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Marylou

Half Moon Bay, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Wait for Me!: Memoirs

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Deborah Mitford
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, "How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl." Deborah's effervescent memoir chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire.

    Irene says: "The last of the Mitford Sisters"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    The lives of the Mitford sisters reflect so many aspects of history during WWII. This is a fascinating book, easy listen and charming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Other People We Married

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Emma Straub
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A rising literary star debuts with 12stories of love, hope, and transformation. Two grown sisters struggle with old assumptions about each other as they stumble to build a new relationship in "A Map of Modern Palm Springs." Rome is the setting of "Puttanesca", as two young widows move tentatively forward, still surrounded by ghosts and disappointments from the past. These 12 stories, filled with the sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language that are sure to become Straub's hallmarks, announce the arrival of a major new talent.

    Marylou says: "Skip this one"
    "Skip this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This might be entertaining for someone who is interested in a light, shallow, empty story. It's actually a series of stories, but each one is worse than the last. No depth. Not even interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Emma Straub again?

    There's a reason I don't read fiction unless it's considered a classic. This is the kind of book that reminds me why I don't read fiction. Truth is, by far, much more interesting. I experimented with this one based on its recommendation in the local Book Review. What a disappointment!


    What didn’t you like about Coleen Marlo’s performance?

    This is the worst part of the book. Ms. Marlo's voice with it's superior attitude drove me straight up the wall. Sometimes I can get thru something I wouldn't normally read by listening to it. This one was impossible. I stopped it after the 2nd story.


    What character would you cut from Other People We Married?

    The narrator.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2162)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (724)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Amazing great book"
    Overall

    I love this book. In fact, I will listen to it again with pen and paper. Great ideas, very easy to follow, well organized. A highly enjoyable book even if you're not trying to market or sell a product.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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