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San Pablo, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 7 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 230 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    "Do Clothes Make the Woman or You Are What You Eat"

    This book grabbed me, waltzed me around the floor and then deposited me dizzy and hungry in a chair next to banquet! You have a great reader who takes you along on a ride that answers the question, "What would it be like to be the NYTimes Restaurant Reviewer?" The getups that Ruth devised to go unnoticed or at least unrecognized had me howling and I found that I had visualized the friends that she brought along to complete her story. I loved when her son learned to make hash browns or cakes, I hated the previous critic for his actions and I rode shotgun when she went on a food tour of New York. I could even understand as she starts to question her place on the (forgive me) food chain. I have enjoyed Ruth's other books, but this one really lightened up my life a little and I think that I started to eat a little better too, because who can have a bag of micro popcorn after hearing her description of a dinner at a four-star restaurant!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Gates Gill
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his 50s, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a big house in the suburbs, a loving family, and a top job at an ad agency with a six-figure salary. By the time he turned 60, he had lost everything except his Ivy League education and his sense of entitlement. First, he was downsized at work. Next, an affair ended his 20-year marriage. Then, he was diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumor, prognosis undetermined. Around the same time, his girlfriend gave birth to a son.

    Alfred R Good says: "What's wrong with the truth"
    "A Whiff of Coffee"

    I enjoyed this book. I had previously gifted it to my brother for his birthday because he has an interest in Starbucks. He started talking about the book, and I found myself more and more interested. The author is somewhat self-important in this book, but I found myself enjoying his positive can-do attitude. Here is a man who was once a top ad executive for a huge advertising firm and he was taking pleasure in a toilet well cleaned by his own hands! One of the main premise of this book is you need to enjoy the simpler pleasures of a job well done. He also preaches a respect and dignity for all mankind. I would recommend this book for easy pleasurable reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slim Forever for Women: Subliminal Self Help

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Audio Activation

    It's a scientific fact: subliminal persuasion works. Now you can lose weight anywhere, anytime...without dieting. Listen to Slim Forever as you dress in the morning, travel to work, or when you want to unwind. Just listen to this gentle combination of soothing relaxation techniques, soft music, and persuasive affirmations and let your subconscious do the rest. Soon you'll discover new inner energy that will burn off pounds quicker and easier than you ever dreamed possible, and keep them off forever!

    Althea says: "Believer!!!"
    "I only listen to the subliminal part..."

    ...but so far so good. I have been changing my eating and exercise behavior for 8 weeks and this has been on of my tools. It seems to work well, I play in the background when I am working on paperwork and I don't seem to get the "munchies".

    5 of 5 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

    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"
    "A Provocative Look at Some Interesting Questions"

    I have found this book to be an interesting read but notice that when I tell my friends about it, their eyes tend to glaze over and pretty soon they're mumbling, "uh huh, well, that certainly sounds interesting!" So, ok, this is not everyone's cup of tea. I think that the ideal reader is the person who reads that a batch of cookie doough will make 99 1" cookies and then tries to picture how many 10" cookies that would be. One of the most interesting aspects is trying to put the author's suppositions into what you remember of your graduate level Research Methods Class that you aced 20 years ago. One more caveat, it does pull the curtain away and expose cheating sumo wrestlers, cheating teachers, real estate agents, and crack drug dealers!

    44 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Ender's Game = addiction"

    Just a warning here, Ender's Saga books are like potato chips, it's very difficult to eat only one!!! ...and then you'll find yourself walking around saying phrases like "Han Vaetsa"! I bought this book for a long drive to L.A. around Christmastime and found Ender's Game to be fascinating. As soon as I finished, I found myself listening to the next book and then another. After that I was ready for an Ender vacation. But I do have the next two books on my wishlist and I won't be suprised if I am listening to them on a long drive (or train ride) this summer!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    DECLO 68 says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "Did I REALLY listen to all 26 hours of this book?!"

    Oh yeah! I found myself looking for reasons to get in the car and listen to this book! Thank goodness I have an ipod, or I wouldn't have done anything around the house until this book was finished! Similiar to Rutherford's "The Forrest" (which I hardily reccommend), The Princes of Ireland follows several families through history and looks at how their lives have intertwined. You'll cheer for true love, gasp at human sacrifice and see how like in modern days, a simple word or action can be misjudged. If nothing else, you will come away with a better understanding of the complexities of Ireland, both historical and modern. It is one thoughly enjoyable read!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 101 Power Thoughts

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Louise L. Hay
    • Narrated By Louise L. Hay

    In this inspirational audiobook, Louise L. Hay brings you 101 power thoughts and explains how each can make your life more productive and positive. You might wish to replay the thoughts that are especially meaningful to you so they can really make a lasting impression.

    Kelly says: "It's made a difference in my life"
    "It's made a difference in my life"

    I thought that this would be an interesting way to use affirmations, but what I have found is a powerful tool that is helping to change me to be a more positive person. Since I have started to listen to this, I have found that I am more open to new thoughts and more positive with my relationships. This is such a positive, self-affirming set of thoughts!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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