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Port Moody, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim (translator)
    • Narrated By Richmond Hoxie
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (161)

    A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being."

    Darwin8u says: "Muss es Sein? Es Muss Sein! Es Muss Sein!"
    "Great start but..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is time well spent, there are lots of ideas and great character portrayals but after a while I felt like I was being lectured at. I wanted the ideas to be more an integral part of the narrative instead of being long discussions in the voice of the character but still totally outside of the character's likely behaviour. It was too frustrating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Milan Kundera and Michael Henry Heim (translator) again?

    Yes. There was enough wonderful to get over the fact that there was too much of a good thing. The narrator has a lovely voice too and I'm terribly picky about narrators.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (709)

    Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

    Richard says: "great fun"
    "Another great one for the family."
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    Where does The Golem's Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've no idea where it ranks in the hundreds I have listened to! It's a great book, the worst in the trilogy I think (often the case for middle books of 3) but it's very enjoyable still.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator is great and the antagonistic relationships between the characters are subtle and wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (601)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Get it for the kids, enjoy it too."
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    If you could sum up Ptolemy's Gate in three words, what would they be?

    Immersive, fun, surprising.

    And now a whole bunch of extra words so that the site will let me submit my review...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end narrated by Bartimaeus. It was surprising, understated and moving.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (805)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "A bit of an ego trip."
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    What did you like best about Finding Ultra? What did you like least?

    It's inspiring and impressive to see how someone can turn their life around and achieve remarkable feats. There is also some very useful dietary information.


    Has Finding Ultra turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Rich Roll’s performance?

    He's very good at reading his own words and I find many authors should leave the reading up to the reading pros. Taken as a whole though I found the book got to be a little too much of an ego trip. While he has plenty to be extremely proud of I felt a little more of a sense of humour would have gone a long way to making this book more enjoyable and the author more likable. Although of course he is no doubt perfectly likable in reality, he just comes across as a bit of a *%^! in writing.


    Did Finding Ultra inspire you to do anything?

    Keep on running and being weaning myself off all the foods I love, cheese and bread in particular.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    This classic personal time-management book, originally published in 1908, has inspired generations of men and women to live deliberate lives. Not just another collection of timesaving tips, this book is more of a challenge to leave behind mundane everyday concerns, focus on pursuing one's true desires, and live the fullest possible life. Reflection, concentration, and study techniques make it easier to accomplish more truly rewarding undertakings than anyone ever dreamed possible.

    Lauren says: "Well written, well read."
    "Not as much insight as I hoped"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't much time so it's not going to be one of life's huge regrets.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would make an awful movie about a day in the life of an old fashioned english business man. In which nothing unexpected ever happens.


    Any additional comments?

    Some nice ideas in early self help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (459)

    “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

    William says: "As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!"
    "Funny adventures in hell."
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    Would you listen to Damned again? Why?

    I almost never listen to or read books more than once, I'm either too lazy or too busy. I would recommend it as a listen though. It's not up there with the greats but it's funny and unique. The girl is wonderfully well drawn even in such a bizarre setting I felt I could recognise girls her age in her manner.


    What about Tai Sammons’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, managed to portray all the characters, even the females wonderfully and without resorting to that high pitched squeaking that so many male narrators use for women and girls.


    If you could take any character from Damned out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Devil. He would drive so I could drink.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (472)

    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
    "Hilarious, touching, wonderful!"
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    Where does How to Be a Woman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened too. Narrated by the author it tells the story of her life and her own brilliant brand of feminism. It is intelligent, fascinating, thought provoking, bawdy and bloody hysterical.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caitlin Moran! Because DUH!


    If you could give How to Be a Woman a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How to be a thinking human.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of it might be a bit tricky if you don't understand British accents, sense of humour or culture but be brave and try it anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1083)

    On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

    Elaina says: "Wonderful!"
    "Fascinating, funny."
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    Would you listen to The Power of Vulnerability again? Why?

    Yes! I have already listened to it twice!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dr Brown talks about difficult subjects with such a sense of humour it makes it easy to listen to and absorb. Practical, useful and down to earth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (881)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Like listening to a panic attack!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book is more stressful than I can manage! The narrator (whose work I enjoyed in Madd Adam) keeps her voice so high and emotion soaked I feel like screaming at her to take a breath and calm down. It's almost impossible to follow the flow of the text because she keeps the emotion cranked up to "desperate" all the time. It's awful! Thankfully I have listened to Brene Brown's work narrated by herself and others and so I know it is worth me going out to buy the text copy and reading it to myself. Do yourself a favour and listen to the books she narrates herself, that way you can enjoy her sense of humour about the topic instead of feeling like you're in the middle of a melodrama.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen White?

    Brene Brown herself.
    ANYONE!
    The narration is dreadful!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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