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  • The Curse of Jacob Tracy

  • By: Holly Messinger
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

St. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts - mangled soldiers, tortured slaves, the innocent victims of war - and Jacob Tracy can see them all. Ever since Antietam, when he lay delirious among the dead and dying, Trace has been haunted by the country's restless spirits. The curse cost him his family, his calling to the church, and damn near his sanity. He stays out of ghost-populated cities as much as possible these days, guiding wagon trains west with his pragmatic and skeptical partner, Boz.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Supernatural meets old West.

  • By Mbeasley on 01-16-16

Overdone

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

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A lack of modulation and subtlety in the characters' moods and dialogues caused me to tire of this potentially interesting ghost story after a few chapters. Instead, I experienced the tone as petulantly aggressive and rough-hewn to the point that the purported highly refined philosophical education of the main character, perhaps meant to lend him weight and depth, came across as, at best, a vain affectation and, more probably, an unbelievable fiction. If you have a taste for melodrama this book may appeal to you.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Babylon's Ark

  • The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq, he discovered that hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, Anthony defended the zoo, bartered for food on war-torn streets, and scoured bombed palaces for desperately needed supplies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, inspiring, and a little meandering

  • By Skipper on 06-22-15

Lions and tigers and bears

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

This story gave me graphic and dramatic insight into some of the horrendous effects of war without sacrificing my belief in the goodness that is also part of human beings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lunch with Buddha

  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

A novel about family, open-minded spirituality, and the American road, Lunch with Buddha accompanies the characters from Breakfast with Buddha as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind. Facing one of life's greatest emotional challenges, Otto Ringling takes comfort in a loving family and offbeat lessons from eccentric spiritual teacher Volya Rinpoche.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Breakfast!

  • By tha_fultonz on 08-14-15

Oh,dear!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

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Oh, dear --- this was a disappointment. Of course, death is a subject that is of great importance in a relationship with a spiritual teacher, but in this sequel to Breakfast With Buddha, Otto's first person narrative mires the plot in too much morose introspection to make good reading. I am apprehensive about the projected Dinner with Buddha, as the fresh unselfconsciousness of Breakfast With Buddha may turn out to be unrepeatable.

  • Breakfast with Buddha

  • A Novel
  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075

When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a thoughtful and often hilarious journey

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-15-11

Volvo" Rinpoche Lights Up the Journey

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

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I thought this story might not work -- that it would not persuasively crack the shell of the wise- guy westerner's sophisticated superiority well- represented by Otto. But for me, Merullo's depiction of the Rinpoche, so deft and light-handed, was delightful, surprising and illuminating. And the first person narrative by Otto, though it became a bit didactic in the final scenes, showed enough skill, wit and creativity to strain the credibility of the role he was cast in as mere editor of other people's books, and not a writer himself. I enjoyed and learned from spending time on the road with Otto and Rinpoche and highly recommend this Audible version.

  • Golden Fool

  • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317

Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin. Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing like hanging out with Fitz

  • By Chad on 08-30-14

Excellent in every respect

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

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What a find this series is! I am already on to Book 3 of the trilogy and anything else I can find by Robin Hobb.The writing is completely unselfconscious and highly accomplished, the characters fascinating yet believable, and the performance by James Langton is simply brilliant.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,263

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

The New Colossus

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

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Surely among the most interesting characters of this unusual and engaging tale is the City of New York, itself, which the author depicts with warmth and detailed familiarity.

The immigrant themes and the imposing strength and stature of the Golem bring to mind the harbor Torchbearer and the poem inscribed at the statue's base, entitled, "The New Colossus," ---- written by a woman named Lazarus. Hmmmm----

  • Tied Up in Tinsel

  • A Roderick Alleyn Mystery
  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Holed up at Hilary Bill-Tasman's manor estate for Christmas, Troy Alleyn is to paint the man's portrait and, while she's there, view the Druid Christmas pageant. Along with a pack of eccentric guests, Troy enjoys the festivities, until one of the pageant's players mysteriously disappears into the snowy night

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classy Classic

  • By Carole T. on 08-27-12

Exceeds expectations!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Any additional comments?

I haven't finished listening to this yet, but am enjoying it so much I wanted to pause and enter a review. The story is unusually rich in humor, setting and cast of characters, and the reading by Wanda McCaddon (new to me) is utterly brilliant! For me, her voice is a veritable paintbrush, defining and distinguishing the diverse assortment of personalities with great imagination and persuasive power. A great holiday read!

  • The Lighthouse

  • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By jb on 11-23-05

Overly Psychological

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

Reviewed: 11-19-14

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I looked forward to this book, but ended up finding it tedious. The author gave much more time and attention to the psychological interiors of several of the characters than I found interesting.

  • The Enneagram

  • By: Helen Palmer
  • Narrated by: Helen Palmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

In this fascinating program, Helen Palmer introduces a vital system of sacred psychology capable of stunning insights into our lives and loves. This Enneagram is a model of 9 central passions used in varying forms by Buddhists, Sufis, and Christians. In this comprehensive introduction, Palmer covers topics such as the 9 personality types, history and origins, how to recognize your type, the role of attention and awareness in type, how your type can give you spiritual direction, dynamics of type interaction, how to avoid mis-typing others, and much more. Here is a priceless opportunity to overcome the veil of illusion that limits your perception to only one-ninth of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • useful information, but...

  • By connie on 01-02-09

Thoughtful, Careful, Engaging

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

Any additional comments?

When I listened to the sample recording segment posted with this title, I was a bit doubtful about the reading as performed by the author. However, having listened to the first hour, I have become very appreciative.I find Helen Palmer's voice and elocution pleasant enough, but, more importantly, the slow pace of her presentation allows me time to savor and absorb the content. Also, some listeners might benefit, as I do, from the, in this instance, natural and central use of pronouns and examples reflecting female experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tao Te Ching

  • A New English Version
  • By: Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please remove the ridiculous ad at the end

  • By Michael on 02-20-15

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 05-19-14

Any additional comments?

A beautiful reading of this wise and poetic collection of teachings. My only criticism is the jarring intrusion of lengthy promotional material following close upon the final syllable. I encourage purchasers and listeners to discourage the insertion of this kind of material wherever and whenever it appears uninvited. It is not what we pay for, and it is destructive to the efforts of the authors and readers of good literature to create a rewarding experience for the purchaser.