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Kimberley McManus

Appleton, Wisconsin
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  • Last One Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Debbie Macomber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close - until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents' hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father's favorite - a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie's actions even harder to bear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I fear the narrator distracted me

  • By Donna Gilleece-Smith on 04-04-17

Good story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Everyone has some kind of trouble in life...no one lives a charmed life. Three sisters discover that you need to not make assumptions and always love one another.

  • Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

  • Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
  • By: Karyl McBride
  • Narrated by: Karyl McBride
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

The first book specifically for daughters suffering from the emotional abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life for yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST read for everyone!

  • By Barb on 10-29-12

Great Respurce

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This book is a great resource for any female who grew up with a narcissistic mother. Because the author shares this experience, her advice is most practical. She has exercises to help in the healing process.

  • Becoming the Narcissist's Nightmare

  • How to Devalue and Discard the Narcissist While Supplying Yourself
  • By: Shahida Arabi
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Although clinical research has been conducted on narcissism as a disorder, less is known about its effects on victims who are in toxic relationships with partners with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Individuals with this disorder engage in chronic devaluation and manipulation of their partners, a psychological and emotional phenomenon known as "narcissistic abuse". Unfortunately, the full extent of what narcissistic abuse entails is not taught in any psychology class or diagnostic manual.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • life changing

  • By ida on 01-25-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This book is desperately needed by many people. While this focused more on dating/marriage relationships, the techniques and advice are very valuable for those with narcissistic coworkers, neighbors and parents.

  • Anxious for Nothing

  • Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
  • By: Max Lucado
  • Narrated by: Ben Holland
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656

Anxiety is at an all time high, but there's a prescription for dealing with it. Max Lucado invites listeners into a study of Philippians 4:6-7, where the Apostle Paul admonishes the followers of Christ, "Do not be anxious about anything...." Philippians 4:6 encourages the believer to "be anxious for nothing". As Lucado states, the Apostle Paul seems to leave little leeway here. "Be anxious of nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anxious For Nothing

  • By Sam on 10-24-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This is a great book of practical application on why and how to be anxious for nothing. Anyone who has any level of anxiety about anything can find comfort and guidance in the book.

  • Wild Lavender

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Kate Hood
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm at the age of 14 after the accidental death of her father. Forced to become a maid at the boarding house of her Aunt Augustine in Marseilles, Simone's life is hard and impoverished. But one of her aunt's boarders, the beautiful Camille Casal, a star at the local music hall, gives Simone a dream: that one day she too will be a famous singer and dancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extrodinary Story

  • By Wade on 08-16-08

A French Perspective

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I’ve read several novels set during or around the events of WWII. This is the first time I’ve read one from a French perspective.

The story is very well written from an historical view. The author does a such a great job of weaving her own story through this tale of the clash between the resistance and the collaborators, she sweeps you into the heart of the war before you realize that’s what you’ve been reading about since almost the beginning.

If I could recommend only one historical fiction set in WWII, I would recommend this one.

  • Light in August

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,949

An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so large, so powerful, so conflicted

  • By Darwin8u on 09-17-17

Faulkner style

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

William Faulkner has a certain style that reminds me of the old Twilight Zone television show. I find his character Lena unrealistic. No one is that knowing and naive at the same time. His descriptions of the “mentally ill” characters are too similar. I think it is fair to say that I’m just not a William Faulkner fan.

  • The Hoarder in You

  • How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life
  • By: Dr. Robin Zasio
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 982

The Hoarder in You provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered, and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples - no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Listened While I Bagged Clothes

  • By Sparkly on 12-07-16

I’m not a hoarder, after all!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I love Dr. Zasio on TV! She is both compassionate and practical. I learned things about her (how she can easily tolerate walking through hoarded homes on the television series) and myself. I was much relieved to realize that I’m not a hoarder, but a middle of the road clutterer. I love the tips and techniques for organizing and decluttering, which she gives towards the end of the book.

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  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,590

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • uhm where is the ending?

  • By Steve on 03-29-17

Interesting....

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I’ve seen the movie. The story is interesting; but, so very sad. This smart guy chose a life of crime. It prohibited him from developing relationships that really matter in life. His attitude makes me angry....he has no remorse that the rest of us have to pay more for services and jump through security hoops because of his “lifestyle” of crime. In essence, he stole from everyone!

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,676

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

Wow

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

People keep secrets. This is a story of many secrets. There are twists and turns as the author moves between present day and WWII London. I did not suspect this books biggest secret of all, which made it a fun and interesting read.

  • Between Sisters

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930

Claire Cavenaugh has fallen in love for the first time in her life. As her wedding day approaches, she prepares to face her harsh, judgmental older sister. It is the first time they have been together in more than two decades. Over the course of a hot Pacific Northwest summer, these two women who believe they have nothing in common will try to become what they never were: a family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Jan on 09-16-10

Too much explicit detail

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Too much explicit sexual content destroys this well written book. Too bad. I can only give 3⭐️s.

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