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Arlis

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Temecula, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 184 titles in library
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  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (707)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "What a delight!"
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    I ordered this audio book for two reasons. One, I love classics ... and two, a previous reviewer raved about the narrator's outstanding skill (Simon Vance). I agree 200%. Mr. Vance made David Copperfield literally come alive for me, performing each voice with extreme skill and precision - even women and youngsters. And Charles Dickens' reputation needs no further endorsement. The story was so gripping, I felt as if I actually knew the characters and was greatly disappointed when it concluded. I could have read (listened, in this case!) and read and read and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (187)

    We've all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the ones around them and always need to be the smartest ones in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them.

    John says: "Learn how to not strip your productivity away."
    "Multipliers is a good read"
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    We can be diminishers without realizing it ... and this book teaches us how to become multipliers to those around us. An excellent resource for business and family!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1248)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Tragic and oh so compelling ..."
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    Frank McCourt quickly became one of my favorite writers ... AND narrators, after listening to him recount his own story. My only disappointment is how abruptly it ends and the fact that the title has no bearing on the story (but does in the continuation of Frank's story, called "'T'Is"). A must read for everyone, but not until high school because of the harsh and realistic content and language.

    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
    (11409)
    Performance
    (6814)
    Story
    (6700)

    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!"
    "Really F****ing Funny!"
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    Excellent little ditty ... and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson narrates it is icing on the cake! Every parent (every honest one, that is) feels this way at one time or another with their children. Bravo, Adam! Bravo, Samuel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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