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Heather

Irasburg, VT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Sicilian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Michael Corleone is returning to the U.S. after the two-year exile to Sicily in which listeners left him in The Godfather. But he is ordered to bring with him the young Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Guiliano, who is the unofficial ruler of northwestern Sicily. In his fight "to make Sicilians free people", the young folk hero, based on the real-life Giuliano of the 1940s, has made both the police and the Mafia his enemies.

    James says: "A side story"
    "Narration too fast"
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    Would you try another book from Mario Puzo and/or Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl?

    I am a Mario Puzo fan and have "read" most of his books, I did not especially like the main narrator. It felt like he drank a pot of coffee and just started reading really fast. The character narrators were great however. I even tried to slow down my ipod, but it got weird.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tore Guilliano of coarse.


    What didn’t you like about Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, Charl’s performance?

    Main narrator reads too fast, too little inflection in his voice.


    Was The Sicilian worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good book overall and what I expected, other narrators have done a much better job at bringing the characters and story alive with Mario Puzo's stories, I would suggest sampling before purchasing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1065)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "Kevin, Bruce and Wayne"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    I love Kevin Smith's sense of humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tough Sh-t?

    I loved all the behind the scenes stories.... especially the one about Bruce Willis. I too had always thought Bruce was great as David in Moonlighting and had somehow transposed his fun, witty and adorable persona onto Bruce Willis for some reason. Finding out that Bruce is squirrel turd really killed one of my self inflicted livable lies similar to that of the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy, that Bruce really was David Addison and not just some douche acting like a fun, witty adorable cool guy.


    Any additional comments?

    The hockey thing all makes sense now. I didn't know before. Also I like that of course Kevin Smith would work in quirky love story even here. Bravo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Wendell Potter
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    In June 2009, Wendell Potter made national headlines with his scorching testimony before the Senate panel on health care reform. This former senior vice president of CIGNA explained how health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, how they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and how they skew political debate with multibillion-dollar public relations campaigns designed to spread disinformation.

    Toombs says: "This book is eye opening"
    "Learned a lot about Health Care"
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Learning more about the influence insurance companies and government have directly on your health, longevity and basic quality of life.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it to be informative about the basic state of health care and how we have gotten to where we are. I have to admit I know very little of health care and only recently at the age of 36 have health care for the first time in my life. I learned a lot of basics about the business, regulation and other key info if you want to understand the current state of health care in the US today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (446)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Great Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, I would recommend this particular reading of the story to a friend because I enjoyed the reader's style, he really made the characters come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godfather?

    So many, re-watched the movie after listening and really brought a lot more out of the story for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1197)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "I Finally Feel Normal"
    Overall
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    I found this to be an enlightening book with very interesting case studies. Perfect length for the subject matter too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2387)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2214)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Fun and Delightful"
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    Where does Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Well, as far as fun memoir types of books this ranks pretty high.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Mindy's story because she is fun to listen to. I have watched The Office for years and it was great to hear how she ended up there. I am also from the Boston area and it makes me feel more ambitious to hear successful stories about people close to me in age that grew up in this area of the country. I loved her honesty, wit and unapologetic sense of self.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say there were many scenes i loved but especially found it funny when she ran out of work after taking a comment too personally and came back without letting anyone know she had left. I have definitely done this and could relate. I laughed out loud a lot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    On one point I was slightly disappointed and that would be that Mindy does not understand John Cougar Mellencamp. Mindy if you read this, Jack and Diane is not a high school fantasy of jocks and cheerleaders getting it on after school,it is a gritty story about a mixed race high school relationship. Actually most of JCM songs are about racial tensions. Not trying to be annoying, just thought you would want to know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In Reinvention, Brian Tracy reveals how every one of us is engineered for success, and with the right focus, can remake ourselves and put an end to the chronic stress, unhappiness, and dissatisfaction we might feel in our careers and lives.

    Heather says: "Good Book For Starting Over"
    "Good Book For Starting Over"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reinvention to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure, I drive a lot so prefer these types of books for driving and fiction for actual reads.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not a character based book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not a scene based book.


    What???s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    One of the key points I will remember is that opportunity that arrives from trying to be a yes person vs a no person.


    Any additional comments?

    I also read Brian Tracey's "Eat That Frog". I felt this book was slightly repetitive, if I had to choose one I would have chose the other. Overall, a good listen that I will probably come back to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Little Pieces

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (143)

    By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

    Robert in Denver says: "Waste of time"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Million Little Pieces?

    This was a great story. I thought the narrator did a great job and i still have certain words he spoke in my mind even after one year. I often found myself sitting in my car with the engine on just to hear the end of the chapter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life with My Sister Madonna

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christopher Ciccone, Wendy Leigh
    • Narrated By Christopher Ciccone
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Ciccone's extraordinary memoir is based on his life and 47 years of growing up with and working with his sister - the most famous woman in the world.

    Kathy says: "Juicy, Revealing, full of Suprises"
    "Very Enttertaining"
    Overall

    I loved this audiobook. It was filled with all kinds of fun facts about Madonna and was an interesting perspective. The narration is a little boring and monotone, but the stories keep you going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Funny

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By How To: Audiobooks
    • Narrated By Bob Cryer
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Hosted by Barry Cryer's son, Bob, who is a successful writer and actor in his own right, this audiobook provides a unique guide to the art of being funny from the experts themselves. It's all here: the best way to tell a joke, the importance of rhythm in being funny, and the secret of how to make people laugh. Now you can learn the secrets for yourself, and laugh along at a few jokes along the way.

    Heather says: "Nothing Funny Here"
    "Nothing Funny Here"
    Overall

    This book is not funny or entertaining in any way, nor is it instructional. I would not recommend this to anyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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