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Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

Sheridan, WY, United States
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  • Jingle Bell Pop

  • By: John Seabrook
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,631

On Christmas Eve, 1818, in a small Austrian village, a local Catholic priest and a church organist composed a Christmas carol that changed the course of holiday music forever. Exactly two hundred years later, it’s not the holiday season until you’ve heard “Silent Night” in the car, at the store and on TV – all in the same day. 

In Jingle Bell Pop, John Seabrook, acclaimed author of The Song Machine, takes us deep inside the holiday music business. We go behind the scenes to meet some of the producers, songwriters and recording artists responsible for the timeless tunes we hear on repeat between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making of a Christmas Hit

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

On Christmas Music's Evolution

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Being a musician and music listener, I was fascinated to learn what inspired such songs as "All I Want for Christmas is You" and how they were written and recorded. I made a note of one or two of the albums mentioned, since no doubt they're on Amazon Music, so I can ask my Echo device to play them. If you've ever wondered how and why these Christmas songs were written and sung, Jingle Bell Pop is the place to find this information. Even if the only thing you play is the radio, this production will enlighten you.

  • The Christmas Forest

  • By: Rebecca Boxall
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Henrietta Meire, Nico Evers-Swindell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Since the tragic loss of her parents, Enid has lived alone in a coastal cottage in Jersey. But this year someone new has come into her life: Fred, who truly gets her, and who knows how to make her happy. The only problem is that Enid has Asperger’s and doesn’t like to leave her comfort zone - and Fred lives in Australia. Like Enid, Fred has survived heartbreak and is searching for a way to start again. Could a stranger on the other side of the world really bring new meaning to his life, or is he just setting himself up for another fall?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Geralynn Ross on 12-16-18

A Great Way to Start Holiday Reading

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

With its surprising plot twists, this book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. The three narrators did an excellent job of portraying Enid, Bess, and Fred as they told the story from each of their points of view. I can’t think of a better way to start your holiday reading this year.

  • The Cast

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Kait Whittier has built her magazine column into a hugely respected read followed by fans across the country. She loves her work and adores her grown children, treasuring the time they spend together. But after two marriages she prefers to avoid the complications and uncertainties of a new love. Then, after a chance meeting with Zack Winter, a television producer visiting Manhattan from Los Angeles, everything changes.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun!

  • By bulldogmomma on 05-24-18

Novel Depicts Life on the Set

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Despite Danielle Steel's nasty habits of too much showing and not enough telling and use of unnecessary adverbs, I'm always drawn to her stories, and this one was no different. Fascinated by the entertainment industry, I enjoyed being transported into the lives of these characters. Being from Wyoming, I felt a special connection with the actor from that state to whom Kait becomes attracted near the end. The narrator did an excellent job portraying even the female characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how a television series is produced and who likes a heartwarming story with a neat ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cane Confessions

  • The Lighter Side to Mobility
  • By: Amy L. Bovaird
  • Narrated by: Sandy Carmen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When adventurous overseas traveler, Amy, is diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, she has no idea what difficulties lie ahead. After finishing mobility training from the Bureau of Blindness, she thinks her problems are solved, but when Amy tackles the streets with her white cane, the real fun begins. Determinedly sweeping away her fears, she starts to celebrate the reality of vision-impaired independence. Join the chaos and laughter in this series of uplifting anecdotes as Amy looks to the lighter side of mobility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Anonymous User on 03-09-18

Memoir Offers Powerful Messages about Vision Loss

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Many of the anecdotes in this book made me laugh. However, being a person with a visual impairment, I can appreciate the powerful messages it offers: don't be afraid to admit you don't see very well, and don't be ashamed to use a white cane and other adaptive tools that can help you.

If you're just losing your sight, this book will help you realize it's not the end of the world and that you're not alone. If you don't have a visual impairment, it will offer insights into what it's like to have little or no sight. It should be required reading for sighted professionals working with people with visual impairments.

  • It's Already Tomorrow Here

  • Never Underestimate the Power of Running Away
  • By: Lucetta Zaytoun
  • Narrated by: Lucetta Zaytoun
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Lucetta Zaytoun's ability to bounce back from tragedy time and time again is uncanny. After raising six kids, yet another life earthquake hit. This one led her to put everything she owned in storage, sell her car, shut down her phone and travel in developing countries by herself for one year. Lucetta's precarious, intrepid and fascinating runaway journey took her to places she never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a thrill ! (Probably best as an audio book)

  • By Daryl on 03-28-18

Memoir Depicts Empowerment Through Travel

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

This book transported me to places I've never been and will probably never go. I enjoyed reading about the author's experiences in Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. However, I couldn't help wondering how long this could go on and thinking she might never find herself. Would she travel the world, forever searching for her life's meaning? The end of the book when she landed in Hawaii was a relief.

I would like to have known more. After landing in Hawaii and meeting her daughter, did she immediately return to the states or travel some more? All I know from the post-book narrative is that she's a life coach in Rawleigh, North Carolina, but how did she get to that point in her life after landing in Hawaii?

Otherwise, I loved the way Lucetta Zaytoun narrated her book, making me laugh one minute and angry the next. I was right there with her through all her experiences, though still in the comfort of my recliner. I recommend this book to people in the mood to do some armchair traveling and soul searching of their own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Girl's Guide to Moving On

  • A Novel
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Nancy Linari, Allyson Ryan, Debbie Macomber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back - including their son Owen's happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!!

  • By Emily on 06-13-16

Novel Has Powerful Message

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Where does A Girl's Guide to Moving On rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is only one of many good books I've enjoyed from Audible.

What other book might you compare A Girl's Guide to Moving On to and why?

I would compare this to any of Debbie Macombers's other books. They all have great stories with believable characters and happy endings.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is at the beginning of the book when Nicole, after learning her soon-to-be ex-husband will finally sign the divorce papers, backs her car into a ditch, and Rocko, the tow-truck driver with whom she eventually falls in love, pulls her out.

Who was the most memorable character of A Girl's Guide to Moving On and why?

The most memorable character in this book is Owen, Nicole's three-year-old son. His resilience in the face of his parents' divorce is inspiring, and his fascination with tow-trucks after meeting Rocko is amusing.

Any additional comments?

This book not only is an entertaining read but also delivers a powerful message about forgiveness. I recommend it to anyone in Nicole and Lee Ann's situation in the hope they will learn to let go of the past and move on.

  • Society's Child

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Janis Ian
  • Narrated by: Janis Ian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I know why this won the grammy

  • By Pamela J on 02-24-13

Singer/Songwriter Tells It All

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

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

Yes, I think Janis Ian has a meaningful story to tell, and I would recommend it to anyone.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way she began each chapter and punctuated explanations of her songwriting tactics with snatches of the song she was writing.

What about Janis Ian’s performance did you like?

I like the way she sang songs with guitar and sometimes piano accompaniment instead of just reading the lyrics.

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

I had many reactions to this book. I laughed and was almost moved to gtears at times, and I was angry.

Any additional comments?

Like Janis, I wanted to be a singer, but I'm glad I'm not after reading her memoir and that of other singers. However, I enjoy living a performer's life vicariously through such books as Society's Child.

  • The Apartment

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 675

Four young women's lives intersect in the apartment they've shared in Hell's Kitchen: Claire, a shoe designer; Abby, an aspiring novelist; Morgan, a successful financial consultant; and Sasha, a resident in obstetrics. As different as they are from one another, the women had become a family by choice. But while their lives had proceeded smoothly in the years they'd lived together, new relationships, job opportunities, and surprising circumstances will test the strength of their bond in and outside the loft that had become their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Laughable

  • By Karen on 01-21-17

Another Must Read from Danielle Steel

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

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

I haven't read the print edition, but the audio edition could have been better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Apartment?

I think it was when Abby brings home a dog she adopted from a shelter on a whim. Her roommates aren't impressed but gradually open up to the dog and miss the dog when Abby leaves New York, taking the pooch with her.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Dan John Miller?

That would depend on the book. His portrayal of female characters in this book seemed forced, and the book should have been narrated by a woman since the main characters are female.

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

There were several parts of the book that made me laugh.

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  • Christmas with Tucker

  • By: Greg Kincaid
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In this heartwarming novel, Greg Kincaid, the best-selling author of A Dog Named Christmas, revisits the early life of one of that book’s protagonists and brings us a holiday tale of redemption, hope, and forgiveness. It’s 1962, and as Christmas approaches so does one of the worst snow and ice storms in Kansas history. Without utilities and emergency services, it is a dangerous time for the residents of Cherokee County. For the McCray family, it is even worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Snow Days on the Farm

  • By Debbie on 12-02-14

Boy Meets Dog; Boy Loses Dog; Boy Gets Dog

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

Reviewed: 12-23-12

What made the experience of listening to Christmas with Tucker the most enjoyable?

The narrator's way of giving characters distinct voices and making them come alive made this listening experience most enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Christmas with Tucker?

The most memorable part of the book is when George and Tucker meet for the first time. George, a thirteen-year-old kid, is skeptical of Tucker, an Irish setter who has been tied up in his neighbor's yard, because he thinks the dog is vicious, but when his grandfather brings the dog home after the neighbor is arrested for some alcohol-related offense, Tucker proves George wrong.

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I said before, this narrator gives each character his/her own voice and makes him/her come alive.

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

I had no extreme reactions to this book, but it was definitely a worthwhile read.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a heartwarming coming of age story about a boy and his dog.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Happy and Merry

  • Seven Heartwarming Holiday Essays
  • By: Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
  • Narrated by: Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

Just in time for Christmas comes a collection of the very best holiday essays from the best-selling mother/daughter writing duo. Whether they're shopping for matching reindeer dog sweaters or having second helpings of egg nogg, Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella will keep you warm with their humor and heart. So give yourself some holiday cheer in the midst of all the shopping, cooking, wrapping, and baking madness.… You deserve to get a little Happy and Merry!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essays Give New Meaning to Holidays

  • By Author Abbie Johnson Taylor on 12-23-12

Essays Give New Meaning to Holidays

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

Reviewed: 12-23-12

Would you listen to Happy and Merry again? Why?

Yes, I recently lost my husband, and this and other books I've read in the past few weeks have helped me escape to other families' holidays.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The authors tell their own personal stories, and I like them both as characters.

What about Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella ’s performance did you like?

I liked the feeling that they were talking to me, not just reading me their stories.

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

I don't think any particular part of the book moved me, but my favorite essay was the one about the guilt meter and the overflowing toilet. When I read about others' unfortunate experiences, it gives me a whole new perspective on life because it makes me thankful such experiences haven't happened to me.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to anyone who likes humorous, thought-provoking holiday essays. .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful