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  • Wide Awake and Dreaming

  • A Memoir of Narcolepsy
  • By: Julie Flygare
  • Narrated by: Julie Flygare
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Julie Flygare was on an ambitious path to success, entering law school at age 22, when narcolepsy destroyed the neurological boundaries between dreaming and reality in her brain. She faced terrifying hallucinations, paralysis, and excruciating sleepiness, aspects of dream sleep taking place while wide awake. Yet, narcolepsy was a wake-up call for Julie. Her illness propelled her onto a journey she never imagined, from lying paralyzed on her apartment floor to dancing euphorically at a nightclub; from the classrooms of Harvard Medical School to the start line of the Boston Marathon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wide Awake and Loving This Book!

  • By Deb on 10-13-18

Wide Awake and Loving This Book!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

To call Julie Flygare’s memoir brave, beautiful and inspiring doesn’t do it justice. I was riveted by her story of first discovering, then living with and ultimately thriving with her narcolepsy. As her symptoms came on and progressed they went from embarrassing to frightening and even life-threatening. I love reading about people who’ve triumphed over seemingly insurmountable obstacles and this book did not disappoint. It was especially interesting to hear the story narrated in the author’s own voice. She did a beautiful job conveying her fear, confusion, struggle and finally her acceptance of her challenges and the sweetness of her victories. Nicely done and well worth a listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Bride

  • A Novel
  • By: Yangsze Choo
  • Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful, Original, Well Done!

  • By T Higgins on 03-19-14

Loved Everything About This Book!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Fantastic, unique and engaging story brought to life by the author who is a wonderful narrator. I enjoyed from beginning to end and I can't wait until she writes and narrates another one.

  • Girl in the Mist

  • Dori Orihuela Paranormal Mystery Series
  • By: Mary Castillo
  • Narrated by: Mary Castillo
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When we last saw Dori Orihuela in her first thrilling paranormal mystery, Lost in the Light, she received a shocking message slipped to by her high school flame, Gavin Salazar. In this short novella, Girl in the Mist, we pick up where we left these two lovers as Gavin sweeps Dori off to a romantic weekend in Carmel, California. Their charming cottage, hidden in the cypress trees, holds a dark secret. A young woman appears in the mist, not knowing her name or how long she's been dead. When Dori tries to find out what happened to this broken young spirit, everyone she encounters refuse to speak of what happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary's Done it Again!

  • By Deb on 06-14-18

Mary's Done it Again!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this next installment to the Dori Orihuela series. It was such a great combo of mystery, interesting ghost story and advancing the narrative of the Dori/Gavin relationship. Mary does a stellar job narrating--I could listen to her all day. I highly recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,537

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Fun, Interesting and Original

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

It took me a minute to warm up to this book but boy am I glad I kept listening. I really enjoyed this thoroughly original story and the author did a terrific job narrating. I recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

Doesn't Disappoint

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Book 2 in the IQ series is just as good if not better than the first, which I loved. Sullivan Jones does a fantastic job brining all the characters to life. One of the best narrators I've heard and I listen to A LOT of audio books.

Great from beginning to end. Joe, hurry up with the next one please!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,653

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

IQ is one of the most interesting characters and his story is interesting from page 1 to the end--fantastic book. I can't wait to get the next one. I hope this series continues for many books.

  • Lost in the Light

  • By: Mary Castillo
  • Narrated by: Mary Castillo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of the butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Dori has always been drawn to the mysterious Queen Anne Edwardian house in her hometown. But after a devastating injury that puts her career on the line, Dori isn't sure if she made the right decision purchasing this rundown old mansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbounding

  • By KateB on 12-10-17

Lost in this Good Book!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

I thoroughly enjoyed Lost in the Light. It’s a wonderful combination of ghost story and historical fiction with a modern-day heroine to root for. The author does a great job toggling between the main character, Dori Orihuela in the present day and the life story of her ghost, Vincente. The intertwining stories drew me and kept me riveted until the end.

I also loved the cast of characters in Dori’s life. I laughed out a loud a few times over the antics of Dori’s Grammy who’s unapologetically irreverent and outspoken about Dori’s life.

What really brought the book to life for me was the wonderful narration by the author, Mary Castillo. Her voice is very pleasant to listen to. And, she’s spot on with the voices and accents—not easy to do! She did a better job than some of the “professional” narrators in other books I’ve listened to. In fact, I think she could have a second career as a narrator if she wanted to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful