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Rebecca L. White

Dublin, OH
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  • Dewey

  • The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  • By: Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
  • Narrated by: Susan McInerny
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart touching story

  • By Nancy on 02-01-12

Heartwarming....

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

It is amazing to what degree one small cat can touch and change other people's lives. It encourages me to do the same in my own life

  • The Bockhampton Road Murders

  • Reverend Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Pat Herbert
  • Narrated by: Angus Freathy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

What is the dreadful secret hiding behind the front door of an insignificant South London terraced house? Following a triple killing in 1896, a series of murders occur sporadically in the same house, culminating in the murder of the new occupant's girlfriend more than a century later. But is there a connection or are they coincidences? Reverend Bernard Paltoquet is determined to find out. He gradually discovers what links the murders and finally unlocks the mystery that has kept 57 Bockhampton Road in the grip of an unidentifiable evil influence for so many years.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is really a series of ghost stories

  • By Rebecca L. White on 05-23-18

This is really a series of ghost stories

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

This engaging novel starts with a murder mystery set in the late 1800s , then proceeds to tell a series of ghost stories, that occur chronologically over a period of years until the present time. The murders/ghost stories are all set in a house on Bockhampton Road in the U.K. The Reverend Paltoquet becomes involved when one of his parishioners becomes a victim. He begins delving into the background of the house and its unfortunate occupants until he becomes certain that a ghost is involved somehow. The book describes his attempts to get to the bottom of the murders.

The book was read by Angus Freathy. Angus did a great job keeping up me engaged and in creating believable characters. The stories, on the other hand, got to be pretty predictable after the 3rd or 4th murder, so Angus had his work cut out for him. Nonetheless, I was still surprised at the ending of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this book and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys these types of mysteries.

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  • Beautiful Scars

  • A Life Redefined
  • By: Kilee Brookbank, Lori Highlander
  • Narrated by: Claton Butcher, Marie Hoffman, Nancy Peterson, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Kilee Brookbank was a typical sixteen-year-old, but her last ordinary day erupted in an explosion that consumed her house, burning forty-five percent of her body and sending her to the brink of death. After thirty-eight days of surgeries, skin grafts, physical therapy, and excruciating pain, Kilee had to discover how to live again. Now a thriving college student, Kilee has become an author, advocate, and philanthropist focused on helping other young burn survivors and their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and encouraging

  • By Rebecca L. White on 04-01-18

Heartwarming and encouraging

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Since I live in Ohio, I had heard Kylie's tragic story of being severely burned when her family's house caught on fire. But until I listened to this book, I had never heard "the rest of the story", as they say. This book is told, not just from Kilee's viewpoint, but also that of her mother, father and brother. Kilee's successful struggle to heal, grow, and give back to others who are struggling with crippling and decorative injuries was made possible, not just be her faith and resolve, but by strength, support and care provided by her family and community. If you and your family are experiencing this type of struggle, you will find this book to be very encouraging and enlightening. All of the narrators did an excellent job in portraying their character's struggles, both emotional and physical. Nancy Peterson did an exceptional job in representing the mother, Lori, in her love, fears, and persistence in making sure that Kilee received not only the care she needed, but also the support to do what she had to do to get well, no matter how hard it was.

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  • Peak Performance

  • Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
  • By: Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,950

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but

  • By Luke on 06-09-18

Good overview...with some caveats

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Since I am unfamiliar with the scientific literature on human performance and motivation, I thought that this would be a good overview, and it was. Their treatment of the need to develop balance between stress and rest, focus and purpose was engaging, insightful and thought provoking. However, the authors overly promote (in my view) "Mindfulness Mediation" as a way to achieve rest and focus, even though their overview of this topic suggests that there are other ways to achieve this. And their chapter on the need to develop "Purpose" was straight out of Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life" without the scriptural references. I gained insights and tools from reading this book, as well as an interest to learn more about this topic, but here are the caveats: 1) if you are already familiar with this topic, this book will probably not provide anything new. 2) If you are trying to justify spirituality with science, then you may find this book helpful. 3)However, if you already have deeply ingrained spiritual practices or beliefs, then the authors may seem as though they are trying a bit too hard to justify their positions.

