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Kathryn

SEFTON, Australia | Member Since 2005

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  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "Makes me want to play Chess again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had heard of Bobby Fischer but didn't realise how little I knew about him. He is indeed an interesting person but even more interesting is the world of chess. There is a thriving community out there full of real characters, politics and gamesmanship. Who knew?

    I loved being transported into this world full of intellects so superior to mine yet so able to be related to.

    I just wish the story told more - I was left with the feeling that so much more could have been said about Bobby, yet I still really enjoyed the book and it did make me get out the chess board again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1573)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (927)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Read it, understood it and then tried it"
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    Performance
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    The title of this book is what made me choose it. It was not a simple listen. The science was often involved and took a bit of concentration to absorb and understand. The author was also very detailed in how he came to the conclusions he came to. Yet it was all worth it. I understood his conclusions, I absorbed the information and then I began to impliment it into my own life. I am feeling great!! I am energised, my moods are even, I am not hungry and I am dropping weight at a rate that I find surprising. Be warned though - this is not really a diet book. It just explains the science behind why we are getting fatter as a society, you need to then go and use the information in a way that suits you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2005)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1861)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    I am nearly 50 and this is not my usual genre but I felt like something light and I tried it. You should too. It was fun, interesting,enlightening and endearing. I was so disapointed when it was finished.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "26 hours is too short"
    Overall

    At first I thought that a 26 hour book might be too long but I was completely wrong, I enjoyed it so so much that I wanted it to go on for ever. At no stage was I bored. It is funny, quirky, stimulating and enchanting from the very first minute.
    I can't recommend it enough. I have been listening to audiobooks for many years and this is the best one by a long shot.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage You've Always Wanted

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    "Marriage is God's answer for our deepest human need: Companionship." And that, according to counselor and relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times best seller The Five Love Languages, is to have deep and lasting union with another, to truly become one. But how can you build that oneness from the beginning?

    Matthew Morse says: "A Must for Marriage Before, During, or After"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this book as I loved the 5 love languages and the 5 love languages for children but allthe will in the world couldn't make this interesting. I did not get through the whole reading so maybe it got better but I never found out.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Phil Getting Real: Lessons in Life, Marriage, and Family

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    In his trademark "tell-it-like-it-is" style, Dr. Phil McGraw presents an enlightening and entertaining workshop on how to "get real" in relationships and in life. He explains how to live by design, as opposed to living reactively, and urges you to "step out of the comfort zone" by evaluating everything in your life based on whether it's working or not.

    Jeannie says: "Dr. Phill Getting Real"
    "Keeps it Basic"
    Overall

    This is really simple basic stuff but it is presented in a very easy to listen way and it is immediately applicable to most peoples lives. I usually am weary of this type of thing but not only was it fun to listen to ( and thankfully not too long ) but I got a lot out of it. Actually I believe it is one audio that I will listen to again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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