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Raquel

Newark, NJ, United States

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  • Shoe Addicts Anonymous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Four different women. One common shoe size. And a shared lust for fabulous footwear. In this sparkling novel, the wife of a controlling politician, a debt-ridden eBay addict, an agoraphobic phone sex operator, and a nanny for the family from hell (who barely knows a sole from a heel but who will do anything to get out of the house) meet on Tuesday nights to trade shoes. In the process, they form friendships that will help each of them to triumph over her problems, from secret pasts to blackmail, bankrupcy, and dating.

    Stephanie says: "Chic Lit with character development"
    "First 20 min"
    Overall

    So far I feel like it's just a shoe version of Confessions of a Shopaholic. I will continue to listen to it and update if anything improves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26735)
    Performance
    (13372)
    Story
    (13417)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Simply Amazing!"
    Overall

    Everyone talked about this book and I purchased it over a year ago. I wasn't really convinced to listen to it (too long) until now. I fell in love with it.
    The southern accents had me transported the the time and place in which it took place and I felt a special connection to the characters.
    The array of characters made it 100% more interesting then expected and I made it easier to understand the different positions explained through out the book.
    This is not my usual genre but it was definitely worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dates from Hell: True Stories from the Front

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Katherine Ann Samon
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    No two are exactly alike, but they are as inevitable and as prevalent as the common cold. They are "dates from hell", those traumatic dates that are too terrible to believe, yet too vivid ever to forget. The only thing better than recounting details of your own hellish date is hearing about other people's disaster dates. Here are true-life accounts of dates gone horribly wrong.

    Raquel says: "Funny but not hilarious"
    "Funny but not hilarious"
    Overall

    I laughed a few times here and there.
    Some other stories seemed out there and totally fake. I expected it to be funnier.
    Overall it was easy to listen too and good for relaxing and releasing stress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (667)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Read for work"
    Overall

    Found some parts of the book extremely boring and hard to get through. The examples used where sticky and the main idea of the book came across very clear.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1466)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (618)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Insightful"
    Overall

    I had to read it for work and ended up saving quotes of the books that can easily be applied on a daily basis. I enjoyed it a lot more that Made to Stick and found it easy to understand. The examples given were great and a lot of the suggestions can be applied without making major or drastic changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Schlessinger
    • Narrated By Laura Schlessinger
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    If you're unhappy and your life is a mess, you've got no one to blame but yourself - and you can do something about it! Dr. Laura, the incredibly popular and controversial therapist who hosts L.A.'s top-rated midday radio talk show, gives her no-holds-barred take on stupid things women do and how they can change. She uses real-world examples from her show and private practice to drive home the message that once you muster the courage to take responsibility for your problems and to take risks, the possibilities for personal growth and joy are limitless. If you're ready to handle the challenge, you can learn how to lose that jerk of a lover, parent the babies you've made, and follow your dream instead of some dreamboat. Get ready to jump-start your journey into self-worth.

    Xenobia says: "Too bad it's abridged."
    "First 30 minutes"
    Overall

    Not what I expected.
    I thought it would be full of advice and tips on how to improve self-awareness. So far it's just a woman critizing and belittling other women.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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