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  • The Cat Who Went into the Closet

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

While sifting through closets of junk in the mansion they have rented, Qwill and Koko uncover a mystery involving the suicide of the former owner and the murder of a potato farmer. By the author of The Cat Who Wasn't There.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great cat book!!!

  • By Crystal on 02-15-12

Fabulous series and narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

George Guidall adds perfection to a marvelously written series. These books are wonderful reads for cat lovers who enjoy mysteries or for mystery lovers who enjoy cats. The character development and understanding of small-town life really makes these books, and Guidall's voice really makes the audio books. I highly recommend this series. Any of the books is well worth the price or the credit.

  • The Born-Again Diabetic

  • The Handbook to Help You Get Your Diabetes in Control (Again)
  • By: William Lee Dubois
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This book is written for you: the previously diagnosed diabetic who has lost the edge, fallen off the wagon, or has lost hope and given up altogether. This book will give you control over your diabetes again. Its charter is to remind you of the things you forgot, update you on the things that have changed, and teach you the things you never learned. It's jam-packed with information, but it's written in an easy-to-read, conversational style. We'll give you, the out-of-control diabetic, the tools of knowledge and insight you need not just to survive, but to thrive. So now you understand our title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, great narration, bad language

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-17

Good info, great narration, bad language

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Had it not been for the f-bombs and other obscenities, this would have been a great listen worthy of five stars. The narrator is wonderful and adds a lot of drama to the read, even singing some parts.

This book contains valuable info for people who have just been diagnosed as well as for people who have fought with the disease for years. However, if obscenities offend your ears, you would be better off with another book on the topic.

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  • A Deadly Grind

  • Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series, # 1
  • By: Victoria Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 891

When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it's love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie's "junk," she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes home her Hoosier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History can be deadly in this cozy mystery!

  • By Byron on 04-28-14

Cute cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

This is a cute cozy mystery. It's not exceptional, but it's just enough fun to be worth the listen. The narrator does a good job and has a pleasant voice. I would recommend it for a nice, relaxing read.

  • Organized Mind

  • How to Excel in Math & Science in 30 Easy Steps
  • By: The Blokehead
  • Narrated by: Kirk Hanley
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Math and science are, without a doubt, some of the most difficult subjects in school. These subjects require you to learn different methods, formulas, and terminologies, and most of the time they can be too much to handle. With the help of this audiobook, you will learn how to tackle the heavy mental workload required by these subjects in the most efficient manner. Using just 30 simple steps, you will learn how to breeze through math and science, and in the end you will also find out that studying can be fun.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fine layout of very standard study skills

  • By Philo on 06-10-15

Excellent, short book with great tips

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

This is a really good, short, and inexpensive book with a lot of really good tips about studying.

The author presents 30 tips about how to approach study. The focus is on math and science, but the tips can be applied to study and review of any type.

There were some really good ideas based on particular preferred styles of learning that aren't as well presented in other books, and I particularly enjoyed the part about how to read a math book. Mnemonics, study techniques, time management, organization, and preparation for study are also addressed, and the concepts are well presented.

Again, this is a good audiobook for study of any type and well worth the inexpensive price and the short time required to go through it. You will get a lot of bang for your buck out of this one.

  • How to Memorize Numbers, Equations, & Simple Arithmetic

  • Magnetic Memory Series
  • By: Anthony Metivier
  • Narrated by: Timothy McKean
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

You're wasting time listening to the standard advice about learning math. You can't continue with "random acts of learning" as you study simple math, calculus and statistics formulas - at least not for long. The truth is that learning math and remembering numbers can be incredibly simple. You just need to know how.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good points but very verbose

  • By O. D. S on 04-05-15

Good beginners guide for visualization techniques

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

This is another one of those books about how to memorize abstract concepts using visualization techniques. It wasn't bad, and it was short.

Essentially, the author teaches you to visualize the rooms of your home and link things in your home to mathematical formulas.

There are several other mnemonic techniques and several good tips throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed a section at the end that includes an interview with someone who uses the techniques and the different ways in which he uses them for different types of information.

It's not bad, but there are better versions of this type of book out there, but then again, they aren't as short. The narration was good, and the format of the book flowed well. It's just not the sort of book that was revelatory for me, but if you haven't heard of these types of techniques, it would be a good, quick, and inexpensive primer.

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  • A Mind for Numbers

  • How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
  • By: Barbara Oakley
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800

Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful!

  • By moka1327 on 02-18-15

Go-to guide for learning to study anything

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

There are very few study guide-like books that I have ever read that will truly stay with me and help me to learn. This one, however, is very different.

What makes it so useful is the attention given to preparation for study, how to view study and practice, and how to best schedule study and practice. These tips, scattered throughout the book make this a must-read for anyone studying just about anything. I really wish I had read this book in middle school. I might have been able to really make use of the concepts presented by the author at that age.

Perhaps one of the most important points made is that, when studying, practicing, or reviewing, you should concentrate on the process rather than the product. In other words, set aside a certain amount of time every day for study, practice, or review, but don't worry about the progress you are making overall. Just do it. This is the opposite of the thought process behind cramming, which only takes the product into account (the end game of passing the exam) rather than the process of learning the material. This example is only one small part of a wealth of information presented in this book about how to learn. While the focus is on ways to learn math and science, the ideas can be applied to just about anything.

There are numerous, useful recommendations for ways to avoid procrastination, ways to avoid distractions, how and when to focus and how and when to take a more leisurely approach to the material, and ways to organize yourself and optimize time management. The author even includes a list of favorite apps for organization, note-taking, and time management.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is studying for courses, for work, or for the pleasure of learning. I really wish I had read this book a long time ago. It would have made a big difference in the way I studied for high school and college.

  • The Scent of Rain

  • By: Kristin Billerbeck
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Daphne Sweeten left Paris - and a job she loved - to marry the man of her dreams in the U.S. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, she’s left reeling and senseless. Literally. She’s been trained as a perfume creator and now her sense of smell has disappeared along with her fiancé!

She has to figure out why her nose isn’t working, fix it, and get back to Paris. Meanwhile, she’ll rely on her chemistry skills and just hope her new boss at Gibraltar Products, Jesse, doesn’t notice her failing senses. They’ll be working together on household fragrances, not posh perfumes. How hard can it be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the three I've read by this author

  • By Deborah on 02-13-13

Love, mystery, and perfume come together...

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

Love, mystery, and perfume come together in this book about a woman who has to find her way after a series of life-altering events. Her fiancée dumps her at the alter for mysterious reasons, she loses her ability to smell, which, for a perfume industry "nose," is devastating, and she develops an unnerving attraction for someone she is deceiving. All of this is interwoven with Christian concepts and themes.

I would have liked more information about the perfume industry, and I thought the book moved a bit slowly at times, but it was an enjoyable read. The author did a good job, but I felt like the cadence became too sing-songy. Overall, this is a great book for someone interested in perfume, love, and mystery.

  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

Not as advertised and not particularly useful

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

Generally speaking, I really enjoy the Great Courses. I find most of their courses useful and well presented. This one, however, fell short.

I gave it three stars for the information in chapters 3 and 13 (on depression) and 22 through the end of the book (how exercise, diet, etc. influence brain function). Most of the book, however, is not about how to improve your brain (therefore the part of my review title about "not as advertised"). Most of it is a primer on brain function.

Don't get me wrong, there is interesting information, here, it's just not particularly useful for any actual brain improvement. If you want a primer about brain organization and function, this wouldn't be a terrible choice, although, you could probably do better there, too.

Most of the book deals with the way the brain takes in a processes information and what parts of the brain do what. Again, this is interesting, but I didn't find any relevance to ways I could actually improve my brain.

