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  • The Masterpiece

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not realize this was religious....

  • By Amanda on 05-08-18

Not what I expected - much more!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I never read this type of novel but it came up on one of the 'watch next' lists and I took a chance and I am glad that I did.

It is a book of forgiveness, redemption, love, and living for God.

I found the reading entertaining and it is one of the reasons I didn't want the book to end.

Many people seek love in all of the wrong places and ways. This book is a lesson on finding love but testing the love before 'going to the next level'.

It started a little slow but the character building was amazing and how the author tied the past to the present is amazing.

Depending on your knowledge of the Bible or your spiritual walk, you might love it or not. However, I loved the simple subtle one-liners. e.g. Roman stated over and over late in the book - "Saved by Grace."

As others stated - a beautiful story!


  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 979

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty-something coming of age

  • By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

Not what I expected better than anticipated

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

First, Cait does an excellent job narrating the book. Her ability to pause then add emotion enhances the story. It isn't your normal minimalism book (which is great) but a memoir about her journey eliminating 'stuff' from her life that hindered her growth.

Her discussion concerning alcohol and food abuse lays the foundation for many life lessons scattered throughout the book. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect since Cait is younger than my youngest but I was encouraged to listen to the current generation explain how many things we all have that isn't needed and hinders life.

It is amazing what can be achieved when goals are set such as paying off $30k in debt, losing weight, and eliminating people from our life that hinders progress.

At the end of the book, she outlines steps others can take to achieve their goals in eliminating waste and unneeded items.

The book challenged me to review what we purchase and 'waste'. I highly recommend the book.

There are times when the book might seem to run too deep into the weeds but overall it is an excellent listen.

  • Sharkman

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 667

Kwan Wilson was a high school basketball star living in San Diego when a tragic accident changed his life in ways no one could predict. He only looked at his phone for a few seconds, but that was all the time it took to crash his car into a telephone pole, killing his mother and paralyzing him from the waist down. After the accident, his father, Admiral Douglas Wilson, sent him off to live with his maternal grandmother in South Florida.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • There are a lot of fantastic books in the world,

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-18

Entertaining and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Overall, it was an entertaining book and I would rate it 3.5 if possible.

It kept me engaged and thinking while I worked on our property and used this as entertainment. It is a cross between Spiderman and Captain America with a slightly watered down twist. :D

It is one of those books that border on the edge of "can this happen in real life"? The book hits on spiritual, physical, and emotional struggles of a teen who was paralyzed due to a car accident caused by his neglect. Throw into the mix teen pressures, a dad that is too busy with his own life to care, and "chance" then Sharkman appears.

A few of the characters are very transparent with minimal depth in any of them including the main character. If you follow the character development, the ending is predictable but as I noted in the beginning, it is good entertainment if you are busy doing other things.

It is a book I would recommend for a long trip where following the plot is easy and engaging the mind isn't required. The downside, this book seems geared toward a younger crowd but there is too many references to sex and some use of foul language to recommend to a younger crowd.

  • The Affair

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,803

Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than previous Reacher adventures

  • By Susan on 09-30-11

fills in gaps but many unbelievable items

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

the book fills in many history gaps for Reacher but there are parts very unbelievable.

not to give anything away but the encounter in the woods for Reacher and the ending - meh

If you enjoyed reacher and need some gaps filled in then this book is for you.

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,895

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

excellent crime novel

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Decker's character continues to develop along with the other characters.

The story takes multi twists and turns and although Deckers "superpower" - memory isn't used as much as deductive reasoning, I liked this book better than the first in the series.

The ladies voices were done well but Decker sounds like a 128-pound teen.

It was one of those books I looked for ways to listen to it and the ending was solid.

if you enjoy a good crime story, this is for you.

  • Relentless

  • From Good to Great to Unstoppable
  • By: Tim S. Grover
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,847

Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Tim Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: You keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In "The Relentless 13", he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Philadelphia on 06-13-15

I must be missing something

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I have listened to hundreds of self-help books and maybe because I am not a basketball fan/follower but one hour in and I am getting nothing from the book other than the greats come to him to get better or stay in the game.

As others stated, this is not a motivational book but I expected something different than listening to what I consider sports headlines -

I couldn't finish it

  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES! This is what I want and expect!

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 08-27-17

Its 'okay' - Not as good as the previous

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

The chase continues from the previous novel in the series. However, it is slow moving and at times, not believable. It almost appears as if the series needs a different turn. The Office and Gabriel continue with their hunt and goal to rid the world of the madmen behind the attacks against Israel and the Western world.

The building of characters seem to take much longer than normal but as always George Guidall does an excellent job in his narration.



  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,056

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good plot BAD edit and mixiing

  • By Amazon Customer V on 04-30-15

Nothing like I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I have listened to many books by Baldacci and as always, they do not turn out like anticipated - (better)

There are many twists, turns, life lessons, and interesting storylines to keep your interest.

There are a few parts that seem 'unbelievable' but the story moves along at a pace where I didn't want it to end but I knew that the ending made up the story.

It has enough greed, mystery, and deception in it to create a very good detective novel.

My only complaint - the narrators didn't change their voice for the various characters enough to distinguish them - e.g. Decker's partner - long-time smoker - her voice sounded like someone who never smoked.

However, I did like multiple narrators and I plan to listen to the next in the series.

  • I Can Only Imagine

  • A Memoir
  • By: Bart Millard
  • Narrated by: Bart Millard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 552

MercyMe's crossover hit, "I Can Only Imagine", has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad's transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history. Go behind the scenes of Bart's life - and the movie based on it - to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not put down this book--gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-17-18

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I highly recommend this book even if you didn't watch the movie. However, if you watched the movie it is an excellent supplement to it. Not only does it fill in some of the areas in Bart's life that couldn't fit into a 90 min movie, it adds dimension to some of the scenes and shows how many people impacted his life and ultimately the lives of millions that have been impacted by the music MercyMe produces.

You will laugh, cry, and feel the pain as Bart tells his life story from pain to victory and beyond. Bart tells it like only he can tell the story.

I couldn't stop listening to it and as it seems with many successful people when no one else was around to help, his mamaws stepped in and did what only a grandmother can do.

  • Purposeful Retirement

  • By: Hyrum W. Smith
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Hyrum W. Smith is one of the original creators of the popular Franklin Day Planner, the former chairman and CEO of Franklin Covey Co., and the recognized "Father of Time Management". In this book, Hyrum shows you how you can move from your world of work, simplify life, and enter what can be the most satisfying phase of your life - a new world of purposeful retirement and good living. For four decades, Hyrum W. Smith has been empowering people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and not just for retirees

  • By dr Frank on 06-08-18

Excellent and not just for retirees

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Excellent book regardless where you are in life and especially if you are attempting to 'figure out' your 'retirement' time - It is filled with humor and great ideas about NOT 'retiring'

This is one of those books that is a great read and listened to in an effort to glean everything it has to offer.

The four hours for the listen go quick and as I noted, it has enough humor to make you laugh out loud.

Well worth the time and money.