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I am a widow and mother of 2 grown up daughters. I listen to audibles every night at least 1 to 2 hrs. It relaxes me and I get to tell my girls about it. I love this activity. It keeps me out of trouble.

3997 Hemlock Ave Clearlake, CA 95422 | Member Since 2008

  • 18 reviews
  • 205 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014

  • Lost on Planet China

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

    Dan says: "Funny but harsh with some underlying truth."
    "Great listening!"

    What the author observed about China and its people is true. I've observed the good, the bad and the ugly behavior first hand but it's true on all the races. I heard in Europe, flatulence is common in public areas; heard and smelled? The author just echoed what most foreigners observed from their dealings with the Chinese people in China or abroad.
    I like all kinds of races. I still admire the Chinese people. It's just a different culture.
    The book is funny and hilariously narrated.
    Love it.
    Annie of Palo Alto, CA

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong....

    Douglas says: "When I gave up on books that supposedly would..."
    "Well researched"

    This is the book that will reveal the dark side of people. A must read to survive the society the we live in.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ali Wentworth
    • Narrated By Ali Wentworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Growing up in a family of political journalists - and daughter of President Reagan’s White House social secretary - Ali Wentworth rebelled against her blue-blood upbringing, embracing Hollywood, motorcycles, even a few wildly inappropriate marriage proposals. Today she is an acclaimed comedic actress and writer, former Oprah regular, wife of political and media star George Stephanopoulos, and a mother who lets her two girls eat cotton candy before bed. Though she’s settled down, her rebellious nature thrives in her comedy and her view of her crazy world.

    karyn says: "Loved It!"
    "It's alright, sort of entertaining."

    It's sort of entertaining but did not meet my expectations. It's very "me, myself and I".
    There were some funny anecdotes but most of them are universal in nature. It's not as unique and not as funny. I'll say, just enjoy it for the sake of listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pauline W. Chen
    • Narrated By Pauline W. Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Pauline Chen began medical school 20 years ago, she dreamed of saving lives. What she did not count on was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, Chen found herself wrestling with medicine's most profound paradox: that a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying. Final Exam follows Chen over the course of her education, training, and practice as she grapples at strikingly close range with the problem of mortality.

    A User says: "Brilliant and Moving"
    "personal, insighful,revealing"

    I worked in the medical field as a professional medical coder (billing) for 30 years.
    I've always wondered on how the doctors feel about theie patients' death.
    I read their reports and get affected. Now I understand how the Providers feel.
    Pauline showed that it is indeed a noble profession.
    I like that she narrated it too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Palo Altans of Palo Alto"

    Steve Jobs was a real Palo Altan, an intellectual nurtured in an environment that is tolerant to eccentrics and geniuses who produced from their imagination "something" that benefits the whole mankind.
    The book reflected the uniqueness of Steve Jobs. I enjoyed listening to this book and so with hundreds of other books because of my iPod, iPhone, iTouch and soon, iPad.
    Our Palo Alto community and neighborhood did not witness the "glory" of your birth but witnessed the "dignity" of your death.
    Thank you Steve!

    Angie Shelton and Family
    El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "positive outlook, inspiring"

    I admire Jaycee for being strong and positive inspite of what she went thru. She is a gifted and talented human being. Excellent and heartfelt narration.
    I even learned her dumpling recipe. More blessings to Jaycee and her daughters.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert I. Sutton
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stanford Professor Robert Sutton weaves together the best psychological and management research with compelling stories and cases to reveal the mindset and moves of the best (and worst) bosses. This book was inspired by the deluge of emails, research, phone calls, and conversations that Dr. Sutton experienced after publishing his blockbuster best seller The No Asshole Rule. He realized that most of these stories and studies swirled around a central figure in every workplace: THE BOSS.

    Clint says: "Most pragmatic management handbook"
    "A must for supervisors"

    When I wake up in the morning, I always say to myself...I will be kind to my staff.
    This book strenghtened my beliefs that kindness begets kindness, respect begets respect.
    One of the best books I've ever listened too. Thank you Mr. Sutton for great advice and insights.
    Angie Shelton
    Stanford University
    Billing Supervisor

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Entertaining and educational"

    This book wants me to meet the writer!
    Excellent writing and amusing narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sanjay Gupta
    • Narrated By Sanjay Gupta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this riveting book, Dr. Sanjay Gupta - neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for CNN, and best-selling author- chronicles the almost unbelievable science that has made these seemingly miraculous recoveries possible. A bold new breed of doctors has achieved amazing rescues by refusing to accept that any life is irretrievably lost. Extended cardiac arrest, "brain death," not breathing for over an hour-all these conditions used to be considered inevitably fatal, but they no longer are.

    Jim M says: "Very interesting and insightful"
    "A must read"

    Well written and well narrated. Angie Shelton
    Stanford University Medical Ctr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By G. Wayne Miller
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen

    G. Wayne Miller has dramatically and meticulously reconstructed an amazing true story: how a group of renegade Minnesota surgeons, led by Dr. Walt Lillehei, made medical history by becoming the first doctors to operate deep inside the human heart.

    Brian says: "Loved every minute"

    Excellent naration, excellent subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elyse Schein, Paula Bernstein
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo, Effie Johnson

    This is the astonishing true story of Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein, who shared a personal history for more than three decades - and didn't know it. In her mid-30s, Schein finally decided to call an adoption agency to learn about her biological mother. Not expecting much, she instead got the surprise of her life. Her identical twin sister, Bernstein, lived just minutes away.

    Barry says: "Heartwarming story"

    unique and well written memoir

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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