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D.R.

California | Member Since 2012

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 153 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack McCallum
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. As a senior staff writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona.

    James T. OBrien says: "Great insight into the great basketball team ever."
    "A treasure for any NBA fan!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dream Team the most enjoyable?

    The insights, frankly and fairly told, were fascinating. Dick Hill did a great job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a unique look into a great American sport that has gone through many changes in the past 3 decades. Jack McCallum gave understanding and depth to the conversation about what makes sports, and those who play them, truly great - verses just talented and famous.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this would be enjoyable for anyone to listen to, but if you are a sports fan, and particularly if you are a basketball fan, it's a treasure of information, insight, and validation of the love you feel for the sport. I'm looking forward to listening to it again some time in the near future to enjoy the stories and re-reflect on the ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2498)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2217)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Cynthia says: "Lean In, Lead On"
    "Thought-provoking and intelligent"
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    A timely perspective on the role of gender in our society and the impact it continues to have on women's (and men's) roles in the home and the workforce. I especially liked the tone of the book. Sheryl Sandberg does not shy away from making assertions and backing them up with facts, yet she also does not bludgeon you with endless rhetoric, feminist or otherwise. You feel like you are getting the benefit of her insights, thoughts, and experiences without having to conform to her chosen way of life balance -- just inspired and intrigued to think about your own. I did not agree with every assertion she made, but I respected everything she said and felt that one of her key points was that we are all individuals and need to be proactive and purposeful in how we make that work for ourselves and our future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George Speare
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (118)

    Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely.

    Susan says: "Great characters - a delightful listen!"
    "Wonderful rendition of a classic!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witch of Blackbird Pond the most enjoyable?

    I have loved this book since I was a kid and read it every year. I never tire of the characters and story. I now have a new way to enjoy it. Mary Beth Hurt was enchanting, especially as Kit.


    What other book might you compare The Witch of Blackbird Pond to and why?

    Island of the Blue Dolphins has the same spellbinding ability to take you into another time and another world and care deeply about the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joni

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joni Eareckson Tada
    • Narrated By Joni Eareckson Tada
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In a split second on a hot July afternoon, a diving accident transformed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada forever. She went from being an active young woman to facing everyday in a wheelchair. In this unforgettable autobiography, Joni reveals each step of her struggle to accept her disability and discover the meaning of her life. The hard-earned truths she discovers and the special ways God reveals his love are testimonies to faith's triumph over hardship and suffering.

    D.R. says: "Honest, moving, life changing!"
    "Honest, moving, life changing!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I read Joni's book in the 80s when I was a young girl and I never forgot it. Reading it (or hearing it) now in my 40's was the same in the sense that it was gripping and emotional and touched my heart and spirit but it was also wonderful to be able to get so much more out of it now that I am older. I expect to listen to/read this book again in years to come and again get something more and deeper out of it as I grow in life experience and my relationship with God. Joni's ability to tell her story without overdramatizing and with honest telling of her own doubts, fears, and faults is the most impactful way of expressing God's love. I'm sure this is why this story has resonated with so many different people, because it is so forthright and honest and touches the core that is the same in us all in spite of our differences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Candy Shop War, Book 2: Arcade Catastrophe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    It will take more than magical candy to win this war! Something fishy is going on at the new amusement center in Walnut Hills. The trouble seems linked to the mysterious disappearance of Mozag and John Dar, who have spent their lives policing the magical community. When Nate and his friends are asked to help investigate, they discover kids feverishly playing arcade games in an effort to win enough tickets to redeem one of four stamps: jets, tanks, submarines, and racecars.

    Jan says: "The Action Continues"
    "Turning into a great series"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pigeon, as the quirkiest character, is most fun and interesting, although Lindy with her storied past is also one to watch.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He was excellent, very versatile and enjoyable, with all the adult voices. The kids' voices, however, were rather nondescript and I missed Emily Janice Card's version of the 4 key kids and Pigeon in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    Shaping up to be a terrific series...my kids and I can't wait for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Candy Shop War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (84)

    Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the... unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friends - Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon - meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies.

    D.R. says: "Entertaining for grade schoolers and their parents"
    "Entertaining for grade schoolers and their parents"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Candy Shop War the most enjoyable?

    The action was quick, engaging, and clear, and the narrator did a very good job. Easy to follow the story and to connect to the characters right away which is good for a younger audience.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun listen for everyone in the family minivan - myself and my 11, 8, and 6 year old kids. Good for both girls or boys, with enough magic (and candy!) to fuel the imagination without getting nonsensical as some stories with magic tend to do. Not a five star classic along the lines of Harry Potter, but a thoroughly enjoyable book and narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (2691)
    Story
    (2679)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Completely entertaining, surprisingly insightful"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

    Although I haven't read the print version, I can't imagine there's anything better than hearing an autobiography from the writer's own voice, especially when the writer happens to be a highly talented actor. Frankly, I had no idea Rob Lowe was this versatile.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    Loved when he met Liza Minelli. Insights into "The Outsiders" and "West Wing" were terrific.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually scoffed when I saw this book on the store shelves because I really dislike all the celebrity autobiographies basically celebrating their already inflated egos and I associated Rob Lowe with the whole pretty boy image. But after reading reviews, and liking good biographies, I gave it a chance and I was not disappointed. It was a quality book both with entertainment value and philosophical insight. I've started watching "West Wing" on Amazon streaming since I actually did not see the series when it aired on TV - although my husband was a fan and named a daughter after a WW character! Highly recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (1647)
    Story
    (1651)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Very talented narrator, honest and moving story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely. Laugh out loud funny sometimes and heartbreaking others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Linings Playbook?

    The Asian Invasion bus was hilarious. Spot on accents by narrator. Love the interactions between main characters.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Stellar accents. Handled wide range of characters very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Reunion with Danny.


    Any additional comments?

    Great true to life view of one man and his family's struggle with mental illness. Like all stories it's just one person but it's good to have honest stories out there to help us understand one another's different types of crazy...we've all got something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12795)
    Performance
    (5160)
    Story
    (5200)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Enjoyable, but a little long"
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    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    No, I enjoyed it the first time but it's a significant investment of time and ran a little long for my taste.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Prior Phillip and Tom. I appreciated the goodness and intentions of both, and the way they expressed it in different ways.


    Any additional comments?

    John Lee is always good. Overall a good read/listen and worth it. You need to be ready for an epic though, and even though I was ready for the length of an epic, I thought it went on a little long.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27082)
    Performance
    (13704)
    Story
    (13748)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Listening was even better than reading!"
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    If you could sum up The Help in three words, what would they be?

    A great listen.


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

    I read the book first when it first came out and enjoyed it. But listening to it was even better - made a "very good" book a "great" audiobook! Especially with multiple characters and perspectives it was fantastic to hear the actors give each one a voice and personality.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it - highly recommend - it deserves its outstanding rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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