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Ryan Healey

Ryan Healey

New England

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  • Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Iyanla Vanzant
    • Narrated By Iyanla Vanzant
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    Best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned—from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the Iyanla TV show (produced by Barbara Walters), to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter’s 15 months of illness and death on Christmas day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and explains the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others.

    Theresa says: "Iyanla is Inspirational! A GREAT LISTEN!!!"
    "A Powerful Story... but Neverending"
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    Would you listen to Peace from Broken Pieces again? Why?

    NO, but only because this is an 11 hour audio book. I would listen to portions again, but the length makes a full second listening a challenge.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I LOVE Iyanla Vanzant. I discovered her during her reconciliation with Oprah in her final season and then have watched her faithfully on OWN since and looked her up on YouTube. There is something about her and the way she speaks and delivers her advice that makes me unable to turn away. She has so many words of wisdom I have taken with me. I purchased this so I could get to know her background better as I continue my journey with her as her new TV show starts this summer. However, that said, Iyanla is not known to paraphrasing (neither am I) and at times she goes into a VERY long form relaying of a story that goes on and on and could have been told in a much shorter fashion. I truly believe, while well intentioned, I would have gotten a bit more from Peace from Broken Pieces had she cut back a bit on every single detail in some areas and gotten this down by a few chapters in length.


    What does Iyanla Vanzant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Iyanla is one of the more powerful and thought provoking speakers I have ever encountered. Her voice, as always, conveys an emotion and faith that simply would not come across in writing. Hearing her tell the story was 1000 times better than my reading her words.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Having lost love ones and had failed relationships, I felt her pain. I would love to meet her. I've made similar mistakes. She is able to admit her career and life mistakes with humor, she is able to make you feel she understands. It is a touching story.


    Any additional comments?

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I recommend this book and all the teachings or Iyanla Vanzant. This coming from an almost middle aged (did I admit that?) Irish Catholic man who lost my younger brother decades ago and my mother to cancer (as she lost her daughter) just over a year ago. A woman who was the sun in my sky. It's two parts, it's 11 hours and you need to take in this book a piece at a time. Otherwise, buy now!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Louise Hay, David Kessler
    • Narrated By Louise Hay, David Kessler
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    In You Can Heal Your Heart, self-empowerment luminary Louise Hay and renowned grief and loss expert David Kessler have come together to start a conversation on healing after loss. Louise and David discuss the emotions and thoughts that occur when a relationship leaves you brokenhearted, a marriage ends in divorce, or a loved one dies.

    Ryan Healey says: "Good Information, Poor Narration."
    "Good Information, Poor Narration."
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    What did you love best about You Can Heal Your Heart?

    First, let me start my review by being clear this book is not REALLY “By Louise Hay” as they want you to think. I adore Louise Hay, I have all her books. However, Louise is not 87 years old and clearly can not or does not want to write additional books on her own. For whatever reason (to sell books and make profits, I assume) her publishing company, Hay House, has developed a new “idea”. They have another author write 99.5% of a book, they have said author narrate 99.5% of said book, they have the author lovely mention Louise having input into the text and then you will hear Louise read a few affirmations or make a VERY brief comment during the audio. They then slap her name on the cover as a co-author which I believe does her and her fans a major disservice. That is what Hay House has done here. That is what they did with “All Is Well”. I hope they stop, but I had a strong feeling when I bought his book that is what they had done so I wasn't totally shocked, just rolled my eyes.


    What other book might you compare You Can Heal Your Heart to and why?

    As I said "All is Well" and that is not a good thing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Louise Hay and David Kessler ’s performances?

    This book is not read by Louise Hay. It is almost entirely David Kessler and a flaw of the audiobook which I have seen far too often is having the author read it. David Kessler is not a good narrator. He actually stops a few times mid-sentence as if he lost his place or was unsure where to pause (I thought it was me, I re-listened, nope.) and a couple of times uses the term “herself” when he means “himself” and “her” when he mean “him”. He does THAT several times and I have no idea if the actual book is also incorrect but you spot it each time. Why they let those error get released instead of simply re-recording that portion escapes me. However, as informative as David Kessler's information may be, his reading of his own text shouldn't have happened and it can be distracting. He is also very monotone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That above said, there IS VALUE to this book. The READ author David Kessler does impart important information about grief be it via a breakup, divorce or death as the book claims. I made notes of a number of things he shared and found it very helpful. So I recommend this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a longtime user of Audible and typically review the books I have listened to to help others. I will say that the "review form" is very poor as it asks you question that may have not be what you care to discuss about the book. SO, if my responses don't quite answer the question asked, sorry. The form forces you to adapt it to your own needs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart: An Emotional and Spiritual Handbook

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daphne Rose Kingma
    • Narrated By Daphne Rose Kingma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In her first book in many years, best-selling author Daphne Rose Kingma takes us on a path of emotional and spiritual healing, with particular attention to the complex and frequently overwhelming circumstances of our lives right now. The perfect combination of empathic friend, sage counselor, savvy problem solver, and even gallows humorist, Kingma looks straight into the predicaments so many of us face. She then offers 10 deceptively simple yet profoundly effective strategies for coping.

