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Jim

Eagan, MN, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (427)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Excellent book!"
    Overall

    Powerful, tragic book. A very moving, educational book - a must-read for anyone wanting to understand more about this tragic illness. The only reason I withheld a star was because, like some other reviewers, I didn't care for the author's narration - I found it fake and the acting showed through.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7012)
    Performance
    (4969)
    Story
    (4959)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Excellent listen!"
    Overall

    Tragic and sad, at times, but also moving and inspiring. The individuals who narrated were excellent and truly brought the story alive for me. Just an great story about survival and helplessness and power - highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4833)
    Performance
    (1469)
    Story
    (1483)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    I loved this book - I thought the Italy chapter was a bit slow but it makes sense in the end and you realize why she had to do what she did in each country in order to heal and grow. Not for everyone but it worked for me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (870)

    Listen to the incredible national best seller that is changing people's lives - and increasing their net worth. Also available:
    The Millionaire Mind.

    Amazon Customer says: "Its OK to drive a Taurus!!"
    "A little more respect for my neighbors"
    Overall

    It was hard to imagine seeing our neighbor as a Millionaire before reading this book. Although I believe I do save enough for retirement, I still picked up great encouragement to do better. I played excellent Offense [could make a decent salary] but played terrible Defense [spend it if I have it]. From reading this book, I have put together a plan to be a millionaire in 14 years. Even if I do or don't make it, it's better to working at it with the tips given here!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2890)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1072)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book! It was full of life's lessons on how to live a full, quality life!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (328)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Al Franken needs to drop the liberal bias."
    Overall

    Al Franken's argument throughout the whole book is that if his 'team' can find one 'lie' in the conservative's group of arguments, we can throw out all of their arguments. Well, nice try, but, this way of going about it is the same bias that he declares he is against.
    I believe he is at his best when he is talking about his humorous encounters with those with a conservative bent. But I hate it when a conservative, Ann Coulter for example, says that she liked Al when she meet him, and then he goes out of his way to talk trash about her.
    Al Franken is at his best when he's doing humor. Since he's moved to be the spokesperson for the liberals, he really has strayed from what makes him funny. I hope he recognizes this and gets back to his earlier stuff that poked fun at all groups. It is extremely hard to take his serious points, seriously, when he doesn't take himself that way. We have enough Michael Moores and I hope he doesn't end up in that vein.

    11 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2678)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (239)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Rick says: "Getting Things Done"
    "Getting Things Done"
    Overall

    Good overall book. I expected more tips or tricks of the trade but the content did a good job of summarizing key points. The written book was more useful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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