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Jodie

I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 113 reviews
  • 114 ratings
  • 222 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015
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  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (674)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    Ryan T. Nichols says: "Ron McLarty?"
    "Couldn't finish it."
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    This book is just strange. Maybe it is because I have never enjoyed the drug culture, but I just could not finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5568)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2632)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Amazon Customer says: "It tantalized my taste buds"
    "I almost loved this book..."
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    I really enjoyed this book - I am a bit of a history nut, and it goes without saying this is a huge event in history. Frankly, I could have lived without some of the recitation of the addresses to Parliament and the long letters that were read, but I found the rest of it to be quite fascinating. I guess when I bought it, I never realized that it only covered the beginning of the war through 1776, so when it ended, I was left a bit frustrated. Even though I know what happened, I want to hear McCullough tell it. His sources and investigations are so thorough and it brings those who fought in this war to life. Perhaps a 1777 is coming in the future?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (6383)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (897)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Shane R Massey says: "What it's really about"
    "Great book!"
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    I read this book previously, and when it was offered at a discounted rate on Audible, I purchased it. There is a lot of really interesting and, sometimes amusing, information in it. I enjoy it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (2047)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (950)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "It was pretty good"
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    This was not my all time favorite book, but I liked the ultimate message of the book. If you are the kind of person who likes to hear about all the studies and details of how people have arrived at a conclusion, you will probably love this book. I found that it was a little drawn out in places and I just wanted him to get to the point. However, I think the research is good and I think the message is something more people (especially those in leadership positions) should understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (5475)
    Performance
    (3840)
    Story
    (3874)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Inspirational!"
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    I had heard this book mentioned several times and was curious about it - I am so glad I bought it! It is a fable with a spiritual message - lesson to your instinct and watch for the signs your spirit guides, God, the angels..whom ever you believe it...send you. I will listen to this book again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Clementine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Käthe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    England, 1944. An American volunteers to copilot a plane carrying special agents to their drop spot over Normandy. Her personal mission: to find her brother, who is missing in action. Their plane is shot down, and only she and five agents survive. Now they are on the run for their lives. As they head to Paris, the beautiful aviatrix Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux, a daring woman on a mission with her team to capture an operative known only as Swan.

    Jodie says: "Amazing, amazing book!"
    "Amazing, amazing book!"
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    I enjoyed this book so much. I loved the book before this one, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and I could not believe that this book was even better! The historical component of it is so fascinating and it got to the point where I had a hard time turning it off. There is a different narrator in this book than the first two; I am sure it is because they needed someone with a good French accent. At first, it bothered me a little bit because I had gotten used to Velva Jean's backwoods twang, which the other author did really well, but after a short while, I got used to this narrator and it was fine. The only thing that bugged me a little was that Velva Jean's friend, Gossie, is from New England and in the last book she had the classic New England accent - in this book, she has more of a Southern accent, but I guess you can't ask one narrator to master every accent! I encourage every woman (and it certainly wouldn't hurt a man) to listen to this series - start with Velva Jean Leans to Drive and keep going. I have already downloaded the next book in the series - which I think is the last one - so I am going to relish it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope - until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream....

    Amazon Customer says: "VJ Drives Better Than She Flies"
    "I LOVED this book!!!"
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    I really liked Velva Jean Learns to Drive, but I LOVED this sequel. I found the first book to be very entertaining and it was enjoyable to learn about a girl growing up living a very sheltered life, but, in this book, that little girl has finally spread her wings and she is learning that she can do anything. I did not know there was a 3rd and 4th novel in this series, so when it ended, I was crushed...but imagine my surprise when I learned the next book, Becoming Clementine was available to download! I am so glad I started this series - I can honestly say this book inspired me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1598)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "Excellent Book"
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    This book kicked off my Brene Brown journey! She has a lot of great things to say and it is well worth the read!

    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
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1180)

    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.

    Radiance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Great book - not so great narrator."
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    This is an awesome book, but Brene should really read it. There is something about Karen White's voice that grates on your nerves. She has almost a whiney lilt to her voice. No matter which of Brene's books you read, you will get the same message and the stories are very similar. If you don't read this one, read one of them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Men, Women and Worthiness: The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (412)

    What does it take to be secure in our sense of belonging and self-worth? We may hustle to attain this security through achievements, meeting expectations, or repeating affirmations to ourselves - but Dr. Brené Brown's research has shown there is ultimately one obstacle to our sense of worthiness. “Shame is the barrier,” she teaches, “and building shame resilience is how we overcome it.”

    Bret L Berry says: "I'm ashamed of my appreciation for this book"
    "Great book!"
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    Although this is an excellent book, I really don't think we need to read all of Brene Brown's books to understand what she wants us to know. Her books tend to repeat the same content and stories. This book is wonderful although I think I would chose Daring Greatly as the book to read if I could only pick one.

    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
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1819)

    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!"
    "I LOVED this book!!!"
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    Wow! I had never really heard of Brene Brown before, but now I have read everything she has written and watched her Ted Talks. She really hit home with a lot of what she talks about - shame, vulnerability, feeling like you are not as good as you should be, and what holds us back from our life. She tells us what the characteristics are of truly happy people and it really makes you ask yourself the important questions about how you are living your life. I highly recommend this book if you feel like you are searching for something in your life but just are not sure what it is that will make you happy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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