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  • All Joy and No Fun

  • The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
  • By: Jennifer Senior
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Senior
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful.

  • By Lauren on 02-18-15

Great book

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Fascinating perspective on parenting. I truly enjoyed and it made so much make more sense!

  • Primates of Park Avenue

  • Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms
  • By: Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 787

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord, Someone Help These People

  • By Elizabeth on 06-04-15

Not exactly what I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

Not exactly what I expected. It was entertaining enough to listen to but I would say it had a ton more personal experience than I thought it would

  • Lean In

  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg
  • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,723

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lean In, Lead On

  • By Cynthia on 03-14-13

Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

Based on random media impressions, I had the incorrect impression that this book was about how to get to the top in the corporate world. I had no intention of ever reading this book. Then when Sheryl unfortunately lost her husband suddenly, I got to know some about her and her background and became interested to the point that I actually bought this book. From the first 30 seconds, I was hooked. I think Sheryl has done an exceptional job in communicating two key messages:
1. We should stop feeling guilty for compromises we make both personally and professionally because only we know the right balance for ourselves.
2. We need to fight for what we want and speak up when something isn't working rather than feeling powerless.

I would recommend this book to anyone!

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,737

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 05-20-13

This a great book and a wonderful story! It is not a heavy read but yet it makes you think.

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  • Shanghai Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407

Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, 21-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn’t be more different, but both are beautiful, modern, and carefree...until the day their father tells them he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, sad, and enjoyable

  • By Beach Biker on 07-15-09

An incredible immigrant story

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

Reviewed: 12-28-12

This is a fascinating book about the true struggles and the many layers of the immigration experience. I loved it.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance
    
    
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    Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
    1,472 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much fun!

  • By Hope on 04-10-12

Fun and funny! :)

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

Reviewed: 12-28-12

This is a great short "read". It is lighthearted and hilarious. I highly recommend it!

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why a classic is a classic

  • By Jerry on 09-29-03

A true classic

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

Reviewed: 12-28-12

This is a classic that I find easy to enjoy. I personally think that, for me, to get to most out of this particular book, I need to maybe read rather than listen to it. The reason is that the stories get quite tangled and have a lot of intricate detail that I don't catch as much if I am listening while doing other things. Either way, I recommend it!

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 814

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-30-03

A classic

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

Reviewed: 12-28-12

This is a classic that I find easy to enjoy. I personally think that, for me, to get to most out of this particular book, I need to maybe read rather than listen to it. The reason is that the stories get quite tangled and have a lot of intricate detail that I don't catch as much if I am listening while doing other things. Either way, I recommend it!

  • Stuff White People Like

  • The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
  • By: Christian Lander
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 191

They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they're unique, yet somehow they're all exactly the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious...but maybe not for everyone

  • By brenty on 06-19-14

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-12

This book made me laugh frequently! Even though not every bit will apply to every person's life (white or otherwise), there is enough to relate or at least recognize in people around us. Very light and a ton of fun to "read"! It gives you fun tid-bits to bring up during party conversations :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ascent of Money

  • A Financial History of the World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,704
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,645

Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An informative grind

  • By Sigil on 01-08-12

The history of money made interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-28-12

I enjoyed listening to this book very much! It was an excellent breakdown of the various economic stages the world has gone through. I would listen to it again.