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  • Wholly Unraveled

  • A Memoir
  • By: Keele Burgin
  • Narrated by: Keele Burgin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In Kathleen’s home, red jeans were a sin. Parties were punishable with violence. Fear was part of the daily norm. Growing up in a Catholic cult, under the unforgiving eye of her abusive father, Kathleen knew from an early age that if she were to survive, she’d have to do it on her own. But when the time came to escape, she found herself in a damaging spiral of self-destruction. At rock bottom, and with nowhere to go, Kathleen stepped off a bus in the last place she ever thought she’d find peace: a remote and very Catholic community.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hands down the most sickening story I have EVER

  • By Reading Grandma on 04-09-19

Survival Story Extraordinaire

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

Fortunately not many of us have such maniacs for fathers or confirmed doormats for mothers. The father, a self appointed religious authority (ha!), is especially terrible, and in for a big surprise on the other side. The book is well written and a strong reminder that parenthood is a sacred responsibility and a gift, not an excuse to abuse children in the name of God.

  • No One Is Coming to Save Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Powell Watts
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152

JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he’s startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can’t seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat disappointed

  • By Ayanna on 07-09-17

Wonderful Book!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

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

I would definitely recommend the book. The characters and their stories touched my heart on so many levels.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Sylvia, a wise and wonderful woman who loved her children, endured trials and singular humiliations throughout her life, and yet went on, doing her best, encouraging the people around her.

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

Ms Edwards' voice is pleasant and nice to listen to.

If you could rename No One Is Coming to Save Us, what would you call it?

I wouldn't change a thing.

Any additional comments?

The account of Sylvia's suffering as a young woman, dangerously overweight, pregnant, and "treated" by a nasty, critical doctor truly broke my heart. I wanted to go right into those pages, put my arms around her, and say, "Don't you cry, now, honey. You're somebody. You're good, and you're beautiful just the way you are." Then I would have tracked down that doctor and told him off. There's plenty of meanness in this world already, and we don't need more.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Whole Thing Together

  • By: Ann Brashares
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they've shared almost everything - reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they've never met.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I would've given it 5 stars but..........

  • By TSE on 05-29-17

Unforgettable Story, Not to be Missed

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

What made the experience of listening to The Whole Thing Together the most enjoyable?

This is such an intelligent, heart-filled story, carrying a strong message about the dangers of unforgiveness and resentment without being one bit preachy. I was enthralled by it and will probably listen again.

What did you like best about this story?

Where to start? The characters are well-drawn, the settings are vivid. I fell in love with Ray and Sasha, especially. The reminder of what truly counts in life is one of the most profound I've come across in years and years of voracious reading.

What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?

I greatly enjoyed Ms. Pressley's voice. She speaks pleasantly and clearly, without the cloying, affected inflections which ruin or distract from other stories I've downloaded.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No idea, but I hope they do make this book into a movie.

Any additional comments?

People of all ages can enjoy this story of two teenagers and their extended families.

  • How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

  • By: Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Throughout her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty Cottin Pogrebin became fascinated by her friends’ and family’s diverse reactions to her and her illness: how awkwardly some of them behaved, how some misspoke or misinterpreted her needs, and how wonderful it was when people read her right. She began talking to her fellow patients and dozens of other veterans of serious illness, seeking to discover what sick people wished their friends knew about how best to comfort, help, and even simply talk to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Linda on 02-08-17

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

This is a vital book for everyone, sick or well, old or young. If someone you love is suffering, give them the gift of awareness, tact and kindness by learning how to relate to what they're going through, how to be of real help to someone who needs your support. Most of all, it will bring home an important truth: that staying away because you don't know what to say or do is a failure of love you will come to regret. If you are the bird with a broken wing, recommend it to those who clearly want to help and don't know how.

  • Clouds of Glory

  • The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 32 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times best-selling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly 20 years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a devoted family man

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good But Not Great

  • By David Wardell on 05-12-15

A Brilliant Book

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Korda' portrayal of Lee is thorough and unbiased, depicting the great General as the remarkable human being that he was. Garrett's rendering of the text is laudable as well.

  • 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 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

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 Nanc3 on 11-30-14

Another great listen

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

I greatly enjoyed sharing Skywalker's adventures in this and his other books. He has a great style and sense of humor, and shows an engaging humility. Sounds like Bill Moyers😀

  • The Inside-Out Revolution

  • The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever
  • By: Michael Neill
  • Narrated by: Michael Neill
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Would you like to experience amazing clarity, peace and freedom, even in the midst of challenging circumstances? In this ground-breaking audiobook, bestselling author Michael Neill shares an extraordinary new understanding of how life works that turns traditional psychology on its head. This revolutionary approach is built around three simple principles that explain where our feelings come from and how our experience of life can transform for the better in a matter of moments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real

  • By Tad Davis on 05-03-16

Life changing

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

This book conveys deceptively simple principles with great power. Don't miss it! So glad I found it.

  • The Last Girl

  • Maeve Kerrigan, Book 3
  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters...and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home. When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors - Philip and his second-favorite daughter, Lydia - both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked It But New Readers Shouldn't Start Here

  • By Sires on 09-30-13

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

I love British mysteries and this is a solid story. The narration is painfully overdone, however.

  • Last Chance Mustang

  • The Story of One Horse, One Horseman, and One Final Shot at Redemption
  • By: Mitchell Bornstein
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Last Chance Mustang is the story of Samson, a formerly free-roaming, still wild-at-heart American mustang that was plucked from his mountainous Nevada home and thrown into the domestic horse world, where he was brutalized and victimized. After years of abuse, Samson had evolved into a hateful and hated, maladjusted beast - until the day he found his way to a rural Illinois farm, an ill-equipped owner, and one last chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By ggvan on 04-30-17

No horse lover should miss this book

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

This wonderful book is unforgettable. It makes a powerful statement about the healing qualities of love and respect. I learned so much about the American Mustang and plan to join the fight to protect these magnificent creatures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Colors of Goodbye

  • A Memoir of Holding on, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of Loss
  • By: September Vaudrey
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey's life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world - everything she knew and believed - was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even after goodbye?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful book

  • By Linda on 07-08-16

A beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

This is a powerful book, a story of loss and love, faith and courage. It will bless you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful