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Debbie

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 24 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 727 titles in library
  • 59 purchased in 2014
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  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1154)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Honest, Funny, Heartfelt and Relatable"
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    Any additional comments?

    Engaging. I found myself wanting to know more and more. Easy and enjoyable to listen too. It feels very honest. She also seems very modest, considering all that she has accomplished. But, also relatable, having had similar issues and challenges. Mix of happy and sad with wit/humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No-Hype Copywriting: The Keys to Lively, Appealing and Truthful Sales Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Marcia Yudkin
    • Narrated By Marcia Yudkin
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If screaming headlines and over-the-top phrasing make you want to hide your head in a bushel, get this guide to writing attention-getting yet honest and helpful sales copy. Whether you're a coach, author, financial advisor, B-to-B product manager or simply a professional who values trust, dignity and respect for clients, you'll find a framework for setting down a solid first draft and tweaking it into an effective selling tool.

    Heetendra says: "Expeirience spolied by poor narration"
    "Tells a great overview!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No-Hype Copywriting to be better than the print version?

    NA


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Meaty for the length of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Although, it's short, the author covers a lot! Gives excellent examples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (998)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "Moving and Honest"
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    Any additional comments?

    Makes me realize that, in my opinion, they did a great job making the movie. It includes so much of the book, not all, but most.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 20 Surefire Tips for Telling a Titillating Story

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Dianna Booher, CPAE
    • Narrated By Dianna Booher, CPAE
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Your anecdotes or slice-of-life vignettes can be serious, sad, funny, enlightening, or inspiring—but they must have structure. From Speaker Hall of Fame keynoter Dianna Booher, you’ll understand the difference between crafting a captivating scene and killing a good story with narration.

    Debbie says: "I Was Looking for a List of 20 Tips"
    "I Was Looking for a List of 20 Tips"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I got kind of lost in this book. Based on the title, I was looking for 20 tips, concisely listed with explanations. I felt like I'd ordered the wrong book. It was more about the author telling a story about a running race. Maybe, I need to listen to it again more attentively.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Photography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susan Sontag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

    Debbie says: "I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews"
    "I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews"
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    What three words best describe Jennifer Van Dyck’s voice?

    Okay


    Any additional comments?

    I was concerned that this book would be negative about photography, based on some low star review(s). However, I think Sontag simply points out the many different points of views and backgrounds that photographers express through their work. I feel like Sontag is also giving a valuable history lesson of the leading photographers as well. She seems to also have admiration where she feels it's due, towards photography and photographers. After all, she was Annie Leibovitz's partner for over a decade, encouraged and admired her photography too. I agree with Sontag about both the negative and positive impact that photography can have. I'm glad I decided to listen. A good addition to my MA in photojournalism.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1410)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Motivational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It was motivational to read about Keith Richard's life. He didn't have it easy, but, pursued what he enjoyed and what made him happy - music - with great results. Interesting about the drugs too. I had a little trouble following who was speaking, since the characters kept switching around. But, no biggie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lissa Rankin
    • Narrated By Lissa Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Dr. Rankin discovered the health care she had been taught was missing something: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair. Using cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out the data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, sex, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.

    Jay says: "Blue Zones Meets The Placebo Effect"
    "Just me, but, I didn't care for it."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    These types of books are a bit scary to me... telling me that I'm mentally preprogrammed in the womb, etc. as to how I'll see myself, act, etc. Also, are b vitamins and fish oil really a "placebo"? I do see that attitude is very important in life. But, it was a bit scary for me to read. I felt like I was developing that hypochondriasis or medical school syndrome by reading the book. Made me afraid of my own potentially negative thoughts, etc. I know that the book is meant to do the opposite. So, may be great for others.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3370)
    Performance
    (3078)
    Story
    (3063)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Great Stories. Disappointed to Buy Repeats."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I love David Sedaris' work. I was disappointed to discover there were repeats in the book, stories from his other books - books that I've already purchased.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Swing Trader: Tools and Techniques to Profit from Outstanding Short-Term Trading Opportunities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alan S. Farley
    • Narrated By Chris Ryan
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Swing trading is gaining popularity as a powerful method to increase returns, and potentially lower risks, by profiting from short-term price moves. The Master Swing Trader explains how traders can use technical analysis, charting, and market sentiment to make trades that hold through price fluctuations and noise with wider stops.

    Ben says: "Noise"
    "Psychology and Personal Demons of Swing Traders"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't think the title reflects what is in the book. To me it was more of a psychology book. As someone wanting to learn about swing trading, much of it scared me and psyched me out. Oh no, I could me my own worst enemy, etc. blah, blah. But, it does give some good advice to be disciplined, avoid risky trading patterns, etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Only Three Questions That Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kenneth L. Fisher, Jennifer Chou, Lara Hoffmans
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Ken Fisher questions authority. He challenges the conventional wisdom of investing, overturns glib theories with hard facts, and blows up complacent beliefs about money and markets. But the authority he challenges most of all is his own - because challenging yourself, Fisher says, is the key to successful investing.

    Richard says: "The Only Three Questions That Count"
    "Doesn't Work For Me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Compared to "The Future for Investors: Why the Tried and the True Triumph Over the Bold and the New", Fisher's book doesn't work for me at all! Maybe this is just my personal preference. After reading Siegel's book, I felt like I had logical, practical data and research methods to work with on how to invest in stocks. Fisher was too ambiguous for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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