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O. Oye

Houston, TX United States | Listener Since 2008

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  • 393 titles in library
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  • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristin Neff
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (107)

    The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion - and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.

    Jeanette says: "Worth Reading"
    "Not a good book."
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    Would you try another book from Kristin Neff and/or Xe Sands?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Neff again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Indifferent to narrator though I think content made for a lifetime-movie reading.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Self-Compassion?

    Everything about the author's life.


    Any additional comments?

    This really is more of a self indulgent autobiography not a book on self compassion.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (371)

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "Terrible, self indulgent book"
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    What disappointed you about Far from the Tree?

    The whole tone of the book is whiny and self indulgent. Feel like the author wanted to write an autobiography and just lumped other topics to reach a wider audience.


    Has Far from the Tree turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No just from this author


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew Solomon?

    A different narrator couldn't have saved this awfulness.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Far from the Tree?

    I abandoned this after the underlying arrogant assumption that being gay somehow made him an empathetic authority on everything else - race, disability, dwarfism - finally got on my nerves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Precursor: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh returns to the universe of her acclaimed Foreigner trilogy - with an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft stranded on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race. The beginning of a second trilogy, Precursor follows a single human delegate living among aliens, who are just gaining access to space.

    Professor says: "3 Years have passed!! )-: !!!!"
    "Boring from the very beginning"
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    What would have made Precursor better?

    There just didn't seem to be any interest in getting to the point of the story. Instead of rambling on about what was going on inside the minds of the insanely boring characters, it would have been nice if something, anything had happened. Abandoned this eventually out of boredom.


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Cherryh’s story?

    The pacing was terrible. Nothing seemed to happen except inside characters heads.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure if the performance was affected by the mediocre content.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Precursor?

    Found the writing clunky, characters un-engaging and the whole thing an absolute bore. Not sure this could be fixed.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (986)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Slow in several places but overall not bad"
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    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was anticlimactic and unsatisfying, felt too contrived and dependent on some element of good in the monsters being faced.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Accurate pacing, voice spot on as emotions change within the book. Really good performance.


    Was The Prefect worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, there's good writing here but can't help but compare to Peter Hamilton who tends to have more engaging suspense. It just feels like there wasn't enough oomph to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1294)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Bad, Bad, BAD!!!"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. The book is a perfect study of what happens when you watch too many cheesy movies. It's full of several cliche scenes and it's really just a battle of topping the last cliche.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Lying by Sam Harris


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was okay.


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (523)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "Mediocre compilation of facts"
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    Would you try another book from Thomas Hager and/or Adam Verner?

    Yes probably


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Hager again?

    Will try Demon under the microscope though not hopeful it will be any better


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The facts are there but the flair to make this compelling prose is missing. Practically clinical which is nice way of saying it was just shy of being a boring recital of facts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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