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chessjunkie

"A good book is the best contentment has"

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  • Twisted Perfection: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (274)

    My future was about to be completely thrown off track because Della Sloane was under my skin, and I had to have her. I couldn’t ignore it anymore . . . I’d gotten close enough to her to see deeper. Della Sloane is not your average girl. Yearning to break free of her dark and sheltered past and the memories of the illness that claimed her mother, Della plans a solo road trip to experience real life on her own terms.

    Jordy says: "Abbi Glines writes the most addicting books!!"
    "Twisted Awesomeness"
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    Where does Twisted Perfection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top tier


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Woods-is impossible not to love


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the meet cute


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

    made me laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Calculated Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Charnock
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    Big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free from addictions. Violent crime is now a rarity. Mayhew McCline, a major corporation that analyzes global trends, has hired a genius: Jayna. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she has the ability to produce accurate predictions that are both good for the world and good for the bottom line. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.

    Loretta Franklin says: "Very nice book"
    "Couldn't Get Into It"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Couldn't say. Maybe a more patient person? Maybe a more inquisitive person? Maybe no one? Maybe someone who gave it a higher rating?


    Has A Calculated Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably not.


    What three words best describe Susan Duerden’s performance?

    Not Susan's Fault?


    What character would you cut from A Calculated Life?

    Couldn't say.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4311)
    Performance
    (3722)
    Story
    (3701)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "An Introvert's Manifesto"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quiet the most enjoyable?

    I like the way the author approached her research. She revealed some interesting facts and misconceptions about introverts based in scientific research.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The science behind it.


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

    Kathe was good. She, like all narrators, helps you keep your hands free to do other things while listening.


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

    That introverts are more sensitive to environmental stimuli.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just popular enough that everyone knows the title and few have read the book. People should actually read it. It is more than just the next hot thing. It is a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Minimalist

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Sam Siv
    • Narrated By Gayle Ambrielle Loflin
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    You're about to discover proven steps on how to become a minimalist and simplifying your life…This book contains proven steps and strategies on living a minimalist way of life and embracing the fact that less is more. This can serve as your guide on your journey towards minimalism and help you determine your purpose as to why you are assuming this lifestyle. Moreover, it helps you set your priorities and disregard certain habits or tangible things that weigh you down.

    chessjunkie says: "Short, Sweet & Rings True"
    "Short, Sweet & Rings True"
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    If you could sum up Minimalist in three words, what would they be?

    simple. clear. quick.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Minimalist?

    applying minimalism to financial philosophy. nice.


    What about Gayle Ambrielle Loflin’s performance did you like?

    it was good.


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

    Yes, it was short and even shorter that i listened on 1.5 speed.


    Any additional comments?

    A nice inexpensive book. I think I will listen again. It a great pep talk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Power is one of the central issues in our lives. From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and, more often than not, prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The bottom-line mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into every other part of our lives. Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary.

    John says: "The Distilled Wisdom of a Happy Being"
    "The Power to Bring about Happiness"
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    If you could sum up The Art of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, logical, revolutionary


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Power?

    The way the author reframes the discussion about power is really meaningful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no scenes. i like the references to meditation.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Power?

    There is a lot of insight in this book. But the ability to control your mind is indeed the key to being happy, right now.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, awesome author. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (899)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "A Funny, Badass Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to You are a Badass the most enjoyable?

    Jen is very funny, honest and vulnerable. It is nice to have a fresh take on this new age self help stuff


    What other book might you compare You are a Badass to and why?

    I don't know


    What about Jen Sincero’s performance did you like?

    She is very cleaver and enthusiastic. Not all authors are good narrators, but Jen nailed it.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from You are a Badass?

    The part where she says watch how you think and talk about yourself. This is critically important.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, fun listen, well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (329)

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Amazon Customer says: "Call me an "Essentialist""
    "Bravo!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about living a life that reflects who they truly are


    What other book might you compare Essentialism to and why?

    Hum, there is nothing quite like it. Other business books are not as good because Essentialism is really a practice that the individual develops in order to live a more authentic life.


    Which character – as performed by Greg McKeown – was your favorite?

