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Christine

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  • Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica
    • Narrated By Ken Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    Sir Ken Robinson's groundbreaking book The Element introduced listeners to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The Element has inspired people all over the world and has created for Robinson an intensely devoted following. Now comes the long-awaited companion, the practical guide that helps people find their own Element.

    Christine says: "WILL INVOLVE SOME WORK... BUT WORTH IT"
    "WILL INVOLVE SOME WORK... BUT WORTH IT"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Your Element to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure. This is the first time that I have felt the need for the printed version. Unfornately, as of date, the book is only available in hard back.


    What other book might you compare Finding Your Element to and why?

    This book has many parallels to many spiritual teachings, from which the author occasionally quotes, but it is your choice as to whether you see finding your element a spiritual jouney or merely a way of finding the right career path for yourself or a child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the exercises are valuable tools and I loved the personal stories of how some people found their element.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    What makes you happy? When are you at your happiest. This would have been suprisingly difficult to answer before completing just three of the exercises - now it just seems so obvious!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are like me, you are an audible subscriber because you prefer to listen to books whilst you are on the move. With this book however, if you really want to Find Your Element, you are going to have to sit down to listen and have certain tools available ( the author suggests these at the begining of the book) Because of this I went to buy the printed copy but I didn't like the hardback version as it can't be manipluated in the same way as a paper back. So it is a little frustrating to listen to questions asked and to do the exercises given whilst constantly pausing and rewinding. That said - that is what I am prepared to do as, having only completed three of the ten exercises I can already see a pattern and have noticed a shift in my behaviour as a result! Inpatient as I am, I listen to the book on the move and then when I come home, and I have time alone UNDISTURBED! (that is essential), I re-listen to the chapters and do the exersises.

    My Headline stated that this book involved some work - that may just be me!. My personality type does not predispose me to sitting down with, pens, paper, coloured pens, vision boards etc.. but I strongly believe that the outcome will be worth that extra effort. No doubt, some people will not find this 'work' at all :-D

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2602)
    Performance
    (2292)
    Story
    (2306)

    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.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "WIll Just Have to Read the Book!"
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    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    I would not buy another book by this narrator, as for the author, I reserve judgement until I have read the book.


    Has Lean In turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Elisa Donovan’s performance?

    The narration is driving me to distraction and I cannot concentrate on the content of the book. I previewed the narration but I failed to predict just how irritating the nasally immature voice would be. .


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

    It has sparked my interest in buying the book - I think it is an important topic.


    Any additional comments?

    There are several books that I don't download because of the narrator. I wish more care would be taken to vet/test a narrators performances on an audience before committing them to an entire book. I have just had to buy Daring Greatly as I could tell the narration wasn't appropriate for the style of book. The book was a great read that I highly recommend, however I would alway rather listen to a book.. I'm disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4210)
    Performance
    (3750)
    Story
    (3746)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Started By Loving but..."
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    Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Not sure!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The relationship between man and dog is what held me; any dog lover will love this but may find themselves wanting me.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I liked the naration and how his voice changed for different characters up until the very end where I felt it was over-done; possibly trying to make up for the rushed ending.


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

    If they filled it out with more detail into the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I started really liking this book (you had me at dog) but from the get go it felt abridged. I consolled myself with the fact that I was enjoying it, so was prepared to take it as it was but to be left with that feeling at the end left me disappointed. It was all quickly tied up with a cute bow but with no depth to it. If I were the editor I would have had the author fill out the characters more and give us more insights into the bonding process with Maggie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary Leadership

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Robin Sharma
    Overall
    (1525)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (872)

    In a constantly changing, hyper-competitive world, leadership is more important than ever. Yet few people have what it takes to inspire, develop, and guide others. In this presentation, Robin Sharma shares the leadership lessons that he gives to clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and NASA.

    Mrs says: "Di's point of view"
    "GOOD GOD This Man Loves Himself!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Beginner of self-motivation - many of the inspirational quotes are useful but Robin comes across as all ego inspite of telling us how flawed and human he is; followed by "and people have come up to me and said "Robin, ........ " Fill in a with self praising statement.


    What was most disappointing about Robin Sharma’s story?

    How many times he uses his own name. How he compliments himself why feigning humility.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If Robin had not kept telling us how wonderful, helpful, inspiring etc... other people found him! The delivery was really affected.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Extraordinary Leadership?

    Every sentence that starts with "and people have said to me, Robin......."


    Any additional comments?

    Take a drink every time Robin uses his own name and you will die from alcohol poisoning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3697)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2611)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Still Haunts Me a Little"
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    What did you love best about A Prayer for Owen Meany?

