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  • Dashing Through the Snow

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: Carol Higgins Clark
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first (and many hope, annual) Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $160 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • always fun

  • By JACKIE on 05-02-17

So much fun. What a great holiday mystery.

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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: 12-21-17

I really enjoyed this book during the holidays. A few twists and turns and Alvirah, Willy and the gang always entertain.

  • Survivor in Death

  • In Death, Book 20
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,055

No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rocks!

  • By Cherita on 09-06-09

Another great book in the In Death series

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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: 06-07-17

This is my favorite one in the series so far. You do not need to read them all, as each book stands alone. But why not! The characters have so much depth, I almost feel like I know them. Each book is somehow fresh, I'm downloading the next book in the series now.

  • Loyalty in Death

  • In Death, Book 9
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995

An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the "corrupt masses". And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Eve fights back. It's her city...it's her job...and it's hitting too close to home. Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit - before the city falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • arizona

  • By Shelly on 03-01-10

Very entertaining, great presentation!

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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: 01-25-17

I love the "In Death" series and I recently started listening on audio while driving or on my long runs. The narrator is fantastic, her presentation adds a lot to the book. I've read the first 8 books in the series and feel I know the characters but Susan Ericksen brings them to life. I highly recommend this book and the entire series (note: each book is a stand alone, you do not read/listen to the entire series).

  • Find a Way

  • By: Diana Nyad
  • Narrated by: Diana Nyad
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

On September 2, 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in 53 hours. Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best, most inspirational words you will find

  • By H. Lambert on 02-09-16

Unbelievable determination

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

What an exceptional book by an amazing woman. I loved every minute of it. I cannot fathom swimming in the dark of night out at sea, thinking of sharks, and all manner of prey. Then to be stung by deadly jellyfish and keep swimming! Diana gives life to the words never give up. Her team also never gives up and persevered. What amazing friends. This book makes me feel inspired.

  • In the Water They Can't See You Cry

  • A Memoir
  • By: Amanda Beard, Rebecca Paley
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

At the tender age of 14, Amanda Beard walked onto the pool deck at the Atlanta Olympics carrying her teddy bear, Harold, and left with two silvers and a gold medal. She competed in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, and enjoyed a lucrative modeling career on the side. At one point, she was the most downloaded female athlete on the Internet. Yet despite her astonishing career and sex-symbol status, Amanda felt unworthy of all her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain beneath a megawatt smile.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I applaud Amanda - but her editor's were lame

  • By Heather on 03-10-15

Nakedly honest, nothing held back in this memoir

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I loved this book. It's told well and the story is really interesting. She holds nothing back either so one really gets a good look in to the world of being an elite athlete at such a young age. One of my favorite parts of the Olympics is listening to the back stories of the athletes, though I doubt we are hearing the real story. The media likes to sensationalize and write their own story, when in fact the real story is often more interesting. Such as how they made such a fuss about Amanda's bear. That was done as a lark, at 14 she was very young but hardly the baby they tried to portray her as. In many ways the media contributes to the pressure that Amanda and other athletes, particularly female athletes have to deal with. Calling her washed up at 14, makes me ill. Glad she proved them wrong. Then asking her how she felt about losing the gold rather than winning silver. In my mind, MAKING IT TO the Olympics makes each and ever one of these athletes a winner. Then winning any medal is icing on the cake. I'm so disgusted with journalists today, many are nasty people trying to sniff out negative stories to feed their rabid readers.

As an athlete in high school, I can relate to the pressures. I chose not to even continue on in my senior year so tired of the pressures it ruined my sport for me. I just wanted to be a teenager. Obviously Amanda had more passion for her sport but it almost ruined it for her too. I'm so glad she made her comeback.

This memoir was nakedly honest. Amanda tells us the very unflattering side of herself and holds nothing back. She tells her story in a very interesting way, that I didn't want to stop listening. I always listen to audio books when I run, and I have Amanda to thank for extending some of my runs as I didn't want to stop listening. I really enjoy memoirs written by athletes, particularly Olympians but what I look for most is someone who also shows the ability to overcome obstacles and become a better person. I think this book is very inspiring and anyone who would like to pursue sports as a career should read this book to know it's not all sunshine and roses.

I would compare this book somewhat to Dara Torres' book. Dara did not face the same mental challenges and did not abuse her body but had to overcome age discrimination to prove everyone wrong. I think female athletes who peak before puberty (pretty much every gymnast and many swimmers) face the same challenges. I particularly like how Amanda called out the double standard for some saying she was not a good role model and demeaned women by posing in men's magazines. Yet when we see a male, shirtless athlete on a women's magazine, we praise him (and check out his abs). Ridiculous! Good for her, not just posing, but having a body that people want to look at.

  • Running

  • A Love Story
  • By: Jen A. Miller
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

As the 2008 recession hit, Jen quickly found herself with a newly purchased home, a fading freelance business, and an alcoholic boyfriend. To avoid slipping into an even deeper depression, she took to the streets. What started as a silly assignment (running and reporting on a 5k) soon became an obsession (running 50+ miles a week training for marathons). Running gave Jen focus, discipline, and a way to block out negativity; it gave her the confidence that her relationships with men never had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ironic title

  • By Leslie on 05-03-16

An ironic title

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

The writer spends much of the book not enjoying running it seems. Not until the end does she seem to find peace in it. As a runner, what I love about the sport is the incredible support and goodwill of runners and the entire running community which she doesn't seem to fit. She outright says she is angered by the crowd and even mentions a mother and child she wanted to run over in a race. That annoyed me. I've never felt that way nor do my fellow runners. We APPRECIATE the crowds. Those with no vested interest who get up early, stand in the cold just to cheer on mostly total strangers. I personally appreciate the crowds and if one steps out inadvertently in front of me, I smile and run around. The author here sounds like she'd just run them over. I have read several books written by runners both amateur and professional and this is my least favorite. If you aren't a runner, don't judge the sport by one author's opinion. I much preferred Chrissy Wellington's A Life Without Limits, Vanessa Runs The Summit Seeker, The Extra Mile by Pam Reed and other books such as Out There. If you are looking for a good book by an amateur runner I'd suggest My Year Running Dangerously. There were a few parts of the book that I enjoyed and it is written very well. The story just didn't catch my interest much, perhaps the author's attitude was what did it. My favorite person in the book is her mother. She is always there for her, rain or shine, even when Jen was not nice to her. Mother was there ready to support her and wrap her in a coat.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Off Balance

  • A Memoir
  • By: Dominique Moceanu, Paul Williams, Teri Williams
  • Narrated by: Dominique Moceanu
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

In this searing and riveting New York Times best seller, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu reveals the dark underbelly of Olympic gymnastics, the true price of success…and the shocking secret about her past and her family that she only learned years later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking and inspiring

  • By Leslie on 04-22-16

Heartbreaking and inspiring

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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: 04-22-16

This book was absolutely riveting. I felt so much for little Dominique who lived under the iron fist of her father and later the Karolyi's. I remember watching the Olympics and seeing Dominique's last vault and the look of confusion on her face and her coach's. Then Kerri s vault and repeating the issue. It seemed so bizarre like there was something on the mat. Then I watched Kerri stick the landing and break her ankle. The media ate it up. They said that Kerri had to stick that landing to give USA gold. Later we found that was not the case. This is not to take anything away from Dominique, Kerri, or any of the team. Because of their amazing performance as a team, they had already won. The media has also long been in love with the Karolyi's the nasty duo coaching team. Watching him carry Kerri, I told my husband look how he's made this about him. I have never been a fan. Dominique was so brave to tell her story (one that is supported by several other people including 3 Olympians the Karolyi's coached in Romania who claim worse abuse, physical beatings and starvation while in Romania).

Dominique's life was no doubt very difficult, but she prevailed. Nevertheless with bumps in the road. Her narration is amazing. No professional narrator could tell her story and do it justice. I thought she was an amazing gymnast, now I've become an even bigger fan.

Gymnastics is the only sport run purely on politics. The American public doesn't understand it's not on scores but Martha Karolyi single-handely can block an athlete. Unlike swimming and running, it's about time. Gymnastics should be run the same way.

I highly recommend this book whether or not you are a gymnast. It's an inspiring tale of a young woman who became an Olympic icon as part of the Magnificent 7 and found a peaceful and fulfilling life. I absolutely love this book!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Anatomy of a Calling

  • A Doctor's Journey from the Head to the Heart and a Prescription for Finding Your Life's Purpose
  • By: Lissa Rankin
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

In The Anatomy of a Calling, Lissa Rankin, MD, makes a simple yet revolutionary claim: We are all, every single one of us, heroes. We are all on what Joseph Campbell calls "a hero's journey"; we are all on a mission to step into our true nature and fulfill the assignment our souls were sent to Earth to fulfill. Navigating the hero's journey, Dr. Rankin argues, is one of the cornerstones of living a meaningful, authentic, healthy life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have one word for Lissa Rankin: YES

  • By Alexander Blau on 01-18-16

An eye opening book with a strong message

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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: 04-18-16

