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Kalepa Ta Kala

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  • 7 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 496 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

    R. Adams says: "Jim Dale is a great narrator"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    I found this version of "A Christmas Carol" to be very well done. The reader breaths life into the sometimes meandering prose of Dickens. Also, I found that this well-done classic really helped me get into the Christmas spirit this season. My small children did find it a bit difficult to listen to in the car. But that is more the fault of Dicken's writing style than the reader's. I have recommended this version to all my friends for next Christmas!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3179)
    Performance
    (2384)
    Story
    (2396)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Say one thing for Joe, say he falls at the finish!"
    Overall

    I'm surprised there are not support groups for people to cope with the horrible ending to this fascinating series. I can only assume that either the author suffered a psychological break just prior to writing the end, or he rushed the ending just to be done with the thing. Don't get me wrong, the writing (and reading) was excellent. The ending... oh my. The author closes up shop on this series by simmering everyone in a large vat of their own weaknesses. There is little to no closure. He inspires me to write, and I don't mean that as a compliment. If you ignore this review and decide to listen anyway, rush out and get anything written by Brandon Sanderson or Richard Morgan immediately after the "end" of this book. It will be chicken soup for the fantasy-genre soul. Say one thing for me, say I'll never read Abercrombie again.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rosalind Wiseman, Elizabeth Rapoport
    • Narrated By Rosalind Wiseman
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads is essential listening for parents today. It offers us the tools to become wiser, more relaxed parents, and the inspiration to speak out, act according to our values, show humility, and set the kind of example that will make a real difference in our children's lives.

    Kalepa Ta Kala says: "Horrible"
    "Horrible"
    Overall

    This book represents the authors' attempts to stereotype Mothers and Fathers into convenient little buckets, while largely ignoring both sociology and pyschology. Their point of reference lies, as I'm sure it always has, strictly within themselves. Their classification of males is misguided at best, and their taxonomy of mothers and school-age girls is sophomoric and nearly mean-spirited. They have a clear bias for us to be passive with educators. If you consider yourself a "Queen Bee who thinks she needs to lighten up" then I'm sure you're the intended audience. All others should avoid this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In-Flight Korean: Learn Before You Land

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Living Language
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Wondering how to make use of all that spare time on the plane while you're flying to Seoul? Between your in-flight meal and your in-flight movie, try some In-Flight Korean! This 60-minute program is the simplest way to learn just enough Korean to get through anything you'll run into, whether you're traveling for business or for pleasure.

    DougW says: "In-Flight Korean is a Weak Learning Tool"
    "Not so good :("
    Overall

    Phrases are read once and only once. Phrases consisting of more than five syllables are very difficult to pick apart. The Korean phrase for "What is your name?" would be very handy, but I'm still not able to discern what the speaker is saying. I think this would be a nice refresher to someone whose Korean had not been practiced in a while. Other than that, avoid this title.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Coward's Guide to Conflict

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tim Ursiny
    • Narrated By Rolland Lopez
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Success coach Dr. Tim Ursiny shows us that conflict can be a good thing, and facing up to it can lead to fantastic results. Interactive exercises will coach and motivate you to effectively deal with all types of conflict situations, with results that empower and really work!

    Julie says: "Avoid No More"
    "Not Car-Friendly"
    Overall

    I should have listened to the other review. The exercises, while valuable, are not easy to do in the car.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Reading: Read Fast and Remember Every Detail

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Russell Stauffer, Marcia Reynolds
    • Narrated By Russell Stauffer, Marcia Reynolds
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (4)

    Have you ever wondered how some people can skim through a book in minutes, pick up dozens of facts and ideas, and recall them with pinpoint accuracy, even months or years later? With Smart Reading, you won't need to wonder any more.

    jigglypuff_of_doom says: "A complete waste of time and money"
    "Good for knowledge workers."
    Overall

    I had this title on tapes and found it very helpful. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to study or learn written material for work or school. Unfortunately, they can only lay out the blueprint for HOW to read, but can't make you do it! Most of what you would learn is available in the pamplet (see link below title for free download). But I would still recommend getting the audiobook to flesh the points out and for the repetition learning you get from audiobooks. In my opinion, these techniques work best for non-fiction. Get the book to learn why....

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Wealth

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Suze Orman
    • Narrated By Suze Orman
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In a world of competing financial interests and information sources, it's important to know there is a guide you can truly trust. Suze Orman's The Road to Wealth is the definitive guide we've been waiting for.

    Kalepa Ta Kala says: "If you like FAQ's, you'll love this!!"
    "If you like FAQ's, you'll love this!!"
    Overall

    The content is generally very good, but the format is "question and answer." This book reads like a FAQ (read aloud), rather than a systematic development of wealth-building strategies. The print version would be easier to navigate, in that one could go directly to the subject of interest and see if their question was already asked/answered by Orman. If not, you're out of luck! Even the print version would only serve most readers as a look-up reference, rather than a "study cover-to-cover" type of financial book. If anyone else had written this book, one star would have been generous. However, Orman's insights are valuable, if not mainstream.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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