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Sarah

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • 12 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 95 titles in library
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  • Fall On Your Knees

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann-Marie MacDonald
    • Narrated By Nikki James
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives, even destroy them.

    Cynthia Maloney says: "One of the best stories I've come across"
    "Good, but not memorable"
    Overall

    This is a good... long... read. It was well written with good insight into this family's life. It was touching and interesting and *perhaps* worth the listen, but it wasn't memorable. If given the book read/listen to it, but if you're considering buying it, I'd give it a miss.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7638)
    Performance
    (4158)
    Story
    (4191)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Blegh"
    Overall

    I think that says it. I never finished this book so maybe I'm not qualified to review it, but take that as my review - the fact I couldn't get through it. Cheesy, boring, waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35879)
    Performance
    (26883)
    Story
    (27267)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Surprisingly good!"
    Overall

    I bought this in June 2008 and never listened to it... got a few "pages" in and got bored. But about a month ago I'd run out of purchased options and gave this one another chance. I promptly bought the next to books in the series as well as it was a surprisingly engaging and interesting listen! This is the best of the 3-book series but the other two (Catching Fire and Mockingjay) are also good. It's an interesting world and captivating setting and description. The characters are interesting, but it's very much about setting in this. The narrator is good and is the same person in the next two books too so that was nice. Give it a listen, you'll be impressed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1132)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "OMG"
    Overall

    This was the first Jodi Picoult book I'd read and it was fantastic. It was so descriptive (without droning) and pulled at all the right heart-strings. I will never see the movie they've made though cuz I would bawl my eyes out in the theatre lol. FANTASTIC book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Are You Ready!: To Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Change Your Life Forever

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bob Harper
    • Narrated By Bob Harper
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    The world-renowned fitness coach on the hit TV show The Biggest Loserpresents his winning approach to lasting weight loss by showing how to get at the root of your overeating problem, followed by a nutritionally savvy diet and unique exercise plan.

    chris tasker says: "This is a must must read"
    "A little fluffy"
    Overall

    This was a little too 'it's not your fault you're fat' for me... too much fluff and hand-holding. I suppose it would work for some people, but not my style.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eat for Health: Lose Weight - Keep It Off - Look Younger - Live Longer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Dr. Fuhrman's scientifically proven system enables you to finally conquer your cravings and food addictions, while steering your taste buds toward healthier food choices. Medical research proves that this is the most effective weight loss method ever studied. But be aware of the side effects...you may experience reversal of diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, and you will feel better than ever before!

    B. Onat says: "Better Than Eat to Live"
    "Boring and droning"
    Overall

    Need I say more? The book just drones on and on. I didn't make it very far before I gave up. Not worth it.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4944)
    Performance
    (2532)
    Story
    (2536)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "On and on and on and on and.... you get the idea."
    Overall

    I'm a fan of Gladwell, but found this pretty repetitive and boring to be honest. (I haven't even finished it yet, can't bring myself to!)

    Great concepts but they could be expressed in a more concise and compelling way. Found the book to be too long-winded for my tastes.

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Men, Love, & Sex: The Complete User's Guide for Women

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    What makes a man fall in love? Why do men really cheat? What does he want in the bedroom? What's the one thing that men crave in a relationship more than anything else (besides that)? The surprising and insightful answers to life's biggest relationship questions can be found in Men, Love, & Sex: The Complete User's Guide for Women.

    Kenneth says: "Reviews say it all"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    Very insightful and informative, but got a little redundant by the end. Not just for early 20s, this is a good reminder that men aren't really that complicated. Reiterates some obvious things that we often forget because we tend to overanalyze.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7766)
    Performance
    (2478)
    Story
    (2473)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall

    Not much you can really take from this book to improve your life, but it was an entertaining listen for the commute. Gives you some insight into how snap decisions are formed, how accurate they are and how they apply to business and society. I really enjoyed this.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Christian Lander
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they're unique, yet somehow they're all exactly the same.

    Miguel says: "Bland simply bland!!!!"
    "One Raised Eyebrown Out of Two"
    Overall

    Where did this guy do his research? The white people he describes refers to new age, pretentious, Californian vegan hippies.

    There are a few kernels of truth in the extensive list of what white people supposedly like, but it was a lot less entertaining than I was anticipating.

    I think the author sort of missed some key cliches as well.

    In the book, Lander says that white people like a variety of teas (green, chai, black, etc.) but REALLY white people will have only one brand that they drink and will badmouth other brands. Lander says that white people like ethnic food, but REALLY white people like traditional meat and potatoes or whatever is local to their region.

    Anyway, wasn't a fan... thought it described only the type of white person you'd see on the OC. Not me or anyone I know!

    31 of 54 people found this review helpful

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