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BRANDI

SHIRLEY, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ann Voskamp
    • Narrated By Ann Voskamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted... a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved - by God.

    Cara says: "Absolute Must Read"
    "Highly Over-Rated!!!!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Ann Voskamp’s story?

    Over-dramatic and complete opposite of finding happiness in SIMPLE living.


    What didn’t you like about Ann Voskamp’s performance?

    No good.... her voice alone is pretty irritating honestly, with a side dish of bad actress.


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

    I picked up a good or mildly enlightening point every 45 minutes (if that often). "Gift List" is a great idea and I will likely do it, however the story is unnerving when she spends an insane amount of words to, for example, add soap bubbles to the "gift" list. She dramatically describes the miracle bubbles for 30+ minutes, while barely mentioning her children playing in the yard.... I think she missed the boat.


    Any additional comments?

    NOT a live-changing book. The publisher's summary blows Voskamp's writing away and sets the potential reader up for great disappointment.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Company: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Motorcycles in Italy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David M. Gross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    David Gross is working as a corporate lawyer in New York when he gets a call from a friend inviting him to move to Bologna to help turn around a legendary Italian motorcycle company, known for its dominance on the track and its inability to turn a profit. Off he heads to the fabled home of marbled meats, radical leftist politics, and bespoke shoes, diving into his new life as the "corporate image consultant" to gearheads while learning to navigate the giddy mores of Bolognese society.

    Grace says: "More"
    "Not so great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just plain old not-so-great.... It seemed pretty negative, but it is a memoir so I suppose he's just telling it how he sees it. However the book was a far cry from the editor's summary and not what I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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