FREE 1 Month Trial: Audible Romance Package

If the three key things to great real estate are location, location, and location, the three key things to great audio books must be narration, narration, and narration. Colin Firth won an Audie Award for his narration of the Audible edition of Graham Greene’s vivid romantic novel: The End of the Affair. Here’s the description of The End of the Affair from Amazon:

“The love affair between Maurice Bendix and Sarah, flourishing in the turbulent times of the London Blitz, ends when she suddenly and without explanation breaks it off. Two years later, after a chance meeting, Bendix hires a private detective to follow Sarah, and slowly his love for her turns into an obsession.”

Knowing that romance enthusiasts love to listen to romance audio books all the time, Audible now offers Audible Romance Package — a chance to listen to a big romance package of audio books every month for a sweet subscription price. How many times have you been wowed by the first book in a romance series and immediately wanted to read the rest? Now you can listen to an entire romance series for the price of your monthly subscription. You don’t even to have limit yourself to one romance series per month — that’s one of the joys of Audible Romance Package.

Outlander is the first title in Diana Galbadon’s adored series. Here’s the description from Amazon:

“#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES • Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.”

Before unveiling Audible Romance, Audible developers thought about what would make its beloved romance listeners happy. They devised cutting edge technology that includes “TAKE ME TO THE GOOD PART” a feature that permits a listener to fast-forward to flirty banter, first meetings, hot moments, and more.

And, there’s a STEAMINESS SCORE for each title that will let readers know on a one to five scale where the title is ranked: SWEET, SIMMERING, SIZZLING, HOT DAMN, or O-O-OMG.

And maybe the best part of audible romance is it’s always as close as your smart phone’s listening app and just as mobile. You can learn even more about Audible Romance by clicking here: and looking for your favorite titles. OOH LA LA You can try it for free for one month and cancel at anytime.

Disclosure: I received a subscription to Audible Romance in exchange for this post. This post contains affiliate links.

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Drive: Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Audio Age: Audiobook Review

Here’s the description from Amazon:

“From the acclaimed author of Birdmen comes a revelatory new history of the birth of the automobile, an illuminating and entertaining true tale of invention, competition, and the visionaries, hustlers, and swindlers who came together to transform the world.”

Drive: Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age, written by Lawrence Goldstone, narrated by Christopher Price, and offered by Audible, begins in the early 1900s, when autos were luxuries and the leisure class watched auto races in France.

While other car manufacturers catered to the rich, and offered enticing and increasingly expensive luxury autos, Henry Ford had a brilliant plan: he’d make the auto as accessible as the radio for every American family. He created an automobile factory where every machine produced only one component part and produced it perfectly.

Interspersed with the story of Ford’s genius, is the tale of George Selden, another brilliant man who received a United States patent for an automobile in 1895. Ford becomes embroiled in years of litigation over the Selden patent and of course ultimately triumphs on appeal. Although Ford always had critics, his determination never faltered. Drive is a great story about Henry Ford’s vision to transform 20th century life through automobiles.

If you click on the cover image for Drive above, it will take you directly to the Amazon page where you can listen to an Audible sample.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Drive: Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Disneyland Cats

Sleeping calico kitten

Before Disneyland opened to the public, Walt Disney inspected Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and found a kitty napping there. Walt Disney grew up on a farm and knew that where there could be rats, you need cats. Cats took the title of most adorable rodent terminators years ago and never lost it.

Walt Disney recognized a cute rodent terminator when he saw one. With hungry fans expected to visit Disneyland, he wanted to serve food without attracting a rat population that could multiply rapidly within the park.

He let the kitty keep napping. And when he found the kitty had friends and family at Disneyland too, he let them all stay. They’ve never let him down.

Disneyland’s cats still sleep during the day and rodent patrol at night. If you’re lucky, you might see one during the day. Could it be the “Happiest Place on Earth” without cats?

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Mailbox Monday

While Henry Ford may not have invented the auto, he’s the genius who figured out how to mass-produce and market it. I received a copy of Drive, by Lawrence Goldstone, narrated by Christopher Price, the background story about auto creation and marketing from Audible and am looking forward to listening to it.

Here is the description from Amazon:

In 1900, the Automobile Club of America sponsored the nation’s first car show in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The event was a spectacular success, attracting seventy exhibitors and nearly fifty thousand visitors. Among the spectators was an obscure would-be automaker named Henry Ford, who walked the floor speaking with designers and engineers, trying to gauge public enthusiasm for what was then a revolutionary invention. His conclusion: the automobile was going to be a fixture in American society, both in the city and on the farm—and would make some people very rich. None, he decided, more than he.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Drive from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Awesome Hero Saves Royal Docks Office Cat From Drowning

One of the things I love about this hero is his absolute lack of hesitation. When he sees Felix, the Royal Docks office cat, pushed in the Thames by another cat, he immediately drops everything to save her from drowning. Heroes are still among us and awesome people love office cats. Thank you, heroic human!

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Audiobook Review: Peter Pan

Lily Collins fabulously narrates this Audible edition of Peter Pan. When kids believe they can fly, Peter Pan magically leads them away to Neverland with a cranky fairy named Tinkerbell. They battle pirates and live happily without adults until they get homesick. There’s a timeless warmth to the kids returning home safely to their parents.

Of course, Peter Pan flies away but returns to visit Wendy until Wendy grows up. Since Peter Pan never grows up himself, he will befriend Wendy’s daughter until Wendy’s daughter grows up herself. Peter Pan may not be the most reliable boy but he always brings his charm. This audiobook edition will make you smile.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Peter Pan from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Mailbox Monday

Peter Pan, narrated by Lily Collins, and published by Audible, landed in my mailbox. It’s always interesting to look at the classics you read as a kid when you have a lot more life experience:) The first time I read The Cat in the Hat again as an adult, I thought, YOUR MOTHER TOLD YOU NOT TO OPEN THE DOOR. Of course the kids open the door and let the cat inside and have a fun time. As a kid reading it, that didn’t bother me at all, lol.

Here is the description of Peter Pan from Amazon:

“There are few characters in literature more iconic than J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Originally introduced in 1902 in another Barrie novel (The Little White Bird), Peter’s story was expanded as a standalone novel in 1911 and since then has been memorably adapted for the movies, for television, and for stage.

Now, actress Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) brings new, youthful energy to Peter’s magical adventures – her performance capturing the innocence and wonder of Barrie’s original tale. Through Collins’ voice you’ll rediscover your favorite characters: Captain Hook, the Darlings, Tinker Bell, The Lost Boys, and a tick-tocking crocodile. And you’ll fly along with Peter through Neverland – a place full of magic and adventure; a place where no one gets old.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of Peter Pan from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Audiobook Review: One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits

Here is the description from Amazon:

“One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America’s greatest freediver.

Competitive freediving – a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath – tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them.

Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world’s premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom. Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question.

With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.”

“Water is acceptance of the unknown.” Nick Mevoli Perhaps this quote by Nick Mevoli himself most defines his brief life. He focused on freediving, a dive on one breath to the farthest depth possible under water. Even with the best equipment, and a healthy body, a freediver risks uncertainty every time he dives. Nick Mevoli felt impatient to dive to further depths and perhaps impatience hastened his demise.

One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick offers the background of freediving with the compelling story of Nick Mevoli, an American who felt at ease in international waters and embraced a sometimes nomadic life. I liked listening to the audiobook edition, published by Audible, and well-narrated by Paul Boehmer, because hearing the story gave it a sense of immediacy. Whatever edition you choose, and you can choose book and audio:), One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits remains a thought-provoking tale that will stay with you for awhile.

Disclosure: I received a copy of One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Superbowl 2017 – Dear Kitten Regarding the Big Game

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Abraham Lincoln and Cats – Presidents & Pets

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When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln reportedly said, “cats”. President Lincoln welcomed stray cats to the White House. During the darkest days of the Civil War, the company of his cats helped sustain him. He rescued three orphaned kittens at General Grant’s headquarters in Virginia. So the next time you do something nice for a cat, you are following in the footsteps of one of the greatest American Presidents.

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By Nicolas Suzor from Brisbane, Australia – Kittens!
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Of course Lincoln wasn’t the only President who loved his pets. President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge kept cats, dogs, and even a pet raccoon. Grace Coolidge posed for her official portrait with her dog. Should Presidential families include their pets in portraits more often?

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