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Nola

New York, NY, United States

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 204 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1461)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "One of the best narrations i have heard so far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought the narrator did a wonderful job, and expressed the characters well. The accents, tones of voice and inflections - all done beautifully. At first I found the harmonica interludes a bit jarring too, but as I got into the story I found them evocative and appropriate. Beautiful even. As a literary work, you won't need this review to tell you that this is such a crucial piece of American history that it should be on everyones reading list. Haunting and addictive - I found it hard to stop listening.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tilar J. Mazzeo
    • Narrated By Liz de Nesnera
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Every minute, someone buys an Art Deco-inspired, amber-hued bottle of Chanel No. 5. Considering that nearly ninety years have passed since No. 5’s creation, this statistic alone makes a compelling case for the perfume’s stature as the world’s most famous. However, its cultural impact might be even more staggering than its business success....

    Nola says: "Fascinating behind the scenes story of an icon"
    "Fascinating behind the scenes story of an icon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the story and was intrigued by how much impact one "little perfume" had. I found myself curious to know more about the Chanel firm - beyond Number 5 that is. Does a very good story of placing the story against cultural and historical background. I was not too keen on the narrator. Somewhat annoying voice, and her pronunciation of Coco sounded like Cuckoo, which got a bit wearing. I think she should stick to regular pronunciation for that word, and some of the other "foreign" words.

    All in all a great book, and recommended for anyone wanting to know more about Chanel and the incredible importance of this product to the company.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dance of Connection

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harriet Lerner
    • Narrated By Harriet Lerner
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    In her most affirming and life-changing book yet, Dr. Harriet Lerner teaches us how to restore love and connection with the people who matter the most. In The Dance of Connection we learn what to say (and not say).

    Donn Edwards says: "Good and Bad"
    "Great book, not so keen on the narration"
    Overall

    First off, the subject matter is great and I really think there is something here for anyone who wants to relate better - whether to family, friends or partners. Secondly, I always think it is great to have the book narrated by its author, because they understand and can impart the inflections and emphases they intended. In this case, she has made an effort not to go too fast, or theatrical and it is probably a good idea in terms of getting the content, but on the other hand she sounds like she just took two sleeping tablets. Her voice is way too soporific and I find myself tuning out...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Harriet Lerner
    • Narrated By Harriet Lerner
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    While anger deserves our attention and respect, women still learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely, or to vent it in a way that leaves us feeling helpless and powerless.

    Sharon says: "Very helpful audiobook"
    "just got the tip of the iceberg here"
    Overall

    I have not read the hard copy of this book, but I hope it is lengthier and weightier. This touches on some very important and useful concepts, but doesn't really delve too deeply. I will re-listen, but my feeling was - "is that all??" Also, apologies to the author, I found the narration to be less than great. She sounded like she may have taken a tranquilizer beforehand, or as if the tape was slowed down. A little distracting. Great concept and worthy of exploration, but this book is the beginning of that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3863)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1301)

    It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

    Elisabeth says: "Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction"
    "Great book screwed up by SHOCKING narrator"
    Overall

    I really found the book interesting, and the ideas worth taking on. However, the narrator (the author) was so distracting that I could hardly listen. The dumb intonation, the yuk-yuk laughter and upward inflection at the end of every sentence made me feel like a not-so-bright kid being read an A-B-C book. Slowly. Also the music was appalling and unnecessary. Usually the author narrating is a good thing. In this case, it was not!
    PS I am an Australian too - but Rhonda Byrne should not be allowed to narrate.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Boundaries

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (357)

    Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations.

    Louise says: "Changed my life"
    "Boundaries with analogies"
    Overall

    I was very much looking forward to this book. It contains valuable and useful advice, stories, and examples of how boundaries are crucial to our well-being and healthy functioning as humans. However, at one point I found myself wondering if this was actually a bible study guide. Although I can respect the authors' spiritual/religious beliefs I think that referencing every statement to a passage in the bible overwhelms the simplicity of the message (regarding boundaries). I come from a christian background but found this a bit intrusive and off-key, so I am not sure how people of other faiths or who are not particularly religious would react. Does this mean that boundaries cannot be available to them?

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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