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Los Angeles, CA, United States

  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 151 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Autobiography of a Yogi

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley

    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    Peter A. says: "One of the finest books on Spirituality ever"
    "An elegant discourse on Why?"

    I downloaded this book out of curiosity; I wasn't looking for enlightenment or truth. And with a length of nearly 18 hours, I didn't expect to listen to the whole thing. But I did, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't say it transformed my life or that I agree with what the writer believes in, but it has brought me to a deeper appreciation of another way of "right living", another way of looking at and valuing the things in our lives. It also opens a window into a certain period of time, the religious life in India from the later 1800's to early part of our century which is very fascinating to behold. Kingsley's voice is gorgeous and infuses elegance into every word and phrase. I must say, whenever road rage struck me, listening to a bit of this audiobook was always very soothing.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Metrosexual: Dispatches From An Almost Hip Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Hyman
    • Narrated By Peter Hyman

    Peter Hyman's musings, more pop cultural than philosophical, range from the heartfelt to the absurd, whether he's describing the scotch-soaked grief of a bad breakup or his unfortunate attempt at a menage a trois. With sophistication and enviable wit, The Reluctant Metrosexual chronicles the promiscuity and perils of modern manhood.

    Marcos says: "Boring...ZZZZZ"
    "Nothing new but still entertaining"

    I am kind of surprised he got a book deal, because the topic is not that original--he is one of many male hipster New Yorkers dating and bewailing. Still, I was amused and occasionally touched. After all, male hipster New Yorkers are human too and have stories to tell. Other male hipster New Yorkers would probably find this book extremely annoying, but for me, a female Los Angeles nerd, it was kind of an anthropological curiosity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
    • Narrated By Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He's Just Not That Into You, based on the popular episode of Sex and the City, educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

    Jenny says: "A good basic message."
    "A good basic message."

    In order to make this book more accessible, the authors often use easy maxims, such as "He doesn't call." to try to get the point across that "He's not that into you." This makes the book easy to criticize (and I have my own issue with "Women should never make the first move.").

    However, after listening to the entire book, one realizes that the underlying message is that if the person you are dating (and I agree with previous reviewers that this book would help both men and women) is not treating you the way you want/deserve, you need to move on.

    I do take issue with the previous reviewer who uses the example of a woman who talks of marriage before the salad; that is not who this book is for or about (perhaps he should FINISH the book before reviewing it).

    Sadly enough, the examples used in this book include the woman who hopefully dates a married man for a year, or the other woman whose partner refuses to commit for whatever reason after many years. When years (and pride, I mean, please, a married person?!) are lost, "having fun" is no longer funny.

    If anything, I do think this book PROMOTES dating, as it makes sure a woman doesn't get stuck on and "wait for" someone who is not good for her for the long run.

    This book teaches me to spend my time with people who truly like me and who meet my standards of a decent human being. Not to much to ask for, is it?

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories by Saki

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By H. H. Munro
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson, Nadia May

    Hector Munro, writing under the pseudonym of Saki, is justly renowned for his urbane and witty short stories. His eccentric characters, humorous dialogue and engaging domestic situations all reveal a penetrating and sometimes disturbing insight into human nature. As a quixotic tour guide, Saki leads the reader from garden party to pig sty to political convention with the ease of one who is intimately familiar with the cares and foibles of the human condition, showing us this vista of life through the well tempered lens of his gentle, British irony. In this definitive collection of stories we can browse and sightsee at our leisure, cross borders of fresh insight, admire and enjoy each whimsical tale as we journey through the imaginative landscape of a truly artful writer.

    pashopper says: "Wonderful collection for Saki fans"
    "My kind of humor"

    Humor is a very personal thing. I remember once giving a collection of 'The Onion' articles to someone who later returned it to me with a puzzled expression. "That wasn't funny at all," she said. So, that said, if you don't think subversive, ironic, slightly sarcastic, Monty-Pythonesque, prim-people-stuck-in-very-unpleasant-situations, prim-people-who-don't-even-realize-they're-prigs, subtle, comedy of manners kind of situations funny, then you probably may not like Saki. Otherwise, this man is a genius.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Like a good samurai flick."

    A rousing tale that is not as predictable as the first few minutes may lead you to expect. Pretty well read and always exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Way to Treat a First Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of this country's leading political satirists dangles before us a tantalizing novel whose protagonist has a great deal in common with a recent First Lady. Beth MacIntyre, First Lady of the United States, has been charged with the murder of her husband, a Presidential Lothario of the first water. She is accused of throwing a historic Paul Revere spittoon during a bedroom spat, putting an unfortunately fatal dent in the President's lust-filled head.

    M. S. Cohen says: "Buckley has no endgame"
    "A well read and witty romp."

    The reader's voice was perfect for the deadpan humor, and the cute story kept me smiling during my commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tim Sanders
    • Narrated By Tim Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tim Sanders, Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!, puts forth a wildly original idea: It pays to be nice. Sanders shows how being a "lovecat" will help you accomplish your goals, both in and out of the office.

    Robert says: "Wonderful Model"
    "The love is not unconditional."

    The author describes himself as an evangelist early on, and you get the sense that his success came less from his lovecat principles and more from his highly energetic, highly communicative personality (as well as a large chunk of luck, being involved in early on). Networking constantly and giving everybody a hug all the time do not come naturally for most people and can sometimes backfire if done improperly. His suggestion to constantly read business tomes, pick up various new theories, and share the knowledge with others by recommending books, reminds me too much of coworkers with the latest acronym and theory to spout off on but little to show in results. Success via being a book club to others? It seemed to have worked for him. Network, learn constantly, and share knowledge strategically: these are not revolutionary new concepts.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Accidental Playboy: Caught in the Ultimate Male Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Leif Ueland
    • Narrated By Leif Ueland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Accidental Playboy is the hilarious, erotic, and provocative memoir of a sensitive post-modern man who stumbles into the dream job of a lifetime. When Playboy magazine tapped Leif Ueland to report on its nationwide search for the Playmate of the Millennium, he was the ultimate confused American male. A self-professed nice guy, he was the last man to be on Playboy's roving audition bus, never mind its official reporter. And yet, something deep within his psyche leapt at the opportunity.

    A. Massey says: "A funny story, that was fun to listen to"
    "Fascination and aggravation."

    The author accurately describes himself as a neurotic wannabe novelist, and the listener is forced to endure his company in order to satisfy her curiosity about the Playmate search. There is a touch of maturation by the end of the tale, but by then, having spent so many hours enduring this young man's kvetching, it's a bit too late. Interspersed between his insipid personal problems are a few interesting glimpses into what runs the Playboy machine. Still, the audiobook kept me awake on a long drive as I alternated between fascination and aggravation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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