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Lisa

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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2383)
    Performance
    (2196)
    Story
    (2210)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen."
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    I gave 5 stars for performance and 3 for story. Mindy is very funny, and I like her style, so I liked the book. Like Tina Fey in Bossypants, Mindy writes about things that all women can relate to, and that most women agree with on some level. She does an excellent job of reading (some authors don't do as well as you would want), maybe since she's also an actress. She definitely gave excitement to the reading. Her voice is a little high-pitched, but again, I like Mindy so I enjoyed listening. The male readers were AWESOME and believable.

    I gave 3 for story because she is quite superficial and materialistic, so you'll find those themes running through the entire thing. It's funny, especially if you're being light-hearted about it, but it's not the kind of story that keeps you thinking and expands you as a person. The story itself is pretty forgettable, but it was very fun and enjoyable while it lasted. I'm assuming that was her goal.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (430)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "Falls apart in the second half"
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    I totally agree with a previous reviewer that this book is "a mess." That is the best way to describe this book.

    I truly enjoyed the beginning of the book, but in the second half it just gets totally haphazard and forced. He just puts Harold and Erica into any situation and then lists some random study or quote to justify it, but each point is disconnected from the rest and incompatible with the initial narrative that started off so strong.

    I did finish it, but it was definitely a struggle to keep up with it in part 2.

    I DO NOT recommend this audiobook.

    Narration was fine, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (436)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "Interesting and timely analysis of today's boys"
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    The book is written in a sort of epidemic/crisis format- very much encouraging the reader to take this matter seriously, with useful tips for parents of young boys. Sadly, it doesn't provide much help for how to handle adult men who are the result of these "five factors." Much of the analysis surrounds the formative years of a boy's life, encouraging parents to find a school that fits their son, rather than trying to make their son fit a school. The author discourages use of medication for ADHD, drinking out of bottles that contain certain types of plastic, and using video games and computer time as a substitute for real-life learning and experience.

    I do not have children, but I still found this book to be extremely interesting, and I'm looking forward to listening to other books by this author. The narration was very good too.

    I recommended this book to my friends who are teachers, and/or who have sons. For those who aren't directly concerned with boys and young men today- I don't know how interesting you'll find the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3004)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2501)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "If you're into that kindof thing..."
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    Most of my values don't really match up with Ann Patchett's, but I liked this audiobook because she seems honest. It was interesting to hear about her life and her love story. I think it's a very high-quality audiobook, if you like hearing love stories and hearing about interesting people. I enjoy both, so I enjoyed listening; but, I wouldn't really classify this as a feel-good story. It's a thought-provoking and slightly dim story about one woman's experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13054)
    Performance
    (5502)
    Story
    (5569)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Sweet story"
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    At some times, the story was a little slow moving, in my opinion. However, the narration makes it engaging. I thought the idea of 2 narrators was very appropriate. I cannot imagine having listened to one person reading the whole thing. It definitely adds to the quality of the audiobook to have 2 narrators. I do not regret listening to this one. It's a very sweet story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33913)
    Performance
    (25101)
    Story
    (25444)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Thrilling!"
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    Collins creates very interesting and compelling characters. This is not just a young adult fad, it's an exciting story that sends good messages to young people, especially girls. I didn't think I would like it because it's about children killing children, but the book does not take delight in violence at all. There is violence present, but it's not glorified or even accepted. In fact, I would say one message of the book is, "This is not okay." So, if you're worried about that aspect of it, I'd say you should still consider listening.

    The narrator is awesome! Never dull or boring, and never annoying or overly-animated. Perfect.

    I would recommend this book to anyone. It's great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28655)
    Performance
    (21905)
    Story
    (22045)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Excellent"
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    Carolyn McCormick is an excellent narrator, and this book continues the very exciting story that Suzanne Collins has created. If you liked the first book, just keep listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Secret Public Journal Live

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Mike Birbiglia
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (72)

    Birbiglia, one of the nation's most beloved comedians, returns with his second album, this time a collection of his best My Secret Public Journal entries. With his unique, low-key nice guy style and self-effacing jokes, he has earned a rabid fan following.

    Lisa says: "Birbigs is a funny guy, but not THAT funny."
    "Birbigs is a funny guy, but not THAT funny."
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    I like Mike Birbiglia and listen to a lot of his stuff via This American Life, but I would only recommend this title to people who really, really love Mike Birbiglia. I don't regret listening, but honestly, I didn't really laugh out loud too much during this performance. I also bought "Two Drink Mike" and some of the jokes were repeated, which was a bummer.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3170)
    Performance
    (2483)
    Story
    (2475)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Unexpectedly Wonderful!"
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    Rob Lowe has done an amazing job. I'm 23 years old and knew virtually nothing about Rob Lowe prior to reading this book. I had only seen him on Parks & Recreation. After reading about some of the buzz his audiobook generated, I decided to listen.

    This is the only audiobook that I've actually listened to more than once!

    Not only is Rob Lowe a good writer, but he is also a great story-teller! I thought this would be uninteresting to me since I wasn't a previous fan, and I hadn't seen most of his work as an actor, but I watched The Outsiders after listening to this audiobook, and it was so cool to know the inside scoop about his experience while watching the movie! His life is filled with so many amazing stories- and even though this book is full of name-dropping, he does it in such an exciting and honest way. I think the best part of this book was how honest and open Rob Lowe seemed about his life. He has truly undergone some amazing transformations and I feel proud of him even though I've never met him! That's how good this audiobook is!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1079)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Everything you'd expect"
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    This is a very popular book, and the audiobook is just what you'd expect. Not an extraordinarily captivating performance by the narrator, but you wouldn't expect one. Very important, valuable material is presented- a unique perspective on Christianity from C.S. Lewis that has no-doubt changed many people, and that is what you'd expect. I am glad to have listened to this audiobook. In fact, I own the paperback and could never get through it- but when it's read to you it feels restored to the original intention of a radio program. Worth the credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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