I absolutely love this book. I just finished listening to it today and I want to go back and read certain parts so I actually just ordered the hard back copy today. This book came to me at just the right time. Sometimes I feel like I know what my purpose and passion are, but then I feel like it shifts. I've accomplished some things I am proud of but then I feel like I dabble in a little of everything. I feel I lose focus and the line from where I am now to where I want to go should be clear, black & white. So for the person who always knew they'd be an artist, doctor, writer, motivational speaker, etc. I always felt like their path was somehow clear and mine is just all muddy. Lissa Rankin made it clear that rarely if ever are our journeys just black and white. Finding our purpose is part of the journey and while our ego likes a clear path, that's not how it works. This made me relax and do more work searching for my purpose. Although I am not in the medical field, I feel that the medical system in America and perhaps even globally is broken. Profit is at the center of it. Drugs that people don't need are prescribed because it brings a lot of profit to the pharmaceutical companies and ensures a lifetime of dependency of treating symptoms. There is little real healing. A doctor cannot effectively treat any patient in 7.5 minutes, that's absurd. It's me angry but Lissa helps us to see (as this is a lesson to herself) you cannot heal what you are angry at. I want people to wake up and see they are being taken advantage of, but I can't effectively get that message out if I am judging them for not seeing it or for the medical schools, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, managed care companies and for that matter lobbyists, politicians and anyone else making a profit off the sick. Many things are broken in our society today but complaining is being part of the problem. The question is, what can I do to create change for the better. It's a powerful message and I love that Lissa shares her journey with us. It seems to me, she has absolutely put her ego in check to serve others and when she did that, she felt peace and achieved prosperity. Prosperity is second to her but often if we follow our true paths, it can be prosperous as well. I do not think that money is evil, not at all. Money can be used to achieve a lot of great things like feeding the hungry. It's when people are motivated by money that things can go awry. I have not read Dr. Rankin's other books but I have already downloaded Mind Over Medicine and can't wait to listen to it next. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels like they aren't sure what their purpose is or if they do, how to achieve it. It has enlightened me in so many ways that I can't begin to explain.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Getting High

  • The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal
  • By: Bill Walker
  • Narrated by: Bill Walker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

What is the best way for the average person to authentically experience the world's greatest mountain range - the Himalayas? Fortunately, there is now a good answer. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is the most popular footpath in Asia. Its genius lies in its design. Trekkers wind their way around and along some of the world's greatest peaks, ultimately getting near 18,000 feet, without ever having to do any 'technical climbing'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hearing it made me feel like I was there.

  • By Amazon Customers on 11-30-14

A fun adventure!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

This is my third Bill Walker book. My favorite is Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail. I had a lot of fun listening to that particular book but I am also partial to stories about the PCT. I also really liked Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail. I really enjoyed this book too and due to the nature of where it was, it was quite different from the first two books. While I have read many books on mountain climbing in Nepal, this is my first book about The Annapurna Circuit. I found it interesting the experiences Bill had, particularly since he really wasn't well planned out when he went to Nepal. I'm not quite as adventurous, I'd have hired guides but that's why I read Bill's books. He is a great storyteller and he doesn't take himself too seriously. If you like outdoor adventure narratives you will surely enjoy this one. I will definitely be getting his book about El Camino de Santiago next. I hope Bill will embark on an adventure to climb Kilamanjaro.

  • 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World

  • By: Polly Letofsky
  • Narrated by: Polly Letofsky
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west across four continents and over 14,000 miles - by foot - to become the first woman to walk around the world. In a spirit of adventure, along with the goal of raising global awareness for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. The world had embraced her. But in the middle of Polly's journey, 9/11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history, and she found herself navigating a vastly changing world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nails on the blackboard

  • By Charles on 11-09-17

A great adventure!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! This book has so many elements. Up and personal with cultures we know little about from Polly's firsthand experiences as a woman walking through countries like India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Turkey as a woman talking about breast health! She has a way of meeting "trail angels" (a term I took from hiking narratives) all over the world. She is a great story teller and I enjoyed every minute of it.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the detail that Polly went in to and the characters she met along the way. It was fantastically entertaining. At times I almost felt like I was walking along side her. I got scared for her when she was all alone in foreign countries that she didn't understand the culture. I loved her resilience but mostly her ability to tell a story made this book so much fun.

What does Polly Letofsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Polly seems to relieve some of her experiences bringing real emotion as she recounts the characters and her experiences. We feel her pain, disappointment, anxiety and also her excitement, sense of adventure and her successes. Polly had to read this book. No narrator could have done it justice.

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

Sure, at times I laughed and times I cried. When she talked about the woman she hired to run her foundation and how that took a bad turn I felt very sad and angry too. Several times I laughed out loud too, which is funny as I listened while I ran. Here I am laughing out loud as I'm running. I'm sure some of the people walking by though I'd lost it.

Any additional comments?

This was by far one of my favorite books. I am so glad I found it but I felt like it was a hidden gem. It didn't come up on any of my recommendations and I had to search kind of deep on the biographies and memoirs. I hope others will find this book took. It was just what I was searching for. Polly is a character herself and you feel you get to know her. Now, at times she gets a little excited and initially sounds over the top. Then you realize the incident she is recounting warrants such a reaction such as a flying cow! I got used to it before too long and then enjoyed the pure emotion she brought to her story telling. She is one of the best writers when it comes to describing her surroundings and the characters she meets. You feel as if you are there. You don't have to be an adventurer like Polly to enjoy this book, the book is rich with different characters including Polly herself. I highly recommend this book to all!