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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

For Edmond Dantes, life couldn't be better. At 19, he is soon to be captain of his own ship and about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But his life is suddenly turned upside down when on his wedding day he is arrested. Without a fair trial, he is condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d'If. Soon, it is clear that Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies, jealous of his success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story superbly narrated

  • By Gary on 03-30-07

track skipped

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

the track would skip occasionally. not a big deal but I thought that was the beauty of digital recordings. good story for the basic outline. the unabridged is way longer and way more back ground. I would recommend​ this one to read first. and then do the unabridged next, it would be easier to follow

  • The Entitlement Trap

  • How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership
  • By: Richard Eyre, Linda Eyre
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

New York Times–bestselling authors Richard and Linda Eyre have spent the last twenty-five years helping parents nurture strong, healthy families. Now they’ve synthesized their vast experience into an essential blueprint for instilling children with a sense of ownership, responsibility, and self-sufficiency. At the heart of their plan is a “Family Economy”, complete with a family bank, checkbooks for the kids, and a system of responsibilities that teaches children to earn money for the things they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Parenting Book Ever!

  • By Paul on 07-11-15

Great resource for setting up family system

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

What about Sandra Burr’s performance did you like?

Nice voice! However, MUST listen at 1.25x speed, otherwise its too slow.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Entitlement Trap?

I especially liked the economic system where children earn their money instead of getting a handout (allowance). I can see how this will be beneficial, so children won't always expect a handout their entire life (aka welfare & food stamps).

Any additional comments?

I did notice several "plugs" for other products the authors have put out. While this book is a great tool to get started, there is still more info to be learned from these authors. For example, their preschool program and several of their other books.

  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)

  • Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,366

Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Brene's own Vulnerability Voice

  • By Sherry on 09-01-13

Love Brene'!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

I love what I learned in this book. I enjoyed the reader as well. However, I did miss the authentic voice of Brene Brown herself.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,263
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,105

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

great story

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Great story I enjoyed the who book. but to many f bombs for me to listen with my kids were around.

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