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Burt Schwartz

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  • 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
    (999)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (402)

    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"
    "Elizabeth Gilbert is everybody's best girlfriend."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Committed in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful. Engaging. Hopeful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author was honest and gracious and open.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were not a lot of 'scenes'.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction. It was simply a very pleasant book to listen to. There were insights and anecdotes that were engaging enough to keep me listening the whole way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (451)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "Not just laugh out loud funny, but wise too."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Letting Go of God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Her narration and keen storytelling kept my interest the whole way through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Letting Go of God?

    The whole audiobook was collection of memorable moments..


    What about Julia Sweeney’s performance did you like?

    She is a wonderful performer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - 31 Stories on Starting Out, Running Therapy and Camaraderie

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, Dean Karnazes, and others
    • Narrated By Christina Traister, Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    When runners aren't running, they are talking about running, planning their next run, shopping for running. This book contains stories from runners, telling their stories to other runners about. running — how it has changed their lives, their bodies, and their spirits. Runners will love these inspirational stories of fellow runners challenging themselves, recovering from injuries, and staying motivated.

    Burt Schwartz says: "Not particularly inspiring, mostly boring."
    "Not particularly inspiring, mostly boring."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    I haven't finished the audiobook because everytime I attempt to I find myself increasingly agitated by the stories and end up switching to another audiobook. The stories have been thus far almost wholly banal and often grating. The stories are about average people who hated exercising and then started running, and lo and behold, discovered despite themselves that they enjoyed it. This is the great insight from each story and gets boring quickly. They are the types of stories you expect to see in the pages of Self magazine or some other publication cashing in from the weight loss industry. But at least in those pages you'd get the fun of before and after pictures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (277)

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "A wonderful book to listen to while running."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. Haruki Murakami's books don't always lend themselves to an audiobook format, but this book was well served by it. It is a wonderful personal meditation on running and the routines of life. For anyone that runs regularly this book will feel like a dear companion. My only criticism is that it ended too soon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19052)
    Performance
    (14821)
    Story
    (14768)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Just as good as everyone says it is."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, but i do know having Tina Fey do the narration was integral to the success of this audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    There were so many laugh out loud moments it's difficult to isolate one.


    Which character – as performed by Tina Fey – was your favorite?

    Tina Fey


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

    It was a great audiobook.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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