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Alexandra

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  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (232)

    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Julia says: "A few real surprises"
    "Enjoyable and informative"
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    I found this to be a useful new lens with which to examine actions. Although I'm not quite sure whether I'm a giver, taker, or matcher, now I can ask myself in a particular situation which I'm acting like, and whether that's optimal. The anecdotes chosen to illustrate each chapter were distinctive and memorable. Definite recommend.

    The one thing that truly distracted from my enjoyment of this book was the narrator's attempt to imitate voices. Sorry, dude- your Australian sounds like he's from Boston.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guards! Guards!: Discworld #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (565)

    "Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

    Glen Phipps says: "The best satire available"
    "Sam Vimes!"
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    The Guards miniseries is definitely one of my favorites in Discworld. While Guards, Guards might not be as strong as Men At Arms or Feet of Clay, it's still a solid beginning. I'd recommend it to anybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Be Buried in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Barbara Michaels
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Julie Newcomb has been called back to the birthplace of her worst memories, to be a companion to the one person she fears most. The truth lies somewhere on her grandmother's crumbling plantation, as real and terrifying as the two skeletons lying together in the swampy shadows of Deadman's Hollow.

    Deborah Andolino says: "Barbara Michaels & Elizabeth Peters"
    "Probably won't listen again"
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    The characters here aren't that likable (apart from the nurse and the dog) and the ending's a bit too predictable. Very little of the humor I appreciate from Barbara Michaels. Overall, just meh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12180)
    Performance
    (11027)
    Story
    (11124)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Will See the Movie, Couldn't Listen to it Twice"
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    I listened to the Divergent series about a year ago, and remembered the second one being not as good as the first, and third one being downright awful. Having recently seen the Divergent movie, I tried relistening to the second book. I had to stop halfway through. The narration is pretty hard to listen to (after mostly listening to Barbara Rosenblat and Steven Briggs). I think a lot of the appeal the first time through came from wanting to know what happens next; once you know, it's a lot harder to put up with. I'll definitely go see the movie, but I think I'd have to be pretty desperate to listen to the rest of the novel again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Once More

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Elizabeth Peters has attracted a huge following of listeners with her ability to deliver snappy stories, witty dialogue, and appealing characters. In Naked Once More, Peters creates a heroine you won't soon forget, the flamboyant Jacqueline Kirby, popular author and outspoken ex-librarian.

    KatJD says: "A real hoot!!"
    "Way Better Than Expected"
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    After listening to The Seventh Sinner, I gave up on Jacqueline Kirby. That book was just bad, and I assumed that, like Terry Pratchett, it must have taken Elizabeth Peters a while to hit her stride. Recently, I realized I had bought this other Kirby novel before listening to the first, and on a whim started listening to it. I won't say I was blown away, but by the time I got to the big revelation scene at the end, I couldn't wait to hear how it had all happened. I liked it so much that I immediately relistened to it, just to see if paying more attention might have helped me figure out more in advance. I still don't like Jacqueline as much as Vicky Bliss or Amelia Peabody, but after Naked Once More, I really hope they get the 3rd book at least in the Barbara Rosenblatt version! I tried listening to the sample of the current version Audible has, and it's pretty painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (907)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Pollifax is no Amelia Peabody"
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    I had high hopes for this, having run out of Elizabeth Peters novels and seeing it was a Barbara Rosenblat series. Despite all the glowing reviews I read, I just can't say I enjoyed it. At first, Mrs. Pollifax just seems so... dumb. Most of her successes appear, at best, to be dumb luck. I saw the denoument coming from about halfway through the book. It wasn't actually bad, so I'll give the second book a chance to see if the series gets better, but I can't see myself ever listening to this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (522)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "Better than the first, but not great"
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    I'm not sure why people think these are so funny. I mostly find them stressful (although I guess that's what other people would call "suspenseful"). It's all "everything possible going wrong right up until the very end where everything goes right." Mrs. Pollifax is definitely a more admirable character in this installment compared to the first (the opening line about karate is the only time in either of the two books where I laughed), but I can't say I like her enough to continue. Kind of bummed, was really hoping this could be a favorite new series and it's just meh. It might be the later books get better (certainly the trend is upwards) but given I've no desire to relisten to the first two, I'm not desperate enough to continue. Love Barbara Rosenblat, but apparently not Dorothy Gilman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1593)

    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
    (699)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (298)

    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
    (407)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (223)

    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
    (466)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (236)

    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

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