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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

Finding Out about Cerebral Palsy

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Part biography, part motivational treatise, The Mosaic Of CP is a very short but well written book about living with CP by a young author, teacher and podcaster by the name of Win Charles who has lived with CP all her life but had definitely not let it slow her down. The book is short on details about the disease, but that wasn't really Charles's subject choice for this book.
The book is well read by Evan Schmitt, although the choice of a male reader for a book that is written in the author's own voice was sometimes a bit disorienting.
Worth your time, both as a primer on helping and relating to people with long term, degenerative diseases and as a motivational tool for anyone who might be inclined to believe they can't do something because ...

  • Forbidden Virgin

  • A Hot Forbidden Romance
  • By: Carmen Falcone
  • Narrated by: Chephren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Kate Crawford’s always had a scorching attraction to her father’s best friend, sexy hotelier Graham Davenport. Now she’s going to study in Europe, but she wants to indulge in her secret wish and lose her virginity to Graham. After all, she’s not a teenager anymore and ready for some adult X-rated fun. Graham Davenport hires Kate as his trainee in his luxury hotel as a favor to her father, but seeing her flaunt her hot body is driving him insane, and he’s about to lose his self-control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forbidden Romance in Hawaii

  • By Aurora Dawn on 12-07-18

Forbidden Romance in Hawaii

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Anyone who's ever been to Hawaii knows it's Hot, Hot, Hot, especially in the summer, but hot is exactly what Kate is looking for when she get her father to get her a summer internship with his old friend before she heads to Europe in the fall to learn hotel craft from the best. She's had a major crush on hotelier Graham Davenport since she was 16 and she's sure she can seduce him while she's there.
Graham definitely isn't blind to her charms but there are a couple of BIG problems. First, she's the daughter of a man who's been a friend for years and who gave him the help he needed to get his big start in life and he knows that getting involved with Kate, a girl half his age is likely to be the end of their friendship. More importantly, Kate's a virgin and even he can see that her first time should be with someone her own age with whom she can have a future.
Graham knows it's a really bad idea, but can he resist this strong young woman who knows what - and more importantly who - she wants.
Forbidden Virgin a hot, no holds barred erotic romp told in the first person and expertly narrated by Chephren in a tone that will convince you you're listening to a young woman's secret thoughtsl.
Kate is a compelling combination of innocence and sexuality, a strong young woman who knows what she wants and pursues it with a relentless determination. Graham is a competent, responsible man used to running things and although he's a strong, alpha male and no slouch in the bedroom, you can't help but feel sorry for him. He's never had to deal with a determined Kate and he's quite simply out of his league.
If you're looking for a delightful afternoon in an exclusive Hawaiian hotel but can't afford the air fare, this is the book for you.

  • Bassets and Blackmail

  • A Dog Detective Series, Book 2
  • By: Sandra Baublitz
  • Narrated by: Nancy Bober
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Will this mystery game be murder? Peaceful Dreams B&B is hosting a murder mystery game to celebrate its grand opening. Local sleuth Clarissa Hayes and her loyal Saint Bernard, Paw, have joined in the entertainment. All is fun and games until one of the guests is found dead at the bottom of the basement stairs. Was it an accident? Or murder? Did the victim share a secret past with one of the guests or the B&B owners? It's up to Clarissa and Paw to trail the clues to find out the truth. Along the way they're joined by a bevy of friends, both human and animal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Murder Mystery Turns Deadly

  • By Aurora Dawn on 12-07-18

A Murder Mystery Turns Deadly

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This adorable murder mystery takes place in a B&B where a a mystery weekend goes horribly wrong when one of the guests ends up dead at the bottom of the basement stairs. Clarissa, Paw and his four legged posse are quickly on the job working to solve the mystery with the diligence and humour we've come to love in Sandra Baubiltz's previous mystery books.
Guaranteed to keep you guessing and make you smile,Bassets and Blackmail is the perfect read for a warm summer day on the deck or beside the pool.

  • The Edge of Revolt

  • The David Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Bob Sterry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

David loves his sons. The last thing he expects is that they will topple him from the throne. Who among them will remain by his side? Who will be not only loyal, but also eager to continue his legacy? For now, David remains silent, even as Amnon rapes Tamar, even as Absalom lures Amnon to his death. In families other than his, such crimes may be concealed. But when they occur in the king's family, they affect matters of the state, and result in his escape from the son he adores. Will he find a way to quell the revolt and come back to the City of David?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Father's Love Never Changes

  • By Joyce K. Retherford on 12-01-17

A Father's Sorrow

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

This volume chronicles the clash between David's sons Amnon and Abselon with a poignancy that captures the pain and despair of a father as he watches his family fall apart. Poznansky weaves bits of biblical text with her own words as she spins this sad tale of one of the low points of the great biblical king's life. It's a tragedy of classical proportions full of pride, hubris and the inevitability of the fall.
Bob Sterry, in my mind one of the best narrators working today, brings the story to life with all the warmth, nobility and eloquence it deserves.
A story you won't want to miss.

  • Murder and Citrus Cream Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove Series, Book 4
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

An old friend found murdered. His wife accused of the crime. And a sleuth struggling to discover what really happened. Sabrina Carlson finds herself navigating an emotional minefield when her friend is killed. Even worse, the prime suspect is the victim's wife. Can Sabrina hold herself together long enough to solve this case? Is the truth as heartbreaking as it seems? Or is there much more to the story than there appears to be?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good audiobook

  • By Nati on 12-01-18

Another Murder Case for Sabrina

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

When an old friend turns up dead and his wife is a suspect, Sabrina and her hubby are on the case. An interesting who-dun-it that will keep you guessing without too much blood and violence. Return appearances by many of the series earlier villains.

  • Red Dots

  • Deep Space One Was on a Mission to Save Humanity.
  • By: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

 Deep Space One was sent on a one-way mission to save the people of Earth. Their mission was to find a new home for the survivors of a dying planet. They trusted each other and in the importance of their mission. What they found out en route was not expected, and the information they learned changed everything for them and the people they left behind. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good sci-fi short story. I liked this selection!

  • By Code Toad on 12-05-18

Saving the Planet

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

An exploratory mission to a far off planet to confirm its suitability for colonization is progressing well until the crew makes 2 unexpected discoveries that change everything.
This is a well written story that explores the problems with long distance space travel while spinning an interesting tale about a colourful crew of people.
It's an enjoyable story with a pair of unexpected twists.
Well worth your time of you're a space travel fan.

  • Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Paterson Joseph, Bernard Cribbins, Samantha Beart, and others
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Paterson Joseph stars as the Marquis de Carabas in this brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's spin-off short story, set in the magical world of Neverwhere. Returning us to London Below, this enchanting tale continues the story of one of the most colourful characters from Neverwhere - the cool, charming, resourceful Marquis de Carabas, who trades in favours and always has a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some say I sound like my younger self!

  • By Jessie Q on 12-02-16

A Rogue's Adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

This well acted and thoroughly entertaining sword and sorcery adventure relies more on subterfuge and distraction to aid the hero in obtaining his objective - that is to say, retrieving the coat that was sold when he was presumed dead. Great characterization, amusing dialogue and some very interesting plot twists make this story a BBC classic.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,737

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative

  • By Sharey on 09-04-17

Part History, Part Ghost Story. All Poetry

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Told in a series of letters, book quotes and testimonials from the individuals who were there, Lincoln in the Bardo tells the story of the passing of Abraham Lincoln's young son ... and what happened next. It's part history, part ghost story, part psychodrama and all a riveting story, masterfully narrated by an all-star cast.
I loved this one.

  • The Wizard Without a Wand

  • Volume 1
  • By: Dale Stubbart
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In this first title of the series, we meet this wizard without a wand - Shmedley Thrumbledack - and his closest friends in their first year at Wizard School. This Wizard School is so expensive that Shmedley's parents run out of money buying his supplies and don't have enough left over to buy him a wand.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Move over Harry Potter

  • By Aurora Dawn on 11-21-18

Move over Harry Potter

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

The first book in a series, Volume 1 sets the stage by introducing the characters as they begin their first year of wizarding school. Fun, entertaining and not too serious, this is a great book for the YA crowd of for the young at heart who love a magical setting that doesn't require you speak Elvish, engage in long quests or fight battles with trolls and balrogs.
Ideal for an afternoon's entertainment. I loved it.

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  • An Elbow, a Flower, a Stairwell or Two

  • By: Dale Stubbart
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

From across the room, he noticed her elbow. As he traced the curve of her elbow with his eyes, he noticed something stenciled there. At this distance, he should not have been able to tell that that something was a flower. But he could, so he gave up reasoning for reality. His eye started tracing the lines of the flower. He was only vaguely aware that the flower was drawn on a woman's elbow some 20 yards away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative and interesting.

  • By cosmitron on 11-02-18

Like A Surrealist Painting - But with Words

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is one of the strangest books I have encountered in a very long time. It chronicles the adventures of a young man who becomes interested in the tattoo on a woman's elbow. He, and the story, jumps from place to place and event to event, but it all makes a bizarre kind of sense - perhaps more so after a glass or two of wine or a toke or two ... if that sort of thing is legal in your neck of the woods.
In any case, it's very short, so worth a look, if only for the experience.
Personally, I enjoyed it although I continue to be puzzled by it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful