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R. Strauss

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  • 18 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 96 titles in library
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  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    The only novel written by Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights was originally published under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and at first was thought to be the work of Emily's sister, Charlotte, the author of the classic, Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights tells the tale of Heathcliff, a young orphaned gypsy boy, who is brought to the windswept moors of Yorkshire by Mr. Earnshaw, the master of Wuthering Heights.

    Alicia says: "Beautiful Narration of this Classic"
    "Not a happy story"
    Overall

    Well written, but depressing. Had I known that before I bought it, I would not have bought it. That was my fault though. The reader does a great job with voices and pace.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, & Pleasure

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mireille Guiliano
    • Narrated By Mireille Guiliano
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    French women not only stay slim while relishing life to the fullest, they also have the longest life expectancy in the Western world. Now Mireille shows us how they attune themselves to the rhythms of the year. Here are four seasons' worth of strategies for shopping, cooking, and exercising, as well as some pointers for looking effortlessly chic.

    R. Strauss says: "Better as a physical book"
    "Better as a physical book"
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    Where does French Women for All Seasons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably on the lower end. But, it's because there are recipes in the book. It's difficult to listen to recipes as a 'book'. Additionally, it would be extra difficult to cook from a verbal recipe. However, the book does have an accompanying .pdf that I printed and cooked from. All of the recipes I've tried are delicious!


    If you’ve listened to books by Mireille Guiliano before, how does this one compare?

    It's the same caliber as her other books. As I stated, it's difficult to listen to recipes. I've enjoyed all of Mireille's books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    To enjoy the nuances of recipes and cooking. To let go of being so mechanical about it and appreciate the colors, smells and seasons of your ingredients.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (424)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    Igor says: "An amazing story, and a great storyteller"
    "Pretty Good Historical Account"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Seabiscuit?

    The tricks the trainer played on the press.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The trainer...he was so clever!


    What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure. He seemed to be an average reader. He did a good job, but wasn't hugely expressive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more of a historical account of what occured than a novel - in my humble opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1864)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Great Content/Robotic Narrator"
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    What did you love best about What Every BODY Is Saying?

    The content was incredibly useful and accurate. I began noticing things with my teenager and a problematic co-worker right away - it became much easier for me to know how to approach them (or change the approach I started with) and when I needed to purse an issue further. I revisited some parts of the book two and three times because it was so useful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is more of an instructional book - not a book with a story line.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Okaaay...so the narrator has a seriously robotic voice. I thought it was being read by a computer at first. You should definitely listen to the sample before you buy this. That said - you can understand each and every word he says. The funniest part of the book is when the narrator...talking about criminals, FBI interviews, merging with other cultures of the world, etc...in his robotic voice...says "I give hugs freely!"


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That two messages are being sent when someone is talking to you - physical and verbal. Once you can read the verbal you should take it as information, not as personal compliments or insults.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1039)

    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
    "Exactly what you would expect from Ellen"
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    Where does Seriously...I'm Kidding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is light and funny and I couldn't really tell what the story was. Probably because she's a comedian and her point is to be entertaining. Not a serious book. It's perfect if you are looking for a light, easy, quick read that will make you smile.


    What about Ellen DeGeneres’s performance did you like?

    She's funny! She speaks funny and writes funny. When you get to hear both at once...it's even better!


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

    Rambling...


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sandra Day O'Connor, H. Alan Day
    • Narrated By Sandra Day O'Connor
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This fascinating glimpse of life in the American Southwest in the last century recounts an interesting time in our history, and gives us an enduring portrait of Sandra Day O'Connor, the independent young woman who became the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court - and one of the most prominent figures in America today.

    R. Strauss says: "It's just like she said!"
    "It's just like she said!"
    Overall

    Sandra gives a first person account of life on a ranch in Arizona near the New Mexico border. It reminded me so much of my time there... She reads the book as well so you feel like your grandma is telling you stories about when she was little. I would recommend this book to anyone who misses their life on a ranch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jubal Sackett: The Sacketts, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Jonn Curless
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    Jubal Sackett's urge to explore drove him westward, and when a Natchez priest asks him to undertake a nearly impossible quest, Sackett ventures into the endless grassy plains the Indians call the Far Seeing Lands. He seeks a Natchez exploration party and its leader, Itchakomi. It is she who will rule her people when their aging chief dies, but first she must vanquish her rival, the arrogant warrior Kapata.

    Jared says: "Sackett Series"
    "Reads slower than other Sackett series books"
    Overall

    Gotta love Louis L'Amour books - such quick easy reads! This one dragged on a bit, but if you are reading the series, you need to read this one anyway. :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mireille Guiliano
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    French women don't get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and regularly enjoy three-course meals. In her delightful tale, Mireille Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of this "French paradox", how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. Hers is a charming, sensible, and powerfully life-affirming view of health and eating for our times.

    Kristen says: "Bon appetit!"
    "Different way of thinking of things"
    Overall

    I really liked the different views this book presented. Never again will I sit down mindlessly - without making that choice consciously - to eat a meal without looking at it and taking in the beauty. I have recommended this book to 3 others already.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (737)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    Heidi D. Dugger says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "Happiness project made me happy!"
    Overall

    What a cool book! I really enjoyed how it felt like the author was talking to me as opposed to lecturing me. I have already applied some of the little things she talks about that I never thought of and am enjoying them. :-)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (394)

    At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

    Nancy says: "Perfect timing"
    "Different, but just as good."
    Overall

    Committed is a very different book than Eat, Pray, Love, however, it is just as good. That said, I would only recommend this book to people who are interested in learning about marriage - how it came to be, how the church got involved, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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