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Lucie

Sanford, ME, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • An Edible History of Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes---caused, enabled, or influenced by food---has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.

    Eric says: "A big heaping feast of history"
    "Flawed, but still worth a read"
    Overall

    This book lacks the intellectual brilliance of Michael Pollan's work, and the reader is slow and ponderous. Still, there are a number of interesting historical perspectives on the history of food.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gail Caldwell
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    In Let's Take the Long Way Home, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gail Caldwell offers a powerful and moving memoir about her coming-of-age in mid-life and her extraordinary friendship with Caroline Knapp, the author of Drinking: A Love Story. Though they are more different than alike, these two fiercely private, independent women quickly relax into a friendship more profound than either of them expected. They grow increasingly inseparable until, in 2003, Caroline is diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.

    Lucie says: "Uniquely wonderful book"
    "Uniquely wonderful book"
    Overall

    This is one of the best-written and most powerfully moving books I have read in a long time. Unfortunately, the narrator does not meet this high quality, reading so fast and with so little emotion that I imagined her in the recording studio rushing to finish her task before lunchtime. In spite of this challenge, this book unquestionably deserves five stars.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Modern China: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rana Mitter
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This Very Short Introduction offers an indispensable starting point for anyone who needs to quickly know the themes and controversies that have shaped modern China. Prize-winning author and scholar Rana Mitter examines the modern history, politics, economy, and thriving cultural scene of contemporary China, and its relations with the wider world.

    Adam says: "Not bad"
    "Not what the title promises, but some value"
    Overall

    If you're looking for a clear introduction to modern China, this isn't it. Instead, it's an academic paper about the esoteric question of whether China can be called "modern," whether it has now achieved "modernity." That being said, if one can get passed the constant references to "modern" and "modernity," this book provides an overview of China's history during the 20th century. Conversely, for a fascinating introduction to modern China, listen to Rob Gifford's "China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power" here on Audible.com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "A rich and fascinating history"
    Overall

    The strength of this book is that doesn’t merely provide a narrative of two families’ lives ~ the Jeffersons and the Hemingses of Monticello ~ although it certainly does that very well. Equally important, it explores the underlying issues that frame the story of these two families, especially in terms of race, class, gender, and the condition of being enslaved as opposed to free. For some, these underlying issues may seem tedious; for others (and I’m among these), they greatly enrich the narrative.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Exposing Your Expertise: Creating and Leveraging Powerful Web Content

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Philippa Gamse
    • Narrated By Philippa Gamse
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
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    (0)

    This program will show you in detail how to use your articles and content to gain higher search engine placement, draw targeted traffic to your Web site, and grow your mailing list. Then, leverage these contacts to generate bookings, consulting assignments, and further exposure. Learn from Philippa's latest insights and practical take-home techniques as she reveals the inside secrets of her #1 marketing strategy.

    Lucie says: "Maximize your web site"
    "Maximize your web site"
    Overall

    Expert Philippa Gamse talks likity-split in a Brit accent about how to increase traffic to your web site. This topic is quickly out of date, so she updates the information with numerous articles on her web site. They are free to download and free to share with others. An excellent resource.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Become Invaluable to Meeting Planners: Tips from an Uber-Planner

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Joan Eisenstodt
    Overall
    (3)
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    (0)
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    How does a professional meeting planner think and operate? How do others who plan meetings think and operate? How can you make yourself known positively to them? How can you work in tandem to ensure your program is a great success? How can you share your needs and experience to help the overall program become more successful? In this teleseminar, Uber-planner Joan Eisenstodt will tell you.

    Lucie says: "Very useful teleseminar"
    "Very useful teleseminar"
    Overall

    An excellent teleseminar for keynote speakers at conferences. Covers all the details listed in the Audible "Publisher's Summary." The central theme is: build relationships with meeting planners before trying to sell your expertise to them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Attracting and Retaining Corporate Sponsorship

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Nancy Michaels
    • Narrated By Nancy Michaels
    Overall
    (3)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Learn the steps needed to develop innovative and mutually beneficial sponsorship relationships. Nancy Michaels divulges the simple 10-step process that she used to gain over $200,000 in sponsorships in one year.

    A User says: "just a lousy interview"
    "Excellent resource"
    Overall

    This is the best resource I know for speakers who wish to build relationships with potential corporate sponsors. The additional web-based materials (handouts, supplemental resources) are also excellent. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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