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  • Seventh Son

  • Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,774

Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard, and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with power, but he must learn to use his gift wisely. Dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great reading

  • By Harold D. Doublename on 05-01-07

Great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Second time reading. Won't be my last! Why does this review need more words. - jodi

  • Warrior Goddess Training

  • Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be
  • By: HeatherAsh Amara
  • Narrated by: Erin deWard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

It's no secret that women today are juggling a lot. We now make up more than half the workforce in the United States and are busier than ever with partners, children, family and friends, often putting the needs of others ahead of our own. And if we feel overwhelmed by it all or fall short of perfection, many of us have learned to be our own worst critic rather than our own best friend. In Warrior Goddess Training, best-selling author HeatherAsh Amara provides the antidote to the flawed idea that you are not enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every Woman Should Read It.

  • By Jennifer on 03-18-16

Dense with goodness

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

It took me longer to get through this book than I thought it would. Only because it was so dense with so much good stuff!! I had to keep putting it down and let the ideas seep in before I could find time to listen again. Great book!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Faith

  • When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine
  • By: Paul A. Offit MD
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

In recent years there have been major outbreaks of whooping cough among children in California, mumps in New York, and measles in Ohio's Amish country - despite the fact that these are all vaccine-preventable diseases. Although America is the most medically advanced place in the world, many people disregard modern medicine in favor of using their faith to fight life-threatening illnesses. In 21st-century America, how could this be happening?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read

  • By Jodi B on 05-24-16

A must read

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

This book is chock full of stories that most people I know probably have never heard of.

It is time for America to WAKE UP and realize that "Freedom of Religion" is ensuring that parents can do what they like, and kill their children in the name of religion. And this DENIES THE RIGHTS of the children to a life to live!

Parents who refuse medical care to their children in the name of religion need to be prosecuted! Please read this book.

I know our country was founded on the idea of "Freedom of Religion." What about the Right to Life by a child who needed protecting by their parents, teachers, church, family, community? They often can't speak up for themselves. We as a country need to speak up for the defenseless.

"Freedom of Religion" is NOT good enough alone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Minimalist Living: Decluttering for Joy, Health, and Creativity

  • By: Genevieve Parker Hill
  • Narrated by: MoMo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

From About.com Reader's Choice Award-winning author Genevieve Parker Hill comes a fresh new minimalism guide for everyone. If your garage, attic, closets, and surfaces are filled with clutter, all that extra stuff can get in the way of a full experience of life as it was meant to be lived. Minimalist Living covers not only techniques for decluttering, but how to fill your new-found space with meaningful activities that add joy to your life and support your goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great on deuttering

  • By GoddessChar on 04-09-15

Great book! Inconsistent Audio Quality

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

Would you listen to Minimalist Living: Decluttering for Joy, Health, and Creativity again? Why?

Would I listen again? No. Would I read it again? Definitely. In a different format.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Minimalist Living: Decluttering for Joy, Health, and Creativity?

I enjoyed the talking about gift giving seasons.

I also really enjoyed the brief story about the couple who had stacks of greeting cards that felt like "too much" to them, and their process for whittling it down to a manner that was more minimalist and worked FOR THEM.

What didn’t you like about MoMo’s performance?

There were awkward pauses. The sound quality would go in and out. Like, she would read a whole paragraph that I could hear just fine. Then a sentence or two would be at a completely different audio quality and I couldn't hear. Then it would go back to being just fine! It was completely distracting and I just couldn't hear chunks of the book.

I don't understand the strange ways she has for pausing. And it was so hard to hear, I truly struggled just to hear it. I had 2 other books I was going through from Audible.com this week also, and I had no troubles hearing those books at all. I finished all three books this week.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Whereas Marie Kondo's "KonMari" method is about getting down to what feels like 3 possessions (I'm exaggerating here of course), I feel like Minimalist Living says "do what feels right FOR YOU.I like how she acknowleges that we all have skills and talents and interests. I live in a place with all four seasons. I need hardy snow boots. I also need bathing suits and pool toys for my kids. We need tents and camping items, musical instruments, art supplies, and we do a bigger Halloween haunted house every year now that we have moved. Oh, and we need yard equipment. I like that she says something to the effect of: "maybe if you figure out which hobbies you really want, maybe you will purge less in those categories, but you don't need like 20 hobbies. ... just consider what is really the most important to you." I like this very reasonable approach.

I also love the idea of time with people is of much more value than time with our possessions. I am positive I have heard this before or in different ways, but somehow I actually grasped it this time from this book.

Any additional comments?

I hope that Audible.com will consider getting this book completely re-recorded. Perhaps read by the author. This subject matter is close to hear heart, and she will read it best, I am sure. Someone who is perhaps reading it cold is just not as "in to it" and doesn't have their heart or understanding in the matter. And they are so much more difficult to listen to because it doesn't feel genuine.

I will do my best never to get any future books read by this narrater.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Orange is the New Black

  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • By: Piper Kerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,639

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year, so far

  • By Mark on 03-31-14

Great book. Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Everyone should read this book and other books like it. True stories of people who have been or are incarcerated. Get educated about the U.S. Incarceration system. Work towards fixing the problems. The incarceration rate in our country is completely out of control. And the number of innocent people in jail and even on death row is horrifying.

This is a well written book. It's entertaining and interesting. A pleasant read. And now I can talk with the author on Twitter. That's great too.

I highly recommend this book.

  • Buddhist Boot Camp

  • By: Timber Hawkeye
  • Narrated by: Timber Hawkeye
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span. The chapters in this audiobook can be listened in any order, and are simple and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote, and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to. You don't need to be a Buddhist to find the Buddha's teachings motivational. As the Dalai Lama says, "Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply and profound

  • By julieannmickel on 04-25-15

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Buddhism described in a simple manner. (Is there a better way to describe such a subject?) I can apply these to my life. And already am now, thanks to the time it takes to read a book. And I see changes happening. Good changes in my life. Thank you, Timber Hawkeye!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Runaway Ralph

  • By: Beverly Cleary
  • Narrated by: B. D. Wong
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Fed up with his family, Ralph decides to hop on his motorcycle and head down the road to Happy Acres Camp. Unfortunately, life at camp is not all peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches! A strict watchdog, a mouse-hungry cat, and a troubled boy named Garf keep Ralph on his toes and away from his precious motorcycle. Perhaps home is not such a bad place to be, if only Ralph can find a way to get there again!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I don't like the format-- no backtrack / rewind

  • By S. Noth on 10-29-12

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

We as a family enjoyed this for bedtime reading. (Why must reviews give you a minimum exact number of words.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,505

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Very good

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

Learned a lot. Well told. Well narrated. Grateful this book was pointed out to me. I recommend it. The end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,490

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

Struggle

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

Reviewed: 01-16-15

I struggled to start this book. I struggled to stay wither story. The story is about struggle. Glad it's done.