    Chris says: "Beautifully written and narrated"
    "TRULY WONDERFUL!"
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    Would you listen to The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I have already listened to portions twice. I found this book VERY inspiring even if you are not currently in a stressful situation and seeing guidance. I have HAD "my life fall apart" in the past and find Daphne's ideas can be applied any day.


    What other book might you compare The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart to and why?

    I would compare this to books by Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" and Rhonda Byrnes "The Secret" and "The Power" as she touches on similar themes.


    What about Daphne Rose Kingma’s performance did you like?

    I truly loved her performance! I have had bad narrators destroy good books for me to the point I just can't finish them. Daphne is very engaging, has true feeling and emotion to her voice and is a joy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures in Mindfulness: A Program to Cultivate the Wisdom of Your Body, Mind, and Heart

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (63)
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    (57)

    This is Jon Kabat-Zinn's most comprehensive audio program on mindfulness. It combines gentle guidance with conversational narratives weaving together science, poetry, and the art of living - all in the service of deepening your appreciation of the "workability" of the present moment, no matter how hard or challenging your circumstances. This moment, when held in awareness with gentleness and self-compassion, has the potential for catalyzing, healing, and transforming your life. Mindfulness meditation is both a discipline and an adventure.

    Rick says: "Most complete yet concise audiobook on mindfulness"
    "Great Content, Problems with this Audiobook File"
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    Would you listen to Adventures in Mindfulness again? Why?

    I enjoyed this book very much especially the guided meditation. It truly help me center myself.


    What other book might you compare Adventures in Mindfulness to and why?

    "Stillness Speaks" by Eckert Tolle


    What about Jon Kabat-Zinn’s performance did you like?

    He has a very calm and relaxing tone to his voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    (I have to say, I have purchased dozens of books from Audible the form they use for reviews is awkward and does not allow for a full review of the book as it asks questions that may not be relevant to what you want to mention about the book.)


    Any additional comments?

    As mentioned by another reviewer in 12/13, there ARE production issues with this audiobook. I thought I was crazy when I heard the author repeat himself a number of times knowing I had not rewound the audiobook. Sure enough, 2 if not 3 chapters are REPEATED. SO, the book is not as long as the file indicates, somehow they inserted a bunch of the audio twice in the file. I have reached out to Audible as I have never had this happen before I trust they will want to have this fixed. It was disappointing and confusing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (376)

    Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good.

    Jesse says: "Changed my thoughts"
    "A Great Concept... Very Confusuing Presentation"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If Wayne Dyer presented this information in a manner that was clearer. I was excited to listen to this book but found myself each time only getting bits and pieces of what he was trying to convey. He repeats "Do the Tao" over and over without quite explaining WHAT he wants the listener to do and why. I am very familiar with his and similar work and have enjoyed them very much. THIS, I was lost!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer again?

    Yes, is presented in a clear and understandable way and MUCH shorter.


    Have you listened to any of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I am familiar with his work in "The Secret"


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I believe the concepts Dyer TRIES to convey have great meaning. His presentation is odd and far too long winded.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (3188)
    Story
    (3159)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "So So Boring!"
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    What would have made Quiet better?

    Far too much "data". This book does not speak in plain English. It does on and on about studies and facts and figures that make you go numb. I have listened to several books on Introversion ("The Introvert's Way is EXCELLENT) but this one is way too long and is like a college course... you nod off fast.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A book on this topic that is much more fast paced and interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathe Mazur’s performances?

    No. Kathe is very monotone and herself seems disinterested in the material.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

    christy says: "Read it, so don't mention it anymore Dr. Phil..."
    "Dr. Phil's EGO Code"
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    What would have made Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code better?

    While his love of himself grates on me, I saw Dr. Phil on OWN doing a Lifeclass about this book. I enjoyed the points he shared and decided to buy the book here. I may have to return this title if he doesn't stop what he starts in the first 5 minutes of listening. You get to hear how amazing HIS career has been and how terrific HIS success in life is. They you have to hear about HIS wonderful marriage and HIS two amazingly successful sons. HELLO? PAGING PHIL MCGRAW... THIS BOOK ISN'T ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL YOU THINK YOU ARE.


    If you’ve listened to books by Phil McGraw before, how does this one compare?

    I have not because of this very fear, that McGraw would make the entire book like his television appearances, about himself and his love for himself.


    What didn’t you like about Phil McGraw’s performance?

    Self-Centered and annoying. He actually works for Oprah Winfrey still and she has a hand in pretty much any "product" with his name. While she can have flashes of self importance it is amazing to me she hasn't sat him down and told him to take the spotlight off himself and shine it on HIS AUDIENCE.


    What character would you cut from Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code?

