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Barbara

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • Your Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Guide For Raising Responsible, Productive Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Larry Winget
    • Narrated By Larry Winget
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Being a parent is the toughest job in the world, especially with the increasing number of negative influences and pitfalls facing our kids today, from childhood obesity and out-of-control celebrity culture to the dangers of the internet and credit card debt. Larry Winget has never been one to shy away from tough truths, and what he says here may well be difficult for some parents to swallow: we are in the midst of a crisis with our kids.

    Barbara says: "Helicopter parents beware!"
    "Helicopter parents beware!"
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    I love Larry Winget's works. I have a couple of his other audiobooks and while I have had a dressing down provided by Mr. Winget in regards to behaviour I exhibited in regards to my finances - what he said was right. I couldn't argue. That's what you will get in this book. Common sense, direct and in your face guidance that you cannot argue with. There are no strict guidelines or techniques but there is an ABUNDANCE of information about how to raise responsible, productive adults. That's what you're doing - raising adults, not raising children. If you are responsible for guiding the life of a burgeoning adult, and are able to look at your behaviour and the future adult's behaviour candidly and honestly you will get LOTS out of this book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Darren Rovell
    • Narrated By Dick Terhune
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Remember the Cola Wars, with Coke and Pepsi battling it out year after year for supremacy in the soft drink market? Or what about the Burger Wars, the legendary slugfests between McDonald's and Burger King? Then of course, there were the Sports Drink Wars. If you blinked, you might have missed them, because Gatorade has swiftly and decisively fended off every would-be rival. Here's how.

    Tim says: "Prerequisite for Marketing"
    "Interesting, excruciating, interesting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to many people who are interested in sports and sports performance. Gatorade was and is (there are many forms available only to sport teams or on their website) designed for fluid replacement. It's not for sipping while eating your sandwich at lunch. The science behind the drink is very interesting along with the personalities of the doctors that developed the drink.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First in Thirst?

    There isn't one in particular but a pattern that shows up throughout the book and the timeline/history about how much athletes truly believe in and use this product. Even if they are sponsored by another drink company.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story about the lawsuit between the University of Florida and the Gatorade Trust. Dr. Cade is a huge personality!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did, but it wasn't laughing or crying. I found the marketing of Gatorade part of the book was far too detailed and was tedious to listen to. I almost gave up on the book, but was happy I didn't after that section was finished.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright Lights, Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carl Magnus Palm
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    An exploration of all aspects of the Abba member’s lives and careers. Amazingly detailed, it examines the group member’s family backgrounds, the pre-Abba days, the legendary 70s, the marriages, the divorces, the business ups and downs, and the post-Abba solo careers.

    Howard_a says: "Awesome! -- All the Swedish words pronounced!"
    "In depth look at the band and the individuals"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bright Lights, Dark Shadows the most enjoyable?

    The content. Very well researched and the stories of each of the band members made them "real people" to me after decades of being a fan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bright Lights, Dark Shadows?

    Frieda's story. From before her birth, through growing up and her first marriage, the children. She has an incredible story, and has overcome many hardships.


    Which character – as performed by Adrian Mulraney – was your favorite?

    There weren't particularly characters portrayed in the book, meaning that he never used different accents or changed his voice when reading quotes. He did a good job of getting around many of the Swedish pronunciations, but had to slow his speech considerably to do so.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't think of one in particular. There were many things in the story of ABBA and of the individual members that were memorable, but not moving, per se.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are or were a fan of ABBA or music of that time, this is a great book for you. Very well researched, interesting from start to finish. It's a long book, but nothing is held back. It's also interesting to learn about how ABBA fits into the history of music (Fan hysteria, video promotion, pop vs. rock genre, other musicians perspectives on the band).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Hal Vaughan
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker, Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. But this book also pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; and how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover, Dincklage.

    Renata says: "If we all knew how things went..."
    "Chanel was such a complex woman!"
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    I have read a couple biographies on CoCo Chanel, and this one does not disappoint. She had a way of telling different versions about her past to many friends and biographers, so it is hard to establish the truth of Chanel's life, but this book is very well researched. The narrator is very good, using French, German, British and American accents when quoting people. The tempo is very good and an easy listen. There are a lot of names and dates to keep track of, and when listening in small spurts, found it difficult to keep track of all the players.

    I would recommend this book if you have an interest in Chanel, the woman. The book touches on her relationships with friends, family, her many romances but also on her relationship with the perfume makers of Chanel No. 5 which I found very interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat Right for Your Type

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney
    • Narrated By Polly Adams
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Noted naturopathic physician Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo introduces a revolutionary new way to eat and live.

    In Eat Right for Your Type, he explains his groundbreaking diet plan by blood type. Our blood type is a road map to our inner chemistry - and each blood type processes food, handles stress, and fights disease differently. Find out what you should be eating and how you should exercise in accord with your own type.

    Tiffany Miller says: "Good info"
    "Came recommended, but I wouldn't pass that on"
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    I have had many people tell me they had fantastic results using the guidelines in this book. I read it and found the blood type evolution interesting, but had problems with the lack of citations for the "studies" the author quotes in the book. Maybe a PDF along with it would have been better? Along with food the author also talks about the different blood types reactions to vaccines, drugs and supplements, which, again, was interesting, but incomplete in the audio format. The narrator was good most of the time, but at times it sounded like she had a smile in her voice when the tone should have been more serious, as when talking about different blood types predisposition to disease. Wanted to like it, but I couldn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes and the Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (274)

    Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane - and he has his own problems.

    Sharon11675 says: "Ditzy Agnes?"
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
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    I really enjoyed the character of cranky Agnes. Her misfit family are all interesting and the story continues to move along well. The narration was good, although the "echo chamber thoughts" were something new to me and I had to get used to them. The book has a great, light-hearted appeal to it. I recommend it for listening to while doing things around the house or while on vacation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (3789)
    Performance
    (3206)
    Story
    (3194)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Great characters, great narration!!"
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    All the characters in this book are thoroughly enjoyable, made better by the narrator's exceptional ability to change voices and dialects. Georgie is a warm, sensitive and adventurous person who is all too practical and puts duty above all, but I like her and continue to be on her side. Her affection for the ellusive Darcy is sweet and endearing. Worth the credit!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1365)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "Love this series!!"
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    The story continues with Georgie and her extended family going to France for the winter. The Queen of England sends Georgie on another adventure which is naturally fraught with problems. There is a nice addition of Coco Chanel as one of the characters. The narrator continues to do an exceptional job with a continuing array of characters and accents. I love all the characters and am anxiously awaiting the next edition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1757)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1490)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "The series keeps you entertained!,"
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    The narrator is exceptional in this book. The accents are numerous and she does a great job of increasing the pace at the more dramatic or suspenseful moments. I can say that this book has a couple of the least believable situations for Lady Georgie, but I continue to enjoy the characters and the plots. I can't wait to hear what happens next, especially with Darcy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (536)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "Amazing Performance!"
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    I read this book many, many years ago, but have never had it come to life the way the Davis Suchet performs it. The French, English and American accents were spot on. I believe that along with Tim Robbins version of "The Great Gatsby", this is a MUST listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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