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Mom in FL

Largo, FL, United States
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  • Real

  • By: Katy Evans
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Penfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779

One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting. Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I've ever met in my life. He's the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I'm drawn to him as I've never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he's near, I need to remind myself that I am strong - but he is stronger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • INTENSE, RAW, ABSOLUTLELY FANTASTIC!!

  • By BluBumbleB on 12-30-13

Ugh narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

Since I listened, there's no way for me to know (without actually reading it) whether this is one of those poorly written books with lots of errors (like subject/verb agreement), or if the narrator just changed a few words here and there to make it wrong, but it was bugging me. Besides that, much of the time, her voice was just so monotone. The story itself was pretty predictable, and I don't plan to continue the series after this one. It was on my TBR for a really long time, so I guess I'm glad I know now, but I didn't get out of this what many others apparently have. No biggie.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rowdy

  • Marked Men, Book 5
  • By: Jay Crownover
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Marcuse, Cody Hammersmith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol' boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn't going to let himself trust a woman again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant & Skillfully Executed-My FAV Marked Man!

  • By Yvette on 10-23-14

Female narrator awful

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

My performance rating is entirely on the female narrator. The male was fine; not great, but definitely not the worst I've heard. Sometimes his "Texas accent" sounded contrived. I have to wonder if the female was reading the words as they crawled across a screen in a single line, like karaoke, because she'd emphasize words that had no business being emphasized and not emphasize the words that were important. It was like she wasn't seeing the whole sentence at once. If that's the case, the production company needs to change their methods, because her interpretation didn't work for me.

The story was OK. Again, not great, but not horrible. I liked both Salem and Rowdy and were glad they ended up together.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Pandora's Lunchbox

  • How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
  • By: Melanie Warner
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed our children? Former New York Times reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that takes her to research labs, food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening - and sometimes disturbing - account of what we're really eating.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting.

  • By Jeff on 10-01-13

Fascinating and scary all at the same time

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

Reviewed: 08-26-13

What our food processors have done to our food supply is sinful, and it seems like every new change or additive is made with profit as the driving factor. I understand that companies are in business to make money, but so much of what they're doing seems so questionable and seems to completely discount long-term consequences. Of course, they're not going to outright kill us, but who knows what the long-term impact is of adding so much soy to our diets in the form it's being provided to us? And how our food is manipulated is kinda gross, too. I listened to this twice, back to back, to make sure I absorbed as much of it as I could, because there is a LOT of information. The first time intensified my desire to eat more homemade foods and rely less on processed. Second time is just reinforcing that decision. I'm not going to pretend I can stay away from processed entirely, but if I can make even small changes, it has to be better than maintaining the status quo.

  • The Party Is Over

  • How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk - they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties - those halcyon, post-Nixonian glory days - for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Analysis

  • By Dan D on 09-04-12

A scary view at the dysfunctional political system

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

So this is just scary. And sad that our political system has gotten to the point where we are now. We don't have elected officials. We have people bought and paid for by American corporations. Or big wigs. Who are usually associated with those corporations. OR super religious people whose beliefs don't seem to have evolved with the rest of the nation, who have huge audiences of their own, who want to keep the status quo. And the people lifted up by these influential organizations are willing to say or do whatever they need to in order to keep their power.

That's definitely a blanket statement and I think it applies mostly to a minority in the parties, but they are the most influential and outspoken members of the parties. In order to try to keep some optimism, I have to believe there are people -- maybe not the elected members themselves, but on the payroll -- who are there to really make a GOOD difference. They're not looking for accolades or power, they just see a problem and want to try to help fix it.

But even the whole process seems so freaking screwed up. When a defense bill can have a line item about abortion included, there's an issue. Two polar opposite issues, but in order to pass it, someone made a concession that somehow tied defense to abortion. That kind of thing should be outlawed. As should filibustering. And redistricting.

Another thing I'd *really* love to see is a viable third party. I find it highly hypocritical that there are international Democratic and Republican organizations that cry foul when other countries' democratic elections appear to squeeze out a party's representation, but look what happened to Paul Rand at one of the debates. They would not let him in. The man was running for president, but because he wasn't Republican or Democrat, he was not welcome to debate them. It just seems like anymore I'm choosing the one I dislike least or will at least not degrade my comfort level rather than one I feel passionate will make my life better. Nobody represents ME anymore.

So anyway, the author had a lot of interesting topics and anecdotes. While the Republican party got slammed (that's what he knew best), it's not like he left the Democrats spotless. They have their hands dirty as well. And, believe it or not, he believes real change will happen with the Millennials, when the baby boomers pass. The baby boomers still have such socially conservative values, and, because of their size, they are draining the "entitlement programs" they hold so dear.

It was definitely food for thought. Lots of great information. And lots to make me scared of the immediate future, especially if the parties can't figure out how to get along and compromise.

I think I'm going to have to buy this book in DTB form. There was a lot of interesting information, and I'd like to just flip through a book and read as opposed to trying to find the right passage in audio.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • To Tame a Highland Warrior

  • Highlander, Book 2
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522

He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not understanding the problem here....

  • By Jennifer on 03-05-10

Story much better than the first

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

Before I started this series, I was a fan of the Fever series. I followed up the Outlander series with the first of this series and was a bit disappointed. Not only was it nothing like Outlander (not that much could come close to the story and Davina Porter's incredible portrayals of the characters), but it wasn't even on the same level in terms of story as Fever. But I had already bought the first few, so I continued with this one. While it's still no Outlander, this story was much more compelling than the first. It's still a little odd to hear Phil Gigante do women's voices because his is so very deep, but he did pretty well, and I enjoyed this story much more than the first one.

  • Spark

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • By: John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spark

  • By Kathleen on 11-02-08

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

This was my first non-fiction listen. Everyone knows exercise is good for the body, and we always hear about the mind/body connection, but this book goes into detail about how and why exercise can help the brain. It's amazing the range of brain-related issues that can be helped with exercise. It's also amazing how the brain can "self repair" given the proper conditions. While it took me a while to get through this (there was no "I have to see what happens next" as I'd have with fiction), it was still so very interesting. I'm hoping, since I read this around the first of the year and I make that cliche New Years Resolution every year, that maybe I'll stick with it this time. There's so much more to exercise than just getting a nice body, and it becomes so much more important with age.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,049
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,065

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Great narrators!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-11

I didn't read the book. I wasn't even sure what it was about before I bought it. I just knew people had raved about it. But wow. I mean really, wow. I'm sure I would have enjoyed reading the book, but this audio book was really well done. The narrators were perfect and drew me into the story quickly. I wish all audio books could be done this well. This was my second audio book, and I'm afraid the bar is set pretty high now! My first audio book was just meh. The one I'm listening to is better than the first, but I think I will be hard pressed to find another like this one.