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Alice

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  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David A. Price
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

    Cameron says: "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."
    "This is THE book for animation lovers"
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    I myself love drawing and that is why I went looking for a book on animation and, in particular, Pixar. There weren't many of them, though. But now I am satisfied that I found this one.

    I can't review this book without saying a few words about Steve Jobs. I admire his vision and contribution to technology. But it appears that many people give him all the credit for growing a firm like Pixar. Of course, he did play a big role in Pixar's development. But that's not all by any means. In some ways, this book paints quite a candid and matter-of-fact picture of Jobs.

    In many ways, Pixar's story is the history of computerized animation. Just read it and you'll know. It's both entertaining and informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "You're an introvert yourself."
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    I count myself as an introvert with some traits typical of extroverts. This uncomfortable coexistence of two (often conflicting) extremes have made me awkward for years to put it mildly.

    This book will not give you one perfect solution to your issues whether you're an introvert yourself or an extrovert who's having a hard time dealing with introverts. Still, it gives you some insights. And some comfort, too, if you've been trying quite hard to conform to a dominantly extrovert environment and found it very frustrating.

    I'd rather some of extroverts who underestimate all introverts all the time read this book.

    Well, I think my review has become quite personal. But I can say for sure that this is a very good book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When an eccentric Englishman named Phileas Fogg makes a daring wager that he can circle the globe in just eighty days, it’s the beginning of a breathlessly-paced world tour. With his devoted servant Passepartout at his side, Fogg sets off on an adventurous journey filled with amazing encounters and wild mishaps. Pursued all the way by the bumbling Detective Fix, who believes the two travelers are bank robbers on the run, Fogg and Passepartout must use every means of transportation known to 19th-century man - including a hot-air balloon, a locomotive, and an elephant - to win the bet.

    Darwin8u says: "A straightforward adventure/exploration story"
    "BUT THIS!"
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    I believe there'll be many who may react strongly to this but I think many of classic literature are not as fun to read as some of modern titles. But it is so for me. I can't help thinking this way.

    So I tend to be very selective when I choose "classics."

    And when it comes to "Around the World in 80 Days," I do recommend it with two thumbs up (four thumbs up if I've had another pair of hands) even if you are bored by old-fashioned language and sometimes slower pace as easily as myself.

    I'm amazed at how Jules Verne, a French author, could offer such details so smoothly in the late 19th century.

    I wouldn't say further lest this review becomes a spoiler for you. Just get this audiobook and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What I Didn't Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jay Barney, Trish Clifford
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Overall
    (49)
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    Meet Justin Campbell. He’s a newly minted MBA who’s landed a coveted job in consulting. He’s headed to Chicago to serve HGS, a large client with an intriguing new technology its executives haven’t yet decided how to exploit. Constrained by a short timeline and limited information, Justin and his team use state-of-the-art strategy tools to analyze various possibilities. But Justin soon finds the application of his strategy toolkit isn’t as straightforward as he’d expected.

    Alice says: "With reasonable expectations, you'll learn some"
    "With reasonable expectations, you'll learn some"
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    Don't expect to learn a lot about technical aspects of biz school education from this book. But if you are fresh from a business school and have little experience in consulting projects and how consulting firms work, this will be of some help.
    Anyway, you can use all the help you can get.

    This book gave me a chance to look back at my own consulting projects in the past. Although projects and situations vary, this book is accurate in many ways.

    I may be repeating something obvious, but it's critical to know how to deal with your work mates and what to expect from them (and what They expect from you, too, for that matter). Only when you are aware of these, you can effectively use your biz school education on the job. It took some time for me to figure out this. But if you can shorten the time you spend on realizing this, your work life would be somewhat less stressful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Tags

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Overall
    (751)
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    (436)
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    A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with.

    Tim says: "Wanna have some fun?"
    "Another favorite series of mine!"
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    First of all, I want to make it clear that I meant four and a half stars when I gave four. It's just you can't give four and a half here.

    This is another one of my favorite mystery series. One of my silly rules about the selection of books is I avoid those where lawyers or cops feature as The main character. This is because I don't want anything serious or too hard-core.

