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  • Brunch at Ruby's

  • By: DL White
  • Narrated by: Sharell Palmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Maxine Donovan is a self-made woman but despite all she earns and owns, she’s on a constant quest for Mr. Right. Handsome, aloof Malcolm Brooks might just be The One, but when Malcolm's attention turns toward her friend instead, Maxine is ready to risk a strong bond to fight for him. Renee Gladwell left a lucrative job and a handsome boyfriend to nurse her father and Gladwell Books back to health. When she meets Malcolm Brooks, her life brightens, but is love worth risking a friendship? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Omar on 01-29-18

Not the depth I'm used to

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I received this book free in exchange for this review.

After reading the synopsis of the book, I thought the subject matter and nuances in the relationships of these three women would create a beautiful story. Alas, it did not...

First of all, there were excessive details that foreshadowed NOTHING. As a reader, when an author shares a PRECISE attribute of something or someone, it makes me believe that this information is important to remember for something later to come--not the case here. These descriptions of what people were doing was could have been better replaced with how they were BEING. For example, the mention of the brand of clothing, shades, shoes a character has or telling me the kind of car she's getting in to EVERY TIME she enters the car. I got it that this character is all about the finest and best THE FIRST TIME, tell me more about how this fits into the story. Also, it is suffice to paint a picture of characters and situations using eloquent written imagery that provides both context and depth such as in the style of Diane McKinney Whetstone or Bernice McFadden. I found details redundant and annoying and wanted more insight than shallow words.

While the situations and circumstances had all the makings of a profound story, the characters lacked wisdom and I found myself not connecting (and even rolling my eyes) at the unrealistic and immature responses of these women. While beautiful, successful and flawed, again, there was no depth to most of them. Problems and circumstances were handled like a sitcom--short, shallow and unenlightened.

It was tough to get through and I found myself likening it to the African American fiction of old (in the beginning where Terry McMillan was our ONLY she-ro). Perhaps this writing style is more conducive to those starting out (both writers and readers). I struggled as I wrote this review as it is not my intent to "blast" the author. I know that it takes great effort, skill and dedication to put pen to paper and create and I appreciate the art just not the expression.

  • Secret Kindness Agents

  • By: Ferial Pearson
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Watson
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial Pearson wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school. Could a modest act of compassion really change the course of a life? She posed the question to her students. They didn’t have the answers, but they were willing to find out. So they became the Secret Kindness Agents. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Danee C Jones-Mitchell on 10-17-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I received this book free in exchange for a review.

Starting with a strength - I love that the author was inspired to write this book as a result of a school shooting especially when it seems that they are more the norm than any of us are comfortable with. The recall of the"kindness experiment" is inspiring.

Honest review - I listened and kept waiting for something that never showed up....The book was more a memoir of sorts of how students (Secret Kindness Agents) ultimately transformed themselves first then others by committing random acts of kindness. I guess I thought the story behind the acts would shape the context for why humans should do more radical acts of kindness and its benefits THEN the rest of the book would more poignantly provide tips on how regular folks could do do these acts.

Words, phrases, concepts were redundant causing a "get on with it" reaction from me. Maybe if I were a teacher this would be of greater benefit to me. As a parent, I will however,share some of the insights with my own child.

  • The Street

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Petry
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry’s first novel, a beloved best seller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book. Superb narrator. Tacky sound effects

  • By Chiwiz on 11-13-17

Wished for a different ending

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Good story and characters well developed. I, like another reviewer, wished it was devoid of the "cheesy sound effects" (did not add to the experience). Great insight into why characters were the way they were. I wanted the ending to bring them all to a close. Sad ending but understood how things lead to this conclusion.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,252

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Delightful, Engaging

  • By Tom on 08-31-17

Delightful read for all ages

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Listened with my 10 year old daughter. Both she and I "Potterheads" (love all things Harry Potter) so the magical world and witchcraft is fascinating to us and this book did not disappoint. Like Harry Potter, great insight into the human experience with character building to boot. LOVED the characters, story and narration so much so that this is one of our new favorite author's. Currently listening to The Witch's Boy.

  • Stay with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayobami Adebayo
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Powerful!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 08-28-17

Intense and complex

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I cared about all these characters. They were complex and the author was able to tell the story of who the were that makes them who they are and how love is simple but complicated. Well written, well told.

  • Parenting at Your Best

  • Powerful Reflections and Straightforward Tips for Becoming a Mindful Parent
  • By: Roni Wing Lambrecht
  • Narrated by: Roni Wing Lambrecht
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

How do you maintain mindful relationships with your children in this frenzied, disconnected world? Most of us believe we have parenthood planned perfectly; when we'll become parents, how we'll parent, even anticipating how our children will respond to our parenting. Yet, reality proves to us on a daily basis that nothing in parenting goes as planned. With all of life's ups and downs, outside influences, and daily stressors, how do we navigate parenting?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An encouraging story of hope and reflection

  • By Joe Caples on 11-21-17

Sad but TRUE

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

My initial reaction was sadness upon hearing the impetus for the book. The tone was both reflection of author's parenting strengths coupled with "do this so you don't have any regrets". Although I felt stings of this sadness throughout book, I could really appreciate to the practical strategies and could/would be easily implemented. Simple and easy to understand language and on point with common parenting concerns.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,975
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,933

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-16

Love sharing the adventure with my daughter

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

This is my first time around the Potter series (outside of the movies) and I'm loving that i get to share the adventure with my 9 year old daughter! The details of the story are so much more rich than is portrayed on screen. The narration is stellar and the story is quintessentially fascinating "Harry". We tried to read it together but this is so much more exciting and gives us a new level of connection. We plan to listen to the whole series.

  • Mothering with Courage

  • The Mindful Approach to Becoming a Mom Who Listens More, Worries Less, and Loves Deeply
  • By: Bonnie Compton
  • Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Mothering with Courage provides guidance for mothers to self-reflect and dig deep to discover what is important to them from their own perspective. Only from that space can a mother discover how to be the best, most authentic mother for her child.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Connection is the key!

  • By Danee C Jones-Mitchell on 06-27-17

Connection is the key!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Beautifully done! It gave me empathy about both myself as a kid and my own child. This is not your 'garden variety' parenting book that seeks to resolve perceived behavior challenges with strategies to get your child to do better. There are consistent opportunities to reflect on who we are as mothers and humans and how our experiences affect the parent child relationship (as they do in ANY relationship). The bottom line seemed to be encouraging thoughtful, strength based interactions with our children which promotes connection and leaves everyone feeling valued. I appreciate all the the research based factoids about behavior and best practices.

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  • Guided Meditation

  • 30 Minute Guided Meditation for Sleep, Relaxation, & Stress Relief
  • By: Mindfulness Training
  • Narrated by: Mindfulness Training
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Throughout this audiobook, you will be guided from start to finish. We will begin with your current state of stress and bring you to a relaxed state of calm awareness, where you will be able to push all of the troubles of the day from into the distance and find peace within the inner solitude and relaxing soundtrack. With this wonderful guided meditation, you can practice at home or on the go, learning how to de-stress quickly and easily.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than many

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-13-16

Put me to sleep

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

If you could sum up Guided Meditation in three words, what would they be?

Soothing
Clear
Serene

Have you listened to any of Mindfulness Training’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to other books by this company but have from other companies- I love how this one got right into the practice.

What did you learn from Guided Meditation that you would use in your daily life?

Taking moments to just "be" wherever I am

  • The Book of Harlan

  • By: Bernice McFadden
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan's parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia. After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and his parents move to Harlem, where he eventually becomes a professional musician. When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre - affectionately referred to as "the Harlem of Paris" by black American musicians - Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An insightful account of an eventful period

  • By Ezinwanyi on 07-26-16

A dynamic duo--McFadden and Miles!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would and WILL recommend this outstanding, compelling book to friends. McFadden is one of my favorite authors and this work exemplifies why. She has a way of drawing the reader in to the character, atmosphere and circumstances that is mesmerizing. To say the story was well written was an understatement. The weaving of human spirit and history marveled all the senses.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the inclusion of true to life historical facts and figures from Louis Armstrong to the Holocaust-WOW! It made me want to learn more about Blacks in the holocaust. I am a jazz lover so the references in this area were out of sight! I also liked that the ending was not one I could have predicted and the way it brought everything full circle.

What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

Her cadence, tone, expression, ability to have the listener feel the words, audio clarity and command of language and accents. She is my favorite narrator--an honored griot. I especially enjoy her her West Indies/Jamaican tongue.

If you could rename The Book of Harlan, what would you call it?

Retribution

Any additional comments?

Don't make us wait too long for the next one!