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Julie

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  • Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Geneen Roth
    • Narrated By Geneen Roth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    When Geneen Roth and her husband lost their life savings, Roth joined the millions of Americans dealing with financial turbulence, uncertainty, and abrupt reversals in their expectations. The resulting shock was the catalyst for her to explore, in workshops and in her own life, how women’s habits and behaviors around money—as with food—can lead to exactly the situations they most want to avoid.

    Julie says: "Not Very Interesting"
    "Not Very Interesting"
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    What disappointed you about Lost and Found?

    It was like listening to a friend tell me about how she lost her money. Very few insights into money etc. She rehashed most of her food stuff and I don't have a food issue.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't Know


    What didn’t you like about Geneen Roth’s performance?

    Her voice was grating and slow.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I kept wanting to hear more substance. Hearing her describe in detail walking into a department store was so boring.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (508)

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than 15 million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight. Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.

    Joanne says: "Not for salespeople!"
    "Should have been a blog post Not a Book!"
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    What would have made To Sell Is Human better?

    It just wasn't a compelling argument, no good science to back up and should have been maybe a blog post or magazine article.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel H. Pink again?

    I liked Drive - but that had some substance. This nothing!


    What didn’t you like about Daniel H. Pink’s performance?

    It was the content of the book nothing there


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Sell Is Human?

    Turn the beginning chapter and that was the whole book. The rest was redundant and stupid.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4777)
    Performance
    (4265)
    Story
    (4271)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Good Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Orphan Train to be better than the print version?

    I liked the accents and the 2 readers. I was not crazy about Molly's voice, but loved Vivian she was great.


    What other book might you compare Orphan Train to and why?

    Just read the Lost Wife and they were similar (both had trains involved LOL). But both stories about losing your family and situations beyond one's control.


    Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (2854)
    Story
    (2861)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Charming Wonderful Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

    Such a wonderful story, sweet, poignant, meaningful, and so very English. I loved it. I loved Harold!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold was such an English fellow, soft spoken, understated, reserved, yet deep and interesting.


    What about Jim Broadbent’s performance did you like?

    His accent.


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

    Not really - I enjoyed it over days like a good cup of tea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 19th Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Ebershoff
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (193)

    It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

    Kenneth says: "Two Mysteries: One Fictional, One Historical"
    "A little long winded"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from David Ebershoff and/or the narrators?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It could have been shorter. Especially the part of the 19th wife; it got very redundant.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Great voices which made the characters come to life.


    Did The 19th Wife inspire you to do anything?

    Not become a Mormon, that's for sure! It made me interested in reading non-fiction about Brigham Young. He seems like an amazing person.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1829)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Completing Engrossing."
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    What did you love best about Destiny of the Republic?

    The story - I knew nothing about James Garfield and that whole part of history. I really loved learning about the political machinations it took to get him elected. I loved his personality. And Alexander Graham Bell - what an interesting man.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destiny of the Republic?

    When the assassin walks into the train station and you know he is going to kill Garfield you want to stop it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the end of the book when he goes to the ocean to die.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (508)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Fabulous Book"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely wonderful book, great story and was a great book to hear as an audio.
    The story of Catherine the Great, sounded like it was made up. She was such an interesting character, her diaries seemed so contemporary. It made me want to meet her.


    What other book might you compare Catherine the Great to and why?

    No, I wish I could find another one that was so good.


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

    It was literally like hearing a story teller tell you the story of Catherine's life. I loved when he read from her diaries and change the timbre of his voice.


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

    It was absolutely wonderful. It made me realize that we are so lucky to have the medical care we have, people dropped like flies, from smallpox, plague, tb. Even the royalty.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (209)

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    Theresa says: "A Stunning Achievement"
    "Incomprehensible"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would like this. It is hard to follow, no story line and the narrator's voice sounds like he rehearsed with Monty Python.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I like Biographies and history, so I am open to recommendations.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator, he sounded pretentious, the music was weird, don't know why they put it where they did.


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

    Yes, I liked the part about Christianity, It made me realize that St. Paul was a great organizer and that is why the church made it.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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