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March ARB, CA, United States

  • 2 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 108 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Irresistible Henry House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lisa Grunwald
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is the middle of the 20th century, and in a home economics program at a prominent university, real babies are being used to teach mothering skills to young women. For a young man raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime. In this captivating novel, bestselling author Lisa Grunwald gives us the sweeping tale of an irresistible hero and the many women who love him.

    Jennifer says: "Well worth your time and credit"
    "Great start, ho-hum finish"

    Based on the first half hour of this book, I thought I would love this story. The main idea is based on a bit of history (there were, in fact, "practice babies" used by home economics programs) and runs along beautifully until the main character, Henry, starts to move toward his teens. At this point, the author seems to get bored with her original storyline, and instead crafts Henry into someone rather drab, predictable, and unlikable. To me, the character felt inconsistent from his early descriptions and lacked growth throughout. Despite this flaw, I did enjoy the author's use of historical events throughout the tale (somewhat reminiscent of Forrest Gump), and especially the foray into the inner workings of Disney in the 60s. The reader did a great job with what he had to work with, and the pace and intonation were well done.

    Five stars for the beginning, dragged down to three by a lack of good character development midway through to the end. I felt like the author lost her passion for this story somewhere along the way, and made up for it with an over-focus on historical events. Not a bad listen, but there are definitely better options out there.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unlimited Power

    • ABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Anthony Robbins
    • Narrated By Anthony Robbins

    Yes, you can do, have, achieve, and create anything you want out of life. Anthony Robbins has proved it. Robbins, the undisputed master of the magic of mind power, shows you in this audio program how to harness yours. He demonstrates passionately and eloquently that whatever you think will be, that your state of mind determines what you can and can't do, and that all successful results can be modeled and duplicated.

    Tom says: "I like Tony Robbins a lot but this is not a "book""
    "Great thoughts, heavy advertising"

    I love Tony Robbins, don't get me wrong. He's brash, to the point, and definitely a tour de force in the positive psychology and NLP world. This audiobook gives the listener a great taste of the Tony basics. However, it is NOT a reading of the book. As other reviewers have already stated, this brief reading spends about half the time trying to convince the listener to either buy a book or attend a seminar. If you're aware of that up front, it's not a bad listen. However, listener beware: this is a high level overview; for the details you'll have to go elsewhere.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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