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Cynthia

Lake Linden , MI, USA
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  • The Lost Art of Gratitude

  • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

When Isabel bumps into Minty Auchterlonie for the first time in years, she is skeptical (again) of Minty's integrity. But Minty mentions the bank where she works is having internal troubles, and Isabel must determine, once and for all, if Minty can be trusted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • slow moving but enjoyed development

  • By Cynthia on 07-01-10

slow moving but enjoyed development

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-10

The main character Isabel always trusts people and will try to help when asked. But when an acquaintance asks a favor, it turns out she's not telling the truth and is taking advantage. I enjoyed the realizations the main character made as she did her best to help in various situations. This book is slow moving with a lot of minutely rendered dialog and gives the detailed thought process of the main character. Some might not like it as an audio book. If you like a lot of action, pick something different.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Comfort Trap

  • Or, What if You're Riding a Dead Horse?
  • By: Judith Sills Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Paula Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Best-selling author and motivational powerhouse Dr. Judith Sills shows how to leap walls and push past boundaries so we can move ahead and live life fully.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Comfort Trap

  • By James on 02-17-07

very good insights and makes a good audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-10

Sills advises you must expect to be uncomfortable to make a change in job or relationship. You may be distracting yourself from your real problems and making excuses. There are a number of cases followed through the book, which keeps it interesting, especially as the author explains how they ended up. I think it's a very good self-help book and worth listening to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Women

  • A Novel
  • By: T. C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 189

Told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, this imaginative account of Frank Lloyd Wright's raucous life blazes with Boyle's trademark wit and invention. Boyle's protean voice captures these very different women and, in doing so, creates a masterful ode to the creative life in all its complexity and grandeur.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of Boyle

  • By Rebecarol on 06-13-09

interesting but a big time commitment

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-10

Wright's relationships with three women are described by a fictitious Japanese intern. It starts with last wife, then second wife and then mistress who dies a tragic death. His first wife and mother of six children is not part of this book. It's very interesting. Lots of insight into Wright's character and life as well as the women who try to make a life with someone of such importance (and narcissism). But I don't think the time commitment to listen to this whole book is worth it. Might be better enjoyed as a book.

  • Blood from a Stone

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

On a cold Venetian night, shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares: fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti's response is that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • genre surprise

  • By connie on 12-11-09

mixed reaction

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-09

The narrator was excellent and the flavor of Venice is great. At times the dialog between the detective and his family was drawn out and canned feeling. Might be ok for a book but too much drag for audiobook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Losing Mum and Pup

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Christopher Buckley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely Done!

  • By krisjs1767 on 06-27-09

Very good reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-09

Very good reading by the author. Interesting life of WFB and wife, also a little about the circles they moved in in NY. The funeral and memorial descriptions were fascinating. Imagine having memorial service in the Metropolitan art museum. Is it fair to a famous person to have someone document an account of final months and failings? Not sure, but I found the book engrossing.

  • Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office & Nice Girls Don't Get Rich

  • By: Lois P. Frankel Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Lois P. Frankel Ph.D.
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

For every professional woman who wants to get ahead, but feels she is at an impasse, Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office comes to the rescue. In this program, Dr. Frankel, reveals the 101 self-sabotaging behaviors women learn as girls, behaviors and habits that are now holding them back in the workplace, such as couching statements as questions, tilting one's head when they speak, waiting to be noticed, and pinching company pennies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best business book

  • By Cynthia on 12-22-05

best business book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-05

One of the best business books I have picked from Audible. And a good buy because you get two. The first book has 101 mistakes women make. This sounds like it might be tedious (or negative) but not so. For each the author gives an example. And then a tip (what to do) to contrast with the mistake.

I can't say if men will like this book. For me, a woman who has worked for over 30 years, I learned something from every one of the 101 mistakes. None of the examples or tips are lame. I really recommend this.

The second book "Don't Get Rich" is also very good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Self-Coaching

  • The Five Essential Steps to Creating the Life You Want
  • By: Joseph J. Luciani Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Joseph J. Luciani Ph.D.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Nobody is born insecure, angry, bored, or depressed. The fact is, happiness is our natural state and, as psychologist Dr. Joseph J. Luciani explains in this warm, witty, and empowering guide, chronic unhappiness is just a bad habit, a habit that can be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, a self-help book that really helps!!!

  • By Tessie on 11-22-04

steps are late in the book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-05

The cover of the book says there will be five essential steps to self coaching presented. But these don't come until the end, after much stuff that didn't seem very useful or interesting. I think the steps should come earlier in the book. Also, he writes too much about himself.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • How to Change Anybody

  • Proven Techniques to Reshape Anyone's Attitude, Behavior, Feelings, or Beliefs
  • By: David J. Lieberman Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Bruce Sabath
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Don't let crazy people drive you crazy. Don't let annoying, obnoxious, petty people get under your skin. Stop having to ask the same thing over and over again. Whether it's your kids, spouse, friend, client, patient, or co-worker, why try to "deal" with people when you can change them?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • hard to follow

  • By Cynthia on 11-11-05

hard to follow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-05

This might be better as a printed book. I found it hard to follow. If you listen and then put it aside, when you get back to it and the narrator says "the fifth technique is", you don't remember what the topic is. There are some good ideas, but I didn't find this worthwhile as an audiobook.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Naked Truth

  • A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters
  • By: Margaret Heffernan
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffe
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In this provocative book, Margaret Heffernan, former CEO and Fast Company contributor, fuses her own experience with that of hundreds of women to identify the biggest challenges and the best solutions that women face today. From VPs of Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs to women just starting their careers, she traces the patterns and themes underlying women's power, choices, love, sex, money, and other vital topics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful and Educational

  • By Christopher Voscopoulos, MD, MBA, MS on 01-08-06

current and helpful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-05

Good book, lots of good points. Seems to be quite current in what women are still facing, no outdated horror tales. Useful methods and suggestions are given. Many anecdotes from her own career and other women, and no lame ones. I don't think she puts down men in any bitter way, I think she models working successfully with men and women both. But ... realistic.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Physical Intelligence

  • How to Become More Productive, More Energetic, and, Frankly, Better in Bed
  • By: Mariah Burton Nelson
  • Narrated by: Mariah Burton Nelson
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

As a busy professional you're tired, sore, stiff, and sometimes sick. Yet you're too darn busy to transform yourself into that buff, smiling, super-fit supermodel who taunts you from the television set. Or you "do everything right" but still get headaches or other nagging physical ailments that interfere with your overall happiness or your ability to perform at your peak.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • nothing worthwhile at all

  • By Cynthia on 10-31-05

nothing worthwhile at all

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-05

Some of the SpeakerNet talks would be worth $5 for download, if that was the price in a half price sale. This one is not. The description sounds great but it's just two people talking, saying nothing.

The description says "you'll learn how to develop your physical intelligence: The ability to listen to your body's subtle signals, and respond wisely." No, you will learn nothing. There are no three keys, no useful quiz, no useful excercise ideas.

This should not be in Audible's list of downloads. Nothing worthwhile in it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful