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Rachel

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2453)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1295)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Too much of the same over and over and over"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this way more than I did. He just romanticized the use of hard drugs way too much for me to be comfortable with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to See Yourself as You Really Are

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Hopkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    In How to See Yourself as You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddist leader teaches listeners how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic and loving perspective

    Rita says: "In Defense of the Narrator"
    "Unfortunately difficult..."
    Overall

    I love the Dalai Lama but this book was very difficult to get through. Listening to it on audio is too complex to keep my interest. I liked "The Art of Happiness" much better. But maybe I just need to try this one again another time...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (795)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "A Really Cool Read"
    Overall

    This is really a unique book. Each chapter has a completely different style. And even has completely different subject matter! The characters weave in and out of each others stories... This is somewhat hard to listen to on audiobook because I found myself wanting to flip back to other chapters and re-check out the names to see how everyone was connected. So I think I missed some things but I still got it. I also really liked all the music references sprinkled throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kathy Freston
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Kathy Freston wasn't born a vegan. The best-selling author and renowned wellness expert actually grew up on chicken-fried steak and cheesy grits and loved nothing more than BBQ ribs and vanilla milkshakes. Not until her 30s did she embrace the lifestyle of a veganist - someone who eats a plant-based diet not just for their own personal well-being but for the whole web of benefits it brings to our ecosystem and beyond. Kathy's shift toward this new life was gradual -she leaned into it -but the impact was profound. Now Kathy shows us how to lean into the veganist life.

    D Dunford says: "Great resource for a beginner like me"
    "Will be leaning into vegan"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Kathy's explanations and details about choices for becoming vegan.It did get a bit gory in parts where she went into the industry, but the health information is really great. And it IS easy to start adding in a few vegan meals during the week. I'm excited and feel confident about trying it out.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Dzogchen Ponlop
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (265)

    There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

    Glenn says: "Buddhism for the Western World"
    "Approachable"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to Rebel Buddha, but I know I will need to listen to it again. There were so many good concepts to digest I know this will be one of those where I pick up something new each time. I find the writing very approachable for the modern reader and I learned a lot about Buddhist concepts which is just what I was looking for.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16947)
    Performance
    (12855)
    Story
    (12792)

    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"
    "Hysterical! Expect anything less?"
    Overall

    Listening to this best seller on audiobook has be better than reading it. Tina Fey narrates it herself and at times she seemed to customize the telling just for audiobook. Her style is great. I really enjoyed listening to this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (942)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Genuis Twist!"
    Overall

    Loved it! I'm not familiar with the story of King Lear, but I'm sure I would have enjoyed this even more if I was. This book is FUNNY! It's bawdy (some might take offense) and witty. I don't think I've ever read something so refreshing and historical at the same time...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4660)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1321)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "inspired"
    Overall

    I loved this book! Maybe it is where I am in my life right now, but I have never been truly been inspired by a book by the way I have with this one. It is a cross between a woman's growth into an independant self that she likes, her travel experiences, and learning about cultures from around the world. The book is separated into three parts. Eat, she is based in Rome and explores Italy. Pray, she is at an ashram in India learning about herself. Love, she is in Bali winding up her adventure and setting her paces for the next step in her life.

    I want to listen to it again and maybe I will. The book was different that I thought it would be. I thought it would be more about her travels, not about a woman finding herself. So I kind of tuned out some of the first parts when she was in Italy. But I got completely caught up in her and her experiences once she got to India. She practices meditation and she goes through thinking how tedious some of these practices are and how unrealistic they are in every day life. But then she gets swayed over by her guru. I found her path very interesting. Some of my favorite parts is how she described her relationships and the people she meets from all over the world. And when she goes to these places she lives there for four months each so we find out what life really is like. The audiobook is read by the author herself and she seems like someone who thinks and feels the same things as me. I want to be her friend :)

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Jane Austen Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Joy Fowler
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.

    Kathy says: "agree with Lisa"
    "Utterly Delightful"
    Overall

    I am not a big Jane Austen fan. In fact, I only read one book in High School - Northanger Abbey. But I like the movies. But don't let the title deceive you. This book is not all about Jane Austen. It is about people and the people happen to be in a book club, reading Jane Austen books. There are a wide variety of characters. In each chapter of the book you learn all about one of the club memebers and at the same time they are reviewing one of Jane Austen's books in the book club. The characters are unique and you will admire their strengths and understand their weaknesses. This book was refreshing and a very easy to listen too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6143)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1752)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "A Trip Inside the Vatican"
    Overall

    Although this book is a prequel to The DaVinci Code, also written by Dan Brown, I actually read it afterwards. In the beginning I felt his style of writing was a bit rustier than the smoothness of The DaVinci Code. I also saw a different side of his main character which I didn't really appreciate at first. However, once I got into the book, I actually felt it was faster-paced and more suspenseful than The DaVinci Code.

    The beginning takes you inside CERN and was a bit hard to listen to since they were describing several scientific processes. I had to re-listen a few times to deeply understand. But after the first several chapters the mystery unfolds and the book plays out like a favorite Robert Ludlum novel.

    This is one I actually couldn't stop listening too! The story takes you into the depths of Rome and inside the Vatican, detailing several practices. The journey takes you inside the Vatican Library, into St. Peter's tomb, catacombs, castles, secret passageways, various churches and more.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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