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  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy Chua
    • Narrated By Amy Chua
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (399)

    All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

    Diana - Audible says: "Surprisingly touching (and well-read)"
    "The Subtitle Should Be "Diary of a Mad Housewife""
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    Would you try another book from Amy Chua and/or Amy Chua?

    Nope. This woman deserves to be spanked for her arrogance. It is one extended boast.


    Has Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - loved Bringing Up Bebe


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Chua’s performances?

    No - I can't believe the supercilious tone. Made me want to slap her.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    It's too much about her daughters' musical careers, and not enough about mothering. And it completely lacks self-awareness. She comes off as an ass.


    Any additional comments?

    This woman scares me. And she bores me too.

    7 of 9 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
    (2603)
    Performance
    (2293)
    Story
    (2307)

    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.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "One Long Boast in a Nasal Condescending Voice"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    I am having a hard time listening to this audiobook. I have a serious problem with the nasal and condescending tone of Donavan's voice. It's a real turnoff and inappropriate to the subject matter. I feel as though I'm being talked down to and I really dislike it and find myself tuning out. And the problem is that Sandburg seems to be on an extended boast about how smart and talented she is. So I question how deep she has really dug, and whether she has a clue about how the 99% lives. There's some real arrogance here.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know yet.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elisa Donovan’s performances?

    No she's awful. There's no human warmth in her read.


    Was Lean In worth the listening time?

    The read really damages the material.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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