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Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

  • 12 reviews
  • 81 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    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"
    "Good Listen, Book seem to cover a number of areas."

    Enjoyable listen, especially since Tina Fey narrated her own book! She injected her own timing and vocal inflection that greatly enhanced the story she was telling at each point.

    The book surprisingly seems to be more than an autobiography, at times it's pure comedy, than other times starts to feel like a Self Development aid.

    My only reason for dropping this listen to 4 stars, is when she spoke about certain co-workers, it felt 'safe' and somewhat phoney. Guessing to not insult or upset mentioned persons. It's understandable but when she's let's loose on other individuals and given the track record of some the 'spared' felt as if she was clearly holding back and complimenting beyond merit.

    Overall, easy and quick listen with some definite laugh out loud moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Selingo
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What is the value of a college degree? The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that higher education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment of college graduates at historic highs, people are beginning to question that value. In College (Un)Bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large of the Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that America’s higher education system is broken.

    Calliope says: "Unfocused and unconvincing"
    "Interesting but Contradictory and repititive"
    What did you like best about College (Un)Bound? What did you like least?

    As a father of a soon-to-be high school senior about to embark on the whole college application and admissions quagmire, this book was of acute interest to me. There's definitely information I found helpful and enlightening such why the differences in out-of-state tuition and in-state tuition. Never really understood why the big disparity. But there were moments during the listen that I wondering if I had accidentally hit a rewind button or something on my phone as the exact same information was being read. This happened several times, even the sentence structure was the same or very similar.

    I also take issue with early on in the book, the author talks about how families and students take on debt to attend the college of their choice when they would have been better served choosing the community college route and transfer after two years. Also if you aren't attending a very top school for your chosen major, that it not worth taking on debt to attend an expensive school that ranked second tier in that field. Then later in the book, he states that students should bypass their state school package even if it completely covers the costs of attending to go to an out-of-state school that's strong in your major. But earlier he talks about degree creep, where a Master's is the new Bachelor and your major isn't that important anyway, it's about critical thinking skill development. Not to mention the time spent discussing the emerging and cheaper online options and making them sound like a great alternative, only to later talk about the on-campus experience and development from adolescence into adulthood and the value of studying abroad.

    So what are you saying....Confusing!?!?!

    As another reviewer wrote, I found myself wanting to research more after finishing this book. It covers soo many topics within the subject but in presenting all these pieces I found myself getting frustrated with soo many contradictions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Carson, Gregg Lewis
    • Narrated By Ben Carson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You can find our culture's obsession with avoiding risk everywhere, from multiple insurance policies to crash-tested vehicles. But is ducking risk the most productive way for us to live? Surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson, who faces risk on a daily basis, offers an inspiring message on how accepting risk can lead us to a higher purpose.

    Jake says: "Ben Carson is a brilliant man, but...."
    "Simple Principle that could be shared in less time"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I hate to say no, but I feel the title is bit misleading and the main principle while good could have been shared within an hour. I always prefer when the author reads his own books. So for me, that component I enjoyed. But I feel it took far too long to develop and he added his own agenda and opinions NOT related to the concept of risk. That was frankly not needed.

    Has Take the Risk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It will make me a bit more cautious before committing to purchasing one. I'll read a more reviews and see if I can see the chapter titles first.

    Which character – as performed by Ben Carson – was your favorite?

    Author told his own life story.

    Was Take the Risk worth the listening time?

    To some extent, the main principle was simple and good but it could have been shared in an hour, the rest of the book was an auto-biography and finished with too much personal opinion about unrelated material. That was a turn off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel Lapin
    • Narrated By A. C. Feliner

    A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds. The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and its culture.

    Jeremy says: "Great book, changes the way you think of money"
    "Very Interesting Listen, Recommended!"
    What did you love best about Thou Shall Prosper?

    I found this to be a solid purchase and well worth the time to listen. Some great lessons within the stories. Did find some of the points a bit long-winded and winding before getting to the point. Would start to fade out and a key point would be made that brought me back. I think there's real value here. I would just suggest they edit some of the stories down a bit.

    What aspect of A. C. Feliner’s performance would you have changed?

    Found the narration fine, though I prefer when the author narrates his own book. I find authors know when to change their vocal inflection to make their point. Only critique I would make is at times I found the stories getting a bit long and wondering, feeling as the point of the story was getting lost but eventually pulling it back in and making a valuable lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rory Vaden
    • Narrated By Rory Vaden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Do you ride the escalator or do you take the stairs? No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing: self-discipline. But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an "escalator world", one that's filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity. What seems like an easier path is really much harder in the end - and, most important, it won't take you where you want to go.

    Darren says: "Read It... Live By It."
    "To the point valuable information well shared."
    What did you love best about Take the Stairs?

    I've read and listened to many books on the this type of material but I found Rory Vaden to be a terrific narrator and put the information together in a way that was on-point. I think soo much of this book that I purchased a copy to give to my teenage son as I think there are many life lessons here that absolutely will benefit my boy.

