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Nancy L. Collins

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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,814

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Wow wow wow

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Any additional comments?

Someday this will be classified as a truly great writing in the same league as Gone with the Wind. Some may laugh at this but mean it from the bottom of my heart. The author is a genius with words and characters.

There is hidden meanings throughout the story. The Goldfinch art piece could represent many things in life that we hide and carry with a burden. These burdens of life move us down many avenues and push us into people and circumstances.

If you haven't experienced this story you are in for a big surprise. If you gave read the book in text get this audio. It is an experience you don't want to miss.

If I could give it 10 stars I would.

  • Unmasking the Devil

  • Strategies to Defeat Eternity's Greatest Enemy
  • By: John Ramirez
  • Narrated by: Lee Alan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Many people, even Christians, deny the devil's power. John Ramirez doesn't have that luxury - he experienced the prince of darkness up close and personal. In the impoverished streets of the South Bronx, John Ramirez found "acceptance" from a family of witches and warlocks. These practitioners of dark arts trained him to be a high-ranking satanic priest - a story told in his first book, Out of the Devil's Cauldron. However, everything changed when he met the living Christ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most important book after the Holy Bible

  • By Nancy L. Collins on 03-09-17

Most important book after the Holy Bible

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Any additional comments?

Do not be concerned about the narrator. The introduction is an imitation of Al Pacino in A Devils Advocate movie scene. It lasts a minute or so and that's it. Then the narrator uses his regular voice till the end. He has a good voice so don't listen to other reviews. The sample on audible is a the intro of Pacino imitation. This book is everything about spiritual warefare. Who what when where why. I never take notes from an audiobook but this book led me to get out my notebook. Get this book. You need it. You won't be disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Keep Moving

  • And Other Tips and Truths About Aging
  • By: Dick Van Dyke
  • Narrated by: Dick Van Dyke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,504

With a fun and folksy way of addressing its audience, Keep Moving serves as an instruction audiobook on how to embrace old age with a positive attitude. The chapters are filled with exclusive personal anecdotes that explore various themes on aging: how to adapt to the physical and social changes, deal with loss of friends and loved ones, stay current, fall in love again, and "keep moving" every day like there's no tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want it to end

  • By Debbie on 10-25-15

Meh

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Any additional comments?

I have always appreciated Dick Van Dyke, but now that I know more of his opinions of life, not so much. I really thought he was opinionated about life, religion, politics, and a slew of other slices. Yes, he is an older individual, but he is exactly the same age as my father. I couldn't care less what he thinks happens after death, because frankly, he has no idea, just as he tells others that they have no truth about God. Why does Dick think his ideas are better than others? Because he was an actor and can dance? I think not. So yes, Dick, we all need to keep moving, but your ideas of life don't match up with mine and I do like to dance also, which makes us a bit equal in talent.

  • Dreamland

  • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
  • By: Sam Quinones
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth Finally Told

  • By Perkyanne on 04-09-16

Great info.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

I am now informed. Good writing. Good narrator. Everything you want or need to know about history past and near present of opium and derivatives. Author gives detail and history of revolving door of drug runners coming from Mexico illegally with ruthless organization selling black tar heroine to addicts of Vicodin. Author gives full account of how pharma is the legal drug pusher of OxyContin Interesting story that needed to be told.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Valley of Horses

  • Earth's Children, Book 2
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338

Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narration

  • By Rowena on 07-08-08

Great series. Bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

I read the series years ago. Was happy to listen but the narrator rushes the whole story. I know that audible UK offers the series with a different narrator. I contacted audible on this matter but told me they can't sell in U.S. Blah.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Condominium

  • A Novel
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 274

A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz. Welcome to Golden Sands, the dream condominium built on a weak foundation and a thousand dirty secrets. Here is a panoramic look at the shocking facts of life in a Sun Belt community - the real estate swindles and political payoffs, the maintenance charges that run up and the health benefits that run cut... the crackups and marital breakdowns... the disaster that awaits those who play in the path of the hurricane...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disaster Movie Material with Heart and Substance

  • By Carol on 06-15-15

Very very long

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

It was ok. I'm surprised I finished it. I did put it on 1.5x in audible app.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • CyberStorm

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,055

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes - satisfied a craving

  • By Jan on 01-14-14

Enjoyable Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

If you enjoy disaster stories, this one is good. It's not the best but it holds its own. It is believable with good characterization. Many books in this genre include females until the going gets tough. Then authors put women aside and we can only surmise they are off baking bread or something. Cyberstorm's author did not. Women are included throughout the story. I enjoyed the young brainiac geek who ultimately became the true hero. The extra macho male prepper character had a thing or two to learn from the tech geek which tickled me. This is just another piece of the story that separated the book from others in this genre. I enjoyed the characters and grew fond of them. This is my second listen of Cyberstorm. Enjoy

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

  • By: Black Hawk
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,241

This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative

  • By Darwin8u on 07-27-12

Worth my time to listen

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

Informative of this time in history. Easy listen. Good writing. I'm glad I came here.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,961

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Absolutely Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

I have listened to the book 3 times over the past two years. It is one of my all time favorites. The writing style is superb. I laugh and also feel sad at different times. Oh how life is messy but that's what makes it so magical. As I reflect on Arthur Opp, Yolanda and Kel Keller I feel hope. This is why I come back to Heft again and again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,742

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

I always enjoyed watching Rob Lowe. He's pretty on the eyes. Now that I have experienced his life in a more personal way, I appreciate his inner beauty. Rob had to maneuver the world of acting basically alone and through instinct. Through his ups and downs, he finally rested upon his true authentic self. I applaud him for that. I look forward to listening more of his writings.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful