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Rachel

Modiin, Israel | Member Since 2004

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  • 9 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 152 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • I Was Told There'd Be Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sloane Crosley
    • Narrated By Sloane Crosley
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.

    Eleanor says: "So self-involved"
    "Not like David Sedaris..."
    Overall

    If you were hoping for something insightful and entertaining, find something else. This book was boring, obvious and not very well written. A real disappointment.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to Lifetime Fulfillment with Your Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Melissa Jo Peltier, Cesar Millan
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Many of us think of our dogs not as pets but as full-fledged members of our families. If you own a dog or are thinking about getting one, A Member of the Family is the ultimate resource for integrating your canine companion into the life of your household. Brimming with practical tips and techniques, this audiobook addresses the most common issues and questions that emerge over the course of a person's lifetime relationship with a dog, explaining what it takes to be a good dog owner.

    Maria says: "Cesar is great!"
    "Not a great audio choice"
    Overall

    The methods described in this book were enlightening for me and are proving really helpful with our family's new dog. However. As an audio book I didn't think this book was very successful for a number of reasons, not least of which was the narrator. There is something irritating in the tone of the narrator's voice that we all found grating - as if he were explaining things to people who have a hard time understanding. In addition, there are many lists in the book and added resources in appendices that are referred to that can't really be appreciated in the form of an audio book. Great content, but it would be more useful in paper version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8339)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2841)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "favorite listen"
    Overall

    In three years with Audible, having heard dozens of books while stuck in traffic, this Ken Follett series was my alltime favorite listen. The story was gripping and entertaining, the narrator is great and I was enthralled by this book for the entire 50+ hours. Surprisingly, I liked this sequel even better than Pillars of the Earth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fieldwork: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mischa Berlinski
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    When his girlfriend takes a job in Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, working for one of Thailand's English-language newspapers. One evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story. A charismatic American anthropologist has been found dead, a suicide, in the Thai prison where she was serving a 50-year sentence for murder. Motivated first by simple curiosity, then by deeper and more mysterious feelings, Mischa searches relentlessly to discover the details of her crime.

    Lee says: "WOW WOW WOW"
    "ouch"
    Overall

    Painfully boring. My long commute now seems eternal while I suffer through this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7044)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1834)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "best listen"
    Overall

    This is my all-time favorite Audiobook. It's the only non-fiction book I've ever had a really hard time putting down. Interesting, funny and intelligent. Gladwell reads excellently.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple Italian for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Understand and speak Italian starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational Italian.

    A. Wright says: "great for tired brains"
    "useless"
    Overall

    This was terrible. I listened to it before going to Italy and found it useless. Had I been a business man looking to pick up a lovely signorina it might have been appropriate, but the only things they teach are "do you speak English/Italian" "I want something to eat/drink" and "Where is Veneto street?" not really enough to get around in Rome, and no basics about the language or how it is constructed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (214)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    Chris says: "Heartfelt, fun, but slightly plodsome."
    "Excellent Listen"
    Overall

    People sometimes ask me if I think that I'm missing out by not reading a book instead of listening. This audiobook convinced me that I'm not missing out. Not only could I feel and follow just how well constructed this novel is, but I would have missed out if I hadn't heard this fantastic reading. The accents and voices add so much to the story and really bring this wonderful book to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Coffee Trader: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    On the world's first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city's close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city's most envied merchants, Miguel has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

    Robert says: "Flawless!"
    "A fantastic listen"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed both the story and the reader. Every now and then I choose an audio book that makes me wish for long commutes and more traffic, and The Coffee Trader is that kind of book. The story was interesting and the author's believable accents add to the drama and fun of the story. Very highly recommended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2549)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (327)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    With all the rave reviews this book got I was expecting a lot and came away quite disappointed. The male narrator was overwhelmingly irritating, the story line was pretty thin and the writing left a lot to be desired.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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