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  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Barry Schwartz
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (249)

    By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

    Darwin8u says: "The Tyranny of Pop Economics"
    "So boring I couldn't finish it"
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    What was most disappointing about Barry Schwartz’s story?

    The author comes off as a very old man who just can't get used to the fact that you actually have choices in what jeans you can buy. He just keeps ranting on and on about the exact number of types of cereals etc he found at the store. One such story could have been a good example, but he just keeps droning on and on.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did an okay job, not sure you can make this material interesting no matter how you read it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It worked really well as a sleeping "pill". If I was having trouble sleeping, I would listen to this as it is so boring that I usually feel asleep pretty quickly. Unfortunately, I mean that quite literally.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in the Mirror: Two Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Cecelia Ahern
    • Narrated By Remie Purtill-Clarke
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Two powerful and unforgettable stories from the number-one best-selling author. 'Girl in the Mirror': Lila knows how lucky she is to have found the man of her dreams. But when a secret from her family's past comes to light on her wedding day, her destiny changes in the most unexpected of ways…. 'The Memory Maker': They say you never forget your first love....

    Amazon Customer says: "Different from the other Cecelia Ahern books"
    "Different from the other Cecelia Ahern books"
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    I picked up this book thinking it contained short stories written in Cecelia Ahern's usual style. These stories were very different.

    Girl in the mirror:
    The beginning was eerie, bonechilling, and it had me hooked. However, the middle section was much less interesting, and the ending was just boring. This would have been a much better book if she had ended the book sooner, and managed to keep the extremely eerie feeling throughout the whole story. However, I did feel for the characters and wanted to find out how the story ended.

    The memory maker:
    This was more of a confusing story in that it switched between past and present and it sometimes took some time to realize the author had switched viewpoints again. This story was kind of boring and unstructured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (631)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Gina says: "Fun storyline and great performance."
    "Disappointing"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    As a huge Kinsella fan, I've been looking forward to reading this book. However, I was very disappointed. While parts of it was funny, most of the book was way below Kinsella's usual standard. I couldn't relate to any of the main characters, and most of the time I just wanted to scream at them. It was a totally unrealistic story (not necessarily a bad thing, as I loved Twenties girl by the same author), but for this book it just did not work.


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

    The narrators had perfect voices for each character and they made the book come more alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3544)
    Performance
    (3293)
    Story
    (3280)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Patricia says: "Disappointed"
    "Great conclusion to the series"
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    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was good at having different accents for different characters, but her pitch goes up towards the end of each sentence so everything sounds like a question. It got so annoying that I actually bought the kindle version to read the book instead. But there were a lot of time my only option was listening to the audiobook, and it got better after a while, maybe because the story was so compelling and I just really wanted to finish it.

    I also found out that listening at 1,25 speed helped somewhat with the annoying narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I could not put it down. I opted to listen to a narrator I didn't really like the times I was unable to read (when walking for instance), just so I could find out what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed book 1 in the series, but found book 2 to be long and boring and veeery uneventful. So allthough I was looking forward to book 3, I was unsure if I'd like it much. But it was great, much more like book 1 in the style.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2189)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1930)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Fun Christmas mystery"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book made me long to experience a traditional British Christmas. I loved the atmosphere in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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