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Yvette D Woodward

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Baton Rouge, LA United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • 11 reviews
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  • Tour de France: The Inside Story: Making the World's Greatest Bicycle Race

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Les Woodland
    • Narrated By Oscar Sparrow
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Tour de France is the greatest bike race in the world, but it began as a humble promotional gimmick for a floundering newspaper. More than 100 years later, the Tour still captivates the world and is broadcast to over 180 countries. How did a few men looking for some way to save their struggling business become masters of a giant, successful enterprise? Les Woodland tells the inside story of the Tour de France through the prism of the men who started it, and those who now run it.

    Yvette D Woodward says: "Decent story, terrible narration"
    "Decent story, terrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. The only reason I kept on with it was because I love cycling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wanted to hear the subject matter, the history of the TdF.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oscar Sparrow?

    OMG my Aunt Helen probably could have done a better job. The narration was the worst part. His affected French and American accents were painful to hear and his British English was so choppy in tempo that it just didn't flow like natural speech.


    Did Tour de France: The Inside Story inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to leave this review as a warning to others.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a much better audio book with better narration. Really. The next time you want someone to speak English with a genuine French accent, get a Frenchman who speaks English. Please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4586)
    Performance
    (1964)
    Story
    (1941)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Thought-provoking read for a rational mind"
    Overall

    This book was definitely worth the time to read and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the courage to question the vailidity of religious belief. It highly unpopular to be an atheist, especially in America and the author had to sustain much verbal abuse for stating his beliefs. This book presents rational arguments for the existence of complex life, and morals, in the absence of a divine god as creator and curator. One drawback is that the author does take on a pompous tone and this can be a turnoff to readers. If you can overlook his occasionally grating style, the book has a very good story to tell.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Jeff David
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (541)

    Synthesizing the work of thinkers including Freud, Diderot, Nietzsche, and Einstein, delineating the enticing strategies of characters throughout history, The Art of Seduction is a comprehensive guide to getting what we want - any way we can. Controversial but never dull, timeless and up-to-date, it's destined to be Greene's next best seller.

    Art says: "The best book I purchased here"
    "An interesting read"
    Overall

    Although some might question the morality of a book intended as an instructional manual on seduction, this book was an interesting read. The author speaks through the book as if it the text were a veritable "how-to" manual, however, that is not entirely the case. Reading this book will not transform an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan, however, many of the points are valid and worth consideration. Please read this book, and practice its principles with care. No one enjoys being manipulated, and seduction and manipulation are heavily intertwined, according to the author. Nevertheless, seduction on a benign scale will always be part of human nature. Read this book and learn to flirt - and fulfull - someone's romantic yearnings, but do not intentionally set out to break someone's heart in some petty "conquest".

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (524)

    Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
    "Better than I thought it would be"
    Overall

    To be honest, I bought this audiobook because it was wildly popular (aka. made into a pop Hollywood movie) and it was set in the Deep South. To my delight, this book kept me engaged for every chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, regardless of your state of origin, Southern or not!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (763)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "A good basic business teamwork primer"
    Overall

    Although the book and its parable are an over-simplified view of the business world, this book is definitely worth reading. The points are salient and relevant in a variety of business settings. I have already recommended it to other colleagues at work and they have also found it to be useful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're in Charge, Now What?: The 8 Point Plan

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Neff, James Citrin
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Getting a new job or a big promotion is like building a house: You need to get the foundation right for both. With a job, the quick-drying cement is how well you do in your first hundred days, since they establish the foundation for long-term momentum and great performance.

    Patrick says: "Solid, action-oriented advice"
    "Did not fulfill expectations"
    Overall

    I had purchased this audiobook under recommendation from a colleague because I thought it would be a helpful guide for some leadership training. However, I couldn't finish it because it was not, for me, worth the time to read it. This book might be useful for the new CEO needing to negotiate his relocation package, but for me it did not provide relevant information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2079)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1218)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Surprising good reading"
    Overall

    This book's subject matter is admitedly an unsavory one to most, however, it is considered in some circles to be a "classic" work and so I resigned myself to reading it. I am glad that I did. I was surprised at how completely I was drawn into the story. This book is very well written and deserving of the serious reader's consideration.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Greg Campbell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These "blood diamonds" are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry. Eventually, these very diamonds find their way into the rings and necklaces of brides the world over.

    Jan says: "Very bloody and very real."
    "An eye-opening read that will make you think twice"
    Overall

    I wish that I had read this book sooner to warn me about the vicious brutality that has been perpetrated in Africa over diamond mining. It is sad how poorly regulated this industry is, and what a slick business the de Beers corporation has done to manipulate the market to keep prices artifically high and their pockets fat. I only have one diamond and I have to wonder if some poor soul had limbs hacked off over this tiny bit of rock. I am glad that I read this book because it has opened my eyes to the industry. If I ever buy another diamond it will be from the Canadian mines, cruelty free and from workers paid a decent wage.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    "This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

    Mark says: "Excellent and Timely!"
    "Informative and enjoyable"
    Overall

    The topic of disease and biological warfare is dark subject indeed, but this book handled it well. Although it was chilling to read the vivid descriptions of the effects of smallpox and other virulent pathogens on the body, the subject was handled well. It was accurate without being melodramatic. For such an unappetizing subject matter, the book was surprisingly enjoyable and I would recommend it to others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
    • Narrated By George Grizzard
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass's: on a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science, and the cause of justice.

    Aries says: "Promising but falls just shy of delivering"
    "Excellent story for a macbre subject"
    Overall

    If you're feeling squeamish about this book from the description of its contents, that is understandable. However, don't immediately dismiss it from your reading list. This book was well written and suprising engaging for such a macbre subject. If you have an interest in forensics this book would be an excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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