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  • North Korea Undercover

  • Inside the World's Most Secret State
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

North Korea is like no other tyranny on Earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and Big Brother is always watching. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ - the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins - are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly listenable, humorous and enlightening

  • By Kevin Stokes on 09-09-15

Enlightening and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

John Sweeney ‘s book offers interesting insight into the “hermit kingdom” of North Korea. He does this mostly by telling the story of his tour inside the country. He also has a great sense of humor and while he treats the human rights issues quite seriously, he also pokes fun at much of the propaganda and absurdity. He is an excellent story teller. I really enjoyed it. The narrator was great too.

  • All the Little Children

  • By: Jo Furniss
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 695

Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children - until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost. Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that's protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Jeanne on 09-18-17

Exceptional story

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

This was one that I could not stop listening to. The creativity was endless - there was not a single chapter that dragged. I didn’t want it to end.

  • The Bright Hour

  • A Memoir of Living and Dying
  • By: Nina Riggs
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

An exquisite memoir about how to live - and love - every day with "death in the room", from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe inspiring legacy of A Brave Young Woman.

  • By Julia on 06-18-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This is a beautiful and moving account of a young woman’s life and death with cancer. It is touching but also very real. Cassandra Campbell is an outstanding narrator and I will search for more books narrated by her, she is that good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vanishing Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Moretti
  • Narrated by: Mandeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife of handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan's social elite. She is on the board of one of the city's most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips. What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe's life was in danger.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable, boring & a bit blasé

  • By Jessica on 11-12-16

Good story; narration not so much

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

This was an intriguing story with a certain degree of surprise; well written and with good character development. However, the narration leaves much to be desired. The protagonist is okay, but when the reader tries to change up for other characters, especially men, it's bad. Takes away from the story, unfortunately.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of the Runaways

  • By: Sunjeev Sahota
  • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in desperate search of a new life. Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his past in Bihar, and Avtar has a secret that binds him to protect the choatic Randeep. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife in a flat on the other side of town: a clever, devout woman whose cupboards are full of her husband's clothes, in case the immigration men surprise her with a call.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe easier to read than to listen to.

  • By Eric on 06-15-16

Depressing and difficult to follow

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

I am a big fan of India, have been there, have read several novels by Indian authors, and read a lot about India, but I still found it difficult to keep track of all the characters with their unfamiliar names, nicknames, and then the complicated way the author jumped back and forth among their various stories. Lastly, there wasn't much of a story to any of it, except for the endless struggle for uneducated illegal Indian immigrants to survive (and find work) in England. There was no "bright side" to any of it for anyone. No one is happy from beginning to end. Not exactly sure what the takeaway is supposed to be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girls on Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Wasserman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Simone Lewis, Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 218

On Halloween 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later he's found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand - a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking isn't the word I'd use.

  • By Claudia H on 06-24-16

A disturbing mean girls story that is not believable.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

This was one of those books that started out okay, but went downhill from there. The writing is very mediocre and the narration is terrible. I stuck it out until the end, but I honestly couldn't wait for it to finish.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Open All the Way

  • Confessions from My Open Marriage
  • By: Sadie Smythe
  • Narrated by: Sadie Smythe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Open All the Way marks Sadie Smythe's foray into long-range storytelling. Most well known for her outspoken commentary on her blog, about relationship paradigms and the navigation through her own alternative arrangement with her husband Scott, Sadie is very excited to offer her loyal readers a larger-lensed view into her openly married life. Each chapter of Open All the Way is an individual story in itself. But the combined ensemble compellingly chronicles her journey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother with the audio version, annoying!

  • By C. O'Keefe on 11-13-16

Couldn't get through it

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

What disappointed you about Open All the Way?

This book is awful. I read a lot and have a high tolerance for a large variety of styles, but this is just terrible writing. On top of that, the author reads it herself and her reading style is completely annoying. I mean every minute of it is annoying. She uses the "F" word constantly. Now I'm not offended by the "F" word; I use it a fair amount myself. But now I know why talented writers don't use it much in their books. It lowers the quality of the writing by several degrees.

I was very interested in the topic: open relationships. But I can't recommend this book at all.

Has Open All the Way turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, not at all. This is simply a bad writer.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sadie Smythe?

I'm not sure, but she definitely should have had someone else read her book. Usually I like when the author reads, but not this time.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money. I'm returning it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Self-Compassion

  • The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  • By: Kristin Neff
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion - and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learning self-compassion is transforming my life.

  • By Erika on 03-28-13

Terrific treatment of this topic

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

The author particularly clarifies the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion. This is an excellent lesson book on how to apply self-compassion to your life with lots of examples and exercises. I found it to be truly life changing in the way I approach just about everything (at least it has changed my perspective - I hope it changes my life). It really was so much more than I was expecting. I would highly recommend it for anyone.

  • Rising Strong

  • How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,764

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability - the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome - is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn to live your life with compassion, integrity and authenticity.

  • By Nishna-botna on 08-27-15

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

This book offers new ideas and concepts that build on Brown's previous books. As usual, she is insightful, inspirational and downright life changing. If you read her books, and especially listen to her read her books, and come away unchanged, then you either are not paying attention or you really don't want to change. Her style is engaging too: you will laugh and you will cry. Need I say that I adore Brené Brown?

4 of 6 people found this review helpful