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anothergirl

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  • Beautiful Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event - but in reality, things are far from perfect. While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling.

    annette says: "dont like any of the characters"
    "Not Hilderbrand's Best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but with reservation. It makes for an ok summer read. Therese Plummer is excellent and I will definitely be checking out other books she has narrated.

    But the story grew tiresome at times. I found Margo's whining and pining for Edge to be more than a little annoying. This is a successful woman. She should have snapped out it and found someone who actually cared for her instead that man who treated her like crap. I felt like the author was trying to make some sort of statement by mentioning the gay black boyfriend. Too many minor characters bringing suitcases full of baggage to the story.


    Would you recommend Beautiful Day to your friends? Why or why not?

    Possibly if they were looking for some escapist reading.


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

    If I were reading the book, I would have bailed on it before I finished. Her narration was the main reason I finished the book.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sheila Heen, Douglas Stone
    • Narrated By Sheila Heen, Douglas Stone
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Coauthors of the international best-seller Difficult Conversations, Stone and Heen have spent the last 10 years working with businesses, nonprofits, governments, and families to determine what helps us learn and what gets in our way. With humor and clarity, they blend the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, hard-headed advice. This audiobook is destined to become a classic in the world of leadership, organizational behavior, and education.

    anothergirl says: "Terrible Narration for an Insightful Book"
    "Terrible Narration for an Insightful Book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Do yourself a favor and read the book instead of listening to the audio. Had the book been narrated by professionals it might have been easier to listen to. The content is good, but I found myself struggling to listen to the authors. As a result it took much longer to get through the book.


    What didn’t you like about Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone ’s performance?

    There are few authors that can do their work justice. The narration was the equivalent of listening to paint dry. With the right narrator this book would have been a much better listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Most people don't distinguish the different types of feedback. The book will make you rethink the way you approach feedback at work and with family. It is a must read for anyone who is in a supervisor position.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Were Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By E. Lockhart
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (288)

    A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

    Ida Wilder says: "Fell flat for me"
    "Saw It Coming"
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    What did you like best about We Were Liars? What did you like least?

    It is hard to say much about the book without spoiling it. I thought the book started out slow. I was growing frustrated. Then the big reveal happened and I felt like I saw it coming. It didn't shock me. It made me mad.


    Was We Were Liars worth the listening time?

    Possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked up the book because it was listed on all these must read lists. I should have waited until someone I knew read the book. It was a letdown for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2409)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2138)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "As Mom Said: To Each There Own"
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    Where does The Next Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I guess I differ from many of the others who hated the narration. I actually enjoyed it. I thought Andrews did a fantastic job and added to the experience of reading the book. Yes, it was a bit slow but I liked that. It felt right for a book about a small town. Things just happen a little slower in small towns they don't feel as rushed. I would also rate his ability to do different voices higher than some other narrators. The characters all had a distinct sound and I appreciated that. (Especially his narration of Murphy and the boys.)


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

    I liked Andrews' narration, particularly the differences between the brothers and the children. I could picture adorable little Murphy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20907)
    Performance
    (18748)
    Story
    (18815)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Outstanding Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    I don't know that I would consider the audio version better - but I would say that it enhanced my experience of it. I often found myself sitting longer in my car listening to what was going to happen next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think it possible to have a favorite character in this book. Much easier to pick the least favorite character... Amy. Nick's sister was probably my favorite. I felt for her. She clearly loved her brother and was very loyal to him.


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

    It's one of those where I HATE the characters so much but yet I still find the book a satisfying read. And I really hated Amy.


    Any additional comments?

    Word to the wise: If you have issues with profanity... this isn't a book for you. It didn't bother me so much except that I listened to the audiobook while driving and there were quite a few times when I received horrified looks from the car next to me like "What the heck are you reading?!".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carlin Flora
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Discover the unexpected ways friends influence our personalities, choices, emotions, and even physical health in this fun and compelling examination of friendship, based on the latest scientific research and ever-relatable anecdotes. Why is dinner with friends often more laughter-filled and less fraught than a meal with family? Although some say it's because we choose our friends, it's also because we expect less of them than we do of relatives.

    anothergirl says: "Good Except for the Narration"
    "Good Except for the Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Friendfluence to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely Not. I mean no disrespect to the narrator, but I found her narration to be awful. It felt like I was listening to someone read the entire time with a fake smile. It seemed completely phony. In addition, there were no pauses in what appeared to be section breaks within the chapters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Friendfluence?

    The book was very well written covering different aspects of the influence of friends in our lives. I found myself relating to certain sections.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her narration sounded fake. It was like listening to someone patronizing me. There were no pauses in between what sounded like a new section in the chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and buy the hardback or ebook. Save your ears from listening to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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