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St. Louis, MO USA

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 125 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Great Help!"
    Where does Daring Greatly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audio self-help book, and it is amazing.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author is certainly a character - one I want to emulate.

    Did Karen White do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    NA - though I thought her reading did not allow for the real humor of the author to shine through - it was too "deadpan." No emotion, so it really sucked the life out of the book.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, though not possible - and I really think listening to this book in increments allows more reflection and thought.

    Any additional comments?

    I'll be purchasing this author's other two books. I am not a self-help book junkie so I was really amazed at how relevant this book is - and I'll listen over and over.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was so slow and detailed about the most minute details that you lose interest in the story. One of the few I couldn't finish.

    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Left out the inane minutia!

    What three words best describe David Pittu’s voice?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Totally Enjoyable - and I learned so much!"
    What did you love best about Catherine the Great?

    The book was well written and very interesting. The only downside was that the times jumped around a bit...but maybe that is to be expected.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine, of course.

    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enjoyed his reading style.

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

    It was astounding how some one so young went so bravely through the arranged marriage.

    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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