    Though this series is about a dog-loving lawyer, he's not your average lawyer. All serious and aggressive. And the fact that the cases always involve dogs helps soften the whole plot.

    If you are a cozy mystery reader but a little bit tired of too silly stories and still not want to switch over to hard-core thrillers, I would recommend Rosenfelt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Acquired Tastes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
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    With an updated foreword by Peter Mayle, Acquired Tastes, originally published in 1993, is a celebration of life's extravagances. It explores an aspect of human nature that, although lying dormant in hard economic times, is capable of erupting with the hint of good fortune and the drop of a credit card.

    Iconic says: "Acquired tastes is a great escape loved it."
    "It's good but (a small but, mind you)"
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    It's good but I should warn you that if you're looking for something more recent, this book is not for you. As you can see on the copyright page, this book was written more than a decade ago and since then, we have a far wider variety of luxuries. And sometimes you simply wouldn't agree with the author's thinking.

    Anyway, I very much enjoyed this title. If you've read Peter's French Lessons or A Year in Provence, you'd like this one, too. It's just that the writing style is a little bit more stuffy than the two books I mentioned. That's maybe because of the subject of this book.

    And the narrator's voice and tone, I think, are right here.

    I'm just writing this so that you can know what you are getting with this book. So you don't need to hesitate much before purchasing this title.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
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    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "I was pleasantly surprised"
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    No offense to Sherlock Holmes fans, but I am not so fond of Doyle's novels. And this is such a short story. So I didn't expect much. But this was delightful for me. I liked the way it ended. No dead bodies and no arrest. Wish real-life criminals were that simple as in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Rhys Bowen doesn't disappoint me!"
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    I've been reading her Royal Spyness series. And this one is yet another great work of R. Bowen. I like the characters and the narrator did a fantastic job as well. Unlike some other cozy mystery series where the author drags on and on with no meaningful developments among characters and their personality, relationships among Bowen's characters do evolve.

    And I'm always amazed with the narrator's ability to adjust her voice and intonation to depict such a wide variety of people and maintain consistency over time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinnamon Roll Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
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    Best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries have earned her a loyal following. In this 16th delightful installment, the tour bus carrying the Cinnamon Roll Six overturns, sending the band members to the hospital - and the keyboard player to a bizarre and untimely death. Soon Hannah discovers the victim’s surprising secret - and becomes determined to bring the killer to justice.

    Russell says: "Excellent installment"
    "If you are a fan of cozy mysteries.."
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    I wouldn't say that this is a great story. But I can recommend this for you if you're looking for a comfortable, no-stress listen. The best thing about cozy mysteries is that you can just relax and enjoy some mindless reading or listening in this case.

    Cinnamon Roll Murder is my first audiobook purchase among the Hannah Swensen series. I bought books for the rest of the series. As a long-time fan, I enjoyed this audiobook as well. No bloody scenes, no real tension between characters.

    And the narrator does her best to bring the most out of this somewhat bland story.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
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    Overall
    (244)
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    (171)
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    With his marvelous sense of the absurd, Lewis Carroll's whimsical, fantastical tale delighted children and adults when it was first published in 1865 and has since become a treasured classic of literature.

    Patricia says: "Don't you just LOVE Jim Dale!"
    "The story wouldn't be what you've expected"
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    I read this Alice story as a shortened book for children published by Walt Disney. Because as a child my favorite book was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I wanted to read the original story and see what it's like. If that is your reason for getting this title as well, I guess you'll find this original, unabridged version somewhat different from your expectation.

    The story is not so simple. I got the impression that Alice's adventures are a little bit meadering. There's no connection between what happens to Alice in the wonderland. Well, you may think that that's the point of this book. Why else it would be called "wonderland?"

    Jim Dale's excellent performance is shown in some parts where the narrator has to sing. If a less capable person had done the narration, it would have been really awkward.

    If not the story, Jim's great voice acting will be worth listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
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    Overall
    (3265)
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    (2219)
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    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "First of all, the story is great"
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    The story is great. And the narration as well.

    If you've only watched the film and not read the book, the book version will give you
    much more info. Like about Scarlet's father and mother.

    Being a 48 hour-long book, this is not an easy one to finish. But it's worth the time (and patience).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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