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  • The Gifts of Imperfection

  • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,348

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

  • By tracy on 08-17-14

Breathy reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-12

What did you like best about The Gifts of Imperfection? What did you like least?

I like all the messages but would have preferred to listen to the author, Brene Brown. This narrator is annoying as you can hear her every breath.

Would you recommend The Gifts of Imperfection to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but not this version

What didn’t you like about Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

You can hear her intake of breath consistently throughout the reading and it is really distracting.

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

No

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  • Unbearable lightness

  • By: Portia De Rossi
  • Narrated by: Portia De Rossi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the set of the Hollywood film in which she was playing her first leading role. This should have been the culmination of all her years of hard work - first as a child model in Australia, then as a cast member of one of the hottest shows on American television. On the outside she was thin and blond, glamorous and successful. On the inside, she was literally dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight to her slide into anorexia.

  • By Glen on 01-27-12

Unbearable insecurity!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think people who have suffered from any eating disorder will relate to this and hopefully gain some insight.

Would you ever listen to anything by Portia De Rossi again?

Probably not!

What three words best describe Portia De Rossi’s voice?

Insincere, annoying, irritating

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

Yes, it made me love my food all the more!

  • Rescue

  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Is love always worth saving no matter what the cost? Peter Webster, a rookie paramedic, pulls a young woman from her wrecked car. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma - streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes and fierce desires. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair. Eighteen years later and Peter is raising their teenage daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering off course and Peter fears for her future. He seeks out the only person who may be able to help her...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Judith on 03-27-12

Couldn't switch the 'off' button

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-12

Would you listen to Rescue again? Why?

I loved this book. It took me a couple of chapters to embrace the accents of the characters but I'm Australian! Once I was hooked I just wanted to listen to the whole book and had to strictly limit my listening time as I was on holidays and didn't want to finish too quickly!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the characters and just thought the story was a bit different!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I thought the voice narration was irritating at first but after chapter 2 I really loved them!

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

It did make me cry

Any additional comments?

Would definitely recommend