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Karole

Conway, SC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Happy Accidents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett (foreword)
    • Narrated By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (309)

    In the summer of 1974, a 14-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream - a dream to become an actress. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn’t help that she’d recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling, or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement". But the funny thing is, it all came true....

    La Becket says: "I really wanted to love this"
    "Interesting, but half way through begins to drag"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Jane is quick, funny, spontateous-but her self discovery and life story needs something.? Not really sure what.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett (foreword) before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't.


    What three words best describe Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett (foreword) ’s voice?

    All were good.


    Do you think Happy Accidents needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure what I was missing. . .Jane has had a great life and career path and she made her opportunities. . .somehow, I got lost about half to 3/4 through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy D. Wilson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Why might some sex education programs result in more teen pregnancies? Why did reading that self-help book make you feel less happy? What's the best way to recover from trauma? Can we actually improve our lives by redirecting our thinking?

    Brian says: "Why programs fail."
    "I was hoping for more insight."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Little too much data and intepretation. More textbook than I would like. I like the series on 'reptile' and thought some of this might be related. It wasn't.


    What could Timothy D. Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it more about the 'story' and the effects of 'redirecting.' I thought I would get more out of it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I barely finished it. I bought it for insight. . .didn't get a lot. I wanted value for what I could use in day to day experiences.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't help me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3234)
    Performance
    (2912)
    Story
    (2936)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Interesting insights, story worth telling!"
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    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    Background helped me to understand the dedication necessary for such missions.


    What other book might you compare No Easy Day to and why?

    Solmehow Junger, Perfect Storm and others like that come to mind?


    What aspect of Holter Graham’s performance would you have changed?

    None.


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

    Mixed reaction. It was clear that this last mission finished him. How it was used upon his return to the states. He was clearly disappointed in how it was played - after the fact.
    I neither laughed nor cried.


    Any additional comments?

    I certainly applaud the 'telling' of this story. I know it took courage. Well worth it. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Silverman
    • Narrated By Sarah Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (556)

    From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah’s television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too Fat to Fish, you’ll love The Bedwetter.

    Teddy says: "Adequate but not great..."
    "Good story, but started to drag."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I probably would not recommend it to a friend.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Sarah Silverman’s life?

    Nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    About half way through, I started loosing interest. By 3/4ths, I had to struggle. May be the book? Might be my attention span?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White House Boys: An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Dean Kiser
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Hidden far from sight, deep in the thick underbrush of the North Florida woods are the ghostly graves of more than 30 unidentified bodies, some of which are thought to be children who were beaten to death at the old Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna. It is suspected that many more bodies will be found in the fields and swamplands surrounding the institution.

    Karole says: "Tough. Brutal. Realistic. Vivid"
    "Tough. Brutal. Realistic. Vivid"
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    If you could sum up The White House Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Painful. Hard. Sad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a child advocate and began my (volunteer) work with children of abuse/neglect in the early 1970s (and still do); a number of my cases involved children that were beaten to death and dealing with siblings that survived. The heartache and struggles that are carried from one generation to the next. Often detachment is the only way to survive.
    This story is very real and I can see how such facilities could have been in many other states (and countries).
    It is a wonder that Roger Dean Kiser was even able to relive and go through such brutality and was able to tell about it. It had to be tough just to reduce all of this pain to a book.
    I am proud of him.


    What does T. Ryder Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good telling.


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

    I couldn't take all the reality in one sitting. I had to space it out because of the vivid brutality. Even with my personal experience with children (now adults), it was hard. But, a story that needed to be told. There are more stories out there. But, this kind of story takes a lot of courage.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Roger Dean Kiser. You are a testiment to the survival and you may help other children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Soldiers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By George Hearn
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Michael says: "Great book about a little know time in history"
    "Great Insight into Mexican War and Gen'l Lees role"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone for Soldiers the most enjoyable?

    The telling. The story. So much detail. Not a text book read at all. The personalities, strength and weaknesses of the American leaders. The reality of that War. This is one of my favorites. I love this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was told. In the way the various players handled the obstacles. The politics of it that the was played out in the field and in Washington.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mexico City . . .


    If you could take any character from Gone for Soldiers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Robert E. Lee


    Any additional comments?

    I so recommend this book to anyone interested in the 'real' role of the U S-which wasn't taught so much in school. Refreshing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By T. D. Jakes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    Forgive and forget. It should be easy to do—so why don’t we do it? The father who wasn’t always there for us. The mother who punished us. The spouse who betrayed us. The children who will leave us behind. Whoever and whatever the source of hurt, there is always a path to forgiveness. But too often, instead of forgiving, too many of us live with resentments and grudges that keep us stuck, robbing us of joy, peace, and purpose.

    rossana says: "an eye opener"
    "Great. Insightful."
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    Would you listen to Let It Go again? Why?

    Yes. I intend to, want to catch pointers as I absorb guidance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let It Go?

    Somehow, the lists of things to do and look for seemed to give me an active, working direction.


    Which character – as performed by T. D. Jakes – was your favorite?

    Well, it was T D Jakes. . .


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

    Trying to digest the theory that forgiveness is really about setting yourself free for a more fulfilling life. That is a learned and practiced way for foregiveness to play out. Valuable.


    Any additional comments?

    No. I will keep this book handy and I know the second listen will keep me on track

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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