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  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1272)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1016)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "No clear path or conclusion"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There are no useful real-world coping mechanisms in this book. The book isn't much about dealing with imperfections in the world. Rather its a meandering stroll through an academic's insecurities about being a scholar, public speaker, writer, and parent.


    What was most disappointing about Brene Brown’s story?

    After DIG deep hours and hours of fluff, some of which tangentially had to do with DIG deep.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    DIG Deep


    Any additional comments?

    Frame the content of the book in an outline rather than what appeared to be stream of conscious writing

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant, The Final Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Having pursued the remnants of the defeated Army of the Potomac up to the banks of the Susquehanna, General Robert E. Lee is caught off balance when news arrives that General Ulysses S. Grant, in command of over 70,000 men, has crossed that same river, a hundred miles to the northwest, and is advancing down the Cumberland Valley towards Virginia. The two brilliant generals will now meet in a massive battle that will decide the outcome of the war.

    Robert says: "Never Call Retreat (Unabridged)"
    "Incredible imagination"
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    This is a great 'alternative' ending to the Civil War. It reads so true with historically correct personalities, some who survived the actual war don't survive the book. The book is also breathtaking in its geographic accuracy. I happen to be in the area while listening to the book and was able to drive around some of the battle sites....and they are in real life as described in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (868)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Fascinating journey inside the brain"
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    If you could sum up Brain Rules in three words, what would they be?

    John Medina does a WONDERFUL job of taking the detailed and complex subject of brain science and makes it readily accessible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Rules?

    The discussion of gender differences


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why it's a beautiful mind


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (514)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "New spin on an old friend"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The alternate ending (that I never knew existed) was a real treat


    What other book might you compare Great Expectations to and why?

    Believe it or not.....The Firm


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pip finally taking responsibility for his life near the end of the book, but not too late to make something of his life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Pip finding out his true love would marry another man


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1148)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Interestingapproach to reachable theology"
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    Would you listen to Mere Christianity again? Why?

    There is a lot to digest in this book. I suspect listening to it multiple times is like peeling the onion of understanding


    What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very expressive reading, which helps because some parts can be a bit dry


    Any additional comments?

    The metaphor of requiring dark to appreciate light in terms of why evil must exist was worth the entire listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34630)
    Performance
    (25736)
    Story
    (26096)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Loses steam or courage at the end"
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    What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

    The narration of this book is fantastic. I was captivated by the story for about 90% of the book.


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Collins’s story?

    The reference to "spinning trees" every time someone was disoriented got a bit tired. However, the great disappointment was the storyline cop-out at the end. I won't spoil the ending, but the writing seemed to weaken dramatically in the last few chapters. It was almost as if Ms Collins was racing against a deadline and was justo trying to finish a book rather than complete the story.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first experience with Carolyn, but looking forward to more of her readings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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