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Shari

WHITTIER, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The New Yorker, January 7th 2013 (Adam Green, Lauren Collins, Hendrik Hertzberg)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Adam Green, Lauren Collins, Hendrik Hertzberg
    • Narrated By Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    "Shots", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Being Prepared", by Alec Wilkinson; "A Pickpockets Tale", by Adam Green; "Danish Postmodern", by Lauren Collins; and "Tough Times", by Anthony Lane.

    Shari says: "Enjoyed the pickpocket story"
    "Enjoyed the pickpocket story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    NY'r has cut back on content over the last year. Fewer articles and writers are not bad but not up to NYs quality expectations.


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    I'll give the NY'r audible one more year- if it continues to shrink, journalistically and literally, I'll drop it next year.


    What does Dan Bernard and Christine Marshall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For the most part, these are pros.


    Was The New Yorker, January 7th 2013 (Adam Green, Lauren Collins, Hendrik Hertzberg) worth the listening time?

    Ehhhh- pickpicket was an interesting listen.. everything else ZZZZZZZZ


    Any additional comments?

    Pull it together or lose subscribers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By AJ Baime
    • Narrated By Jones Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.

    Ray says: "Great Book"
    "A piece of automotive history unknown to most"
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    If you could sum up Go Like Hell in three words, what would they be?

    Competitive automotive testosterone


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ferrari- because he's up against an increasingly powerful opponent, but comes back to fight!


    Have you listened to any of Jones Allen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No-


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

    Go like hell, but the first one to get there loses.


    Any additional comments?

    Educational and entertaining

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (637)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Incredibly juvenile- complete waste of time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    An unsophisticated 15 year old.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Timothy Geithner ought to compensate for the time I wasted on this.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laura Hamilton’s performances?

    I think the problem was content based- not narrator fault. (Except in picking what she puts her name on)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A slap on the forehead saying I can't believe I paid for this !#)(!#%.


    Any additional comments?

    First time I've ever returned an audible book. Glad to know that this is an option.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17300)
    Performance
    (15406)
    Story
    (15449)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "A voyeuristic pleasure…couldn't put the iPod down"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Just plain fun


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The characters were flawed, a bit sick and incredibly interesting.Just when I got comfortable with a story direction, it would twist and turn another direction.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    It kept me awake for hours in spite of extreme jet lag… it made me toss and turn to try to stay awake after an 11 hour flight. 21 hours+ awake and I still listened….


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chrissie Wellington, Lance Armstrong (foreward)
    • Narrated By Polly Lee, Chrissie Wellington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (229)

    In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A Life without Limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, to the trails of Argentina, and finally, across the finish line. A Life without Limits reveals the heart behind her success.

    Mona says: "Chrissie winning, on repeat"
    "I am having a great escape!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- I've been listening during a morning run, an afternoon drive, and an evening gardening session. Good stuff! Insprirational and fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    Travel, adventure, athleticism, and endurance.


    Have you listened to any of Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    had a hard time "putting it down" but also wanted to savor. A good combo


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Adharanand Finn
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world’s greatest runners - and put them to the test - combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights.

    Sharlene says: "His Curiosity is Contagious"
    "Great escape to Kenya"
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    Would you listen to Running with the Kenyans again? Why?

    I listened to the story several times- a few chapters over and over. I loved the race prep and the visual impression of the villages.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It hit on my favorite topics; travel, adventure, running, family and wild animals. What could be better?!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene on NY eve at the game preserve.... lions think of a tent no differently than a rock...


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

    Fast & curious


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1711)
    Story
    (1728)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Just pure fun!"
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    Would you listen to A Conflict of Interest again? Why?

    Yes. The story kept my attention, characters were believable and memorable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Edge is an overstatement, but it held my interest.


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

    He adds some great voices and intonation.


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

    I run and walk while I listen to stories...but I found myself on the other side of town in no hurry to get home.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18042)
    Performance
    (13886)
    Story
    (13829)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Too much of a good thing"
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    What disappointed you about Bossypants?

    As much as I enjoy Tina Fey, this was one where she didn't leave me wanting more. At some point an artist can become too much and this was it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tina Fey?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    An actor wants to leave them wanting more...in this case I just wanted her to leave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"
    "Could have been said in half the time-"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If this was available in an abridged format, I would recommend. The issues, commercial and philosophical are interesting, but over a 12-13 hour time frame were very redundant.


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

    Nothing negative against narrator, but I would prefer the printed version so I could skim and be done with the story in an hour or two. This isn't a story to savor, but basic points are good conversation topics.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jon-Jon Goulian
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If you have ever felt like a misfit in school or been paralyzed by your family’s imposing expectations, if you have ever obsessed about your appearance or panicked about choosing a career path, if you have ever wondered if every single thing to which your body is exposed, from egg yolks to X-rays, might harm you, then you may be surprised to find a kindred spirit in The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt.

    Shari says: "He should pay me for the therapy"
    "He should pay me for the therapy"
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    Yeah, he's a story teller, but I finished the book with the same feeling that I have after lunch with an excessively disclosing, dysfunctional co-worker. I couldn't wait to get away and wanted to shake my head like an etch a sketch to clear out the visuals. I am disappointed and insulted by audible bringing this to suggested reading. Probably my worst audible experience to date. Run AWAY!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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