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  • The Dangerous Animals Club

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day. But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer.

    Gina says: "Will Rogers, Spalding Gray, Alexandre Dumas HACKS!"
    "Vignettes of Every Kind!"
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    What did you love best about The Dangerous Animals Club?

    Its variety! Each story was truly something unique and different; there was certainly no predicting what would come next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Tobolowsky's honesty, candor, and humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To choose a single "favorite" would be impossible because the book was highly entertaining.

    The stories that stand out the most in my mind having now finished the book are the scene from the grocery store and the scene involving the stray dog. The aforementioned for hitting me with something I definitely did not see coming, and the latter for absolutely tearing at my heartstrings and making me cry in car.


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

    Had that been a remote possibility, I wouldn't have ruled it out. Given that the book is almost 12 hours, that was not really going to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3779)
    Performance
    (3367)
    Story
    (3381)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "in a word... Fascinating."
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    For the sake of full disclosure, some may find the beginning of this book a little slow; it's opening focus heavily on the conclusion of the Civil War. Personally, while I didn’t necessarily know I had an interest in the topic, I learned a great deal as a result of listening. Also, quite obviously, this is vital information in terms of setting the stage for Lincoln’s assassination, for had events pertaining to the war played out otherwise, history, with regard to John Wilkes Booth, may have unfolded differently as well. Once discourse pertaining to the war is pretty well wrapped up, the story people are likely expecting from the book begins.

    The intricacies and nuances with which Lincoln’s life and the assassination plot are divulged are absolutely staggering. If history were taught in school the way it is presented in this book, I have no doubt the majority of people would love to learn about the past. I seriously struggled when I had to put this one down, and I was absolutely fascinated by what I learned.

    I would easily recommend this book to any and every reader. Even if the early portions on the Civil War aren’t your cup of tea, I would beseech you to stick it out for the sake of getting to the core of the book. It is absolutely worth it for the marvelous depth and detail you will encounter describing... Lincoln’s final days; the unbelievable planning, preparation, luck, and misfortune that made Lincoln’s assassination possible; and the aftermath that ensued once Lincoln had been mortally wounded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1869)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1721)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    Briana says: "This was supposed to be funny"
    "EASILY My Favorite Audible Book to Date!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!!! And I have! To my sister... my best friend... even my brother-in-law... who, by the way, loved it! This audiobook has universal appeal and something for everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I feel in love with both the story and the storyteller. The fusion of the tale and the one telling it was PERFECT!


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    She is so animated!!! And authentic.


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

    There were many.

    The one that stands out off the top of my head was the one involving her best friend and her dog...


    Any additional comments?

    This one is a must listen! I am sure the book is great, but hearing the author read it herself makes it exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Dweck
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (797)

    Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

    Peter says: "Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert"
    "+Back to Basics! -Riddled w/ Redundancies"
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    This book contains some EXCELLENT fundamental principles. (I read/listened with a particular interest its relevance to an academic/educational setting.) However, I quickly discovered that this text is riddled with repetition... ad nauseam. The same EXACT concepts and examples appear over, and over, and over again throughout the course of the book. Certainly, I can understand the importance of driving home your point; however, there comes a time when enough is enough. Personally, I found this “technique” monotonous, ineffectual, and even borderline insulting to the intelligence (vis-à-vis reading the very same thing four, five, six + times within the span of a few hundred pages). I also thought the book’s poorly planned/executed narrative actually undid/outweighed a lot of the positive elements it possessed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1491)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "A Thought-Provoking Tale with a Resonating Message"
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    Overall, I thought this audiobook was a good listen. (I always prefer those read by the author, so it had that going for it right from the start.) The subject matter of the story really captured my interest, so I was eager to get started. I though Dr. Alexander did a nice job building up to his time in coma, neither belaboring nor rushing the story. As a professional in his field, I also thought he did a commendable job keeping the language and explanations of the medical aspects of the book in terms the average person could understand. While I certainly understand a near-death experience (NDE) must be a terribly difficult thing to try and describe, there were times I found these portions of the story a bit difficult to follow. On the whole though, I thought the story was excellent, and I was moved by Dr. Alexander’s experiences and the central message—that we are loved—he conveyed in this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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