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Gloria

Carmichael, CA, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 120 titles in library
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  • Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Kevin Bleyer
    • Narrated By Kevin Bleyer
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    The United States Constitution promised a "More Perfect Union". It’s a shame no one bothered to write a more perfect Constitution - one that didn’t trigger more than two centuries of arguments about what the darn thing actually says. Until now. Perfection is at hand. A new, improved Constitution is here. And you are about to listen to it. So prepare yourselves, fellow patriots, for the most significant literary event of the 21st, 20th, 19th, and latter part of the 18th centuries. Me the People is about to save America.

    Fifty-One says: "Skip it."
    "Great information told in and entertaining way"
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    Story

    Kevin flyer gives historical fact about our Constitution. he tells little known facts in an interesting way. He covers every part of the Constitution and really captures your interest with the way he tells the story. I listen to this over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (283)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Kasia says: "brilliant!"
    "What a beautiful wordsmith"
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    Reading this book was for the most part a fabulous experience. I love the way she told such a well entwined story with so much humor and description. The narrator is one of the best I've ever heard. She really really makes the book come alive. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It felt as if the author suddenly had to rush off to the bathroom so she just ended it as quickly as she could with very little thought to the quality of the rest of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (153)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "They become your family."
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    What did you love best about On Beauty?

    Each character is sound and believable. The dialogue fits each person and gives each one his or her own color and shape. They embrace you with their knotty lives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Beauty?

    Collene's departure.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Francis James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure, but he is superlative in this book.


    If you could take any character from On Beauty out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Victoria because she is such a lost little girl who needs someone to listen to her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unnecessary Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rabih Alameddine
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (133)

    Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family's "unnecessary appendage." Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The 37 books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read by anyone. In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis, listeners follow Aaliya's digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut.

    Ilana says: "Tales of a Literary Snob"
    "Stick With It - it's a Slow Start"
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    What made the experience of listening to An Unnecessary Woman the most enjoyable?

    The woman's story comes together slowly and keeps you listening out of confusion and curiosity. She makes so many interesting academic references that you may want to investigate some of the people and books she includes in her musings. The book opened my eyes about the city of Beirut and the many difficulties they have endured.


    What other book might you compare An Unnecessary Woman to and why?

    Can't think of a comparable story.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    The main character , Aleah.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1120)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "Engaging and well delivered"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Americanah to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but the audio is fantastic.


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favorite?

    I liked Ifamelu best because she was such a gutsy lady but she also had realistic flaws.


    Who was the most memorable character of Americanah and why?

    Obenze was very memorable because of his situation in England.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (6013)
    Performance
    (5241)
    Story
    (5254)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoy all of his books and this one is no exception. Although I may not agree with all his conclusions , his arguments are sound.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of David and Goliath?

    Interesting facts about IKEA


    Any additional comments?

    The man's voice is so calming that it's worth the listen just to hear him talk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeff Pearlman
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Payton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed “Sweetness” during his college football days, he became the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago.

    MJ says: "Inspiring and heartbreaking story"
    "Lots of editorializing that can't be substantiated"
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    What would have made Sweetness better?

    Less story telling and acting as if he knew what Payton was thinking. Should have stuck to a more reporter oriented approach since he had so many "unknown or unnamed " sources.


    Has Sweetness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just Pearlman


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Tried to sound like Payton and came off cheesy.


    What character would you cut from Sweetness?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Mean spirited way to make a buck by trashing someone while their family is still here to deal with the pain. Really took every opportunity to trash Connie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2246)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2075)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Great stories poorly told"
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    What disappointed you about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    The writer takes a very juvenile approach. She seems to enjoy saying words such as vagina as many times as possible as if she were 13. It really becomes silly after a while and takes away from the wonderful stories she has to share. Her voice is not one that is soothing or pleasant to listen to over an extended period of time. I hope this young woman will rewrite this fascinating tale when she is mature enough to give it the style and comedic flavor it deserves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories are wonderful.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Another reader is needed and some classes on basic writing skills might be helpful. Trying too hard to be funny doesn't work well and the over use of adverbs makes the listening cumbersome.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the young woman likable and hope she will continue to hone her craft.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impulse Factor: The Hidden Force Behind the Choices We Make

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nick Tasler
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (6)

    By combining global research with real-world examples of extreme decision-making, Nick Tasler teaches us how to thrive when faced with difficult choices. More than just an audiobook, The Impulse Factor provides a clear understanding of why we make the choices we do - and the tools to turn those decisions into something great.

    Joshua Kim says: "Not Good"
    "Could use some help from Malcom Gladwell"
    Overall

    This is not easy to follow and does not capture the interest of the reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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