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Cherilyn Parsons

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  • The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

  • A Novel
  • By: Cherise Wolas
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Michael Dickes
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

When Joan finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is stunned by Martin's delight, his instant betrayal of their pact. She makes a fateful, selfless decision then, to embrace her unintentional family. Challenged by raising two precocious sons, it is decades before she finally completes her masterpiece novel. Poised to reclaim the spotlight, to resume the intended life she gave up for love, a betrayal of Shakespearean proportion forces her to question every choice she has made.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit too long - but a great piece overall

  • By Jennifer R. on 10-04-17

I loved every moment of this long novel

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This book contains novels with a novel, and all the stories were compelling. “Joan Ashby” is one of the most satisfying novels I’ve read in a while, and I read a lot (I run a book festival). I read this book completely for pleasure, and it was indeed that. Another friend who reads a lot (she’s a book reviewer) recommended it to me, and I now recommend it to you.

One note on the audio. The book does break often from the main story into excerpts of what the main character herself is writing, and sometimes in the audio it was difficult to know where we were — main story, or a story that the narrator was writing? The physical book uses different fonts for these excerpts. But in the audiobook, only one set of excerpts had a different voice, a male voice. It would’ve been better if all of the excerpts were distinguished by a different voice so the listener could track better. I found myself leafing through the print book to figure out what was going on.

  • The Dependents

  • By: Katharine Dion
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

After the sudden death of his wife, Maida, Gene is haunted by the fear that their marriage was not all it appeared to be. Alongside Ed and Gayle Donnelly, friends since college, he tries to resurrect happy memories of the times the two couples shared. Meanwhile, his daughter, Dary, challenges not only his happy version of the past but also his view of Maida. As a long-standing rift between them deepens, Gene starts to understand how unknown his daughter is to him - and how enigmatic his wife was. And a lingering suspicion seizes his mind that could upend everything he thought he knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a delicate, beautiful book

  • By Cherilyn Parsons on 07-05-18

What a delicate, beautiful 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: 07-05-18

Absolutely lovely… A subtle, easy-reading meditation on grief, family, friends, and love. The characters are deeply real, and the story swept me along all the way to the satisfying ending. Definitely recommend it.

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  • The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong

  • The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet
  • By: Gyalo Thondup, Anne F. Thurston
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Lane Nishikawa
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In December 2010 residents of Kalimpong, a town on the Indian border with Tibet, turned out en masse to welcome the Dalai Lama. It was only then they realized for the first time that the neighbor they knew as the noodle maker of Kalimpong was also the Dalai Lama's older brother. The Tibetan spiritual leader had come to visit the Gaden Tharpa Choling monastery and join his brother for lunch in the family compound.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By BlueSky on 12-07-15

Fascinating story, frustrating male narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This was a terrific and informative story, and the framing by the writer who was hired by Gyalo Thondup was thought-provoking. The female narrator was good. The male narrator was very frustrating. He hardly knew how to pronounce the Tibetan names, and “Takster” and “Rinpoche” in particular were forcibly and awkwardly pronounced the entire time, which broke into the experience of the story because the narrator In a first person story would have pronounced these words as naturally as breathing. Instead, they were laboriously pronounced, and it really interrupted the story. I almost didn’t keep listening because it bugged me so much, but I managed to get past it and enjoy the rest. It’s well worth reading, but I do wish they paid more attention to the narrator.

  • The Dying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Asa Avdic
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, Steve West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The year is 2037, and on the tiny island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a 48-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position with the totalitarian Union of Friendship. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic bureaucrat with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment: to stage her own death and then to observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the six other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t stop listening

  • By Cherilyn Parsons on 02-22-18

Couldn’t stop listening

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Fabulous novel, really well plotted, fascinating characters. Great to listen to on audio. I highly recommend it!

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  • Power Up

  • How Smart Women Win in the New Economy
  • By: Magdalena Yesil, Marc Benioff - foreword
  • Narrated by: Magdalena Yesil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Pioneering Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Magdalena Yesil came to the United States in 1976 with two suitcases and $43, blind to the challenges she would face as a woman and immigrant in Silicon Valley. Today, she is best known as the first investor and a founding board member of Salesforce, the now multibillion-dollar company that ushered in the era of cloud-based computing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, fresh, and engaging

  • By BeckyinSandiego on 01-07-18

Must-read

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I bought this book in hardcover, then wanted to read it more quickly so also bought the audio. Magdalena reads the book herself on the audio, which can give you a clue into the overall generosity of this work. While the print book already is so warm and personal, the audio makes it even more so. Now I’m going to go back to the hardcover to reread and mark passages that felt especially pertinent to me.

I’m an entrepreneur and often struggle with the sheer exhaustion of “doing it all” and making something from nothing. Magdalena’s book gave me many tools not only to pick myself up and keep going but to be even more skillful along the way. This is one of the best business books and wise “pep-talk” books I’ve read, and I’m recommending it to all my friends. I recommend it to you too.

