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Catarina

Stockholm, Sweden | Member Since 2007

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  • The Art of Choosing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sheena Iyengar
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Sheena Iyengar asks the difficult questions about how and why we choose: Is the desire for choice innate or bound by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Sheena Iyengar's award-winning research reveals that the answers are surprising and profound.

    Davide says: "Good Book"
    "Descriptive and leaves you with "so what?""
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    I bought this book as I had heard an interview with Sheena Iyengar where she outlined the future of leadership and the necessity of prioritisation, and was hoping to learn more about choosing and how to use picky choices in my life. This book however describes all sorts of research and examples of choosing without taking the reader a step further to point out how to use this in business, life, leadership or politics. Very dissappointing book and a fairly boring contribution by a woman who otherwise seems to be absolutely brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Would Google Do?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

    Justin says: "A great place to start...."
    "Thought triggering hints about now and future"
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    Jarvis both describes how Google works and thinks, and analyses what this means for other businesses, industries and parts of society. The book inspires to apply innovative and disruptive thinking to whichever context you are in. It made me hopeful and excited about the future and what is yet to come - curious to see how we will interact, shop, learn, bank and organise ourselves in the years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bean Trees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (180)

    Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

    Nancy says: "Barbara, can we have a "re-do?""
    "I felt invited to her journey from my armchair"
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    Where does The Bean Trees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Bean Trees is a fantastic book covering a journey in life as well as over land in a car. An amazing read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the main character Taylor shares her feelings and thoughts, letting me both feel connected to her and to learn a new perspective.


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    Her accent and voice


    If you could rename The Bean Trees, what would you call it?

    Something about a journey and accepting what comes to you


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Kingsolver writes uniquely, always close to nature and with a very open relationship, straight forward to people and to what it means being human.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5633)
    Performance
    (3574)
    Story
    (3585)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Unique perspective, spiritual undertone"
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    This is at the same time an entertaining, gripping and spiritual story told from a dog's perspective. Follow how Enzo, the dog, and his master Denny (+ his family) are living through challenging times. Hear what Enzo is thinking and wishes he could communicate. A true love story to dogs (I'm not even a dog person!) and a wise, encouraging, tale about life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1120)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "An account of a life"
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    Yes I agree this book is kind of just lining up Steve Jobs' life from the beginning to the end, but it's ok - his life is really interesting! I very much enjoyed hearing the history of how various apple products were developed, about his leadership style, mood swings and the so called reality distortion field. Steve Jobs was a product genious, with an immense attention to detail. However, he was also someone who regularly kicked out staff he was unhappy with in a brutal manner and ignored his first daughter for many years. Simply an a-hole at times.
    The books raises questions - how will apple ever survive without him? How come he was so harsh towards people?
    Anyway a very interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

    Thom says: "Great Portrait of Liberal America Today"
    "So much description, so little story"
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    Time and patience is what you need to read this book. I would never have finished it if it wasn't an audiobook that kind of read itself... The character descriptions are pretty much amazing and go into immense detail. The story however isn't really moving forward. The book goes from one character to the other, and then back to the first and sure they do things and things happen, but the great underlying story is missing. But perhaps that is life, small things happen and there isn't that great big narrative? Glad to have read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3379)
    Performance
    (2733)
    Story
    (2720)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Entertaining, witty language, kind of thin story"
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    This book is soooo entertaining and the main character really cool with her attitude and special abilities. So when the book suddenly finished I was a bit dissappointed. It's like she builds up this brilliant structure, but the story itself never really takes off before it's over. I see she's written two more books, so hopefully it's all developing there. The language is great - very witty. Oh, and who doesn't want to date a spiritual entity after reading this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunflower: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Just a week before their marriage, Christine's fiance calls off the wedding, leaving her heartbroken. With hopes of helping her through a difficult time, Christine's best friend Jessica enrolls them both on a humanitarian mission in Peru, to work at an orphanage called El Girasol, The Sunflower.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fabulous"
    "A lovely story, quite simplistic"
    Overall

    This is a short enjoyable book, perfect for a trip as it is about a trip. If you're planning or thinking about a trip, or already on one, you might find this very inspiring! It was also very inspiring to hear about the orphanage, made me want to go a visit. The story is not very nuanced, but rather simplistic. But again, quite enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (388)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Like a walk in the forest"
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    How is it possible that I haven't read Barbara Kingsolver before?! This book is beautifully read by the author and takes you to a small farming community, into families, into peoples' lives and most of all out in nature. Seldom have I read such beautiful portraits of women, described just like they are. And she doesn't take you where you necessarily want the story to go, annoying of course, but the story is bigger than that, and closer to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1304)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Interesting, entertaining and intriguing"
    Overall

    This is really an excellent listen - a really interesting story giving you insight into a family during a difficult time. It's not a negative book though, but rather quite hopeful. Loved the narration and how it is written from each character's perspective. Those of you who have experienced growing up with a sibling who gets a lot of attention (due to illness or disability for example) might appreciate the sibling perspective in this book, I certainly did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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