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  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

  • By: Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans - translator
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing, and he has to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is...elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums? Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not “A Man Called Ove”

  • By Art Guzman on 11-25-18

Highly recommended for those with older parents

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I really enjoyed this story due to the humorous, but true incidents. I looked forward to each day’s listen, even though there were sad parts throughout. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand how some seniors view aging and how they spend the last years of their lives.

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  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

  • By: Phaedra Patrick
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest; waters his fern, Frederica; and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sweet, predictable novel of widower's quest

  • By Mark on 01-05-18

Delightful and engaging story

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I really enjoyed this book. Although my parents are older and have been blessed to be married far longer than Arthur and Miriam, this story shared common themes experienced in my own life and family. No major shocks or surprises, but I have still recommended it to many of my friends. It reminded me to be ever present with my parents because one day they may not be around.

  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see why Prince fell in love with her.

  • By S. Winchester on 04-07-17

Enjoyable retelling of Mayte Garcia’s life with Prince

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I didn’t know what to expect, but it was offered as a Daily Deal so I went ahead and purchased it. Now I am actually glad I did. Prince was very popular in the 80’s and 90’s so it was impossible to not to hear his music or see him in the limelight. However, although I enjoyed his music, his stage act and persona were a bit over the top for me, so I did not continue to follow him. Mayte wrote a non-tabloid type story and should be commended for taking the high road. I am sure that she could have written from a more negative vein, but as she states, it was written from a place of love. Good job.

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst - the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By nicholas on 11-02-17

Would be a great movie

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This would be a great movie- plenty of action and suspense- especially those for those who like historical pieces.

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  • It Takes Two

  • Our Story
  • By: Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott
  • Narrated by: Drew Scott, Jonathan Scott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

It Takes Two: Our Story shares never-before-revealed tales of the Scott brothers' childhood and rise to fame - from starting their first business at seven years old and their years modeling and acting to their first house purchase at the impressive young age of 18. They soon found their true passion in life, combining their natural gifts for entertaining with the skills they learned from buying, renovating, and selling homes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Steve on 10-27-17

Fun, upbeat, and happy

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

If you enjoy these two from Property Brothers, you will definitely enjoy learning more about them- their childhood growing up, their high school and college years, their many talents, and most of all, their love of family. One of my favorite parts in the book is when one of the brothers says that luck never played a role in their success- only desire, hard work, and a plan to achieve brought them to where they are today. It’s refreshing to hear. I hope they both live happily ever after.

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,708

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good concepts and great medium to convey them...

  • By Niket Parikh on 10-27-05

Outstanding, relatable book on leadership

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

After many years in leadership, I found this parable about leadership in this book to be spot on. However, listening to it again gives me renewed energy to make sure that I incorporate the strategies given.

  • The Advantage

  • Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174

This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Advantage

  • By ALWALEED on 05-07-15

A different take on the usual leadership advice

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Having read all of the leadership books by John Maxwell and others, this book gives actual practices that can be applied when you're working with your leadership team. Although I work in education, almost all of the recommendations in this book can be applied. This is one of my more favorite leadership books and I will listen to it over and over.

  • Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition

  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. This audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!! Great story.

  • By Bulldoginjax on 12-23-16

Might be better read than listened to

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

I enjoyed the history provided by this book, and it did make me want to learn more about the women and their families, but i didn't care for this version. I have not seen the movie that was released last year, but I do plan to listen to the other version on audible and see if it's better.

  • Unscripted

  • The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary
  • By: Ernie Johnson Jr., John Smoltz
  • Narrated by: Ernie Johnson Jr.
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 272

Ernie Johnson, Jr., has been in the game a long time. With one of the most recognized voices in sports broadcasting, he is a tireless perfectionist when it comes to preparing and delivering his commentary. Yet he knows that some of sports' greatest triumphs - and life's greatest rewards - come from those unscripted moments you never anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get to knw the man behind the scenes.

  • By Paul David Bunyan on 07-12-17

Enjoyable audiobook

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

Although I was familiar with Ernie Johnson as a broadcaster for Turner sports, I really didn't know anything else about him. I saw him do an interview on TV where his book was referenced. am glad I was able to listen to it. It was worth the time.

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  • No God but One: Allah or Jesus?

  • A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,154

On account of the superficial points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, many don't see how tremendously deep the divides between them really are, and fewer still have considered the evidence for each faith. How is jihad different from the Crusades? Can we know the life of Jesus as well as the life of Muhammad? What reason is there to believe in one faith over the other, and what difference can the Gospel really make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!

  • By Theresa on 08-17-16

Great follow-up book by Nabeel Qureshi

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Nabeel Qureshi's life story continues to amaze me. To walk away from the faith you have been taught to believe (even at the risk of being abandoned by family and friends) and to research and support Christianity with more knowledge and zeal than those of us raised in the Church shows the power of God and the Holy Spirit. I enjoyed the insight he shared about the Koran and have a deeper upstanding of the Muslim religion because of it. I plan to purchase his 3rd book on Audible to continue this study. God Bless this young man.