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  • American Snake Pit

  • Hope, Grit, and Resilience in the Wake of Willowbrook
  • Written by: Daniel J. Tomasulo
  • Narrated by: Tom Askin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In 1987, Staten Island's Willowbrook State School for people with intellectual disabilities closed its doors for good. Broke and almost finished with graduate school, Dan Tomasulo was hired to relocate Willowbrook's most severely disabled inhabitants into a groundbreaking community-based group home. American Snake Pit is the story of the disregarded souls who ended up in Tomasulo's care; of the resilient staff who helped make such a momentous success possible; and, most of all, of one man's persistent struggle to give voices to those who could not advocate for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Theresa S. on 2019-05-01

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-01

I found this true story engrossing & liked the way the narrative progressed. It drew me in & I felt a range of emotions as we saw the developments that occured with the clients that lived at Walden House. This is a story of hope, positivity, true determination & grit!

  • The Happiness Project

  • Written by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • a waste of time

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-12-16

Finding Happiness Through Monthly Themes

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-15

I enjoyed the discoveries the author made on her quest to become happier as she incorporated different themes throughout each month to help her with her goal.

The book talks about her experiences & her observations which helped me examine my own life & incorporate some small ways to become a little happier myself!

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • Written by: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,738

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, as expected!

  • By FuzzySquirrel on 2018-01-04

The Boy Wizard Emerges

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-15

The audio performance by Jim Dale in the Harry Potter series is absolutely amazing & it keeps the beloved story of Harry discovering he is a wizard very engaging.

I love this story very much & it will always remain one of my favourites!

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  • The Rules of Magic

  • Written by: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That’s it, wow!

  • By Beth on 2018-09-19

Growing up, Magic & Cursed in Love?

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-15

I enjoyed this story of 3 siblings & the story of how they grew up during the 1950s to the 1970s with some magical twists. This is a prequel to the book "Practical Magic" and it tells the stories of the aunts & their brother as they grew up.

The story asks if the Owens are really cursed when it comes to love & explores the theme of love, familial & romantic. I thought the narrator did a good job.

Although I found some of the characters decisions frustrating at times, I really enjoyed this story about the bonds of family, magic & love.

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  • Practical Magic

  • Written by: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers - and as their own powers begin to surface - the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Murder Mystery & Family Drama

  • By Theresa S. on 2018-09-15

Magical Murder Mystery & Family Drama

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-15

I enjoyed this book & the story of two sisters whose lives have been affected by magic & mystery. This is a rare example where I enjoyed the movie more than the book! I must admit I saw the movie first though & that might have coloured my perception.

The writing is still good though as weaves the tale of very different sisters & their family along with a bit of a magical murder mystery. I did not enjoy the narration as much as I have in other books. Overall a diverting tale that kept me engaged throughout & a fun story.

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  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • Written by: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy I heard this book (with caveats)

  • By kd on 2018-02-08
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • Written by: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Engaging Story on Meditation

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-15

I really enjoyed this book. The story of how this man found his way to meditation & mindfulness was captivating & laugh out loud funny at various points.

The narrator was charming & I really enjoyed how down to Earth the author was in his quest to find some serenity. I definitely recommend this book, especially to spiritual skeptics who might want to know more about meditation without being put into a spiritual or religious box!

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