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Ann

rochester, NY, United States

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  • 31 titles in library
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  • I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cold, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true - and could have come only from Nora Ephron - I Remember Nothing is a pure delight.

    Caro says: "Ha ha"
    "bullseye"
    Overall

    I enjoyed every moment, and, because I also remember nothing, have had the pleasure of enjoying in over and over like it was the first time. Funny, self-deprecating, and full of sharply drawn remembrances of her remarkable career, as well as the back stories that make it seem like you've just had the most delightful chat with an old friend.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (887)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "I'm ready to move to Botswana..."
    Overall

    Every one of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books is like being welcomed into a warm and comforting world of friends and family, a world where character and integrity are valued, where community is real. I can't get enough of these (and surely wish HBO would bring the series back)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dan Buettner
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In the first book to identify demographically proven happiness hotspots worldwide, researcher and explorer Dan Buettner documents the happiest people on earth and reveals how we can create our own happy zones. Detailing extraordinary new discoveries and meticulous research on four continents, Buettner observes happiness in unlikely places and gleans surprising insight into what generates contentment and what it means to thrive.

    Andy says: "Around the world with circular reasoning"
    "Fascinating study"
    Overall

    Certainly it takes real courage these days to study something like "happiness"--it's as if we've outgrown the very idea of it, we've become so accustomed to doing without it. In many cases, it confirms what you've known all along (like no one says on their deathbed that they wish they'd spent more time in the office) but also makes an excellent case for the importance of happiness in our lives, and gives some very brave and practical advice for how to achieve more happiness in your life. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (526)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Not for the faint of heart..."
    Overall

    I wanted to like this book, really I did. It was depressing to have David Sedaris project the most distasteful and cruel acts of humans onto animals, robbing each of them of their innate grace and integrity. The book is well written, clever, witty, imaginative, but not terribly funny, unless you really dislike the animal kingdom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1202)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Great reading"
    Overall

    What an amazing act of writing--Jonathan Franzen creates characters that you can't stop reading about, even though none of them are very likable, and all of them are very human.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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