    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this one. I'll likely listen to it again as I feel it worthwhile reenforcing the lesson here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stock Investing for Dummies, 2nd Edition

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Paul Mladjenovic
    • Narrated By Brett Barry

    With so many choices, investing can be tricky. Stock Investing for Dummies, 2nd Edition, makes things simple with proven tactics and time-tested strategies for picking winners. This updated edition includes new case studies, resources, and insight on government policy, and will have you investing with confidence in no time!

    Steven says: "Should have started here"
    "Still not feeling confident enough"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Like most who get this title, would like to more about the process and understand the various ways to go about it. Went with a broker only to discover he was making recommendations that benefited his commissions. Lost money in the process. So have been timid going at it on my own.

    This title helps describe some basic components but always seem to warn that one could easily lose money as well. So I felt like I was taking one step forward and two back.

    So for me this title provide a skimming overview. Touching on a number of topics but none in great detail. I wouldn't recommend this title to a friend.

    Still looking into the subject. This one didn't move me closer to investing on my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear The Clutter, Find Your Life

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gail Blanke
    • Narrated By Gail Blanke

    Throw Out Fifty Things is truly an eye-opener. According to Blanke, our lives are so filled with junk from the past--from dried up tubes of crazy glue to old grudges--that's it's a wonder we can get up in the morning, never mind go to work, care for our children and parents, and just put one foot in front of the other. Blanke wants to start a movement of people across America throwing out 50 things (magazines count as one!) that will help liberate us from the stuff - both physical and mental - that clutters our lives.

    Zeus says: "So useful, listened to it a 2nd time right away."
    "So useful, listened to it a 2nd time right away."

    There are a host of books on how to declutter, I have a bunch myself somewhere...

    So the message isn't new but the author/narrator is easy to listen to and very insightful. As she spoke, I found myself nodding my head thinking "that's me" as she described a variety of different types of clutter from room to room.

    But where this book really excels and differs from previous reads is when Gail Blanke starts to address the clutter in our minds and issues we tend to hold onto, in most cases for far too long. It was enlightening to say the least.

    My home office has honestly never looked better after listening to this. It's truly a great feeling to walk into it again after years of a mess and the horrible weighted down feeling I'd get from knowing it needed to be addressed but didn't know where to start.

    There is soo much helpful information that I felt I had to listen to it again just to review and internalize the lessons better. Normally after listening to a book I move on to my next title. But this one is worth multiple listens.

    I'm grateful to have come across this title and to the author for the genuine help this has been. It's a relatively quick and easy listen, one I'd whole heartedly recommend!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker
    • Narrated By Tony Dungy

    Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family - and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.

    Zeus says: "Grounded Human Being"
    "Grounded Human Being"

    This was a peaceful listen! Coach Dungy has a wonderful calming voice. His message, as told through his life's unexpected turns, are easy to relate to and give the listener confidence to trust in God more.

    Coach Dungy is a religous man, and usually I don't care to be preached to. But he never imposes his faith on the listener and his message is a spirtual one that supersedes any specific organized religion.

    If I were a football player, I would want to play for Coach Dungy. We need more individuals in this world with Coach Dungy's character, humility and generosity. I definitely have new found respect and admiration for this man. Would love to meet him one day!

    I would strongly recommend this to a friend!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By T.D. Jakes
    • Narrated By T.D. Jakes

    In Reposition Yourself, best-selling author T.D. Jakes shares insights that will help you adjust to the many changes that life brings. This is a shrill wake-up call to take charge of your life now, confronting areas where subtle passivity, or even poor choices, may have stifled your creativity. It's also a how-to for managing change and maximizing life now. Covering financial, relational, and spiritual creativity, Jakes shows how adapting to transitional moments is the path to an enriched existence.

    Ayonda says: "Great Audiobook!"
    "Forces Tough Questions"

    Let's start by saying it's a valuable listen. I tend to listen to a variety of Self Development audio. Many have wonderful messages and have an uplifting feeling to them. This one forces you to look inward and ask yourself some honest and tough questions. Some of the answers are not what you want to admit to. So at times, it was a bit uncomfortable and anxiety inducing.

    But truth be told, coming to terms with your weaknesses and mistakes help you start the process of moving forward. Some chapters are more valuable than others. They will vary based on where you are. I will definitely go back and relisten to a few chapters from time to time.

    The author comes across as sincere, relaxed and not 'all-knowing' but someone who has experienced a great deal. I will definitely look for more from this author.

    I'd recommend this to a friend!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"

    Absolutely terrific listen, I found myself not wanting to get out of my car when I finally got to where I was going.

    Don't get caught up in all the recent press and in the arguments about how factual it all is. It is clearly noted that it is a fictious thriller and superbly done at that.

    Also, don't be intimadated by the Unabridged version, it goes by quickly and all the delicious details add to this weel-told story. Highly recommend!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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