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Julia

Singapore | Member Since 2003

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  • 126 ratings
  • 406 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (480)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "SO MUCH FUN"
    Overall

    My first book with this author, but it is easy to see why her books are all best sellers. I laughed so hard listening to this hillarious book. Who would have thought that a few little secrets could weave such a tale.

    I listen to books while on the treadmill and put in extra hours each day because I could not bear to turn it off. A must listen for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15768)
    Performance
    (13059)
    Story
    (13696)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "worst narration ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The male voices were just so silly that I laughed out loud. Sorry but it is true. Whoever did the casting should be fired.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Moon Rising: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (273)

    A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races, and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker, until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn't be worse.

    Sharon says: "Enjoyed this entire series!"
    "Fun From Start To Finish"
    Overall

    If you like vampire and werewolf romance, you will love this. This book is an original ... taking place in Australia, with guardians, strange creatures and lots (and LOTS) of moon lust!
    Reilly is cooler than Anita Blake any day.

    I listened to this book every free moment and even did my longest run (EVER) while listening to this great story. I'm off to the bookstore tonight to get more of this author -- too bad audible doesn't carry more of her titles.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    "Alexandra Scott, Alaskan Wilderness Woman". It had a terrific ring to it, but Alex felt a sudden twinge of uncertainty. She'd traded in her Wall Street job and fancy condo for a rundown cabin in the woods and a bait and tackle store. She'd wanted to escape the rat race and to go husband-hunting where men outnumbered women four to one, but was she ready for the challenge?

    Julia says: "Lots of Fun"
    "Lots of Fun"
    Overall

    This is an incredibly fun romp. Jersey girl goes to Alaska to find a husband with her overweight dog. Ends up meeting the man of her dreams. However, needs to live in cabin with an outhouse to prove it.

    This is a light, laugh a minute story that will leave cars next to you wondering what you're smiling about.

    Strongly recommended to all Evanowich fans. This is BY FAR the best of her earlier works. It has the same witty dialog that makes her current books so popular.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 3-Hour Diet: How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Thin

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jorge Cruise
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Fad diets, especially low-carb diets, do not work long-term. Just look at the science. These trendy "plans" usually end up making you fat. Why? They cause you to lose precious fat-burning lean muscle. And that slows down your metabolism and speeds up your weight gain. But with the 3-Hour Diet you will lose two pounds every week, starting first with belly fat.

    Julia says: "Buy the Book -- Skip the Audio"
    "Buy the Book -- Skip the Audio"
    Overall

    When I buy an audiobook, I expect to have the same information as in the book. This 'audio book' was really more of commercial for the real book.

    Here is what you get:
    - 60 minutes of why this is better than other diets
    - 60 minutes of short motivational messages that you are supposed to listen to in 2-3 minute installments over the next 28 days
    - 30 minutes of user testomonials.

    Sure you learn that you need to eat every 3 hours ... but you need to buy the book to find out what and how much you can eat.

    I gave it 2 stars because it was motivational ... but sadly disappointing due to fact that the substance of the book is missing. Got to say I feel a bit conned.

    Save your money ... go straight to book and skip this audio.

    68 of 69 people found this review helpful
  • Yoga Sanctuary

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Shiva Rea
    • Narrated By Shiva Rea
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    A sanctuary is a place of renewal and peace. Whether you have ten minutes of two hours, Yoga Sanctuary offers you a rejuvenating, flow-style hatha yoga practice. Using this program, you will experience Yoga Sanctuary as the most flexible, easy-to-use guided practice available.

    Julia says: "Some Information Found on CD Version"
    "Some Information Found on CD Version"
    Overall

    Here is some information that is available on the CD packaging to help you get the most from Yoga Sanctuary.

    DISK 1 - SOLAR PRACTICE
    1. Sun Salutations (9:55)
    2. Dancing Warrier (6:45)
    3. Standing Poses (15:05)
    4. Standing Pose Flow (13:00)
    5. Balance Poses (11:14)
    6. Abdominal Strengthening (8:00)
    7. Backbends (9:44)

    DISC TWO - LUNAR PRACTICE
    1. Full-body Warm Up (11:34)
    2. Forward Bends & Twists (8:00)
    3. Hip Openers & Twists (13:04)
    4. Inversions (8:30)
    5. Meditation & Ujayi Pranayama (9:00)
    6. Deep Relaxation (Shavasana) (9:00)

    SUGGESTED SHORTER PRACTICES:
    25-30 MIN SOLAR - Disc One: 1, 3, plus Shavasana (5 min); or Lunar - Disc Two: 1, 2 or 3, plus Shavasana (5min)
    35-40MIN: - Disc One: 1, 3, 4 plus Shavasana; or Lunar - Disc Two: 1, 2 or 3, 4, plus Shavasana
    50-55MIN: - Disc One: 1, 3, 5, 6, plus Shavasana; or Lunar - Disc Two: 1, 2, 3, 4, plus Shavasana

    To complement a "workout" such as running, biking, etc.:
    Pre-workout: Solar - Disc One: 1 & 3
    Post-workout: Lunar - Disc Two 2,3 plus Shavasana

    NAMASTE

    70 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • Yoga Chant: Opening the Heart Center Through Chanting and Flow Yoga

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shiva Rea
    • Narrated By Shiva Rea, Jai Uttal, Ben Leinbach
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    The journey of all yogas, in every tradition, leads us to a single destination: an open and loving heart connected to the Source. On Yoga Chant, instructor Shiva Rea - with acclaimed world music artist Jai Uttal and musician Ben Leinbach - guides you into a transformative "inner yoga" practice of the heart.

