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  • Bruce

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter A. Carlin
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
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    (122)
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    This sweeping biography of Bruce Springsteen features in-depth interviews with family, band members, childhood friends, ex-girlfriends, and a poignant retrospective from the Boss himself. It’s Bruce as his many fans haven’t before seen him - the man behind the myth, describing his life and work in intimate, vivid detail.

    Patrick King says: "For the most part, this is what I was hoping for"
    "Great book for Bruce disciples"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bruce?

    At the end of the book when Bruce is interviewed about the death of Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons. He says that, unlike other bands, the E Street Band didn't lose members due to death because they all looked out for one another. I love that, and it is one of the reasons I love Bruce and the E Street Band so much. It's about the music for them, not the "rock'n'roll lifestyle" or drugs/alcohol.


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

    There were a lot of parts that made me laugh out loud, especially in the beginning when Bruce is talking about his childhood. I started to tear up when he was discussing Clarence Clemons's death.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book, but I am a huge fan of Springsteen. There are a lot details about his family history, his childhood, and his bands before he went solo and started the E Street Band, probably too many details for non-Bruce disciples.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4538)
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    (1924)
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    (1901)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Started out strong, and became too technical"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend this book, to Christian friends and atheist friends. There are not many books about atheism, so I think it would be good for Christians to see that we are not "devil worshippers" or people to be afraid of.


    Was The God Delusion worth the listening time?

    It was for sure worth the time to listen to it. I learned a lot about evolution and the argument for atheism, even though I already consider myself one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (248)
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    (99)
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    Americans are a "positive" people - cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal 19th-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude.

    Susan says: "Finally an Answer to "The Secret""
    "Doesn't live up to her previous work"
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    What disappointed you about Bright-sided?

    I loved "Nickel and Dimed" and so I bought this book purely on that fact. However, the topic of this book never became interesting to me, and I really didn't like the narrator. I felt that the narrator made the story more pessimistic then it was originally meant to be with the inflections in her voice.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator seemed to be adding in her own viewpoints with the inflection in her voice, and it really turned me off to the whole book in general.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4751)
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    (2499)
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    (2539)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Eye-opening and thought-provoking"
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    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    What I loved best was how the author interspersed the stories of the "Running People" with his own personal athletic history, evolution, biology, and the history of modern athletic consumer products. This book was so fascinating to me, I have been driving my husband and friends crazy by repeatedly sharing things I've learned from the book.
    I am not an avid runner, but it certainly inspired me to want to take off my shoes and run through the woods.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
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    Overall
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    (303)
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    (299)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "A different kind of Kingsolver"
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    Where does The Lacuna rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely among the best audiobooks I've listened to. Barbara Kingsolver did a great job. I enjoyed listening to the author read it, because she gave it the inflections she meant for it to have.
    The story is not one of my favorites by Kingsolver, but her prose is phenomenal, and I wanted to keep listening to see where it was all going.


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

    Barbara Kingsolver brought the accents, and the correct pronunciations of the Spanish words I don't know, plus she brought the inflection of the words that I may have missed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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