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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States
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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,671

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

My first zombie book

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I hate zombies, but I've never given them a shot. I like dark genres but gore is a whole other thing. This book showed me a humane zombie with a deep inspiring soul... and I wonder if all zombie stories are like this! I'll give more a shot and see if this was unique at all. Some of the characters were very stereotypical; crazed scientist, loving teacher, wonder child... but this is ok. It really reminded me of the movie Matilda, only dark. What I liked most was the slow thorough discoveries that concluded with an ending that was more hoped for than expected. It was a pleasant ride. I got the movie from redbox tonight because I want to see how it is represented. Already I dislike that they've changed the race of Melanie and miss justinue. This book paints a very vivid world I think better left to the imagination. I hate to see gore as well... but I am curious to see it anyway. I'll probably like the book better!

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  • Opening Up

  • A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships
  • By: Tristan Taormino
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Relationship expert and bestselling author Tristan Taormino offers a bold new strategy for creating loving, lasting relationships. Drawing on in-depth interviews with over a hundred women and men, Opening Up explores the real-life benefits and challenges of all styles of open relationships - from partnered non-monogamy to solo polyamory. With her refreshingly down-to-earth style and sharp wit, Taormino offers solutions for making an open relationship work, including tips on dealing with jealousy, negotiating boundaries, finding community, parenting and time management.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful information for all relationships

  • By Taylor on 09-10-16

Extremely Practical

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

This is the third book I've listened to about open relationships besides 'Sex at Dawn' The others were 'More then Two' and 'Swingers' I liked all those books very much on opening my eyes to exciting possibilities, but I love 'Opening Up' for the practical information on everything from getting started, dealing with feels, safe sex, and tolerance of all types of open relationships: I have learned a great deal and will refer back to this book I'm sure! The narrator was not my favorite but did a fine job.

  • Wish List

  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Sondra Knight
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220

When Nicholas James draws Stephanie Martin's name in their law firm's Secret Santa exchange he knows he's in for a merry Christmas - if he can figure out what to give the woman he's wanted for months. When he works late and finds a crumpled piece of paper listing Steph's personal wish list, he knows he's in luck. Because all Steph wants for Christmas is him, in a number of naughty ways. And not-so-saintly Nick is going to make every one of her carnal wishes come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect short erotic Christmas story

  • By J-9 on 12-01-13

Kinda boring and overly sappy.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

It was too much like life to be fantasy, vanilla sex and committing to each other, where's the fun in that!? Narrator was ok for this genre.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,273

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Bored and dropped off 2.5 hours from the end.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

For goodness sake everything in this book is cliche and freaking stupifying! Everything typical and not even close to mustering the emotion the author was clearly trying to yank from us! I held on as long as I could but on Tuesday I will proudly proclaim to my book club that I for once did not finish the book so I have nothing to say about it! Getting a refund!

  • Pele in Therapy

  • A Short Story
  • By: Darien Gee
  • Narrated by: Carin Gilfry
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Pele in Therapy is a short story that carries on Hawai‘i's long tradition of storytelling and myth making. Written with both humor and an eye for detail, best-selling author Darien Gee has created a modern view of the goddess and her impact on those lucky enough to call Hawai‘i home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short yet Inspiring

  • By Patricia on 09-20-16

Short yet Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Really enjoyed the little clues to Pele's personality. I was looking for a Hawaiian myth book on Audible but it looks like I'll need to find a physical book to read. I need more info on Pele. As a haole child growing up in Hawaii I dreamed at age five that I'd fallen off a cliff after my teddy bear into a pool of lava. I did not burn and there was a beautiful women in the red liquid with long flowing hair reaching out to me. I felt terrified at the fall and of being in lava but then soothed and curious by the look of this women. Then at age seven in Hawaiiana my teachers gave everyone a Hawaiian name on a Friday. But when they came to me they said they needed to deliberate over the weekend for my name. All weekend I wondered what it would be. On Monday they presented the name Pele Kia. After this book I am even more curious because I have always been an outsider without a home. I am creative but have lived a passive docile life, I'm ready to take it over. I long for the sea now living on a burn scar mountain in Colorado. I am a writer who doesn't write, but am taking a writing class. I am inspired and will get the book she suggests at the end, Hawaiian Memoir. Thanks for the little boost! I feel like my life contains multitudes and should be written, at the same time I feel small and silly. But I'll write anyway.

