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  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,489

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

I love Don and Rosie!!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This book is fun, sweet and endlessly clever. It’s easy to love the two main characters and their ridiculous antics.

The narrator, however, leaves much to be desired. He manages alright until there are a lot of characters and voices to juggle then he gets sloppy, and his accents are really, really painful.

  • The Rosie Effect

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,425

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the first one....

  • By Julie on 09-23-15

Feels like work

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This book gets bogged down in painful social exchanges and convoluted plot twists. These things are in the same vein of all the material that made the first book so fun but this time around the author is trying too hard and as a result this book lacks the pacing and, more importantly, the tone of the first book. It feels like 8 hours of couples therapy with Don and Rosie.

Rosie and Don are lovable, quirky and hilarious in the first book but an absolute drag in this book. There are still cleverly written exchanges and some funny moments but mostly I was cringing and frustrated with Don and Rosie.

Also: the narrator’s atrocious NY accent doesn’t improve (but now there far more characters from New York so you never get a break from it). Yikes!!!

  • The Witness Wore Red

  • The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice
  • By: Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Musser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens Rebecca Musser became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and emotional read

  • By Briley on 10-08-13

Amazing story, bizarre performance

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

The story is amazing but her cadence and pronunciation of some words is incredibly strange. I only mention this because it's severe enough to become distracting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,980

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

YES PLEASE

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

What did you love best about Yes Please?

Poehler is a skilled storyteller, a very like-able narrator and, of course, super funny.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes Please?

Her stories from high school and getting started in improv.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

dunno.

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

The story about the SNL Hurricane Mary skit controversy and how she handled it was a bit too long and overburdened with her guilt, but it was touching and made me think I'd like her as a person as well as an actress. Without giving anything away: it was interesting and challenging to consider the ethical role of actors in deciding which material they're willing to perform, how much homework they need to do before making tough decisions, and how they choose to deal with it (or not) when they do mess up.

Any additional comments?

Skip the stupid intro. She spends the intro whining about how hard it is to write a book. Blah blah poor rich white lady. No thank you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Screw Everyone

  • Sleeping My Way to Monogamy
  • By: Ophira Eisenberg
  • Narrated by: Ophira Eisenberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

Screw Everyone is comedian Ophira Eisenberg's wisecracking account of how she spent most of her life saying "yes" to everything - and everyone - and how that attitude ultimately helped her overcome her phobia of commitment. Skeptical about long-term relationships, Eisenberg approached dating as a sort of research experiment from early on: She spent her twenties traveling from futon to futon and gathering data, figuring that one day she'd put it all together somehow and build her own perfect Frankenmate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, good for passing time

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-17-14

Eisenberg comes off as insecure, petty and mean

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Would you try another book from Ophira Eisenberg and/or Ophira Eisenberg?

NO.

Has Screw Everyone turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I have listened to Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Rachel Dratch, Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ophira Eisenberg’s performances?

NO.

What character would you cut from Screw Everyone?

The protagonist. In an effort to be edgy (maybe?) she comes off as insecure, petty and mean. And her wild adventures are not very wild at all. You'd have to be extremely sheltered to find any of her stories remotely shock-worthy, funny or even interesting.

Any additional comments?

This book was an EPIC disappointment. I only suffered through the whole damn book because I'm stubborn and I kept hoping something would happen.

  • The Boy Kings of Texas

  • A Memoir
  • By: Domingo Martinez
  • Narrated by: Emilio Delgado
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive debut!

  • By Dahlia on 01-27-14

This book needed an editor.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it had been half the length with half as much navel-gazing pseudo-psych nonsense.

Would you ever listen to anything by Domingo Martinez again?

No.

Did Emilio Delgado do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Boy Kings of Texas?

Much of the second half of the book. It becomes repetitive and melodramatic.

Any additional comments?

I loved the parts I had heard on NPR, but the rest of the book was very disappointing. The entire work should have been edited into shorter chapters, ie the length of the radio excerpts.

  • The Virgin Suicides

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook

  • By Lexi Lou on 11-06-13

It's eerie and pretty but not much else

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

What would have made The Virgin Suicides better?

The writing is labored and the pace is slow but the lengthy descriptive phrases added little to the book. I don't usually mind slow plot lines. In fact, I love Edith Wharton, the queen of flowery writing and glacial pace. The characters just weren't fleshed out enough to be likeable or warrant the authors indulgent slowness. In the end the climax was dull since the characters were such cold, distant figures.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Middlesex. Much less naval-gazing.

  • GRE Vocabulary AudioLearn: AudioLearn Test Prep Series

  • A Complete Review of the 500 Most Commonly Tested GRE Vocabulary Words!
  • By: AudioLearn English Team
  • Narrated by: AudioLearn Voice Over Team
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58

From spelling and syntax to sentence usage and pronunciation, AudioLearn is your complete audio study guide to vocabulary for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - with more than 500 words that commonly appear on the GRE, you can be sure to increase your knowledge of GRE Vocabulary!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Misspelt words&wrong definitions. Great narrator.

  • By Caramelslice on 01-01-14

Unreliable

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the definitions had been more accurate. Some definitions were so simplified as to be meaningless. In my GRE study this book essentially functioned as a list of words for me to study on my own. Don't rely on these definitions. There are even a few misspelling which is...bizarre. Did they not have a proofreader? Or spellcheck? Yipes.

Would you ever listen to anything by AudioLearn English Team again?

No.

Any additional comments?

A MUCH better resource would be the Kaplan box set of "500 hardest GRE words". That's the good stuff.

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,929

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clamorous Praise for "Quiet"

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Intelligent and engaging

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

What made the experience of listening to Quiet the most enjoyable?

Susan Cains in-depth research and obvious passion for her subject. I gave it four rather than five stars because it got a somewhat repetitive about 3/4 of the way through.

What other book might you compare Quiet to and why?

There is a shorter book in a similar vein called "Introvert Power". It isn't anywhere near as exhaustively researched but if the subject interests you it's a good, quick read.

Any additional comments?

Susan Cain's Ted talk is worth watching as well.

  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition

  • A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Myth Buster

  • By kevin on 01-30-11

neoliberal malarky

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Dick Cheney.

What could Thomas Sowell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Take his head out of his bum.

Any additional comments?

I'm disappointed that I wasted my time and money on this crap.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful