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The Man on the Mountaintop audiobook cover art

Good performance, story got a little tiring

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I loved the first part of this book, but it got more preachy & repetitive as it went along, & I stopped listening. Performance was very good.

David and Goliath audiobook cover art

Best Malcolm Gladwell book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I can't give this enough stars. I like Gladwell anyway, & this is his best yet. As usual, it's full of facts & statistics, but it never gets overwhelming because of Gladwell's great presentation in story form, & his excellent reading voice. I've recommended this to several people, & plan to use it in teaching. Thank you, Mr. Gladwell!

Ida M. Tarbell audiobook cover art

Disappointing reader

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

The story sounds so interesting, but I didn't even finish the book & am going to return it to Audible. The reader is inconsistent to the point of being irritating & distracting. There are sudden outbursts, like she just realized THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SENTENCE! - & sometimes it's actually not. I don't know if the problem is with the reader, maybe the director, maybe editing - whatever it is, I just couldn't listen any more - & I'm not that picky in general. Sorry for the harsh review, but this isn't up to audible standards.

Born a Crime audiobook cover art

Wow. I learned so much!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Trevor Noah can tell a story. That this is true is amazing. Noah's voice is poetic. I learned so much about life in South Africa,& poverty, & history - and the details of his life are fascinating. The book is really a love letter to his mom without in any way being saccharin or overly emotional. Noah doesn't gloss over unflattering details about her, himself, or anyone else in his life, and yet the strong bonds are very apparent. I thought this would be interesting, & came away knowing this is a book I'll be thinking about for a long, long time.

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry audiobook cover art

Enjoyable but not as good as the sequel

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I really enjoy Backman's writing & am a big fan of A Man Called Ove & Britt Marie Was Here. Was expecting more of the same, but didn't like My Grandmother as much. It gets a little long, the character development is not as clear & there are too many "important" characters. Didn't follow the plot reasoning as well as in prior books I've read. Just not my favorite Backman work.

A Tale of Two Cities audiobook cover art

Now I understand why this is a classic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-17

What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

The riveting story, & how much I learned about the French Revolution. I never thought I'd enjoy this because I've found Dickens so wordy, but once my ear became attuned to the cadence, I found it easy to listen to & couldn't wait to get back to the story to find out what happened to everyone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

The realization of how horribly violent the uprising was against the nobility in France. I've always liked history & was a French major, so you'd think I would have "gotten" this concept years ago. This book changed how I understand the French Revolution, why the have-nots were so angry.

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

His narration is perfect. Good voice characterizations, inflections, & tone.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Audible! I doubt I would ever have read this book, but I loved listening & have since recommended it to others.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Innocent Ones [Soundtrack Edition] audiobook cover art

Didn't like the dramatization

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-17

What disappointed you about The Innocent Ones [Soundtrack Edition]?

I only listened to the first approx 30 minutes before deciding I couldn't finish the book. It may be a great story, but I did not like the dramatization at all. The narration was too slow, the music too overpowering, & the whole thing just felt too hokey.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up audiobook cover art

Helped me get rid of some things

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-15

What did you learn from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up that you would use in your daily life?

I'm sentimental, so it's hard for me to get rid of some things. While this book was somewhat redundant, it did help me finally get some concepts: Get rid of things you don't love, even if you spent good money for them, or even if they were important to you in the past. Overall it was an easy listen. Thanks.

Sycamore Row audiobook cover art

One of Grisham's best!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-15

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. It's been awhile since my husband & I have read Grisham, & this was a terrific way to get back into his stories. It really is one of his best.

Any additional comments?

Great narrator! Does various voices well.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth audiobook cover art
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
  • What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield

Good but not what I expected

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-15

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

Maybe. I was expecting a book about astronauts - training, space experience, & so on. There is some of this, but it's more like an autobiography. I was looking for more interesting stories.

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

He has a great voice, & it's always good to hear the author read.