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Melanie

Tehachapi, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • What the Nanny Saw

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Fiona Neill
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    It's the summer of 2008. For the past decade, Nick and Bryony Skinner and their four children have ridden high on the economic boom, but their luck is about to run out. Suddenly, the privileged family finds itself at the center of a financial scandal: their Central London house is besieged by the press, Nick disappears, and Bryony and the children become virtual prisoners in their own home. And Ali, their trusted nanny, watches it all. As the babysitter, she brings a unique insider-outsider perspective to the family, seeing far more than even the family itself is capable of.

    Michael says: "Dramatic, irresistible narration of scandal"
    "Interesting point-of-view of the financial crisis"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was fun to see the excesses of the early 2000s of those in the financial markets. It was a bit tragic to see them try to hold on to that money when the housing market crashed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Sleeping Vets Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Full of hilarious tales of his boss Siegfried Farnon, his student brother Tristan, the joys of spring lambing, a cat called Boris and James' jinxed courtship of the lovely Helen, this volume of memoirs is sure to delight old and new James Herriot fans.

    Amazon Customer says: "just a recap of other books"
    "Herriot is always a good read -- even repeated!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Let Sleeping Vets Lie to be better than the print version?

    This book is read by the actor who played Herriot in the BBC series. Since his voice was already in my head when I read the series, it was just a good extension of my experience.


    What other book might you compare Let Sleeping Vets Lie to and why?

    Herriot was the first among several vets who have written about their experiences. I enjoyed learning about the experiences of vets prior to WWII and the modern miracle medicines we have today.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches -- all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor.

    Talia says: "Good stuff!"
    "Nice little autobiography"
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    What did you love best about A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future?

    I like Michael J. Fox and it was interesting to hear about his road to fame.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (321)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "A good argument for getting rid of monopolies."
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    Where does Why Nations Fail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the non-fiction genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This theory, along with those of Diamond and others who look at the end of various nations, go far to explain why an inclusive economy -- one that works for the vast majority -- is the best for preserving a nation over the long haul. I always thought law and order came first in growing a nation's economy, but Acemoglu & Robinson site security of private property as the basic incentive for personal productivity. If you have a stake in how your property is used for income, you have incentive to preserve it for your children. I think this means over paying CEOs and under paying the producers of product/service is bad for the overall economy. Diamond sites environmental devastation as the major downfall of nations. I see environmental abuse as just another way the CEOs and huge companies take value from the system and leave devastation in their wake. These companies look for huge profit now for a small group of top executives and investors instead of long-term economic growth and sustainability for all the employees and their families. If America’s economy fails, it will be on the backs of the leaders of huge corporations and of the political leaders who enabled them.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2902)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1700)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Reviews were right!"
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    Where does The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not so much an entertaining book as a useful way to get the dialogue started between you and your spouse/significant other. Although the information is rather bible-based, it is not over done. I started this book on a two-hour drive and my husband reluctantly agreed to listen. We have a great relationship and have been married four years, so he was probably more willing than if we were in a bad place. His critique was that one of the women in one of the examples should have left her husband, because he was treating her so badly. She stuck with the marriage, applied the techniques the counselor (author) recommended and her husband came around. The author has a website were you can download a quiz to figure out your love language and that of your spouse. This was useful.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This book was read by the author, so it is not a professional performance. It sounded like he was reading, but that didn't really detract from the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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