    The naration of this book is perfect. I have even told friends who would prefer to read the book, that they must listen to a snipet of the audio version first so that they can know Owen's voice!


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

    This isn't a book that you can listen to in one sitting because of its length, and it does at times feel long and drawn out, so you will probably appreciate a break. However, you must come back for more!!


    Any additional comments?

    I sometimes wondered why the story was so long and where it was going - basically I felt occassionlly impatient, but that said, I was completely drawn into Owen Meanys world. If Owen wasn't the main charater in a chapter I couldn't wait for him to reappear. It has been months now since I have heard this book but I can remember all the characters as if they were real people and I still feel a little heart broken whenever I think about this book - in a good way! Why it touched me so much I have not been able to fathom!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (597)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "On my second listen"
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    If you could sum up Spy the Lie in three words, what would they be?

    How to ask the right questions.


    What other book might you compare Spy the Lie to and why?

    I'm not sure that I can compare this book to others in this genre, but I can say that having read What Every Body is Saying that it is an excellent, and natural further study on the subject of detecting deception.


    Any additional comments?

    I definately need another listen or two, but I will have far more confidence in asking direct questions after reading this book. Usually I'm the one who feels uncomfortable when I feel someone is being dishonest - hopefully now I can handle a situation with more confidence and ask the right questions, in the right way and watch and listen for the reactions. All in all a good listen.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia B McConnell
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

    L. Adams says: "needs photos"
    "Must love Dogs"
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    This book is extremely informative with a perfect balance between scientific information and personal dog stories. Written by incredible dog lover you will never feel silly for the emotions you may have attributed to your dog - you will also have some ammunition to use against those people who still believe that animals don't have feelings - ( of course they do :-D) but most likely you will learn that things are far more simple than you may have thought.

    The only reason I am not giving this audio book all 5 stars is because there are no photos. A downloadable PDF would be the icing on the cake. The photos are repeatedly refered to in the book and I will have to go and buy the book just so I can check my understanding of the description of the facial expressions. If you much prefer to listen to books than read them, as I do, then I would suggest you find yourself a copy of the book to refer to as you listen to this audible version. If you don't mind 'reading' then just get the book.

    The narration is excellent and easy to listen to.

    I have been re-motivated to returning to training my now senior dog and she is responding like the puppy she once was - It's like falling in love all over again - she can't take her eyes off me and now when I call her to come she runs whereas before I had satisfied myself with her sauntering over!! I will be checking other books by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1838)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Cynthia says: "Let Me Hear Your Body Talk"
    "Listened in one sitting/walking"
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    When I looked at the PDF before starting the book I thought I was going to be disapointed - I was not. I think many of us, at least I do, pick up on people's mood or trustworthness by what I have always assumed was intuition. What we have really be doing all along was acuratly reading people's body language.

    This book complements perfectly The Gift of Fear - A book which Joe Navarro gives mention to.

    I appreciated the fact that Joe Navarro emphasises that we cannot judge someone guilty of something just by their body language as they may simply be under stress or have a neurological disease. Understanding what we are seeing, being it discomfort or nervousness, and nutralizing stressful situations can help you get a better read.

    Whilst listening to this book I became very aware of how I self soothe constantly and I find myself wondering what other people must make of this! I consider myself an extraverted introvert and perhaps I manage this by subtle self soothing habits! :-D

    Immediatly after completing the book I witnessed a freind talking about an incident in the past as if it didn't bother them any more - however they were dramatically self soothing by stroking in large circles over one leg! It was clear that they were still upset. I felt so much more compasion and understanding now Knowing what I was witnessing and stayed in the moment longer with them than I might have.

    As for the narration - it was indeed a little strange but you either get used to it or it diminishes during the book; it is hard for me to tell as I listened to this book from beginning to end in one sitting. If you have ever watched The Matrix then I would liken Paul Costanzo's narration to be similar to Agent Smith with the emphasis falling strangely on the wrong words. Having said that I wouldn't let discourage you from giving this book a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants: Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    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....

    Christine says: "First Chapter Review"
    "First Chapter Review"
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    Sadly this first chapter was no more than the preview listen. I think Tina Fey is very talented and I hoped that the first chapter would show me why this book would be a good listen: it did not!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (92)

    Here is the incomparable Dr. Seuss' story of an unnamed "you" whose travels through the world involve a series of ups and downs. His ultimate success, however, is "98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!"

    Cesar says: "Lovely effects!"
    "BRILLIANT!"
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    Exhileratingly read. If this performance doesn't put a smile on your face and a skip in your step then nothing will. Don't hesitate to download this short book. Great message, great performance, great music .... GREAT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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