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  • The CEO Pay Machine

  • How It Trashes America and How to Stop it
  • By: Steven Clifford
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Today, the pay gap between chief executive officers of major US firms and their workers is higher than ever before - depending on the method of calculation, CEOs get paid between 300 and 700 times more than the average worker. Such outsized pay is a relatively recent phenomenon, but despite all the outrage, few detractors truly understand the numerous factors that have contributed to the dizzying upward spiral in CEO compensation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow – definitely read this book!

  • By Cherilyn Parsons on 11-10-17

Wow – definitely read this 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: 11-10-17

Urgent, passionate, smart – and shocking. This book gets at the root of a major cause and symptom of economic inequality in society today. The author also shows how the CEO pay machine hurts American industry. This book is easy to understand for a non-specialist and really opened my eyes. Well worth the effort to read.

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  • The Far Away Brothers

  • Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life
  • By: Lauren Markham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States, the distant land of skyscrapers and Nikes, while his identical twin, Raul, never felt that northbound tug. But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs, he is forced to flee the country, and Raul, because he looks just like his brother, follows close behind - away from one danger and toward the great American unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful insights of real migration issues!

  • By Terry on 10-10-17

Terrific, important book and great audio recording

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

This book was a page turner in terms of story while also conveying a larger political and social context. It’s excellently written, and the audio was smooth, appealing, and convincing. Highly recommended.

  • My Absolute Darling

  • A Novel
  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At 14, she roams the woods along the Northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous. Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird and completely underwhelming

  • By Chris on 10-10-17

Wow... And excellent audio

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

This book was difficult to listen to at times because the story was so intense and dark, but it was so worthwhile. I could hardly stop listening. The writing is superb. I’ve read about the controversy around this male author writing a story from the perspective of an abused girl, but I found the novel to be sophisticated, insightful, and deeply compassionate — all that a novel should be around a topic that should be explored in fiction much more than it is. (Besides, writers should be able to explore any topic and point of view that appeals to their imagination, especially when done with such care as was the case here.) I applaud the writer for taking on such an important topic and doing it so well. Full, rich, highly nuanced worlds were created in this novel, both psychological and physical worlds.

I also must comment on the narrator for the audiobook. I could hardly imagine a more perfect voice, and the delivery was flawless. I highly recommend this book in the audio version, and I think I may also buy the hardcover version to have a copy of this fine novel for my library and to enjoy the language at a slower pace than by listening.

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  • Hear Your Body Whisper

  • How to Unlock Your Self-Healing Mechanism
  • By: Otakara Klettke
  • Narrated by: Marnye Young
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Could you help your body to get healthy and heal acute or chronic diseases? Could your body return to its ideal shape on its own? Imagine your life inside a healthy body. No doctor's appointments. No health limitations. Imagine your body to return into shape that is healthiest for it. Otakara Klettke shares in her book Hear Your Body Whisper, How to Unlock Your Self-Healing Mechanism how she has learned to communicate with her body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I nearly passed on buying this book because...

  • By Jim M on 03-24-17

Wonderful, well worth listening to

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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: 08-30-17

I downloaded this book based on Audible reviews, and I'm so glad I did. I can now add my review to the rest. The narrator's voice perfectly matches the material, and the generosity and inspiring nature of the delivery and tone of the book means as much as the information itself. I've read quite a few books on health and healing and have engaged in spiritual practices for many years, and yet this book is truly special. The information contained inside is fairly basic – much of it you might have heard somewhere else – and yet hearing it in the way it's delivered here makes it penetrate more.

The author also does get very practical. While I'll probably listen to the audio version again, I might also order the print book so I can more easily refer to the material, such as the suggestions regarding diet. Highly recommended book.

  • An American Sickness

  • How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
  • By: Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • Narrated by: Nancy Linari
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

It is well documented that our health-care system has grave problems, but how, in only a matter of decades, did things get this bad? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms; she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. Rosenthal spells out in clear and practical terms exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship, explaining step by step the workings of a profession sorely lacking transparency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched, Outlined, and Presented

  • By Craig Schorling on 06-17-17

One of the most important books you'll read

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Everyone needs to read this book, and urgently. It describes where and how the American healthcare industry has broken down, how that affects you, and what you can do about it, as an individual and citizen. I started putting this book into practice about halfway through and it has already changed my life. I listened to this book and now am going out to buy a print copy, worth every dime in hardcover, because I need to make copies of the pages of advice for going to a doctor, evaluating whether to get a test, etc. I will make copies of the relevant pages to have with me for time in the hospital, as a cheat sheet, to protect both my health and pocketbook.

The health care reality that Rosenthal describes is enraging, and something that I have experienced thankfully at lesser levels than some of the people described in the book. She explains everything thoroughly and clearly, and the book is written at a perfect pitch, sophisticated and yet not overly technical, illuminating the societal levels of the issues but also making them very practical. Best health advice you'll receiveall this year: get this book.

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