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Tami L. Mendonca

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  • Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay

  • Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship
  • By: Mira Kirshenbaum
  • Narrated by: Adriane McNeely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

To make up or break up? Whether you’re just getting serious or have a long-term commitment, no other question causes so much heartache and self-doubt. Many other books tell you how to fix your relationship. This groundbreaking bestseller is the first one to help you choose whether you should try—or you need to go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gives you much to think about

  • By Nadia on 06-07-10

Still trying to decide 6 years after listening to

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I bought this 6 years ago and at the time left my boyfriend based on what I heard in this book. Well fast forward 6 years and I am now married to that boyfriend and decided to listen again and am coming up with the same analyses. I guess my relationship issues aren’t addressed in this book. Actually listening this time around I was struck by the common sense advice being given. If you are being repeatedly beaten by your spouse then get out. If you are only beaten once, there is hope. Isn’t really all that enlightening. I guess some of us are blind by a lack of objectivity that happens when we are so deep in a situation. If that is you then this book could help you see from an objective vantage point

  • Virgin Earth

  • Tradescant Novels, Book 2
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

As England descends into civil war, John Tradescant the Younger, gardener to King Charles I, finds his loyalties in question, his status an ever-growing danger to his family. Fearing royal defeat and determined to avoid serving the rebels, John escapes to the royalist colony of Virginia, a land bursting with fertility that stirs his passion for botany. Only the native American peoples understand the forest, and John is drawn to their way of life just as they come into fatal conflict with the colonial settlers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Big Rotten Apple of a Book

  • By Eva Gannon on 12-29-18

Not my favorite from this author

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I couldn't love anyone in this book. At times I hated the main character for his selfishness and total lack of concern for his family. Then he came back, welcomed like he had never left them for another woman who was actually a child. Kind of twisted and disgusting. I almost quit listening at the point when he went off to find his child-love. There were parts in the book when it sounded too much like a history lesson with dry facts and less like a story. Hester was probably my favorite character, but she was also limited in dimension. Just kind of thrown together and doesn't flow like most of the books I have read written by this author. I did like many other parts of the book such as learning more about the movement of the English to America (when it was part of the story and not just facts about what happened.

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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,788
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,810
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,770

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Eye popping

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Fascinating! Could not put it down. It was a story that would have been very upsetting had it not been for its satisfying ending of justice prevailing. A must read for everyone!!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,124
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78,672

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

I enjoyed most of the book

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Smart, hardworking girl, raised by a great family with much adult support does good. She ends up with a life most of us can only dream of, despite her humble beginnings. Great writer and great narrator. The book felt very personable. I did get a bit bored through some of it as it did become a bit tedious talking about day to day life, but an important part of her story, I suppose. There was a bit of humor, but pretty serious and while interesting, not terribly exciting. I do believe she put herself and her family in the best light possible for readers. I don't think it was as authentic as it could have been, mostly painting a rosy picture of her life and that of her family. Almost as if she was trying to show the world how wonderful her husband and her family is, so that was a bit difficult to swallow. Overall, I feel like I am a better person for having listened to the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,940
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,851

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

A suspense teaser without the unpredictable ending

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

A let down but nonetheless a good story. It left me with a, “so what” feeling

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tudor

  • Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 13
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Tudor Book Yet by Phillippa Gregory

  • By L'abeille_alors on 09-23-17

Love this combination of author and narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the combination of the author and narrator are magical

Would you be willing to try another book from Philippa Gregory? Why or why not?

Of course. I have listened to all of her books

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the part about the youngest Tudor. She seemed like the strongest and the smartest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,612

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

What would have made Elon Musk better?

Make it more interesting instead of a painful, slow progression of all the stuff he has done that isn't really all that spectacular as compared to other rich, smart, and famous people, like Warren Buffet. Content was based mostly upon hear-say and the book was a bit of an Elon Musk ass-kissing tortuous experience.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ashlee Vance again?

Yes, he was good.

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

Good.

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

I would completely change the book, or not publish it.

Any additional comments?

Still looking for a more interesting Elon Musk book, but perhaps it doesn't exist. I get that his ego is so big and since he is so rich and powerful people are afraid to offend him. Have no use for a sugar-coated version of the truth.

  • Three Weeks with Lady X

  • Desperate Duchesses
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Kimberly on 03-28-14

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Would you listen to Three Weeks with Lady X again? Why?

Yes, after a bit of a slow start, I was gripped by the story till the end!

Who was your favorite character and why?

India and Thorn were my favorite. I kept rooting for them to be together. They were both so unique and strong.

Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never have heard Susan Duerden before but loved her performance.

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

I was teary eyed at the end during the epilogue when it talked about how 200 years later the descendants were still enjoying the chandelier India had installed. It was so nostalgic and bitter-sweet.

  • Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur

  • By: Cory Gregory, John Fosco
  • Narrated by: Cory Gregory, John Fosco
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146

Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur is a book which evaluates your entrepreneurial skill-set to a level that will make most want to quit listening. This book acts as an extreme crash course for the mind of both the entrepreneur and the wantrepreneur. Every ounce of the listener's mental fortitude is tested in an effort to provide self-identifying entrepreneurial strengths and weaknesses for all of those who embark on the entrepreneurial journey.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Allison on 03-27-17

Rough around the edges

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I think so. While most of the content was common sense and nothing special, it was delivered in a way that may appeal to a testosterone riddled male. Kind of rough around the edges and lacking in specific examples, but sends the message as intended.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Kind of sudden, but actually glad it was over. Those two guys repeated themselves and were almost yelling at the audience.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Could you see Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No!!!!!!