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Brandin

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 18 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 94 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Coming Closer to Ourselves: Making Everything the Path of Awakening

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pema Chödrön
    • Narrated By Pema Chödrön
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    In challenging times, why do so many of us turn to Pema Chödrön for guidance? Many say that it’s her honest and caring way of communicating the core teachings of Buddhism - not just conceptually, but directly from her heart to ours. In these inspiring sessions, she teaches us how to give that compassion to the person we neglect most often - ourselves.

    Brandin says: "Listened to at least a dozen times"
    "Listened to at least a dozen times"
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    This has been one of my favorite of Pema's audiobooks. She talks a lot about groundlessness, & nurturing your relationship with fear. One of my favorite phrases ((which I have written on the wall by my desk)) is "If there is PRAISE, there will be BLAME". I would recommend this book to anyone :) love you Pema!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (438)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    "EXCEEDED my expectations :)"
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    This was sort of a random purchase. I'm not a huge Rob Lowe fan - although I like his work....just not a super fan or anything. But, I do love biographies, so I thought "whatever, I can return it if it's not good...." And then it was good. It was REALLY good.

    Funny, thought provoking and quote worthy.

    Definite recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (394)

    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Phillip says: "Most Informative Book on the AT"
    "A very different writing style...but one I enjoyed"
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    Story

    At first, you think the build up of storyline will culminate in something wildly dramatic....b/c we've been raised to look for red herrings in writing & foreshadowing, it's tough to switch your mindset to one of just listening and being present with the reader. There are no dramatic twists or adrenaline fueled finales to chapters. ....There is plenty of action, but the storytelling is wholly un-manipulative. I really liked it.

    ....and I plan on listening to it again - which is always the true test as to whether I loved a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new collection of original essays, the number-one best-selling author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea delivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood.

    Sarah says: "Sadly, disappointed :("
    "Not her best - but definitely worth a listen"
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    Story

    The opening section about her discovering "the feeling" is so funny and insightful & so extremely daring that its worth the price of the book. Chelsea is hilarious & clearly fearless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Roz Savage
    • Narrated By Roz Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    In 2007, Roz Savage set out to row 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean—alone. Despite having successfully rowed across the Atlantic the previous year, the Pacific presented the former office worker with unprecedented challenges and overpowering currents—both in the water and within herself. Crossing Earth’s largest ocean alone might seem a long way removed from everyday life, yet the lessons Roz learned about the inner journey, the ocean, and the world are relevant to all of us.

    Alexa says: "Inspirational, insightul and just fabulous!"
    "I only listened to 1/3, so maybe it gets better?"
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    Narration is OK. I've heard some god awful narration so i couldn't put it in the 1 or 2 stars with that category of "unlistenable". Still, the narration was just ok.


    Story really belongs in a much shorter book. I'm sure the story is actually very very good - but she draws it out with detailed accounts of things that we just don't care about hearing. There's a constant refrain about how she likes to eat clean & is forced to eat things she doesn't want to eat. It's exhausting to listen to mundane comments about how you don't like a certain type of food. I feel like I'm at my friend's house & her 5 year old is protesting that night's dinner.

    Seriously, I have to believe this story gets better - but I can't make it through a minute longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chelsea's Family, Friends, and Other Victims
    • Narrated By Johnny Kansas, Stephanie Stehling, Heather McDonald, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    Chelsea Handler loves to smoke out "dumbassness", the condition people suffer from that allows them to fall prey to her brand of complete and utter nonsense. Friends, family, co-workers - they've all been tricked by Chelsea into believing stories of total foolishness and into behaving like total fools. Luckily, they've lived to tell the tales and, for the very first time, write about them.

