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Carrie Arnold

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Not exactly what I’d was hoping for.

I suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis.
I know that acupressure and massage can do a lot to alleviate some of that.
Since I can’t persuade my husband to give me massages and can’t afford to get a professional one very often, I was trying to learn some self techniques.
I am blind and most of what I was able to find online is mostly visual.
I decided to check on Audible and see if I could find an audiobook that might be of more help.
I thought that being an audiobook, there may have been more explanation given.
Unfortunately, the author mostly suggested a lot of YouTube videos rather than giving a clear explanation as to where the pressure points were located.
I am sure that if you are cited and want to use this book along with the YouTube videos, it would be flying.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Deeply moving and beautifully written.

Wow! I hardly know where to begin with this review.
I don’t write a lot of reviews, but I just had to with this book.
First of all, having listen to other books by the author, and seeing the list of amazing narrators, made this an automatic must listen.
I didn’t even need to listen to the sample, I just bought it.
From the very first line of Farouk’s story, I was completely engrossed in this book.

The author gives you a small glimpse into what it is like to live in a war torn country, and what makes people willing to risk everything for a better life.
Lampy, his mom, and grandfather seem to love and frustrate one another in equal measure.
John and Farouk Both experienced great life-changing tragedy that was beyond their control but each of them handled it quite differently.
I hope this isn’t too much of a spoiler, but John was really not a likable character.
He did so me pretty despicable things and hurt a lot of people.
That being said, I still felt sympathetic towards him and hoped he found The peas and absolution that he was desperately seeking.
I think that Gerard Doyles portrayal of John may be one of his best audio performances yet.
That’s saying a lot, because as I stated in another review, I would gladly listen to him read the phonebook.
All of the narrators did an outstanding job.
I am very glad that they chose to use multiple narrators for this book.
Each of them brought the characters to life.
Donal Ryan is a brilliant storyteller.
This book had the perfect balance of heart break and humor.
Until literally the last few minutes of the book, I could not see how he was going to bring these characters together.
In my opinion, this is his best book so far.
I hope it receives the attention it deserves here in the US.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I Really Wanted To Love This Book.

First of all, the author did a very good job at narrating his book and bringing the characters to life.
I read the description, listen to the sample and got the book.
Each month I try to find something by an author that I am completely unfamiliar with.
This was one of my recent’s.
It had so much potential but unfortunately as pleasant as the narration was, I have not yet finished the book.
I slept through about half an hour of this book and feel as though I missed nothing.
This was a little over two hours into the book.
I will probably listen to at least the last couple of chapters of the book at some point.
I would like to see if it ever picked up and how it ended.
I would read something else by this author in the future because I do think he has a lot of potential.
Unfortunately, so far what I have heard should have been edited down to probably half an hour.
I don’t know exactly how these things work, but feel that someone along the way should have noticed this fact.
By not doing so, they did the author a disservice.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I’m So Glad This Is Finally Available Through Audible!

Christina McKenna creates such unique and engaging characters, many of them appear to be simple, but are actually quite wise in their own way.
I enjoy the fact that although her books are somewhat lighthearted, they do inform us of serious subjects that were actually occurring at that particular time in Irish history.
I think her books are a good introduction for readers/listeners, especially in the US, who are not as familiar with these events.
I have listened to; The Disenchanted Widow and The Godforsaken daughter.
I have been waiting a long time for a Audible to have more of her titles available. So glad they finally do!
Out of the three books that I have listen to by this author, I definitely enjoyed this narrator most.
As for who I would recommend this book to, definitely anyone who enjoys Patrick Taylor’s books.
Anyone that enjoys quirky small-town characters with a bit of mystery thrown in, will enjoy these books.
In my opinion, this authors books are informative, entertaining, inspirational and non-offensive.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Wow! Once Again, Chris Bohjalian Had me holding My Breath At The End.

I was so excited to read this book and was anxiously awaiting the day it would be available in my library.
I pre-ordered it a couple of months ago and it was definitely worth the wait.
I don’t want to give anything away because it is just too goodd.
First a warning, don’t start this book unless you have several hours available to listen.
I guarantee, once you start this Book, you’ll wish you could listen straight through.
This is a very fast pace story and I believe it takes place over about a two week period of time.
Although I was biting my nails and couldn’t wait to see what happens next, I kind of didn’t care what Cassie’s fate would be for about 2/3 of the book.
In my opinion, most great books will have you yelling out loud at one or more of the characters before you even realize what you’re doing.
In this book, when I wasn’t yelling at Cassie for doing something stupid, it was her attorney Annie.
I just kept thinking, why are you wasting your time on her when she doesn’t even seem to care what happens?
She seemed determined to sabotage herself no matter what Annie did.
I found it difficult to love or even sympathize much with this character.
Because of the impact that alcohol and substance abuse had on my family, I was able to muster up a little empathy for the fact that she was an alcoholic.
It takes a great storyteller to keep you totally engrossed in a story when the main character is not all that likable.
Well, Chris Bohjalian definitely accomplishes that.
Even better, I actually whelmed up really rooting for her and hoping she would make better choices.
You never knew if she would make a good choice because for every good one, there were twice as many bad.
A couple of reviewers seem to feel that characters were poorly developed, and or, hard to follow.
Personally, I did not find that to be true.
As in all good suspense, things may not always be as they appear and people may not be who you think they are.
That being said, a lot of things happen in quick succession towards the end;
One of the characters that we are introduced to early in the story does something completely unexpected.
Although you kind of had the feeling this person was up to something and shouldn’t be trusted, I couldn’t figure out what their agenda might be.
This person was acting in their own best interest and I can understand why.
I don’t feel I can say much more without giving something away.
I am curious as to how the information that was revealed about this person was obtained. I guess it’s part of the mystery.
There are a few more big surprises towards the end of the book.
I have read several of the authors books and have always been satisfied with the ending.
Sometimes happy, sometimes sad but always a satisfactory ending.
This one was no exception.
I also love the fact there are multiple narrators and think they did a very good job.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Very Beautiful story.

I love everything about this short book. For the last several months I have taken time to go through the new releases and find an author that I am not familiar with at all and a book with zero or few ratings and reviews.
I select 4 or 5 titles that sound like they may be of interest to me then sample and select from among those.
Since choosing a book that way, I generally look for some of the less expensive selections.
So far I have enjoyed all five of the books and authors that I have selected.
I believe this has been my favorite so far.
In this case, I was unfamiliar with the narrator as well. He did an excellent job.
I loved the story, the narration and the music was beautiful.
One thing that I really appreciated was the way that the author wrote about characters with both Christian and pagan beliefs and was subjective and respectful of both.
That is something I wish there was a lot more of in literature, especially historical fiction.
The only complaint that I have about this book is that I wish it had been longer.
I enjoyed the authors style of writing and the narrator's voice so much that I wish I could have kept listening.
I look forward to more from both the author and narrator. So glad I got this book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Get this book! #SusanIsAwesome!

First of all, I had never heard of Susan Calman until I came across this book sometime last year.
It was on my wish list for quite a while and although I really wanted to listen to it I avoided purchasing it for quite some time.
Probably because I thought even after listening to the sample and reading the description that I might become more depressed by listening.
That is usually what has happened when I have tried self-help books about my depression and anxiety issues.
From the beginning I could relate to Susan in so many ways.
OK, there are several things in which we are quite different.
Number one, I am about the least organized person ever and although I think the lists are good and helpful things, I just never seem to get around to making them.
I am not a successful person in anyway which sometimes adds to my depression.
I am straight and she is gay but it sounds like we both have incredibly patient and supportive spouses.
Throughout many years of counseling, trying to read self-help books about depression and anxiety or even talking to other friends with depression, never have I felt like anyone has understood what I am going through quite like Susan.
I have asked my family to read or listen to this book because she does such an awesome job Of explaining what most of my days are like.
I feel that by reading this book they would actually be able to understand what it is like four me and the things that go through my head.
She brilliantly describes perfectly what it is like to live with depression.
I think that anyone could enjoy this boo but if you yourself suffer from depression or if you have a close friend or family member who does, you have got to read this book.
It is brilliantly written and she is an excellent narrator.
Although the subject is serious, This book is anything but depressing.
I have been in the middle of a particularly difficult time for quite a while now and this was the perfect time for me to listen to this book.
I definitely have picked up a few tips that I am going to try and apply to my own life and situation.
I like that she is so Open and honest about her own journey with depression.
When you are in the midst of a particularly tough time, it seems that sometimes all you can do is focus on the negative because that is all you can feel at that moment.
By holding herself accountable and taking responsibility for her own mental health, she forces the listener to do the same.
She causes you to think about the fact that you are not the only person in the world that suffers from depression or simply that you are not the only person in the world.
Although I think it is usually unintentional and it can be hard to admit, sometimes severely depressed people can be rather self-centered.

This is something that I know but of course I don't like to hear.
When you know that she has been on the same journey that you have, you can't accuse her of being preachy or get angry because she doesn't understand.
That's what I tend to do if I don't like what I'm hearing.
I will just stop listening and decide that they do not understand what it is like for me.
In a lot of cases, that is definitely true and people can give you some very bad advice so it is important that you are careful who and what you listen to.
Bottom line, if you have a friend or loved one that suffers from depression and want to know what helps and what doesn't help, this is a very good place to start.
If you are suffering from depression then you definitely need to get yourself motivated to get this book.
And then depressed person, once you get this book then you need to actually listen to it.
It will make you laugh even if you don't want to.
My cat Steve seemed to enjoy listening to parts of it with me as well.
I think that he could tell that she loves cats.
Cats being as they are, the other two didn't seem to care.
I really do think Steve enjoyed listening to her voice though.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

This book was definitely worth the credit.
I learned a lot of interesting facts that I hadn't been aware of before listening to this book.
I had a pretty good grasp and was fairly well informed about some of these topics in this book but still managed to learn new things even from those.
I like the way she managed to talk about these things in a somewhat lighthearted yet not irreverent way.
Of course with the book being less than eight hours in length you were not going to get an in-depth study of any of the topics covered by the author.
For most people though, I think this book would be very informative and quite adequate for someone who would just like to broaden their knowledge of these historical events.
I actually did find the section about syphilis quite fascinating.
Of course not the disease itself but some of the attempts at helping those individuals to try and live a more normal life.
It is odd how some of these epidemics brought out the best in people and others, not so much.
I think the narrator was perfect for this book as well.
I have not listen to any of her narration before but thought that she was very good.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-16

Almost wish that he would have finished the book after the election.

I've listened to of John Ronson's books and to say that I have enjoyed them all is not entirely correct.
I have learned interesting things from each of his books and I am always somewhat disturbed.
The subject of this book has much more of an effect on society at large then most the subjects of his other books I would say.
From the release date I doubt that this book was circulated widely enough to make much of a difference in the outcome.
That is why I said I almost wish he would've finished it after the election so he could have included his final thoughts.
I know what I think and how I feel but I suppose only time will tell.
I thought Mr. Ronson was very fair and objective when telling this story.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Another Great collection.

I love these collections of short and interesting stories.
As with the last book, most of the stories were new to me.
Even the few that I was familiar with I learned more than I knew before.
As with the last one, I listened while traveling.
Perfect book for a trip because you can stop between the stories and pick right up at the beginning of a new one when you have a little time.

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