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Anke Smith

Fort Worth, TX United States
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  • Speak

  • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Narrated by: Mandy Siegfried
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969

From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, a major infraction in high-school society, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 06-17-18

Beyond heartbreaking but also 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: 10-03-18

This book should be a must read for 8th Grade on up. Even parents should read this book. I could not stop listening to it (I used Audible). This book is haunting and it pulls you into the main characters mind.

  • Let Dogs Be Dogs

  • Understanding Canine Nature and Mastering the Art of Living with Your Dog
  • By: The Monks of New Skete
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

Through abundant stories and case studies, the authors reveal how canine nature manifests itself in various behaviors, some potentially disruptive to domestic accord, and show how in addressing these behaviors you can strengthen the bond with your dog as well as keep the peace. The promise of this book is that, especially in an ever-accelerating world filled with digital distractions, you can learn from your dog's example how to live in the moment, thereby enriching your life immeasurably.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best insight about dogs for me.

  • By Anke Smith on 01-15-18

Best insight about dogs for me.

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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: 01-15-18

I adore the Monks and have read all their books. This one was as enlightening as all of them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Frozen Hours

  • A Novel of the Korean War
  • By: Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 20 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly educational insight into the Korean War

  • By Anke Smith on 08-28-17

Highly educational insight into the Korean War

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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: 08-28-17

Having grown up in Germany during the 70's I never knew much about the Korean War. Which in hindsight is rather sad as it was an UN mission. I am so grateful to Jeff Shaara for writing this book and opening my eyes. Also the narration by Paul Michael is beyond superb! I listen to Audible books as well as the Great Courses all the time and this narration put one right into Korea and with the Marines.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

  • By: Suzanne M. Desan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Suzanne M. Desan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great balance of the big picture and detail

  • By Monte Johnston on 09-17-13

Highly educational and eye opening

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-17

I absolutely loved this lecture and it was riveting for the most part. One issue I had at times is keeping up with so many players in the revolution but in the end it rounded up my knowledge from the parts I had learned in high school.

  • The Art of Happiness

  • By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler M.D.
  • Narrated by: Howard C. Cutler M.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

The Dalai Lama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. With the help of a psychiatrist, he now gets the message across in a context we can easily understand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very good listen

  • By Chris on 01-04-05

Beautiful lessons

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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: 08-09-17

I loved listening to this book as it was very eye opening and educational. It gave me so much to consider and think about and his message is timeless in so many ways.

  • Bones Would Rain from the Sky

  • Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs
  • By: Suzanne Clothier
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

In Bones Would Rain from the Sky, Suzanne Clothier takes a radical new direction in understanding our life with dogs...and our mutual love. Drawing on a lifetime of experience with dogs, this nationally renowned dog trainer brings us astonishing new lessons about our animals - and ourselves. Gently, with intelligence, humor, and unfailing patience, Suzanne Clothier guides us to truly comprehend another creature's mind and heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good insight, unnecessarily slow

  • By patty15 in OC on 03-03-17

Wonderful book!

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

This will be one of my favorite books about understanding dogs! At first, however, I had to get used to the narrator which got better towards the middle of the book. Listening to this book was perfect timing for me as the training class I was taking with my dog started to make me uncomfortable. I learned to listen to my dog and inner voice and I am beyond grateful for that.

  • For the Love of a Dog

  • Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
  • By: Patricia B McConnell
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • needs photos

  • By L. Adams on 08-06-07

Educational but leaves some open questions

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I liked the information about the brain of a dog and emotional output and expressions they give us. The only part I did not feel comfortable with was the fact how some dogs were labeled as untrainable or uncorrectable. I feel that for the author it was easy to see her dogs as perfect but it was just as easy to turn her back on some of the problem dogs mentioned in the book who were then euthanized. In that regard I love the idea of Cesar Milan who believes every dog can be saved.

  • A Dog's Purpose

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,367
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,836

A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dogs Purpose

  • By sara on 02-16-17

Beyond touching

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-17

I loved this story and it made my love for dogs grow even more even if that is hardly possible.

  • How to Raise the Perfect Dog

  • Through Puppyhood and Beyond
  • By: Melissa Jo Peltier, Cesar Millan
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Based on Cesar's own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book if you are getting a new puppy!

  • By Morran on 12-31-12

Very educational and eye opening

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-16

This book was truly interesting in regards to learning about a dogs thinking and behavior. Now wish me luck in getting this transferred into my training.

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,487

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

Extremely eye opening

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-16

This book was a very scary view into war. The fights for life and horrors those sailors endured and to understand the how this impacted so many people was truly heartbreaking. My heart also went out to the Captain of the Indie and his family.

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