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Dina

LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 65 reviews
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  • 263 titles in library
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  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5323)
    Performance
    (4565)
    Story
    (4541)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Finally Feel Understood"
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    I'm so glad that Susan Cain wrote this book. I've always known I was an introvert, but living in an extroverted world has always been frustrating for me. What Cain offers is the opportunity to stop apologizing for who you are and permission to feel comfortable in your own skin. I now understand how my extroverted mother and ex-spouse had such difficulty understanding me. And, how tough it still is to live in a world that expects introverts to participate in our culture like extroverts.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • At the Water's Edge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the colonel's favor is to succeed where the colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster.

    Steve says: "Listen to reader before you buy"
    "Narrator Just Fine"
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    I'm not sure why there are so many complaints about Justine Eyre's reading of this book. I've listened to her many times and very much like her style. She put on a different tone for this read as I suspect she was trying to mimic the upper crust, east coast accent of the era. She does men and women equally well and her Scottish brogue is excellent. The plot of the book was definitely unique and the characters interesting. The unusual nature of the story kept me listening. The reason I only gave it 3 stars is because Sara Gruen left so many things hanging at the conclusion of the book. There were lots of innuendos, but it almost felt like story lines were begun and then just left unfinished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christiane Northrup
    • Narrated By Christiane Northrup
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Though we talk about wanting to age gracefully, the truth is that when it comes to getting older, we’re programmed to dread an inevitable decline: in our health, our looks, our sexual relationships, even the pleasure we take in living life. But as Christiane Northrup, MD, shows us in this profoundly empowering program, we have it in us to make growing older an entirely different experience for both our bodies and our souls.

    Rosalind Jackson says: "Stellar Book"
    "Shoot me now!"
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    Contemplating everything this book says to do to slow the aging made me exhausted. The plethora of suggestions were all very worthy, but you would literally have to devote all day, every day to accomplishing them. In some ways, it felt like a prescription for the idle rich. And, Dr. Northrup's passion for tango was mentioned so many times, I had a good mind to dance my red editor's pen straight through those sections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Wishes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (715)

    In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their 33rd year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents' dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.

    Jen says: "It's Still Moriarty!"
    "Silly and Serious Combined"
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    Moriarty has an uncanny ability to recount conversations that you think are unique to your life. When you read her books, you find out that others really do share your experiences, word for word. In some ways it is comforting. In other ways, it is hard not to see some of your own trials and tribulations as cliche. I thought the characters in this story were immature and not the most likeable, but Moriarty's writing and plot, once again, kept my interest...not to mention catapulting Sydney to the top of my travel destination list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Anniversary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (489)

    Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.

    Travis says: "Such a disappointment after "Big Little Lies""
    "Didn't Mind Narrator At All"
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    Once you get used to Heather Wilds' style of reading, she grows on you. I didn't think her performance ruined the audiobook, at all. With regard to the story, not Moriarty's best, but still entertaining. The characters were will developed and the plot unique, if not far fetched. Didn't love the ending, but the book was a good vacation read. 3.5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1229)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "Good premise, average execution"
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    I liked the underlying premise of the book - What happens when you love someone and you break up or that person dies? Do you ever stop loving them? Is the expectation that you should "get over it" realistic? The exploration of this question was quite good, but in other areas, the novel fell short. It was too long and rambling and the character development was not as deep as Moriarty's other books. The audio narration was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8879)
    Performance
    (7752)
    Story
    (7773)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Forced Myself To Finish"
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    I bought this book more than 6 months ago and started and stopped multiple times. Once it won the Goodreads best historical fiction award, I forced myself to finish it. It was truly a magnum opus with a unique storyline for a WWII novel and the writing was beautiful. But, something about the character development left me wanting more and the story just dragged at times. The ending, though probably realistic, was quite depressing. Zach Appelman's narration was excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3815)
    Performance
    (3390)
    Story
    (3383)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Enough With The Elephants, Already!"
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    I understand that this book had an underlying goal of exposing the abuse of elephants but the treatise distracted from the underlying story. The ending of the book was clever, though a bit disconcerting. Though a fan of Picoult's earlier works, I just have not loved the books she has written in the last 5 years. FYI: the narrators of this book were perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1068)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes"
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    I was always fascinated by how believably Alan Cumming (a Scotsman) could play an American, Jewish political consultant on the Good Wife so I had to read his memoir to see what he was all about. Turns out that he is a terrific writer who can weave a down right crazy tale. It is amazing that this brilliant actor was brought up under such terribly abusive circumstances and was still able to become a hugely talented actor. His story is a testament to survival and ultimately thriving despite the worst of circumstances.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7483)
    Performance
    (6560)
    Story
    (6558)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Really Loving Moriarty!"
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    This is my third Liane Moriarty book and I'm now a real fan. I just love her ability to take everyday life and extraordinarily real characters and delve really deeply into circumstances and emotions. And, she is able to do this through normal human interactions and humor. Clearly living on the North Shore of Sydney isn't any different than any upper middle class US suburb. Caroline Lee's performance was spot on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3722)
    Performance
    (3269)
    Story
    (3261)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Elisabeth says: "Clever and Fresh, but Painful"
    "Sorry I Waited So Long to Read Moriarty!"
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    My first Liane Moriarty book. What a nice surprise! Definitely a step above chic lit. Engaging, humorous and thought provoking. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It just kept ending...3 or 4 times. I thought the conclusion would have been better if the author stopped with the first ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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