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Yoo-Win

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  • 24 reviews
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  • Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Larry Levin
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    In the best-selling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted. Heartwarming and redemptive, Oogy is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

    SomervilleWhereElse says: "Lovely story"
    "Great Dog, Deplorable Book"
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    Undoubted Oogy is a great dog, amazing even, to have endured all those. Kudos too to Levin, to have poured in unconditional love to care for this damaged (yet unbroken) dog. However, there's just no story in the book, it fell dead flat starting from the first page until the end. It fails to live up to the promising premise of the book (a damaged yet unbroken love, unconditional love only a family can bestow). It failed to put a smile on my face, to pull my heartstrings that I have hoped for from time to time. Ironically, the only part of the book that has bit of emotion in it was on the story about the kids adoption; which is not the center of the book and definitely not the reason I picked up this book. Just a disappointing book, doesn't really live up to the spirit and love of Levin to Oogy (or even of Oogy to Levin).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (410)

    There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

    Anthony K says: "Like the Muhammad Ali of Seth Godin Books"
    "Important Message; However Not New"
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    The book carries an important message; be someone that is remarkable, be a linchpin. They bring the "emotional labor" to their work. These people are scarce; hence indispensable. Godin too advises us give to others with no expectation, that gesture and act of unconditional generosity changes everything, creating abundance in our lives (again not a new message, same message been highlighted by different gurus the like of Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4151)
    Performance
    (2323)
    Story
    (2323)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Failed to Engage"
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    Due to the gushing reviews, I had really high expectation of this book, longing to know about Vietnam War. The book failed to engage me right from the start, it is too painstakingly boring, I couldn't pull myself to go through even 1/10 of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (587)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Lauren says: "Good Listen"
    "Painstakingly Confusing"
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    Characters and plots are very confusing right from the get-go, choppy storyline with rapes, incest, lesbianism; all rather confusing. It seems like a story without a real theme to it. Rather disappointed as I picked the book up due to the rave reviews.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2266)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1454)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Tedious"
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    The book is laden with heaps of unnecessary historical facts, poorly edited (as you will find yourself reading story about some patient then about another, then back). It turns out that I am not the intended audience for the book, it doesn't seem to add value to general public, more for researchers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (642)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Numbing"
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    Too painfully slow. Few chapters in, it sounds more like a self-indulgent show-off. The book is too technical (financial jargon) for my taste.

    P/S: Credits to Markopolos and team for their effort on Madoff's case.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
    "Innocent Yet Dark"
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    Nuisance period for one, the darkest lifetime for another. Small gesture for one, warm fulfilling meal for another. Fences between people from two different spaces; yet of the same world. Friendships that is natural yet somewhat unlikely. Great adventure for one; same fate for both.
    Provoking, touching, brutal, innocence, all in this amazing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (336)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "Fate, Chance and Love"
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    A story started with rage, evolved to the encounter of a perfect chance, fate perhaps for two species at the time when a void desperately needed to be filled by one with an infinite capacity to fulfil. Peppered with bits and pieces of happy moments, the unlikely bond developed between the man and the dog. The whole story has a feel-good end that made me leapt with joy that I couldn't contain. Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15399)
    Performance
    (13647)
    Story
    (13680)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Hooked Start, Predictable Pace, Disappointing End"
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    Started off with a hook, interesting characters, steady pace right into the middle. However, the whole plot turn rather predictable as it progress. The whole story ended with a incomprehensible crash, somewhat disappointed with all the rave reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6111)
    Performance
    (5425)
    Story
    (5423)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Could Have, Should Have ...."
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    Could have been a visually-stunning movie, unfortunately it is a book, black and white. The characters seems to be rather mundane, one-dimentiional (mysterious). The plot started off weak (with the same one-dimentiional theme), it slowly built up however all crumbled to nothing which is rather a big disappointment. Certainly not a book for everyone, thought I think this would made a visually magnificent movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The YES Factor: Get What You Want. Say What You Mean. The Secrets of Persuasive Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tonya Reiman
    • Narrated By Tonya Reiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Yes: a small word, but the key to opening doors both professional and personal. The power of The Yes Factor gets you the job, the promotion, or the second date. But getting a "yes" can be tricky. Tonya Reiman explains how communication works-what the words you speak actually say about you, and how the perfect pitch can help you achieve your goals, convince your boss or client you should get the account, give a killer presentation, or win control of the remote (without ticking off your spouse!).

    J S says: "Misleading title"
    "Common Sense"
    Overall
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    Reiman offers nothing revolutionary in her book. It basically consists of structural steps and sound factors on persuasive skill; which are more of some common sense to most people. Numerous factors (things one may already practicing without labels - things like Priming) are highlighted in the book. All in all, nothing revolutionary. however can serve as reminder on being more persuasive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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