  • On Power

  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A. Caro
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be called 'On Robert Caro'

  • By Anna on 09-04-17

Insightful exposition of political power in the US

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I was surprised at how much I learned from this short synopsis of Robert Caro's writings on power and how relevant it was to today's politics. Mr. Caro has spent his life studying, in depth, how power has been wielded in the US political system, with Robert Moses of NYC and Lyndon Johnson as his two main subjects. His thesis is that we, as citizens of the US, think that we are the seat of power. But we often don't realize how power is brokered and wielded by those in a position to do so, or how we are helped or hurt by their actions and decisions as they are frequently made behind the scenes and not in full public view. Mr. Caro sites instances where political power was wielded to the great advantage of the public at large and instances where it was abused or misused--by the same people! His purpose, in his research and writing, is not to expose or denigrate power brokers nor to laud them, but to make their actions plain to those of us who are either too trusting or too powerless or too likely to be silenced by them. He writes in order to help those who wield power , write laws and regulations, and who are generally tasked with protecting and improving the public welfare to do so circumspectly and with care; to make sure that the weak and powerless are not exploited in the process, and also that others who are in power are not silenced as to the consequences of political action. He writes to strengthen democracy, not bring it down. Anyone, no matter their political affiliation or their political views, should read or listen to this.

Note that Robert Caro narrated this in his thick New York accent. Sometimes the volume fades in and out. There is occasionally noise in the background. This book should be listened to for what Mr. Caro says, not for the beauty & eloquence in which he says it.

  • The World According to Bob

  • The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-Wise Cat
  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

The sequel to the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness. "Since Bob had appeared, I'd made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I'd been a homeless drug addict. I'd been lost to the world and forgotten what was important in life. Now I'd got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I was still stepping unsteadily into the future."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank God, A Sequel!

  • By Gillian on 01-27-14

A "must listen" companion to STREET CAT NAMED BOB

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

recently finished listening to THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB after first listening to A STREET CAT NAMED BOB.

I am a cat lover and expected this to be mostly cute stories about Bob himself. There were those. However, to my surprise, I found myself very moved by James Bowen’s story of overcoming homelessness and drug addiction. After listening to the book, I had a much greater awareness and much deeper compassion for those who are homeless, whether human or animal, and to those who are struggling to overcome addictions.

I would highly recommend reading both of these two books, as THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB answered alot of questions that I had at the end of A STREET CAT NAMED BOB. STREET CAT ends just before James and Bob begin their careers and authors and spokesmen for the homeless. THE WORLD picks up with how they began that career, how it changed their lives, and what their lives are now like.

Kristopher Milnes did a great job of capturing James in his narration. Since James comes from Australia and has also lived in the UK, he speaks with a combination Aussie-Cockney accent that Kristopher was able to emulate. Kristopher also did a good job of communicated James' emotionally as well. James' anxieties, his humility, his concerns and his joys came through clearly in the narration.

It is no small thing to find one’s purpose in life. To do that, one has to know what love is, who and what is worth loving, and be able to accept love. That means also being able to love oneself. It was a real joy to see how Bob helped James to find his purpose and to live it out. To move others to be more loving, as James moved me toward the homeless and the addicted, is the ultimate purpose of all of our lives. Still, as special as Bob is, Bob could not make decisions for James. Only James could and did do that. James' honesty about the difficulty that he had in making good life decisions and sticking to them, and how Bob helped him to do that was what made this book so enlightening and inspiring.

I would highly recommend reading both of these two books, as THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB answered alot of questions that I had at the end of A STREET CAT NAMED BOB. STREET CAT ends just before James and Bob begin their careers and authors and spokesmen for the homeless. THE WORLD picks up with how they began that career, how it changed their lives, and what their lives are now like.

  • A Street Cat Named Bob

  • And How He Saved My Life
  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself - the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet, James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent, but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, never imagining that he would see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Three Cheers for Bob and James!

  • By Gillian on 01-27-14

Heartwarming and Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I recently finished listening for the first time to the audiobook version of A STREET CAT NAMED BOB: AND HOW HE SAVED MY LIFE, and also the follow up book THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB.

I am a cat lover and expected this to be mostly cute stories about Bob himself. There were those. However, to my surprise, I found myself very moved by James Bowen’s story of overcoming homelessness and drug addiction. After listening to the book, I had a much greater awareness and much deeper compassion for those who are homeless, whether human or animal, and to those who are struggling to overcome addictions.

