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Westlake Village, CA, United States
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  • Blessings

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Joan Allen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Anna Quindlen, best selling author of A Short Guide to a Happy Life, returns with this "immensely appealing" novel. The secrets of the past, how they affect the decisions and lives of people in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community - these are at the center of this story of love, redemption, and personal change.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Blessings

  • By Susan on 03-19-08

Big issues addressed in an unexpected way

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

What did you love best about Blessings?

There was a peacefulness to the pace which I liked, perhaps it was the reader. The author dealt with the big issues of the day in a very quiet manner.

The difference between how young versus older people see life offered insights I have never considered. The constrained life path that the old woman, Lydia Blessing, felt obligated to take and how it affected her outlook was really interesting to me.

How sexuality was treated in different eras and its impact on people's lives was powerful and made me more aware of how restrictive it was in the past.

The book also addresses class prejudice in American society. We try to deny that classism runs rampant in our country but it is very real.

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  • Shakespeare

  • The World as Stage
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too Little, Too Short

  • By Charles L. Burkins on 11-30-07

Boring

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

Reviewed: 01-30-12

What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

There is little known about Shakespeare and that's about the most I learned from this book. I was initially hoping to learn about Shakespeare but in the first few minutes found out that wasn't possible. Then I was hoping to get a flavor for the times but Bryson didn't really offer that in an interesting way. I stopped listening about half way.

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  • Never Eat Alone

  • And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
  • By: Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Keith Ferrazzi is a master networker who claims his secret is merely reaching out to other people. And what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships, so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi presents the specific steps and mindset he uses to connect with the thousands of individuals in his Rolodex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Read

  • By Chris on 01-07-07

A bit too full of himself

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

Reviewed: 12-06-11

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

There was limited value.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There were some tips that motivated me to be more of a

Could you see Never Eat Alone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful