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  • The Mosaic of CP

  • By: Win Charles
  • Narrated by: Evan Schmitt
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The music of CP is less about having CP, but dealing with building a beautiful mosaic of life. A higher power has gifted me - I just have to build the pieces on top of the foundation of CP, just like a beautiful mosaic, putting it together piece by piece. That's what dealing with CP is like. Some days you shatter, others you work 100%, but all in all, you make a beautiful mosaic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The author really shines!!

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 11-06-18

Show me, don't tell me

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This quick listen was more of an introduction to a bright talented woman with Cerebral Palsy, CP, than it was a story or compilation of descriptive experiences that one living with CP might experience. I was looking forward to gaining some level of empathy and understanding by hearing some of the stories about the author's struggles and triumphs that would form this mosaic as was described in the description of the audio book. Some were briefly mentioned in more of a headline fashion without the accompanying substance. It felt to be a diary of thoughts and goals and what their accomplishment would mean to her. She promotes her blog a few times and perhaps this is where those gems are found, but they were not told here. She states that she wants to move toward audio in her goals in journalism because people are migrating toward listening instead of reading to accommodate our busy modern lives. So must I go to her blog to read about any piece that makes up the mosaic of CP?

I realize the author has, and is experiencing triumph over the challenges that CP brings. But when one picks up an audio book to listen about someone or what they have to say, you expect them to be extraordinary, that's the price of admission. I then expect the evidence to unfold that proves why this person is extraordinary by allowing me to experience through their words a journey they finished that led them through some change or triumph. That was not found here.

I was given this review copy of this audio book at my request free of charge in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.

  • The Very Hungry Honey Badger

  • A Children's Book for Grown Ups
  • By: S.m. Torres
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Honey Badger is angry because Honey Badger is hungry. In The Very Hungry Honey Badger, you’ll witness the angriest mammal in the animal kingdom get into several fights as he searches for food. From scaring off buffalo to battling cobras, Honey Badger will show you he does not mess around when his stomach’s grumbling. Someone get him food, pronto!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Chuck Norris of the Animal World

  • By Son of Odin on 11-04-18

A children's story for adults, but not really.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This is a silly story, dramatized in an over the top comic book fashion that, as it's title states, is written for grown ups, but I'm not sure why. It is clearly a children's story that portrays the personality of the Honey Badger, as well as the negative impact of being hangry. If it is a story for adults, it's just annoying. If its for children, it's silly enough that it might get some laughter.

I was given this review copy of this audio book for free in exchange for this unbiased and honest review.

  • Toots and Poots in a World Full of Snoots

  • The Amazing True Story of One Boy's Gas-tly Abilities: Diary of a Kindergarten Grade Farting Ninja
  • By: Susan G. Charles
  • Narrated by: Ian Coo
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Warning: This children's book may instigate farts, flatulence, and lots of laughter too. And it's the perfect audiobook to grab the attention of reluctant readers. Listen on to find out more about a boy named "Toots", his adventures into the gas-tly arts, and the lessons he learned "in the end"! Your kids will love this kids' fart book - and they might learn something too! And it might even encourage reluctant readers to join in and listen as well!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book was a Gas!

  • By Son of Odin on 11-04-18

Some children are just gifted!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This children's story teaches why the need for gaseous restraint is a wisdom best learned at a distance through the observance of others! If you have little stinkers running around, stop right now and sit them down to listen to this cute, well done audio book that is guaranteed to have them snickering, then laughing, then clenching their little sympathetic cheeks as the moral of the story is delivered. He he

The story is well written and the narration very good. This is a great addition to your library when a little light-hearted, yet instructive, entertainment is just the ticket for your little ones as well as yourself.

I was given this audio book for free at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.

  • The Case of the Haunted Address

  • An Aggie Underhill Halloween Short Story (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 9)
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

It’s Halloween night, and Aggie, Betty, and Roger are invited to a haunted house by a handsome vampire. Little did they know that they were about to encounter something incredibly spooky. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Halloween listen.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-28-18

A Halloween adventure guided from beyond

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This story follows a group of friends from one intended evening of Halloween fun to an unintentional adventure that ends up solving a mystery they didn't even know existed.

I found the story just OK, and narration the same.

I was given this book for free at my request in exchange for this hones and unbiased review.

  • BOO! A Halloween Story

  • God Complex Universe
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: John York
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

When a young man from a village comes to the big city to study, he finds himself overwhelmed by the urban lifestyle. But will he manage to blend in by going to a Halloween party, when his crush asks him to help decorate the place, when the abandoned villa becomes all too spooky for him and when the illusory masks everyone wears seem to never come off?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a bad trip must be like

  • By Spooky Mike on 02-25-18

Fear from a different perspective

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This story is about a young man, unthinkably changed by a Halloween party. Avoiding any spoilers, i'll say the premise for this story is fresh and made me think how amazing it would be if this could actually be done. I really was primed for a bigger ending though, and was left thinking, that's it?, when it ended. But it's still a good story, suitable for Halloween without being the traditional demonic or horror based tale.

I was given this book at my request for free in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.