    Joshua says: "Not as good as "Vodka, it's Chelse...""
    "Love all of Chelsea's books. But this one sucks."
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    It's weird bc I'm such a fan of Chelsea, but her friends are a tad annoying in this book. For example, it seems like they've all listened to her self-read audiobooks & sort of emulated her performance style. badly.

    also....and maybe it's just me....but are all of these people super super stupid? if chelsea is such a known prankster, wouldn't most of these pranks have been visible from space? Once guy is duped into leaving his honeymoon early b/c he was told that TIME Magazine was putting the writing staff of Chelsea Lately on the COVER. Reeeeeally? Seriously? I mean, I know that Time Magazine does actually dumb down the American version of its publication by making it more pop culture skewed ((that's actually true...the rest of the world gets another version of the magazine....wtf)) but, seriously.....i don't think i need to continue. You get it. It's OBVIOUSLY a prank. Jeez.

    so many other examples....and none really that funny, except probably to the people involved.

    Oof. Wait for Uganda to Be Kidding Me to come out on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (330)

    An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

    Nancy says: "This unabridged book is abridged"
    "BOOK: 5 Stars NARRATOR: 2 Stars"
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    You should TOTALLY still buy this audiobook - the narrator isn't unlistenable....she's just not at all the kind of narrator this (or any) book needs.

    Her voice is a bit nasal.
    She sounds like an elitist asshole.
    She sounds super super "white"
    I'm caucasian...but i just hate that snooty white lady voice.
    Ok, i've ranted enough about the narrator.

    This book is incredible. It's brutal, but still inspires you. Best thing I've listened to since "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ophira Eisenberg
    • Narrated By Ophira Eisenberg
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Screw Everyone is comedian Ophira Eisenberg's wisecracking account of how she spent most of her life saying "yes" to everything - and everyone - and how that attitude ultimately helped her overcome her phobia of commitment. Skeptical about long-term relationships, Eisenberg approached dating as a sort of research experiment from early on: She spent her twenties traveling from futon to futon and gathering data, figuring that one day she'd put it all together somehow and build her own perfect Frankenmate.

    Hillary says: "Best Audiobook EVER... and I'm not even done yet."
    "Actually a 3.75 Stars....but I rounded up :)"
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    Not as good as some other books in this genre...but still, I made it through the whole thing & there were several parts that made me laugh out loud, hard. Good enough to recommend to a friend....and I might even listen to it again in 6 months. ((((i retouch & process photographic images, so audiobooks are my salvation....)))

    Some definite MEANDERING at times, but she gets back on track pretty quickly..... The brutal honesty kept me coming back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (951)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Some editing would have made this a 4 Star"
    Overall
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    The book is just too long. There are too many little unimportant details that the author relays & I found myself getting very very bored. The premise of the story (her experience) is one that I find fascinating & terrifying - but the book is just too long.

    The narrator has one of those super commercial sounding "goody two shoes" type voices that I find a little irritating. Her line deliveries aren't a total deal-breaker, but I absolutely would NOT buy another book narrated by this reader. Eeeesh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1878)
    Performance
    (1716)
    Story
    (1730)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    Briana says: "This was supposed to be funny"
    "I love a book I can listen to more than once...."
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    I like to vary my listening....deep dramas give way to campy mysteries... Political bestsellers give way to hilarious memoirs.

    Having just finished "Double Down" (((well, I'm halfway thru it....it's basically 1 million hours, so I'll get there eventually))) I needed something funny with an edge. Double Down is almost freakishly dry compared to the movie version of the first book, Game Change. Maybe the first time I've encountered a movie that was waaaaay better than the book.

    Let's Pretend was the perfect listen to wash away all the self-important B.S. that droned on during my Double Down listen. Jenny Lawson's voice sounds just as you would imagine it if you actually *read* the book. In fact, I'm not sure this book should be read. The rambling nature of Jenny's writing style seriously lends itself to the whole audiobook thing. ....and i use the term "rambling" in the best possible sense :) Her ramblings are what make the book so damn funny.

    In a year or so, when I'm looking for a new listen, I'm sure I'll replay this one. And then again, in another couple years. Money well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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