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  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,777

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

Not as relatable as expected

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

While psychology of achievement is a deep interest of mine, I am struggling to get through this audiobook for two reasons. The first is aesthetic: the author reads her own writing in a choppy, impersonal way that fails to convey her excitement. I can live with that, but it doesn't compel me to continue listening after I get out of my car. The second reason is that, so far (chapter 4), only a couple of the examples of researchers or high achievers used in examples have been female - including the author herself. Perhaps she corrects for this in later chapters, but so far her efforts to break a cultural bias toward natural talent reinforces another unfortunate bias that tells us that male high achievers far outnumber female.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,159

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

Excellent narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I bought the book as an ebook - audiobook combo. Normally, I prefer to read and reserve audio for when I am driving or cleaning. However, the narration is perfect and I listened to the whole book. The essence of the story is witty dialog and the narration nailed it

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,106

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Flawless

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Perfect Reading - excellent enunciation, engineering, tone, pace. The book itself is a fictional transcript of an audio recording, so experiencing this story as an audiobook adds an authentic dimension to the story

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  • Generation Loss

  • By: Elizabeth Hand
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Cass Neary made her name in the 70s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame. Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith

  • By RB on 01-31-12

Good story with colorful descriptions

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

The novel moves slowly, but in a pleasant way, taking time to illustrate the character of the protagonist and the settings for the story. The narration of the protagonist's voice is perfect, but the rendering of a Maine accent was painful to listen to. It swung from deep south to Boston, but never really sounded like Maine. Despite that, it was an enjoyable listen.

  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,384

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

So good I'm going to start it over right now!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Usually I hesitate at author reads, but never fear, Shonda Rimes is the only voice for this book. She is amazing and her story is so personal, and yet relatable, universal, that it felt in some ways like she was telling my story, the story of my future. Listen to this book. Maybe read it too, later, but listen first.

  • Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 196

Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time, shares the wisdom of a remarkable life in this best-selling spiritual classic. This is Maya Angelou talking from the heart, down to earth and real, but also inspiring. This is a book to be treasured, a book about being in all ways a woman, about living well, about the power of the word, and about the power of spirituality to move and shape your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Post election tonic for the soul

  • By LynneKLR on 11-11-16

Post election tonic for the soul

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

I listened to this book in a single sitting. I was feeling down after the election and it lifted me up

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  • How to Talk to Anyone

  • 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
  • By: Leil Lowndes
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean, Leil Lowndes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,248

What is that magic quality that makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their "Midas touch?"

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, but painful to listen to

  • By Scott on 09-19-16

The purplest of prose

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

The information in this book is interesting, but the delivery is godawful. The writing is terrible and the author reads the text in lilting, smarmy tones. I'm going to find a print version so I can skim the bad writing and cheesy anecdotes to glean the concepts, some of which are thought provoking.

98 of 141 people found this review helpful