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Angela

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  • Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits: 14 New Behaviors That Will Energize Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Sandra McCollom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    From nail biting to cell phone addiction, procrastination to overspending, bad habits seem to outnumber the good ones. Unfortunately, we pay a price for bad habits that outweighs the immediate gratification that they bring. In this audiobook, Joyce Meyer starts by examining the nature of habits. The first habit - and most important one to have - is the God Habit.

    Margaret says: "Couldn't get past the accent and "reading" voice"
    "My mistake"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Joyce Meyer again?

    I wouldn't read anything from her that is God-centered


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra McCollom?

    Reader was just fine, in the 6 minutes of book that I listened to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Despite I'm an atheist, I can hear some God references without getting utterly annoyed about it (for example, Zig Ziglar). But this was too much. It was my mistake, because obviously I read the title, not the description.


    Any additional comments?

    Christian books should be shelfed under "Christian books", not under "Self Development". Those two categories are not related at all.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (681)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Tricky business"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    1- To not to trivialize the holocaust into a cheap action book, but more than that:
    2- To not to make a moral book trying to convert the public into religious, with the example of the poor guy that doubted that god was real, only to then discover the miracle in life... c'mon, seriously?


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

    Maybe I should be more cautious and skeptical about general critics. Lots of believers reading out there critizise books.


    Did Christopher Lane do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    All jews spoke in the same voice. All women spoke in the same voice, different from the ones of the jews.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, sadness, disappointment. Some books should have a "better fit for believers" advice on the cover. Some of us don't want to read this, and it should be respected. I respect everybody beliefs, I don't appreciate to be sold "historical fiction" and read a "spiritual lesson + rambo"


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lopez Lomong
    • Narrated By Brandon Hirsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (193)

    Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible: faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more. Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong's incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable.

    AudioAddict says: "Interesting and Inspirational"
    "Not an easy listening for an atheist"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a little bit repetitive. I should take the repetitions away. Otherwise, Lopez Lomong, like many survivors of extreme experiences, it's a Christian, more like a Super Christian. I would like to have known that it was SO MANY references to god in the book. As an atheist, it was not easy to get over it. I respect, I understand, but I don't share.
    The story is very interesting, and Lopez is an awesome human being, it is inspiring.


    Did Running for My Life inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to be a better person, and to be more understanding of different belief. Of course, I want to adopt or support an African boy or girl.
    It also made me wonder, with so many Lost boys... what about the girls? What happened to them?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nutrition Made Clear

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roberta H. Anding
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (379)

    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    Angela says: "Needs a side book"
    "Needs a side book"
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    Any additional comments?

    The information in the book is great, but Prof. Anding is mentioning the booknotes that come with the audio, and that booknotes, at least in this Audible version, don't exist.
    I'd love to have those references, I hope Audible and TGC agree on some kind of downloadable material available for paying customers.
    If you bought the book and agree with me, please agree with my review, that way it will have more chances to be read by someone with influence. Thank you.

    322 of 325 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4648)
    Performance
    (2327)
    Story
    (2356)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Welcome to the Kingdom of Boredom"
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    Would you try another book from Erik Larson and/or Scott Brick?

    It's everything fine with mr. Brick, so I'll go for him again, if he chooses better what he's reading.
    I wouldn't try again ANYTHING by Erik Larson.


    What could Erik Larson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't think he had done anything to make the book enjoyable.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Oh, so many characters! During the first two hours there was so much people mentioned that I was wondering who is this story about. Of course I couldn't keep track of them, as I didn't know in who I should focused. So, no favorite character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Devil in the White City?

    Most of it. It is so plenty of innecesary details!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not deeply interested in architecture, this book is not for you. Well, it could be useful to sleep if you suffer insomnia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13691)
    Performance
    (6079)
    Story
    (6159)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Get trapped ...in romance"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would ask my friend, do you like romantic stories? In that case, eat this bone.


    Has Water for Elephants turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I was turned off from before, just got catch with great critics.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance is great, the idea of old/young narrative is awesome. The romance is cliché.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1152)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Smart listening"
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    What does Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their interpretation is beautiful. They really give character to Rene and Paloma, and I found funny that when they impersonate a Mr. Kakuro Ozu, both of them give him the same tone of voice, the same pace, that I found quite similar to a Morgan Freeman style of deep, friendly, wise old man.


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

    It made me laugh, many times, and the end made me a little bit sad. And a little bit savvy.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if it is because I am picky, or because I follow some lists, listen to samples, read the critics; the case is that I've found here many excelent books, with amazing readers. I don't give five starts to the Elegance of the Hedgehog only because I am saving my five stars to some "oh-my-gosh-crazy-super-book and performance". That makes me an optimistic, thinking that I'll find better. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes e la valle della paura [Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Silvia Cecchini
    Overall
    (2)
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    Story
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    La valle della paura è l’ultimo romanzo scritto da Sir Arthur Conan Doyle con protagonista Sherlock Holmes, pubblicato per la prima volta in Inghilterra nel 1915. Il romanzo è diviso in due parti. Nella seconda parte si esplorano le condizioni dei distretti minerari americani alla fine del XIX secolo, periodo in cui la malavita organizzata dettava legge sulla cittadinanza. Tale racconto nel racconto spiega il retroscena del “mistero di Birlstone”, il classico rompicapo che solo Holmes potrà essere in grado di spiegare.

    Angela says: "Entretaining"
    "Entretaining"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't like much housechores. I don't find them funny. So I listen to easy, entretaining stories on my phone while I do them. This is one of this kind of stories. Nothing deep about it, our classic Sherlock Holmes is an unbelievable character: way too perfect. But again, the story has so many twists, and it has that catch ("Who was the killer?") that makes it very entretaining. And motivate me to move my ass into cleaning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists, and the story inside of the story.


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

    I have listened to many of Silvia Cecchini's performances, and love them all. I even wrote a letter to her (Ehi, Silvia! Rispondemi! :D). She has a great advantage: Italian is such a beautiul language, so expresive, that you have to be brutal to make it sound ugly. And she has a very nice voice, the intonation and pitch show that she had worked hard on it.It is like to listen to an old friend, so calm, so familiar. Her voice is the equivalent in female and Italian to a Morgan Freeman voice. I hope I made my point: I like it very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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