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Christine

FENTON, MI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Her: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christa Parravani
    • Narrated By Christa Parravani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, gifted and beautiful twin sisters Christa and Cara Parravani were able to create a private haven of splendor and amusement that they shared between themselves. They earned their way into a prestigious college, established careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively), and entered young marriages. But plagued by their father's early rejection of them and further damaged by being raped as a young woman, Cara veered into depression, drugs, and a shocking early death.

    karyn says: "Great Story Bland Reading"
    "Relatable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Her: A Memoir in three words, what would they be?

    Emotionally provocative


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though I do not have a twin or a sister, I could feel the character's emotion as if it were my own.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2281)
    Performance
    (1907)
    Story
    (1883)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "A tough listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Willpower Instinct better?

    The condescending approach of the narration was too annoying to finish.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Walter Dixon’s performances?

    Not likely


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

    It served as a reminder for information I already knew.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18214)
    Performance
    (16247)
    Story
    (16300)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Unexpected and well planned"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I found it interesting how you can dislike, distrust and dismiss a character in one chapter only to have a complete change of heart in the next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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