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Rita

Anchorage, AK, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • How to See Yourself as You Really Are

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Hopkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    In How to See Yourself as You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddist leader teaches listeners how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic and loving perspective

    Rita says: "In Defense of the Narrator"
    "In Defense of the Narrator"
    Overall

    I don't want anyone to be put off by the negative review of the narrator given previously. Professor Hopkins is a very effective reader of this book, because he understands thoroughly what he is reading. The only really bad narrator I've experienced while a member of Audible was the actor who read "Lonesome Dove," who clearly didn't pay attention to the words most of the time and faked the intonation. The title of this book makes it sound a bit like a lightweight self-help book, but it's really a wonderful, clear exposition of emptiness and Buddhist philosophy, as one comes to expect from His Holiness. I highly recommend it.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Breathing Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for 28 years...and it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, in their ability to tolerate with affection each other's eccentricities. Maggie, a kooky, lovable meddler and an irrepressible optimist, wants nothing more than to fix her son's broken marriage. Ira is infuriatingly practical, a man "who should have married Ann Landers".

    Rita says: "Narration spoiled it for me"
    "Narration spoiled it for me"
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    Performance
    Story

    Anne Tyler's work is delicate and subtle. Suzanne Toren's narration was so un-subtle it totally destroyed the book. It made the situations and the characters seem absolutely inane. A much better narrator of Anne Tyler's work is Elisabeth Rodgers, whose performance of Earthly Possessions is nuanced, at times ironic. I have been a very active Audible listener for many years, and I can remember only one other book I was unable to finish because of the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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