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lisa

Indianapolis, India | Member Since 2010

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  • Anxious to Please: 7 Revolutionary Practices for the Chronically Nice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig English, James Rapson
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Chronic Niceness affects multitudes, causing severe anxiety and depression, crippling self-esteem, and undermining and destroying relationships. Anxious to Please reveals the primary psychological cause of Chronic Niceness: Anxious Attachment. Anxious Attachment drives the Nice Person to accommodate, acquiesce, and avoid conflict. Nice People take what they're given rather than asking for what they want, often sacrificing relationship, careers and their own integrity.

    lisa says: "Help for the "chronically nice""
    "Help for the "chronically nice""
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    If you know someone who suffers from anxiety or you yourself suffer from it, this is a good read to explain why. People who are "too nice" suffer from a form of social anxiety. They want to be loved but do not believe that they deserve love and in fact often feel unlovable. They are sometimes referred to as "people pleasers" and live a life of quiet desperation pretending that everything's well with the world. This anxious attachment disorder often leads them to stay in unhealthy relationships and are prone to sabotage good relationships. This book is about helping those people to gain confidence and be the person they were meant to be.




    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (886)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "The worst narrator I have ever listened to"
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    Would you try another book from Tatiana de Rosnay and/or Polly Stone?

    No


    Has Sarah's Key turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really. The genre was not the problem. The writing was poor.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Polly Stone?

    The narrator was very poor. Her attempt to do character voices made a tragic situation laughable. It was like listening to a poorly performed puppet theater without being able to see the stage. I think almost anyone could have done a better job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sarah's story was good but was only a small part of the story and ended way too soon. I did not care about Julia at all.


    Any additional comments?

    There are 2 stories in this novel. A tragic story of Sarah who was a Jewish girl in 1942 and a self absorbed one deferential American woman living in France with her philandering husband sixty years later. If the whole story had focused on Sarah's story, this would have been an excellent read. Unfortunately the author spent too little time on Sarah's story and a great deal of time on Julia's sex life with her French husband.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5874)
    Performance
    (5091)
    Story
    (5081)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Reader is suberb with a mediocre book"
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    What disappointed you about Beautiful Ruins?

    The first chapter was great and then it went downhill. The characters were so boring (except Pasquale) that I did not care what happened to them. The disparaging characterization of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor seemed contrived and uncomfortable. It reminded me of the trashy supermarket tabloids.


    Has Beautiful Ruins turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. The problem with this book was not the genre.


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I had been reading the book, I would have never finished it. Edoardo was very entertaining easily switching between the different characters voices. He was superb. His Italian is flawless.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Parts of it were funny which Edoardo made even funnier. I really liked Pasquale especially in the first chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Rooms, Upstairs: A Psychotherapist's Journey Into and Beyond Her Mother's Mental Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Linda Appleman Shapiro
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Four Rooms, Upstairs - a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award - is the story of Linda Appleman Shapiro, an immigrant daughter who grew up on the top floor of a small home in 1940s Brooklyn, and struggled to understand her mentally ill mother. For years Linda tried to ignore the phases when her mother was "not herself." As the youngest child and only girl, Linda spent many days at home alone with her mother, watching her battle memories of loss and despair, unable to cope.

    lisa says: "Great insight into mental illness"
    "Great insight into mental illness"
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    What made the experience of listening to Four Rooms, Upstairs the most enjoyable?

    I think Linda Shapiro told her story well and showed remarkable insight into the world of mental illness. She did not preach or whine about it just wove it into her autobiography.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George. While George did not narrate this book, I have listened to him many times as the narrator of other books and he is one of the greatest narrators I have ever heard. Also Linda who had the grace to hold herself above the family problems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they were in the theater and George was on stage. The mother had a funny albeit embarrassing reaction to the kissing scene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sons: The Good Earth Trilogy, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    Second in the trilogy that began with The Good Earth, Buck's classic and starkly real tale of sons rising against their honored fathers tells of the bitter struggle to the death between the old and the new in China. Revolutions sweep the vast nation, leaving destruction and death in their wake, yet also promising emancipation to China's oppressed millions, who are groping for a way to survive in a modern age.

    Jean says: "The 2nd generation"
    "Not as good as "The Good Earth " but still a very"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sons the most enjoyable?

    I loved "The Good Earth" and this book is the 2nd generation of those characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pearl Buck's writing is suburb. I loved finding out what happened to the characters especially Pear Blossom.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was great but I do not think it was better than just reading the book for yourself. I just enjoy listening to books as I am driving around for my job.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sons and why?

    Pear Blossom and "the Poor Fool"


    Any additional comments?

    I think that although this book is not as good as "the Good Earth" , it is worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Another of Mark Twain's best-selling yarns of skullduggery and mischief. Set in the deep South, Pudd'nhead Wilson is the central character as an attorney who solves a murder mystery and lays bare the wicked deeds of a larger-than-life ensemble of personalities in his own wry and peculiar way.

    David says: "completely overread"
    "The "dramatazation" of this book is terrible"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe but read it don't listen t to it.


    What other book might you compare Pudd'nhead Wilson to and why?

    Mark Twain & Huck Finn


    What didn’t you like about Bobbie Frohman’s performance?

    The main narrator with a fake accent was bad enough but the dialogue was "dramatized" with fake accents that came and went in the middle of sentences.


    Was Pudd'nhead Wilson worth the listening time?

    It is a good story but read it or maybe try a different narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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