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  • Kick Ass with Mel Robbins

  • Life-Changing Advice from the Author of “The 5 Second Rule”
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,359

Want more out of life? You're not alone. And best-selling author Mel Robbins is here to help with no-bullshit life and business advice that you won't get anywhere else. This follow-up to The 5-Second Rule - available only in audio - takes the classic talk-show format and elevates it to a premium audio experience. Listen to private, one-on-one coaching sessions between the celebrated motivational speaker and people like you - people who want better relationships, to be healthier and more productive, to get unstuck from destructive habits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and insightful

  • By Nicole M on 07-25-18

Made me laugh and cry and learn

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I used this book as a way to set the tone for my day... to be self aware, to monitor how I behave, and to see what lies underneath.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fighting for Anna: A Michele Romantic Mystery

  • What Doesn't Kill You, Book 8
  • By: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Michele retreats to the country while her teens are away for the summer, to write the memoirs of her elderly neighbor, Gidget - a reclusive former Houston art gallery owner - and learn how to be alone in the wake of her husband’s death. But when Gidget dies unexpectedly, she leaves everything to Michele except a bequest to a daughter no one knew existed. Suddenly, Michele's country quiet is shattered, and half of Texas shows up: some to help, some to contest the will, and others to make sure the mystery daughter is never found alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen!!

  • By Serena on 03-25-19

THIS. yes. THIS.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Where does Fighting for Anna: A Michele Romantic Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of Pamela Fagan Hutchins audiobooks, it may be among my favorite! And her books are the tippety top on the list of all suspense novels I have listened to.

What other book might you compare Fighting for Anna: A Michele Romantic Mystery to and why?

Well, the whole What Doesn't Kill You Series is just wonderful. I love the twists, the turns, the humanity of the main characters...

What about Natalie Gray’s performance did you like?

OMG,I think she is my favorite narrators of this series. Her accents are wonderful, and all of the characters had a richness to them, making it easy to stay in the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was just thinking at the end of this book, that ALL her books really crescendo. I love the action packed endings.

But the part that stopped me in my tracks was when they arrested Michelle!

Any additional comments?

I listen to these while I work with my hands...I am transported, entertained, intrigued, and involved all the way through!

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,920
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,403

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Repeats parts of story

  • By Richard Palmer on 09-01-17

What an outstanding storyteller!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Where does Born a Crime rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top TEN

What other book might you compare Born a Crime to and why?

Incomparable

What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

His ability to do dialects is very entertaining!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I truly loved the scene at the hospital with the nurse, his dilemma, and his honesty about his train of thought.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hell to Pay (What Doesn’t Kill You, #7)

  • An Emily Romantic Mystery
  • By: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Narrated by: Tracy Hundley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily has her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss, Jack. Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face-first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store Phil owns with his fiancée, Nadine, one of Emily’s best friends. The cops charge Phil with murder, right on the heels of his acquittal in a trial for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word church offices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • her best yet!

  • By crkrbnr on 09-25-16

Holding onto my seat until the last few words!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

What did you love best about Hell to Pay?

I love the way all the storylines weave together. I loved loved loved the twists at the end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell to Pay?

The scene in the underground retreat with Jack being set on fire! I mean, how often does the hero get set on FIRE in a book?!

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked when Emily handled the snake in front of the family... well, really SO MANY Emily things....

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me angry at times. I was so upset at the foster parents of Betsy.

Any additional comments?

I loved the suspense, the way I had no idea how this was all going to end...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going for Kona (What Doesn’t Kill You, #4)

  • A Michele Romantic Mystery
  • By: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When her husband is killed in a hit-and-run bicycling accident, it takes all of Michele Lopez Hanson's strength not to burrow into their bed for the rest of her life. But their kids need her, and she promised herself she'd do the Kona Ironman Triathlon in Adrian's honor, and someone seems to be stalking her family, so she slogs through the pain to keep herself on track.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Going for Kona kept me guessing

  • By BFK on 11-15-18

Great Story. Took me for a ride!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Going for Kona to be better than the print version?

