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Rebecca

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16227)
    Performance
    (13488)
    Story
    (14113)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Repulsive Narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't get into the book at all, the narrator is repulsive! She sounds like a spoiled brat who has always had everything handed to her. Definately not someone I would EVER associate with, therefore can not listen to her telling this story.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know, may never know, I can't get past the first few chapters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    ....different narrator!


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

    I may never know.


    Any additional comments?

    As you can probably tell, I am extremely annoyed by the fact that the narrator has ruined what could have been a great book (I'm told by my 'visual' reader friends).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4957)
    Performance
    (4372)
    Story
    (4396)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Interesting, but not one of Gladwell's best...."
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    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    No. It seemed that the author could have taken advantage of current day scenarios that would have delivered the point more effectively. I waited for it, but just never got the big bang viola, that I've gotten from his previous works.


    Would you recommend David and Goliath to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have. Some did in fact like it better than I, however they hadn't read his previous books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This was fine. Gladwell has an excellent speaking voice. Tone and tempo are perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to his next publication.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues – a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense.

    J. Chronowski says: "Facinating stories from inside Bush's White House"
    "Condi for POTUS!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book to a friend! Many friends, and already have! It's a wonderful account of the service this patriot has given to her country and what an insightful leader she is. She's got the creds. Let's hope she's asked to serve again in the next administration. We're gonna need honorable folks like Ms. Rice to straighten out the mess we're currently in!! This book proves that she is a solid human being. Worthy of a higher office!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steven Strogatz
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

    Ryan says: "Engaging, but maybe better suited for non-audio"
    "Insightful"
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    What did you like best about Sync? What did you like least?

    The simplistic intro to the topic enticed me to continue. It follows logic and can be applied to a variety of life situations.
    The middle-end was a bit beyond what I was looking for, more technical than necessary for my interest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sync?

    Snowflakes!


    What aspect of Kevin T. Collins’s performance would you have changed?

    For my interest, I would like for the author to continue with a more practical application of the subject. For other readers, this might be just what they're looking for.


    Was Sync worth the listening time?

    Not for me but I did not read through to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Have a nice day!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jose A. Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques....

    Rebecca says: "Not politically slanted as I expected"
    "Not politically slanted as I expected"
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    If you could sum up Hard Measures in three words, what would they be?

    First hand account


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author explained the process so precisely & gave the reader the best understanding of the motives and logic behind the decisions that are used within the intel community to keep our citizens safe. I trust now, even less than I ever have, the media for taking the work of these individuals so far out of context. The sad thing is, so much has been revealed as a result of the fact that the CIA had to defend themselves that we may less safe as a nation than before this issue was raised.


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

    That the folks within the Intel Community are humans too!


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How blatantly un-American our Liberal media has become.


    Any additional comments?

    Very definately worth the time to read/listen!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Essential American: A Patriot’s Resource - 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jackie Gingrich Cushman, Newt Gingrich (foreword)
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart, Jim Meskimen
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    More than ever, Americans are realizing that if we want to keep this country great, we must be citizen-patriots. And here’s the handbook every citizen-patriot needs: The Essential American, featuring the fundamental documents of our nation’s history.

    Roger says: "Many speeches I had not heard before"
    "Appropriately Titled! EVERY AMERICAN MUST!"
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    Where does The Essential American rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP FIVE!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that these documents were all assembled and packaged so concisely.


    What about Vanessa Hart and Jim Meskimen ’s performance did you like?

    Short, sweet, to the point assessment of what we were about to read/hear.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    They got me in the first few minutes. Hated interruptions!


    Any additional comments?

    Find a philantopist who would give this audible to EVERY HIGH SCHOOL/or/College Graduate! Or somehow, instead of music in elevators, trains, airplanes, airports, PLAY THIS! Too good to be true! Thank you, Ms. Cushman!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Dick Cheney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (370)

    In his unmistakable voice and with an insider's eye on history, former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

    A User says: "Eye Opening, Insightful and Honest"
    "Excellent Historical Account"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this read/listen for anyone who wants to understand this statesmans point of view and how difficult it is to operate within the US Federal Government. I have much higher regards for Mr. Cheney. Media has no right to critisize him. I wish more men could live up to the standards he held for himself! Do read!


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann and Dick Cheney – was your favorite?

    Cheney


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

    In my Time!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish he would write more books!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (429)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "So INTERESTING!"
    Overall

    Learned a lot about the processes that hold processes together. Such great research went into this book. Loved it. Loved hearing all the details about the research, it all makes so much sense!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13438)
    Performance
    (9281)
    Story
    (9339)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Gripping!"
    Overall

    Definately a story not to be missed! If you believe the Greatest Generation deserves credit for you own moral compass, you need to listen to this story that contributes to the understanding of it all.
    The author did an excellent job researching the period and his life. Certainly kept my attention for the 6+ hour story. Hated when it ended. Hope she'll look for more hero's to focus on in her next books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1121)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Respectful"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but felt this was very respectfully written, especially since the author goes to great detail to explain the research he's done & how he has (really) dedicated his life asking the same questions all Christians ask. Very good for someone who is confused about their committment to Christianity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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