  • Rapunzel

  • By: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
  • Narrated by: Madeline Goshorn
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

A lonely couple, who wants a child, lives next to a walled garden belonging to an evil witch named Dame Gothel. The wife, experiencing the cravings associated with the arrival of her long-awaited pregnancy, notices some rapunzel, growing in the garden and longs for it, desperate to the point of death. One night, her husband breaks into the garden to get some for her. She makes a salad out of it and greedily eats it. It tastes so good that she longs for more. So her husband goes to get some more for her. As he scales the wall to return, Dame Gothel catches him and accuses him of theft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brothers' Grimm Classic

  • By Son of Odin on 11-04-18

Well done telling of a classic

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This reading of Rapunzel is delivered well by narrator Madeline Goshorn. If you are looking for a good audio version for sharing or for your personal entertainment. this is a good choice!

I was given this audio book for free in exchange for this unbiased and honest review.

  • Where a Spaceship Goes to Die

  • An Antigravel Short Story
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

When a scavenger captain offers her an unusual job in the middle of nowhere, Delphine accepts and tags along. But will she manage to get the treasure they're looking for when she has to operate a seadrone all by herself? When the treasure is buried in a spaceship graveyard two miles under water? And when the challenges she faces go beyond her wildest fears? This story was inspired by Point Nemo, a place located as far away from land as possible where spaceships go to die. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This really needs to become a full length novel!

  • By jstep on 08-30-18

Should have been the start to a much larger story

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

The Story:
The story starts out with the pleasing premise of a spaceship graveyard deep in the ocean. One of the two characters in the story pilots an undersea drone that unexpectedly conveys the sensations she would feel if she were actually there. Once she finds her sought for treasure, the story takes a nose dive and tanks. I was all keyed up for some great sci-fi, but apparently the author just wanted the story to end and it quickly did just that. Without any explanation or setup, a couple inexplicable events happen and the story ends. Disappointing! This had the potential to be much better.

The Narration:
While I didn't personally find the voice of the narrator more than just average, technically he delivered the story well, without any problems or anything annoying that could have been a distraction.

I was given this book for free at my request in exchange for this unbiased review.

  • To Build a Fire

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

"To Build a Fire" is a short story. A man and a dog's relationship is followed throughout the story. The man is in strict control of the dog, as explicitly mentioned by London. The dog is almost like a slave to him. The dog is shown cowering before the man and following orders. There was no physical intimacy between the two. The man did not pet the dog or treat it fondly. In fact, the man forces the dog to go ahead of him when he suspects the ice will break. This helps to build the idea that the man believes nature is intended to serve him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great short listen.

  • By Son of Odin on 08-31-18

This Pride Doesn't Burn

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This classic by Jack London is expertly read by Greg Rizzo!

The is a story about a Man traveling through the wilderness in extreme sub-zero temperatures and the prideful errors in judgement he makes that spell his doom. Written and described so expertly that I could almost feel the pain of my own slowly freezing limbs. Like all truly great literature, I found this story urging me to apply it's message to myself. What would I do if for some inexplicable reason I found myself in this man's situation? Then diving deeper, I wondered how the lessons taught metaphorically through this gruff old man could be applied toward my own life's challenges and potential pitfalls.

The narration, as I stated already, was perfect. Spoken in a pleasant voice that brought life to the story and delivered without any flaws or technical problems.

I was given this book freely at my request in exchange for this unbiased review.

  • Guided Meditation

  • 30 Minute Guided Meditation for Joy, Serenity, and Happiness
  • By: Living in Bliss Productions
  • Narrated by: Jeanne Pilgrim Mayo
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

We’re always seeking it - the freedom to finally be happy, to finally experience the peace we know is possible. This meditation is an opportunity to remember we needn’t always be looking elsewhere for our happiness, our serenity. We’ve a joy deep within that’s always present, always accessible to us, if we can only lighten the burdens of the world to feel it. I invite you to join me in a thoughtful guided meditation to drop in and experience, even just for this half hour, your authentic joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome relaxation listen.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 07-23-18

Slept through it, but that's the point!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Lots of breathing, envisioning, and then I woke up. It worked!

I found this mindfulness exercise to be a pleasant experience without any distracting or annoying elements to break the immersion it is intended to create. It's effective in it's simple approach

Narrated in a pleasant, soothing female voice. Just right.

** I was given this book to review at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review. **

  • Gus

  • Unicorn Daze, Book 1
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Laura Hesse
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Young Jessie Farrell is always being left behind. When she gets lost in a corn maze on Halloween Eve, she is befriended by a unicorn named Gus who takes her on an adventure to meet the Spirit Bear who guards the pumpkin patch from a pumpkin-stealing rat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it 🎃 🍂

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 08-10-18

A fall adventure for your Child's fertile mind

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Story:
This is a short story about a young girl's experience as she gets separated from the rest of her family one fall night in a corn maze. It shows our little heroin experiencing her fears of the dark when she discovers two mystical friends that come to aid her as she finds her way back to safety.


Narration:
The narration is fine and delivers the story without technical issues or anything irritating.


** I was given this book to review at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review. **