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bethann

milwaukee, WI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Public Speaking Superstar: Overcome Stage Fright, Develop Compelling Stories and Riveting Presentations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dianna Booher, Les Brown, Patricia Fripp, and others
    • Narrated By Dianna Booher, Les Brown, Patricia Fripp, and others
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Even though public speaking is the most common of all fears, it doesn’t have to be a roadblock on the path to your success. Whether you’re speaking to five or five hundred, you can learn to do it with confidence and charisma. The best advice from some of the world’s most inspiring speakers is gathered right here. These powerful tips and techniques will help you develop winning material, mentally prepare for your presentation, and communicate a powerful message.

    bethann says: "like it? not so much"
    "like it? not so much"
    Overall

    The listener is treated to alot of hit and run "how to" blurbs, but after the first few, it was a real snooze. One wonders how some of them manage to make a living as public speakers, when their big "sales pitch" is such a bore. Redundant, and very disappointing.

    1 of 1 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
    (12148)
    Performance
    (7519)
    Story
    (7406)

    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!"
    "zzzzzz....lol"
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    What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    the intro and closing - "we hope you've enjoyed, ....."


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    predictable


    Which character – as performed by Samuel L. Jackson – was your favorite?

    the dad


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

    the first time he told it like it was -- uttering the unspeakable, but much thought phrase....


    Any additional comments?

    it went on too long -- it was tiresome, and almost dumb in the end. would've carried a heavier punch by losing a few stanzas. clever though!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "hmmm......"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    got to be a bit predictable, and far fetched after awhile, so i would get to the point sooner, or else add some dimension to the characters


    Would you recommend The Ivy Chronicles to your friends? Why or why not?

    nah - too far out of the realm of the real world we live in


    What aspect of Julia Gibson’s performance would you have changed?

    it was ok


    Could you see The Ivy Chronicles being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    it doesn't surprise me that this would be a hollywood consideration - but i wouldn't go farther than the lifetime movie network. the fact that this question is posed, actually reinforces for me, the negative reaction i had to the story - it cheapens the delight that was dangled here and there in the book, when it stuck to clever, and away from cutesy. this seems the type of movie for a washed up sitcom type to relaunch their career -- someone left behind in the 70's or 80's - or one of those real housewives of beverly hills. ugh.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (355)

    Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

    The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

    Robert says: "Excellent rendition"
    "life is a picture paint it well"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version?

    i couldn't tell you - never read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Picture of Dorian Gray?

    the memory of seeing "wilde" - the movie about oscar wilde's life, and how remarkably similar this book is to the goings on in the author's life.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    couldn't say


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

    no - after awhile, it does get a bit old though - all the witty observations, at first playful and fun, get a bit tedious and later too much.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35907)
    Performance
    (26911)
    Story
    (27295)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "man, i don't get why people like this"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Hunger Games?

    the narration really is annoying


    What could Suzanne Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    i can't get into it - it's so schmaltzy and predictable - contrived.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    oh heck no


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

    before i keeled over from sheer boredom, i was able to press the stop button


    Any additional comments?

    ack - no wonder it went hollywood. ack ack ack hated it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good morality tale for young people"
    "not just for kids"
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    What did you like best about The Midwife's Apprentice? What did you like least?

    liked most -- the refreshing perspective of one that has had a rough life, but doesn't wallow in "poor me";it was worth price.

    liked least -- almost fell over dead when the recording started, with the "audible kids"
    screeching out - startling everyone in the room! didn't realize it was intended for kids.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    frankly, i don't remember the ending - now that's sad.


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

    it was ok, take it or leave it.


    Was The Midwife's Apprentice worth the listening time?

    yep, and the price was good too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (279)

    New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

    Sean says: "Palahniuk's New Hit"
    "loved the narrator - really delivered it!"
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    Where does Lullaby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What a great combo - a twisted, sick story that kept me laughing - coupled with the best narrator ever for this unusual road/head trip~ranking it one of the best I've heard.


    What other book might you compare Lullaby to and why?

    I'd compare it with Geek Love, Bad Ass, and vintage Stephen King - a darkness that is not stops just short of campy but is not cheap, as it's threaded with the most amazing observation/narrative on human instinct, natural behavior.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    man, he delivered this like no other could -- the perfect "voice" for this story - the intelligent observer, with a touch of Louis Black meets George Carlin.


    If you could rename Lullaby, what would you call it?

    this is the song that never ends....it goes on and on my friends (oh, wait, i think lambchop has got that covered)


    Any additional comments?

    shazam!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13670)
    Performance
    (6059)
    Story
    (6139)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "wow"
    Overall

    What a gifted storyteller - the dual readers gave depth to the tale - this is definitely a novel worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moll Flanders

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (222)

    One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, she was for 12 years a whore, five times a wife (once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, and eight years a transported felon in Virginia before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. She is as much a survivor and just as resourceful as Defoe's other great literary creation, Robinson Crusoe.

    Pierre Gauthier says: "Fascinating!"
    "what a gal"
    Overall

    What a great character! I've heard the name over the years, but never had a frame of reference for it. It's amazing to imagine the challenges of the times, societal rules, etc. Even by today's standards, "Moll" would be an extraordinary woman.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (502)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "a frame of reference"
    Overall

    I'm so glad I took others advice and read this book before Glass Castle. It gave an important frame of reference that was helpful - and lent a believability factor to that book. This writer is gifted at sharing personal stories that make you want to know more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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