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Sarah

Balwyn, Australia | Member Since 2014

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  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (920)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    Russell says: "Totally Worth It"
    "Very much enjoyed"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    Yup, but only since I don't like reading


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Recall?

    There were quite a few throughout the book. I don't know much about american politics but quite enjoyed his account of his years spent as governor. Also enjoyed how he talked about body building and the physical requirements. There are a few funny stories too!


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger – was your favorite?

    Arnold of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as the title.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Something Borrowed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. But that changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiancé, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience.

    Sarah says: "Movie really brought the book to life and made it."
    "Movie really brought the book to life and made it."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this book since I loved the movie, but I have to say it was a little deflating.


    Would you recommend Something Borrowed to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend the movie, the actors really brought the book to life. The book just seemed more hum-drum.


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

    It was fine, but a bit whiney at times.


    Could you see Something Borrowed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well yeah it already is..


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book just because you liked the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma. But Darcy's neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life . . . with a baby on the way. Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants.

    Sarah says: "Haven't even finished this whiney annoying story"
    "Haven't even finished this whiney annoying story"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narration could have made this easier to listen to, and a more productive story line.


    What was most disappointing about Emily Giffin’s story?

    The first 5 chapters were practically the same information as the last book. Super annoying and super repetitive.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's almost like the narrator doesn't even like Darcy (the main character) as she makes her as whiney as possible. Her inflections could be better for the other characters also.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy this book if you are interested in listening to anything more than incessant superficial complaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (774)

    The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

    James says: "Deserves a second listen"
    "Intense listening skills required!"
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    Would you listen to The China Study again? Why?

    Yes definitely. I don't feel like I could take in all the information in one go! It gets dry at some points, but I feel that it would be important to still make the effort to pay attention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The content and explanations are quite good.


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

    Nope. But he seems to do a decent job.


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

    Well other than you pretty much decide you probably should turn vegan..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (322)

    This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

    Tonja Shelton says: "Outstanding narration"
    "Not as good as expected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd cut out a bunch of his random stories. Many of them were quite dull and appeared to have little significance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Shatner and David Fisher ? Why or why not?

    Very possibly not. William Shatner appeared quite full of himself, and even though he was telling the stories, the way he talked about himself made him sound a bit self involved. He often felt the need to dispute horrible things people had said or felt against him, giving the impression that there was something causing it to begin with,


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Shatner?

    Maybe. The audio for this book would be loud one minute then become very very quiet, that I could not understand what was said even when the volume was up full blast. I have the feeling it was the way Shatner spoke, however you'd think someone producing this could have easily fixed the problem.


    Did Up Till Now inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scar Tissue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anthony Kiedis
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    In 1983 four self-described 'knuckleheads' burst out of the neo-punk rock scene in LA with their own unique brand of cosmic hard-core mayhem funk. Over 20 years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all the odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world. Though the band has gone through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group's lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the whole rollercoastar ride.

    sarah says: "Interesting Insight"
    "Could only be a hollywood life"
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    Where does Scar Tissue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up near the top for sure. The narrator is fantastic & the book has got a great mix of highs, lows, funny bits, sad bits and so on that make it really easy to keep listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the stories behind the music. What was going on in their lives when they were doing which shows. Anthony Keidis very unconventional childhood is interesting, as is his continued functioning as a musician to such a high level, whilst leading such a dysfunctional long time drug interest!


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

    Never, but this one was fantastic!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No idea, but I would love them to make a film!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chronicles: Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bob Dylan
    • Narrated By Sean Penn
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough.

    Gerry A. Brown says: "Positively 4th Street"
    "Put me to sleep every time"
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    What would have made Chronicles better?

    I'm just not sure that it was written that well, or perhaps the abridged version made it seem that way. Perhaps a different reader may have made it more catching.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bob Dylan? Why or why not?

    Perhaps not. I really had difficulty getting into this book.


    Did Sean Penn do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    His voice is very sexy but as a reader it was not very catching and had more the effect of a relaxation tape. I would end up just zoning right out.


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

    Honestly i had a hard time remembering actually what went on in this book, since i pretty much fell asleep most times I listened to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.

    Natalie says: "Gripping. Inspiring!Felt like I was on the PCT too"
    "Good journey story. Not for the faint hearted."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, but with a few warnings. I liked the journey part of the story. However I felt there was quite a bit of dysfunctional grieving, explicit references to sex, and a terrible story about killing a horse that I could not listen to.


    If you’ve listened to books by Cheryl Strayed before, how does this one compare?

    I've not read any of her other books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed her stories of other hikers along the trail.


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

    A few laughs here and there. Definitely cried! Was pretty traumatised by the horse story, I had to skip ahead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14737)
    Performance
    (13425)
    Story
    (13500)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Definitely a story for teenagers"
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    Would you try another book from John Green and/or Kate Rudd?

    Probably neither


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Green? Why or why not?

    I felt the book was typical of many teenagers that I know, over analytical, using big descriptive words about basic things to make themselves sound important. I did enjoy it in the end, but for large parts I felt disinterested & easily tuned out.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I think so.


    Was The Fault in Our Stars worth the listening time?

    Well I felt myself tuning out quite a bit, and was just keen to get it finished and out of the way rather than enjoying being involved in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fitness Confidential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vinnie Tortorich
    • Narrated By Vinnie Tortorich
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (534)

    America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often R-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In Fitness Confidential, Vinnie tells all.

    Chris says: "The best voice in audible with the lungs to match"
    "Better for beginner health/fitness interests"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The book was a bit all over the place. The guy Vinnie is obviously a great dude. I'd recommend this book for novices to health and fitness.


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

    There was no real ending really, since there was no continuing story line. It was multiple little stories all tied in together.


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

    He does some personal commentary that's not in the book. He seems to have a lot to say, and would probably be really good to talk to 1-1. But for the book style it can kind of be a bit off topic at times.


    Could you see Fitness Confidential being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see it being a great TV reality series with Vinnie training a variety of people from complete novice to amateur athlete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (831)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Heidi says: "If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!"
    "Definitely Eat and Run focussed!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat and Run to be better than the print version?

    Yup! but I just love audio books better in general!


    What other book might you compare Eat and Run to and why?

    If you like Eat and Run you would probably really like Born to Run. It's kind of different though since Eat and Run is an autobiography, Born to Run is a number of autobiographical & biographical stories in one.


    What three words best describe Quincy Dunn-Baker’s voice?

    A bit harsh, took a bit of getting used to.


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

    If you have 8 hours maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Great informative book for any runner interested in distance running.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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