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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,544

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

Disappointed -- Maybe too much hype?

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

Reviewed: 02-15-14

I can't say much about the story. I didn't get very far into it. The reader's delivery was irritating. The shame was I got this based on a online recommendation that this was a book better listened to then read.

  • The Heart of Higher Education

  • A Call to Renewal
  • By: Parker J. Palmer, Arthur Zajonc, Megan Scribner
  • Narrated by: Scott Woodside
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

From Parker Palmer, best-selling author of The Courage to Teach, and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst College and director of the academic program of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, comes this call to revisit the roots and reclaim the vision of higher education. The Heart of Higher Education proposes an approach to teaching and learning that honors the whole human being - mind, heart, and spirit - an essential integration if we hope to address the complex issues of our time. The book offers a rich interplay of analysis, theory, and proposals for action.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why does the narrator sound like a computer?

  • By V on 02-17-13

Why does the narrator sound like a computer?

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

Reviewed: 02-17-13

I love Parker Palmer's work -- and yet I'm about to give up on audio books because the performer/narrators' readings are killing me. I had a hard time listening to this. Scott Woodside has a fine voice, but the way his performance is robotic. It's too evenly timed in a way that makes it hard to listen to. He sounds like he recorded himself saying 8,000,000 words and then a computer puts them together to make the narration. Each - word - is - its - own - moment - evenly - across - the - book. Wish I just went for the ebook. [Not sure the story rating has anything to do with this particular book.] Thinking its about time to cancel my audible account. Who says ped-o-gog-ee? How about ped-o-goj-ee?

  • Bringing Up Bebe

  • One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
  • By: Pamela Druckerman
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349

The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Em on 04-15-12

Not A Fan of the Book

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

Reviewed: 12-18-12

This book was more the author's personal life (her relationship and work) than actual class between her culture's parenting and parenting in France. She presents herself as a type of New York mom that I can't related to despite being from the US -- so the idea that it is US parenting vs French parenting falls flat.

Readers who do accents crack me up! My partner overheard this book and kept making fun of the reader's faux French accent. Made for lasting amusement whenever we discuss parenting...

I would recommend the "French Children Eat Everything" book. It is more focused on eating/feeding differences. And at least for me, I could relate more to the author of that book. [And I read it rather than listening.]

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Alone Together

  • Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
  • By: Sherry Turkle
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153

Consider Facebook - it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT!

  • By Robert Connett on 06-08-11

Reader's Voice Grates

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

Reviewed: 12-18-12

I am a fan of the topic, but I have a hard time listening to this book given the reader's voice, tone, and prosody. Since she is reading a book that is in first person, I'm connecting the author with the reader... and drawing a bad impression of the author (unfortunately). I'm fighting it, but it is so automatic.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful