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  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

  • Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
  • By: Amy Morin
  • Narrated by: Amy Morin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges? Or as psychotherapist Amy Morin asks, what should we avoid when we encounter adversity? Through her years counseling others and her own experiences navigating personal loss, Morin realized it is often the habits we cannot break that are holding us back from true success and happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts Off Slow

  • By A. Yoshida on 05-22-17

Behavior Change Can Help Sift Attitude

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Don’t miss out on this good daily deal $2.95 to get you on the road to where YOU want to be.
Note: I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author intent. Many good writers are not narrator’s but at this speed the information flows and you can get the meaningful information author delivered.
I tend to listen first for content, and get the tempo of the author, then note chapters that have an action plan.
This author, was forced to implement methods she outlined for her patients, if she too was to overcome tragedy.
Author explains quickly and clearly why certain behaviors can be detrimental instead of healing.

I tend to be a half empty glass of water personality type, so I look for motivational books that galvanize me to take a different action so I move 1 step closer to where and want I want to be. Sometimes, you don’t know what you don’t know!
This book encourages you to take pity party energy and make yourself a bit happier or at least get you on the road out of your funk. The ideas and suggestions are up lifting especially for me when I slip my leash and have a pity party.
This is no miracle advise, but it was a great outline to get you on the road to happiness especially if you get into the pity party mode just once too often.
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  • Criminal

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains a lot!

  • By Joan on 11-22-12

Sweet Little Lamb

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This is one of the best in this series, if not the best! However, if you start with this one, it may spoil this series if you want to go back and start it. This book is Amanda’s and Evelyn story and it reveals Will’s background.

If you cannot take terror and gore, Eg Undone, this series is great but you may have a hard time sleeping at night. After Undone, I couldn’t sleep from the terror!
Narrator Natalie Ross, of whom I am a long time fan, did such an excellent job with Will Trent’s voice, as with all the other characters, that it compelled me to start this series. Well, my curiosity got the better of me, and I skipped around and purchased by narrator and not the order written.

This story really surprised me! I can tell you the author got the hint to tone down the terror, and she did great in this one. You can tell when a terror scene is coming and skip it if you like. (Only two to watch out for.)

This author can write, but you must like scary books and films to begin the series from book 1.
This author may finally hit the best seller list with each new book if she can continue not to add her signature terror to the story. I can tell you I have no compulsion to buy her other stories as I am afraid of the terror she can write. She is good in that department, as my sleepless nights can attest!
I can tell you the short stories with Will Trent are great. Not scary at all! Most of all they show you how well this author can write in the Earnest Hemingway style.

I am a new fan of narrator Ms Early! I own all her romance, Rachel Gibson books. They are laugh out loud in public type stories, and are not to be missed if you like the romance genre.
Ms Early is great in the Will Trent series as she captures the essence the author wants to portray. So glad she is re recording some of the books in this series based on poor narrator reviews. I will have to check out those stories as they come out.

I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.
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  • Tailspin

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Rye Mallett, a fearless "freight dog" pilot charged with flying cargo to far-flung locations, is often rough-spoken and all business, but soft on regulations when they get in the way of meeting a deadline. But he does have a rock-solid reputation: He will fly in the foulest weather, day or night, and deliver the goods safely to their destination. So when Rye is asked to fly into a completely fogbound northern Georgia town and deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert, he doesn't ask questions. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victor Got His Groove

  • By Empress Karen on 08-08-18

Victor Got His Groove

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I am a 20 yr fan of author. Note: I do use 1.25x speed on all mysteries to match the author’s intentions.
Since Ms Brown normally launches 1 book per year, I always look forward to her new one and this book does not disappoint.
Author continues to have her trade mark surprise ending, and the publisher’s summary is spot on.
If you liked this author’s books, Friction and Low Pressure, then this story is up your alley.
Narrator, Mr Slezak is my all time fave for Ms Browns audiobooks. His opening in this book starts with a starter gun bang as he is an actor and has done many of Ms Browns books, of which I own all. My fave is White Hot unabridged if you can find it, then Smoke Screen and Lethal. Victor had not narrated Ms Browns’ books since 2011, so last years narration of Seeing Red was not his tops, but still a good listen. Like a pro, he picked up his cadence in this light mystery so the story was entertaining with his classic southern drawl.
If you are a new fan of Ms Brown, then this book will introduce you to the author’s style of an entertaining adventure with a mystery and clever end.
Don’t miss one of my top 5 faves, Mean Streak read by the great Jonathan Davis.
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  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,615

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

Needed Better Editing

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I purchased as I love the Irish accent, but 20 hrs to tell this type of mystery was just not doing it for me. I have Brit box on Download TV, and this story seemed like a series set all into one book, way too long for me. Don't get me wrong I love a good mystery, eg Vera, Prime Suspect, but listening to this just didn't keep my interest as it should have.
I did use 1/25x speed to match the author's intent, but the editing just didn't move this mystery along.

