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Stacey

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 78 titles in library
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  • The Girls

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Stephanie Zimbalist, Lolita Davidovich
    Overall
    (169)
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    (24)
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    (26)

    Meet Rose and Ruby: sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as "the girls". They make friends, fall in love, have jobs, love their parents, and follow their dreams. But the Darlens are special. Now nearing their 30th birthday, they are history's oldest craniopagus twins, joined at the head by a pot the size of a bread plate.

    Barbara says: "Terrific material, great presentation:"
    "Engaging story"
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    Well-written and entertaining. It kind of reminded me of Middlesex, combining cultural issues, non-traditional body issues, and quirky individuals in the story. The reading was very well done; I was not really a fan of the musical
    transitions, but they weren't a big problem. The story left me wanting more, in a good way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.

    Melinda says: "A Spoonful of Sugar"
    "Compassion and common sense"
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    This is a delightful read: touching, funny, and wise. You don't have to agree with every piece of advice to enjoy the thought-provoking questions and responses from the Dear Sugar advice column.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink - And How They Can Regain Control

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Glaser
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    What's the first thing many women do when they go home? Make a dash for the white wine in the refrigerator. In Her Best-Kept Secret, journalist Gabrielle Glaser uncovers this hidden-in-plain-sight drinking epidemic - but doesn't cause you to recoil in alarm. She is the first to document that American women are drinking more often than ever and in ever-larger quantities. And she is the first to show that contrary to the impression fostered by reality shows and Gossip Girl,young women alone are not driving these statistics - their moms and grandmothers are, too.

    Stacey says: "Well-researched history of women and alcohol"
    "Well-researched history of women and alcohol"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which included a thorough history of alcohol in America, focusing particularly on the private and public relationship between women and alcohol. The author does an excellent job of mixing historical and scientific facts with personal stories. The author also delves thoroughly into the AA movement and its successes and failures for women; because 12 step programs are heralded as the only "real" answer to addictive behaviors and are so thoroughly embedded in our cultural narrative and judicial system, it makes sense that the author spends a lot of time confronting AA mythologies with both statistical evidence and personal stories. Other reviewers have pointed out that there is only a small portion of the book dedicated to the "and how they can regain control;" the author offers a few pharmacological and behavioral strategies for dealing with women's problem drinking, but this part of the book is not as well developed as the earlier sections. Overall, a very interesting read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Struggle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut is an infectious, reflective memoir - a lyrical saga of surviving the crack-stricken streets of Baltimore in the '80s. Son of Vietnam vet and black awareness advocate Paul Coates - a poor man who set out to publish lost classics of black history - Ta-Nehisi drifts toward salvation at Howard University, while his ominous brother Big Bill finds his own rhythm hustling.

    Stacey says: "Interesting glimpse into a life so unlike my own"
    "Interesting glimpse into a life so unlike my own"
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    Coates memoir of his boyhood-to-manhood years was an interesting read. The language and tone is quite different from his current writing at the Atlantic; fortunately, those unfamiliar with the slang in the book can get help from the internet (I had to Google phrases like "giving dap"). I am so unfamiliar with the world of his youth - I read this knowing nothing of black boys growing up in the city during the crack era. Coates lyrically describes his life and the ways it typified and departed from the life of his peers. It was a very worthwhile read and well-performed by the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5425)
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    (4975)
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    (5000)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Melissa says: "Not as good as some of the others in the series"
    "Fun adventure in the Iron Druid series."
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    This is an enjoyable continuation of the Iron Druid series; if you liked the earlier books, you will probably not be disappointed. There is a lot of tantalizing foreshadowing and the story ends a bit abruptly, leaving the listner waiting anxiously for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2812)
    Performance
    (2627)
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    (2627)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Fun story; well read"
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    I love the Iron Druid Books; this was the first story in the series I had experienced as an audio book. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (368)

    Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

    Stacey says: "Good self-help book; not well-suited for audio."
    "Good self-help book; not well-suited for audio."
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    I thouroughly enjoyed Brené Brown's TED talks on vulnerability and shame; I had hoped that this book would be an expansion on those discussions by the author.
    This book contains a lot of useful information and interesting anecdotes regarding overcoming shame, embracing reality, and having compassion for oneself and others. However, it is not written in a style that works well with audio. It contains many parts that I would just skim in a print book; it has reader exercises that would be more useful in a visual format; and there are parts that I would like to mark, think about, and come back to (not ealily done in this audio format).
    A critique of the material is that it seems to focus primarily on women like Brown, herself: white, educated, mid-upper income, etc. Though there is a nod here and there to people who are not in those categories, it is pretty clear that this book does not do much to address the broader experience of people outside Brown's comfort zone. Then again, the audience that actually buys self-help books like this is primarily comprised of women, white, educated, mid-upper income, etc. (including me).

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Heffernan
    • Narrated By Margaret Heffernan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
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    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    Margaret Heffernan argues that the biggest threats and dangers we face are the ones we don't see - not because they're secret or invisible, but because we're willfully blind. A distinguished businesswoman and writer, she examines the phenomenon and traces its imprint in our private and working lives, and within governments and organizations, and asks: What makes us prefer ignorance? What are we so afraid of? Why do some people see more than others? And how can we change?

    Lynn says: "Why We Ignore What Is About Us"
    "Thoughtful, well-researched, and interesting."
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    The author uses personal examples, psychological studies, and newsworthy events to show how people fail to see the (sometimes dangerous) reality around us.
    This book was very well-paced and interesting to listen to. Though the work seems to have a very solid basis in scientific research, the author does a wonderful job of conveying the concepts in easy to understand terms and using examples to illustrate the concepts and help the listener relate to the situation being discussed.
    This book is useful for understanding willful blindness in everyday personal and working relationships, as well as understanding the institutional flaws that lead to large scale disasters involving BP, Enron, and Wall Street.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1379)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Enlightening read in Maddow's fresh, quirky style."
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    This is a smart, well-researched, and entertaining book that explains how we got to the current state of the global reach of the US military/ industrial machine. I beleieve the audiobook is superior to the plain text in this case because Maddow's voice and tone convey the deeper nuance in phrases that might otherwise be read as flippant; when she says "Whoopsie!" when relaying a story about an avoidable error that results in serious consequences, you can hear that she is not making light of the error, but instead conveying the shock and frustration in an ironic way.
    I found myself challenged to think more compassionately about the decisionmakers that brought us to this point, though I also was frustrated and horrified by the history of our nation's military evolution.
    Maddow seems hopeful that our country's use of the military can change for the better, even though she has chronicled its blunders and misdeeds alongside its strengths.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5949)
    Performance
    (5125)
    Story
    (5143)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Compelling journey through life, loss, and love."
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    Where does Wild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wild lends itself well to the audiobook format. The story is compelling, the characters are real, imperfect, and lovable. I found myself laughing out loud, crying, and thinking about the important stuff of life throughout the story.


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

    The concept of using a challenging physical journey to deal with difficult life transitions is not original, but Strayed's unique journey has inspired me.
    At one point Cheryl's mom, dying quickly from cancer, is angry because she never got to be in the driver's seat of her own life; she always compromised, put others first, and deferred her desires to a "later" that never came. This moment was particularly meaningful to me, as I have recently decided to take the reins of my own life in my early forties.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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