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Dawn

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  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Peter M. Senge
    • Narrated By Peter M. Senge
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (124)

    Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work.

    Greg says: "Abridged books are inadequate"
    "Great explanation of how systems work"
    Overall

    This book explained what I would have called "teamwork" very well. I became better able to express how people who are independent and highly talented can achieve better results if they understand that they are part of a system. I see how people can take independent action, but also recognize their responsibilities to a system which includes co-workers and supervisors. This was very helpful to me as a supervisor.

    29 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (788)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Excellent Dog Character"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Dog on It the most enjoyable?

    The humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chet


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

    Loved how he did Chet.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Where did I hide my bone?


    Any additional comments?

    Easy read, very entertaining, smart and funny dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10285)
    Performance
    (9320)
    Story
    (9400)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Interesting but lots of chase scenes."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Fewer chase scenes and more serious interactions/better character development. I did not identify with any characters at all.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Change the tone/story to one that is more serious and believable. Help the reader to respect all the information.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    For me the plot was obscure. There was a great deal of activity, it was not especially interesting.


    Do you think Inferno: A Novel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It was written to be made into a fast-paced movie. No, I would not look forward to more of this.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting historical information but too muddled in all the running and chasing around

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2912)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2581)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Hard book to rate. Maybe rated too low."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. Yes for someone who likes this pace of book. It is well written. No for someone who wants a faster paced story. I did not identify closely with any characters, except perhaps a little bit with Kate.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. K. Rowling before, how does this one compare?

    I liked the other book which is her first mystery in a series.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was good. Multiple narrators might have helped, not sure.


    Was The Casual Vacancy worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this writer and the pace of her books. It seemed to take some time to get all the characters straight and figure out who belongs to what family. So it was really slow in the beginning. Once I had the characters figured out, the story was very good. The characters are all believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3267)
    Performance
    (2850)
    Story
    (2861)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Ties characters today w/ WWII. Kept my attention!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The characters and plot were very interesting. I recommend this book. How does one scarred person feel in public? Is it common for a concentration camp survivor to remember so many details? Is punishment ever too late? Never thought that in my overly busy schedule I would be considering these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3286)
    Performance
    (2074)
    Story
    (2091)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Extraordinary story, perspectives, characters."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So glad I finally listened to this book. It was one of the best ever. I learned and lived a new perspective in an engrossing story with the most interesting people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8100)
    Performance
    (7106)
    Story
    (7122)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Loved It. Smart heroine."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades Freed?

    Great and loving story. Anna is smart and capable. So unlike alot of these books. Really like the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I so much like Anna with her passion for her career and for Christian. It is about love and understanding, in spite of all the sex. I always dislike sex scenes. But in this book they really are part of the story. Very eye-opening.


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

    Such a soothing and kind voice. She does Anna so well. I fell in love with the character immediately.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The fairy prince is loved and tamed by the fairy princess...


    Any additional comments?

    This is so well done. A modern day Cinderella yet she would have done fine if all of this never happened. She deserved all the magic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (279)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    "One of the best I have heard"
    Overall

    Excellent plot and character development.
    Because I knew something was going to happen (but had no idea what it would be), I hung on every word from the start. This book reminded me that nothing/no one lasts forever. The descriptions of loss and emptiness were authentic and the narrator was superb. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13479)
    Performance
    (5885)
    Story
    (5962)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Excellent, moving"
    Overall

    This is well worth the time. One of the best books I have ever heard on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Hour Spanish

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Howard Beckerman
    • Narrated By Howard Beckerman
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Sing your way to a new language, anytime, anywhere! The new enhanced edition of Rush Hour Spanish includes two audio programs, a bonus music-only version of favorite Rush Hour songs, and a free downloadable word game (see www.berlitzbooks.com for link). Original music and catchy songs help you remember everyday words, phrases, and sentences, and the exciting storyline keeps you involved. Fun to use alone or with your family!

    Kim says: "I just got back from Mexico and...."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This one has catchy tunes. It is like a simple Spanish operatic love story and it is the best Spanish tape I have ever heard. I wish there were more of these.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Walker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jane Goodall
    • Narrated By Nicki Paull
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Detective Briony Williams is a rookie appointed to an all-male team investigating a bizarre murder at an anatomy college in Bloomsbury. Her superiors constantly make her feel left out. But a killer obsessed with following Jack the Ripper soon changes that. The killer is a practiced anatomist with a theatrical streak. He arranges his victims bodies in cruel parodies of famous satirical engravings by Hogarth. As the summer and the swinging '60s wind to a terrible climax, this multi-layered thriller brings the startling and terrible strands of the story together.

    Rose says: "England Swings Like a Pendulem Do"
    "very good listen"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed this book and also looked for others by this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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