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Elizabeth

Cave Creek, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Secrets of Happy Families: Surprising New Ideas to Bring More Togetherness, Less Chaos, and Greater Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Best-selling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children. So he set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts", he sought out the most creative minds - from Silicon Valley to the set of Modern Family, from the country's top negotiators to the Green Berets - and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families.

    Amazon Customer says: "Well worth reading, even if you can't do it all!"
    "Really fun read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it looks at the "family" unit in a way we haven't before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different approach Bruce Feiler took to research how functional families work.


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

    Hear this read by Bruce Feiler makes it feel more like a discussion with the listener than just reading the book.


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

    Realizing that we are moving into unchartered territory in our technology driven world and that we need to rethink how to connect with our children and one another as a family.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not just informative, it was fun to listen to and I am going to try many of the suggestions!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9681)
    Performance
    (8103)
    Story
    (8105)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Really good mystery!"
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    Where does The Girl on the Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks very high. I really enjoyed the book. The narrators were excellent, the story was full of twists and turns, and I was hooked!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, all three main characters are unreliable and the authors use of a moving timeline told by three women was brilliant. It was a true murder mystery.


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

    Having narrators with English accents made the setting come alive. Having three different narrators made the points of view even more defined.


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

    I was both disgusted and moved by each woman. They are whole characters, each with redeeming qualities and each with terrible qualities, like all human beings. I found ways to identify with each and feel sorry for each woman.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely listen to this book over reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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