It is no small thing to find one’s purpose in life. To do that, one has to know what love is, who and what is worth loving, and be able to accept love. That means also being able to love oneself. It was a real joy to see how Bob helped James to find his purpose and to live it out. To move others to be more loving, as James moved me toward the homeless and the addicted, is the ultimate purpose of all of our lives. Still, as special as Bob is, Bob could not make decisions for James. Only James could and did do that. James' honesty about the difficulty that he had in making good life decisions and sticking to them, and how Bob helped him to do that was what made this book so enlightening and inspiring.

I would highly recommend reading both of these two books, as THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB answered alot of questions that I had at the end of A STREET CAT NAMED BOB. STREET CAT ends just before James and Bob begin their careers and authors and spokesmen for the homeless. THE WORLD picks up with how they began that career, how it changed their lives, and what their lives are now like.

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  • Dare to Cross the Water

  • Railway Romance, Book 1
  • By: Lorri Moulton
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Waring
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Katherine Rogers has everything a young woman could hope for in 1849 Scotland...except the freedom to make her own choices. The last thing she wants to do is to get married, and then, she meets James Spenser. Can there be any future together for the outspoken daughter of a railway owner and the charming young man working on the project? This is the first book in the Railway Romance series. These books show how trains and the building of the railway tracks brought people together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, Sweet, and Enjoyable

  • By J and M on 09-25-17

Android listening to this historical romance

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I always enjoy fiction that has an historical basis and this audio book was no exception . The characters were strong. The romance storyline was sweet. And the narrator had a sweet voice that told this story well. This story starts out in Scotland and ends up in America. The narrator did a great job switching between the dialects. My only criticism of the story was that there is a major turning point in it that is sort of hidden in chapter 23. I thought that this episode deserved a chapter of its own and needed to be fleshed out.

  • Father Joe

  • The Man Who Saved My Soul
  • By: Tony Hendra
  • Narrated by: Tony Hendra
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

This runaway New York Times best seller is a book to savor and treasure. Author Tony Hendra, a National Lampoon and Spy magazine veteran and one of the world's greatest satirists, delivers a beautifully written, humorous, and profoundly moving memoir reminiscent of Tuesdays with Morrie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised by Joy

  • By Daniel on 08-25-04

I was moved to tears more than once....

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

This was one of the most moving and eloquent memoirs that I have ever read. I was aware of Tony Hendra as a former editor of National Lampoon, actor in "Spinal Tap" and raconteur of the 60's & 70's. So, although it came highly recommended, I was not really expecting much. This book was not a biography of Father Joseph Warrilow, or even a memoir of Tony's relationship with him, as it is a detailed account of Tony's spiritual journey and Father Joe's constancy as a friend and a spiritual father. I found Tony's journey as a liberal male sometimes and again Catholic to be entirely relevant to me, a conservative female Protestant. I was in tears more than once, not just for Tony but also for myself. I will not detail his journey in this review, because to do so would be to spoil the experience of sharing it with Tony as he tells it to you. I listened to the audiobook, and hearing Tony tell his story in his own voice was extraordinary. If you want to become a mentor, especially a spiritual mentor, or if you are struggling to hear God's voice above the cacophany of Western culture as we know it today, or if you think that organized religion only produces hypocrites, or if you simply need hope, to feel that there is something more than the material world, Someone greater than ourselves who is real and who can still be heard today, then you want to read, or better yet listen, to this book.

  • Quicksilver

  • Book One of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,247

In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be aware of what you're getting into

  • By David on 12-16-11

Better to read a biography of Isaac Newton

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Stephenson weaves "current" events in the fictional Daniel Waterhouse's life with his reveries on past events and on historical characters that he knew in a way that is very confusing to listen to and very boring. There is no real story arc. Daniel Waterhouse is a character for whom you feel sorry but for whom you cannot root . The only action was the pirates attack, which was reported intermittently over several chapters until it finely lost its momentum altogether. Readers would better spend their time on a good biography of Isaac Newton or King Charles II. Simon Prebble did a good job of narrating but adding the other two narrators into the mix added to the confusion and the general sense of dystopia