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Laura

pacific palisades, CA, USA

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  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dai Sijie
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    From within the hopelessness and terror of China's Cultural Revolution, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening, and the magical power of storytelling. "An unexpected miracle," raves the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "a delicate, and often hilarious, tale."

    Yicheng says: "Excellent!"
    "Ho hum"
    Overall

    I was expecting better based on other reviews and the seductive artwork and title. This was okay to pretty good, but I've read/heard more riveting tales recently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blessings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    Anna Quindlen, best selling author of A Short Guide to a Happy Life, returns with this "immensely appealing" novel. The secrets of the past, how they affect the decisions and lives of people in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community - these are at the center of this story of love, redemption, and personal change.

    Marilyn M Felix says: "A book club favorite"
    "A terrific listen"
    Overall

    Rich characters are exquisitely brought to life by actress Joan Allen; a very enjoyable listen. Neither too heavy nor too lite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2608)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (356)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Stunning"
    Overall

    Superb writing and story; exquisite narration and characterizations. Novels don't get much better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Useem
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Leading up is not the same as managing up. Managing up is running the office; leading up is taking the reins and exceeding what's expected. As hierarchies everywhere shed much of their rigidity, upward leadership at all levels becomes more possible - and more necessary. Leading Up is a call to action. It asks us to build on the best in everybody's nature, and it offers a pragmatic blueprint for doing so.

    Bernard says: "I wish that I had read this earlier"
    "Thin on practical tips"
    Overall

    If you enjoy very long-winded stories about people placed in challenging situations calling for leadership (with heavy emphasis on military and political leaders, vs. business), then you may enjoy this. But if you're looking to cut to the chase and get more than the most obvious, common-sense suggestions -- e.g., keep your boss in the loop; build lateral support for your initiatives -- then look elsewhere. Also, the author only relays stories about others; we learn nothing about his background, credentials, or first-hand experiences.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Adversity Quotient @ Work

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Paul G. Stoltz
    • Narrated By Paul G. Stoltz
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In 1997, Paul Stoltz unleashed a revolution with his groundbreaking book Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities, introducing the concept of the Adversity Quotient into public consciousness. Now, in Adversity Quotient @ Work, Stoltz applies the principles of his brilliant theory to the uniquely challenging environment of the workplace.

    Laura says: "Boredom Quotient @ Work"
    "Boredom Quotient @ Work"
    Overall

    The take-home value in this book could have been conveyed in 15 minutes. Instead, the author blathers on and on about academic constructs that never really get reduced to practical recommendations. For a much better treatment of similar ideas, try any of Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence books instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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