    Come one, y'all know there are no characters in this book. But Greg was a solid narrator.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Essentialism?

    I will apply the "less but better" mantra to my work and personal life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great for me because It really is about how to achieve the biggest bang for your efforts by finding the truly valuable things and focusing on them. The idea that 90+ percent of our opportunities, information, interactions are noise, are unimportant, are time wasters is really revolutionary in a world where so many of us are trying to figure out how to manage the deluge of nonsense (without first recognizing it as nonsense). Having this new perspective provides much needed clarity of purpose that should be valuable to any reader.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Husband's Regret: Unwanted, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Natasha Anders
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Tall and thin, twenty-eight-year-old Bronwyn Palmer has become positively gaunt, a ghost of her former self. That self was - and still is - the wife of a rich, handsome executive with an ocean-view house and his own security staff. It was in that house, two years ago, that Bryce Palmer learned Bronwyn was pregnant with their first child. But Bryce’s rage over his impending fatherhood touched off a chain reaction of emotional and physical traumas that wounded them both.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Great sequal!"
    "Exactly like the first novel, but not as good"
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    Would you try another book from Natasha Anders and/or Justine Eyre?

    Probably not. I love Justine Eyre as a narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Calculated Life


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    She is pretty awesome. Very passionate voice. It adds dimension to the characters


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope. Unless some awesome actors were in it.


    Any additional comments?

    The first novel in this series was a refreshing take on romance. But this story is based on a misunderstanding taken to the extreme. I also wondered why there is no mention of the heroin's family and why she didn't lean on them for support during rough times. The heroin is way to fragile for my taste. Even Cinderella didn't play the victim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ain't She Sweet?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Kate Flemming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (350)

    The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

    Lydia says: "Another winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips"
    "Sweet Enough to Cause a Toothache"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ain't She Sweet? to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the imperfect, determined and complicated protagonist. Loved that there are no real antiheroes-just complex people.


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

    She can deliver a joke well, and I like how she choses to emphases words in a way that adds new meaning to sentences. She is great at capturing angst especially in children's voices.


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

    Made me laugh and grin. Twisted my stomach into knots at times too.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite books by this author. I loved the treatment of the African American characters. But more than that, I loved the story of revenge, forgiveness and redemption. Also, it was funny and the story had many unexpected surprises. Almost every character had tremendous development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exquisite: Exquisite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O'Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she's determined that this is what she deserves.... Mason Langley's life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expected to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to shake the doctor.

    Datagirl75@gmail says: "Solid love story with a hint of realism"
    "Unpalatable"
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    What would have made Exquisite better?

    The story was too wordy, repetitive, and didn't really have a plot. No real drama here. Shallow main character who simply isn't bright enough to be a doctor. The banter wasn't funny, the characters aren't really developed. I don't know why anyone would be interested in dating the doctor lady, given that she was a raging b*tch at the beginning of the book. She didn't bring much to the relationship and boyfriend did all the heavy lifting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ella Frank again?

    Absolutely not.


    What didn’t you like about Mackenzie Cartwright’s performance?

    She is just not that good. She reads too slowly and doesn't do men well. She may have been more interesting if the story was more compelling.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Exquisite?

    Almost all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea why this book had 4 stars. It was a painful listen. I have to power through it just to prove to myself that I have indeed predicted the ending.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3224)
    Performance
    (2642)
    Story
    (2648)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "The Art of Seducing A PJ Clad Listener"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf to be better than the print version?

    don't know...i don't read books anymore, apparently...i have 81 books in my audible library, and its only been 5 months. I don't have the print version...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf?

    When Nick told Maggie she was in love with him, Loved how he saw right through her.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Nick-he was awesome,


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

    Made me smile like a fool,,,


    Any additional comments?

    I read this series out of order, and saved this one for last, because I didn't like Maggie in the other books...particularly the first one. I love Maggie in this book. I loved how Nick saw right through her, and refused to indulge her in nonsense. Loved how she learned being alpha meant more than just having her way. Leadership and bullying are not the same thing. I feel like her character really developed in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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