interesting. The characters were well developed and reflected the mountain people of North Carolina. An odd feature was that the "good" characters, such as Raine Stockton, did not have NC accents. Otherwise, The narration was flawless. I would recommend this book.

  • Five Days Left

  • By: Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On My Personal Top 50 Of All Time

  • By Julia on 01-06-16

Moving and wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

This book contains two simultaneous stories, Mara's more poignant than Scott's but both moving and wonderful. Character development was very good.

I am strongly in favor of a person's right to due, particularly when confronted by a terrible fatal disease so I was pleased with how Mara's story progressed.

The narrator was excellent.

I look forward to more by this author and narrator.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,739

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Emotional book

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

Scout comes home for a visit from New York in the midst of the early 69's civil rights struggle. There is not a rape or trial as in the first book but Ms Lee digs deeply into the characters and makes Atticus a real, flawed man who Scout discovers for the first time. I enjoyed the book and hope it becomes a film for all to enjoy as we have enjoyed Mockingbird. PS I don't believe this was reworked to become To Kill A Mockingbird.

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  • The Kingdom of Dog

  • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Neil S. Plakcy
  • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

When his mentor, Joe Dagorian, director of admissions at prestigious Eastern College, is murdered during a fund-raising event, Steve Levitan feels obliged to investigate. He and his golden retriever, Rochester, go nose to the ground to dig up clues, including a bloody knife and some curious photographs. But will Steve's curiosity and Rochester's savvy save them when the killer comes calling?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Follow Up

  • By Beatrice on 12-29-14

Love this dog

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

Rochester the golden retriever helps solve another murder mystery in Bucks County, PA. His owner, Steve, meets a professor who just might be the girlfriend he has been yearning for.

  • How Dogs Love Us

  • A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
  • By: Gregory Berns
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 753

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very slow going

  • By AMG on 11-27-15

Way too technical

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book never told us how dogs love us. It explained over and over how awake dogs were used to map the canine brain.

What could Gregory Berns have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He wrote the book he set out to write. The title does not explain what the book is about.

Did LJ Ganser do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes.

What character would you cut from How Dogs Love Us?

None.

Any additional comments?

I want authors to be clear about their intentions and subject matter.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost City of Z

  • A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,122

A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wished I could be reborn in the past

  • By Jens on 03-24-09

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

True stories are always interesting to me. This was no exception. The disappearance of Colonel Fawcett and two others while on an exploration expedition of the Amazon in the 1920's in well known. This author gives us a good back story on the man and his motives for risking his life and fortunes and those of his oldest son and the son's best friend.