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Susan

Lincoln, NE, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Audacity to Win

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Plouffe
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The story of the most important political campaign in modern times, by the man who went through it side by side with President Obama.

    Susan says: "Fascinating book; don't care for the narration"
    "Fascinating book; don't care for the narration"
    Overall

    Plouffe's account of the history making Obama campaign is a great read. He goes in to great detail in explaining the strategy, the successes and the mistakes. I love the book itself. The narration, on the other hand, is a bit annoying. The narrator has a raspy voice that is difficult to listen to. He attempts to change his tone when speaking as Obama or as females in the narrative. This just doesn't cut it. But the content is enough to overcome the shortcomings of the reader.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By James Arthur Ray
    • Narrated By James Arthur Ray
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Are you ready to transform your current thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions? Are you ready to shatter the illusion that it's not "spiritual" to want a fit body or financial wealth? Are you ready to create outrageous results in every single area of your life? You're in the right place. This practical, results-based audiobook will help you to push beyond your self-imposed limitations and show you how to get past all the reasons you think you can't have what you want.

    Vaughan says: "Great Work"
    "Annoying, Self-Centered and Egotistical"
    Overall

    This audiobook was very difficult to listen to for several reasons. The author would like you to think he is on a spiritual path, but then his commentary is a put-down of his listeners, basically telling them they are fat, lazy, out of shape and lacking motivation. He, on the other hand, is handsome, rich, successful, fit and a gift to the world. This is the most egotistical alleged spiritual piece I've ever listened to. Any of his references to females are extremely sexist and he comes off entirely too superficial. And his voice is very grating - at times, he sounds just like the Shaggy character on the Scooby Doo cartoon. He should have had a professional narrator do this, but I'm sure his ego would not allow that. It's hard to believe that I actually listened to the entire book.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Consuming Less and Living More

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter Walsh
    • Narrated By Peter Walsh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Peter Walsh, the bestselling author of It's All Too Much, believes that the secret to successfully losing weight is to forget about calorie counting and weekly weigh-ins. Instead, you need to focus on how, why, and where you eat. When it comes to clearing clutter (the fat in our homes), it isn't about the stuff itself, it's about the life you want to live. The same is true for losing weight: It's not about the pounds, it's about living the life you deserve in the body you want.

    Gene says: "worth the listen"
    "A cluttered and dull narration"
    Overall

    This audio book is a perfect example of when the author should not narrate his own audio book. Walsh's dull narration has very little inflection and no enthusiasm for the topic. If you manage to get beyond this, the points of the book could have been made in less than an hour - your cluttered environment contributes to excess pounds. His recommendations are nothing that haven't been in other books on clearing clutter and losing weight. The world didn't need another book on the topic. I had to chuckle to myself when, after he has gone on and on about getting rid of the stuff in your house, he recommends you go buy one of his other books! Note that he doesn't recommend that you go to the library and check it out. Save your money, save your time. Clean your house; you'll lose weight - that's all this book says.

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Sage-ing While Age-ing

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shirley MacLaine
    • Narrated By Shirley MacLaine
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Sparked by the experience of moving into a new house, she is inspired to look back across the remarkable professional and personal milestones she has experienced so far. Surrounded by the artifacts of a life well-lived, Shirley discovers the invisible threads that stitch together the seemingly random events of her days, adding meaning even to the mundane.

    lebluechien says: "Wonderful..."
    "Shirley's continuing journey"
    Overall

    Those of us who have been sharing the spiritual journey along with Shirley Maclaine will no doubt enjoy her latest offering. As another who is also aging, even though a generation younger than Shirely, I can appreciate her candidness in talking about the changes in one's body, the aches and pains that weren't there yesterday and the nontraditional methods one can use to treat them.

    Shirley's book also covers her discovery of balancing the body's ph level, moving into her new home, and some amazing stories and revelations about UFOs and alien abductions told in a way that only Shirley can.

    I am so pleased that Shirley narrates the book herself, unlike some of other authors. You really get a sense that she is talking directly to you.

    I'll be listening to this one again in a few months - there's so much to comprehend, I know I'm not capturing it all in just one listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carl Bernstein
    • Narrated By Dick Rodstein
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Carl Bernstein's stunning portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton shows us, as nothing else has, the true trajectory of her life and career, with its zigzag bursts of risks taken and safety sought. Marshaling all the skills and energy that propelled his history-making Pulitzer Prize reporting on Watergate, Bernstein gives us the most detailed, sophisticated, comprehensive, and revealing account of Hilary Rodham Clinton yet.

    Katherine says: "in depth and well-written"
    "Fair and balanced - for real!"
    Overall

    Carl Bernstein's biography of Senator Clinton presents something that no other biography of her has done before - a completely balanced and unbiased look at her life. It is neither pro nor con - but, rather, a extremely well written and captivating story about the most fascinating woman in American politics today.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2481)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1169)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Very dry; nothing new"
    Overall

    Caution: do not listen to this audio book while driving - it could put you to sleep. The narration is very dry and monotone - it was an effort to listen to the entire program. There really aren't any new or innovative concepts presented in this book. The presentation is geared entirely toward an office worker or paper pusher. It's the "same old - same old": prioritize your tasks, get the most difficult one out of the way first. And it took nearly three hours to say those two things.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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