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Emeryville, CA | Member Since 2011

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  • 4 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 123 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It'sNever Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jen Lancaster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now, the New York Times best-selling author gives herself - and her generation - a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age. Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life insurance-having adult she's become.

    T. Snyder says: "Jen Lancaster does it again!"
    "If this is the voice of my generation..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't help but feel that I might like this book better if I were reading it rather than listening to it. After 30 minutes, I felt like she was a really annoying friend that was taking up to much air in the car. You know, THAT girl, who feels like she has to have everyone's attention when she tells her story for a little too long and with over-the-top negativity.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jen Lancaster? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think it would have been better is the tone had been toned down. The words do the work and don't need the additional vocal heavy lifting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zen to Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity SystemThe Ultimate Simple Productivity System

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Leo Babauta
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    Zen To Done (ZTD) is a system that is at once simple, and powerful, and will help you develop the habits that keep all of your tasks and projects organized, that keep your workday simple and structured, that keep your desk and email inbox clean and clear, and that keep you doing what you need to do, without distractions. This book was written for those who want to get their lives organized and actually execute the things on their to-do list by changing existing habits.

    Miroslaw says: "The simplest and right version of GTD. Recommended"
    "Solid information, but narrator killed it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Zen to Done the most enjoyable?

    The information was a nice amendment to the GTD system by David Allen.


    Would you recommend Zen to Done to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book, but not the audiobook.


    What didn’t you like about Fred Stella’s performance?

    He sounded computer generated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sigh. No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (742)

    According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

    Teresa says: "A statement or two could summarize this book"
    "Information you can get reading 3-4 of her posts"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am glad I listened to this while multi-tasking because there was absolutely nothing new or inspiring about the information or the way it was packaged.


    Has What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily, but I think 30 minutes on Lifehacker would have been time better spent.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was a little stiff and formal.


    Was What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast worth the listening time?

    It was worth half the time I actually spent listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Randall
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven's Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science. There could be no better guide than Lisa Randall.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love the book, hate the title"
    "Why, oh why, didn't Lisa Randall narrate..."
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    Where does Knocking on Heaven's Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book is amazing, but my review knocks stars down because Lisa Randall really should have read her own book. She is an excellent professor, passionate speaker and delivers excellently in interviews and other media. Since I was also reading it in book form, I can compare and contrast the experience. The subject matter was engaging and very accessible to the layperson. I hoped listening to the audiobook would really enhance my experience of the words (as many books have done in the past when I took them with me for walks/hikes). However, instead of adding to the experience, listening to the audiobook was tough. Ms. MacDuffie could have used her lovely voice to read just about anything and I can't help but feel it would all be the same.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don't want to disrespect Carrington MacDuffie, but this subject matter is a little too dry for her soft, almost clinically calm voice. Lisa Randall did a diservice to the layperson by not narrating the book herself, but I guess she's busy finding answers to - you know- the universe.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. I needed to break every hour or so to switch it up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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