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Casey

Sunnyside, NY, United States

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  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "Laugh outloud!"
    Overall

    My husband and I listened to this on a road trip. It was laugh out loud funny as well as extremely informative. Very good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (514)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "Wonderful narrator"
    Overall

    As we all know, the person who reads the book can make or break a story. The narrator of this book was fantastic. She made the characters come to life (I could have listened to her larger than life "Suki Meadows" all day. Too funny!)

    The story itself was wonderful too. You really care for the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Down: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mishna Wolff
    • Narrated By Mishna Wolff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black. "He strutted around with a short perm, a Cosby-esque sweater, gold chains and a Kangol---telling jokes like Redd Fox, and giving advice like Jesse Jackson. You couldn't tell my father he was white. Believe me, I tried," writes Wolff. And so from early childhood on, her father began his crusade to make his white daughter down.

    TXgirl says: "great listen..."
    "I stopped listening an hour in...."
    Overall

    Why did the publishers let the author read her own book??? I have never listened to a more bored sounding narrator--and it's her own life that she sounds bored recounting! The stories in the first hour would not be interesting on paper, let alone coming from a monotone narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rhoda Janzen
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    The same week her husband of 15 years ditches her for a guy he met on Gay.com, a partially inebriated teenage driver smacks her VW Beetle head-on. Marriage over, body bruised, life upside-down, Rhoda does what any sensible 43-year-old would do: She goes home. But hers is not just any home. It's a Mennonite home, the scene of her painfully uncool childhood and the bosom of her family.

    Dotty says: "It's OK"
    "Neither Memmonite nor black dress..."
    Overall

    I have a friend who is a former Mennonite, so I downloaded this book and we read it together. We both agreed to stop listening to it around 3 hours, 30 minutes. I was hoping for insights and my friend was hoping for humorous, relatable stories about being Mennonite. Instead, we got stupid stories that mean nothing. For instance, Janzen goes on and on about playing a board game with her niece. In another part, she goes on and on about having a urine bag taped to her leg. It left you constantly wondering that any of this has to do with being a former Mennonite and when the darn black dress is going to make an appearance.

    Save your credits and skip this book.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1769)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (814)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Good book for the gym!"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. So very informative and extremely well organized. I was so surprised at how much misinformation I still had about this crime after 10 years.

    This is actually a good book to listen to at the gym. The descriptions of the crime had my adrenaline going, so I was really getting the most of a cardio session.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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