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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15822)
    Performance
    (14036)
    Story
    (14075)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Too long"
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    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Alternating voices between Amy and Nick was interesting in the beginning but grew tiresome quickly. Crude language did not augment the story. I am not prudish, but the language and banter in this book were unnecessary to the story.The story was too long. It should have wrapped up quickly after the climax.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ms. Flynn had an engaging, unique, and complex premise for the story. It was cluttered by the diary structure, crude language, and inability to come to an end.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They managed to keep the story moving through its twists and alternating voices. I think that reading the book would have been too plodding.


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

    The author must have had some experience with psycopathology. Her characters provided insights that I had not read in other fiction. They seemed to be real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knowing Your Value

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mika Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    It's no secret that women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great strides have been made in recent decades, the value placed on women versus their male counterparts is still consistently unbalanced. In Knowing Your Value, bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.

    M.N. says: "Gives what it says it will"
    "Wish I had read this 20 years ago!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Knowing Your Value the most enjoyable?

    The insights and advice from successful women were eye-opening. So many of these women shared the same insecurities and experiences early in their careers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is practical. Changes in outlook and behavior can be applied by any woman. I found myself wishing that I had read this book before encountering several work situations years ago before I retired. I would have handled situations a different way if I had read this book. And, I would have stopped wondering if I were the only person feeling the way I felt and experiencing the events I encountered.


    Which character – as performed by Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

    Mika, as the investigator with her own workplace issues to address, is most important. She is speaking for so many women.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no because I didn't want to stop listening, but sometimes I needed a little space between chapters to think about what I had learned.


    Any additional comments?

    Knowing Your Value is a great book for any working woman. I will recommend it to my daughter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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