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Nicole

santa rosa , CA, USA

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  • 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
    (2305)
    Performance
    (2032)
    Story
    (2039)

    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"
    "Wow--if you're a mother/working women, a must read"
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    If you could sum up Lean In in three words, what would they be?

    A must read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Maybe some women don't need to hear this; maybe they are already aware and changing or simply not this way, but as an executive with almost two decades of experience, this one captured my attention and then left me gaping in horror--I was hearing her describe me! Only, I thought I was alone. I wanted to hear more--who was this intruder and how did she escape?


    Any additional comments?

    This is one I will keep in my office and hand out like candy

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9193)
    Performance
    (6715)
    Story
    (6755)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Honestly, one of the best of its kind"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Quick review, but I truly loved this book. Frankly, most of its kind are merely diversions, but this one is very well-written and clever. Worth the read and price.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Discovery of Witches?

    I liked most of them, but loved character development and the time spent at both homes.


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

    She gives the characters depth and voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush, Hush: Hush, Hush Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (368)

    Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust.

    Sarah says: "Inklings Read Reviews: Hush, Hush"
    "Worst book I have listened to -- EVER"
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    Would you try another book from Becca Fitzpatrick and/or Caitlin Greer?

    Never. Sorry. I think this book is best for young girls, under the age of 16.


    What could Becca Fitzpatrick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No comment. I don't want to seem mean or insensitive.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Reader was ok. The story was greatly lacking.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hush, Hush?

    The issue was not scene related, it was about story-telling. This story just doesn't work for me. I found myself more frustrated than entertained. Way too many holes, a super dumb main protagonist, under-developed supporting characters ... the list goes on. Ugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't do it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Valley of Silence: Circle Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (255)

    Having traveled through the Dance of the Gods to the land of Geall, the circle finds themselves convincing, then training, the people of Geall to defeat Lilith's vampire army. The Valley of Silence is a forbidding place for the battle of all battles, but the circle continues to prepare, through magic and a few early stakeouts that test their strength individually and as a team.

    Deborah says: "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"
    "I'm an addict"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Valley of Silence to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version, but this one really takes you away and the characters and scenery are well-developed. Of the series, I liked the first one the best and was sad when it was over, but this was a close second. Keenen was my favorite character, but I was disappointed to find his story lacking in basic story line--the battle was weak, but the love story was good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Valley of Silence?

    Would be a spoiler - when one of the characters is killed.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Good male voice. Odd female voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (741)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    Denise says: "UGH!!!"
    "Worth a listen esp. if you want a strong heroin"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wanted to hear a bit more intrigue and perhaps have more twists, but I haven't read a suspense novel in a long time and this one was as well done as most others. I really liked the heroin and her personal struggles.


    If you’ve listened to books by Taylor Stevens before, how does this one compare?

    Much better than the second in this series, which rambles on and has very little going on.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Love this reader.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, I would see this movie, but not the second in this series. The plot fell short.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "All the Same, but good for a laugh"
    Overall

    This is a silly SK book - like all of them. I love the reader and have moments of laughing out loud. This isnt for you if you're not looking for silliness.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Here, from Bill Clinton, is a call to action. Giving is an inspiring look at how each of us can change the world. First, it reveals the extraordinary and innovative efforts now being made by companies and organizations and by individuals to solve problems and save lives both "down the street and around the world". Then it urges us to seek out what each of us, "regardless of income, available time, age, and skills", can do to help.

    Edmund W. Cheung says: "Buy the hard copy book - the listen lacks"
    "Looking for Ways to Help?"
    Overall

    If you are looking for ways to help - especially w/o giving money, then this is a great listen. Mr. Clinton gives insight into what others are doing and how we can jump on the bus and start helping out in our communities and in our world. I got some great ideas and I think others can benefit from listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (161)

    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "interesting, Insightful"
    Overall

    This may not be the most exciting listen, but the information is very interesting for animal lovers or anyone interested in understanding more about how we process animals in America. I think we should all understand more about this topic, and Ms. Grandin is the go-to person on the topic. Worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "A Great American President, A Great American Read"
    Overall

    You must listen to the version that he reads - he is entertaining and insightful; emotional and inspiring. Another required read for all Americans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1729)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (671)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "Required Reading for all Who Manage People!"
    Overall

    I live by the methods in this book - on many occasions, it has made my job much easier and my teams much happier. A long, hard road to follow, but well worth it. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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