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Laura

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MURRIETA, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1495)
    Story
    (1514)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Disappointing..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. It is a sweet story but it was not enough to be a book. Would have made a great short story or documentary. I kept reading it thinking it would get better but there was nice dialogue but no action.


    What was most disappointing about Barbara Kingsolver’s story?

    It was a great story, but it was like being hit over the head with it...over and over and over again.


    What aspect of Barbara Kingsolver’s performance would you have changed?

    The best part of the book was her performance. Her accents, especially Ovid sounded authentic. The voice of Dellarobia was a little too monotone to me. I found my mind wandering when she would go on and on about everything.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is an important topic with real issues that affect us all. She certainly did a lot of scientific research and it seemed genuine and accurate. Although it addresses social and ecological consciousness, there was just not enough material for a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I did like the way she developed the characters, but all in all i did not like her writing style. It is doubtful I will read another Kingsolver Book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Stephen Covey shows you how to apply the acclaimed 7 Habits to the unique circumstances of your family. You'll learn to establish a proven and successful principle-centered framework to build strong family relationships and develop a common language so family members better understand each other.

    Alex Ellis says: "I recommend this highly"
    "This was SOOOOOO repetitive"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some new information. I read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and it was amazing. I was looking for additional insight and applications when I chose this book. All the examples were exactly the same as the in the original book with very little new information. The only way this book makes sense is if you have not read the first book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen R. Covey again?

    I don't know. I was craving more based on the first book but this one was such a letdown.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It didn't seem genuine. In his effort to be sincere, it sounded almost fake.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families?

    All of it. I would have added some new stories, ways of applying the 7 habbits.


    Any additional comments?

    I really felt this was a wast of money if you read the original book. TOO much repetition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (265)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "Great book. The kind you sit by a cozy fire with."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a thoughtful story with great characters and an interesting plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it went back in time and wove the current lives with the past.


    What about Jen Taylor’s performance did you like?

    She was very believable and did a great job changing character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The plight of the mother trying to keep her teenage daughter happy and safe and free of the mistakes she made when she was young.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23857)
    Performance
    (21268)
    Story
    (21337)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I liked how the book toggled between the characters, allowing for simultaneous unravelling of the plot.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, many unexpected twists and turns. Clever and cunning plot.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Riveting story about love, lies and the ultimate deceit...


    Any additional comments?

    I did not want it to end. I was a little surprised by the atypical Hollywood ending :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (12273)
    Performance
    (10626)
    Story
    (10602)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Honest recount of Jobs' shortcomings and genius."
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Visionary
    Perfectionist
    Impatient


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz and Dori jones Yang


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Nothing in particular. He did a good solid job


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the points of the book with the most impact were when he got ousted from Apple and in the end when he became more pensive and introspective about his life, choices and perhaps mistakes. It was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Walter Isaacson did a brilliant job of portraying Steve Jobs exactly how he was. It is hard not to get sucked into Jobs' genius and I really think Isaacson was able to retain his nuetrality and tell the "true" story of Jobs. Outstanding!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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