You no longer follow Mitzi Ho

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Mitzi Ho

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Mitzi Ho

onlinebuyer in the City

United States | Member Since 2011

9
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 6 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (111)

    Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture. In this view, an attitude that combines hard work with an indefatigable drive toward excellence is the way to succeed. However, intention is viewed very differently in this audiobook.

    Ron says: "You Must Read This!"
    "Calm(ing) voice of wisdom"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good sense, common sense, wisdom: I take this as Dyer's memoir on how he achieved his own inner balance. He reads beautifully and it is pleasant to listen to the story of how his life and meditation practice interweave. (A great, peaceful and mind-calming audiobook for long car drives.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Wex
    • Narrated By Michael Wex
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.

    dlb says: "entertaining & informative"
    "I expected the worst:It turned out to be FABULOUS"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Born to Kvetch again? Why?

    It is truly hard to imagine a good audible book on this topic: yet, this is amazing. After just two hours of listening, I decided I had to have the physical book too—and ordered it right away. Yes, people who kvetched about the author’s voice are in fact right: it’s awful—if he fakes it, he shouldn’t; if it’s his natural voice, then one can only pity someone living 24/7 with that sound in his head (it’s punishment enough)... HOWEVER, it does not matter: the way in which the author tells the story of a language—and this is the genius of it, he actually turns a potentially sleep-inducing topic into a lovely maysl (tale)—is brilliant. I am fed up with academics who talk about their research topics with the cold detachment a scientist would have from a corpse in the lab. The writing, the telling, the overall treatment of the subject matter here exude the heartfelt love the author feels for Yiddish and the world it represents. A love I share and that, therefore, at times deeply moved me (that’s when it didn’t make me laugh out loud to tears). I could not stop listening to this audiobook. I was driving to an event at which I was going to give a talk on pre-war shtetl life in Europe, and I thought that listening to this would put & keep me in the mood—I regretted the trip not being long enough! I spent the night at the hotel lying in bed listening and listening and listening… I highly recommend this text to everybody—though, well, it might not be for everybody.
    In the end, I don’t think I would have wanted this book read by anybody else.
    Five stars to Michael Wex for this splendid work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3222)
    Performance
    (2864)
    Story
    (2871)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A lovely story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Have you listened to any of Jim Broadbent’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lovely story--not exceedingly original, but lovely. Well read/performed. I recommend this book, if, like me, you listen to audiobooks while driving long-distance and want your mind to be kept busy by something light and pleasant. It is not a deep book; it won't change your life (although, it did make me feel like leaving the car somewhere and walk the rest of the way!:); but it is a good story, not "perfectly" crafted but told well-enough to keep one listening to the end...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7224)
    Performance
    (3009)
    Story
    (3019)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Great book/great reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare A Short History of Nearly Everything to and why?

    I love Bill Bryson's writing style: he is truly brilliant.


    What about Richard Matthews’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance by Richard Matthews


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    One learns a lot by reading everything Bryson writes. But most of all, one learns a lot about gentle, clever and effective witticism. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now, and on events ranging from the Watergate scandal to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. In these sharp, hilariously entertaining, and vividly observed pieces, Ephron illuminates an era with wicked honesty and insight. From the famous "A Few Words About Breasts" to important pieces on her time working for the New York Post and Gourmet Magazine, these essays show Ephron at her very best.

    Mitzi Ho says: "too bad"
    "too bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sadly, this book bored me stiff--as outdated gossips usually do.
    (I recommend buying Ephron's other books/audiobooks)--Reader does a good job of imitating Ephron's voice, tone and style, but I am not sure that was necessary at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Subattraction Attract Wealth: Using Hypnosis & The Law Of Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Many people have read books such as The Secret or the classic Think And Grow Rich and set about trying the Law Of Attraction for themselves. The Law Of Attraction states whatever you give your attention to is what you attract into your life. Readers are advised to think more about what they want in life in order to bring those things closer using an automatic law of the universe. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of people trying the system will fail to achieve the life of abundance they dream of. A short, relaxing audio track cleans your subconscious....

    Stefan says: "Unbelievably Accurate"
    "Good Method with audio flaws"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Whether “it works” or not is very subjective and personal. If you want to buy this recording, chances are, you are already on your important journey toward self-improvement and life-discovery and know what to do and look for. Beck’s method is certainly worth trying: it might work for some and be unacceptable to others. I personally liked it and did retain some important concepts from it that, hopefully, will prove useful in the years ahead. I am very open to testing and learning from everything. My only problem with this recording is the recording itself: being an audiobook, obviously, voice is everything. And unfortunately, Beck delivers his lines half-barking in your ears: he does not have a soothing voice or tone… on the contrary, his drastic, commandeering, over-the-top self-confident tone, tends to create anxiety rather than helping getting rid of it. The “pleb” British accent does not help either. Such voice would be perfect for sports training, cut-throat business motivational talks… But when it comes to meditation and self/other-loving I prefer a more relaxed, relaxing, sweet, gentle, slow, low-tone voice. (Wonderful Louise Hay or Thich Nhat Nanh come to mind as perfect examples of how magnificently warm human voices can be.) AGAIN, it’s very subjective: maybe other people find Beck’s voice just what makes it all click for them.
    Another little glitch is that Beck makes two mistakes (slips of the tongue?) on two different occasions during the guided-hypnosis session—that is the most important part of this audiobook, to which you listen once and then go back daily to practice the guided-meditation session for three weeks. These small mistakes invariably disrupt the full enjoyment of the process. Lastly, after the guided-hypnosis session the recording ends abruptly with the cold, matter-of-fact, half-barked reminder “This is the end of the hypnosis session. Rewind the tape, blah blah blah…” AND THIS ALWAYS MAKES ME JUMP! During the few minutes of guided-meditation, one actually relaxes and reaches a lovely “sleepy” mode of calm, inner quiet and peace (especially because I listen to it through headphones): so, I would have loved for the people who made this audiobook to give the listener some time to transition out of the meditation session. Perhaps a few minutes of soft transition music would have helped… Or simply, they could have ended the tape without adding anything else. This last flaw is actually really bad, because I am aware that the reminder/closing part is coming up and, not wanting to be caught unprepared, I tense up ready for the loud announcement.
    What can I say? I wish the producers of this audiobook read this review and corrected these glitches. (In fact, Producers, call me! I have a great British standard accent ;) … Other than that, I do think that the method is worth trying. Beck means well and, in all truth, his message is not to be discarded. So, I thank him.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.