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Belinda Wheaton

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  • The Dollhouse

  • A Novel
  • By: Fiona Davis
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 786

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong - a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started strong but floundered

  • By Sherri Wildstein on 09-12-16

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I really enjoyed this book. There is a mystery to solve, obstacles to overcome, and great character development. I really hate that I've finished it. Will definitely read more by this author.

  • Leaving Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,964

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Surprising ending

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

This book would be a great movie. Good story with twists and turns and a surprise ending.

  • Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,312

For her latest Audible Original, Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love, Esther Perel invites you to listen to private and intimate conversations exploring the evolution of relationships. Hear six sets of people at different points in their quests for romantic and familial love, including a young couple whose immigration status has forced them to consider marriage, a stepmother trying to put the pieces back together for four children whose mother died by suicide, a nonbinary child desperate to connect with their single mother, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Isle of the counselor

  • By Anne on 10-26-18

Such good insight.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

What would happen if people were able to listen and really hear each other? What if we had someone with the right amount of clarity to help us understand what we are hearing - to help us listen without feeling threatened? That is what Esther Perel is in these podcasts.

  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,529

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I turned it off after an hour.

  • By Zac on 04-08-17

Not that great.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I felt like the entire book was a sales pitch. Most of the book was the author repeating "the five second rule".

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,466

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and insightful

  • By Ms P Kelly on 06-26-17

Different. A breath of fresh air!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This was a great summer read! Loved it! It is a bit racy, but that is evident in the title.

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  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,177

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Enjoyed this book. Suspenseful and entertaining. The only criticism I have is that the actor does not do an American accent very well.

  • How's Your Soul?

  • Why Everything You Want in Life Starts with the Inside You
  • By: Judah Smith
  • Narrated by: Judah Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

"How's your soul?" Instead of a perfunctory "how are you?", Judah Smith asks people this surprising question, because he knows that the health of the soul - the deepest part of ourselves - is overlooked in the busyness of everyday life. But the truth is, all the things people most desire in life - stability, peace, hope, love - are rooted in the health of their souls, and they need an intentional daily journey to manage it well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop laughing! 😂

  • By Selena on 06-07-17

Probably great for a younger reader.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I admire the author's faith. I think this book would be really good for a younger audience.

  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

  • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17

So much fun to listen to!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

This book was great fun to listen to. Highly recommend. Listened on a long drive out of town. The drive didn't seem long after all. Enjoy!

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,207

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Excellent story well read.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I felt I knew the characters personally as I listened. I am sad I have finished this book.

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for hardcore alcohol & drug addicts...

  • By Magen on 10-06-17

This book is for everyone!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Whether you do or do not think you have an addiction - read this book! Because this is for everyone. This is for those who seek balance but are defeated at the end of each day wishing they could just control something or change something so they could feel good. This book is for those who believe they are missing something. Ok I'll quit raving.

In addition to above - it is well written. And who better than Russell Brand to read his own book? It was a pleasure to listen to - I say as I am going to listen to it again.

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