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  • Chesapeake Requiem

  • A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
  • By: Earl Swift
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

A brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a 200-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction from rising sea levels - part natural history of an extraordinary ecosystem, starring the beloved blue crab; part paean to a vanishing way of life; and part meditation on man’s relationship with the environment - from the acclaimed author, who reported this story for more than two years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Crabs

  • By johnhalfen on 08-26-18

Erosion Shrinking Island

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Earl Swift writes as much or more about the crabbing, political and religious views of the residents of tiny Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay, as he does about the erosion of the land. The residents are clannish and seem to be a throwback to one or two centuries ago in their speech, beliefs, and other other areas imposed by the island's isolation.
The narrator makes a good effort to get the pronunciation right, but misses it with Accomack County, and other names a native Virginian like me cringes to hear mangled.
Overall an interesting and enjoyable listen.
#Multigenerational, #Provocative, #TangierIsland
#tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • The Queen

  • Aretha Franklin
  • By: Mikal Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,118

You know her voice. Now hear her story.

Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learned so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

Extraordinary Talent, Difficult Life in Queen

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Aretha Franklin was born into a dichotomy of a Black religious culture marked by her hypocritical minister father who was well regarded and drew great praise for his ability in the pulpit, yet made no secret of his frequent philandering, even fathering a child with a 12-year-old girl. This caused Aretha's faithful mother to leave while Aretha was still a young child.
But amidst all this sadness and inconsistency, there came from Aretha an extraordinary talent so incredible and from such an early age it was almost supernatural. Aretha could play piano by ear and sing like someone with years of experience.
All her life Aretha had to battle demons of alcohol, being overweight, having low self esteem and being abused by the men in her life. Despite her hard life, Aretha remained the Queen.
#Abuse, #Addiction, #Inspiring, #Celebrity
#tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • Fury

  • Blur Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Steven James
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

The disturbing visions that helped Daniel Byers solve a deadly mystery have finally quieted, and the sixteen-year-old basketball star is looking forward to things settling back to normal. But when his father mysteriously disappears, Daniel realizes that the key to finding his dad rests in deciphering his chilling hallucinations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fury, book 2 of the Blur trilogy, ...

  • By Wayne on 08-13-15

Fury Sends Daniel to Save His Dad

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Something has happened to Daniel's father, the Sheriff. Daniel can't remember, but he knows it was very bloody, and the detective and doctors are trying to tell him he did it. Daniel is being held at a mental hospital, and he is frustrated he can't look for the truth. Who is really on his side? Can Daniel even trust his friends?
#Friends, #Creepy, #TorturedHero
#tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • Blur, Book 1

  • The Blur Trilogy
  • By: Steven James
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, 16-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams. Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb mystery+great narration=fantastic audiobook

  • By Ann on 10-08-14

Blur Engages Listener

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

The lines between reality and fantasy blur for Daniel as he thinks he sees a dead girl sit up in her coffin, feels her grab his arm, and hears her ask him for help in finding out the truth of how she died. Daniel doesn't know if he is physically or mentally ill, or if this dead girl from his high school is really trying to communicate with him.
#VoicesFromTheGrave, #Creepy, #Friends, #TorturedHero
#tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • The Mountain Between Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609

When their last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get home just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crashes into one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Sher from Provo on 10-14-16

Captivating drama surprises

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Charles Martin tells an engaging story that pits people against the most rugged landscape and climate conditions nature has to offer. With very little chance of survival and debilitating injuries, they do not give up.
I was bothered by a few minor holes in the story (which I won't turn into spoilers here), but overall it was a plausible enough read to be enjoyable. I recommend this clean romantic/drama/thriller!

  • Tidewater

  • A Novel of Pocahontas and the Jamestown Colony
  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman, Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

To Pocahontas and her people, the Tidewater is the rightful home of the Powhatan tribe. To England it is Virginia Territory, fertile with promise, rich with silver and gold. As Jamestown struggles to take root, John Smith knows that the only hope for survival lies with the Powhatan people. He knows, too, that they would rather see the English starve than yield their homeland to invaders. In the midst of this conflict, Pocahontas, the daughter of the great chief, forges an unlikely friendship with Smith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life of native Americans

  • By Lana Lee Plum on 02-17-17

Listen to the Audible Version

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

To get the most out of this book, I recommend you listen to the Audible audio version of the book. The voice actors got the difficult pronunciation of Native names correct. How would I know? I have lived in Virginia all my life, from the Rappahannock River to Roanoke, and the Native names endure to this day as the names of rivers, creeks, cities, counties, streets and more.

The author has taken care to be *mostly* historically correct, so do expect the Disney version of the story.

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  • Walk Me Home

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

If 16-year-old Carly and 11-year-old Jen can find Teddy, Carly knows he’ll save them from foster care...if he can forgive them for their mother’s vicious lies about him. But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. And after Jen makes a heartbreaking confession, Carly wonders if they’ll ever escape the pain of the past. Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire listeners and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Performance for an Outstanding Story!

  • By Krys on 11-04-13

A little bit of a stretch

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

It's a little bit of a stretch to believe a teen and a tween, two girls, could walk as far as they did without a cop passing them on the road and stopping to see what their situation was. If they were walking 20 miles a day and they lost count of the number of days, it was probably over a week. That's at least 140 miles. Did Jen walk those holes into the bottom of her shoes or were they already there?

I also thought there could have been better communication between Carly and the Native police. If she understood he was trying to work out a way for the two of them to stay together, perhaps she wouldn't have made it so hard on everyone.

Besides those two things, it had all the ingredients of a Catherine Ryan Hyde story: kids in need, animals to be loved on, and things working out in the end. What's not to like?

  • The Imposter Syndrome Remedy: A 30-Day Action Plan to Stop Feeling like a Fraud

  • The Pame Code to End Self Sabotage, Know Your Worth, and Flourish with Self-Confidence at Work and in Life
  • By: E. V. Estacio
  • Narrated by: E. V. Estacio
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Do you sometimes feel like a fraud at work, despite years of training and experience? Do you feel like it's pure luck that people can’t see your incompetence? Are you worried that one day, people will find out that you’re really just faking it? If you answered a resounding yes to these questions, then you might be experiencing imposter syndrome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get a “new you” operational with this guidebook

  • By Glenn Lapoint on 05-21-18

Imposter Syndrome Remedy is the perfect follow-up

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Dr. E.V. Estacio takes the next logical step in her PAME series with The Imposter Syndrome Remedy. PAME is a Greek word meaning, "Come on, Let's go!" Dr. Estacio has broken it into a very managable acrostic of Purpose, Action, Momentum and Energy. She uses this same basic formula in her second book in this series to focus in on the Imposter Syndrome.

Dr. Estacio gives just enough clinical background for the lay person or entry level scholar to come away with a solid foundation in the definition, history, and salient features of this malady.

But make no mistake! This audio book will not be out of reach for most listeners. Dr. Estacio makes the material accessable, and dare I say, even fun at times!

Dr. Estacio has narrated the book herself, and she has the perfect voice for the job. Her delivery is uber-calm and non threatening. When she shares personal examples from her own life it draws you in for an even greater understanding.

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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,233

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

It's a Rough Life for Sam but Turns Out Okay

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

At first I couldn't tell if this was supposed to be a YA book or for adults, but after the adult scenes I realized the mature themes weren't for kids.

Bullying, fear, honesty, faith, forgiveness, death, acceptance, alcoholism, child abuse, spousal abuse, sex outside of marriage, murder, stalking, prayers, miracles, and finances are some of the topics addressed in this story which starts at the protagonist's birth and extends into his middle age.

While you might expect a more fantasy/paranormal tale from the title, Sam Hell doesn't go in those directions. In the end, all the heartache Sam has lived through is in one way or another "redeemed". I won't spoil it for you, but it doesn't end on a downer.

Somewhat reflective of real life, the popular kids in school grow up to have a troubled adulthood. The bullies grow up to be bigger bullies. And the misfits are broken and remade by their troubles, finally coming into their own later in life, smart, solid, and successful.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Change Your Life for Good with the PAME Code of Purpose, Action, Momentum, and Energy

  • You Can Do It, Book 1
  • By: Dr. E V. Estacio
  • Narrated by: Dr. E V. Estacio
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Change your life for good - that's a big one! Do you feel as if you are stuck in a rut and not living your true purpose in life? Are you itchy to get unstuck but don't know how and where to start? Or are you just afraid that you will fail miserably and embarrass yourself in the process? Change is not always easy. Yet, with the right tools and support, taking a step to change your life for good is easier than you think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Book of Change Your Life Offers More Options

  • By Beth Bird on 01-27-18

Audio Book of Change Your Life Offers More Options

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

If you could sum up Change Your Life for Good with the PAME Code of Purpose, Action, Momentum, and Energy in three words, what would they be?

Informative
Encouraging
Reliable

What did you like best about this story?

I read the book and the audio book is just as good, if not better. The audio book offers the ability to consume Change Your Life For Good in settings where reading is not practical.

Have you listened to any of Dr. E V. Estacio’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I recommend this book for anyone who has been struggling to make a change. Follow the structure presented in this book, and change will not seem so overwhelming.

Any additional comments?

I believe it was a perfect choice for the author to narrate her own book. Her voice is patient and encouraging, never rushed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful