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Jeanette

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 22 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 198 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (918)

    Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

    Lea says: "Fabulous!"
    "There are much better books out there"
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    I bought this book because of the great reviews but unfortunately I didn't get much out of it. If you have not read any other books of this genre then it may appeal to you but much of the material has been addressed already in a more substantial, mature way by other authors (Tolle, Chopra). I found this book to be very, very repetitive and at times felt like yeling out "I get the point'. I also found it to be quite immature in it's examples and logic for example: "Do you think God likes to be around people who are happy or people that are miserable" Imagine you are God and you pop down to earth and ask the first person you see, do you like it here?

    So overall I would not recommend this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ronald Siegel
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
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    (30)

    Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life? Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.

    opwann says: "Theory + Practice = Great Course"
    "Not finished yet but.... chapters"
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    Hi I haven't finished listening but here are the meditations I found. Hope it helps.

    Chapter 25 - Breath Awareness Practice
    Chapter 26 - Breathing Together
    Chapter 27 - Loving Kindness
    Chapter 28 - Mountain Meditation
    Chapter 29 - Stepping in to Fear

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps. Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights.

    Jeanette says: "Same same but different"
    "Same same but different"
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    I was looking forward to this. I enjoyed his previous books but unfortunately this one, although often enjoyable was frustrating. The main character often does things that are slightly incredulous and it is a little frustratingly predictable. I would write more but don't want to ruin the story for others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

    Cay.S says: "Such an exquisite story, I didn't want it to end"
    "Well written but not enjoyable"
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    There is no doubt that Donna Tartt is an excellent writer but unfortunately I found the main character to be annoying I also found parts of the story so unlikely that it was unenjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: He Said/She Said: Women, Men and Language

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated By Deborah Tannen
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    "My goal in this series, in addition to illuminating the patterns of women's and men's uses of language, is to enhance understanding of how language works in everyday life. I am told by students who have taken my courses that this understanding helps them in their everyday lives, as every aspect of our lives involves talking to people of the other sex - in our personal relationships, our families, at work, and in trying to get just about anything done."

    R. says: "Kind of revelatory, at least for me"
    "Completely Fascninating"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this series of lectures and often found myself identifying my children's and my own behaviour and often laughing out loud.

    This book has definitely broadened my awareness of linguistics and has made me a better more understanding communicator. I find I now react to conversations with understanding than with emotion.

    I thoroughly recommend it. I have also listened to How Conversations Work and although that was interesting, I did not find it as comprehensive as this one. If you had to pick, definitely choice He Said/ She Said.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3299)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2099)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Enjoyable story but very poor narration."
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    I really enjoyed the story and the perspective of the different members of the family. Unfortunately though the experience was ruined for me due to the narration. She spoke so quickly that it was often hard to tell where one sentenced ended and another began. Sometimes she narrated with no expression e.g. Oh my I have ruined the dinner in complete monotone. I did however enjoy her southern accent.

    I would have returned the book had I not had to listen to it for book club.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Someone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

    Annie M. says: "Each word chosen like a jewel"
    "Couldn't finish it, a little slow paced"
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    Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this novel and decided that life is too short to persist with a book when I did not enjoy the narrator, was not endeared to the main character and found the writing style too focused on the minutiae. I found the narration too slow and sing song, with many words finishing up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Lover: The Fairwick Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Juliet Dark
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover - an incubus - and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery....

    Amazon Customer says: "At first I was wary..."
    "Wouldn't Recommend"
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    I bought this book on the basis of what seemed to be excellent review but sadly I was very disappointed. To me the book is aimed at the young adult market except for the fact that it seem hugely pre occupied with sex. I am not sure there is one chapter where the isn't a detailed description of the main character having sex and quite frankly it gets rather boring. The story line is quite light on and doesn't develop any depth as the book progresses. To top it off I found the narrators attempt at accents and male character voices to be particularly grating. I definitely would not recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6968)
    Performance
    (6346)
    Story
    (6356)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Excellent"
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    I bought this book out of curiosity knowing it was written by JK Rowling and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the story line and the narrator. She has an excellent writing style which was very easy to listen too. There is a little bit of language that some people may find offensive but which seemed to be used appropriately. Overall I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book and hope that it is the first in a series featuring Mr Strike and Robin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (303)

    Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? How do companies pave the way for dishonesty? Does collaboration make us more honest or less so? Does religion improve our honesty? Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune whether it's the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "You Cheat (and I Do Too)"
    "Food for thought!"
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    I have enjoyed all of Dan Ariely's books and this one was no exception. It was interesting to read how we are all a little dishonest at some point or another. I found it fun spouting the research in this book to family and friends who insist they never lie or cheat. You will definitely learn more about how society behaves but I think, more importantly, you'll get a better understanding how you sometimes behave.

    I know others don't like the English narrator but I think he is perfect for the job and narrates with a wonderful sense of irony.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (575)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "A little disappointing"
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    I would give this book 2.5 to 3 stars.The idea of the book was good however the writing was quite simplistic, it was quite disjointed and there were was one part in particular which was quite illogical and didn't make sense.. The author never really developed his ideas and I was left wondering why he introduced some of them. Many chapters just ended and left things unexplained which is often a great way for the reader to use their imagination, in this case, however it felt more like the author either didn't know how to explain it.

    I thought that the narrators did a good job except for the appalling Australian accents. The male wasn't too bad but truly it would have been better if the lady did not attempt it. Very off putting for Australian readers.

    I found the book to be an easy, pleasant enough listen but definitely lacking and didn't reach it's full potential. I won't be reading any other Max Barry books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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