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  • How to Be a Good Creature

  • A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets. This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals - Sy's friends - and the truths revealed by their grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Start To 2019....

  • By Rory on 01-02-19

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

The stories, the fascinating facts, the heart behind it all - perfect! Loved every pet, every story , every word!

  • Intermittent Fasting for Beginners

  • An Essential 101 Beginners Guide Teaching You All You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting for Men and Women Looking to Achieve Weight Loss and a Healthy Lifestyle
  • By: Diana Lor, Anna Watson
  • Narrated by: Mike Carnes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

This comprehensive guide to intermittent fasting includes everything you need to transform your lifestyle and your fitness. From a step-by-step practical guide in getting started with your new routine and different types of intermittent fasting to key mistakes and how to avoid them, this audiobook will give you the knowledge and techniques to successfully apply intermittent fasting to your daily routine. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book for beginners

  • By Listener on 02-24-19

Intermittent Fasting, strategy worth considering

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

As a registered dietitian, I have reviewed current reserach on intermittent fasting and have found a growing body of evidence that supports potential health benefits. However, this book included erroneous information not consistent with known biochemistry. for example, there were warnings that limiting calories could result in lowered metabolism that would make fat loss impossible; This may sound convincing yet common sense reminds us that prisoners of war who live on limited calories do not come home obese. I would hope that future additions would include an editor with a background and working vocabulary in biochemistry. I do support time restricted eating and I appreciated the appropriate recommendation to see a physician before beginning fasting in the presence of some chronic conditions. I was pleased with the emphasis on quality sleep and on active lifestyles. I cannot support the dietary recommendations included in the book with carbohydrate intake as low as 5% of total caloric intake (not consistent with RDI's). Intermittent fasting along with a diet that provides at least 50% of total caloric intake from quality carbohydrate foods (whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and whole fruits) is a health promoting diet and could be part of a successful weight loss plan.

  • The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ambreen Razia
  • Narrated by: Ambreen Razia
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,466

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl, but what about a Hounslow Girl? Definition of a Hounslow Girl: a young Muslim woman who wears hooped earrings with her headscarf and grapples with traditional values while hustling her way through urban London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a bold and provocative one-person play, written and performed by Ambreen Razia. From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard coming of age with Islamic slant

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Cannot recommend

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Vulgar language, offensive content, no offsetting value, the description warned of some adult content but that did not begin to describe this recording, - cannot recommend for anyone!

  • The Unforgiven

  • Echoes from the Past, Book 3
  • By: Irina Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Wendy Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Pregnant and alone, Dr. Quinn Allenby finds herself detained in New Orleans, tasked with obtaining footage for the finale of the Echoes from the Past series. As she delves deeper into the mystery of Madeline Besson, whose very existence seems to have been erased from history, Quinn finally gets closer to finding out the truth about her own psychic gift, and to a secret that had remained buried for over a century. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a chilling and enthralling tale!

  • By Leticia Crow on 01-30-19

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Fascinating story with plenty of twists. Certainly makes one ponder the ways we have treated each other in some dark parts of history. I was disappointed at the inclusion of some graphic sex and feel the story could have been told without that.

  • Hurry Up Nurse

  • Memoirs of Nurse Training in the 1970's
  • By: Dawn Brookes
  • Narrated by: Emma Jordan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Hurry Up Nurse is a nurse memoir that follows the ups and downs of a trainee nurse in the 1970s. Written with humor and candor, it follows the experiences of the author as she and her friends come to terms with the non-stop hustle and bustle of hospital life. This book treats the reader to a peep behind the scenes as we enter the hospital wards. The author shares the discipline, laughter and inevitable sadness as she learns to cope with the strains of shift work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Charming nursing story...with an charming accent

  • By Sandi on 12-13-18

Charming nursing story...with an charming accent

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

If you have loved Sue Barton books since you got your first library card...you're going to like this one too! Listen to the narrator's charming British accent tell touching and funny and sweet stories of people and healthcare in the '70's and the trials of becoming a nurse in Great Britain at that time.