  • The Kills

  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Date rape is always difficult to prove, and the case against New York consultant Andrew Tripping is no exception. Tripping and 36-year-old investment banker Paige Vallis had had dinner together three times before the March evening when he invited her to his apartment and attacked her. Or so she says. Manhattan Sex Crimes Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper needs to know all the facts if she is to find justice for Paige Vallis, but Paige seems to have something to hide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid story. Terrible recording.

  • By Dave on 12-18-13

Great Sale Book

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a good clean not so graphic mystery that will entertain you.
Don’t dwell on narrators breathing as some reviewers stated. This narrator is a professional of the first water and will not disappoint you in her performance.
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intention.
This story is a continuation of the character and is a stand alone story.
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  • Absolute Power

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296

In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you on the edge

  • By mhhorses on 10-02-10

Good Film, and Book

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I loved the film and I loved Scott Bricks performance of this book.
This author is a mixed bag of good stories for me. I can’t just do an automatic download on him.
This book was inventive and I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intention.

  • Instant Attraction

  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Accountant Katie Kramer is a quintessential good girl - working hard, recycling diligently, all the while trying to ignore the feeling that she doesn't fit in anywhere. That's all she wants. Well, that and amazing sex, and the kind of daredevil escapade she can look back on when she's crunching numbers in a dusty cubicle. Which explains why she just took a job in Wishful, California, working for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. Waking up to find a magnificently built stranger towering over her bed - that part defies explanation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but it felt like Grandma was reading to me.

  • By Stacey is Sassy on 07-28-16

Good Story, Just Ok Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Author writes some great series, but if you are like me, a great narrator can make a good story great, but a just ok reader, can bring down the story, and I am NOT compelled to continue the series.
This was the case in this story.
Karen White own’s this author’s reads, and I buy most all of those. EG Rumor Has It.
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  • Out of Africa

  • By: Isak Dineson
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 618

Danish countess Karen Blixon, known as Isak Dineson, ran a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years when Africa remained a romantic and formidable continent to most Europeans. Out of Africa is her account of her life there, with stories of her respectful relationships with the Masai, Kikuyu, and Somali natives who work on her land; the European friends who visit her; and the imposing permanence of the wild, high land itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to enjoy this

  • By Tyler Tanner on 10-08-14

Strength and Fortitude

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This was a great daily deal, take advantage of them. It’s a great way to explore outside your genre on Audible.
I loved the film, and watch it every few years. The story show backbone and courageous ambition when plans fail.

Take advantage of the self help daily deals, e.g. Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki. This book is a true how to steps for recovering shopaholics to get rid of things, and maybe understand why they shop in the first place.
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  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 803

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty-something coming of age

  • By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

Your Epiphany

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Great Daily Deal $1.95
This is about you, if you need a good therapy session for the price of the daily deal.
If you need a list of how to, then this may not do the trick. See Goodbye Things, author Fumio Sasaki which changed my life from a daily deal.
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent. No,author is not an Audible narrator, but in the intro she tells you she is a person who can be or was out of control. BUT she is committed to making big changes in her life e.g. losing 30 lbs in 1 yr, getting rid of $30k debts in 2 yrs.
This book is about affirmations for you via a lady who was out of control, took action, but more importantly she wrote it down on a blog, hence the overflow notes are the results of this book.
If you are a recovering shop-aholic as I am, and need a boost to get back on tract of spending less, then this book is for you.
Spending should be considered a treatable disease, just like Alcoholism. If you are frustrated, and want a quick fix, think of AA steps because very few self help books nail it in one, just don’t give up.
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  • Deadly Silence

  • Blood Brothers, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Zanetti
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The first book in a breathtaking new romantic suspense series that will appeal to fans of New York Times best-sellers Maya Banks, Lisa Gardner, and Lisa Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood Brothers take the Sin Brothers another level

  • By Ezinwanyi on 10-07-16

Needs More Adventure and Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Love narrator Karen White! She personifies the Sin brothers and now the Blood brothers.
A must read is Mattie’s story, Sin Brothers, my fave!
This story continues the saga, but author has relied on way to much on romance in the bedroom, truck, and bathroom instead of the wonderful mystery and adventure as in the Sin Brothers series. Even though I want to know how it ends, with Madison, not sure if I can handle the editing in this series. I love a great core romance, but author seemed to not know how to expand the adventure so she just adds another romance scene when she gets bogged down.
Don’t get me wrong, Ryker is as macho as it gets, but It doesn’t make up for very little story development.
I love 12 yr old Greg’s dialogue and his voracious appetite. Author used good old fashion, feed the men breakfast! That scene was great.Our heroine has grit, but you don’t know where she got her training! That’s what I mean about the editing.
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.
I will have to investigate the remaining 2 books via the Amazon reviews since the new Audible changes are not helping much.
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