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Isabel Gomez

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  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,022

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Julia on 10-05-18

Wasn't into it

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Am I too old for middle grade stories? For a second I thought I would have rated this higher if I were younger but then again I was far more pretentious when I was about 9 or 10. I fancied YA books that I couldn't really relate to because I was too much in a hurry to grow up. Now that I'm in my twenties, I'm much more open to all genres in whatever age bracket. This is why Wishes and Wellingtons is making me question myself. Everyone who's listened to it seemed to enjoy it a great deal. Except for me.

It's not that it's a bad story. The premise is promising. I just find the protagonist annoying. Have I been reading middle grade books with unrealistically mature characters? I don't believe so. They made plenty of bad decisions here and there but they weren't petulant. I really didn't like the lead in this one. Decisions, actions, thoughts... I couldn't believe I was listening to a book about a 13 year old girl. She sounded way younger than that. At some point I cheered for the adults who acted like villains towards her because on some level I felt like she deserved it.

"Because you're being childish!"
"Ugh you child."
"Ohhhhh shut the f*ck up." (this is harsh but I was already irritated at this point)

...were some of the things I repeatedly said aloud while listening to the book in my car. She was THAT bad for me. I just couldn't stand her. I actually found her friends and sister far more interesting and tolerable.

I was ready to mark this as DNF but I read one review that said the ending was heartwarming. I had to see for myself so I skipped a couple of hours only to find that it was underwhelming. I realized I was far too uninterested to find it redeeming in any way.

It wasn't all terrible. Just okay. Definitely not for me. The narrator was great though so gotta give props for that.

  • Geek Feminist Revolution

  • Essays on Subversion, Tactical Profanity, and the Power of Media
  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: C. S. E. Cooney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

As geek culture goes mainstream - from Game of Thrones to the Avengers - it's never been more important to look at the role women play in it and the future they're helping to create. And Kameron is the smart, funny, and profane voice we need to guide listeners through the world of fandom and the coming revolution in pop culture.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By S Wingo on 03-13-17

Well that was misleading...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

It's not so much as the writing is bad. The title, subtitle and short audiobook description didn't seem to represent what the book really is about: the author's experience and growth as a writer. In a way, it's a feminist book because the author shares her experience in the geek realm of writing and how it's often difficult for women to thrive. I just don't think it should be labeled AS a feminist book. It's more of a book for writers. Get my drift?

I'm not done with the audiobook as I write this review but I can't see myself enjoying this. The narration is also something I can't seem to enjoy. There's something about the narrator's tone and pronunciation that's not engaging for me. She sounds almost angry. And the overly pronounced words is a bit distracting. I wonder if I'd enjoy this more as a physical book.

Others might find this more interesting, especially writers. It's not for me.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,173

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

A+ Narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

(Note: this is barely a book review, more like a comparison of the book vs. the Netflix series.)

After finishing the Netflix series, I quickly downloaded the audiobook version of the book on Audible to compare. This is the first time I actually like both versions despite all the revisions.

Joe sounded more psychotic in the book and I love it. He’s an unreliable narrator. And I love how Fontana narrated. He truly sounded mad — way different from Badgley’s sweetness (which I think confused viewers hence the disturbing support for Joe). Beck is a clearly terrible person. Peach isn’t as annoying but maybe it was Shay Mitchell’s portrayal that made me despise her character.

Both versions made me question how much of my life I share online.

I like the book’s ending more because it felt like the culmination of Joe’s psychotic rage. Same ending, but totally different roads getting there.

All in all, You makes for a great thriller. It’s crazy and twisted, but ultimately entertaining.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,897
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,826

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

It's OK

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I'm not sure if it's the audiobook narration but 3/4 of the book felt VERY dragging. I only got interested when the trial began.

  • The Tao of Pooh

  • By: Benjamin Hoff
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,742

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learning Taoism through storytelling

  • By A. Yoshida on 02-25-18

Love it

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

It lays out the concepts of Taoism in a simple yet charming way - by using Winnie the Pooh and his friends as examples. It's a quick read (or in my case, listen) that held my attention from start to finish. I wonder though if it was only because of the narration. If I sat down and read it cover to cover, would it have the same lasting impression? Or would it seem as insightful if I came across this book under different circumstances? Whatever the case, I enjoyed this book thoroughly because it offered a refreshing break to the usual genres that I frequently pick up. I think it's a good title to have in anyone's shelf.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,279

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never give anything 5 stars but in this case...

  • By Marlana Crews on 07-12-17

More, please

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Highly entertaining. Not only did it effectively make me laugh, it also gave me a deeper insight into things like life, family, career - as told by Kevin Hart. Who would've thought? Bonus: Kevin Hart narrated the audiobook himself.

  • Unqualified

  • By: Anna Faris, Chris Pratt - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Pratt - foreword, Anna Faris, Fred Sanders
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747

Anna Faris has advice for you. And it's great advice, because she's been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned. Her comic memoir and first book, Unqualified, will share Anna's candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will reveal Anna's unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Thought it Would Be

  • By Kevin on 11-12-17

Well That Was Something

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Unexpectedly good. (I know, sorry) Anna's stories were funny, raw and downright relatable. Will check out her podcast after this.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,015

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Not In This Format

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Maybe listening to this book while I was ACTUALLY in a hurry wasn’t a bright idea. It was rather difficult for me to comprehend chunks of the book because I was so caught up with trying to imagine how some scientific terms are spelled. (No, really! Hah!) There were some parts that stood out and made sense to me, fortunately. Hence the 3-star rating. It got me thinking — perhaps I need to give it another go but in an actual book format? Tee hee.

  • Feminist Fight Club

  • An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
  • By: Jessica Bennett
  • Narrated by: Jessica Bennett, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work - a Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women. Hard hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Julie on 10-22-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I count myself lucky that I couldn't relate to most of the examples in this book. I rarely hear of cases of sexism in my workplace and I personally can't think of any instances where I was told a sexist remark or experienced sexist behavior. And even if there were, I never felt my opportunities were affected in any way. It's a very inclusive space.

Also, I felt myself cringing internally at some of the tips listed. It's simply not the kind of feminism I envision or need.

The parts that DID resonate with me didn't leave a lasting impact. Perhaps it was the way the book was written - it was just not as impacting as you would think from the title.

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  • Sex Object

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jessica Valenti
  • Narrated by: Jessica Valenti
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Sex Object explores the painful, funny, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti's adolescence and young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as one of the most recognizable feminists of her generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone needs to read/listen to this book.

  • By David and Tracey on 07-15-16

Angry

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Now I feel angry (or ANGRIER based on yesterday's unexplainable mood swing). Valenti's voice is strong and while she didn't intend for this to be an inspirational book (one that's all rainbows and butterflies), it is sure to empower you.