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  • How to Be a Pirate

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant

    Hiccup was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere. In this riproaring adventure he recounts his early days - when he still had a lot to learn about swordfights, shipwrecks, and homicidal dragons.

    Georgia says: "Another Tennant triumph"
    "Captivating for the kids"
    If you could sum up How to Be a Pirate in three words, what would they be?

    accents, energy, enthusiasm

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hiccup, he unknowlingly gets himself into messes.

    What does David Tennant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the great accents!

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

    YESSS!!!!!!!!!!! (Mom wouldn't let the boys though; she wanted to stretch it out a bit)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Meg Meeker
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Friendship. Simplicity. Love. Value. Faith. Solitude. Money. Fear. Hope. Purpose. Dr. Meg Meeker has seen mothers struggle with these 10 issues for the past 25 years, and she has also learned how to help them live less stressful, happier, more fulfilling lives. The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers will show women how to reduce loneliness, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem by inspiring women to embrace more positive emotions and habits.

    Heather says: "Not impressed"
    "Not impressed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I waited a long time to read this book, so I tried to multitask and listen to it instead. Absolutely the wrong thing to do. White's narration was terrible. She consistently emphasized the wrong points and had a whiny voice to it. She may be ok for other types of fiction, but not for a self-help type book. It seems like some ideas and points took her by surprise, thus the insufficient enunciations, emphasis, etc. Her voice quickly got on my nerves. I'll try reading the book instead.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't make it to the ending.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

    No, absolutely not.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers?

    I made it through the part about her wonderful friend Patricia. Great story, but very, very long-winded. Anecdotes and short summaries for support of your ideas are appropriate, this was way to long.

    Also, I felt I was getting a motherly lecture about the types of friends to cultivate. Don't have too many of this type of friend and definitely keep these sorts in the outer circle. This book was for mothers, not teenagers. Disappointing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Too preachy. Very "Self-Help" Oriented."
    What disappointed you about Unstuff Your Life?

    I was really looking forward to someone helping me organize my stuff. What I didn't expect is that this was more about getting rid of your hoarder status and all the "trash" that comes with it. I couldn't get through more than the first few chapters. I felt like he was screaming at me, belittling me and chiding me like a child. He was not talking to someone who just wanted to organize her house, his audience is something beyond simple organization of things.Maybe if I read the book, I'd appreciate it more and actually get to Chapter 4. Just couldn't do it with him in my ear.

    What could Andrew J. Mellen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Change the tone of his narration.

    What didn’t you like about Andrew J. Mellen’s performance?

    Too in my face.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Good beach read"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    probably not as I would want to listen to the next book.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Sessanach was my favorite. As the main character, I loved her exclamations and the shock portrayed during some of the adventures.

    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Davina put a lot of energy into the portrayal of these characters. The way she made her voice rise and lower for the characters was great.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book was entertaining and a bit predictable. You knew when Sessanach would inevitably get into some fray (usually right after she was told not to do something). I was disappointed in that you really didn't get a good feel for her relationship with Frank. She seemed to be upset in terms of leaving him, but I wasn't convinced that their relationship was that strong and something that needed to be contemplated.I also grew a bit tired of listening to how almost every new man who came along looked at her too long or grabbed for her.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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