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Elysse

Since becoming a mom, I can hardly find time to read. But my commute still creates time for audiobooks!

Member Since 2005

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  • 15 reviews
  • 333 ratings
  • 487 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (5800)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2768)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Scott says: "A true guide for life"
    "Book is a waste of time, planners are worth it"
    Overall

    What a waste of time! The book is almost all stories, a disappointingly small amount of information. I bought a FranklinCovey planner and it came with a ten-page summary of the 7 Habits and it was more informative than the whole book (or what I could sit through). Plus the reader has a really annoying voice. The 7 Habits philosophy does apply to the 21st century--but the author and reader give it a much more aged feel.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Addison Wiggin, Kate Incontrera
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    The United States has been spending its way deeper and deeper into the red, and saddling future generations with the mess - but who's paying attention? To answer that question, this companion audiobook to the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A. includes some of the most revered voices in the nation.

    morton says: "Fascinating, Enlightening Listen"
    "Unhelpful and oversimplified"
    Overall

    This audiobook criminally oversimplifies the spending/budgetary problems facing the US. I am interested in better understanding spending/budgetary problems of the US government, but this book was entirely unhelpful.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The White Album

    • ORIGINAL (50 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (25)

    Lewis is an energetically angry guy, whose delivery pummels the listener into submission with his views on how insane American society really is.

    steve says: "Black at his Best"
    "Admittedly a Lew Black fan"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of Lewis Black for awhile. I found this album unbelievably funny. I was mostly listening while on the bus and the people around me kept giving me funny looks--because I couldn't help bursting out with chuckles fairly often!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reunion in Death: In Death, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (420)

    At exactly 7:30 p.m., Walter Pettibone arrived home to over 100 friends and family shouting, "surprise!" It was his birthday. Although he had known about the planned event for weeks, the real surprise was yet to come. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair handed him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he was dead.

    Harry says: "Great story w/disappointing changes in characters"
    "Great series! Great orator!"
    Overall

    I love this series and Susan Erickson is great at reading with a great range of characteristics and emotion. A little bummed she changed from the distinctive Peabody voice, but it's still great.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3178)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (968)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Extremely compelling"
    Overall

    Wow! I never knew how much I didn't understand about the history of the US military involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The motivations that Osama Bin Laden claims make a lot more sense to me. Not that I condone anything Bin Laden says/does, but his accusations are not foundless. We armed him and his compatriots. Really well-written and an interesting view into the various relationships between the CIA and Congress.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6403)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (2005)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Compelling and intelligent"
    Overall

    This is definitely one of the best stories in the genre I call "intelligent fiction." Extremely compelling, addressing the issue of religion and science in our society in a way that's one hundred times more interesting and thought-provoking than anything else I've read/heard. Geniunely surprised by the ending as it unfolded. I know a lot more about Vatican City, Rome and particle physics than I did before. Not something you'd expect from a novel! I'd listen to it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mommy Wars: Working vs. Staying Home, a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Susan Cheever, Molly Jong-Fast, Dawn Drzal, and others
    • Narrated By Naomi Wolf, Leslie Morgan Steiner
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The battle rages in every mother: stay at home or go back to work. This panel at New York's 92nd Street Y features four contributors to the new book The Mommy Wars (edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner) as they discuss the state of motherhood. The panelists represent multiple points on the "working full time vs. stay-at-home" spectrum, and they share their personal experiences and opinions with brutal honesty and wit.

    Elysse says: "Good points"
    "Good points"
    Overall

    Many good points were made among several women who chose to work or stay at home. I agree that US society stigmatizes both women who are full-time moms and those who also work, especially those in the middle and upper classes. However, there is a glaring lack of comments from women who didn't have the choice to stay at home or work--those whose financial circumstances required them to go back to work at the end of their meager maternity leave. I think a more interesting discussion would center on how the US can help all moms be financially independent enough to have that choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years.

    Paul Michael says: "Your Government At Work"
    "Compelling and enthralling"
    Overall

    Perhaps the first nonfiction audiobook I "couldn't put down." I couldn't wait to find out what came next. The author does a really good job reading and all of the information presented was salient--and damning. I am 10 times more informed about the state of terrorism and the US's lack of preparedness--including the reasons why we're unprepared--after listening to this book. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By George Lakoff
    • Narrated By George Lakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Engaged citizens can regain their power. Our government can function honestly. In this critical time for our country, Lakoff argues that it is possible for progressives to reclaim freedom and communicate effectively about its real meaning.

    Elysse says: "Compelling and enlightening"
    "Compelling and enlightening"
    Overall

    Wow! I find this a potent and helpful view into the explanation for the different ways of reasoning of today's dominant conservative rhetoric versus classic liberal thought. All this time, I couldn't understand how my Republican associates "didn't get it" and refused to believe some very compelling fact about the ruling party's behavior and justifications. It all makes sense now.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Ways of Opus Dei: Time Magazine Cover Story

    • NONE (26 mins)
    • By David van Biema
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A must-hear for fans of The Da Vinci Code! This cover story from the April 16, 2006, issue of Time separates fact from fiction about the mysterious Catholic organization Opus Dei.

    Ezequiel says: "Great info after Da Vinci Code"
    "Unhelpful"
    Overall

    Not enlightening at all, especially if you've already heard the story, The Da Vinci Code.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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