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Brandin

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    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.

    Stefanie says: "Hilarious"
    "Not her best - but definitely worth a listen"
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    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
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4949)
    Performance
    (2903)
    Story
    (2889)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Going back to find MORE in this series :)"
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    I loved the narrator. LOVE...LOVE....LOVE

    Story was very good. Easy listen.

    I don't give 5 stars overall to anything that didn't rock my world. This book isn't going to rock anyone's world. But, as a retoucher with hours spent in front of a computer, this book made those hours FUN.

    Recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2027)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Decent Listen"
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    Let's put it this way: I liked the book enough to listen to the whole thing and never considered returning it. BUT, I didn't rush out to find more titles by this author when I was done....

    Narrator was great. That always has a huge impact on the overall enjoyment :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (216)

    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"
    "didn't LOVE it. but REALLY LIKED it."
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    Very easy listen. Loved the part about CVS/Drugstore beauty product therapy..... I've referenced this book several times, which is usually a sign that a book was good, dontcha think?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (717)

    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.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "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
    (626)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (569)

    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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    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
  • 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
    (112)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (100)

    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.

    Brandin says: "I only listened to 1/3, so maybe it gets better?"
    "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.

    5 of 6 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
    (402)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (293)

    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
    (635)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (385)

    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
    (96)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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