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  • Bruce

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter A. Carlin
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Well Researched, Well Done"

    Peter Carlin gives us a rare and nuanced glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most prolific musical icons of our age. Bruce Springsteen is much more than his music. Sometimes he's a flaming asshole, imperious, willful and demanding. At other times, he demonstrates a tenderness, deep understanding and forgiveness of his fellow humans' flaws. Bobby Cannavale captures Bruce and members of the E Street Band with the inflection that only a native of New Jersey can. Though a bit rambling at times, all in all Bruce is a story well worth a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sheila Heen, Douglas Stone
    • Narrated By Sheila Heen, Douglas Stone

    Coauthors of the international best-seller Difficult Conversations, Stone and Heen have spent the last 10 years working with businesses, nonprofits, governments, and families to determine what helps us learn and what gets in our way. With humor and clarity, they blend the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, hard-headed advice. This audiobook is destined to become a classic in the world of leadership, organizational behavior, and education.

    anothergirl says: "Terrible Narration for an Insightful Book"
    "Poor narration ruins yet another good read"

    The content in Thanks for the Feedback is useful, insightful, applicable, and valuable, and the authors write with credibility and humor. However, as with their previous book, Difficult Conversations, the content is rendered difficult to understand and therefore almost inaccessible due to poor narration (Douglas, sorry to give you this evaluative feedback: you mumble and your delivery is stilted; Sheila, your narration is somewhat better; at least you're easier to understand, if a little sing-song-y in places) and poor production (vocal pitch and modulation drop off to the point that it's impossible to hear the end of many sentences - where is the vocal coach?).

    If this is ever re-recorded and re-released, I'd consider keeping it as a reference. Without a wholesale revision it's a slog to get through the first time, let alone experiencing it a second time.

    Authors, if you're not trained in narration, please get someone else to read your work for you so your work presented in the best possible manner. Your audience will thank you for putting aside any ego attachment you may have in favor of accessibility.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Simply Wonderful!"

    There are few audiobooks I have enjoyed on all fronts - writing, story, narration - as I have this one. Glorious imagery, a story that grabbed at my heart, and a narrator who perfectly captured the essence of a very compelling main character. Don't be fooled by the first few minutes. It doesn't adequately prepare you for the treat to come!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dolores Claiborne

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frances Sternhagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dolores Claiborne's elderly employer dies suddenly, apparently from falling down a flight of stairs. This tragedy sparks memories of the day Dolores' husband died...the day of the total eclipse. Suspected by police and townspeople alike, she delivers a story of a disintegrating marriage, and the breaking point reached by a docile woman.

    Sandra M Irwin says: "A Great Listen!"
    "King's quintessential Maine, enjoyably quirky"

    Wonderful first-person narrative! Sternhagen is stellar as a narrator, and believable as a native with her spot-on Maine accent. King's story and characters pull the reader deep into the quirky culture of a life on a Maine island, its year round residents and summer visitors alike. Dolores' darkness, borne of pain, disappointment and survival finds relief in compassion, redemption and triumph.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James W. Pennebaker
    • Narrated By Robert Fass

    We spend our lives communicating. In the last 50 years, we've zoomed through radically different forms of communication, from typewriters to tablet computers, text messages to tweets. We generate more and more words with each passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing insights into who we are, how we think, and what we feel.

    Nanster says: "Interesting exploration of language subtleties"
    "Interesting exploration of language subtleties"

    I enjoyed Pennebaker's research and insight into how the "little words" we use, those sly little buggers like articles and pronouns, have such a big impact on the messages we convey and receive, and how we process them primarily through our subconscious mind. The dissection of corporate and political communications he used as examples throughout helped to clarify and reinforce his points.

    The narration was a good match for the material. The narrator's pace, diction and inflection complemented the content and gave it life, delivering Pennebaker's subtle humor in just the right manner and reading more like a story than a dry research paper. There were a few areas, such as where he touched upon forensics, that started down the academic path, but for the most part the writing was as entertaining as it was informative and enlightening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Well done!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    The talented ensemble cast of narrators brought this well-written piece to life. Stockett is a gifted storyteller. Her characters are worthy of the listener's empathy, disdain and compassion. Great job!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    Minnie's account of "the pie" when at last she reveals her dirty secret.

    What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

    The characters in the story, each with her own distinct personality and quirks, came alive through the narrators' acting ability, giving the characters depth and dimension.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural Woman: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carole King
    • Narrated By Carole King

    Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A Natural Woman chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing listeners into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful number-one album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife, and present-day activist.

    Marie says: "Hearing it is even better than reading it!"
    "Another author who shouldn't narrate her own work"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If someone else narrated it, I may have enjoyed it. Otherwise, I can't think of anyone who would enjoy it.

    What didn???t you like about Carole King???s performance?

    She may be an acclaimed singer (great by some standards, mediocre by others), but that doesn't necessarily qualify her as a good narrator. Her sing-song narration and odd inflection sounded as if she was reading a children's story and the effect was belittling to the listener.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Natural Woman?

    I can only comment on the first few chapters. They held no interest for me.

    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book and wanted to know more about the author's career as a singer-songwriter, but slogging through the annoying narration and self-aggrandizing review of her toddler years kept me from getting that far.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "So much potential unfulfilled"

    After a slow start the story began to engage my interest, but I have to agree that the ending felt abrupt and left too much of the story unresolved to be satisfying. I thought of numerous other ways Patchett could have ended the story that would have provided the reader/listener a more complete sense of conclusion, and which would have made more sense given the cast of characters.

    Hope Davis rendered a serviceable performance, providing enough nuanced character differentiation for the characters to stand on their own.

    An overall okay listen, but nothing about the story or the performance was so outstanding as to warrant more than 3 stars IMHO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "A game of drones"

    Not interesting enough to invest the significant amount of time required to listen. Trite phrasing and character development. Probably a better movie where visuals can replace some of the mundane narrative.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"

    Love Tina Fey but was disappointed with this book. Her narration, while expressive and enjoyable, contained so many sotto voce asides where the volume dropped off so much that it was difficult to hear, therefore I frequently missed portions of the material the first time around. I ended up having to skip backward and turn up the volume to hear those parts - very frustrating. Also, based on other reviews I was expecting laugh-out-loud funny, but this didn't deliver. If you like Tina, you'll like this; amusing, but not a "must read."

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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