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  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing half a book...

  • By Richard on 08-13-15

A whole new world

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Patrick Rothfuss is a genius and has created a whole new world filled with new and old myths and religion. The protagonist is a very clever young boy who deals with hardships and struggles in a way that deserves high admiration. He makes friends and foes and is so wonderfully imperfect even though he is incredibly smart and talented in so many ways.

We get to hear the story told by himself as a grown man who has obviously had something bad happen and is in hiding. At the same time we get bits and pieces of legendry stories about him told by men at the tavern who have no idea that the legend they are discussing is the innkeeper who just served them their meal.

I am in love with this story and the wonderful imperfect people living within it. There are lots of secrets and hints and I can't wait to hear more.

I gave the performance only 4 stars but that is not because the reader isn't good, its mainly because he pronounced the names differently from what I have heard the author do. Especially my favorite character Auri. Other vice it was very good.

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,347

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Ari for me

  • By Andrey Barsukov on 06-03-18

Love it.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Love Auri and love this series and after listening to Patrick Rothfuss reading it and his foreword and his thoughts on the story at the end I might be a little bit in love with him as a person as well...

Patrick my sweet man, yes I do believe we are all a bit broken searching for the pieces that make us whole. That's why I think most of us really love Auri.
As a broken person myself and a mother to a few children, both broken and not yet broken (hoping they will stay that way as long as possible), children that have had an easy life and foster children that have had some really bad things happen in their lives, I am a big fan of broken people and broken things.
I love the Japanese art of Kintsukuroi, repairing broken pottery with silver or gold and recognise that it is more beautiful for having been broken.

Now I am in a bit of a hurry to get your next book. I need to know more!

  • The Echo of Broken Dreams

  • After the Rift, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When a palace maid is attacked, Josie and the captain of the guards investigate together. Since one of the suspects is a foreign diplomat and magic expert, they use the opportunity to learn more about sorcery. But it soon becomes clear that he is using them to get to the truth about the palace and the servants' origins. With unrest in the village, and servants growing impatient for answers, an undercurrent of danger pervades the air. But the most dangerous man of all may prove to be the king himself, because every clue points to him knowing more than he lets on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story except....

  • By GrannyGoose on 02-04-19

An excellent story filled with secrets and more

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

A lot of secrets, interesting characters that only get deeper and more interesting as the story continues.
Highly recommend it.
I am a fan of CJ Archer but I think this series is her best work yet

  • Raising Human Beings

  • Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child
  • By: Ross W. Greene
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

In Raising Human Beings, the renowned child psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of Lost at School and The Explosive Child explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great parenting advice!

  • By J. Reece on 05-09-17

A must read for all parents

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

The most amazing book on raising kids I have ever read and that is saying something. I do have educational background in children's development and still this opened my eyes to do many things I see now a clear path to work on with my kids.

In my opinion this should be a mandatory read for all parents and all who work with kids.

  • New Family Values

  • By: Andrew Solomon
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244

Drawing on dozens of intimate audio interviews with families from all across the country, award-winning psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon redefines what it means to be an “ideal family” in America today. Solomon observes that America, led in large part by the women’s, civil rights, and gay rights movements, has undergone a radical social shift in the last few decades. Although the structure of family has changed, economic and legal structures lag behind and need to adapt to accommodate this explosive new reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult subject handled well.

  • By Michael on 12-21-18

A necessary project a must read for everyone

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

It is extremely necessary for the message of this book to be heard. Today we have so many types of families where children thrive and learn to navigate our exceedingly complex world. Prejudices and assumptions that the "old ways" are the best way have to be put to rest.

I really enjoyed getting to hear about how many different families have found their normal and made a new type of family in a way that gives them and their children a full life.

I was a bit disappointed with the chapter about Foster families but I think that might be a cultural difference thing. I am a Foster mother myself but in a small European country so all the things about parents loosing their children to the "system" do to prejudices and poverty are very foreign to me. A lot of stories in my own country where parents yell at child protective services are very one sided because the staff can not talk about their side of the story. They are not allowed to tell the stories of their clients the children. Therefore the only one talking is the parent that feels they have been mistreated and won't see their own mistreatment of their child.
Some of the stories that were shown here remind me of those stories so I have a hard time believing everything that was said. That being said I do realise that racism is a real problem and I do believe that in some cases that is also a factor in these cases as well. I also know that the American Foster system is quite different from what I know here and I do believe that it is broken and needs to be made better.

I would have liked to see more stories from the children in Foster care.

But all in all I really enjoyed this book

  • The Explosive Child

  • A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
  • By: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Narrated by: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren't attentionseeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren't passive, permissive disciplinarians. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but effective

  • By D. Mcmillan on 01-12-15

A book every parent should read.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

How I wish I had been shown this book years ago. As I went through this book I just kept seeing mistakes and wrong moves on my part as a parent of both an explosive child and an implosive child. And I have education in children's development and have worked with all kinds of kids for many years. This should be mandatory reading material for all parents... And teachers.

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,155

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Good book annoying music in between chapters

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I find the story very interesting and fun. The performance is good but the narrator doesn't really get how to read women's parts. He is to focused on the pitch but fumbles a bit about how the women are talking so that they come off sounding very lofty and even clueless. Only by going back and inserting my own inflections did I realise that a woman was joking.
But his voice is nice to listen to though.
The big No No for me though was annoying loud music jingles in be a some of the chapters. It is way louder than the narrative and always jolted me and interrupted my listen.

  • Pastrix

  • The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
  • By: Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Narrated by: Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 695

Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith. Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WoW wOw WoW

  • By Deborah on 11-26-13

Love this book

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I have been a fan of Nadia Bolz-Weber for a long time. Was fortunate enough to actually get to meet her once and listen to her teach for two days. Have been wanting to read this book for a few years now but somehow never got around to it. Finally started and finished it right away. It is amazing. Nadia is such an amazing pastor with no delusions of grandeur nor does she pretend to be the perfect Christian, let alone the perfect pastor, but to me, that is really the thing that makes her the perfect pastor. She knows she doesn't always do the right thing and is humble enough to share her insecurities and mistakes she does and how she is taught by God to constantly improve and challenge her ideas about whom she should welcome to her church and who needs her to help them belong in the wonderfully diverse and beautiful church. She brings unique values and points to the table of theology and helps me see aspects of my faith and rituals of my Lutheran church in a way I had never seen before.
Highly recommend this book

  • Wish Me Home

  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara's heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone - on foot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so thankful for a good, positive, clean story.

  • By Christi on 06-18-17

A cute and comforting story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

A cute and comforting story about the kindness of strangers. about the best and worst of humanity like so many stories about former and current foster children .

  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,460

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

This is a story that starts off with the worst humanity has to offer. Where your faith in the human race is shaken to the core. After a journey up the coast in a van with Phyllis the elderly cat, two unlikely travel companions, an old woman who lost all her money to a scam artist and a teen girl who just saw her wealthy parents arrested and ran away from a dangerous group home into the dangerous streets of L.A. find hope and courage to trust each other and give humanity a second chance.
This book shows us humanity at its worst and humanity at its best.
hope lives on.