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Julie Simiskey

Southern Utah
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  • I Can't Breathe

  • A Killing on Bay Street
  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

A riveting work of literary journalism that explores the infamous police killing of Eric Garner - from the New York Times best-selling author of The Divide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had no idea!

  • By connie on 11-01-17

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

This book is about so much more than Eric Garner’s murder ... I am reminded yet again how different and privileged my life is as a white woman in an almost entirely white town and a predominantly white state. I’m grateful not to have to endure the treatment of people of color and I’m deeply saddened and troubled that anyone does ...

  • The Fastest Way to Permanently Cure Depression, Anxiety & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • By: David Jaffee
  • Narrated by: Douglas Thornton
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

This guide provides the fastest, best, and most comprehensive guide to curing depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best

  • By Ruldoo on 11-02-17

Waste of your time!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Over half the book is just the author’s whiny story. 20 minutes is of any value and you already know it ... exercise, eat right, maybe supplement. I’ll be returning this piece of crap!

  • The Divided Mind

  • By: John E. Sarno
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht, James Boles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno's long and successful career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer. While his earlier books dealt almost exclusively with musculoskeletal pain disorders, here Dr. Sarno addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mind-body) disorders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the whole book

  • By Melinda on 07-02-13

Absolutely true

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I first came across Sarno’s original book when I was dealing with a back pain issue. I read it, saw myself in the pages, wrote a list of things in my life that could make “someone” rageful and my pain disappeared. Years later, I have some other issues going on. Hadn’t thought about Dr. Sarno

  • Holly and Mistletoe

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Holly Garrett was in trouble. The stranger who'd saved her from a storm was not asking for her help. And he was inviting her to live with him. She could cook for him, and bathe him, but nothing had prepared he for the glances he threw her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holly and Mistletoe

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-09

Why oh why did I finish

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

Horribly predictable, not particularly interesting, definitely not a heartwarming Christmas story nor a particularly good romance. Okay, the typical romance book isn't my cup of tea anyway, but on occasion I run across one I take a chance on and enjoy; this was just painful. The narrator was okay. The sex scenes really seemed out of place. I don't know why I bought it and I certainly don't know why I listened to the whole thing.

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  • Suffer

  • By: E. E. Borton
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 564

Kate Freeman opened the front door of her vacation villa to a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A few moments later, fifty thousand paralyzing volts shot through her body. Her world went dark; and when she awoke, her family was torn apart forever.After months of agonizing physical therapy to heal the vicious wounds to her body, the Kate who emerged was no longer the loving mother, sister, and friend from before. The Kate who survived was something much different. Something much darker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-30-15

Just NO!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

I suffered all the way through the book, but I wish I had stopped when I felt her recruitment of others to join in her revenge plans was pretty ridiculous. I'm guessing many of us have some kind of revenge fantasy at times, but while the "heroine" of the story indeed suffered the worst kind of losses, the idea of getting a group of people together to commit the most sadistic and sickening revenge on the bad guy then everyone going on to live a normal, happy life apparently just fine with what they did is pretty ridiculous. The very end made it sound like maybe helping others do the same was going to be her new, fulfilling life's work. What a horrifying world that would be to live in - surely not one I'm interested in, that's for sure. I felt ill by the end of the book and I'll keep that feeling in mind for future reference if I again get the feeling I should "just stop now" when I'm listening to a book. Ugh

  • Rewire

  • Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior
  • By: Richard O'Connor Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041

We humans tend to get in our own way time and time again - whether it comes to not speaking up for ourselves, going back to bad romantic partners, our umpteenth diet, or engaging in any of a range of bad habits we just can’t seem to shake. In Rewire, renowned psychotherapist Richard O’Connor, PhD, reveals why our bad habits die so hard. We have two brains - one a thoughtful, conscious, deliberative self, and the other an automatic self that does most of the work without our attention.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Julie Simiskey on 12-31-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

It's okay, particularly if you aren't familiar with his primary suggestions ... mindfulness meditation along with a 12 step program. If you are familiar with those and general behavioral modification principles, it's just several hours of listening hoping to hear something new. The narrator did a good job.

114 of 123 people found this review helpful

  • The Tehran Initiative

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!

  • By Susan on 10-21-11

It's okay; just be aware ...

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

Reviewed: 07-14-14

First, be sure you know this is the middle book in a series of three. I don't remember when I bought it but it must have been a special and I didn't know ... so it would have been helpful to have listened to the first book first, and if you want to know "the rest of the story", you'll have to buy the third book. If I had liked the book better, I would have been glad to buy both, but I didn't and I won't! I was quite enjoying the book until it got into proselytizing. It was really hard for me to finish it. Part way into the second half I even looked it up in Audible to find out if it was in the Christian category. I'm not anti-Christian, but it really took away from the book and the flow of the story for me. That's also when I found out it was the second in a series and as I said, I didn't like it enough to buy either the first or third books ... so you jump into an ongoing story and end without it being complete.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sons of Wichita

  • How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty
  • By: Daniel Schulman
  • Narrated by: Allen O'Reilly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age, but they have never been the subject of a major biography... until now. Not long after the death of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, discovered a letter the family patriarch had written to his sons. "You will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money," Fred Koch cautioned. "It may either be a blessing or a curse."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting family

  • By Jean on 05-28-14

Very interesting/enlightening

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

Reviewed: 05-22-14

I'll admit it, I cringe whenever I see or think of the Koch Brothers, however I listened to an interview with the author and thought what the heck. It's a great story - humanizes these guys along with the rest of the clan - and let's you see where their belief system comes from. I even agree with them in a couple of areas, which kind of shocked me. I still don't like what they do politically, but I'm glad I listened to the book. I think both people that admire and dislike them will find it interesting.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Edge of Apocalypse

  • By: Tim LaHaye, Craig Parshall
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Joshua Jordan’s new weapons defense system will secure America against an array of new enemies, including a nuclear strike on New York City by North Korea. But global forces are mounting and corrupt government leaders will go to any extreme to prevent an impending economic catastrophe. As world events begin setting the stage for the “end of days” foretold in Revelation, Jordan must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming Reality

  • By Alliji on 01-22-12

Born again? You'll probably love it.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-13

I wish I had checked the author before buying ... the story is pretty good, but for me, the religiosity - and a very born again religiosity which I personally don't find interesting or attractive, detracted. I'm guessing I bought this in one of those "first books in series" sales and I won't be buying any more. I loved Stefan Rudnicki's narration as usual. It was good enough I listened to the whole thing; it has to be pretty awful for me to stop mid-way through, but the born again stuff ... and the view of politics ... made me cringe too often to really enjoy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scattered Suns

  • The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on

  • By Bowlie on 09-02-11

Love the book; dislike the narration

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

Reviewed: 04-11-13

I know, I know, there are a lot of reviews talking about the narrator, but he's just making me crazy. I love the series so far, but the narrator change has been very painful. I dislike his use of accents and poor pronunciation of compy names. That said, I'm still glad I have more of the series to look forward to. Apparently Kevin J. Anderson explains the change of narrator somewhere, and maybe if I can find that it will make it easier to listen to the rest of the books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful