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Audiobook Review: Open Book

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Open Book by Jessica Simpson Narrated by: Jessica Simpson Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins Published February 4th 2020 by Harper Collins B and Blackstone Publishing ISBN13: 9780062905000

Summary
Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.
This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie.
Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first.
Now, America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compas…

My First DNF Book of 2020: The Bridge to Belle Island

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The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen Narrated by: James Langton Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins Kindle Edition, 397 pages Published December 3rd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers B07PZYTSC8

Summary After a humiliating mistake, lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman. When an old friend is killed, the senior partner isn't satisfied with Bow Street's efforts and asks Benjamin to investigate. Eager to leave London for a while, Benjamin agrees. Evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames, a world unto itself, shrouded in mist and mystery. Soon he finds himself falling for the main suspect--a woman who claims not to have left the island in ten years. But should he trust her?
On Belle Island, Isabelle feels safe and leads a productive life, but fear keeps her trapped there. When Mr. Booker arrives with news of her trustee's murder in London, Isabelle is stunned. She has not left the island, yet she has a recurring dream about the man'…

Discover what happens when outside forces interrupt your life in Week 4 of Sync's Summer of Audiobooks

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Be sure to sign up at audiosync.com to download this week's titles. You'll also need to download the Sora app on your phone or tablet. Follow the instructions. It's super easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do it. If you've already downloaded the app, then the titles should be available in the app. And for my international friends, ALL SYNC titles are available worldwide. And remember, you only have one week to download the titles, after that you'll have to purchase them.


How do I set up Sora?
Download Sora from the  Apple App Store  or  Google Play Store . Open Sora and tap  I have a setup code  (at the bottom of the screen). Enter this setup code:  audiobooksync . Enter the email address you used to register for SYNC. Tap  Explore  (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles. I already use Sora for school. How do I add SYNC titles?
If you already use Sora, you’ll need to add the SYNC program’s library. Here are the steps:
In Sora, open th…

Make New Partnerships with Great Care with Week 3 of Sync's Summer of Audiobooks

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Be sure to sign up at audiosync.com to download this week's titles. You'll also need to download the Sora app on your phone or tablet. Follow the instructions. It's super easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do it. If you've already downloaded the app, then the titles should be available in the app. And for my international friends, ALL SYNC titles are available worldwide. And remember, you only have one week to download the titles, after that you'll have to purchase them.


by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Read by Samuel West, Toby Jones, Anna Maxwell Martin, Stephen Critchlow, Derek Jacobi, Daniel Mair Published by Naxos AudioBooks


Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, writt…

The Baroness of New York by Anya Silverthorne Guest Post and Giveaway @AnyaSilverthorn @hfvbt

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The Baroness of New York by Anya Silverthorne Publication Date: May 1, 2020 Platen Press Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Baroness Adele von Mueller learns the sweetest love is forbidden....

Baroness Adele von Mueller

It's 1903 and free-spirited 18-year-old Baroness Adele von Mueller has just arrived to live with her spinster aunt in New York City. After a previous impropriety tarnishes her reputation with the German nobility, her father sends her overseas to give her one last chance to marry into money and save the family's name. Instead, Adele finds herself falling for charming and wickedly handsome Nick Mason, the foreman of a paper factory, who is as gorgeous as he is poor. As family secrets are revealed, Adele learns there's much more riding on her marrying wealthy than just keeping the family's name...

Nick Mason

Nick Mason has a habit of falling in love with every girl he sees. An orphan, former newspaper seller and now a foreman at a paper mill, he's nursi…

Discover Hidden Stories in Week 2 of Sync's Summer of #Audiobooks

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Be sure to sign up at audiosync.com to download this week's titles. You'll also need to download the Sora app on your phone or tablet. Follow the instructions. It's super easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do it. If you've already downloaded the app, then the titles should be available in the app. And for my international friends, ALL SYNC titles are available worldwide. And remember, you only have one week to download the titles, after that you'll have to purchase them.


by Paul B. Janeczko | Read by Ron Butler Published by Brilliance Audio

AudioFile Magazine · SECRET SOLDIERS by Paul B. Janeczko
What do set design, sound effects, and showmanship have to do with winning World War II? Meet the Ghost Army that played a surprising role in helping to deceive — and defeat — the Nazis.
In his third book about deception during war, Paul B. Janeczko focuses his lens on World War II and the operations carried out by the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, aka the…

The Abolitionist's Daughter by Diane C. McPhail Excerpt and Giveaway

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The Abolitionist's Daughter by Diane C. McPhail Publication Date: April 30, 2019 A John Scognamiglio Book/Kensington Genre: Historical Fiction

In her sweeping debut, Diane C. McPhail offers a powerful, profoundly emotional novel that explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history—Southern Abolitionists—and the timeless struggle to do right even amidst bitter conflict.

On a Mississippi morning in 1859, Emily Matthews begs her father to save a slave, Nathan, about to be auctioned away from his family. Judge Matthews is an abolitionist who runs an illegal school for his slaves, hoping to eventually set them free. One, a woman named Ginny, has become Emily’s companion and often her conscience—and understands all too well the hazards an educated slave must face. Yet even Ginny could not predict the tangled, tragic string of events set in motion as Nathan’s family arrives at the Matthews farm.

A young doctor, Charles Slate, tends to injured Nathan and begins to court Emily, finall…

Week 1 Sync 2020: Check You Assumptions with Monday's Not Coming and The 57 Bus

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Be sure to sign up at audiosync.com to download this week's titles. You'll also need to download the Sora app on your phone or tablet. Follow the instructions. It's super easy. It took me less than 5 minutes to do it. And for my international friends, ALL SYNC titles are available worldwide. And remember, you only have one week to download the titles, after that you'll have to purchase them.
Available April 30-May 6

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson | Read by Imani Parks Published by HarperAudio

AudioFile Magazine · MONDAY'S NOT COMING by Tiffany D. Jackson
From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gillian Flynn about the mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.
Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t tur…

Audiobook Review: Do the Work

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Do the Work: The Official Unrepentant, Ass-Kicking, No-Kidding, Change-Your-Life Sidekick to Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop Narrated by: Gary John Bishop Series: Unfu*k Yourself Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins Release date: 10-22-19  by HarperCollins 9781094079035
Summary
Based on the life-changing lessons from the New York Times bestseller that has sold more than a million copies, a practical, hands-on guide that helps you do the work you need to change your life. In Unfu*k Yourself, Gary John Bishop inspired people to put his words into action to help them transform their fu*king lives. While millions of fans have read and embraced the messages in the book, Bishop knows it can be hard to actually take the next step and do the necessary work. Written in his no nonsense, tough-love voice, Do the Work is the kick in the ass you need to get moving and create the life you want. By drilling down into the three categories of self, people, and purpose, he helps us identify and remedy the pr…

Get ready for a summer full of free audiobooks with @audiobookSYNC

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Free Summer Listening Get Ready for SYNC — Register Now NEW for 2020, all audiobook titles will be delivered via Sora. The SYNC audiobooks will only work with Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Anyone can participate.
If you have not yet registered at audiobookSYNCfor SYNC 2020 follow these steps to be ready to access the audiobook titles.
Go to audiobookSYNC.com — "REGISTER" for 2020 SYNCDownload the Sora app to your deviceSearch for the AudiobookSYNC “school” located in Portland, Maine
Full Instructions on our SYNC FAQ page SYNC 2020 Arrives Thursday, April 30

Audiobook Review: The Lady of Sing Sing

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The Lady of Sing Sing: An American Countess, an Italian Immigrant, and Their Epic Battle for Justice in New York's Gilded Age by Idanna Pucci Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan, Idanna Pucci Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins Published March 10th 2020 by Simon Schuster Audio 9781797110998
Summary Previously published as The Trials of Maria Barbella. In 1895, a twenty-two-year-old Italian seamstress named Maria Barbella was accused of murdering her lover, Domenico Cataldo, after he seduced her and broke his promise to marry her. Following a sensational trial filled with inept lawyers, dishonest reporters and editors, and a crooked judge repaying political favors, the illiterate immigrant became the first woman sentenced to the newly invented electric chair at Sing Sing, where she is also the first female prisoner. Behind the scenes, a corporate war raged for the monopoly of electricity pitting two giants, Edison and Westinghouse with Nikola Tesla at his side, against each other.
Enter Cora Slocomb,…

Review: The Sisters Grimm

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The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag  ebook, 448 pages Published March 31st 2020 by Harper Voyager  9780062932488
Summary Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .
As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.
To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land…

Audiobook Review: A Graveyard for Lunatics

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A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities (Crumley Mysteries #2) by Ray Bradbury Narrated by: Andrew Garman Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins Published October 10th 2019 by Recorded Books (first published 1990) 9781501980930
Halloween Night, 1954. A young, film-obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios. An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall. There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue and mystery—and into the dizzy exhilaration of the movie industry at the height of its glittering power.

My Thoughts I'm going to be completely honest with you. For most of this book, I had no idea what was going on. Previously I had only read one book by Ray Bradbury, and you can probably guess which book that is. I have a desire to read more by this author, and when the opportunity to read A Graveyard for Lunatics came about, I gra…