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Tomodachi

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  • 21 reviews
  • 178 ratings
  • 522 titles in library
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  • The Christmas Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    No writer is more identified with the modern idea of Christmas than Charles Dickens. In some ways, Dickens helped define the holiday that we now celebrate by immortalizing it as a time of warmth and sharing, with an emphasis on family and friends.

    Tomodachi says: "Christmas, sort of"
    "Christmas, sort of"
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    The stories were interesting and had all of the fine qualities of Charles Dickens' works, but I suppose I was expecting something a little more heartwarming. I realize the problem is not the stories by my expectations, but if you're expecting "Christmasy" stories, you should look up some of the tales online first to see if they are what you're after.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Consultant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Ramiz Monsef
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (714)

    CompWare is in serious trouble after a promised merger falls through, so they do what other businesses have done to bolster their public image: They hire a consulting firm to review and streamline their business practices.

    Mary Meadows says: "Disappointed - the book was"
    "Time to Give Up"
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    What would have made The Consultant better?

    I'm afraid it needs to be cut down by about 50%. It started out intriguing and gripping, but by the time I reached the middle, I started to see a long string of, "...and then this insanely bad thing happened ... and then this one ... and then this one..." chapters ahead with no end in sight. It became a chore to continue. I appreciated some of the occasional surrealistic touches, but overall it would have been more intensely chilling if Little had kept it more plausible rather walloping the reader repeatedly with wildly absurd extremes. But, I have to admit that I didn't finish the book. When reading a book becomes all about endurance instead of pleasure, interest, or curiosity, it's time to move on.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bentley Little again?

    Doubtful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (401)

    Follow New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach - but be careful not to trip - as she weaves through personal anecdotes and everyday musings riddled with her uncanny wit and amazingly analytical eye. These essays, which found a well-deserved home within the pages of Reader's Digest as the column "My Planet," detail the inner workings of hypochondriacs, hoarders, and compulsive cheapskates. (Did we mention neurotic interior designers and professional list makers?) For Roach, humor is hidden in the most unlikely places, which means that nothing is off limits.

    Ann says: "Narrator drove me crazy"
    "Enjoyed the book, but the narrator was shouting"
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    If you could sum up My Planet in three words, what would they be?

    My Planet is funny, short musings from an intelligent and observant woman who isn't afraid to laugh at the world or herself. (By the way, this question asks me to sum up in three words, but the minimum is 15 words. Hmm.) Unlike many of Roach's other books, this one is not entirely research based - some segments are just vignettes about her experiences.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I hate to criticize because narrator clearly put her heart into this, but she seemed to be shouting and emphasizing every single line. I felt like I was on the subway next to a "loud talker" and was looking for a way to move to another car. I did manage to finish the book, and it didn't stop me from enjoying the humor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several parts were quite funny!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem Boost with Hypnosis, Meditation, and Affirmations (The Sleep Learning System)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joel Thielke
    • Narrated By Joel Thielke
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Increase your confidence, feel great, and embrace your self-worth with The Sleep Learning System's Confidence and Self-Esteem Boost with Hypnosis, Meditation, and Affirmations, from certified hypnotherapist, Joel Thielke.

    Thomas Canam says: "Waves at end wake me back up."
    "Very little content"
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    The only content was a very brief, standard hypnosis script in chapter 2 (counting backwards, deeper and deeper...) - the rest was the sound of ocean waves for 3 additional "chapters." i'm grateful for Audible's return policy. This "book" was a big disappointment.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56526)
    Performance
    (51704)
    Story
    (51616)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Bill says: "I Laughed and I Cried"
    "The best I've listened to in years!"
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    Would you listen to A Man Called Ove again? Why?

    I've already listened to this book more than once. I love the characters. They feel like family to me - quirky, funny, and multidimensional. This is a book that reminds you of what's extraordinary about the ordinary, and hints at the complex spirit inside the people we meet and think we know. I love the way the author sets the stage of various times and places through the chapter titles.


    What other book might you compare A Man Called Ove to and why?

    I wish there were another book to compare. This one really stands alone for me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found Ove's conversations with his wife moving. Her upbeat spirit and how she loved Ove, despite his curmudgeonly ways, reminded me of those rare, gem-like people you meet a few times in your life who just glow from within.


    Any additional comments?

    "A Man Called Ove" and "The Good House," though both extremely different from one another, are two of the best books I've listened to in years.

    188 of 213 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Tilar J J. Mazzeo University of Washington Ph.D
    • Narrated By Professor Tilar J J. Mazzeo University of Washington Ph.D
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (343)

    Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

    Gillian says: "Fiction! Nonfiction! You Name It!"
    "Great Information - Reasonable Presentation"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It's a lecture by a college professor, so I recommend imagining yourself in a classroom setting surrounded by students. That will make her approach, tone, and style feel more appropriate. She uses a highly animated style that made me think she normally teaches freshmen, but it did keep my ears and mind attuned, which is the gold standard for any teacher. (Since she starts out by describing how it feels to be presenting with no audience before her, the applause at the end of each section seemed silly.) Unfortunately, she is the second of two Great Courses writing instructors who cannot pronounce the word "sentence." (They both pronounce it "sennence"'; the other lecturer's course is actually on building better "sennences"!) I thought I'd get used to it, but never did. However, overall I learned a good deal, and from my perspective, that's what a great course is all about!


    What did you learn from Writing Creative Nonfiction that you would use in your daily life?

    I've already begun applying some of her recommendations about the narrative arc, researching the topic, pacing and narrative tension, etc, as well as guidance on publishing. Last week, a magazine told me that my recent work has been "even stronger than before," and I believe this course has made the difference. " I've listened to some sections more than once and expect I'll continue to revisit it.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be helpful to have a list of the chapters by topic--a syllabus or table of contents-- allowing readers to choose among the lectures or revisit certain material. I did sometimes feel I'd prefer more examples drawn from nonfiction rather than fiction, but I still feel the lectures were quite valuable.

    53 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2925)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Amazon Customer says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "New Insights with Every Listen"
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    I've listened to this book several times - it's upbeat and very light, but every time I hear it I find just a little bit more insight on finding internal peace. I found the end a bit disappointing because it seemed a little far-fetched in a book that, although sweet and silly in places, always felt down to earth up to that point. I find it pairs nicely with "Opening the Door of Your Heart and Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness" by Ajahn Brahm, which I also bought on Audible.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (2503)
    Story
    (2512)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Not worth the time to finish it."
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    I'm grateful for the opportunity to try this for free, but I found the descriptions a bit wooden. The "serial killer perspective" at the opening of each chapter seemed to be trying too hard to be creepy, in the way that a TV movie tries to make their killers out to be ooooooh so evil. The characters felt two-dimensional and the plot felt forced. I bailed out halfway through, however, so I can't speak to the ending. The reader seemed decent so I factored that into my rating.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1799)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1173)

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "Always a joy!"
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    It's always a pleasure to listen to Grover Gardener reading David Rosenfelt's work. Gardener completely captures the "North Jersey" accent and tempo reflected in Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series, and Rosenfelt's stories are always the perfect mix of humor, mystery, and heart. I listen to a wide variety of books, but I always come back to Rosenfelt, Gardener, and Andy Carpenter (and Tara!) when I just want to listen to something I *know* I'll enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Un Cuento de Navidad (Dramatizacion) [A Christmas Carol (Dramatized)]: Una obra de la radio en español, basada en la clásica y corta historia de Charles Dickens

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Shane Salk (producer)
    • Narrated By Ruben Garfias, Pedro Pano, Jo Jo Henrickson, and others
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Una grabación completa por un elenco de artistas, en español, de la obra clásica de Charles Dickens Un Cuento de Navidad (A Christmas Carol). Se le da la oportunidad a un hombre llamado Scrooge de cambiar un destino maldito por ser tomado en un viaje a través del tiempo por los fantasmas de las Navidades pasadas, presentes, y futuras.

    Tomodachi says: "Enjoyable version of A Christmas Carol"
    "Enjoyable version of A Christmas Carol"
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    I enjoyed this version of a Christmas Carol. I'm studying Spanish and find that listening in Spanish to books I'm familiar with in English is helpful. I didn't notice anyone in the dramatization using poor grammar like "el mesa" (I was listening for that after reading the prior review - "la mesa" was said throughout) and the accents didn't bother me. What I would have liked was something more descriptive, like the original story. This version doesn't describe important features like the transformation of the door knocker or the overall appearance of the third ghost because it is portrayed through conversation without a narrator. If you weren't familiar with the story, I think you would be wondering a bit, "What did the ghosts look like?" etc. But overall, a decent version worth the tiny price Audible charged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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