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Tina

Bear Creek, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2009

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  • Lair of the Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (136)

    Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding... and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human - as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes. Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She’d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion - the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.

    Karen says: "Wish I had read the reviews before purchasing"
    "Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Lair of the Lion?

    The over descriptive narrative of the characters emotions. Each encounter broke off into a mundane, often repeated description. The tale just didn't go anywhere for me, simply because of the overly


    Has Lair of the Lion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre, definitely the author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Abby Craden?

    Someone/anyone who could do a decent male character voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lair of the Lion?

    The scene where the two main characters share tea in the dining hall together...made no sense and went off on another turmoil filled description of the internal struggles of the main characters that went on and on.

    Maybe I got lost/frustrated with all the descriptive narrative, but did I miss a physical description of the lead female character?


    Any additional comments?

    Not every thought a character has should be followed with three long sentences comparing them to the wind, nature, etc. Sometimes/most times

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6821)
    Performance
    (2633)
    Story
    (2641)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Boring."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The summary is very misleading. This book reads like a college physics textbook. I was very disappointed. Don't waste a credit; unless you like listening to college physics textbooks.


    Has A Short History of Nearly Everything turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No. The only good part of the listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2130)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "Wake up call for all women in the workplace"
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    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    Absolutely! Very inspirational. Some excellent, common sense advice for all career women. The narrator was also very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9823)
    Performance
    (8907)
    Story
    (8981)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Reads more like a tour guide book of Italy"
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    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    The author spent more time explaining, in painstaking detail, the history of the tourist attractions of Venice and Florence Italy than building the plot. Repeated situations a lot; i.e you'd have to listen to each character's reaction to the video.....every detail over and over throughout the novel. It really didn't hold my attention at all.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Narration. You'll pick up quite a lot of early Italian history....


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26914)
    Performance
    (13547)
    Story
    (13595)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. So very well written and was easy to get caught up in the lives of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abeliene. Her quiet grace while suffering the indignities of the times.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm a Southerner, so I appreciated a genuine accent by the narrator. Made the tale more sincere to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mark Whitaker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In a dramatic, moving work of historical reporting and personal discovery, award-winning journalist Mark Whitaker sets out to trace the story of what happened to his parents, a fascinating but star-crossed interracial couple, and arrives at a new understanding of the family dramas that shaped their lives-and his own.

    Tina says: "Beautifully written."
    "Beautifully written."
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    If you could sum up My Long Trip Home in three words, what would they be?

    The characters came to life. The author managed to immerse you in his life. One of the most well written books I've ever read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Long Trip Home?

    His father moving the family to California, only to end up in divorce. His struggle to grow up without help from his Father.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very smooth narration. I actually thought it was the author, he read it so well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me very empathetic and sometimes angry at the Father.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1122)

    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
    "Boring!"
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    Would you try another book from David Rock and/or Bob Walter?

    No


    What was most disappointing about David Rock’s story?

    This book was more physical science than any useful information


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Your Brain at Work?

    The in depth explanations of the various regions of the brain


    Any additional comments?

    Was painful to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Mikel Harry, Richard Schroeder
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Streamline. Improve quality. Eliminate defects or mistakes in everything your company does. These are the principles of Six Sigma, a breakthrough management strategy that is helping the world's top organizations - from Sony to Ford to GE - reduce costs and increase the bottom line. Learn how Six Sigma can work for your organization with this program written by the founders of Six Sigma Academy.

    Tom says: "Not happy"
    "Not for beginners."
    Overall

    Professional speaker did a great job. The content is not for anyone in the beginning phase of exploring Six Sigma; you will need a manufacturing and mathematical background to be able to follow along.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Positive Confrontation: The Skills You Need to Handle Conflicts at Work, at Home and in Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara Pachter, Susan Magee
    • Narrated By Barbara Pachter, Susan Magee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When slighted, misunderstood, cut-in-front-of, annoyed, taken advantage of, or treated rudely, most people avoid their bosses, ignore co-workers, change hairdressers, complain to friends, shout and pound their fists. They often miss the most positive, effective alternative of all: confronting positively. Now, for everyone who was never taught, or never realized, that between "bully" and "wimp" is a range of behavior that is positive, dignified, and effective for dealing with life's bothersome situations.

    Tina says: "Overstating the Obvious"
    "Overstating the Obvious"
    Overall

    No meat to the book. Offers no tools for positive confrontation. First 5 chapters are merely the author recanting obvious situations where you have opportunities for confrontation. But doesn't actually give any solutions. Not very well recorded either. You hear the author breathing and swallowing for the entire length of the book. Save your money, keep looking.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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