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  • Beyond the Sunrise

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Even at 15, Jeanne, the privileged daughter of a royalist EmigrE, knew what she liked: Englishman Robert Blake, bastard son of a marquess. Yet his questionable birth rendered him forbidden. Forced to part, they were still young enough to believe in tomorrow. But as time passed, that brief ephemeral flirtation at Haddington Hall faded into memory.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't bear to finish listening

  • By harp diva on 02-13-15

Best M. Balogh book!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I am absolutely thrilled to have such a bad ass heroine. This book was so different from other historical romance novels. I do get tired of the secret heiresses, school teachers that are secret heiresses, bumbling girl meets strong stubborn guy type books, even though I love them. The format is always so predictable. This book was actually exciting to listen to!
I love Mary Balogh' s novels and that the narrator is the same for all of them. Roslyn Landor is the bees knees. The twists and turns and humor all caught me off guard.
I've read literally hundreds of romance novels and this is easily in the top ten.

  • The Proposal

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rebecca De Leeuw
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh delights fans with historical romantic tales that touch the heart. After her husband dies in a freak accident, Lady Gwendoline Muir never dreams she’ll love again. So when soldier-turned-nobleman Lord Hugo Trentham stirs feelings in her that have lain dormant for years, she can’t help but imagine his strong embrace. Hugo finds himself drawn to Gwen, but he’s never courted a woman before. Can he muster the right words to make Gwen open her heart and love once more?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Very Romantic!

  • By 🌸DARA on 05-19-13

Her stories aren't fluffy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Well at least not as fluffy as other authors. This book has more substance and depth than 95% of other historical romances I've read, and I've read a metric butt-ton.

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

  • By Ren on 06-02-16

Morbidly Insightful and informative memoir

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I've recommended this to friends and have listened to it several times, which is my ultimate standard in Audio books.
I'm glad the author read her own book, she pulls it off well even though her voice sounds a tiny bit like a woman imitating a man. I think that might be what puts some people off, but the pacing and timing are perfect. Memoirs read by their author always seem more authentic to me.
Don't listen to this if you can't handle candidly graphic,(but somehow lighthearted and respectful), observations about what happens to a person's body after death.
If you like this book and the subject matter, her other one 'From Here To Eternity' is a great follow up!!

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

Not especially funny to me

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I think I enjoy a different type of humor than I found in this book and I almost didn't listen past the first few chapters because I didn't find it especially entertaining. I did listen to the entire book eventually and although it didn't blow my socks off, I didn't hate it either.
This book failed at inspiring me or making me laugh, but if you already know you like Paula Poundstone's style then give it a try. I did enjoy learning about her home life.

  • From Here to Eternity

  • Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. Grandpa's mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caitlin has done it again

  • By Shaun on 10-03-17

I very much enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

I immediately downloaded this after listening to her first book, which I also really liked. I have recommended it to several friends, which I almost never do.
I wish I could find more memoir/educational books like this.
The narration is good. Her voice is a little strange, but in a way that adds character and she reads at a good pace. I like when people can narrate their own books successfully, and the author does a good job.
I hope she will write more on this subject :)
This was well worth the download, and I have a hard time believing anyone would be disappointed in the book if they are even marginally interested in the subject matter.