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Casey

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Lowe
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Over the years, as Warren Buffett's influence and affluence have grown, one thing has remained the same - his unpretentious, honest, and optimistic approach toward business and life. Now you can discover life's little secrets of success as revealed by the world¿s greatest investor.

    Andy says: "NOT worth it"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you try another book from Janet Lowe and/or Sean Pratt?

    Not sure. I really enjoyed the family history and exploration of the relationships. I also enjoyed hearing about Buffett's philosophies, however part of it read somewhat dry.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Already reading a few books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Pratt?

    Don't know enough narrators to recommend one.


    What did you take away from Warren Buffett Speaks that you can apply to your work?

    Stick to a simple philosophy and trust your instincts. Research, research, research!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1175)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "The Most Amazing Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Elephant Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    The story was amazing! I am so in love with Thula Thula and how Lawrence has built such an amazing game reserve. The image of this big burly man who runs a game reserve, developing such a tender relationship with a herd of elephants.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant Whisperer?

    Wow, there were so many. I think my favorite moment was when the herd made their way to the lodge and splashed in the pool and almost came all the way into the house to see Lawrence. So sweet!


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

    He made it all seem like a mystery, like anything could happen next. At first I didn't like it, but in the end it was such a delightful book I didn't mind.


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

    When baby Thula passed and they decided to give her body back to the herd.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably one of my most favorite stories of all time! I now must visit Thula Thula in real life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2500)
    Performance
    (2208)
    Story
    (2219)

    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"
    "Read This!"
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    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    Yes! It's a great illustration of how women get in their own way. I never recognized that about myself until I read this book. There is a lot to absorb, great stats and stories.


    What other book might you compare Lean In to and why?

    The Male Factor. That book also has great insight into how men think and how women sometimes sabotage their own efforts by not understanding how men think.


    Have you listened to any of Elisa Donovan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she was great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (332)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "Fascinating"
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    Would you listen to Anna Karenina again? Why?

    Yes I would. I'd like to further explore the character profile of Anna and Stiva, her first husband.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a fascinating profile of Russian society and I'm intrigued about how women were treated and how Tolstoy explores their emotions...especially Anna's.


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

    Not possible! Too much to absorb and of course too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1297)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Easy Read"
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    What did you love best about The Good House?

    The characters seemed real, normal. They weren't overly dramatized...just normal people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character. Her self-perception and the stories she told herself were funny.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Beth Hurt – was your favorite?

    What I loved about the narrator is that she actually sang the portions that should be sung. Great job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2798)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Good Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I had watched the video with Oprah before I bought the book. I was then unfortunately looking for the story about how she met her husband.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cheryl Strayed? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. I found the story a little slow.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator seemed to be stretching it when it came to expressing emotion....it often felt fake to me.


    Was Wild worth the listening time?

    Despite my feedback, yes I did enjoy this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I realy wish the author had narrated it herself. Per the Oprah interview there are places that I think she's emphasize differently than the narrator did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17867)
    Performance
    (13712)
    Story
    (13658)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Tina Fey is Brilliant!"
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    I bow down to Tina Fey. I so love how she makes no apologies for being a smart, outspoken, competitive woman! What a great role model!

    The book is one of the best on audible. Her characterization of the various voices is fantastic...the very reason I love audible vs. reading. The story is fantastic as well. She addresses all the stuff we want to hear about. Fantastic book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1192)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Great story!"
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    This is an amazing story. Although initially it seems that the descriptive language is arduious, the story does eventually grab you and you learn to love how she describes ever action and emotion as if it's in slow motion. I very much enjoyed this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3045)
    Performance
    (2525)
    Story
    (2539)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Great story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage the most enjoyable?

    She moved through the story with grace and humor. It wasn't overly flowery but written in a way that illustrates someone who is very present in her own life. I admire that.


    What other book might you compare This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage to and why?

    She mentioned how she admires Elizabeth Gilbert and honestly it does remind me of Elizabeth's story of her marriage.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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