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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19064)
    Performance
    (14830)
    Story
    (14779)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Hold on to your seats because she reads FAST! Those who can hold on for the wild ride will be well rewarded. The funny parts are really, really funny. A story about how her mom told her the facts of life had me and my 15 year old daughter laughing so hard tears were rolling down our cheeks. Other parts had my husband cracking up too. Note that it's not for kids in general, lots of language. The length was good. Long enough to be solid entertainment, and short enough to never drag or dwell. Enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Roberta says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "Fascinating tales from deep within China"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rob Gifford does a phenomenal job with this book. He travels down the China Road talking and listening to the people he meets along the way. He talks to people standing on the corner, working in the fields, sitting on the bus - anywhere he has the opportunity. If they invite him to dinner or to a local activity, he goes. Then he relates the stories to us as if he's sitting at the dinner table with us - one great story after another. He expresses theories about why things are the way they are based on the country's history, while thankfully sparing us any judgements about right vs wrong. Toward the end, he seemed a tad weary of his travels and the pace slowed down, but not enough to diminish the 5 stars the book deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "Interesting Preachy Interesting Preachy..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Temple Grandin's premise is that she has special insight into how animals think and act because her autism makes her see things the way animals see things.

    I can summarize this book fairly easily...
    Really-interesting-tidbit about animals followed by discussion about our human failure to do the right thing followed by Really-Interesting-Tidbit then more on humans misunderstanding and mistreating animals and on and on beginning to end. I found myself telling friends and family about the great tidbits, but her sources are sometimes a little sketchy (she sites movies and books for some stories). She also frequently cites one example and uses it for a sweeping generalization. I cut her some slack for the preachy tone since she IS socially impaired. Overall, she does possess a very unique ability to see the world in a different way AND to communicate her experience to the rest of us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (769)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Finally a Snappy Romance Writer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've been searching for a romance author who can put a clever twist into a story, and I think Stephanie Crusie is perfect. Her humor and phrasing is modern and snappy. The plot line is filled with many surprises along the way. "Bet Me" was great fun to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1932)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1123)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Not as expected, but good in its own way."
    Overall

    I was expecting details about specific changes to the Bible and how those changes shaped the religions today. Instead, this book focusses on HOW changes to the Bible happened in general, for example sloppy transcribing or sometimes willful intent to convey a specific meaning. The actual details of such changes are only inserted as examples.

    The first few chapters were a little slow, perhaps because I kept looking for the meat of the actual changes. But in the end, I wound up learning a lot about the tangled history of the Bible.

    I also appreciate how the book avoids the entire issue about whether the Bible is Truth. This story starts when the earliest manuscripts are gathered, translated and transcribed.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (917)

    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"
    "Very, Very Interesting"
    Overall

    From sociopath Eric Harris to the inexperienced police to the greedy media, and every horrible detail inbetween, this book had me fascinated. Dave Cullen dug deep for his research and tells the the whole story in this gut-wrenching, page-turning book. Information is given at a good pace and in a factual but interesting manner. If you read this book along with "The Sociopath Next Door," any belief that all people are inherently good will be forever shattered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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