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Rebecca

Alpharetta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 507 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015
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  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (886)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "great book"
    Overall

    This book started out fairly slowly, but then it was fantastic with the thoughts and ideas it presented and the research that backs them up. It confirmed what I saw as a Recognition Coordinator for a major corporation. The carrot approach can create a lot of problems if not done correctly. I saw cheating, people being demotivated when there wasn't a contest on, etc. What I like most about this book were the ideas on how to encourage "Drive". I am going to buy the physical book for this to keep as a reference.

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marie Kondo
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (312)

    Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

    LuckyMe says: "Definitely one of the best books on the subject"
    "Fresh ideas"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book has new ideas about tidying that I think will be very useful. For that reason, I gave it a 4 rating overall for usefulness. The writing is a bit boring and not very motivational. The reader sounds like she's "reading" it instead of narrating it. The main value in the book is the tidying methods, and those would be best gotten from the book so you have a reference to go back to as you go through the process. It would have been nice if the audio book had included a handout with key points from the process. I know the author might be against such a handout as more clutter, but in this case, it would be helpful to have the steps written down for reference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Valerie Estelle Frankel
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

    Rita Jones-Mayes says: "Great Look Into Future of Game of Thrones"
    "Interesting insights"
    Overall

    This provides some interesting insights into the series. I liked the parallels the author drew with actual history. The narrator really enriched the material with his voices and dramatic readings of passages from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guy from Glamour: The Guy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Skylar M. Cates
    • Narrated By Matt Baca
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He's happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can't manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the "nice" guy.

    Riva says: "Sweet comfort read"
    "A sweet book"
    Overall
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    What aspect of Matt Baca’s performance would you have changed?

    He was a bit "reader-y" in spots, but he has a lot of great potential as a narrator. He did good voices and distinguished the characters nicely.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a sweet book, but (and I very rarely say this) it should have been shorter. The plot line and writing just didn't hold up well for 8 hours of listening, and I felt it was just kind of dragging on when I got to hour 5 or so.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (604)

    He's not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age - and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he’s going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start with somethingsmall. Something like a king....

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Entertaining light fantasy"
    "A fun listen"
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    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed Luke Daniel's performance. He differentiated all the characters nicely and gave life to the story line. I would definitely listen to other books read by him.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun listen. It had a unique and interesting system of magic and some fairly interesting characters and plot line. However, despite the fact that it was unique and interesting, I didn't connect with it enough to want to rush out and buy the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Dragons Finish Last: Heartstrikers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

    Tabitha @ Not Yet Read says: "Why does everyone always pick on the nice guy!?"
    "Enjoyable listen"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Nice Dragons Finish Last?

    The narrator. He did a good job with the voices and bringing the story to life. I liked the characters. They were interesting and charming. The plot line was well paced. I will read the second book in the series when it comes out.


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

    I think things were nicely resolved while leaving a bit of a teaser for the second book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    The book did read a bit like an afternoon special on the importance/benefits of being nice in a couple of spots, but they were thankfully brief. The story quickly moved on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Serenading Stanley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Inman
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city's lost and lovelorn. Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed... which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane.

    Riva says: "A little too much"
    "Entertaining but annoying"
    Overall
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    Would you be willing to try another book from John Inman? Why or why not?

    John Inman's writing was clever and the characters were interesting. However, the main character's, Stanley's, insecurities just got to be too much. At points I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep listening. Also, the character Roger says shyness is a medical disease like kleptomania. Certainly, social anxiety is medical, but shyness itself is more of a legitimate personality type. To me it would have been more romantic to have Roger accept Stanley for how he is than to compare his personality to a medical condition. Although, Stanley does obviously need lots of therapy for his deep seated insecurities and should probably address that before getting into any relationship. It was too weak a plot element to hang the story on, and it just got annoying.


    What about Tyler Stevens’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the narrator, Tyler Stevens. He did a great job at distinguishing the characters, and his narrating was lively and interesting. It suited the story very well. I would gladly listen to another book narrated by him.


    Do you think Serenading Stanley needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Absolutely not.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Paul Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost, and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police chief, Max Prescott, is healthy. When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin - only to find out that the boy's father is dead and the police are suspicious.

    Tony Squared says: "Suspense (with poetry)"
    "Interesting mystery"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Come Unto These Yellow Sands again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. The characters are interesting.


    What three words best describe Paul Fleschner’s performance?

    This narrator's voice is pleasant, and he did a good job with different voices. However, he seemed to be reading instead of narrating occasionally. At first I wasn't sure I wanted to keep listening, but this was less of a problem as I continued with the book or perhaps I just got involved in the story line and overlooked it. I think with more practice he will be an excellent narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2940)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2368)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Wonderful book and narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed Elijah's narration. His reading voice is clear and lively with lots of personality.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked listening to this classic. Elijah's narration really brought it to life like watching a good play. The story itself is rich in details from the time period. Its a wonderful tale written by a master story teller. I like watching Huck grow as a character and figure out what he thinks for himself versus what society holds as truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nick Ortner
    • Narrated By Nick Ortner
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Do you have things in your life that you wish were different . . . but you don’t know how to change? The Tapping Solution offers a new technique to deal with seemingly impossible situations. Tapping, also known as EFT, is a powerful tool for improving your life on multiple levels: mental, emotional, and physical. It has been proven to effectively address a range of issues - from anxiety, chronic pain, addiction, and fear, to weight control, financial abundance, stress relief, and so much more.

    sarah says: "Comment on Stacy Allens negative review"
    "Get the book"
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    What did you like best about The Tapping Solution? What did you like least?

    The narration is very good, and the technique is very helpful. However, if you are like me and like to listen to audio books while cleaning house or exercising, get this one as a book. He has had frequent stops to go through a tapping sequence or ask questions you need to stop and think about. This is good information. However, since I listen to audio books while doing other things, I can't really stop and do these.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Ortner – was your favorite?

    Nick Ortner's narration was very good. He has a pleasant, clear voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have preferred he put the instructional tapping sequences at the end of the book as a separate section and provided worksheets to go along with the guided questions. This would not interrupt the flow of the audio book if you are listening while driving, exercising, or other activities.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3035)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2810)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "My Favorite Series"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This has been my favorite series that I've listened to on Audible so far. The friendship between Royce and Hadrian is very well written and entertaining. The writing and narration effectively bring them and the world they live in to life.Its a fun series with lots of action and a variety of interesting characters. I would highly recommend this, and the other audiobooks in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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