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Kelly

Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.

Livermore, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 176 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Bayles, Ted Orland
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (108)

    Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

    Inga Ladd says: "Amazing!"
    "Some books are just meant to be read"
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    I read this book a few years ago and thought I would get a refresher by listening to the audiobook. Although I love the information it is one of those books you have to read. If you are an artist or want to be, I highly suggest this book. But read it, because it will give you more time to let what they are telling you really sink in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (349)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    "Its official, Rob Lowe is a great story teller!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Love Life to be better than the print version?

    I would say the audio version would be better than the print because you hear all the stories in his voice. There is one story in particular, that you just have to hear. He also does wonderful voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved his first book and thought, what a great story teller. I recommended it to my son and husband, who loved it as well. Originally, I decided to listen to the first book because we are about the same age and I have seen his career path. I thought it would be interesting, no expectations. With the second book, I HAD expectations because I enjoyed the first one so much. It delivered! I wasn't sure in the first chapter but I got what I expected a wonderful behind the scenes stories that are told in a warm, self-effacing way. I hope he keeps writing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David A. Price
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (355)

    The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

    Cameron says: "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."
    "Interesting but a bit to technical at times"
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    I really enjoyed the history surronding the start of Pixar. There were many times when they would go into technical detail regarding the new advancements in hardware software. If you like that sort of thing you will love this book. Outside of being lost at times during the explanation of computer advancements. I thougt it was a solid history of the company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rodin: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Frederic V. Grunfeld
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Augustus Rodin was not only the greatest sculptor but also one of the most remarkable personalities of modern times. Frederic V. Grunfeld's exhaustive biography, the first in over fifty years, documents a lifetime of both artistic and personal struggle against poverty, against the conservative Salon, and against an art establishment that for years denied him recognition.

    Kelly says: "To much like a text book"
    "To much like a text book"
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    I really like Simon Vance but this book was just to much like a text book with footnotes in the middle of a sentence. Simon french is beautiful but there is so much french that I was having trouble following it. Didn't get far before I just gave up. If you like stories about artist and you like sculptors I suggest the Agony & Ecstasy (about michaelangelo). Its a great listen/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Henson: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Jay Jones
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
    "Interesting story about an interesting man"
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    Overall I really liked this book. i also enjoyed the narration. I did think that there was a little excess family history that slowed the story down a bit in the beginning but once it got rolling it was fascinating. I grew up around the muppets Sesame Street and didn't really know much if his story, he was definitely not the one dimensional man I thought. I would recommend to anyone who is a Henson fan, but also to those who study success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (2689)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2283)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Linda Lou says: "NOT "DICKENSIAN" ENOUGH"
    "Great story...wonderful narration"
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    Thank you audible for this wonderful gift. Have never read this story before and would not have been one that I would have chosen for myself. Jim Dale is wonderful in his narration of this very heartfelt wonderful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

    R. Adams says: "Jim Dale is a great narrator"
    "It's jim dale...need I say more!"
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    What did you love best about A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]?

    A Christmas carol is one of my all time favorite stories add to that Jim dales narration and I absolutely loved it.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    I just love Jim Dale. His narrations are always so entertaining


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6694)
    Performance
    (6151)
    Story
    (6208)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "What Happened?"
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    Could you see Allegiant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's funny because after I finished Aliegent. I was thinking they probably should have waited until the first movie came before releasing the book. I was super excited about the movie and now after the last book, I my enthusiasm has definately diminished.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the first two books and suggested them to friends but this last book just should have been so much better. I listened to the first books and could not stop listening. This one I kept starting and stopping and starting because it just didn't keep me engaged. I also felt like the pacing was bad sometimes it seemed to be slow and other times things felt rushed. The end was just ............. there. You have this emotional climax (which was rushed but I must admit mad me cry) and then several chapters of clean up and then just ....nothing. All I can say is I was very disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pat Williams, Jim Denney
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    How to Be Like is a "character biography" series: biographies that also draw out important lessons from the life of their subjects. In this new book - by far the most exhaustive in the series - Pat Williams tackles one of the most influential people in recent history. While many recent biographies of Walt Disney have reveled in the negative, this audiobook takes an honest but positive look at the man behind the myth. For the first time, the book pulls together all the various strands of Disney's life into one straightforward, easy-to-listen-to tale.

    Dorrence says: "One of the best books I've heard yet!"
    "Inspiring"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a great learning book on how to be successful. If you are a fan of self-improvement and would like to learn more about success or just like reading about successful people, This is a great book. Especially if you are an artist or a creative person this was a man who had a HUGE vision. The performance was along the lines of other biographys or self improvement. It didn't put me to sleep but it wasn't super special either.All that being said, I will definately listen to this again next time with a journal to take notes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (2592)
    Story
    (2597)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "NOT USUALLY A ZOMBIE FAN"
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    If you could sum up World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    WAY ABOVE EXPECTATIONS


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human side of the stories


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a fan of Zombie books. I picked this book after all the movie trailers ( have not seen the movie yet) but really after listening to the sound clip. I thought it was so cool to have it performed not just read. I was not disappointed this book went way above my expectations. I have always thought zombies were lame. But this book was so great how it went about telling the story about the war, to the point were you could believe that it could happen. Super glad I took the chance on something that I normally would not listen too.

    Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alethea Kontis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (217)

    It isn’t easy being Sunday’s child, not when you’re the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night, Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him....

    Shannon says: "Charming... Enchanting"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
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    I really only got this book because it had some good reviews and it was cheap. Was I surprised. When I first started listening to it I thought it was going to be a sweet little childerns story that didn't have much to it but about 15% into the story it really picks up. I really enjoyed it, The author has combined my stories to make a truly original new fairy tale for older childern and adults alike. ( Would not recommend listening with younger childern since there are some creepy/scary parts)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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