The narration is overly cutesy for me for something like this. While there were a few entertaining metaphors and similes, the metaphors and similes were overdone and the tone seemed to be geared more for an adolescent audience.

Again, this is not a terrible choice for understanding some of the more basic points of brain function, but don't think you will get a lot of good advice about brain improvement. What should be improved is the title of the course and to some extent, the course itself.

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  • Keto Clarity

  • Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet
  • By: Eric C. Westman MD, Jimmy Moore
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309

Leading health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces again to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet—one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats—which is emerging in the scientific literature as a means for improving a wide range of diseases, from Type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer's and more. Simply eating a low-carb diet alone isn't enough, and Moore and Westman tell you why. Have you looked at a low-carb diet simply as a means to lose weight? What if you learned that combining a low-carb nutritional approach with a high fat intake produces a powerful therapeutic effect on a wide variety of health conditions that most people think requires medication to control? That’s what Keto Clarity is all about. Jimmy Moore, a leading low-carb diet blogger and podcaster, has reunited with his Cholesterol Clarity co-author Dr. Eric C. Westman, a practicing internist and low-carb diet researcher, to bring you the crystal-clear information you need to understand what a ketogenic diet is and why it may be the missing element in your pursuit of optimal health. This book includes exclusive interviews from twenty of the world's foremost authorities from various fields bringing their depth of expertise and experience using this nutritional approach. Moore and Westman explain why ketosis is normal and how this nutritional approach is being used therapeutically by many medical professionals. You will find a step-by-step guide to help you produce more ketones and track your progress, real life success stories, and more. The solid evidence for nutritional ketosis in dealing with many of the chronic health problems of our day is presented, including but not limited to: epilepsy, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good source of info on Low Carb, High Fat living

  • By Susan on 12-13-14

Wonderful guide for a great diet plan

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

I have tried this diet recently with great success. It makes sense to me, and the authors make it clear not only what is involved (what can and cannot be eaten), but also what will undermine your success. I find these two points generally missing in most diet books. Either authors make the concepts too broad and general or they do not specify the circumstances under which people who try the diet may fail. People usually fail because of a lack of planning, because they didn't give the diet enough of a chance, or because they weren't aware of what to expect during the diet. The authors address all of these factors while giving the reader plenty of latitude for their personal considerations.

Basically, the ketogenics (keto) diet is a fat-centered, low-carb diet that flies in the face of everything we have been taught about diet and nutrition. All I can say is that it seems to be working for me. I'm losing weight, I feel better than I have in a long time, and I'm no longer hungry on a regular basis.

The authors make it clear who should not be on the diet. People with type I diabetes should avoid this because they could go into ketoacidosis, a dangerous condition. People who have had their gallbladders removed should also stay away from it because they can't process the amount of fat required for the diet.

The narration was good and the concepts were well explained and reviewed throughout the book. If you're looking for a new way to approach weight loss, this may be a book for you.

  • Prayer

  • Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.

With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers brilliant and inspirational biblical guidance, as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each listener.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By Gem on 02-12-15

Best comprehensive book on prayer I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

This is easily one of the best books I've ever read. Timothy Keller borrows from such great Christian thinkers as John Calvin, Martin Luther, and J. I. Packer and brings the best of their thoughts and methods on prayer to blend them into a concise, but comprehensive work on the subject. Sean Pratt did the narration justice and the work, as a whole, is very well presented.

There were times in the book when I thought the author was venturing off-topic, but every time, Keller would weave whatever topic he was discussing into the overall work to reveal an essential truth about prayer. I'll probably sound overly poetic, here, but it was like a beautifully woven quilt - a patch about understanding God's love and mercy, here with a patch about the Lord's Prayer, there, and a patch about how the great thinkers on the subject have approached prayer, and you have an intricately-connected work that covers you in the comfort of what you were seeking - the knowledge of how to approach God more effectively.

This is a book that I will refer to often, and will probably buy in the hardcover version. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is as fascinated with the art of prayer as I am. You won't be disappointed.

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