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Elmira Cancelada

Portsmouth, NH USA
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  • When Paris Sizzled

  • The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends
  • By: Mary McAuliffe
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Annees folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them - one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, but no sizzle

  • By OzEnigma on 06-01-17

Cultural history of XX century, excellent reading

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

The best talents of art, theater, literature, politics and business appear in this beautifully and energetically written book. The Roaring 20s Parisian-style are alluring.

  • Mademoiselle

  • Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History
  • By: Rhonda Garelick
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Little black dresses. Fake pearls. Jersey knit. Blazers. Ballet flats. Today - and for nearly the last hundred years - we all see some version of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel every time we pass a woman on the street. But few among us realize that Chanel’s role in the events of the twentieth century was as pervasive as her influence on fashion, or how deeply she absorbed and then brilliantly reimagined the historical currents around her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikable Portrait

  • By Sara on 09-25-16

Lively cultural history of the 20th century Europe

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

Reviewed: 06-27-19

It is not so much about Chanel as designer, it is more about how her ideas fit into modern world. Once you read it, you will understand the huge degree to which the wadrobe of the modern western women has become uniformly "chanelized".

  • Ultimate Guide to Being a Freelance Fashion Designer

  • Find Clients, Present Your Portfolio, and Negotiate Rates
  • By: Sew Heidi
  • Narrated by: Sew Heidi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

You know that making it as a freelance fashion designer is hard in this industry. As in really, really hard. But what if I told you there were strategies to figuring out your pay rate and wages, finding (and reaching out to) new clients, and presenting your portfolio that were simple to follow? That’s exactly what you’ll find in this step-by-step guide. If you want to find and get hired for your next freelance job, discover what your salary could be, know what contracts should say, and know what to include in your design portfolio, this guide is for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No nonsense guide

  • By Elmira Cancelada on 06-10-19

No nonsense guide

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

It is not an inspirational book. It is a down-to-earth, no nonsense advise useful not only to fashion designers, but to artwear craftsmen.

  • Weekends with O'Keeffe

  • By: C. S. Merrill
  • Narrated by: C. S. Merrill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

C. S. Merrill's journals reveal details of the daily life of a genius. Throughout the audiobook, there are descriptions of O'Keeffe's studio and an account of once assisting O'Keeffe at the easel. Visitors came from far and wide, among them Eliot Porter, Laura Gilpin, Nanao Sakaki, and even Allen Ginsberg. All this is revealed in Merrill's straightforward and deeply respectful writing. Listening to her audiobook is like spending a weekend with O'Keeffe in the incomparable light and clear air of northern New Mexico mountains and desert. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small, interesting details

  • By Elmira Cancelada on 06-08-19

Small, interesting details

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

Of great interest for those who study fashion, design, lifestyle. The young poet recorded in the diary the small details of the painter's life - objects in the house, dinner table, music, books, dresses, snippets of conversations.

  • The Sum of Small Things

  • A Theory of the Aspirational Class
  • By: Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

The leisure class has been replaced by a new elite. Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, these individuals earnestly buy organic, carry NPR tote bags, and breast-feed their babies. They care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption. In The Sum of Small Things, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett dubs this segment of society "the aspirational class" and discusses how, through deft decisions about education, health, parenting, and retirement, the aspirational class deepens the ever-wider class divide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book good prospective

  • By pedro chacon on 12-20-18

Interesting ireseach and ideas, but dry

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

This is more of an academic paper on current and upcoming shift in social division.
A lot of numbers at the expense of illustrative and stories, alas. The good part: the author's conclusions are totally in line with the trends one observes around. The book is useful for the marketers of high-end goods.

  • Eight Stories

  • Tales of War and Loss
  • By: Erich Maria Remarque, Larry Wolff - introduction, Maria Tatar - introduction
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

German-American novelist Erich Maria Remarque captured the emotional anguish of a generation in his World War I masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front, as well as in an impressive selection of novels, plays, and short stories. This exquisite collection revives Remarque’s unforgettable voice, presenting a series of short stories that have long ago faded from public memory. Eight Stories offers a beautiful tribute to the pain that war inflicts on soldiers and civilians alike, and resurrects the work of a master author whose legacy will endure for generations to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest German writers of mid-sentury

  • By Elmira Cancelada on 06-04-19

One of the finest German writers of mid-sentury

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

The 1st world war and post-war years from the German perspective. Remarque continues the theme started in All Quiet om Western Front. The book includes biographical essay about the writer. Exceptionally well-read, with measured emotion.

  • The Shadow District

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

A 90-year-old man is found dead in his bed, smothered with his own pillow. On his desk, the police find newspaper cuttings about a murder case dating from the Second World War, when a young woman was found strangled behind Reykjavik's National Theatre. Konrad, a former detective, is bored with retirement and remembers the crime. He grew up in "the shadow district", a rough neighborhood bordered by the National Theatre. Why would someone be interested in that crime now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A slow burn!

  • By Rosemary on 12-12-17

excellent mix of who-done-it and icelandic history

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

the story is simple and complex at the same time. the writer skillfully worked into the story the actual historic events and public sentiments towards class, love, marriage and sexuality.

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  • The Blood of Flowers

  • By: Anita Amirrezvani
  • Narrated by: Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 on my lifelong list

  • By Cheryl on 09-14-07

Talented woman in 17th century Persia

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

The captivating storytelling in perfectly chosen voice. The background - the rise of carpet-weaving art in the 17th century, but story itself is an accurate depiction of how limited the opportunities were for an independent, talented woman of little means. The Persian legends were artfully woven into the novel. A treat for heart and mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady and the Monk

  • Four Seasons in Kyoto
  • By: Pico Iyer
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

When Pico Iyer decided to go to Kyoto and live in a monastery, he did so to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, to get to know Kyoto, one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and to find out something about Japanese culture today—not the world of businessmen and production lines, but the traditional world of changing seasons and the silence of temples, of the images woven through literature, of the lunar Japan that still lives on behind the rising sun of geopolitical power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excursion to Kyoto and Japanese way of life

  • By Elmira Cancelada on 10-16-18

Excursion to Kyoto and Japanese way of life

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Wonderful that the book is from the era before smartphones. The author is observing the feminine world of Kyoto, zen temples, family life, dreams and attitudes of the locals and the foreigners. Loaded with the feel of the place, not the facts of history.

  • Everything Happens for a Reason

  • And Other Lies I've Loved
  • By: Kate Bowler
  • Narrated by: Kate Bowler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177

Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God's disapproval. At 35, everything in her life seems to point toward "blessing". She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son. Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally human

  • By Rachel L. Stewart on 02-13-18

It should be a required reading

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I picked up this book because my friend of youth has an advanced stage cancer and the chimo treatment failed. She wanted my advise what to do. I have none. What people experience when they have little hope? What do they want? Without sentimentality or preaching, with a great deal of healthy humor, Kate Bowler gave jme just the right idea. Thank you, Kate.