  • All I Wanted Was a Drink

  • An Aggie Underhill New Year's Day Short Story (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 11)
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Aggie and Betty decide to take a last-minute flight to Las Vegas for a girl's weekend. Since the Christmas holiday had left them exhausted, they thought a mini-vacation was just what they needed. Who knew the flight would be just as exhausting as the Christmas season?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great way to spend a hour.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 12-04-18

Fun Story

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

If you like delightful accents and fun sounds effects (airplane intercom, snoring, etc.) along with a fun storyline, then this one if for you. The character development is very good despite the short length of the story. The conversations are clever. And there are some very interesting twists along the way...

  • Full Circle

  • A Dream Denied, A Vision Fulfilled
  • By: Theodore Jerome Cohen
  • Narrated by: Jim Selleck
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Solly’s dream is for his son Teddy to one day become a concert violinist. Eventually he comes to understand and to endure the heartbreak of knowing that the dream never will be realized. As Solly watches, life takes Teddy from gifted violin student to adult engineer and scientist, leaving no time for the career in music Solly so dearly wants his son to pursue. In the end, there emerges the essence of redemption as Teddy returns to the violin late in life and fulfills his and his father’s vision. The story, which is a work of fiction based on real events, will fascinate listeners from ages 10 to 100 who are interested in radio, communications, and music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classical Music, Science, and Engineering Read

  • By Carolyn Wilhelm on 11-24-18

Dreams that seem to be unfulfilled bear many fruit

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Sully wants his son, Teddy, to be a professional musician. To that end, he sacrifices much. Teddy has great promise but does not pursue music as a career. However, the discipline and passion that he was exposed to in the study of music carry over to many other areas of his life. He achieves great success and is brilliant in several areas. Late in life, he turns his time and energy back to the violin and feels his Father's presence.
Who would enjoy this audiobook? Music lovers, HAM radio operators, parents with dream for their children, children who fear they did not meet their parent's expectations, and humans who aspire for greatness in any part of life.

  • Parables of the Bible

  • Discovering the Mysteries of God's Kingdom (The Word Series)
  • By: Paul Halbeck
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Boucher
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Thirty-plus parables Jesus gave us are reviewed, plus a few short sayings of his that are also marked as parables, each one having a short and concise summery after it. The parables that Jesus gave us can be categorized as teaching parables, kingdom parables, and prophetic and warning parables. The audiobook orders the parables in a logical teaching progression that they were given to us over the ministry of Jesus, also showing the relevance of why it was given at that time. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A few aha moments!

  • By Susan Patterson on 10-25-18

Explore the Parables

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I enjoyed the way the author arranged the parables in chronological order and his thinking about how different parables fit into different stages of the Savior's ministry. I particularly enjoyed the discussion around the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. The performance was a little lecture like, but the story...well its pretty much the greatest story ever told. I did receive a ARC in exchange for a review, much appreciation to the author for sharing his work.

  • The Gold Dragon Caper: A Damien Dickens Mystery

  • Damien Dickens Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Phyllis Entis
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Derek Turpin is set on revenge, and no one is safe, least of all Damien and Millie. Yet, duty and friendship call, pulling the detective duo in opposite directions. While Damien is engaged in a race against time to rescue young Artie Sutherland, Millie goes to the aid of a sister-in-law she has never met. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Story!

  • By D. Sturgeon on 08-30-18

Betcha can't quit listening

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I'm not usually a mystery reader but...betcha can't quit listening to this one once you start. The story line (abducted child, missing person, financial sabotage) has something for everyone and it all ties together in an intriguing way.

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  • Michelle Obama

  • A Life
  • By: Peter Slevin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly written but she's still an impressive woman

  • By Book and art lover on 04-25-16

Well researched biography

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Very interesting biography of Michelle Obama. Even if you don't agree with her politics, you'll admire her ambition and spunk. Enjoyable listen!