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  • 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 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

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
  • great listen. pick the pieces relevant

  • By Desleigh White on 05-04-2017

Enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 10-03-2019

I had the physical book a couple of years now and never got the time to read it. I enjoyed the fact that this is The First Book in the few years I have been using this app that actually has the titles of each chapter written. Well done audible.

  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 486

The Hypnotist's Love Story is about the mild craziness that lurks behind the facades we present to the world, especially when it comes to love. Ellen O'Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She's a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she's more intrigued than frightened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice listen

  • By Barb on 02-10-2014

What a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

I have liked her other books (9 perfect strangers and What Alice forgot) but this was very disappointing indeed. We didn’t even get to hear the male characters point of view. It was shallow and boring and too long.
I don’t think I will be listening to any of her other books.

  • Still Me

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

Lou Clark knows too many things.... She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend, Sam, in London. She knows her employer is a good man, and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt. Lou won't know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By simone o'carroll on 08-02-2018

Great book

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

I enjoyed this book even though the story line was predictable. It is a feel good book. Narrator was very good as all the previous books.
Great joyful hours of listening.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Dennis Olsen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beautiful book

  • By Amanda on 08-04-2016

A great book

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

Reviewed: 02-02-2019

It was great idea to have death as the narrator of the story in the book.
The dialogue was frequently funny and I really enjoyed that, in the tragedy of the story so close to reality.
I would recommend it. Also the narrator was great. I did find the music between chapters was loud and the talking was normal then there was whispering so I was up and down the volume a lot, which wasn’t that wonderful.

  • The Push

  • By: Tommy Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Penguin Audio presents The Push by Tommy Caldwell, read by Johnathan McClain. A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000 foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route. Caldwell's odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but bad

  • By Anonymous User on 21-02-2019

I didn't want this book to end

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

Reviewed: 22-01-2019

I loved this book so much I didn't want it to end, I even went back a few times to prolong the inevitable. It's one of those rare books that I just didn't want to stop listening. It was clear, chronological and very descriptive and easy to understand. He explained terminology of climbing and made the personal honest stories come alive. He made the climbing of the dawn wall come alive, it was as if I was by his side following him up the wall. Very inspiring. I will most definitely listen again and again. When it finished I went and bought the 'Dawn Wall' movie so I can watch it again. Really really good.

  • Immortal Diamond

  • The Search for Our True Self
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

In his best-selling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. But if there's a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey? This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book annoying narration

  • By sophiek on 07-01-2019

Great book annoying narration

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

Reviewed: 07-01-2019

I didn’t like the narrator. It had no rhythm in narration. It felt flat and continuous like someone talking and not breathing.
I prefer Richard Rorh’s narration. It’s passionate.
Never again.

  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Who says you can't run away from your problems? Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuine greatness

  • By John Alsop on 20-09-2018

Narrator was great

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2019

Although he used a German accent for a Japanese person. Story was underwhelming and predictable half way through that made me want to jump to the very end. Painfully had to listen to the rest of the book. I won’t be listening to any more books from the same author. Disappointed.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

Really good

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2018

It’s the first book I listen to from Doerr. It was recommended to me and I really enjoyed it.
Reading the description beforehand made me think that there would be more interaction between the two main characters. It’s unfortunate though that they only meet an hour before the book ends. I guess due to the violence of the war. Bit sad about it.

  • Purity

  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Jenna Lamia, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom and The Corrections. Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but

  • By sophiek on 05-12-2018

Interesting but

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

Reviewed: 05-12-2018

I liked the storyline. Seems original. I didn’t particularly liked the third narrator.
I think it could have been shorter.

  • "I Give You My Body..."

  • How I Write Sex Scenes
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Diana Gabaldon, Davina Porter, Jeff Woodman, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In this revealing compendium, acclaimed writer Diana Gabaldon shares her invaluable lessons for creating an immersive reading experience, from evoking a mood to using the power of emotions to communicate physical intimacy. You'll learn the difference between gratuitous sex and genuine encounters that move the story forward and how to handle less-than-savory acts that nevertheless serve a narrative purpose. Gabaldon also notes that sex can be conveyed instead of described.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful insight and resource

  • By Leila on 27-02-2017

She is a great author but she is not a narrator

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

Reviewed: 23-11-2018

While the content was very interesting the author speaking felt like she wasn’t breathing while she spoke. Really stressed me out. I would not listen to anything she narrated again. I will continue listening to her books though especially if narrated by Davina Porter.