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Briana Myricks

Book nerd for life!

Carson, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 27 reviews
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  • 184 titles in library
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  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (278)

    The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
    "Just Okay...Get 30 Min Summary"
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    What did you like best about How Children Succeed? What did you like least?

    Best - focusing on what people can do in regards to teaching character development in schools
    Least - don't go off on tangents. Are we focusing on character development, or poverty?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The case studies were good but what can we learn from them? Seemed more like storytelling.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s voice?

    Stop. Mimicking. Characters. He would use a different voice for the students he talked about which was extremely distracting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I wouldn't mind a documentary version of this because of how many different stories there were.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a bit disappointed in the book. I suggest getting the 30 minute summary

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (180)

    Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son, D.J., says his two dads aren’t “allowed” to get married but that he’d like to come to the reception and eat cake. Throw into the mix Dan’s straight siblings, whose varied choices form a microcosm of how Americans are approaching marriage these days, and you get a rollicking family memoir that will have everyone—gay or straight, right or left, single or married—howling with laughter.

    Michelle says: "Amusing, but missed Dan's voice"
    "Hilarious and Thought Provoking"
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    I bought this audiobook back in 2012 but just now listened to it. I had no idea what to expect, and I think it actually worked out better that way. Dan Savage wrote about his partner Terry, his son DJ, his loving family, and how marriage does and doesn't work for some couples. His commentary was hilarious, and his conversations with others (mainly his family members) about marriage made great points, for both, straight and same-sex couples. The narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, made the audiobook even more enjoyable. I'm glad I got it and glad I read it. Recommended for anyone who isn't too serious, as I can see some of Dan's writing rubbing the far right the wrong way (especially DJ's opinion of George W. Bush haha)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Dicks
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (208)

    Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.

    Taryn says: "A Brilliant Book"
    "Nothing Imaginary About This Friend"
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    What does it mean when an adult is about to cry at work while listening to an audiobook about imaginary friends? I didn't really have one. I made up twin imaginary friends who lasted about 2 days. But this book, wow. I just may believe in them again. I laughed out loud and I had tears and sad faces during a few parts. How can something "not real" (both fiction & imaginary friends) give you so many feelings? I loved it. I loved the different characters and how it suddenly became a suspense. Don't mind me, just get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32540)
    Performance
    (23866)
    Story
    (24190)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great Story, Frustrating Narration"
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    The narration really turned me off from this book, to the point where I just stopped. But after watching the movie, I knew I had to get through the book. So thank Amazon for Whispersync. I got through it in a day, putting the speed up to 3x so I can get through it faster (and didn't lose any comprehension). Great dystopian story, yes it's worth the hype, yes of course the book is better than the movie. No offense to Carolyn McCormick but she really didn't do the book justice with her performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (700)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "I'm Feeling Intrigued"
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    I give this book a 3.5, rounded up to 4. It was longer than I expected (16+ hours) but a really good personal account about living the Google life. Employee #59, Doug, if that is his real name, came on pretty early in Google's history. Seems like the company culture was constantly the Marketers vs. the Engineers. When will they ever see eye to eye? Hearing about previous competitors and Google's humble beginnings while comparing where they are now (Gmail and tablets and Chromebooks oh my) was fun. Granted, Doug's perspective ends in 2005, and there were many times where I felt like he definitely was at the wrong company, it was a nice insider's view of the conglomerate we all love (or love to hate).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5763)
    Performance
    (5260)
    Story
    (5294)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "I Laughed, I Cried"
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    I loved this book. I loved Hazel. I loved Augustus. I laughed a lot and I cried more than I wanted to. It was such an amazing, beautiful, frustrating story. Finished it in one day. It's worth the hype. & the narration was so spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2012)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1803)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "For Geeks Only"
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    Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore was one of my first books back into fiction. I'm not big on mysteries and things like that, so once it started going in that direction, I decided to call it quits (56% through). The narration was enthusiastic. The storyline was going good and the characters were fun to think about. It was geeky, which is fine (enjoyed the Google mentions), but once it started getting into secret societies and strange missions, it lost my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lopez Lomong
    • Narrated By Brandon Hirsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (153)

    Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible: faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more. Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong's incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable.

    AudioAddict says: "Interesting and Inspirational"
    "Amazing & Inspirational"
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    Run, don't walk, to get this book. What an inspiration. I laughed, I cried, I loved this book. Thank you Lopez for sharing your story with us. A story of perseverance, faith, and beating the odds. Heartwarming and just flat out awesome.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eric Thomas
    • Narrated By Charles Arrington, Eric Thomas
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (249)

    Eric Thomas is rising to national prominence by delivering a high energy message that tells youth through first hand experience how to live up to their full potential and greatness and by breaking the cycles of crime, hopelessness and despair that many face daily. Known for his engagingly personal approach, his messages are both dynamic & inspiring. When coupled with his own cycle-breaking experience, his blunt essays on reality and remarkable ability to reach even the most jaded of minds.

    Shamar says: "Excellent Book!!!"
    "Adversity Builds Character; ET's Got It!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely; it's a great story about taking the hand you're dealt and still coming out on top.


    What other book might you compare The Secret to Success to and why?

    I don't know if it's comparable to any book I've read.


    Have you listened to any of Charles Arrington and Eric Thomas ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've heard some of ET's speeches before.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the most motivational books I've ever listened to. Eric Thomas tells us his story and the different things he's learned along the way (sometimes, the hard way). He overcame all sorts of adversity to make it to where he is today. Loved the story and the audiobook was extremely enjoyable with him narrating. Highly recommended; officially one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (297)

    There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

    Peter says: "START made me STOP listening fast"
    "Just Start Listening!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Start the most enjoyable?

    It was narrated by the author and he was passionate about the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as the book


    Any additional comments?

    I needed an audiobook that wasn't boring and that would keep my interest. This definitely was it. I was procrastinating reading/listening to this book, and it was everything and more. Loved the enthusiasm (can't beat hearing the author narrate the book), lots of good stories and motivation and tips. I now want to read more of Jon's books. I'm officially punching fear in the face and starting!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10533)
    Performance
    (9085)
    Story
    (9047)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "A Look at the Life of an Innovator"
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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Not the entire thing but maybe certain parts, especially in regards to how the products came to be


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    I haven't read/listen to another biography like it


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Steve Jobs of course


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

    It would've been nice, but at 24+ hours, it would've been pretty difficult


    Any additional comments?

    I never knew much about Steve Jobs outside of what he's done for/at/with Apple and Pixar. So getting to know him as a boy, young man, and the mad genius he was in his later years was great. I ended up having a love-hate relationship with him. I never knew how much of a jerk he was.

    Controlling and a perfectionist, there were times where I couldn't stand him, especially when he was stealing ideas or talking about how crappy someone's work was. But it all worked out for the good. I'm not an Apple fangirl, even with my iPhone, MacBook Pro, and iPod (former iPad owner), but I do love how they take design so seriously, and now I know why.

    Great book, highly recommended for any innovator. The narrator wasn't bad at all; I enjoyed him, especially when he was quoting Jobs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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