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  • Sleeping with the Enemy

  • Coco Chanel's Secret War
  • By: Hal Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. But this book also pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; and how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover, Dincklage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If we all knew how things went...

  • By Renata on 09-20-11

Wonderful, Insightful Book

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

Reviewed: 12-01-13

I wish there were more books like this one. I loved it. The story is incredible, and it interweaves a lot of big names and historical figures you may not associate with Coco Chanel (such as Churchill). I loved the complexity. The book is stark at times, but the author has a light touch and includes many fascinating details throughout. There is so much more to Chanel than most people realize (both good and bad). I loved that the book wasn't just a total fan-girl type vibe like some books on Chanel, but still revered her persistence and creativity as an entrepreneur and artist, while recognizing her involvement with the Nazi party (truly amazing this has been overlooked by so many!).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nice to Come Home To

  • By: Rebecca Flowers
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

Everyone around Prudence Whistler, 36, seems to be settling down. Her once single girlfriends have lately married and had babies. Her gay best friend is discussing marriage with his partner. Even her irresponsible sister is the single mother of a two-year-old. Setting about redesigning her life, Pru finds herself accumulating an unusal ad hoc family around her, both within her crowded apartment and in the broader community of Adams-Morgan of Washington, D.C.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable story and narration

  • By Kimberly on 04-30-11

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-01-13

At first, I thought this book might be a mistake. I wasn't too crazy about the opening chapter, and I wasn't sure if I liked the main character. I'm really glad I stuck with it though. The novel is sweet and adorable, and the characters are funny and realistic. I loved the dynamic between the two sisters -- it was familiar and made me laugh. The novel takes its time and sets up a lovely, cozy world that provides a wonderful escape.

  • Organizing from the Inside Out

  • By: Julie Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Julie Morgenstern
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Hundreds of thousands of people have broken through the clutter and streamlined their lives with Julie Morgenstern's proven techniques. There's no magic, no mystery. Getting organized is a skill that anyone can learn. The beauty of Julie's system, honed during her many years as a professional organizer, is that it enables you to design a unique organizing plan based on your individual goals, natural habits, and psychological needs; a plan that will work with your personality rather than against it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh ...

  • By Timothy on 06-21-11

Good Stuff

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

Reviewed: 01-13-13

I bought this book because I follow Julie Morgenstern on twitter and she always posts the most helpful tweets. This book was great too. Quick and to the point, smart, and insightful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

A Little Preachy

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

Reviewed: 01-13-13

This was a deeply heartfelt book, and I liked the writing style. I enjoyed this book, although there were points where the plot moved very slowly. I felt like it was preaching at me sometimes which was something I didn’t expect when I chose to read this book. It annoyed me. It’s okay with me if novels touch on the flaws of our society and issues of morality in a subtle way, but this book hammers it in over and over. I’m glad I stuck with it though. It takes on a sweeping narrative by the end and lets go of the narrow focus on that one summer to become much more. It lightens up a bit, which I appreciated.

  • Girls in White Dresses

  • By: Jennifer Close
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 224

Isabella, Mary, and Lauren are going to be bridesmaids in Kristi's wedding. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, eat tiny sandwiches, and drink mimosas. They're all happy for Kristi, but they do have the ups and downs of their own lives to cope with. Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, where she's extremely successful, and wildly unhappy. Mary is in love with a man who may never love any woman as much as he loves his mother. And Lauren, a waitress at a midtown bar, finds herself drawn to a man she's pretty sure she hates.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of a credit

  • By Candi on 08-13-11

Highly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-23-12

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sure, it's not for everyone, but if you are the type of woman who loved Sex and the City, then this book is for you. I loved the different personalities of the characters and the tight friendships they shared. There were so many moments when I knew exactly what the characters were going through. The stories were so relatable and believable. It was a breath of fresh air. The narration was perfect too. I will keep my eye on this author for more books.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 10,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,667

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

Okay but not great

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

Reviewed: 05-23-12

I bought this book after watching an amazing youtube video of her Ted Talk. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like this book gave me that much more insight than her 15 minute talk did. The author kept referring to herself as a “researcher” but she didn’t include any of her research! She summed her findings up for us, but we didn’t get to hear any of the specifics. Instead, she talked about her own life (which is only semi-interesting). And she also spent a lot of time defining key terms, which also got old after a while. It was nice that she opened up and made the book personal, but it would have been more compelling to hear about other people’s stories and experiences (such as all those people she was supposedly researching) to help illustrate her points. Using her own life as the only example came acrosss as self-involved, and it really limited the whole scope of the book. She should have included her own story in the introduction as a way of framing her main points and then delved into the research in the body of the book.

125 of 139 people found this review helpful

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,113

Features a sample chapter from A Gentleman in Moscow, the highly anticipated new audiobook from Amor Towles - available fall 2016. This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator for this intriguing book.

  • By Cherie Walker on 08-28-11

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

I especially loved the setting of New York in the 1930s. It was glamorous and gritty, and the characters were always going somewhere intriguing. This made the book a great escape for me. I liked the story and that it was unpredictable yet believable. At times, I felt the main character was a little aloof and I wished I could understand her motivations and personality a bit better. But the narration was lovely and the book was very enjoyable overall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,220

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration.

  • By R. Spangler on 12-13-10

Glad I stuck with it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-12

The first few hours of this book, I had a hard time liking any of the characters and I thought the author’s view of everything was very dismal and a little smarmy. But I’m glad I stuck with it. This really is a sweeping story and it has beautiful moments of redemption that made it all worth it for me. I love the focus on family and love and community. The way it all came together in the end was breathtaking.

  • Uncertainty

  • Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
  • By: Jonathan Fields
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Jonathan Fields knows the risks - and potential power - of uncertainty. He gave up a six-figure income as a lawyer to make $12 an hour as a personal trainer. Then, married with a three-month old baby, he signed a lease to launch a yoga center in the heart of New York City...the day before 9/11.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting Narration

  • By Mike on 01-03-12

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-19-12

I am a fan of Jonathan Fields and think he is a smart innovator. I’m not currently starting a business or writing a novel or doing something personally risky, and so the advice in this book didn’t seem quite so compelling for me, although there were still some useful tips. I liked thinking about startup culture and innovation and feel like I’m a little more informed about making smart business decisions (if I’m ever in the position to do so). I had a hard time listening to the narrator’s voice, so that was an unfortunate downside.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Emotional Freedom

  • Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life
  • By: Judith Orloff M.D.
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Emotional Freedom is a road map for those who are stressed out, discouraged, or overwhelmed, as well as for those who are in a good emotional place but want to feel even better. Complete emotional freedom is within your grasp.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful book

  • By Susan on 06-22-11

Insightful book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-11

I love the overall message of the book. I needed to hear this. I’m glad I listened to it, but by the end, I have to admit, I was feeling a bit of information overload. There is a lot of repetition in this book, so it isn’t always easy to stay engaged. I would suggest buying this book and listening to the chapters you most need to hear – whether you are dealing with depression or constant frustration or anxiety or whatever. Listen to what you really need to hear right now, and save the rest for a later time. Focus on applying that one chapter to your life. It’ll be easier to absorb the information that way.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful