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Susann

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  • Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (205)

    A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

    Randall says: "This should become required reading"
    "Great read for parents & educators"
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    Where does Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    9/10


    What other book might you compare Drive to and why?

    I'd have to say it is most like Freakanomics. Both are nonfiction and discuss what motivates people. Both are very enjoyable and thought-provoking.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Never pay a child for good grades!


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this book multiple times and I recommend it to every parent, professional and, particularly, to educators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7738)
    Performance
    (5945)
    Story
    (5966)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Fabulous"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    My daughter was required to read this book for school, which she did, but she also listened. As a result she was the only student in the class who knew how to pronounce the German in the text. I listened along with her, and thoroughly enjoyed, although I don't think I would have had the patience to read it. The narrator brought the characters alive beautifully. After the first few chapters I was hooked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2463)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "An enjoyable journey"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was the first of two books that I have downloaded by the same author and narrator. After finishing this one, I immediately bought the second and while I enjoyed them both, this was by far the better of the two. The story unravels slowly and beautifully. I was completely drawn into the story line and time period. Kate Morton's books won't leave you hanging on the cliff at the end of each chapter, but if you are content with one marvelous twist, this is worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (1581)
    Story
    (1576)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "For those who savor the journey"
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    Would you listen to The House at Riverton again? Why?

    The story is beautifully written and unfolds very slowly until the plot twist is revealed. Now that I know the ending, I would not have the patience to listen to it again, but will listen to other books by Kate Morton.


    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26748)
    Performance
    (13385)
    Story
    (13430)

    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!"
    "Best audiobook ever!"
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    If you could sum up The Help in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely the best


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

    The selection of narrators makes this the best listening experience I have had yet. I would have loved the book had I read it, but I am so glad that I listened to it instead because these characters would not have come alive for me the way they did thanks to the wonderful cast of narrators.


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


    Any additional comments?

    I've let my preteen daughter listen to this book and she thoroughly enjoyed it, too. She also read the book and insisted on going to the movie when it was released.

    I drove through four states listening to this book, then, upon arrival, kept the headphones plugged in until I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17206)
    Performance
    (13095)
    Story
    (13037)

    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"
    "LOVE Tine Fey"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    It is perfect that Tina Fey read this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Who doesn't love the Sarah Palin story?


    Any additional comments?

    If you need to laugh, get this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3237)
    Performance
    (2548)
    Story
    (2539)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Rediscovered my crush on Rob Lowe"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    I love that Rob Lowe narrated this book himself. When I first heard he had written the book, I was doubtful that it would be any good. Nevertheless, after hearing a few reviews, I decided to give it a shot. I thoroughly enjoyed learning how he got his start and his associations with other well-known actors and directors. In fact, before I finished listening, I had to find a copy of The Outsiders to watch again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11412)
    Performance
    (6817)
    Story
    (6703)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "When I need a laugh"
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    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    I have listened to it multiple times when I need a laugh, or just to be consoled. At 9:00 I turn into an exhausted witch who just wants her kiddos to Go the F--K to Sleep. Knowing that there are others who can sympathize is comforting. In this case, it's comforting and hilarious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The NARRATION!


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What a great voice for a comedic touch.


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

    I laugh out loud every time I play it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Tyler
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (281)

    The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

    Damian says: "Reads true to the man and true to music"
    "Impulse purchase"
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    What did you like best about Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?? What did you like least?

    It is interesting to learn how Steven Tyler came to be the star he is, but the story couldn't keep my attention.


    Was Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? worth the listening time?

    I enjoyed this book for a while, but not enough to finish it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Linda Greenlaw
    • Narrated By Linda Greenlaw
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    After 17 years at sea, Linda Greenlaw figured it was time to take a break from her career as a swordboat captain. She felt she needed to return to Isle au Haut - a tiny island seven miles from the Maine coast with a population of 70 year-round residents, 30 of whom were her relatives. She would pursue a simpler life; move back in with her parents and get to know them again; become a professional lobsterman; and find a guy, build a house, have kids, and settle down. But all doesn't go as planned.

    Scott says: "Interesting, Enjoyable and Light"
    "Daydreaming of Lobster Fishing?"
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    Would you recommend The Lobster Chronicles to your friends? Why or why not?

    The narrator has a great voice.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are daydreaming of quitting your job to trap lobster, or even live some place remote, listen to this first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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