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josette

Burnham, ME, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3534)
    Performance
    (3020)
    Story
    (3035)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Cynthia says: "Lean In, Lead On"
    "No whining - only doing!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lean In to be better than the print version?

    I like both but I find myself referring to the audio version because most of the time that I have to think and ponder these sorts of issues is while I'm traveling and in the car.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lean In?

    What would you do if you weren't afraid?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. Though I don't recommend it. Smaller doses help you to really think about and absorb some of the pretty serious concepts that this book addresses.


    Any additional comments?

    We all know that equality isn't complete. How we approach trying to make it so is, IMHO, a large part of the reason it is not. This fresh perspective on using all of the aspects of the feminine to positive means instead of letting anger, frustration and validly unfair situations cause us to sit back and whine while doing nothing when we should be leaning in is so perfectly timed. It is time.

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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (964)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Sherman Alexie delivers again!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the most enjoyable?

    I love that it was read by Sherman. I am an avid fan and love his vocal style.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was funny, terribly sad - that same emotional rollercoaster that makes his work what it is but uniquely different from his other writings so that you FEEL that you are on a different journey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (561)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "Utter disappointment."
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    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    This book was so poorly written - felt like a prompt style writing with plug in attributes. The historical content was so boring I fell asleep and I love historical fiction. The gratuitous aggressive sex scenes might have been appropriate if they clearly related to the story but they seemed to be there for shock factor and I found that insulting. I have nothing against a good raunchy read or a scene that is injected in a story to reveal or shock but even these scenes were utterly lacking in anything I could imagine to be interesting. I had to fight off sleep through most of the book. Boring!


    Has The Haunted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No way. A bad book doesn't make a bad genre. That would just be silly


    Have you listened to any of Dan Butler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I did not have an issue with the reader. How can you blame a reader for a terrible read?


    What character would you cut from The Haunted?

    Most of them.


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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29493)
    Performance
    (26019)
    Story
    (26091)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A complete and thorough mindf**k!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For too many reasons to list. Just do it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I hated them all. They made me want to scream. But I couldn't put them down - which made me also want to scream.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Voices were dead on perfect and the emotion (or lack of) was perfectly conveyed in their reading.


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

    Who knows, I was on the edge of my seat having fits of rage and panic.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to not like this book. I'm not a trendjumping sort of reader and that is probably stupid. It is the reason I didn't start reading Harry Potter until the 3rd book which I feel silly about, now, but it seemed reasonable at the time. Everyone has been talking about Gone Girl. Gone Girl this, Gone Girl that. I felt certain it was at least partly hype. I was so wrong. I really couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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