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  • Rejection Proof

  • How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection
  • By: Jia Jiang
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623

Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. Despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed and spiraled into a period of deep self-doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Waste A Rejection!

  • By Gillian on 05-30-16

Don't understand the praise

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Perhaps I'm a cynic, but I just don't understand the praise for this book. As with the writing of most bloggers, I found this book to be self-indulgent, tedious, and meandering. Sure, no one likes rejection, but instead of dealing with it in the usual way, the writer takes up a personal journey to get rejection from the most off-the-wall circumstances. I didn't find much in the book to be relatable or translate to real life. Full disclosure - I have no interest in being an entrepreneur, so the only rejection I can imagine in my life is personal or job related.

I also was not a fan of the narrator. On my iPhone, I listened to the book at 1.5X speed just to get through it. That's how slow the narrator went.

Most people seem to love this book. Maybe I'm an outlier, but I had to warn any other readers like myself out there!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • One Little Spark!

  • Mickey's Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering
  • By: Marty Sklar
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

We've all read about the experts: the artists, the scientists, the engineers - that special group of people known as Imagineers for The Walt Disney Company. But who are they? How did they join the team? What is it like to spend a day in their shoes?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More like a collection of emails.

  • By J on 02-19-18

Disney Fans & Professional Development

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

I liked the Ten Commandments section the best. The book works well as a means for Sklar to share advice on professional development, whether your career goals are to be a Disney Imagineer, or success in other areas. I scored down on "story" because the middle was a collection of 1-2 line quotes from imagineers past and present that got a little tedious after a while.

  • Unbreak My Heart

  • A Memoir
  • By: Toni Braxton
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

While Toni Braxton may appear to be living a charmed life, hers is in fact a tumultuous story: A tale of personal triumph after a public unraveling. In her heartfelt memoir, the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and star of WE tv's hit reality series Braxton Family Values is unapologetically honest in revealing the intimate details of her journey. Toni and the entire Braxton clan have become America's favorite musical family, but what fans may not know is the intense guilt Toni once felt when she accepted a recording deal that excluded her sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the content and story, but not narration...

  • By Elijah on 08-31-15

Great book - Audio suffers from poor narration

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

I've long been a casual fan of Toni Braxton, and enjoyed her music throughout the years. I've watched her family reality shows a few times. I was very interested to read her memoir to hear her side of some of the more scandalous details of her past.

The book was candid, fascinating, and told in a way that seemed like friendly conversation. She seemed honest, even in rehashing tough times. The book flowed well, though you probably won't confuse the author for a literary master, she also doesn't sound like an idiot.

While I enjoyed the book, I was tremendously underwhelmed by the narrator. She was flat, unenthusiastic, and monotone. What took me WAY out of it were the mispronunciations. Like Toni Braxton, I come from Maryland, so every time the narrator mispronounced MD cities like Severn & Bowie, I knew it and couldn't stop the eye roll. Then there were the mispronunciations of other artists’ names, world-famous locations, and other words that just came out wrong. I tend to avoid audio memoirs not read by the author, and this narrator is a prime example why. What a letdown!

Still, it was an interesting read, and was well-paced, so I eagerly kept listening in spite of the narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Good and Useful Hurt

  • By: Aric Davis
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237

Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out his studio’s motley crew of four. The last either expects is romance, but that’s what they get as they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete and total disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution - and solace - he will sorely need.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder-mystery/love story/paranormal

  • By PlantCrone on 05-13-14

Overall, just a "meh" novel.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

I made it through the whole book, which I suppose is a compliment. The story was interesting, but the plot was pretty poorly laid out and the book was 3/4 set up, then a pretty rushed and rapid ending/resolution. I though the narrator was a poor fit to the subject matter, and often stuck out in some of the reading. Overall, I was compelled to finish, but unimpressed with the book as a whole.

