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Denise

Kentfield, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 204 titles in library
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  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Nick says: "An entertaining, yet unfortunate story."
    "Talk Therapy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Carrie Fisher doesn't read the book, she screams it. Then same old story about substance abuse and mental illness from a Hollywood celebrity.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy and Lenore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

    Dan says: "Amazing Book.."
    "Mench"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Izzy and Lenore to be better than the print version?

    no they are about the same


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that Jon puts his heart in his stories.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Laughter through the tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Jon comes alive in his stories, I feel like I know him and the transformation of his life.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (456)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "Heartfelt story of his life"
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    Where does Open rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Open was a great book, I knew little of Andre Agassi's life and he is truly an amazing fellow.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Above all odds.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book made me aware that there is a huge price to pay for such athletic success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (462)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "Enjoyed the whole story"
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    Where does The Big Burn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think Tim Egan did a fantastic job of telling the story. It is among my favorites.


    What other book might you compare The Big Burn to and why?

    The worst hard time, the story of the dust bowl


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

    The reading did bring the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    You should listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4068)
    Performance
    (2616)
    Story
    (2643)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Interesting was more like a novel than nonfiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the book a lot, it was a interesting and I had known nothing of her life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    forever living and part of research


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How We Decide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (497)

    Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need to figure out how we decide, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer, and others, as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of "deciders" - from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence.

    Sarah says: "Summarizes information from several superior books"
    "Fantastic book"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How We Decide to be better than the print version?

    I listened to this book twice.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    The performance was fast enough to move through content but clear enough to allow you to pick up the concepts.


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

    I wanted to listen to this book in one drive but found myself thinking about what I heard and applying it to the people and situations in my life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book gave me great insight to some of the people closest to me. Really a wondeful listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (377)

    America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze those challenges - globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption - and spell out what we need to do now to rediscover America and rise to this moment.

    Soudant says: "We have met the enemy and it is us.... Pogo"
    "Wake up US - it's a global world"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of That Used to Be Us to be better than the print version?

    I preferred the audio version of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good recap of history and what we need to do to get back to being a leader in the world!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    In Chris Matthews’ extraordinary biography, we see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war.

    Dolf says: "Superb Research & Writing / Mediocre Narration"
    "Learned something about JFK"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book, it took a different view on history. I was pleasantly surprised to hear Chris Matthews perspective.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    More than just hype


    Any additional comments?

    I heard a different side of JFK, the book was well done and an easy listen for the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jonah Lehrer
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (541)

    From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

    aaron says: "Starts out Promising, but Then...."
    "big concept"
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    Where does Imagine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a very good book but I felt the concept would be better understood listening more than once or reading the actaul book


    What other book might you compare Imagine to and why?

    Similar but not a clearly articulated as his first book How we Decide.


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

    I would have preferred to have read the book


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    think big!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, Michael Levin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    At six-foot-four-inches and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI. "Big Jack Falcone," as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities---from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder.

    Frank says: "Great Book!"
    "Entertaining Listen"
    Overall
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    Story

    I could not stop listening to this book. The narrator was perfect for the story. Hard to believe this bigger than life guy was able to write about his experiences with the FBI.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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