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Cara Virostko

BILLINGS, MT, United States
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  • The Host

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,265

Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Perspective, Awesome job.

  • By Mighty_Cranium on 12-29-09

Fantastic reading!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

As always, I saw the movie first, yet I was compelled to hear Meyer's story for all the delightful details. The reading was top notch, with the narrator able to switch seamlessly from one character's voice to another. She gave each character had a distinct voice that was not only different, but uniquely suited to their personality. Jeb's churlishness shone through in the gravelly quality of his voice. The calm, pleasant quality off Wanda's voice contrasted perfectly with Melanie's more energetic, forceful one. A stellar performance!

  • Mansfield Park

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Frances Barber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

When the self-effacing 10-year-old Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy relations at Mansfield Park she seems shy and withdrawn beside her witty and vivacious cousins. Growing up in the Bertram household, she is always treated as an inferior, only finding an ally in her cousin Edmund. But Fanny's steadfast and purposeful character eventually makes her an indispensable part of the household. During the absence of Fanny's uncle, the others become entangled in a maze of flirtation and intrigue upon the arrival of Mary Crawford and her brother Henry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL

  • By Wanda S Sauerland on 08-23-08

Beautifully read!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The only thing that can improve Jane Austen's writing is a superior narration. The voices of the characters are represented here with a clever understanding of the nature of each. I thoroughly enjoyed this reading.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,042

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Who better to narrate than Emma Thompson?!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I've read this book many times, watched all the movie versions, but I never get tired of it. This presentation was fresh and highly enjoyable. Hearing the story dramatized elevates the listening to a whole new level. Thank you, Audible!

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  • The Pleasure Trap

  • Mastering the Hidden Force That Undermines Health & Happiness
  • By: Douglas J. Lisle, Alan Goldhamer
  • Narrated by: Chef AJ
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

The authors offer unique insights into the factors that make us susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses and present ways to restore the biological processes designed by nature to keep us running at maximum efficiency and vitality. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The single best read on healthy living

  • By Erin Greener on 07-11-18

Wish if read it sooner!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

There was little information here that I haven't already heard in documentaries, YouTube videos and other books, BUT, all that is shared is compiled in a manner so compelling, so reassuring that the solutions proposed can no longer be ignored or deferred.

  • Raising Human Beings

  • Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child
  • By: Ross W. Greene
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

In Raising Human Beings, the renowned child psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of Lost at School and The Explosive Child explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great parenting advice!

  • By J. Reece on 05-09-17

Life Changing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Thank you, Dr. Greene, for giving me hope that I can change the negative trajectory of my family toward one of compassion and collaboration. What a wonderful gift you have given to humanity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Sugar Fat

  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • By: Michael Moss
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190

Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is all too real, and YOU are the victim.

  • By Michael on 03-03-13

The food industry exposed

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Thank you for uncovering the soft underbelly of the food industry and exposing it for all of us to see it clearly with our own eyes.

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,807

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - wrong reader!

  • By Erika Shaffer on 06-06-13

Saw the movie 1st - wow, I missed so much

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I didn't know these books were written in the first person. All of the action that happens in the movies when Katniss is elsewhere is made up! And SO much of her inner dialogue was impossible to portray in a movie format. I'm delighted to hear it all now.

  • The Starch Solution

  • Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!
  • By: John McDougall, Mary McDougall
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

From Atkins to Dukan, fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry for the past few decades - even the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger an avalanche of shame and longing. But the truth is, carbs are not the enemy. Now, best-selling author John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, prove that a starch-rich diet can actually help us lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great For Vegetarians Looking to Improve Health

  • By Natshell on 07-06-17

Life changing, life affirming

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

This book could have been titled The Simple Starch Solution because Dr McDougall really does make it simple to understand and easy to follow how to bring health and heading to the table every day.

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