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Stephanie

STAMFORD, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (504)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Nice Point Overly Stated"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Mostly because it was unnecessarily long in my opinion. I get where she was going, but if you've read any of Brene Brown's other books, there's just so much repeat information. Not quite sure what made this one different for her. Unfortunately, the narration was so distracting that I couldn't get through the whole thing. Even so, a lot of times when I get a bad narration, I can usually tell if the text is worth it and I'll buy the ebook. I don't feel compelled to do that this time.


    What was most disappointing about Brené Brown’s story?

    The repetition of themes and information from her other books. I felt like it was just another book about shame. Also it came off as a little self-righteous at times, but I couldn't tell if that was the words or the narration.


    What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

    This narrator was trying way too hard to get across what was already in the words. She sounded so forced - like she was trying to give it so much emotion. The book already has that tone, very emotional and heartfelt, so the narrator just over did it. She also made the author sound self-righteous in a lot of parts due to her tone. Particularly when the author talked about moments where she felt shocked or saddened by another's reactions. If she'd pulled back and let it flow naturally it would have been much better.


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3419)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2042)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    "A true classic with flawless narration!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. 1984 is a classic and the narration was excellent. If you've read the book, you''ve got to listen to this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

    I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read the book, or who haven't read it in a long time because my favorite moments were all true surprises for me.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Probably Winston, but they were all good.


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

    Not really, I like to stretch audiobooks out - like a mini-series


    Any additional comments?

    What are you waiting for? This production is what audiobooks are all about - an incredible book with narration that truly does it justice. Download it today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Ever Night: Under the Never Sky, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Rossi
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (237)

    It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death. Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

    Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least at first. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

    Katheryne says: "Way beyond my expectations! Amazing sequel"
    "Looking forward to Book 3!"
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    What did you love best about Through the Ever Night?

    I loved that you really get to see how the tribes work in this. That wasn't as big a feature in the first one. But here you get to see Perry as blood lord and the workings of the Tides. I liked that a lot. I also liked finally getting to meet Liv. Also the actual story is pretty good. And the ending made me want to jump in to the third book which isn't out yet. That's what a second book in a series is supposed to do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure I can pick a fave cause I really like them all - good guys and bad guys alike.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Goldstrom?

    Not a fiction book. He has a good voice - clear and strong. But for this book, he didn't really fit the bill. First of all, he sounded a little too old - like 30 something. Which would be fine if he really got into the characters and emotion of the story the way Caroline McCormack did in The Hunger Games. But I don't feel like he really nailed any of those aspects of this book. When a book is told in third person, you definitely want to hear the narrator use different parts of his or her voice for each character. This narrator didn't really do that very much, and when he did it was inconsistent. Also, the emotion of the whole story didn't really flow, it felt forced and insincere. Maybe he didn't really like it all that much - this series is not exactly aiming at the 30 something male demographic. All that being said, I think this guy would be a fantastic non-fiction narrator. But if he's going to do YA fiction, he needs work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No idea


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the first book and audiobook were stronger, but this was a good sequel and a good story. I'm really looking forward to the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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