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  • The Racketeer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,280

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Grisham

  • By Ron on 10-25-12

Clever fiction

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-19

The book starts in a tedious way as the story is knit together. If you stay with it, the payoff is a very clever tale.

  • Blessing or Curse

  • You Can Choose
  • By: Derek Prince
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 122

Life's trials and triumphs can seem accidental. One person may feel that life is a constant struggle in which pitfalls abound and someone seems out to get him. Another may feel that every day is a gift from God, with special blessings just for her. That's because forces are at work in our lives: the blessings of a loving God or the curses of our spiritual adversary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book. This opens my eyes wide to the reality as written in scripture that we wrestle not against flesh and blood.....

  • By GeraldS on 06-03-16

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Healing and informative. I listened to parts of it several times to grasp the importance of this work.

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,285

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Powerfully written to compare a teenaged girl in foster care and an elderly woman who rode the orphan train. The story of their friendship weaves the losses of two generations of displaced children into a one of hope and healing. Beautiful.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,162

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

A well researched story

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This fictional story is woven from the tragic details of the real story of the adoption industry of the Tennessee Children’s Home.

  • Margin

  • Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives
  • By: Richard A. Swenson MD
  • Narrated by: Claton Butcher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. Today we use margin just to get by. This book is for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressure of overload. Reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and see where your identity really comes from. The benefits can be good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, and availability for God's purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Margin is what we all need!!!!

  • By Regina Bray on 06-06-17

A good perspective on balance

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

This is written from a Christian perspective. It encourages balance, love and rest. It’s not a “ preachy” book. It encourages the weary to find grace and rest.

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  • Jennie Churchill

  • Winston's American Mother
  • By: Anne Sebba
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Anne Sebba, acclaimed for her biography of Mother Teresa, reveals it took an American beauty just three days to land Lord Randolph Churchill. Eight months after the marriage, Lady Jennie bore their son Winston. Using her charms to advance her husband and son, Jennie discreetly seduces 200 or more paramours - including the Prince of Wales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT READ!

  • By Izzy Hirson on 08-22-15

A Historical Tabloid

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I’d hoped to discover more of the history about this interesting woman. This book is a recounting of speculative gossip about Lady Churchill’s infidelities and the people in her social circle. She is presented as a self absorbed, promiscuous spendthrift who abdicated the rearing of her children to others. It was disappointing and very boring. The performance by the reader was the only positive point of the book.

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  • How to Retire on a $1000 Monthly Budget

  • By: Dr. Mickey Frazier DD
  • Narrated by: Robert J. Eckrich
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6

Are you looking to retire or relocate on a fixed income? In, How to Retire on a $1000 Monthly Budget, we explore the state that offers retirees a jackpot of savings in the form of great entertainment and food discounts, no state income taxes, low cost of living, low housing expenses as well as being one of the most pension friendly and military friendly states in America.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading title

  • By Susan B Sampson on 08-23-17

Misleading title

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Unless you are planning to retire to Las Vegas, as the author recommended, this book is not of much value.

  • Have Backpack Will Travel

  • How to See the World on a Shoestring Budget
  • By: Dr. Earl E. Paul
  • Narrated by: Dr. Earl E. Paul
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

Who doesn't like to travel? Traveling the world opens new vistas and experiences to all who undertake it. But when roaming abroad, to make the trip more pleasurable and successful, an in-depth knowledge of backpacking allows trekkers to avert mishaps and problems. In this information-packed audiobook, Have Backpack Will Travel, the author provides detailed information in numerous critical areas related to seeing the world as a backpacker.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, but the information is dated

  • By Susan B Sampson on 08-23-17

Ok, but the information is dated

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

The author has had some great adventures. This book seems to predate smart phones, so his information is a bit dated.

  • Welcome to the World, Baby Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie). Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABRIDGED? You must be kidding!

  • By Karen C. Parker on 10-30-13

Sweet story

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

If you need feel good story, about turning your life around, this is a good place to start.

  • The Paradox of Choice

  • Why More is Less
  • By: Barry Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Tyranny of Pop Economics

  • By Darwin8u on 10-28-13

A good point made excessively.

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-16

This would have been an interesting and insightful magazine article, minus most of the the too numerous to count examples.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful