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  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1116)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "Original spin"
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    There is very little here that I hadn't heard/read/thought about before, but, somehow, Brown's take on each thing puts it in a whole new light. Despite her continual tauting of her credentials and years of experience (tedious and, really, not that many), she does have something original and insightful to offer. I will recommend this book to friends and family and will be listening to Daring Greatly, in the near future. I will probably listen to this one, again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2890)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1072)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Are you kidding??"
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    I have heard about this book for a long time, and was looking forward to listening to it. I saved it for a long car ride -- and what a long car ride it turned out to be! This book is so unrelentingly depressing that it turn a beautiful, sunny fall day into a bleek one, indeed. I don't know if this book or its characters ever redeem themselves, but they were just not likable or compelling enough to find out. We gave up after almost three hours. That was more than enough!

    The story was self-pitying, the characters pathetic and the performance was equally flat.

    The Railwayman, on the other hand, was about something truly grizzly and profoundly heart-sickening, and yet, it was noble and enriching. Heroic, actually. The journey of this story is hard to listen to, at times, but the characters are so noble that I had to bear witness through every page. I feel inspired to be a better person for having heard it. I thought it was so spectacular that I listened to it a second time, so my husband could hear it on a long car ride. When we got to our destination, we stayed in the car, until it ended. (Classic "driveway moment")

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Railway Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Eric Lomax
    • Narrated By Bill Paterson
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    A naive young man, a railway enthusiast and radio buff, was caught up in the fall of the British Empire at Singapore in 1942. He was put to work on the 'Railway of Death' - the Japanese line from Thailand to Burma. Exhaustively and brutally tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio, Lomax was emotionally ruined by his experiences.

    Parusski says: "From hatred to forgiveness"
    "Profoundly moving"
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    What an inspiration. It puts my petty grudges in a whole new context. I am so grateful that Eric Lomax shared his story, and I will try to live closer to his standard. How lucky we are to have such guiding lights.

    Beautifully read. Riveting. Listened straight through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3751)
    Performance
    (2387)
    Story
    (2417)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Timeless tale"
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    Anything read by Jeremy Irons has got to be worth a listen! In this case, the story is, too. In one way or another, we are all in search of our "personal treasure", what we do about it is what makes our own story.

    This is a simple tale with a timeless message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (578)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Fanciful"
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    I enjoyed this story. It is fanciful and imaginative; a gentle version of a tall tale. It had me under its spell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1367)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "...and How Frank McCourt rose from those ashes!"
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    Beautifully written, vivid and poignant. It is amazing that such a difficult story could be told without bitterness or self-pity. It is a window into struggle, allowing me to know a little of a place I have no desire to go!

    I tried reading this book a couple of times, but found it so depressing, I had to stop. Listening to McCourt read it, himself, brings the book to life and with a slightly lighter touch, with a little humor, even, that I had completely missed in reading it myself.

    Still, the story is a little depressing. As outstanding as the story and performance are, the overall is a little less so. Although I wouldn't listen to this a second time, I'm glad I listened the first -- and I'll probably listen to 'Tis at some time in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Enter the world of the rich charismatic Lytton family and their powerful publishing empire in this passionate family saga, spanning the Edwardian era to World War I and the excesses of the glamorous 20s. Enter the world of Celia LyttonÑa woman who is used to getting her way. She moves through life making difficult and often dangerous decisions that affect herself and others.

    Patricia J Dunn says: "Stay Away"
    "Fun"
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    While not exactly unpredictable, this very long book has enough twists and turns and sufficient character development to keep it interesting. This is a good beach "read". I will probably listen to others by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (285)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "What a slog!"
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    A series of shorter more focused books would have been much more enjoyable -- and satisfying. This, like his other work, has a feeling of autobiography, still, I didn't need the entire thing in one "read". I was exhausted and not all that enriched by the experience of listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5793)
    Performance
    (3725)
    Story
    (3737)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "What a great story!"
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    Listened with my 20-year-old son on a 9-hour carride. What a treat. We were both rivited. Poignant and funny, heartbreaking and triumphant, filled with little gems of life lessons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, The Anatomy of Peace shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.

    Colleen says: "Everyone Should Read This Book"
    "Useful concept; written at about a 3rd-grade level"
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    The concept in this book is very useful, and the whole world would run a lot more peacefully, if people would learn to look at themselves, when tension or conflict arises. In fact, many people credit this book and it's companion, Leadership and Self-Deception, with saving their families, or even their lives. It certainly did open avenues of conversation in my family. The book is written as a story, though, and is overly simplistic and really dumbed down. This may help it to reach a broader audience, but it was even too annoyingly patronizing for my teenagers. Nobody I know likes being talked down to.

    You certainly do NOT have to read/listen to both books. The concept is simple enough, though it takes the authors half the book to spin it out. The second half hammers the point home--and hammers and hammers... The performance was a little cloying--and the portrayal of women's voices was absolutely simpering and cartoonish, almost mocking.

    If I had read this book, I would have skimmed it, at best. Listening takes much too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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