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  • Attack of the Turtle

  • By: Drew Carlson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Sanders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
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    5 out of 5 stars 10

During the Revolutionary War, 14-year-old Nathan Wade joins forces with his older cousin, the inventor David Bushnell, to secretly build the first submarine used in naval warfare.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revolutionary tale examines courage

  • By Beth Bird on 01-22-19

Revolutionary tale examines courage

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

Attack of the Turtle is a children's book set during the American Revolution. The 14-year-old main character is afraid of many things. The book takes a look at history, science, faith and the meaning of courage. There are some mild curses in keeping with a battle scene, but I still recommend this audiobook for the older child.

  • Malchus

  • Upward Way Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Madeline Brock
  • Narrated by: Stephen Rockwell Black
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In a world where everyone has something to say, Malchus Hemmings is silent. His alcoholic father has no patience for his mute son and throws Malchus out. The lad adapts to life on the streets of 19th-century Philadelphia - and survives by scrounging and begging...and neither seeks nor welcomes companionship. That is...until he stumbles into the crude living quarters of two orphan boys during a storm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abandoned Boy Saved from Death, Finds Love

  • By Beth Bird on 01-18-19

Abandoned Boy Saved from Death, Finds Love

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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: 01-18-19

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

The mute boy in this story is thrown out of the house by his cruel father at a young age. He takes up with two other orphan boys who live by their wits and thievery, and the rare handout by a kindhearted person. As the mute boy cannot speak, he cannot tell his new comrades his name, so they name him Topper.

As Topper grows, at times through the years he is exposed to someone who prays for him or shows him kindness in Jesus' name. But he also experiences rough and hateful treatment and does not feel worthy of God's love. At times Topper's progress seems to be two steps forward and one step back. When he is cleaned up and living with a family, people still do not trust him because of his background. This disheartens him so much he runs away, back to his old life.

At another point, we think Topper has finally conquered his demons, and the next thing we know he is on death row. This aspect of the book is very realistic: to affect real lasting change in an individual who has not grown up with consistent love and positive influence requires patience and a determination not to give up.

This audiobook is clean with a positive message. I recommend it!


  • Killer Copywriting

  • How to Write Copy That Sells
  • By: William Swain
  • Narrated by: Austin Stoler
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Whether you’re aware of it or not, copywriting is one of the most essential elements of effective marketing. It’s the art and science of strategically delivering words that get people to take action. In this audiobook, you will learn how to write copy that connects and converts. You don’t have to guess what to write. You can learn exactly what words will increase the level of your success.... Every. Single. Time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Killer Copywriting Chock Full of Copywriting Info

  • By Beth Bird on 01-17-19

Killer Copywriting Chock Full of Copywriting Info

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

Although this book isn't in a genre best presented as an audiobook, it is clear Killer Copywriting is full of excellent ad writing information. To the narrator's credit, he spoke clearly and slowly, so every word could be absorbed.

Touching briefly on the history of copywriting, author William Swain cracks the code with lists of power words which evoke certain emotions. I am tempted to buy the ebook or paperback just for those lists. Swain continues with drills, examples and mnemonic aids for copywriting.

Some of the information may seem basic to those who have studied copywriting. To the novice, this will be a treasure trove. For someone like me who knows the fundamentals, it is a great reference for the power words and when I need to put a little extra shine into my copy!

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, though disturbing at times

  • By Sean on 08-26-14

Doctor chooses to become medical examiner

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

If you like tv's Dr G, you'll appreciate this book about a young doctor choosing her specialty. Working in the medical examiner 's office in NYC in 2001, she describes the process used to catalog and identify the thousands of bodies and body parts. The author recounts other interesting cases she encounters, and ties it all in with her personal life, most notably her own father's suicide.

  • A Knack for Embarrassment

  • By: James D. Beers
  • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Follow the author and his family and friends in their rollicking adventures as they sled down the dreaded Sleddin' Road, ride in a Volkswagen Rabbit that smokes more than a steam locomotive, and practice "Premeditated Bear Situation Thinking" while out in the woods. Just try not to laugh as you hear about the cutthroat cookie-decorating contest of Christmas 2007 or as the author guinea-pigs his younger brother in a game of spit wads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Q & A for A Knack for Embarrassment

  • By Maximus on 01-17-19

Nostalgic Stories Entertain

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Reviewed: 12-10-18

Author James Beers pokes a little fun at himself recounting humorous, self-deprecating stories from throughout his life. These are all family-friendly yarns, some even in a church setting. There's an old-fashioned feel to these tales, and that nostalgic mood is furthered by the cover drawing, which looks circa the 1960s.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Vines We Planted

  • By: Joanell Serra
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

In the heart of the California wine country, secrets seem to grow on the vines that Uriel Macon's family have tended for generations. Uriel, 29, is the winery's young widower. He steers clear of complicated relationships. He prefers the lonely comfort of his vineyard and his horses, until he is reminded of his love affair with Amanda Scanlon; a relationship that ended when she abruptly left the country years ago under a cloud of mystery. When Amanda returns to Sonoma because of a family crisis, she tries to mend the broken relationships she left behind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Improper Description Leads to Lower Rating

  • By Beth Bird on 11-24-18

Improper Description Leads to Lower Rating

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I would not have selected this audio book, had it been properly described. I saw no reference to LGBT themes, which comprises a significant portion of this story, and about which I have no desire to read/ listen to.

As far as being a multi generational saga, past and future events are told from the current generation speaking from memory or from later in their lives. We are not given a whole new generation to interact with.

A more accurate description could help this book go farther.

  • An American Conscience

  • The Reinhold Niebuhr Story
  • By: Jeremy L. Sabella
  • Narrated by: Alan Taylor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was an inner-city pastor, ethics professor, and author of the famous Serenity Prayer. Time magazine's March 8, 1948, cover story called him "the greatest Protestant theologian in America since Jonathan Edwards". Cited as an influence by public figures ranging from Billy Graham to Barack Obama, Niebuhr was described by historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. as "the most influential American theologian of the 20th century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A companion book to the PBS documentary on Reinhol

  • By Adam Shields on 09-19-17

Film Companion Book Recounts Life of Niebuhr

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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: 11-23-18

It should be kept in mind that this book is a companion piece to the PBS film of the same name. Otherwise, you will be wondering where the documentation is. I assume the historical luminaries are identified in the film which is the one source for this work.

Reinhold Niebuhr was a brilliant theologian, and first-generation American born of European immigrants.

As a pastor, a speaker, a writer, holding positions of sway at universities and in government both domestic and global, Niebuhr was what one would call today, an influencer. Niebuhr traveled actively spreading his views.

Niebuhr tackled Henry Ford's treatment of his assembly line workers and their pay, the role and responsibility of the US post-WWII, race relations, civil rights, other "social gospel" issues, as well as personal responsibility issues.

Niebuhr was a contemporary of Detrick Bonhoeffer and arranged for him to come to Princeton to study for a year. Niebuhr arranged a second year for Bonhoeffer to spend in America, safely away from Hitler, but Bonhoeffer's conscience wouldn't permit him to and he returned to Germany. As you are probably aware, Bonhoeffer was caught and hung for taking part in a plot to kill Hitler.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn it is Niebuhr who wrote the famous Serenity Prayer, which has become almost synonymous with Alcoholics Anonymous.

Niebuhr suffered a series of strokes in the 1950s which slowed his travel but did not slow the writing of his book.

I heartily recommend this audiobook for anyone interested In the formation of America's social conscience from the 1930s through the 1960s.

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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 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Badly written and badly read

  • By Croppyboy on 01-22-19

Erosion Shrinking Island

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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 3,495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,138

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

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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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 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

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

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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