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Alexandra

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  • Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tal Ben-Shahar
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology - the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University - Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to the way to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us.

    Ghassan says: "Life changing"
    "Gave up on perfectionism before writing the book"
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    This book was okay. I did appreciate all the personal anecdotes Ben-Shahar included, but would have preferred more prescriptive or actionable recommendations. He spends a lot of time expounding on the theory behind perfectionism and how it plays out in real life, but doesn't cite much evidence (at least in audiobook format) to suggest whether this is a) real findings or b) his interpretation. The book made me feel bad about myself for being a perfectionist, but was either too vague or possibly too easy to tune out for me to walk away with any clear notion of what I should do to STOP being a perfectionist. "Yes, I should be an optimalist! ....how again?" It may be simply that this one works better on paper. I might listen to it again someday, but probably not any time soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1525)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "Gotta love Vimes"
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    This definitely isn't one of my favorites, but I can't not like Vimes. On the downside, it's pretty dark, Fred Colon is remarkably unlikable, and like Vimes, I don't especially enjoy the countryside. On the plus side, Vimes is kickass, Wilikins finally gets rounded out as a character, and young Sam is surprisingly entertaining. Wish we could see him grow up more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eric: Discworld #9

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (284)

    From Terry Pratchett's famed Discworld series. 14-year-old Eric is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

    Glen Phipps says: "Good things in small packages."
    "More like Pratchett's non-Discworld works"
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    I'm not a big fan of Pratchett's other series, and the demons of hell definitely call that style to mind more than anything else in the Discworld. I'm glad he never revisits the place. There's also not much of familiar characters to enjoy, apart from Rincewind. That said, the overall story's not bad, and the first two wishes are really quite fun set pieces.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian of the Horizon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (207)

    A lost journal of Amelia Peabody has been miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing years", 1907-1908, shedding light on an already exceptional career...and an unexpected terror.

    Joel says: "The Emersons Are Back to Their Old Tricks!"
    "Return to the Holy Mountain"
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    I'd say this entry is better than average. Not as epic as the Emersons' first visit, but definitely better written, with better pacing and more memorable characters. I don't particularly care for Ramses' activities during this one, but I suppose you have to let a character make some mistakes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomb of the Golden Bird: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (214)

    Convinced that the tomb of the little-known King Tutankhamen lies somewhere in the Valley of the Kings, eminent Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson and his intrepid wife, Amelia Peabody, seem to have hit a wall. Having been banned forever from the East Valley, Emerson, against Amelia's advice, has tried desperately to persuade Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter to relinquish their digging rights.

    says: "They're back"
    "Not a triumphant finish, but decent enough"
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    Apart from being the King Tut episode, there's not much else that sticks out about this one. It definitely hits on all the major tropes of the series (young lovers, a delightful impersonation by Sethos, comical humiliation of Emerson's enemies). I guess I'm just bummed that the Emersons don't get to triumph in the end, though it would have been quite a departure from history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent on the Crown: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (222)

    New York Times best-selling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as powerful as ancient Egypt.

    Donna says: "The Serpent on the Crown"
    "Solid if not terribly memorable entry"
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    This episode plays an important role in setting up why Howard Carter gets to trump Emerson in the future, but more importantly, it proves why you can't help but adore Daoud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17950)
    Performance
    (8149)
    Story
    (8180)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Fun, with suspension of disbelief"
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    While a fitting end to the series, it's a little too over-the-top in some places. It's hard to believe Sweden is such a boring place that the events described would be so *insanely* scandalous. It's hard to take the characters seriously when the author is so blatantly trying to make the reader care about events by having the characters talk about how important they are. I think I gave up at "won the picture of the year award." What picture of the year award? Reinforces the need for better editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18429)
    Performance
    (8323)
    Story
    (8349)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Takes a while to get going"
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    Certainly the most action-packed of the series, albeit still with long, dull interludes. These bother me more in audiobook format than paperback because in audiobook, it's harder to skim and skip ahead to the action. It's also a little too neat in plotting; both protagonists figure things out at the same time through unrelated methods? That said, still enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23157)
    Performance
    (9792)
    Story
    (9863)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Great story, long-winded style"
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    I enjoy the Salander series, but wish Stieg Larsson had a better editor. JK Rowling can write a 16 hour book if she wants, but detailed descriptions of characters' humdrum activities (how many Billy's Pan Pizzas must one sit through?) get aggravating after a while. Like Charles Dickens, you get the sense Larsson was being paid by the word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Storm: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 15

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    The Great War has ended at last. Archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, the distinguished Egyptologist, no longer fear for the life of their daring son, Ramses, now free from his dangerous wartime obligations to British Intelligence. Delightful new additions to the growing Emerson family and new wonders waiting to be discovered beneath the shifting Egyptian sands mark a time of new beginnings in Luxor.

    Competition Rider says: "Abriged to Incomprehensibility"
    "Significantly better than the last two"
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    Although I can't say Molly's character bears any resemblance to her former incarnation, this is still one of the more memorable installments. The post-climax conclusion feels very short (I don't think it's more than five minutes), but the ramp up to the climax is pretty fun. On the whole, solidly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden One: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    Suzanne says: "The Golden One"
    "Not a fan of the split structure"
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    In some ways, this is two novels; the first and third acts are one, and the second act is a wholly unrelated interlude. I like acts one and three much better than act two, which feels like a distraction more than anything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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