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Lori J. Rosendahl

Magna, UT United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • 271 titles in library
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  • An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, the "Oskar Schindler of Africa", refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than 12,000 members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes.

    Lori J. Rosendahl says: "Not An Ordinary Memoir"
    "Not An Ordinary Memoir"
    Overall

    I just finished listening to "An Ordinary Man." It was an unbelievably poignant autobiography of the man that ran the hotel that the movie "Hotel Rwanda" was based on. It is not an easy listen. "Man's inhumanity to man" is really hard to believe. But, it is very well done and captivated me. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in hearing the behind the news media sound bite story of the genocide in Rwanda and how one man made a difference.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1173)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Holly says: "Humorous, Intelligent, and Introspective"
    "Pretty ho hum..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    I thought Cassandra Campbell did an excellent job in reading the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Piper Kerman again?

    I will not try Piper Kerman again. I don't think she was able to pick out enough of the interesting stuff from her year in a women's prison. A good story teller can always do that.


    Was Orange Is the New Black worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    8 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15833)
    Performance
    (11813)
    Story
    (11745)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Chock full of honest reflections."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found myself laughing out loud through the beginning of the book. Maybe it started out "too funny" because I then had an expectation of a standup routine. It definitely happened to me again a few times during the rest of the book. But, this is a true autobiography, with all of life's ups and downs, insecurities and foibles. Tina Fey is such an intelligent honest person, you can't help but love her.

    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
    (2573)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2242)

    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.

    Melinda says: "Amazing Undertaking--Good Book"
    "Incredible story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I decided to listen to this book when I heard an interview on the Dianne Rehm Show with the author. I think it is truly amazing what we are able to accomplish when we are driven. Cheryl Strayed was driven to complete the hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. She was very unprepared, but, still managed to accomplish it. The fuel she ran on was grief. Pretty powerful!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26018)
    Performance
    (12672)
    Story
    (12714)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Best listen I've had in a long time!"
    Overall

    I listen to books from audible on my commute every day. I find myself sometimes wishing the book would end because it just isn't compelling enough. This book was recommended by a coworker. This book is great! It was a long book, but, it was so good, it seemed to go so fast. This book gives you a lot to think about.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5908)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Pretty interesting."
    Overall

    I got many fun facts from this book. I think you will enjoy it. I was telling my friend who works at a library and he said, "well this isn't a book about economics, but, about human behavior." Well, he is right, but, isn't economics the study of human behavior???

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ben Karlin (editor), Stephen Colbert, Will Forte, and others
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    The Emmy award-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report has assembled a stellar lineup of men who have one thing in common: all have been dumped...and are willing to share their pain and the lessons learned.

    Dahl says: "Learning how guys think"
    "Keep listening past the intro!"
    Overall

    There is some very funny stuff here. The intro is not one of them. The other disappointing performance is Steven Colbert. But, other than that, I really enjoyed this book. It is not all funny though. But, it rings very honest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Valerie Plame Wilson
    • Narrated By Valerie Plame Wilson
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Valerie Wilson, the object of the "Plame" CIA leak case that resulted in the conviction of the vice-president's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, has spoken publicly only twice since she was outed in July 2003. Now she tells not only the real story behind the leak, but describes her life at the CIA and what happened when her cover was blown.

    Leighboy says: "Interesting but for the bleeps"
    "Very disappointing."
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to this book as I had heard an interview with the author on NPR. What made the book so disappointing is all the redacting that the CIA did before the book could be released. This is a disaster as an audiobook, because every where a word of phrase was redacted, they sound a tone...so annoying I could not finish the book. I think the publication of this one shouldn't have happened, under the circumstance. It is a great disservice to the author and especially the "buying" audience, we the listener!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tim Flannery
    • Narrated By Drew de Carvalho
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    From Dr. Tim Flannery, one of the world's foremost experts on conservation and ecology, comes a book of immeasurable importance. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful and persuasive" work that is "sure to provoke strong reaction", The Weather Makers is among the finest examinations of climate change ever written.

    Pampa says: "The definitive book on climate crisis"
    "Too long for message."
    Overall

    12 hours if way too long to get across the message this author is working on. There are interesting bits, but, it is such a tedious repetitive listen over a 12 hour period.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Koren Zailckas
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, 24-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual". With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at 14, alcohol poisoning at 16, blacked-out sexual experience at 19, and total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at 22.

    John Riggs says: "Smashed"
    "This was torture to listen to."
    Overall

    I don't know why I stuck with this. It became so obnoxious to hear story after story of her escapades and dependence on alcohol. It should have been a 3 hour book...you learn nothing from this. Nothing. Also, I don't buy it that she is not an alcoholic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pure Drivel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (128)

    In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of the New Yorker already know: that Martin is also a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces feature Martin at his finest.

    Beth says: "Really? Only 2 hours and 14 minutes?"
    "Loved this."
    Overall

    I listened to this book at the gym on the treadmill. I found myself laughing out loud many times. Very enjoyable!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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