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Autumn

CorsetLady

San Francisco, CA, United States

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  • Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

    David says: "Awesome Book!"
    "Amusing ruminations by a charming &bright neurotic"
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    I tried this one because I enjoyed The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay so much.
    It was a pleasure to hear him tell his stories, in his own words - his life experience that helped shape that magnificent story.
    The only thing I didn't really care for was the "series of short stories" aspect of it. Why I expected a solid through-line or a planned out story arc I don't know, other than I really admired it in his other book. I will certainly be checking out his other books, but eventually - not right away. I need to be ready to hear about another terrible death of a dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing with Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Juliette Sobanet
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    When Claudia takes a tumble in her grandmother’s San Diego dance studio, she awakens to her past life in 1950s Paris in the body of Ruby Kerrigan, the glamorous star of a risqué cabaret - and the number one suspect in a gruesome murder investigation. With the police hot on her trail and a handsome French doctor lighting a fire in her sinfully beautiful new body, Claudia has just five days to unmask the true killer and clear Ruby’s name. But to do so she must make an impossible choice, one that will change the course of both of her lives forever.

    Janels says: "Not awful, for a fantasy, time travel piece"
    "Dreadful"
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    I read glowing reviews of this book and was excited to listen to a time traveling story set in Paris.
    The concept is really good, in my opinion, but the writing is weak, the narrating terrible, even the sound quality of the recording is poor.
    I would like to think that anyone setting a book in Paris in 1959 would have done enough research to know not to describe the men as wearing bowlers, the women wearing pantyhose (while invented in 1959 they weren't generally worn til the mid-60s)
    In addition, there are smatterings of French thrown in - the main character describes a perfect French accent, but the narrator has clearly never heard one.
    I only made it an hour and a half in and threw my hands up in frustration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People Buy You: The Real Secret to what Matters Most in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jeb Blount
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    The ultimate guide to relationships, influence and persuasion in 21st century business.

    What is most important to your success as a sales or business professional? Is it education, experience, product knowledge, job title, territory, or business dress? Is it your company's reputation, product, price, marketing collateral, delivery lead times, in stock ratios, service guarantees, management strength, or warehouse location? Is it testimonials, the latest Forbes write up, or brand awareness?

    Brandon says: "Personal brand"
    "Seriously, is this a parody?"
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    The narrator spoke so slowly and with such great care, with a slight twang that it felt like he was sending up the genre. Imagine a movie set in the 50s with a door-to-door salesman making his pitch - sheesh!
    People buy you? - I am so grateful that Audible let me return this so I didn't have to buy it!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (224)

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
    "Practically unlistenable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brian Selznick and/or Jeff Woodman?

    I would try another book by Brian Selznick but never again one narrated by Jeff Woodman


    Would you recommend The Invention of Hugo Cabret to your friends? Why or why not?

    no
    The narrator nearly shouted as much of the story as I could bear to listen to.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Woodman’s performances?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was fine


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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