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Lorenza

ratings
43
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Portia de Rossi
    • Narrated By Portia de Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (210)

    In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

    Dawn says: "Beautifully Sad"
    "Vivid depiction of an anorexic mind"
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    Where does Unbearable Lightness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was enjoyable, above average, though not the greatest but I enjoyed it. Would buy again.


    What about Portia de Rossi’s performance did you like?

    She was a good narrator, but can sound angry too often.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It's good overall, even though most of the story is very oppressive, except the long epilogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Make Me a Mother: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Susanne Antonetta
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A woman unexpectedly finds her best self through a sleepy bundle handed over at the airport in this heartfelt and surprising memoir. In Make Me a Mother, acclaimed memoirist Susanne Antonetta adopts an infant from Seoul, South Korea. After meeting their six-month-old son, Jin, at the airport - an incident made memorable when Susanne, so eager to meet her son, is chased down by security - Susanne and her husband learn lessons common to all parents, such as the lack of sleep and the worry and joy of loving a child.

    Lorenza says: "Perhaps a good story, not a great narrator"
    "Perhaps a good story, not a great narrator"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book very soon stops being an adoption story and goes all over the place


    How could the performance have been better?

    I honestly couldn't decide whether this narrator is a real person or a very sophisticated robot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anjelica Huston
    • Narrated By Anjelica Huston
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    Writing with an exuberant love of language and detail, Anjelica Huston shares her enchanted childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London, and her coming of age as a model and nascent actress in New York.

    Karen Martinac says: "Not much here,,,"
    "confusing at best"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is surprisingly more boring than I expected, and flows in a slow and confusing way.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anjelica Huston again?

    Probably not.


    What aspect of Anjelica Huston’s performance would you have changed?

    I usually love books read by actresses, as they make incredible narrators, unfortunately this is not the case for Anjelica Huston.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book might actually work better as a movie but I wouldn't be particularly interested.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nosotras: Opening the Door to Our Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rosa Sanchez, Ofelia Fox
    • Narrated By Linda Kerr
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Nosotras, Opening the Door to Our Love Life, which has all the ingredients of a novel, is in fact true and autobiographical. The book covers the last four decades of the life of Ofelia Fox, wife of the owner of the famous cabaret Tropicana of Havana, who went into exile and became the first female Spanish radio personality in Miami. She later co-authored Tropicana Nights, The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Night Club. Ofelia met Rosa Sánchez and, unexpectedly, they became love partners. Their relationship lasted over four decades.

    Lorenza says: "Mediochre, repetitive, boring at best."
    "Mediochre, repetitive, boring at best."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there was more of a story and less trying to convince the listener that this was an exceptional love story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rosa Sanchez and Ofelia Fox again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is horrible


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Different Daughters: A Book by Mothers of Lesbians, 3rd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Louise Rafkin (editor)
    • Narrated By Brenda Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Coming out to Mom is a lesbian rite of passage. In the third edition of this landmark anthology, 34 remarkable women face their fears and confusion, prejudice and misunderstandings, and speak honestly and bravely about the difficulties and joys of life with their "different daughters". Among the topics of discussion are family, community, religion, grandchildren, bisexuality, transgenderism, and coming out.

    Lorenza says: "Good book, impossible narrator"
    "Good book, impossible narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Louise Rafkin (editor) and/or Brenda Grace?

    Not from Brenda Grace, what a horribly slow narrator! This book would have been 3 hours long if the narrator didn't have such a slow pace and dull tone. It makes all mother's of lesbians sound dumb and lame...


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brenda Grace?

    Jane Lynch... why not? :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Accidents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jane Lynch
    • Narrated By Jane Lynch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Best-known as Glee’s sharp-tongued Sue Sylvester, Jane Lynch’s on-screen persona is someone that many love to hate. But when she’s not prowling the corridors in Sue’s shiny tracksuit, who is the real Jane Lynch and how did this Golden Globe and Emmy winner learn to channel such delicious nastiness? This is no typical Hollywood memoir of torment, grief, regret and plastic surgery. It’s a simple but candid story of how a girl from Chicago came to Hollywood, overcame her demons, and finally hit the big time.

    Donna says: "An Honest, Lovely, Enjoyable Read"
    "Brilliant, profound, funny from beginning to end!"
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    Where does Happy Accidents rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in years


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author. I grew to love and empathize with Jane Lynch. I admire her authenticity and raw honesty.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! absolutely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2251)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1338)

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "Wonderfully unique (and a little bit weird)!"
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    What did you love best about Delivering Happiness?

    This book is easily one of the best books I've ever listened to or read. It's so innovative, possitive, and shows such cohesiveness that I always ended up inspired and in a hype when I listened to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's possitiveness. It's possible to draw principles from it that apply to all of life, in a very down to earth way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! But I listened to it every morning instead, which gave me something to reflect upon during the day and made me feel inspired.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1854)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1010)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Hypnotic ramble"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I expected a modern guide to creating more happiness in every day life, but when author concluded Chapter 3 by including Prozac in the list of things that can give you happiness, decided this book is not about the kind of happiness I'm looking for.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Haidt again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice of the reader is too monotone. It sounds like you're listening to an audio Bible.


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

    Boredom and disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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