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Life Is Short, Don't Wait to Dance
- Advice and Inspiration from the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Coach of 7 NCAA Championship Teams
- By: Valorie Kondos Field, Steve Cooper - contributor
- Narrated by: Valorie Kondos Field
- Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
Miss Val has shaped her UCLA gymnastics program as a life-skills class, and now she's sharing those lessons with you, whether you're an athlete, business leader, or simply someone who wants to own his or her destiny. Miss Val's philosophies are timeless. Her coaching style is unorthodox. Life Is Short, Don't Wait to Dance is a thought-provoking, fun journey through the personal stories and anecdotes of the 35-year career of a dancer/choreographer turned athletic coach.
Universal inspiration from an iconic coach
- By Lorraine Kramer on 10-09-18
Beautiful and insightful
If you've ever had a conversation with Miss Val, then you know the feeling of talking with her and feeling like at that moment, you are the most important person in the world. Listening to her read her audiobook is the exact same feeling--you feel like she is talking directly to you. I've always said I wanted her to be my life-coach and this book is as close as I'll get to that. While the book has quite a bit of gymnastics anecdotes to keep a gym-nerd like myself happy, it is also filled with practical, insightful, and inspirational advice that is helpful for just about anyone. I can't wait to gift this book to friends and colleagues during the holiday season.
In the Country We Love
- My Family Divided
- By: Diane Guerrero, Michelle Burford
- Narrated by: Diane Guerrero
- Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just 14 years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the US, Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.
Important Story and Captivating Read
- By Lindsay on 09-07-17
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No, and I was really hoping to enjoy this book. It's a heartbreaking story that is so important for all U.S. citizens to hear and understand yet it was not an engaging book.
Any additional comments?
Considering it was her own book and that she is an accomplished performer, I was shocked at how poor her reading of it was. At times she appeared to be reading it for the first time and other times she too seemed bored with her own story. Or, she was completely over the top and screaming. It was a bad performance and poor direction.