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Tina

Sacramento, ca, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Domestic Affairs

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Eileen Goudge
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Rosie and Abigail are like family, Ina Merriweather used to say. That is, until the day Ina abruptly cast out her housekeeper, Rosie, and her 15-year-old daughter, Abigail. Abigail felt deeply betrayed, especially by Ina's daughter, Lila, who was her closest friend. Only Lila's twin brother, Vaughn, with whom Abigail had been exploring the joys and heartaches of first love, showed any compassion.

    K. Lawson says: "WAY too long"
    "Narrator needs a valium"
    Overall

    Maybe it's the writing, but my real problem with this book is that the narrator sounds like every word is a life or death situation. I listened to a few chapters and then had to stop - I couldn't take the voice anymore. I just wanted her to relax and tell the story without so much power behind her voice. I enjoyed reading (rather than listening to) A Woman in Red - another book by Eileen Goudge, but this one suffers as much from the narration as it may from the writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One True Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    A young woman sits in jail, accused of the mercy killing of her dying mother. She didn't do it, but she thinks she knows who did. In the last months of her life, Ellen Gulden's mother revealed startling secrets that challenged everything Ellen believed about her family. Now, in jail, Ellen believes those secrets will tell her who had the courage to end her mother's suffering.

    Christina Z. says: "Danger!"
    "Tedious and Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually love Anna Quindlen but this book never got off the ground. Maybe it was the narrator, but I found the writing tedious, the character development shallow and ho-hum and had to force myself to keep going - hoping all the while that I'd come to that magic moment when sticking with it becomes worth the effort. That never happened. The topic could and should have provided a rich landscape for exploring the meaning of life and death, of families and how we create boxes for each other that do a disservice to all. But the whole thing fell flat. I wouldn't bother with this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10748)
    Performance
    (5129)
    Story
    (5150)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Beatles. Bill Gates. Chinese rice farmers. Such a motley crew. Who would imagine that they have so much in common. This book had me from the get go just like a good novel would. Authors reading their own work is risky business but Malcolm Gladwell ROCKS it. He knows his material so eel - and it's so interesting - l that it feels like he's telling a good story rather than reading nonfiction. And he's as good a narrator as any - great inflection, perfect pace, fabulous content. Who could ask for more?! This book opened my eyes in wonderful ways to what it takes to be successful. And his insights into the real problems with our educational system, was worth the entire book. If you are reading this, GET THIS BOOK. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7916)
    Performance
    (7175)
    Story
    (7194)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Well done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book a lot. Good story. Great narration. Kept me guessing on the "who done it" part the whole way through. Kinda contrived in a few places but generally an engaging read. Even if the press had not blown the whistle on the real author, I would be looking for more Robert Galbraith books....nice to know that the Harry Potter series was not just a fluke of timing. JK Rowlings really can write....a pretty good detective story too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jonah Lehrer
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (552)

    From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

    aaron says: "Starts out Promising, but Then...."
    "Great content, performance-not so much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I LOVED How We Decide by the same author and was so looking forward to this one. As is the case with How We Decide, the content is magnificent - an awe inspiring look into creativity - what it is, how to support it, how to nurture it, how NOT to kill it (which our current education system is doing.) Unfortunately, the author chose to read this one himself and that was a mistake. It's not so bad to scare you away from buying it, but it is irritating and at times, frustrating. He swallows words and I found myself going back to re-listen. The CONTENT IS FASCINATING tho, and in the end, worth the irritation. If you are at all interested in creativity, I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: 10th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (346)

    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

    A User says: "Excellent Story"
    "A Heart-warming listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Tuesdays with Morrie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tuesdays with Morrie was one of my favorite listens. Morrie's willingness to share his final times and Mitch's ability to


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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