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Elaine

Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1368)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    Allan says: "Important Theme - Repetitive Presentation"
    "Premise isn't perfect"
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    Although it would be easy to argue against the premise, there is merit in some of the arguments presented by the author. Sometimes it is worth listening to a book because it provokes thought even if in the end you don't entirely agree. This is one of those books. Easy to listen to,, and if somewhat repetitive, not boring, and certainly thought-provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (760)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Highly repetitive and I agree with the author...."
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    The amount of information presented is limited. I found the book slow and the information repetitive. Although there is some new information on BIG FOOD, I was disappointed. The facts could have been revealed in a magazine article. The author is a reporter and this is a report stretched out.... Good facts....that's it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk Across the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Corban Addison
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (54)

    Corban Addison’s riveting suspense debut pulls back the veil on one of the most profound human rights issues of our day: human trafficking. After their coastal town in India is wiped out by a tsunami, two sisters are abducted and sold into the global underground sex trade. Meanwhile, half a world away, a D.C. attorney makes it his life’s work to end this dehumanizing practice.

    sara says: "Spellbinding"
    "Soneela takes her reading and characters seriously"
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    As the only person in my book club who listens to audio, I am privileged to have the extra dimension of "READER" which I cannot share with them in my review. I can and often do, share a little of the audio to highlight a portion of the book I particularly enjoy. This reader, with the multitide of characters and accents, is able to portray these people and their accents authentically to help me distinguish who is who.

    This book's character convergence does not feel contrived. The subject matter is dealt with three-dimensionally. Only the children are painted as angels on the planet...

    Thumbs up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (614)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "Laugh and cry with Jeannette"
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    I think it helps that Jeannette is reading her own story. The pace of the story matches the pace of childhood - slow. 4 describes it perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "Thesis could be an essay albeit worth hearing"
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    An easy listen due to quality reading and interesting research. Concepts are somewhat belaboured. I would have preferred a faster pace. That said, the content is more than worthwhile. I have recommended the book to several friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1326)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Reinforces the case against gluten/gliadin"
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    Although this book is repetitive, is another great case for a low carbohydrate diet and has a reader who mispronounces many food words - it IS a worthwhile listen in that it makes a case against modern wheat and BIG FOOD. Every time I discontinue gluten in MY DIET I feel better and lose many of the listed annoying symptoms despite the fact that I do not test positive for celiac. I am chemically sensitive, though. This book is better than most allergists and gastro-enterologists I have seen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Steven Galloway
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre. A true story of a cellist's resistance helps to form this pivotal event in Steven Galloway's extraordinary novel.

    JLynn says: "Engrossing and Enlightening"
    "As expected"
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    Certainly takes you "there". The book is slow and painful but perhaps that is part of the experience. The reading is good - an important element.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (26083)
    Performance
    (12734)
    Story
    (12776)

    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!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I devote little of my time to fiction. This one is worth every minute. Outstanding readers - outstanding writer. I loved every chapter - felt as though I was with them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (854)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Great reader, good writer...but"
    Overall

    Better to read than to listen...maybe. Many characters, many lengthy descriptions that may not be key to the plot, the characters or the story line may be distracting to the audio version. i am currently reading the second book in print form to compare the experience. There is no doubt that the main character is compelling, the reader brilliant, the plot interesting, but it is not the 5/5 that I expected it to be. Cut it in half!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sandra Aamodt, Sam Wang
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (83)

    In this lively audiobook, Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang dispel common myths about the brain and provide a comprehensive, useful overview of how it really works. In its pages, you'll discover how to cope with jet lag, how your brain affects your religion, and how men's and women's brains differ. With witty, accessible prose, this audiobook is great for quick reference or extended listening.

    Christy says: "Very informative"
    "Lots of interesting points"
    Overall

    This is the type of book to listen to in short spurts. The little points, of interest, can be picked up at any point and reviewed learned and shared.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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