    Dr. Phil McGraw.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel this book HAS good information in it but so far it buried so far under McGraw's self congratulatory tone it is grating.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
    • Narrated By Jerry Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (230)

    This audiobook uncovers a myriad of false premises that are at the heart of every uncomfortable relationship issue, and guides you to a clear understanding of the powerful creative Vortex that has already assembled the relationships that you have desired. Abraham will show you how to enter that Vortex, where you will rendezvous with everything and everyone you have been looking for.

    Velanche says: "Different Perspectives"
    "Didn't Resonate at ALL"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would have rated this much higher if it MADE SENSE. I have listened to many books on affirmations and positive thinking, many by the same publishers. I LOVE Louise Hay! I found this book confusing, scattered, the reading poor and the idea of the female writer channeling someone named Abraham just was too much.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something on the same topic not so far fetched on the same topic.


    What didn’t you like about Jerry Hicks’s performance?

    He sounded monotone and as if he was reading.


    What character would you cut from The Vortex?

    I would have the couple bring their message down to basic common priciples and relay them in similar question and answer format, but not as if Jerry Hick's was interviewing some spirit coming through Esther. She also spoke in such a long winded way by the time she got to something usefull I was numb.


    Any additional comments?

    Please search out something by Louise Hay, Rhonde Byrne or Eckard Tolle instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (880)

    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
    "Can't Imagine It Without Ellen's Reading"
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    If you could sum up Seriously...I'm Kidding in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Lighthearted. Unusual.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I did find the sometimes very short chapters a bit jarring and much more enjoyed when Ellen relayed a full story then just a short random thought that somewhat broke up the enjoyment of the book. Tell stories from your life and funny observations OR just have one page random thoughts and lists, mixing the two was odd.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any time Ellen told a story about her family, her show, etc. was very enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I can't imagine sitting and reading this book in print. Like Kathy Griffin's book, it gains SO MUCH by hearing the author read it with their own inflections, etc. This works especially well in comedy and you don't have to imagine how Ellen would have delivered a line.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book in audio format. I saw the print version in a store and am glad I skipped it for this one. I would prefer she had not thrown in one page "chapters" that she seems to start and finish in less than a minute, but 75% of the text was very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Carlson
    • Narrated By Richard Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (91)

    Are the little things in life driving you crazy? Isn't it time you put these small annoyances into perspective once and for all? This #1 New York Times best seller offers suggestions for daily changes that can add up to a more relaxed, stress-free you. Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down, live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, lower your tolerance to stress, trust your intuitions, and ultimately live each day as if it might be your last.

    Jennifer A. Jenkins says: "Great for a"
    ""Lukewarm" is The Best Word I Could Find."
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    What would have made Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff better?

    Richard Carlson is a very monotone reader. In addition, for some odd reason he repeats some points several times without mention he covered the topic before... as if he had to add copy to the book for length and decided to repeat topics to do so. The woman who speaks to introduce each topic is just as bland. I have listened to many self help books. Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, Rhonda Byrne.. all are making very similar points but with much more passion and emotion. This feels so bland in comparison and as if he lifted some of their earlier ideas,,, and Eckhart Tolle can be bland to listen to, so that is saying something.

    He also, oddly, seems to add "plugs" for "how lovable his wife is" and "how great his daughters are" and I think he adds plugs in the middle of chapters for other people in his life that just don't fit. The reader doesn't want to hear Carlson earn points with his family by making sure to mention them each as the book goes on in glowing terms. All those comments should have been dropped from the text, they are distracting and make you roll your eyes.

    He also makes sure we know that every selfish and bad behavior he talks about he used to display himself, until he learned these valuable lessons.... Carlson must have been such a joy to be around if all this is true.

    Please know, I am not trying to "bash" this title. I am sure it's well intentioned and I had to think a bit before writing this, but there are much better books covering most of the same material.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I had picked up some interesting tips I will note, but not much new.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Carlson?

    Anyone who could read the test with some passion. Even when Carlson attempts to sound excited or upset, it sounds like he's reading to a 1st grade class. I'm surprised they cast him to read it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book DOES have redeeming qualities. It does have tips that are useful. I am glad I listened to it. I just felt it was too long, repeated itself needlessly and should have been read by someone else.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    SHEILA says: "Kathy Griffin"
    "OUTSTANDING - Much Better Than Print Version!"
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    Where does Official Book Club Selection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audio book ranks among my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I bought the book in hardcover and while I love Kathy Griffin, I found myself just skimming it. It's so hard for me to sit down and get through a book without 100 interruptions and I felt something was missing. WHAT? Kathy herself telling the story in her own voice and own style. That is EXACTLY what this audio book adds. When you take the printed page and have Kathy read it to you herself, it's as if you are sitting on a couch with her having a chat while she tells you the story of her life. I had a hard time pausing it to do other things and listened to the entire book in two days. She dives into very personal material, shows there is darkness in her past and comes off as a real person. They say most comedians have pain in their past, I have found this to be true and it certainly is with Kathy, not that there are not many fun uplifting stories also.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It simply made me FINALLY enjoy this book I so wanted to get through but couldn't holding it in my hand. If you want to learn more about Kathy Griffin, get the audio book, not the print version... the audio is SO much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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