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bibi sterling

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  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4848)
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    (4414)
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    (4405)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "even better than..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, "The Secret Life of Bee's" or "The Help" or "The Kings Speech". Loved the characters. Truly about triumph of the underdog's in a gripping story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah, tongue tied from a young age because she was reprimanded for what she felt passionately about. The story showed how she dealt with the repression.


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

    The perfect narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
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    (1303)
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    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "I am not a die hard fan but..."
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    There were some area's where I thought this was not the right choice for me. Specifically the section on sex and parts of the bit on baseball but overall, this is a funny and interesting summary of his life. I never knew about all of the friends he collected in the sports world and never really thought I would care but he told these stories with energy and gave an encouraging view of the world and how good it can be if you use your personal passion to live it. He came from and created a great family which is rare for anyone in Hollywood so that too was refreshing. He's got the energy and spirit of someone much younger but with the respect for those mentors that have gone before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2673)
    Performance
    (2432)
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    (2441)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "lead character just short on believability"
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    Caretaker for a paraplegic gets wrapped up in her work. I liked the idea that someone with no skills finds something of meaning to do for a living, but that's a minor piece of the story. Her opinions of how he should live his life were shallow, or she was just too slow to catch on. Main character was bold in area's that didn't make sense (bringing him home to meet her family and boyfriend, fawning over his birthday present in front of her boyfriend). Then she was timid in places that could have been more effective and believable otherwise (I will not be a spoiler and point out where). It was a good enough story listening at 1.5 speed with the audible app and some parts were cute. I did not cry from it, maybe a chuckle or two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
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    (276)
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    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Loved getting Buddhist lesson in a story, Really enjoyable"
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    Unique & enjoyable book, able to convey the Zen concept in a story. The story contrasts the thinking of two seemingly opposite perspectives, A great way to demonstrate the subtle shift in thinking & how it cures many ills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (325)
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    (329)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "I used to like Steve Martin"
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    Admittedly I did not get very far in this book. I listened to "Shop Girl" all the way through, just waiting for the moment the heroine would develop into a woman of interest and depth but I was sorely disappointed. I just couldn't bare hearing another of Steve's books start out so similarly shallow.

    Either he really doesn't understand women, or he surrounds himself with pretty women devoid of depth. Or maybe it's both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
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    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "Just not that into you"
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    As a right brainer, I was excited to learn about my bright future. It read like a research paper on why it will eventually become more important to be a creative as opposed to say, an accountant, since accounting can be outsourced and creativity cannot... Seems ironic to espouse creativity in such a dry, non-creative manner.

    I'm too instinctual to appreciate this as a research topic. Steve Jobs said something like "Did anyone ask Alexander Graham Bell what were the research findings before he invented the telephone?"

    If you are a creative type that's just who you are going to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11155)
    Performance
    (9644)
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    (9614)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "gripping story, high praise, I want more"
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    This is my generation, and having worked in high tech as a marketer, graphic designer and design engineer I certainly have some bias. Although a friend of mine that worked in HR said she also couldn't put it down. I even did graphics on the Xerox graphic computer (and loved it) before Mac. Also, grew up to Dylan, the Beatles, etc.

    In the cell phone industry one of my bosses met with Jobs and said he was not interested in doing business with us because he could not allow carriers to call the shots about his product, price and marketing. She said "he'll learn" :-)

    This book was fascinating even as just a pure business book. Jobs had the cojónes to have this book reveal him warts and all from the perspective of how others saw him, from genius to jack-ass (or something to that effect).

    Very well done.

    There has been some criticism of the book for ending abruptly. I'd like to know more but given the circumstances I can forgive that. Maybe the author can add a part II and give us more about the personal side as he was ailing.

    SPOILER ALERT: Early on the story before any mention of illness, several times Jobs said he was not going to live long but there was no explanation of why he thought this. Nobody asked him? One can be skinny and eat a particular diet and still feel fine. He must have had some discomforts to explain this, please follow up on this aspect of the story Mr. Isaacson. Otherwise Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coping Successfully With Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neville Shone
    • Narrated By Andrew Fallaize
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
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    Whatever the cause of your pain - arthritis, backache or migraine - this book is for you. Pain can dominate your life and leave you exhausted and depressed. If pain restricts your movement and keeps you awake at night, it holds you back from getting involved in all that life has to offer.

    April says: "Straightforward sound advice"
    "Helpful view, not U.S. based, resources are U.K."
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    I enjoyed this book but kept wishing the U.S. had places akin to his U.K. references. In the U.S. my pockets were drained too quickly to find lasting relief. Searching for a new livelihood due to painful arms and hands. When I find the new livelihood, I'll write a book about it (well dictate a book ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3268)
    Performance
    (1294)
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    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "When the student is ready the teacher arrives"
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    I love Eckhart Tolle, I have learned so much from his teachings. I first listened to this book about 10 years ago and at that time I was not ready or able to listen. Now, I finally understand what I was missing. His teachings have changed my contentment in life and my acceptance of my life. He's helped me cope with all that seemed to be wrong.

    I eased into his teachings by first downloading the free podcast of the Oprah interview with Eckhart, going chapter by chapter through his book "The New Earth". It was a Webcast and people all over the world listened and called in with questions for Eckhart. Once I understood him, I was ready for this book and will continue to seek out his books and appearances. Oprah helped make Eckharts teachings more accessible for me and now his calm, peaceful delivery makes complete sense.

    If you are ready to look at your life from a different lens, these teachings can do that. It is not a story so I did not give that part a strong rating, but it is organized in magnificent fashion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivered From Distraction: Get the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (281)
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    In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder, all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated.

    Lincoln says: "Excellent Book on ADD"
    "Got distracted before getting help. Is there help?"
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    Like other reviewers I was looking for information about how to deliver ME from distraction. I listened to about 9 hours of this 12 hour book and evidently the part I am looking for does not happen till the end (according to other reviewers). So, I started looking for other solutions..

    Got suckered into Brian Tracy. He is good in a logical and rah-rah kind of way but pricey, with a heavy handed marketing machine. Felt upbeat for the first 5 days of listening but I could not maintain that state of mind.

    Next, purchased book "Getting More", about negotiation. This was slower, sometimes too slow but has practical, applicable information that I have been putting into practice. I am not finished, but as a typical ADDer, I am now ready to switch to "It's All Too Much", about getting rid of clutter. I know that clutter is making me worse. My husband is the real pack rat and I don't know how to deal with his mess. Every day more piles of equipment land in the living room and office. I love him dearly, but this is effecting my health.

    Feeling disabled at 53 after losing 60% of my savings in this economy is a big loss and stress. I still need to earn my pre-50 income through age of 85 to live in this modest house. I'm desperately searching for answers. I've seen many doctors with lots of promises that say it is not Alzheimers but I have made very little progress. I just keep listening to books and hoping to find a solution before I spend all my money on inconclusive doctor visits.

    Has anyone read the book to the end that can bullet point the tools for ADD adults?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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