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  • The Penderwicks

  • A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
  • By: Jeanne Birdsall
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happy Accident

  • By Neily on 01-14-13

sweet story to share with young listeners!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

enjoyed this easygoing story with my daughter while on a roadtrip. playful relaxing and fun.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,922
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,881

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Hard to put down. Shocking story!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is a well told story that shines a light on the culture of Silicone Valley's start-up and investor cultures. I couldn't put it down. It was interesting to hear how Elizabeth Holmes could dupe older, seasoned men into giving her hundreds of millions of dollars to pursue a dream - and fake it until she never made it. There's a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to start-ups raising angel and VC capital but rarely is the story behind the scenes ever told when the business goes bankrupt. I also appreciated hearing about the investigative reporter's challenges in ferreting out the story and battling to get it into print. Overall, I loved this book! Thanks John Carreyrou for writing it.

  • Down a Dark Hall

  • By: Lois Duncan
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Kit Gordy sees Blackwood Hall towering over black iron gates, and she can't help thinking, This place is evil. The imposing mansion sends a shiver of fear through her. But Kit settles into a routine, trying to ignore the rumors that the highly exclusive boarding school is haunted. Then her classmates begin to show extraordinary and unknown talents. The strange dreams, the voices, the lost letters to family and friends, all become overshadowed by the magic around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By Christene Lambert on 08-08-18

Great story... poor ending. very unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

We were on the edge of our seats towards the end but then the story was over with so many unanswered questions. disappointing ending... needs and ending.

  • The Curse of the Good Girl

  • Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence
  • By: Rachel Simmons
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Rachel Simmons is a New York Times best-selling author and the founding director of the Girls' Leadership Institute. The Curse of the Good Girl looks into the phenomenon of the glass ceiling placed on girls who attempt to live up to the standard of being "good". Simmons then shows how parents can help build girls' self-esteem and give them the strength to pursue their goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I Understand

  • By Michael D. on 05-07-15

excellent narration - great for audio listening

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

Reviewed: 11-10-12

Did The Curse of the Good Girl inspire you to do anything?

After listening to the book... I was inspired to listen more and advise less as "girl stuff'" came up with my daughter. The tools in this book helped guide me in my understanding of what my daughter is experiencing... and provided good fodder for questions to ask her to help her better explain and understand the issues she's facing herself.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to parents to girls ages 10 to 18ish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,310

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book

  • By Michael on 04-23-17

well worth listening to....

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

Reviewed: 11-10-12

What did you love best about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

I really enjoyed hearing Covey's specific examples of tough situations solved with his practical 7 steps... the examples he gave were especially helpful in relating the material to my own life. His message is one that's practical and timeless. I found the audible book uplifting overall and something I could look forward to listening to for about 15 minutes at a time while driving.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I think breaking up the listening into small bites over a period of a week or two would be most recommended. There's a lot of material here to digest - too much for just one sitting!