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Tina

Tina

Honokaa, HI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13580)
    Performance
    (11055)
    Story
    (11685)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Ridiculous Waste of Time, Money and Credits!"
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    A reality check would have been helpful. The characters and the story are unbelievable and stupid.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    Never.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Anyone.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Ripped off!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credits or your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Geneen Roth
    • Narrated By Geneen Roth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (200)

    No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all. Geneen Roth's masterwork, Women, Food and God explores the relationship between how we eat and how we see ourselves in the world.

    Anastasia Burke says: "Couldn't put it down!!!"
    "No substitute for healthy eating and exercise"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. If you are over 40 and have simply gained some weight over the past 20 years this book is not the answer although it may help you understand other women and their struggle.


    If you’ve listened to books by Geneen Roth before, how does this one compare?

    A lot of women have some deep psychological reasons for over-eating but fortunately or unfortunately, I am not one of them.


    What three words best describe Geneen Roth’s voice?

    Confident, Calming, Condescending


    Do you think Women, Food and God needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It did not help Oprah and it will not help me either.


    Any additional comments?

    I have come to the conclusion that I am just not that nutty and my few extra pounds is a natural part of aging in my case. I am healthy despite feeling like I need to lose 20 pounds.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5709)
    Performance
    (1923)
    Story
    (1941)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "I did not want it to end."
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    Where does Middlesex rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    9.5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Calliopie... not sure how to spell that :) She is born with a rare condition affecting her sexual orientation and I gained so much insight to these types of disorders.


    Have you listened to any of Kristoffer Tabori’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Love the narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of Middlesex and why?

    Destamona... not sure how to spell that either :) I actually have this book in hardcover and read it many years ago but when I saw it on Audible I had to get it. The story is quite long and a bit complicated so reading it again was a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    So much interesting history intertwined in the storytelling. Love that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    What's your most importan goal? Why does it matter so deeply? How will you overcome the obstacles? Answer these questions with sincerity, proceed with mindfulness and compassion, and you have just set in motion a revolutionary method for personal change that is supported by both the latest science and traditional wisdom.

    T says: "It really is powerful and can lead to change"
    "Full of Good Advice!"
    Overall
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    Where does The Neuroscience of Change rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I give it a 9.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No Characters... its a self-help book :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The guided meditations are very well done. The voice is soothing and conducive to calming relaxation.


    Any additional comments?

    As humans we tend to get stuck in our behavioral patterns. This book can help see that change is doable and if you go about it using these techniques it is perfectly natural and easy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1619)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1329)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    Where does The Marriage Plot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I give it a 7.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Eugenides before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as Middlesex.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very good narration.


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

    Some giggles but I did not really get emotionally attached to any of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Hated the ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "What a Mess!"
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    Would you try another book from Neil Young and/or Keith Carradine?

    Actually, Keith Carridine did a great job narrating.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Learning so much about Neil Young and his personal life and interests... I had no idea his was into so many different things besides music.


    What about Keith Carradine’s performance did you like?

    His voice is clear and easy to understand.


    Could you see Waging Heavy Peace being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure why his editor allowed it but the book is extremely disjointed. He jumps around like a crazed person.... sorry Neil, I love you but your writing needs work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "Every Human Should Read This Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This books sums up many theories about the evolution of the human mind and human behavior. Well written and comprehensive.


    What other book might you compare The Moral Animal to and why?

    The Believing Brain and Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer. Also, the Evolution of God. I would also highly recommend The God Part of the Brain by Matthew Alper (not available on audio book :) but an excellent read)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not really a book that has "scenes" but the flow of the book explaining the theories is very natural and comfortable.


    If you could give The Moral Animal a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What every human should know.


    Any additional comments?

    The use of Darwin's life and his relationships is educational and insightful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prep

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Julie Dretzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure. Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.

    Lorraine says: "Easy & Enjoyable Listen"
    "Juvenile, predictable and boring."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The description of this book is a bit deceiving. I am 54 years old so it may be that is was directed to a less mature audience but that should be indicated somehow in the description. I feel my time and money was wasted on this one. In fact I found it quite irritating because I kept waiting for it to get better but it never did. If you are over the age of 15 do not waste your time or money.


    Has Prep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. First of all I should have known being written by a man and supposedly from a girls perspective.... that alone is a problem. I once was a 15 year old girl and although it was a long time ago the basic things about how young girls feel and think was really poorly represented.... and in such a bad way. The author makes young girls seem so ridiculous and simple minded and that is really not true.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julie Dretzin?

    She had a very irritating way of doing the mother voice but otherwise she was okay.


    What character would you cut from Prep?

    Oh so many to count. The author gave far to much useless information and detail about


    Any additional comments?

    The main character Lee (even that name choice was really lame) was portrayed as a boy-crazy idiot. She had the worst communication skills and it is a wonder anyone had anything to do with her as friends. I realize there are people in the world like that but they are not really fascinating individuals. I have no burning interest in them and I don't know anyone who does.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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