  • Ghost in the Wires

  • My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • By: Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,616

Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for tech fans

  • By Mikeyxote on 06-01-12

Fundamentally interesting story, executed poorly

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

The story itself was interesting, and I was sucked in pretty quickly at the beginning. After the first half though, it just plodded along, growing more tedious. I wanted to know how it all got resolved, so I hung in there, but it was hard to listen, as opposed to other books that I can't stop listening to.

I also lost all favor for the writer/main character as the story went on. At first he was interesting, but I got to the point where I could no longer abide his flagrant disregard for the law. I was rooting for the time where he actually got caught and held accountable.

There was also a lot of technical writing that lost me, but I am admittedly not THAT computer savvy, so maybe I'm not the target audience.

Overall it was interesting, but I couldn't get on board with cheering on such an egotistical criminal.

Sidenote: The narrator did a great job with what he had to work with, but could have had more variety when speaking in voices other than the main character.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Letting Go of God

  • By: Julia Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Julia Sweeney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery

  • By Mark on 12-09-06

I cannot praise this experience enough!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

What made the experience of listening to Letting Go of God the most enjoyable?

This book did not convince me to be an atheist. It contextualized my own personal journey, and gave a voice to an ignored people. Not everyone follows religion in the same path, and Sweeney's fearless sharing was inspirational and empowering.

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

This one remains my favorite. I've read her book and listened to her other one woman show, and both are stellar, but this performance and material speaks infinite volumes in just over 2 hours!

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

Catharsis.

Any additional comments?

Head's up - This is an audio recording of her one-woman show of the same name. It is not a traditional "audiobook" and was recorded in front of a live audience.

I also urge believer's to listen as well. I don't think anything expressed convinces the listener to abandon their beliefs. What it does is offer an honest look at one person's journey, and hopefully that knowledge can provide understanding about the many like-minded people in the world. We don't want to steal God away from you, but we don't want you to insist that we embrace the idea either!

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,071
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,062

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

A real stunner! One of the best I've read!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

I have now read all of Hill's novels (and a few short stories) and this book is him at the top of his game. The two previous books were solid and enjoyable, but this one is on the next level. I can't wait to see what he does next, and how well the next novel stacks up to this one!

Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favorite?

I truly could not pick just one. Mulgrew did a stellar job with so many voices and characters and dialects, and keeping them all separate and unique was truly a triumph.

Any additional comments?

This book had so many twists and turns in the story that I could hardly stop listening. I would be decorating our house for Christmas and baking cookies listening to grisly passages and morbid parts. The symbiosis of author and narrator in this book was remarkable, and I cannot recommend it enough!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,601

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • story of a selfish awful family of people

  • By Beth Anne on 12-09-14

Mesmerizing!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

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

I have and would - bought the Kindle book for my best friend for her birthday! Although the protagonist was a teenage girl, I was wrapped up in the story, and was really able to see the natural progression of the actions and plot, and not get caught up in why people made the choices they made. I loved the way facts came forward over the course of the story, and the way characters interacted. I didn't know what to expect when I started the book, and soon found I couldn't stop until I was finished the whole thing! Very interested to read more from this author!

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

Her voice was really unique, and added to the uniqueness of the story. I found her to be a really great fit for the narration of this story!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,200

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! I didn't think it was slapstick at all!

  • By coreybeth on 04-22-12

Disappointing on MANY levels!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

No way. This book was so pointless. There are far better zombie books out there that don't follow such an inane and overdone plot. It's like if the cast of your average stupid sitcom about a put-upon husband and a shrill wife wound up in the zombie apocalypse. The book had a ton of plot holes, and lame scenarios. Nothing was well thought out, and the attempts at humor fell flat. More disappointingly, the book broke out in rampant homophobia and misogyny all over the place, which doesn't sit well with me. The overused fecal references from the first chapter should have been a sign of the s--- that remained for the remainder of the book.

Has Zombie Fallout turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all, it has me more interested in finding books that don't suck!

Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

Not really. The book was bad enough, but his performance didn't improve anything.

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

This book had an editor!? Could have fooled me!

Any additional comments?

Avoid at all costs! There are better books out there... even in the Zombie genre!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful