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  • How Children Succeed

  • Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
  • By: Paul Tough
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 809

The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data

  • By Gregory on 01-21-13

As an educator, this book was enlightening

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

What did you love best about How Children Succeed?

I thought the ideas were very thought provoking.

What did you like best about this story?

The author had very compelling real-life examples.

What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm not sure I would have had time to read the book, but listening to it was very easy.

What did you learn from How Children Succeed that you would use in your daily life?

Many of the things he discusses in the book are applicable to my daily job in the schools.

  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Anna Quindlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen!

  • By Sheila A. Dechantal on 05-12-12

It is like listening to an old friend

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

Would you listen to Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake again? Why?

I would listen to it again. The wisdom and wit from Anna Quindlen can be enjoyed and mused over many times!

What did you like best about this story?

The personal anecdotes were delightful and made the lessons she learned easy to assimilate.

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

Somehow, hearing it in her own voice made it seem like a conversation with an old friend and brought her stories to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of the stories about her husband and their marriage really resonated with me.

Any additional comments?

I fully enjoyed this book and it gave me pause to remember and celebrate my own relationships with family and friends.

  • The Charm School

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love to predict plot? Forget it! What a thriller!!

  • By Xavier on 12-05-11

Another DeMille classic

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

What made the experience of listening to The Charm School the most enjoyable?

The story was compelling and the characters were interesting.

What other book might you compare The Charm School to and why?

All of DeMille's other work. This falls right in line with his others.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

He was very easy to listen to, very smooth performance.

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

I didn't have an extreme reaction to the book, but there were parts I didn't enjoy due to the content. I'm not a big fan of a great deal of violence.

Any additional comments?

While the story went on a bit too long, I found listening to the story very interesting and enjoyed the unique plot.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,227

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

I didn't want to stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

I think it was very compelling in audio.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

The realistic representation of the Blitz destroying the cafe.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

The characters were easily discernible from each other.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the daughter realized the truth about her mother it was truly a moving moment.

Any additional comments?

I kept finding other work to do so I wouldn't have to stop listening!

  • The Signal and the Noise

  • Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't
  • By: Nate Silver
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,002

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Statistics Without All The Math

  • By Scott Fabel on 03-09-13

Very thought provoiking

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Signal and the Noise to be better than the print version?

I don't think so. There are a lot of graphs in the print version that are hard to understand in the audio version. It was nice to switch between the two.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The stories told were very cohesive and the author built his ideas upon each other.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the part about everyone thinking Derek Jeter was an amazing shortstop because he had to dive for catches when in reality he was a slow mover and had to dive because he wasn't a great defensive shortstop!

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Things can be predicted if we can open our minds to the possibility they can happen--the most dangerous thing we can do is deny that something could EVER happen.

Any additional comments?

very compelling book and thought-provoking.

  • My Inappropriate Life

  • Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults
  • By: Heather McDonald
  • Narrated by: Heather McDonald
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

In her hilarious New York Times best seller You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again, Heather McDonald recounted her adventures as an unwilling virgin in Hollywood. Now happily married with three wonderful kids, she shows that life as a grown-up - even a pretend grown-up - has its challenges. Heather’s a working mom with parents who live next door, a sister who keeps asking for one of her still-fertile eggs, and friends who are up to more hijinks than even Heather can handle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very hard to listen to!

  • By Edward on 03-13-13

Very hard to listen to!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, don't have the author read the book. She sounds awful, pauses at weird places and makes the book hard to listen to. She sounds like she has a cold.

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

Some of the stories of her childhood were interesting--those about her children were less interesting.

What didn’t you like about Heather McDonald’s performance?

She is very nasal in her talk, stops at odd times and has a very monotone performance. It was almost as if she were doing standup comedy and was waiting for the punchline to hit. She isn't and it was distracting.

What else would you have wanted to know about Heather McDonald’s life?

Nothing. I feel kind of dirty that I know entirely too much about her excrement habits.

Any additional comments?

I am not sure I can even finish this audio book. It was definitely a waste of money.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Heroine’s Bookshelf

  • Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • By: Erin Blakemore
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The literary canon is filled with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines, and legendary female authors. Like today’s women, they too placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood, and family. When their backs were against the wall, characters like Scarlett O’Hara, Jo March, Jane Eyre, and Elizabeth Bennet fought back - sometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Author's bio or personal melodrama?

  • By Cookie on 06-25-11

Got me thinking about some books I hadn't read..

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

Reviewed: 02-19-13

Where does The Heroine’s Bookshelf rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a really good book

What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

It felt warm and homey

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Heroine’s Bookshelf?

It has added several books to my MUST READ (or in some cases REREAD) list.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Fall

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291

Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline

  • By Ms Discus on 11-28-04

I was on the edge of my seat

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

What made the experience of listening to Night Fall the most enjoyable?

The characters were easy to follow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Fall?

As the story was speeding to it's conclusion, I didn't want to stop listening!

Which scene was your favorite?

Any in which there was confrontation

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reactions of the people who had watched the plane fall out of the sky...their true sense of loss.

  • Where We Belong

  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 890

Marian Caldwell is a 36-year-old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door ... only to find Kirby Rose, an 18-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world - and her very identity - will be shaken to its core.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Book

  • By Jeanette on 07-31-12

Another Emily Giffin hit!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Where We Belong to be better than the print version?

I think the audio version adds a certain dynamic to the story.

Would you be willing to try another book from Emily Giffin? Why or why not?

I have read almost everything she has written, so I'd definitely try another one.

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

She definitely gets Kirby's sarcastic attitude spot-on.

If you could take any character from Where We Belong out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It would be hard to choose. There are so many characters with so much to offer.

  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

  • A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life
  • By: Laura Vanderkam
  • Narrated by: Laura Vanderkam
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,189

According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A statement or two could summarize this book

  • By Teresa on 07-22-12

It Gets a Bit Repetetive

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wish the book didn't keep repeating the same ideas.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wouldn't change anything to make it more enjoyable

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked that she included real life people as her examples of what was possible to do in the morning. Not just high-flyers, but the average person in the trenches.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I don't know how it could be a movie.

Any additional comments?

I wish it would have helped me figure out how to motivate myself better in the morning. I know I CAN do more, but I have a hard time getting the motivation to do it.