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DragonboatGirl

A coffee a day

United States | Listener Since 2010

ratings
20
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
11

  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17657)
    Performance
    (13515)
    Story
    (13460)

    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"
    "Excellent entertainment!"
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    Story

    I enjoyed the book from start to finish. My husband was with me in the car the whole way and he was the one pleading to continue the book. I'd say this is one of the very few books that it's actually better to listen to than to read. Tina Fey did a fantastic job narrating, very natural, yet funny. It even includes a whole clip of TV audio that brought back so much memory. Very well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10645)
    Performance
    (9778)
    Story
    (9827)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Made me laugh and cry. Didn't want it to end."
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Strength, humour, love


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    Cutting for Stones. Deep human emotions and connections that make you appreciate life even more.


    Any additional comments?

    I was completely captivated after listening for about 5 minutes. I had no idea what I got myself into, but wow, this really blew my mind. I was crying unstoppingly on a metro, but I couldn't stop listening! That's how good it was. Even though the protagonists are teenagers, they are stronger and more mature than anyone. I actually used Whispersync, so I could read and listen to the book interchangably. I found myself gravitating toward the audible book, because the narrator did such a fantastic job portraying the tones and accents. It's incredible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3911)
    Performance
    (3365)
    Story
    (3344)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "I want more!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quiet the most enjoyable?

    The author has spent 7 years doing research on this topic and it's so thought-provoking and fascinating that leaves me crave for more. 1/3 to 1/2 of the population is introverts and we all need to learn how to better leverage their talent. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the reader. I'd strongly recommend it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy Chua
    • Narrated By Amy Chua
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (393)

    All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

    Diana - Audible says: "Surprisingly touching (and well-read)"
    "I don't have what it takes to be a tiger mom"
    Overall

    Whether you agree or disagree with her views/actions on how to educate children, I find the book very entertaining. It has not only stirred up a lot of discussions, it has certainly made me reflect on what my belief is and what my husband thinks about this topic since we don't have kids yet. I truly respect Amy Chua as a mother even though I don't think I can do what she's done to/for her kids. I don't think I have what it takes to be a tiger mom, but on the other hand, it may really take that much of discipline to train and refine one's skill in music or a lot of other fields. At the end of the day, not all of us is music prodigy.


    In short, if you don't start the book judgmental, it's a well-written, well-narrated book that shows a very interesting/different perspective on culture and child's education.



    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

    Susan B. Johnson says: "This is a keeper"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book- every minute of it. The narrator did an excellent job capturing the immigrant's Chin-english accent. The story itself is inspiring given that it's based on author's true experience. I am Asian, and I can grasp the subtle (or sometimes not so subtle) references to the Chinese culture. I usually got a kick out of it. I didn't want the book to finish; it was too good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5633)
    Performance
    (3574)
    Story
    (3585)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    I knew nothing about racing car and I've never watched a car racing game, but I love this book. The truth is, the book has NOTHING to do with car racing, but it has everything to do with love, family and life. The book made me laugh and made me cry. It really gets you thinking, too. The narrator is great; Christopher Welch did an excellent job. I love the book and I would strongly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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