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  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

  • Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
  • By: Amy Morin
  • Narrated by: Amy Morin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981

Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges? Or as psychotherapist Amy Morin asks, what should we avoid when we encounter adversity? Through her years counseling others and her own experiences navigating personal loss, Morin realized it is often the habits we cannot break that are holding us back from true success and happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts Off Slow

  • By A. Yoshida on 05-22-17

Mentally Strong People Choose Other Books!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I found this so very depressing I couldn't take more than the first couple chapters. After awhile I just wanted to say to the author, "Oh, shut up! I can't bear to hear one more word about what strong, perfect people do!" I didn't feel inspired by this book. I felt crushed.

71 of 79 people found this review helpful

  • The Lincoln Myth

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027

New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The title made the book sound interesting to me

  • By BklynBabe on 06-19-14

History?

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

Held my interest, but the author bypasses the most intriguing question his view of events raises. He claims Lincoln knew the south had the legal right to secede from the union. He doesn't say why Lincoln chose to save it, even though the cost of the fight weighed so heavily upon him.

  • Black Gold

  • Takhini Wolves, Book 1
  • By: Vivian Arend
  • Narrated by: Madison Vaughn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Lone wolf Shaun Stevens' automatic response to the words "happily ever after"? Kill me now. Yet with all his friends settling down he's begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap. One thing's for sure: His dream mate will have to out-cuss, out-spit, and out-hike him. So he never expected the one to push his forever button would be a blue-blooded Southern debutante with a voice as dark and velvety as her skin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little too cheesy for a Shifter Romance

  • By Kelli on 07-28-15

What Are You Looking For?

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Too much sex, not enough storyline. Characters stereotypical, minimally drawn. When I purchased this ebook, "Insatiable Press" wasn't shown in the summary. If it had been, I would have realized what was being offered, and passed this book by.

  • Southern Spirits

  • Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536

When out-of-work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she's saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick - she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can't refuse from the town's bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with. Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland, Tennessee's finest former citizens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, Clean Cozy Mystery

  • By Cheri on 03-22-17

A fun series!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I especially enjoyed Tavia Gilbert's performance. Hope she continues to be the voice of this series. Not many readers can convey strong emotions of terror (it is a ghost story after all) without becoming shriek-like. Shrieky? She also conveys the Southern accent with a light touch, so it gently informs the story without overwhelming it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Desperate Housedogs

  • By: Sparkle Abbey
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist, makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German shepherds, she expects frantic dogs; she expects a frantic dog owner; she even expects frantic neighbors. What she doesn't expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, his dogs impounded; and that as the last person to see Kevin alive (well, except for the killer) she is suddenly a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good

  • By Maria on 07-16-12

Too much accent spoils the story

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The extremely sing-song accent of the book performer is so abrasive, I can't attend to the plot. And for the record, I've lived in southeast Texas for years, and I've never heard an accent like that. And we have a lot of accents: all ethnicities ( and urban and country versions for each.) Also, Texas beauties do not refer to themselves as "Southern". They are "Texan" and proud of it. Just for the record.

  • A View to Die For

  • To Die for Series, Book 1
  • By: Richard Houston
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

The story is not your typical murder mystery. The sleuth is not a detective, private eye, or lawyer. He's an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog. Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o'clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for the murder of her fourth husband, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri Ozarks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not really a dog story

  • By Roberta Casper Watson on 07-04-18

Wanted to love it. Couldn't stay with it.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Honestly, I couldn't make myself read more than the first chapter or two. The story didn't grab my interest. I was not charmed, intrigued or even liking the characters enough to want to go along for the ride, just to see where the story went. And I love dog characters. When a great dog doesn't engage my attention and affection.....well, it's not promising, is it?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Matt - The Callahan Brothers

  • Brazos Bend, Book 2
  • By: Emily March
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Strong, independent Torie Bradshaw doesn't like playing the damsel in distress, but when a stalker's sadistic threats finally frighten her into running, she knows of only one hero to call on for help: Matt Callahan. The sinfully sexy spy had saved her once before. Surely he'll play her champion again. If only they hadn't parted under such...unfortunate circumstances.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Brainless, self-centered heroines are NOT cute!

  • By Bijou Johnson on 04-21-18

Brainless, self-centered heroines are NOT cute!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Enough! Silly plot contrivances. Brainless, shallow twits (with big breasts heaving, of course!) Petulance does not equal personality or charm. Surely the Callahan brothers deserve better. I admit, I could only tolerate this book up till chapter 5 or 6. I don't care if the idiot heroine is being stalked. I want the hero to go back in his house, lock the door, call the cops on her for shooting up the place, then FIND A BETTER HEROINE, one WORTH SAVING!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Etched in Bone

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders - a primitive and lethal form of the Others - the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no man's land beyond their borders - and the darkness.... As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Convinced With This One

  • By Lady on 03-18-17

Etched in Bone

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Excellent conclusion to this series of "Other" books. The bad guy character was drawn with a deadly accuracy that I actually found painful to read, but still I recommend this book highly. Love these characters, and the world Anne Bishop has created for them.

  • Calculated in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 36
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still a fan!

  • By Jessica on 03-03-13

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Susan Ericksen makes Rourke and Eve Dallas, and all their fellows come alive, as always! With distinct, recognizable voices for all the recurring characters, she only magnifies my enjoyment of this series. And extra, extra kudos to Nora Roberts (J D Robb) for managing what seems to be impossible for most writers: creating such intriguing, complex characters in Eve and Roarke that even after they fall in love, happily ever after, etc., there's still so much story to tell.