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Sabine

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  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (815)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Loved Penny then and now!"
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    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    After listening to motivational and business books, I needed something light. Unfortunately, I found myself driving around a lot more just so I could listen to this book...instead of working! It was just fun to hear from Penny after all these years. A fun listen because it was her telling us about her life. It sound just like Penny, but older. Some may say it was a book about all the names she dropped...well...that was her life and it was fun to hear!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how she came from meager roots, didn't have much direction really, and just fell into her life. She never seemed to go after anything, it just came to her. If it worked, great. If not, well...on to the next. Kind of like me...no idea what I want to be when I grow up, I just move from one day to the next and take care of whatever comes along.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    I loved that she still sounds just like Laverne. Which she said she played just like herself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, there are moments when you cry and moments when you laugh. Plenty of moments I didn't even know happened (why would I??). It was fun to have an insider view of Hollywood.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love New Yorkers, loved Laverne, like hearing backstage Hollywood stuff that is not on a tabloid, want to be entertained, laugh some, cry some, buy the book. You will enjoy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28863)
    Performance
    (22078)
    Story
    (22222)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Need a new narrator"
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    I listened to all three. Saw the movies. Love the books. But Carolyn McCormick is missing something in the narration. She reads as an emotionless, condescending child. For a series that is so energy packed and full of emotions, a different narrator should have been chosen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (234)

    The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

    Dan Clements says: "Wow!"
    "Loved it!"
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    The business idea is great. Loved the stories. Bought the series to highlight & discuss with my sales force at meetings. Great concepts. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3757)
    Performance
    (3234)
    Story
    (3208)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Ohhh this was hard!"
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    This was so very hard to get through. I found myself falling asleep at times thanks to Kathe Mazur's quiet, introverted voice. There are some good insights and I probably missed many because my mind wandered due to the calm, soothing voice. I would suggest you buy the book and read it rather than listen. If I had the time to read, I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
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    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Michelle says: "Stark and poignant!"
    "Wow"
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    What a great listen!

    I grew up during the Vietnam era and remember how disturbing it was to see the news every night, showing what was going on over there and what was happening here with the protestors that didn't want to go. Then the first movies came out "Apocalypse Now" and "Full Metal Jacket" to name a few. Showing the ugly disturbing side of this stupid war. In the movies we saw how horrible it was.

    With this book Tim O'Brian gets inside the heads of the guys that were there. He takes us on a journey through a piece of the war showing how they tried to rationalize what they were doing. The contradictions constantly going through their heads. You can begin to see how so many men ended up going nuts, or living homeless on our streets. War is horrible, and it seems each one gets more horrible as we "progress".

    Bryan Cranston did an excellent job on the narration. At the end of the book O'Brian reads a piece and Cranston nailed O'Brian's style of speech perfectly. I am sure he read the book exactly as O'Brian would have!

    The only thing I disagreed with...O'Brian was a brave man for going. Not a coward as he calls himself in the book. Tim, you are brave because you were scared to death and still went. So many others were just as scared, but they ran. Those are the cowards.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
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    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Loved the Message"
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    Chip & Dan Heath give great insight in how to build your message to make your brand sticky. I felt it was easy to understand, flowed intelligently, had great examples to help you craft a similar version for your business, and the narration was not overly dramatic or choppy (as Charles Kahlenberg was in "Switch"). You do have to listen a few times to get all of the ideas, or listen during quiet times with pen and paper at your side. You will find gold. My biggest take-away is to craft my message toward "YOU". Not what I can do for you, but by putting YOU into the picture repeatedly showing YOU the benefits & difference YOU will receive by coming to my company. I now count the number of times I use YOU in my message. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (608)
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    (244)
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    Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed. Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

    Roger Smith says: "Collins is always right"
    "Over Dramatized"
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    I forced myself to listen to the book because I was warned by previous readers. They were right - great content, but highly dramatized & it didn't need to be. Just read the book! It is is as if Jim Collins is giving a State of the Union Address, his words are THAT important! LOL.

