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Cynthia C. Stellar

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  • 141 titles in library
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  • It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You: The Small Business Guide to Raising Your Profits by Raising Your Profile

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Avrin
    • Narrated By David Avrin
    Overall
    (51)
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    (32)
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    (32)

    Almost everyone who runs a business recognizes the value of generating high-profile attention for their company, product, or service. Unfortunately, the high cost of hiring an outside marketing or PR firm can put these kinds of efforts out of reach for many small businesses and individual professionals.

    AWeirdly says: "Useful information but a bit spammy at times"
    "This book was so good, I want to eat it!!!"
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    A great book for small business marketing, The material was timely, narration was easy to follow and the book was well organized.

    Loved the summary at the end of each chapter.

    This book is a great reference guide for business owners trying to upscale their marketing efforts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frances Stroh
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
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    (153)
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    Frances Stroh's earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million.

    barbara says: "Memoire but no real look at the wealth"
    "“Shirtsleeve to shirtsleeves in 3 generations “"
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    Although I believe it took the Strohs 5 generations, this is an accurate portrayal of how families get wealthy and blow it through no ones fault but their own.

    I won’t criticize her writing skills bc I give the author a lot of credit for publishing this first hand account of the fall of Stroh beer.

    If your an estate lawyer you will find this book very fascinating as a tale for your wealthy clients with family owned businesses.

    Things may have turned out differently if the siblings has brought their own counsel to that fateful meeting in the trust attorneys office. The trust attorney was representing the trust, not them.

    Nevertheless, I wish the author and her siblings well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. D. Vance
    • Narrated By J. D. Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

    Gotta Tellya says: "Enlightening!"
    "Enlightening!"
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    I would recommend this book to all middle and upper middle class listeners. Vance does a great job with illustrating the lives of poor people in America.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Complaint: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Eugenides, Ari Fliakos, Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
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    (75)
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    The stories in Fresh Complaint explore equally rich and intriguing territory. Ranging from the bitingly reproductive antics of “Baster” to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in “Air Mail” (selected by Annie Proulx for Best American Short Stories), this collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies.

    jordan barse says: "Skip the first story, but the rest are incredible!!"
    "You’ll love this book if you love hearing about bodily fluids on a regular basis. "
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    Middlesexand and The Marriage Plot we’re excellent books. So, with that I mind, I️ thought I’d try Fresh Complaint. I️ had to return it. Maybe I’m getting old and I’ve always been a bit of a prude, but I️ just couldn’t take the delving into detail talk of bodily fluids. I️ listened to the first three stories and was a few minutes into the fourth, when up came more bodily fluid discussion. I️ couldn’t take it and had to let it go. So, let the buyer beware! The stories were interesting, but the bodily fluid descriptions ruined them for me.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dr. Jason Fung
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5036)
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    (4522)
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    In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

    PSBoyte says: "We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge."
    "Very informative"
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    There is a lot of good information in this book. The narration is great. As a layperson, it may have been a little science heavy, but I understand that he needed to lay the foundation for his hypothesis.

    Overall it was great and very motivating as I feel like I can "break the code".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Meissner
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4074)
    Performance
    (3757)
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    Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

    Imamomof4 says: "Rare 5-Star Across the Board!"
    "Full of twists and turns"
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    Just when you think you have it figured out, you don't! This was a great story and very enlightening as far as what happened during the London Blitz. I had no idea it went on for 57 days and the degree of devastation described was horrendous.

    It started to drag on a little at the end. It actually would have been better if she went a little deeper instead of trying to tie it up. Gwen, Mac, Tom and Simon could all have been given more time. I didn't like the Julia Letters. I thought that part was somewhat boring.

    But, overall, a great story and worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11491)
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    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    AB says: "This is a must!"
    "Fabulous!!!"
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    Great story and narration. You won't be able
    to turn it off. Well written story of the harsh realities of plantation life in the late 1800's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America's First Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (4592)
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    (4245)
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    In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, best-selling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph - a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

    SDR says: "Fantastic!"
    "Excellent on many levels!!"
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    This book was well written and well narrated. It was so good. I learned so much about Thomas Jefferson and plantation life in Virginia. I just can't recommend it strongly enough.

    It reminded me of the Phillipa Gregory books about the Tudor period in England. If you liked Phillipa Gregory's books,you will like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Women, One Dress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jane L. Rosen
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
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    (1260)
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    (1256)

    Natalie is a Bloomingdale's salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend, who's engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her boss for 17 years and has one night to finally make the feeling mutual. Andie is a private detective who specializes in gathering evidence on cheating husbands - a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life - and lands a case that may restore her faith in true love.

    Katherine says: "A perfect fit for fans of "Love, Actually." It's a delight!"
    "Super cute!"
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    It was a fun story! It was well written and the audio cast did an excellent job.

    If you're looking for something light, fun and girly, give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck - introduction
    Overall
    (643)
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    (574)
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    (577)

    Politics is no longer about pointing to a shining city on the hill; it's about promising you a shiny new car for your driveway. The candidate who tells the people what they want to hear is usually the one who wins - facts be damned. Politicians may be sleazy and spineless, but they're not stupid. They see that the way to win is by first telling people everything that is wrong with the world and then painting a vision of the life they want - a Utopian vision that they'll create right here on earth, one where no one is ever sick or hungry, jobless, or homeless.

    amy stark says: "Presented within an excellent historical context."
    "More of the same from Glenn Beck"
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    I ended up returning this book. I'm a progressive with an open mind and, as a lawyer, looked forward to seeing how he connected the leaders (liars) with the Constitution and how progressiveness hurts our country. I certainly expected a bias and was looking forward to debating his points.

    He claims to base his rhetoric on his position as a Constitutionalist, which is what sparked my interest. He has charisma and speaks well. The book is well written.

    However, he was making some big leaps to connect his points and I just couldn't take it. The parts about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Karl Marx were really out there and I felt like I was wasting my time.

    The format seemed to be delving into people's childhoods and psychologically determining that their terrible childhoods gave way to the craziness of their adult decisions. While, this may be true, last time I checked he had no background in psychology. He lost credibility at that point w me.

    Maybe it was the wrong Glenn Beck book for me. I may give him another chance if he writes about how the Constitution should be interpreted in 2016, 240 years after it was written.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10511)
    Performance
    (9156)
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    (9160)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Masterpiece!"
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    The listener gets a history of world war two through the struggles of five families in Germany Russia England and the United States.
    The narration is well modulated and he speaks with a good pace
    I started with fall of giants, continued with this book and look forward to part three of this trilogy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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