  • Twilight

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,545

About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suprisingly good

  • By Erin on 06-11-10

Most listened to book, by me

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Twilight to be better than the print version?

Interesting question because I have thought that people might enjoy the Twilight series more if they listened to it rather than putting their own imagination to it in reading. Some of the words are stupid. But with the feeling already assigned to a statement I feel like it's a lot more comprehensive.

What other book might you compare Twilight to and why?

I can't stand a single book or series that is comparable to Twilight. I tried some of the suggestions after finishing this series and they did not capture me the same way. All the things that people complain about twilight were present there but I did not resonate with the details as I have with this series. I tried the knock offs "A discovery of witches' and the first of the grey series... meh. It's like a teen sentimentality I relate with that I don't really care to explore outside of my sentimental attachment to this book.

What about Ilyana Kadushin’s performance did you like?

She is spectacular! I love her husky tones which were so required in this book, and she really sounds like Kristen Stewart. The movies were horrid but between the imagery and Ilyana's voice I feel satisfied with the character in my mind!

Any additional comments?

Yes! Once you've enjoyed or hated this book you must try listening to it on your lowest speed setting! I have never done this with an audio book before, I was bored and tired and obligated to finish a task... suddenly Bella is a seductive stoner and I giggled my way through my drudgery!

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,153

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

I'm so bored!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am not sure if it was the narrator or just the writing, shoot the messenger. But it might have been her lack of consciousness over where a pause belonged and what level of force/anger to put into a character, as well as what level of cheer and sweetness to put into the other. I could not connect with the characters or story at all for these reasons!

What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

The writing. She is a fine writer, it is great a good deal of the time, but I really hated the abruptness of some of the scene changes and back stories, almost as if they were written in parentheses (By the way he has a son and real quick heres his whole story...) and you forget they were in her apartment, and then he came back and I hadn't realized he left... that has never happened in all my listening experience!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like the discussions over the mystery they are getting at, I'm obviously not interested enough to find out what it is because it is kind of obvious where she's going with it. It's a fine idea.

Any additional comments?

I guess it's not wrong for anyone to draw from other works, and it's probably not a secret that this is just another shade of the Twilight series, but it also seemed to blatantly copy elements of other books and that coupled with recently reading a lot of Darwin and listening to evolution books, I feel like I haven't heard one original thing! "Honk Shoe"

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  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,456

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd give it ten stars if I could

  • By Johnna on 06-10-11

Believable

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

If you could sum up The Poisonwood Bible in three words, what would they be?

Heartwarming + wrenching, worthy.

What other book might you compare The Poisonwood Bible to and why?

I think this book has just ignited a higher quality in book choosing for me, I am hungry for more. I was only reminded of The Hunger Games but only in similar feeling, not quality of words. After the book ended I immediately went to Google to pull up quotes! So much turmoil and loss, preciousness of life, and the strength of those girls!

What about Dean Robertson’s performance did you like?

I saw in another's review that someone thought Dean Robertson's voice was monotonous. It was a little, but really it was exactly appropriate. It reminded me of listening to someone talk about living through the Dust Bowl. These are traumatized people! It was appropriate for the dry humor that kept me delighted! Also perfectly appropriate for the numbing grief! She didn't sound very old but the accent reminded me exactly of how my grandparents speak, pronouncing words just a bit sideways. I loved her narration!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. But how can I spoil it for you. But here is one of my many favorite quotes. "A first child is your own best foot forward, and how you do cheer those little feet as they strike out. You examine every turn of flesh for precocity, and crow it to the world. But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after--oh, that' s love by a different name. She is the babe you hold in your arms for an hour after she's gone to sleep. If you put her down in the crib, she might wake up changed and fly away. So instead you rock my the window, drinking the light from her skin, breathing her exhaled dreams. Your heart bays to the double crescent moons of closed lashes on her cheeks. She's the one you can't put down."

Any additional comments?

This is my life amplified to an extremely traumatic level~ I am a mother with blue eyes and four daughters who follow me in a row on adventures into the wilderness. I married on the foundation of religion and my husband went away to the Army and war and forgot he was ever kind. We've followed him, miserably leaving behind the lives we tried to settle into, winding up with unexpected ones. We never went to Africa but I too gained a back bone after too many years staying for the same reasons Orleanna did. My youngest has also said "I wish he wouldn't come back." Unlike the story, my husband did a 180 as soon as he saw I was serious about leaving and never went back to his mean ways, which still has me in shock, it's been five months. I am also a stronger person, I say whatever I want not afraid of any God or him, like Orleanna! I came to a similar conclusion on God as Lea did, and I was once as fervent to Jesus! And I still hold my baby who is now about Ruth May's age, Hazel, waving her flag of babyhood forever more! Actually she is growing, and at the age to push me away, seven. We live on a mountain at the edge of desert and I warn them of snakes and black widows and predators all the live long day and they think I'm silly to worry! This year we got chickens for the first time and they just started laying delicious tiny eggs! I loved how the author described this arrangement in the book, man came and killed him and made slaves of his wives. Sorry. The girls raised them from chicks and they treat them as their children. I hope this book has been enough to teach me that we have enough, I will try to retain and remember the lessons of The Poisonwood Bible as if I lived them, my life's mirror may help me remember!

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,880

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

A peek at hoarding habits of another culture

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to be better than the print version?

Yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable.

Which scene was your favorite?

If by that question you mean favorite piece of advice, it would be to thank our possessions for supporting us in order to create an attitude of appreciation and therefore to create more care in taking care of our belongings.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

This book was mostly targeted toward Japanese lifestyles, and a single person or child at that. I didn't find any advice whatsoever for maintaining a home with a family of six while going through the six month decluttering process. Most of the decluttering was focused on clothing, including access "stockings" and kimono and samples of beauty products. While none of these are relevant to my life I can translate it to my personal areas of clutter, but my plans to take action haven't been altered by this book, it turned out to be a propeller just listening to someone suggesting progress rather than actually applying any of the advice. I am not swamped the way many people in the book were, just need to teach my kids and husband to not be careless.

  • The Language of Archetypes

  • Discover the Forces that Shape Your Destiny
  • By: Caroline Myss
  • Narrated by: Caroline Myss
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

Have you ever felt that your life was guided by larger forces? Unseen but very real energies that influence every direction your life takes? In her renowned work as a medical intuitive, Caroline Myss examined the patterns of hundreds of archetypes that exist in human consciousness, and found that each of us has a "sacred support team" of 12 primary archetypes. Once identified, these archetypes allow you to discover your highest purpose, what she calls your "Sacred Contract".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truely awesome value, you NEED this book.

  • By Alan on 12-05-08

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

Would you listen to The Language of Archetypes again? Why?

Yes. I will listen to this one several times. There is a lot of ground covered.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Language of Archetypes?

I really respect her insights on purpose. I don't have grounds to accept them, but I am happily lit to dig deeper! On the flip side... she comes across as one who thinks she knows everything, without properly expounding on source or reasoning.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the parts about the archetypes that struck a cord for me, I am sure it would be irrelevant to anyone else. I like the call to continue being whatever we confirm ourselves to be rather than altering who we are, whether in the name of ego or misguided advancement.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I smiled.

Any additional comments?

This book/talk cannot stand on it's own. I could have used a meaty intro. She jumps directly into archetypal figures with little concept of their application, substance, or personal acquisition of knowledge. That being said, for all of the above reasons, I still found it an insightful and inspiring.