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Amanda

Atlanta, GA, United States

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  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"
    "Great "insider" view ..."
    Overall

    It was nice to hear about Starbucks from the "inside" considering I'm already an advocate for Starbucks on the outside. I would say the book was a little self-promoting; but it was interesting to hear how Howard Schultz refocused the company during tough economic times. I also had no idea HOW MUCH they were doing from a green perspective and having stores LEED certified, as well as the lengths they go to for Fair Trade and treating their farmers with respect and not taking advantage of them. I remember when the customer service was declining, when they quit asking my name and writing it on my cup, when I'd have a great latte one day, and a not-so-great one the next, when I became more of a number - and after the day they closed all of their stores in the US for 3 hours for espresso training, how my Skinny Vanilla Latte suddenly became a yummy, consistent treat again.

    I also love hearing the passion of an entrepreneur; and that even with 17,000+ stores, Howard Schultz still considers himself an entrepreneur. Owning my own business, I know the passion that is required to get up and make a difference every day - and after 25+ years, he still feels it every day.

    Great read!

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18053)
    Performance
    (13896)
    Story
    (13839)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Not what I was expecting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not sure what I was expecting ... I actually read the e-book, instead of listening to this one; while it was fun to read her perspective of how she got to where she is now. I was always a fan of her writing and her news on SNL. I think she is very funny and witty; 30 Rock is great, I watch it regularly, but this book was almost more like sitting down to lunch with Tina and she answered the question


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fixer Upper

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (225)

    After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

    Karen M. McGrady says: "Enjoyable Listening"
    "Fun book ... was sucked in right away!"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Fixer Upper in three words, what would they be?

    Corruption, Revenge, Love


    What other book might you compare The Fixer Upper to and why?

    This was a fun first Mary Kay Andrews book! Several of my friends had recommended her, since she usually sets her books in Savannah, or other places around Georgia. I really enjoyed Dempsey's adventures in trying to keep herself safe while being investigated by the FBI for her former boss' political scandal. By the end of the book I was wondering what adventures Dempsey would tackle next ... then forgot that this is not a series! Currently reading Summer Rental and so far is just as cute.


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed Mary Kay Andrews writing style ... great summer read, take it to the beach, sit back and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1051)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Another solid hit!"
    Overall

    I have been reading John Sandford for years, when I accidentally walked into a B&N during a scheduled book signing. I love how well he develops all of his characters and creates such realistic (because they're based on real locations) settings. This is another solid Virgil Flowers novel! I won't give any spoilers, but really enjoyed the story, in fact really got me thinking about how tight (and potentially devious) very small communities are, and the thought went through my mind ... hmm, could it really happen? Not two days later, I was flipping through the tv, and came across an old Little House on the Prairie episode, and was SHOCKED at how similar that community was to the "small town" that Virgil was dealing with in this book. Made me think of "Little House" in a whole different light!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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