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Julie

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  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (713)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "How to Communicate Effectively"
    Overall

    This is not just a marketing book. It is a book on how to deliver presentations, how to write, how to teach, how to promote new ideas at work. The book forever changed the way I will do each of these things and I wish I could have read it many years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (895)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "British? Did readers listen to any past books?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ?

    No more


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Take away the random new characters I don't care about. Also, the pacing was a bit odd.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Why suddenly everyone has a Brittish accent is a frustrating mystery. Make the readers have American accents! This isn't rocket science, folks.


    Do you think City of Heavenly Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Let this be the end


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the series, but found the end anticlimactic and I had a hard time ignoring the suddenly British voices. Also, I had no interest in the suddenly new characters I didn't care about who took up too much time in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9090)
    Performance
    (8343)
    Story
    (8386)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Fan fiction that doesn't advance any story lines"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    *SPOILER FREE*
    This book is as long as the others, but all the characters that you love are missing and nothing happens with all the other characters. It is a bunch of weak side stories. It is as if this is a work of fan fiction that goes at great length to avoid impacting any of the main story lines.

    The sad part is that you have to listen to it anyway, because you've already invested so much in the series. Let's hope the next books are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (376)

    At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

    Nancy says: "Perfect timing"
    "Self-indulgent and unnecessary"
    Overall

    Do we really need to know every detail about her thoughts on marriage? This book was self indulgent to put it mildly. Yes, I understand, she has issues with marriage, but enough is enough. Eat, Pray, Love was interesting and relatable. But she really should have stopped there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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