    Julia says: "Some Information"
    "Some Information"
    Overall

    Shiva is excellent for ashtanga pratitioners who want to add a bit of variety.
    This contains two full practices - a morning energizing routine and an night time relaxing routine. You can also do specific sections when you have limited time.

    The morning practice has really helped me as I have always struggled with backbends. Also, the Kirtan at the end is very uplifting. The lunar workout is much easier and a wonderful combination of yoga and meditation. It is probably best to actually try the lunar practice first as the morning routine is quite challenging. I travel alot and enjoy doing the "Lunar Yoga" and "Heart Meditation" on planes. It is the only yoga that I found that you can do in your seat.

    Below is the timing to help you find navigate the audible file. The first number is the length of the section. The second is the time that it begins on the tape.

    Namate

    Solar Invocation 0:02:36 0:00:00
    Solar Body Prayer: Surya Namaskar A 0:05:46 0:02:36
    Solar Surya Namaskar B 0:04:35 0:08:22
    Solar Standing Poses I 0:10:24 0:12:57
    Solar Standing Poses II 0:05:48 0:23:21
    Solar Preparations for Backbends 0:11:33 0:29:09
    Solar Backbends for Opening the Heart 0:16:06 0:40:42
    Solar Om Namah Shivanya Kirtan 0:10:36 0:56:48
    Lunar Invocation 0:01:29 1:07:24
    Lunar Surya Namaskar w/ Traditional Mantras 0:09:37 1:08:53
    Lunar Lunar Yoga 0:15:26 1:18:30
    Lunar Inner Sanctum of the Heart Meditation 0:08:37 1:33:56
    Lunar Breathing into the Heart: Pranayama 0:10:26 1:42:33
    Lunar Resting with the Self: Shavasana 0:06:54 1:52:59
    Lunar Sita Ram Kirtan 0:10:16 1:59:53

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sam's Letters to Jennifer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Anne Heche, Jane Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Dear Listener,
    Have you ever gotten a letter that changed your life completely? It happened to me once. I still can feel the urgency that overtook me as I opened the envelope and the hunger I felt for whatever that letter would say. It seemed as if my entire life hung in the balance as I read.

    Julia says: "Too Sweet for Me"
    "Too Sweet for Me"
    Overall

    Our heroine lost her parents, husband, baby ... and that is just the first 3 minutes ... we haven't even got to the SAD part yet. Hmm, maybe there is a reason why the author wrote the "review" instead of Publisher's Weekly.

    I would expect that unless you really like a tear jerker, this book might be too sweet for you. It is a big change from his usual writing style. I'D STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU LISTEN TO THE SAMPLE BEFORE YOU BUY TO SEE IF YOU LIKE THE TONE. Please keep in mind that the music will follow you from start to end.

    In any case, I gave the book 3 stars:
    1. Even at James' worst, he is still darn good
    2. It is a nice message of hope and the power of love
    3. At 4+ hours at least he doesn't take too long

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Aim

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When a dam breaks in Arapahoe Junction, Colorado, photojournalist Alex Graham is at the site doing more than just snapping pictures - she is in the mud with a shovel digging for survivors. What happens when the reporter becomes the story? Alex finds more than she bargained for. In one terrible instant, she is witness to a conspiracy that will stun a nation. The official story is just a cover-up for a truth so frightening, so unthinkable, anyone who threatens to reveal it must be silenced. Forever.

    Jerome says: "Dead Aim"
    "Fun ... but not deep"
    Overall

    This was a fun listen ... lots of action with a great love story. Alex is a character of substance and Jud is the stuff fanasies are made of. A quick book if you are not looking for anything deep. My only regret is that I didn't get the unabridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Julia Roberts
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    "It appears that the help has been taking notes, and good ones. The help is very sharp-eyed indeed. The Nanny Diaries is diabolically funny...vastly entertaining...perfectly pitched social satire," raves The New York Times. Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts narrates this popular and critically acclaimed book - an enthusiastic skewering of high society written by two former nannies.

    Joanne says: "The Nanny Diaries"
    "Worth a listen for any parent"
    Overall

    This story covers paints an ugly picture of the New York elite, who would rather spend time trying on Prada shoes than loving and raising their children. The heroine works hard at building a little boy's self worth while putting herself through graduate school.

    The story tends to be funny and fast moving. It is hard not to fall in love with both Nanny and Grover.

    However, it was difficult for me to get beyond underlying premise of parents not caring about their children -- is just too sad to imagine. Clearly a very one side view of the world written from the Nanny's perspective.

    Julia Roberts does a nice job reading it. Although at times I did find it difficult to keep up with her fast pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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