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Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.

Lindon, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Taylor Gatto
    • Narrated By Michael Puttonen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Thirty years in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. With over 100,000 copies in print since its original publication in 2002, this book is collection of essays and speeches and includes a describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's "guerrilla teaching". John Gatto was a teacher in New York City's public schools for over 30 years and was a New York State Teacher of the Year.

    Niall says: "Required reading to see why kids hate school"
    "Do you want to pull your kids out yet?"
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    Homeschoolers love this book. Why? It points out (and exaggerates and makes blanket stereotypical statements about) all the ills of public education. Public school education has its problems and in an ideal world we could all be tutored one-on-one by George Wyeth as Thomas Jefferson was. (google TJeD) Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in. There are so many issues brought up by this book it would take a hundred volumes of the same size to discuss them all. What came first - the chicken or the egg? the breakdown of education or the breakdown of the family? This is a good listen. It will make you think...unless you can't because you grew up in a public school as I did. (sarcasm)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (3090)
    Performance
    (2601)
    Story
    (2631)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "Jim Dale & Charles Dickens"
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    Jim Dale & Charles Dickens. What more needs to be said. Combine a great author with a great reader and you have a great audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8924)
    Performance
    (8157)
    Story
    (8245)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Unintelligent"
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    The book had potential as did the others in the series but I got the impression she wanted to be done and so wrapped it up by saying, "the end." I did think this was a better series than The Hunger Games only because I liked the main character better. My 13 year old loved this series but hated this book because of its ending. I didn't mind the ending as much as I disliked the beginning and middle (too much of the same thing). One book would have been enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12476)
    Performance
    (11295)
    Story
    (11392)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Not Dauntless - Dithering"
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    Emma Galvin puts as much life possible into the story as she can. It is well read. The story, however, needs help. Tris is supposedly Dauntless or Divergent showing aptitude for three faction but I think there should be another faction of Ditherers. She could be their leader. I think I had my limit of indecision, crying, lying, and whining. I guess I will have to see why my 13 year old daughter likes this so much (though I do get a fair amount of crying out of her too).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18774)
    Performance
    (16976)
    Story
    (17116)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Better than Katniss"
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    I'm a dad that reads the books his thirteen-year-old daughter reads so we can have discussions and just to be informed. Keep that in mind as you look at my ratings. I find the main character in this novel to be more likable than the main character from the HG novels. At least I didn't want to strangle her midway through the first book. It is well read and entertaining. My daughter has devoured the books and that always makes me happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gift from the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    • Narrated By Claudette Colbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    In this inimitable, beloved classic - graceful, lucid, and lyrical - Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude, and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us and helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.

    Rebecca says: "A Treasure"
    "Timeless Advise for Women (and everyone else)"
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    Anne Lindbergh (the aviator's wife) collected her thoughts on life lessons/behaviors/needs while sitting on a beach in Florida. While her published work is aimed at women, her advise is sound for everyone. Live the simple life. Seek quiet moments for yourself in meditation. Interact intimately with others. Be unified in your marriage. Expand the neglected sides of self - heart, mind, and spirit. Seek to become whole.

    The narration is not dry. Ms. Colbert reads and enunciates as if she was the author which brings the right amount of passion into the audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By M. J. Ryan
    • Narrated By M. J. Ryan
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (287)

    Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.

    Jim Koch says: "Great content. Poor audio"
    "This year I will finish this book"
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    What did you love best about This Year I Will?

    The price - I bought it on sale


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a narrative


    Have you listened to any of M. J. Ryan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    learning why it is I procrastinate. I will write about it....later.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (546)

    Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

    J. Wigfall says: "Powerful"
    "Craftily woven story"
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    I haven't seen the movie but may rent it after having read the book. This was a fun premise and I imagine if it happened in real life, people would still assume the poverty stricken, uneducated person cheated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Spock

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (268)

    Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

    Mika says: "Excellent."
    "For Trekkies Only"
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    If you have no interest in Star Trek or have not seen the old TV series or movies, this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you are a trekkie like me, get this book and enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3468)
    Performance
    (3175)
    Story
    (3201)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Classic? - Meh"
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    A good actor can't make a dull read any better. This is my second time through Gatsby - the first when I was in high school - and I find it just as boring the second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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