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  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1664)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Cynthia says: "Lean In, Lead On"
    "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I write this review as a way to invite EVERYONE to read this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The only character is my favorite - the woman who cares to make her life engaging and important to herself and those around her.

    This is a book written as a manifesto and manual for changing the way women behave and are regarded. How you regard yourself and how our culture regards you.


    What aspect of Elisa Donovan’s performance would you have changed?

    I became accustomed to the narrator but would have preferred a more mature and mellifluous voice. I think the more mature voice might have also had more credibility.

    For me, there is a nasal edge that grates ever so slightly the entire book.

    All I could think was "Ms. Sandberg must have been mentoring or sponsoring this person".


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

    No. In fact, this book is to be really listened to - the more attention paid, the better the results.

    Also, there is a companion website that is spectacularly effective and interesting for building skills.

    I might actually purchase the book as well as having listened to it. There are sections I will want to read again and again.


    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (149)

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

    Robyn says: "Somber but Beautiful"
    "Beyond Dickensian"
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    Not finished with this book but I wanted to warn those who might be depressed to avoid the story. It's beautifully written and an intriguing story but oh so bleak! that might be the goal here but it becomes heavier with each listen. Better to read Amy Tan's latest novel The Valley of Amazement"..heavy content done lightly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (73)

    Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Laghari, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son, Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia Laghari tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers’ psyches and interpreting their dreams.

    Mary Shore says: "A very smart thriller, very well read."
    "Without equal..the most interesting book of 2013"
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    This author is creating unrest in my book listening habits! He is blending the thriller and a philosophical treatise into one pleasurable experience. And although I wish to listen to other books and change the pace, I cannot. Try ANY of his books...creative, imaginative, thought provoking, suspenseful, easy to listen to...listen to these stories and watch the hours fly by!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Owns the Future?

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jaron Lanier
    • Narrated By Pete Simoneilli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Who Owns the Future? is a visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy. Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. Now, as technology flattens more and more industries - from media to medicine to manufacturing - we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth. But there is an alternative to allowing technology to own our future....

    Kevin Wixson says: "Really Long Blog Post Sold as a Book"
    "Listen with an open and attentive mind"
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    Had no real idea of this man's mental prowess. Both in rational thought and an mind that frames the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Here's a quote (one of many).."Moral hazard has never met a more efficient amplifier than a digital network" Speaking in a context of the financial meltdown and middle class disenfranchisement of the last few years. Had to write this review before going any further in the book but I can't wait for each word of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgery of Venus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical - he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly.

    Susan says: "art sci fi psychological thriller"
    "Michael Gruber - Always remarkable!"
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    Having stumbled into "The Good Son" by the same author, I purchased this book. Both books deeply engaged me. Left me wondering....Thought provoking, he describes a familiar world that is transformed into a different reality by various means we may never understand. Is it a mind altering drug or prolonged capture that has the power to transform the characters? Or is it the evanescence of our reality? Are we the captors or the captive? Everything flashes in the light of his prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (828)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Enjoy! A remarkable performance and well written."
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    Listening to the book is spectacular. If you are interested in the Western ethic, particularly the people of Texas over several generations executed with immense polish, this book is for you.

    George Saunder's book "The Tenth of December" is also a remarkable performance and much better listened to than read, I believe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (324)
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    (327)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "Listen, then read."
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    Undeniably the best book I have read or listened to in a decade.

    Short stories require the lightest touch, while developing characters and narratives in a very short time. I listened to this and laughed out loud, stopped in the middle of a walk to listen carefully, so very carefully, to the beauty of the language.

    Description - hmmm. Maybe better to read the NY Times interview/conversation with George Saunders. Simple stated, stories that put a finger on the pulse of our times interspersed with tempo changes that either ground the stories in reality or allow them to soar into a kind of magical realism.

    I felt heard and seen in the landscape as I listened to this astounding creation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    A User says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Spectacular narration makes a book compelling"
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    Where does The Book of Night Women rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten


    What other book might you compare The Book of Night Women to and why?

    Reminds me vaguely of caribbean version of Jane Austen's books and completely different. A compelling historical novel - one of the best. Written by a man?? If so, remarkable sensitive storytelling.


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robin Miles MAKES the book. I don't think it would be the same book if I had read it instead of listening. Her accents are spot on, brilliant. Pauses and inflections, subtle timing shows a master at work.


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

    Yes. I was not able to. However, it allowed me to accomlish a lot of organizing in my life as I would listen and work!


    Any additional comments?

    This book underlines the importance of a talented narrator. It should be nominated for some prize at Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (659)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "compulsively "readable""
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    What made the experience of listening to The Swerve the most enjoyable?

    hard to stop listening to this one.


    What other book might you compare The Swerve to and why?

    actually, faintly reminiscent of "The Hare with the Amber Eyes" as it was a wonderful narration by same talented individual and a story of broad implications made personal by telling an individual's story.

    I was happy to have it on Audible as I might have been frozen in time reading a book I found hard to "put down".


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator is magically adept at bringing the author's personal touches to life in this book as well as in "The Hare with the Amber Eyes" . Both of these books as well as Hillary Mantel's transcendental novels literally left a void in my life at the end of each book.

    Brilliant, talented writers and narrators bringing these works of art to life.


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

    The road to modernity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1745)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Nice yarn, excellent narration or rather acting."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Chaperone the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. Pitch perfect.


    What other book might you compare The Chaperone to and why?

    This summer - "Beautiful Ruins" as it is a memoir involving real people from a specific time and place as well.


    What about Elizabeth McGovern’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She was perfectly suited to the part. She gets the priggishness, the hilarity, the self discovery tucked into her tone of voice and pronunciation (sic?)...she's great.


    If you could rename The Chaperone, what would you call it?

    Summer with Louise


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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