I love audio books, so my response is biased.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the intricacies of the plot. I love the suspense, the surprises, and especially the character of Michelle.

Which character – as performed by Natalie Gray – was your favorite?

I thought they were all quite believable....I loved her take on the teenage boy. It surprised me how much I FELT that character. I was grateful I wasn't his Mother!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You always never know.

Any additional comments?

I loved the infusion of some Spanish....I wish there had been a little more, because I feel that Michelle's character was fiery and was holding back a little.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heaven to Betsy (What Doesn’t Kill You, #5)

  • An Emily Romantic Mystery
  • By: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Narrated by: Tracy Hundley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

When a dead body swan dives from a balcony into the pool at a wedding, gossip about disgraced paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily - whose husband left her for a woman who's really a man - comes to a halt. Enter Jack, a secretive attorney who is a sexy mix of cowboy and Indian. She refuses to work for him until she learns about the disappearance of the six-year-old daughter of his notorious client, Sofia, the wedding shooter, who is also an illegal immigrant. Emily feels a strange affinity for the girl and launches a desperate search for her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb

  • By Laura T on 06-26-16

Had my arm hairs standing on end!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

If you could sum up Heaven to Betsy in three words, what would they be?

WILD WILD RIDE

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven to Betsy?

Jeez, there were so many, but I loved when I realized she had finally found Valentina!

What about Tracy Hundley’s performance did you like?

She has a very believable Texas twang, and her interpretation of Jack was surprisingly good, too!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yeah, all of it. Especially the part where she saw the Mountain Spirit at the end.

Any additional comments?

I loved the whole book, found it really fun and adventurous.....The entire last chapter was AMAZING.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Annalise (What Doesn’t Kill You, #2)

  • A Katie Romantic Mystery
  • By: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Narrated by: Ashley Ulery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

One unexpected and hotly fought-over little boy, two dead bodies, and a series of home vandalisms throw Texas attorney turned island chanteuse Katie Connell into a tizzy. Juggling all of this, Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and the bad guys too, she waffles between the jumbie house that brought her back from the brink and the man she believes is the love of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved the story

  • By Stephanie on 01-06-14

Suspense, Humor, and Romance

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

Where does Leaving Annalise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't often listen to fiction, but this series has swept me away. It is truly like taking a great vacation with some good friends.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I LOVED the actions of the jumbie the most. I never knew exactly what was going to happen, and the way Katie interpreted her experience of the jumbie was always fresh.

Which character – as performed by Ashley Ulery – was your favorite?

Still Katie.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but then you have to say goodbye so fast! I don't like finishing books all in the same day because I like to let the characters sit with me a while.

Any additional comments?

The ending of this one was hard....it made me want more right away. I couldn't let it sit like that.

  • Saving Grace (What Doesn’t Kill You, #1)

  • A Katie Romantic Mystery
  • By: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Narrated by: Ashley Ulery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172

Sloppy drinking habits. Stunted love life. Professional humiliation in a doomed celebrity trial. It’s no wonder high-strung Texas attorney Katie flees for the serenity of a tropical island, even if it’s the one where her parents died in a tragic accident. But when she gets there, the accident looks a lot like murder, the island seems more sinister than serene, and there’s no one to save Katie from the bad guys, except for herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, marginal narration

  • By DQmaine on 01-08-17

A GREAT ADVENTURE ~ VACATION!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

What made the experience of listening to Saving Grace the most enjoyable?

I loved the descriptions of places, could feel like I was there. The details about the characters were so enriching, I found myself identifying with Katie all the time.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the characters, the way they were developed. I felt like I really got to know them. Of course, my favorite scene was the big surprise in the courtroom....and "mewling like a kitten" really felt visceral to me.

Which character – as performed by Ashley Ulery – was your favorite?

Katie, of course!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The courtroom scene really got me....although there were so many, it was hard to choose. I loved the ending as well...

Any additional comments?

More. Made me want more. As it was nearing the end, it felt like I was about to leave some friends for a while!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful