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Jean E.

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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,280

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

Fascinating story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The enormity of the contribution of Henrietta to science, and the struggles of the family make this a must read. It opens to the reader a world otherwise unknown.

  • The Lost Shipwreck of Paul

  • By: Robert Cornuke
  • Narrated by: Robert Cornuke
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Escape into this odyssey and you will find yourself reckoning with the actual account of the Apostle Paul's historic shipwreck recorded in the Bible. In September of 2000, Bob Cornuke flew to Malta. That trip marked the start of nearly two years of research and discovery in search of the lost anchors described in Acts. The true story of The Lost Shipwreck of Paul reads like a gripping fiction novel, as Cornuke takes readers along with him into the investigation. Using techniques he learned as a police officer and crime scene investigator, he probes each angle of the mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating story

  • By Jean E. on 12-26-18

Captivating story

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I am always amazed by Bob Cornuke's investigative mind and process. His stories make the Bible come more alive. Very interesting.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,049

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

While it is difficult to listen to the abuses to children, this book is well researched. The story is told with creativity. The inner strength of Rill is amazing.

  • 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 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

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

This is a must read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This is a comprehensive presentation of how our Western diet is creating chronic disease. Everyone needs this information. Chef AJ does a great job reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • LEAD . . . For God's Sake!

  • A parable for finding the heart of leadership
  • By: Todd G. Gongwer
  • Narrated by: Brandon Batchelar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

A captivating story that will help you find your purpose and leadership in life. Although he’s one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky’s history, Steve Rocker, for the first time in his life, is falling short of expectations. His players have lost their will to win, their love for their teammates, and their passion to play. Coach Rocker’s motivational methods that have always worked before - and have resulted in his success - are now failing, and he doesn’t know why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story. Less than powerful reading.

  • By Kristopher on 03-18-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Well crafted story, good message. Can be applied to all parts of life. I recommend it.

  • The Cheese Trap

  • How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy
  • By: Neal D Barnard, Marilu Henner - foreword
  • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

We've been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Worse, it contains mild opiates that make it addictive, triggering the same brain receptors as heroin and morphine. In The Cheese Trap, Dr. Neal Barnard presents a comprehensive program to help listeners break free of their cheese addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love cheese, but....

  • By Wendy on 04-06-17

What everyone needs to know

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Neal Barnard is a leading authority on nutrition and health. Cheese should not be eaten if you want health. Read this book!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

  • By: Beth Moore
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It's not like they were close. She hadn't seen him - or her grandmother, the ice queen - in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, called and said her expenses would be paid if she'd fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Thrilling to the Very End

  • By Hugo Reed on 10-25-16

Very good book

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

The story is a good representation of the difficulties of life and relationships, and how God heals and renews.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,786
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,350
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,294

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Great story, inspirational

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

Very interesting to hear what personal challenges existed in the lives of champions. And how they were overcome.

  • The Toilers of the Sea

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Patrick Dickson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Victor Hugo wrote this wonderful story while living in exile on the island of Guernsey, which is where the adventure unfolds. Set in the early 1800s, The Toilers of the Sea tells off a young reclusive fisherman who falls dangerously in love with a beautiful island girl. Her uncle, himself an intrepid seafarer, is the owner of a paddle-steamer, which plies its trade to and from St. Malo on the coast of Brittany.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, could without the special effects

  • By Jean E. on 07-21-16

Interesting, could without the special effects

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

I listened to this just after Les Miserables. I was curious to read another of Victor Hugo's writings. It was interesting. The added music and sound effects were distracting, and are totally unnecessary. Avid audio book listeners do not need these. But, I'm glad to have read the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book - one of the best of all time

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-30-10

Classic story is a must-read.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

I've listened to this book at least four times. Frederick Davidson's performance makes it come to life. One of my favorites.