    Funny thing, I had never heard the word HUBRIS before (and hoped I never would again!) because it is SOOOO overused in this book; when I just looked it up to make sure I was spelling it correctly, the short definition of the word is "exaggerated pride or self-confidence." It occured to me that Jim Collins is quite hubristic in his reading! LOL. I was thrilled to be done with the book so I never have to hear him say the word again, then I started on the next book (not his) and the word popped up again! OH NOOO...but so far, it was used only once. :)

    If you are a listener than can gleen the content from the drama, this is a fantastic book. It is amazing to learn from the failures of great companies. If you can't get past certain types of narration however, you better forget this one; buy the paperback...because the content is truly awesome.

    I predict the next company to fall is WalMart. It is now led by a new CEO who is so very full of hubris and in his fake attempt to "go back to the roots" he is putting up far too many new WalMarts and he will overextend the company. I have yet to see any new WalMart around me filled with customers (even at Christmas!). He is making a huge mistake 1) by fighting everyone for the right to build on certain locations; and 2) putting them up so close together. It comes to mind that new Sam's Clubs are right in there as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1541)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    Allan says: "Important Theme - Repetitive Presentation"
    "Perfect - Just what I needed!"
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    I have listened twice now and I purchased the paperback. I have my own business and have been struggling with figuring out what my why is...what do I provide? It is such a nebulous concept. I have been trying to get my agents to help co-create why we do what we do, get some core values knocked out, etc. But really, this is MY company and I have a vision for the future. I need to figure this out. It can't be co-created because they are not my partners in business. This book is a perfect road map to helping you sort through your brain to come up with the perfect few words. Do I have it yet? Not quite...but I think after I spend several mornings reading the paperback, making notes and spending time brainstorming after each read, I will have it figured out.

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy O. Frost, Gail Stekeete
    • Narrated By Joe Caron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (361)
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    (362)

    What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper thats ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house?

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "I think we are all a bit of a hoarder!"
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    But these examples are extreme! LOL. This was fascinating. I love how the mind works and to see that with hoarders there is no real explanation. As fascinating as it was, I was very uncomfortable when I got to Chapter 11. This described my husband and I to a tee. It motivated me to tell him exactly what I think and that if we don't get rid of a lot of his stuff and get my house back to a HOME that I keep clean and LIVE in, some serious consequences will occur. He got the message. We are working on it. I will pass this onto others that I know have similar issues.

    It also gave me a different perspective on saving things...or collecting things. I am now afraid to do either. If it isn't used, get rid of it. Keep life simple, clean & neat.

    A good read that I highly recommend, especially if you suspect you live with a hoarder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Satanic Verses

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
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    Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

    David Edelberg says: "Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses"
    "Hopefully there is a movie"
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    After hearing Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie & narrated by Sam Dastor, I felt I HAD to listen to this book and see what all the fuss was about. I remember the hubhub about the book when it first came out, but I never gave it a thought to pick it up and read it. Good thing I didn't back then, I would never have finished it. The names, I would have constantly stumbled over them. But maybe the story line would have been easier to understand in print?? The listen was extemely hard to follow. As best as I can tell, it follows the main characters through several of their "other lives" & how they are interwined through eternity?? I am just not sure. But Sam Dastor made the listen interesting. It was fun hearing him spout off all those Indian names like he lived there and then change accents to fit the characters. It was also very interesting to hear how Indians talk to each other. My only experience has been the overly polite version on the other line when you call tech support or at the gas station (sorry...do not mean to offend.)

    I listened through the entire thing, hoping for understanding. But it was confusing. I have to confess I just did not get the book. Nor do I get what all the drama was surrounding the book. It is just a book about ficticious characters. Whatever evil slams there were against Islam probably just went over the heads of most readers (as it did mine). So what was the big deal?

    Because parts of this were quite fascinating, while still confusing the heck out of me, I do hope this is made into a movie. Maybe seeing what is going on will help to understand it. The book is a part of history, whether you agree with it or not. It is important to read & understand, then appreciate all that Mr. Rushdie endured to get it published. Kudos to him for sticking it out! I don't know that I would have had the fortitude.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (917)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Bilgin Esme says: "Not only procrastination"
    "Sorry - Not Good on Audio"
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    Maybe this is better read...but trying to listen to it while driving is not good because it will put you to sleep! For a motivational speaker, Brian Tracy reading his book is dead boring. Content is a lot of what you should do's...not much motivation. I didn't even make it through the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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