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Cynthia

Lake Linden , MI, USA

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  • 28 reviews
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  • 358 titles in library
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  • The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    When Isabel bumps into Minty Auchterlonie for the first time in years, she is skeptical (again) of Minty's integrity. But Minty mentions the bank where she works is having internal troubles, and Isabel must determine, once and for all, if Minty can be trusted.

    Cynthia says: "slow moving but enjoyed development"
    "slow moving but enjoyed development"
    Overall

    The main character Isabel always trusts people and will try to help when asked. But when an acquaintance asks a favor, it turns out she's not telling the truth and is taking advantage. I enjoyed the realizations the main character made as she did her best to help in various situations. This book is slow moving with a lot of minutely rendered dialog and gives the detailed thought process of the main character. Some might not like it as an audio book. If you like a lot of action, pick something different.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Comfort Trap: Or, What if You're Riding a Dead Horse?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Judith Sills
    • Narrated By Paula Parker
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Best-selling author and motivational powerhouse Dr. Judith Sills shows how to leap walls and push past boundaries so we can move ahead and live life fully.

    Thomas says: "Good Title - content doesn't deliver"
    "very good insights and makes a good audiobook"
    Overall

    Sills advises you must expect to be uncomfortable to make a change in job or relationship. You may be distracting yourself from your real problems and making excuses. There are a number of cases followed through the book, which keeps it interesting, especially as the author explains how they ended up. I think it's a very good self-help book and worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Women: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    Told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, this imaginative account of Frank Lloyd Wright's raucous life blazes with Boyle's trademark wit and invention. Boyle's protean voice captures these very different women and, in doing so, creates a masterful ode to the creative life in all its complexity and grandeur.

    Diane says: "didn't work for me"
    "interesting but a big time commitment"
    Overall

    Wright's relationships with three women are described by a fictitious Japanese intern. It starts with last wife, then second wife and then mistress who dies a tragic death. His first wife and mother of six children is not part of this book. It's very interesting. Lots of insight into Wright's character and life as well as the women who try to make a life with someone of such importance (and narcissism). But I don't think the time commitment to listen to this whole book is worth it. Might be better enjoyed as a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood from a Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    On a cold Venetian night, shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares: fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti's response is that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant?

    connie says: "genre surprise"
    "mixed reaction"
    Overall

    The narrator was excellent and the flavor of Venice is great. At times the dialog between the detective and his family was drawn out and canned feeling. Might be ok for a book but too much drag for audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Christopher Buckley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

    Judy says: "Buckley Gets It Right"
    "Very good reading"
    Overall

    Very good reading by the author. Interesting life of WFB and wife, also a little about the circles they moved in in NY. The funeral and memorial descriptions were fascinating. Imagine having memorial service in the Metropolitan art museum. Is it fair to a famous person to have someone document an account of final months and failings? Not sure, but I found the book engrossing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office & Nice Girls Don't Get Rich

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Lois P. Frankel
    • Narrated By Lois P. Frankel
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    For every professional woman who wants to get ahead, but feels she is at an impasse, Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office comes to the rescue. In this program, Dr. Frankel, reveals the 101 self-sabotaging behaviors women learn as girls, behaviors and habits that are now holding them back in the workplace, such as couching statements as questions, tilting one's head when they speak, waiting to be noticed, and pinching company pennies.

    Cynthia says: "best business book"
    "best business book"
    Overall

    One of the best business books I have picked from Audible. And a good buy because you get two. The first book has 101 mistakes women make. This sounds like it might be tedious (or negative) but not so. For each the author gives an example. And then a tip (what to do) to contrast with the mistake.

    I can't say if men will like this book. For me, a woman who has worked for over 30 years, I learned something from every one of the 101 mistakes. None of the examples or tips are lame. I really recommend this.

    The second book "Don't Get Rich" is also very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Self-Coaching: The Five Essential Steps to Creating the Life You Want

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Luciani
    • Narrated By Joseph J. Luciani
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Nobody is born insecure, angry, bored, or depressed. The fact is, happiness is our natural state and, as psychologist Dr. Joseph J. Luciani explains in this warm, witty, and empowering guide, chronic unhappiness is just a bad habit, a habit that can be broken.

    James E. Dimitroff says: "Have an opend mind when listening to this..."
    "steps are late in the book"
    Overall

    The cover of the book says there will be five essential steps to self coaching presented. But these don't come until the end, after much stuff that didn't seem very useful or interesting. I think the steps should come earlier in the book. Also, he writes too much about himself.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • How to Change Anybody: Proven Techniques to Reshape Anyone's Attitude, Behavior, Feelings, or Beliefs

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David J. Lieberman
    • Narrated By Bruce Sabath
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Don't let crazy people drive you crazy. Don't let annoying, obnoxious, petty people get under your skin. Stop having to ask the same thing over and over again. Whether it's your kids, spouse, friend, client, patient, or co-worker, why try to "deal" with people when you can change them?

    Cynthia says: "hard to follow"
    "hard to follow"
    Overall

    This might be better as a printed book. I found it hard to follow. If you listen and then put it aside, when you get back to it and the narrator says "the fifth technique is", you don't remember what the topic is. There are some good ideas, but I didn't find this worthwhile as an audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Margaret Heffernan
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffe
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In this provocative book, Margaret Heffernan, former CEO and Fast Company contributor, fuses her own experience with that of hundreds of women to identify the biggest challenges and the best solutions that women face today. From VPs of Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs to women just starting their careers, she traces the patterns and themes underlying women's power, choices, love, sex, money, and other vital topics.

    Rachael says: "The message was drowned in anger"
    "current and helpful"
    Overall

    Good book, lots of good points. Seems to be quite current in what women are still facing, no outdated horror tales. Useful methods and suggestions are given. Many anecdotes from her own career and other women, and no lame ones. I don't think she puts down men in any bitter way, I think she models working successfully with men and women both. But ... realistic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Physical Intelligence: How to Become More Productive, More Energetic, and, Frankly, Better in Bed

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Mariah Burton Nelson
    • Narrated By Mariah Burton Nelson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    As a busy professional you're tired, sore, stiff, and sometimes sick. Yet you're too darn busy to transform yourself into that buff, smiling, super-fit supermodel who taunts you from the television set. Or you "do everything right" but still get headaches or other nagging physical ailments that interfere with your overall happiness or your ability to perform at your peak.

    Cynthia says: "nothing worthwhile at all"
    "nothing worthwhile at all"
    Overall

    Some of the SpeakerNet talks would be worth $5 for download, if that was the price in a half price sale. This one is not. The description sounds great but it's just two people talking, saying nothing.

    The description says "you'll learn how to develop your physical intelligence: The ability to listen to your body's subtle signals, and respond wisely." No, you will learn nothing. There are no three keys, no useful quiz, no useful excercise ideas.

    This should not be in Audible's list of downloads. Nothing worthwhile in it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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