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Beth Alois

Pennsylvania | Member Since 2009

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  • The Promise: President Obama, Year One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Jonathan Alter
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    Barack Obama’s inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of “Change We Can Believe In” was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening war in Afghanistan, and an entrenched and deeply partisan system of business as usual in Washington. Despite all the coverage, the backstory of Obama’s historic first year in office has until now remained a mystery.

    Martin A. Siegel says: "Amazing journalism and writing"
    "Good book"
    Overall

    Good summary of the Obama's first year in office. There is an excellent chapter on Obama's character.

    The narration is amateurish. His voice often sounds tired. If Alter is going to do a book per year, his publisher should hire a professional reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (2218)
    Story
    (2228)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "Great book, with the wrong narrator."
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    Performance
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    I am buying this book for my adult daughters and daughter-in-law. The author understands the problems of women in the workforce and highlights them with interesting anecdotes and plenty of statistics. Best of all, she offers concrete advice.

    I am not recommending the audiobook. The narrator does not have the voice of a mature, professional woman. She sounds as if she wants to turn every statement into a question, but knows she shouldn't. She reads clearly and can be funny; she just sounds too high pitched and girlish. I can imagine genres for which her reading would work (YA fiction, chick lit, zombie novels). Her voice is not right for a serious, adult book like this one.

    Read the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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