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  • Cutting Back

  • My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto
  • By: Leslie Buck
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

At 35, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. Cutting Back recounts Buck's bold journey and the revelations she has along the way.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This should have been an easy book for me to enjoy

  • By Dragonfly Samurai on 04-07-18

This should have been an easy book for me to enjoy

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

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This should have been an easy book for me to enjoy. I am really interested in Japanese culture. I enjoy gardening. This should have been a win/win situation. However I really struggled with the narrator Caroline McLaughlin. I stopped listening to the book about 40 mins in or so because the narration was not very good. Pros: she has a good voice. Con: She needs to work on her style of narration. The way she talked made me feel like a newscaster was reading the story. That's the best way I can explain it. I totally understand that narration is difficult, and I hope she improves as she hones her skill.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

  • By: Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Andrews
  • Narrated by: Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton share a diverse mix of their most beloved poems, songs and lullabies in this timeless audio treasury. Brought to life with James McMullan's stunning watercolor paintings included in a bonus pdf, this anthology features nine themed sections, and nearly 100 poetry selections from a wide range of talent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By Connie on 03-09-18

Good collection of poems.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

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Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma have compiled a good list of poems that I've never heard and some of which are written by themselves or family members. This is an enjoyable listen. Need something to calm down? Something soothing for your kids to listen to right before bed? I imagine that this fits the bill.

  • Mary Poppins

  • The Mary Poppins Series, Book 1
  • By: P. L. Travers
  • Narrated by: Sophie Thompson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Here is the timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family. Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical With An Edge....Book vs Movie

  • By Sara on 01-18-18

Fun story. Well written. Narrated amazingly!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

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The only thing I knew about Mary Poppins was the Disney Movie featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. I have always enjoyed that telling of the story and am glad to learn that the original story is great as well. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. Sophie Thompson did an excellent job narrating. She understands characters really well and gets their voices in a manner that is great entertainment. If she doesn't have tons of book narrations in her work history, then she is being greatly undervalued. Highly recommend this book. Highly recommend Sophie Thompson.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Building a Better Vocabulary

  • By: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239

Building a Better Vocabulary offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology and morphology - or the history and structure - of words, and delves into the cognitive science behind committing new words to long-term memory. By the end of the 36 enjoyable lectures, you will have a practical framework for continuing to build your vocabulary by discovering new words and fully mastering the nuances of familiar ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing. Also, bad reviews can be explained.

  • By Christie on 09-29-15

Wonderful way to build your vocabulary.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

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This is a course that I would recommend to all people. Professor Flanigan obviously enjoys the subject and I hope they have him continue to build on this course. A series of this course on more words. All the words. I don't remember everything discussed in this course, but I enjoyed it so much that I will listen to it repeatedly until I feel like I have a good handle on it. I already use several of the words discussed on a more frequent basis. I especially like the way it is taught. Grouping like words together, and their opposites. I also enjoy the history he gives on them, because it helps me remember them more and puts them in better context. If you want to know why you say the words that you do, or want to become more precise or accurate with your lexicon, then this is a big step in the right direction.

  • Ember Falls

  • The Green Ember Series, Book 2
  • By: S. D. Smith
  • Narrated by: Joel Clarkson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 886

The stage is set. It's war. Morbin Blackhawk, slaver and tyrant, threatens to destroy the rabbit resistance forever. Heather and Picket are two young rabbits improbably thrust into pivotal roles. The fragile alliance forged around the young heir seems certain to fail. Can Heather and Picket help rescue the cause from a certain, sudden defeat?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible story, excited for the next book!

  • By S and R on 10-12-16

Good continuation of the series!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

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The fall of a rabbit Empire continues to force rabbits to reveal their true intentions. Who will help with the decline and who will fight for it's resurrection? This series continues to entertain and I will definitely buy the third installment when it comes out. Joel Clarkson continues to draw out the feeling of the world that is created. Good combination of story and narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Star of Kingston

  • By: S. D. Smith
  • Narrated by: Eric Fritzius
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

A century before Heather and Picket's adventures in The Green Ember, a displaced community fights for hope on the ragged edge of survival. Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Enchanting Tale

  • By BookWorm on 02-28-16

A little background for a great series.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

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Short story for the Green Ember series. .. sort of.. it's a prequel to the series I should say. Good story. Probably for ages 8 and up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heir Apparent

  • By: Vivian Vande Velde
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed, and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, she'll never win. And she has to, because losing means she'll die, for real this time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed It

  • By TheCauseMaster on 10-26-06

Fantasy and sci-fi! Whaaaat?!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

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This story took a couple turns that I didn't quite expect, different enough to keep you listening. I think if the ending was a little different I may have rated this better, I just felt like it may have ended a little flat. ..regardless, it's still a good story. Great performance by Carine Montbertrand.

  • Girt

  • The Unauthorised History of Australia
  • By: David Hunt
  • Narrated by: David Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia.... In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock", and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously irritating voice. Can I get a refund?

  • By Jodelle on 07-31-16

Welcome to Terra Australis!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

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This is an hilarious account of Australian history. Not being an Aussie, and not having any background on their history I can only assume that it is accurate. (I hope so. If not, it's still a funny listen.) This is not a book for those who are prudish and blush at swears. Aussie's apparently don't view these words in the same manner as us. .. or they just find them funny. I'm not much of one for that language myself, but for some reason it almost sings when it comes from an Aussie. :)

  • The Aging Brain

  • By: Thad A. Polk, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thad A. Polk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

We're all getting older every day, and scientific research has shown that starting in our 20s, some brain functions begin a linear decline. But is old age all doom and gloom? Not at all! While it's true that some functions in the aging brain decline, neuroscientists have discovered that many other brain functions remain stable - or even improve - as we age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting Older Smarter!

  • By Hadley V. Stacey on 07-16-16

Let's keep that Brain running! ;)

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Any additional comments?

A lot of information is provided by Professor Polk. I will need to listen to this course again, just to make sure that I have a solid understanding of this topic. (I'm not well versed in biology) With that said, I don't think you need to be a biology major to understand this course. (It wouldn't hurt.) There is still a good amount of information to be gleaned for the average person. This has reinforced my desire to have a lifestyle with a strong influence from exercise. It was eye opening to hear the information on how exercise influences brain activity.

  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

  • By: C. Nathan DeWall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: C. Nathan DeWall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 956

Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't skimp on this one

  • By DaemonZeiro on 07-11-13

Great Information!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

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Great Course on the studies of self control. This focuses on what causes people to have difficulties with self control and also gives you tips that you can try to enhance your self control muscle. We all struggle with something, and while all those things differ widely for all of us, I believe the core principles discussed in this course can apply to all of us individually. I will listen to this more than once.