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  • The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

  • A 25-Year Landmark Study
  • By: Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Kate McIntire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Using a comparison group of adults who grew up in the same communities but whose parents never divorced, Wallerstein shows how adult children of divorce essentially view life differently from their peers in intact homes, and also sheds light on the question that so many parents confront: whether to stay unhappily married or to divorce. This book is a landmark cultural event that will change the way all of us view divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall it was Insightful

  • By C. Rodowsky on 03-03-15

Unexpectedly Great Book on Divorce

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I’d not expected this to be so informative & full of different scenarios as well as thoughtful, research-based suggestions. As the now adult child of not only divorce but one where abuse was coupled with >a dozen sept-reconciliation dances plus multiple remarriages, I’d planned to never get married. However, I met someone with a very similar background in college, moved in together & married. The marriage lasted 3 sons, 5 inter-state &2 international moves, brain surgeries, & 30 years. Nonetheless, he up & left (not moved out), divorced me, forced the sale of our family home & remarried with 6 mo of the divorce. THE UNEXPECTED LEGACY OF DIVORCE helped me recognize some classic patterns. I’ve already recommended it to others.
~Dr. Chris Patricia Hafner

  • Eiger Dreams

  • Ventures Among Men and Mountains
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By dion campbell on 01-14-19

NOT Like Krakauer’s Other Captivating Books!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Normally, I refrain from writing negative reviews but EIGHRY DREAMS was a terrible waste of a credit. Having read a of Krakauer’s books, I was ecstatic to see this collection, however I was sorely disappointed.
The stories offered very little new info & were delivered in the most droll speech pattern that I fell asleep multiple days & nights during this. I even took a break & returned to it but instead of having to force myself to stop, set sleep timer, & go on, I found myself asleep again having to go back to my bookmark. I do NOT recommend unless trying to torture the adventure reader

  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,081

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Least favorite Picoult book

  • By Stephanie Stupack on 10-09-18

Another Picoult masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

A SPARK OF LIGHT takes on one of the most divisive yet very personal topics of our time: violence, abortion & violence against women’s right to choose. Although I admit to not liking the reverse format (she masterfully takes us backwards through an event from multiple perspectives) because initially it was disorienting, the story & perspectives are truly compelling. The author gracefully & compassionately takes on perspectives of individuals finding themselves at the last Women’s Health Center in Mississippi. Even violent, extremists are given voice but the ones I found most impressive were how her characters illuminate the middle age & older white male’s desperate compulsion to control women’s bodies (as a well educated white woman, I’ve long felt this even from my own relatives). Other key central perspectives represented include: people of color; LGBT; impoverished kids; the foster child & family; different US states; ages from teens through post-menopausal women needing HEALTHCARE (not necessarily abortions, which is both true & important); political, policy & individual freedom tensions; police-healthcare-legal sandwich of perspectives; military; & societal moral landscape. The author’s notes are very important & well researched. My only negative comment is that Picoult repeatedly refers to bottle-feeding in multiple books, basically normalizing what is an inferior method of feeding than “at-the breast” although it’s not mentioned as formula or breast milk. It’s one of my pet peeves that society should be supporting women to breastfeed through all policies & changing social norms in all ways to the superior food & method of delivery (breast milk at the breast for at least a year, & preferably through the second.” <WHO>. Perhaps she could take this on as a major theme (there’s plenty of strife, struggle & all sorts of perspectives that could be woven. ~Dr. Chris P. Hafner~

  • 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 13,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,832

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

LEAVING TIME=Picoult’s BEST yet!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

As a huge reader & fan of Jodi Picoult’s work, I have been consistently impressed by her thorough research & eloquent writing. LEAVING TIME develops deep characters & weaves time lines seamlessly without predictability. Truly surprising wrap up & very satisfying. ‘Keep ‘EM coming. ~Dr.Chris Patricia Hafner~

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,856

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this before buying, too much hype

  • By Bradley on 06-23-17

Fabulously Engaging & Well Researched!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

As a doc of public health who also has an MPH & ND, I was ecstatic that Riddle’s PANDEMIC: the extinction files was the opposite of Cook’s misleading, shallow & disappointing Pandemic book. Riddle’a PANDEMIC starts off strong, builds the situation, technical & character base, & sweeps the reader/listener into an addictive story that COULD happen. The book could have been a major downer but it is not especially for those who know this genre. Major kudos to the Riddle & Ballerini team. ~Dr. Chris P. Hafner

  • Gold Dust Woman

  • The Biography of Stevie Nicks
  • By: Stephen Davis
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Gold Dust Woman gives "the gold standard of rock biographers" (the Boston Globe) his ideal topic: Nicks' work and life are equally sexy and interesting, and Davis delves deeply into each, unearthing fresh details from new, intimate interviews and interpreting them to present a rich new portrait of the star. Just as Nicks (and Lindsay Buckingham) gave Fleetwood Mac the "shot of adrenaline" they needed to become real rock stars - according to Christine McVie - Gold Dust Woman is vibrant with stories and with a life lived large and hard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and partially accurate picture

  • By D. Lichtenstein on 01-14-18

Surprisingly Captivating Just Like Stevie

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Having been given the Rumors album as it was released (my 1st full LP as a young teenage girl), I’ve been to several Fleetwood Mac & Nicks concerts. It was thrilling to be at 2 Rumors concerts but nearly 10 years later, I was horrified & dismayed to witness a drugged, overweight & haggard-voice Nicks when a bunch of my fellow undergrad friends went to see her across the US. This Audible has re-invigorated my love of Stevie & Fleetwood Mac, as well as Petty. To be frank, I had no idea how much she had pulled herself together. Kudos for not throwing away such talent. I’m now purchasing more of her recent work & truly hope she is able to produce the Rihanna mini-series. Keep going Stevie...we still adore you.
~Dr. Chris P. Hafner

  • Pandemic

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

After a young, seemingly healthy woman collapses suddenly on the NYC subway and dies by the time she reaches the hospital, her case is initially chalked up to influenza. That is, until she ends up on Dr. Jack Stapleton's autopsy table, where Jack discovers something eerily fishy: First, that the young woman has had a heart transplant, and second, that her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart. Strangely, two more incidences of young people with this same sudden and rapid illness follow. Something is off about these cases, and only Jack can figure it out before it's too late.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title & Disappointing Plot

  • By Chris H. on 12-16-18

Misleading Title & Disappointing Plot

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

As an advanced public health professional who is very aware of the correct terminology, I found myself repeatedly correcting Cook’s use of terms including “pandemic.” Those looking for an epidemiological thriller should look elsewhere because that is only at the very end & not comparable to others.
Also, I’m not sure why Cook named his protagonist “Jack”; every time the narrator says “Jack asked...” it sounds like jackass.
I wish I had spent my credit on a different book!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,962

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

So many relatable themes for diverse audiences

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Beautifully written & narrated words weave such meaningful messages in WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING. This is a must read that belongs with classics such as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, CATCHER IN THE RYE, LORD OF THE RINGS, THE GREAT GATSBY, & THE SCARLET LETTER.
If you’ve ever been left, felt like you were all alone or treated differently, the protagonist, Kaya, will reach right into your soul. If you feel most at home in nature-be it the ocean, marshes, forests, lakes or mountains, &/or truly relate to the creatures of this world, you will marvel. Moreover, if you’ve questioned whether traditional schooling is the only “real” way to be educated, you may have your eyes opened; homeschoolers & autodidactic learners will delight.
Enjoy ~Dr. Chris P. Hafner~

  • Into the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,940
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,917

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

Great Listen-Pay Attention! Not too many characters

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I found INTO THE WATER to be a great listen-so don’t get turned off by the naysayers. IF you pay Attention there are not too many characters. If you loved GIRL ON THE TRAIN, this book will be even more captivating.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fly Away

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

Fly Away is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other - plus a miracle - to transform their lives. An emotionally-complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing with a capital D, D, D!

  • By Judy on 05-15-13

Wrenching & Joyous Tears streamed many times

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Having read FIREFLY LANE first, I was invested in FLY AWAY but didn’t realize just how cathartic it would be especially having lost 15 people within the past 18 months-including both my mother & dad. It’s hard to imagine anyone not being touched by the many facets of Kate & Tully’s continued stories. This book reiterated something a person said to me during the immediate grieving period: “Some of the best conversations I ever had with my parents were after they were dead.” There are + &- interpretations of that but for me, it gave me permission to go right on having what had been phone conversations but now they are in the same room.