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GothamReader

Oakland, CA
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Repacked older material

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I am always resistant to give anything less than 5 stars for my research superhero. But, this is a shallower read designed for more corporate folks. She reframed work that is covered in greater depth in her other writing. Still love hearing her voice especially when I replay specific bits before big meetings or decisions. But, also want to be honest about what this books delivers- recycled material.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Wonderful, wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

This series has become my new guilty pleasure. I read the more academic accounts of this time period, so WHAT FUN to finally listen to these gorgeously researched and narrated books. I look forward to starting the White Queen next on my long flight.

There are enough other reviews to cover the content. Just adding my vote that this is a lovely listen.

Nothing short of extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this one reaches the pantheon of the top 10. Mary Karr, though not always most animated, is inspired.

Completely changed the way I think about movement

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Katy Bowman has really helped clarify so much about the importance of movement in women's health. A great primer on why movement matters and ways we can bring more of it into our everyday lives.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

How I love Anne Lamott, this book no different

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

but... sadly, Ms. Lamott shouldn't read her own work. I love seeing her speak in person and she is absolutely brilliant. However, in the audiobook format her narration is too monotone. The words are lovely, moving and inspirational.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

A wonderful book, a gifted narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

So many of the stories were poignant, beautiful, terrifying, sad, but in the end joyous. And the story was made all the better by Nicola Barber who was an absolutely gifted narrator. I am so glad that I read/listened to the book first before watching the PBS series.

Required listening..

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

If you are a woman of a certain age/gender... possibly even from NYC like me... this is absolutely required listening. She gets so many feelings and doubts and victories SO RIGHT. Even if you aren't 40-something and get ALL the great pop-culture references, the book provides fun, searing insight.

I know some people complained about the infertility chapters, but as someone who had similar experiences and worse, I thought the were pure genius. All I kept think was "This is so true, and funny, and I wish she has been around to lighten the mood when I was trolling the insane infertility blogs. Google was not my friend."

All I can say is Jessi Klein- thank you.

Slow to start bur Sam B nails it...

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

If you need to listen to something smart and a little dark, but funny as all hell, this is a great commuter listen. I listened to this to/from drive between SF and the Penninsula and god, does she evoke vivid imagery. Some of her insights, particularly into family and growing up female, are insane and spot on... and so damn Canadian.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Rough and uninspired

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

What disappointed you about The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck?

The title was intriguing , but the content was repetitive and not particularly well-written.

What could Mark Manson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Perhaps the writing is funny or clever to a younger, less experienced audience- his content is actually rooted/similar to some tenets of Buddhist philosophy. He covers ground that has been covered before, but, lord, the caustic attitude... It just reminded me of a blustery guy I once heard at a Starbucks spewing asshatish insights. He was wearing sunglasses backward stuck to the back of his head, a tracksuit and white socks/sneakers, and in a sort of jerky way kept sharing his "life lessons" with his buddies- he sounds like THAT guy.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was fine given the content he had to work with.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness. It just seemed angry in delivery. I couldn't get past the language that I think was trying to punctuate a point but just came off repetitive and sophomoric.

Fun, Entertaining Light Coaching

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Would you consider the audio edition of You are a Badass to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version, but her narration makes the book.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Sincero doesn't deliver any information that is new, but her delivery is fun and upbeat. Listening to the book will leave you with a sense of lightness and positivity that is down-to-earth and a nice change from all the new agey horsecrap.