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Marianne

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  • Meditation for Pain Relief: Guided Pratices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    If you're reading this, chances are your life, or the life of someone you know, is shaped by pain - and the physical and emotional suffering that usually accompany it. The good news: Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have helped thousands of people learn to use the power of mindfulness to transform their relationship to pain and suffering, and discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life.

    Marie says: "Like a friend talking to you"
    "Format limits its usefulness"
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    This is an excellent book, but it's limited through the functionality available with audible's player. If you could easily move to the start of the meditation pieces or lecture piece it would be more useful. If audible upgrades its player this will be a better option.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7647)
    Performance
    (5860)
    Story
    (5879)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "tough subject. clever perspective. well narrated"
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    At first I regretted getting such a dark book but not too far into the book that shifted as I connected and began to care about the characters. The humanizing of the challenges to being a German citizen in a time of fear and dehumanizing of Jews drew me in and kept me caring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vanessa Woods
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In 2005, Vanessa Woods accepted a marriage proposal from a man she barely knew and agreed to join him on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country reeling from a brutal decade-long war that had claimed the lives of millions. Settling in at a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, Vanessa and her fiancee entered the world of a rare ape with whom we share 98.7 percent of our DNA.

    Elizabeth says: "Interesting & Informative"
    "engaging, fun, and informative"
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    Never heard of bonobos until now. Very interesting and engaging way to learn and also follow the author's adventures.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6154)
    Performance
    (5467)
    Story
    (5465)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Excellent Book and great narrator"
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    This multifaceted magical story was a delight. It pulled me in and held my attention. The narrator was top notch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6729)
    Performance
    (4706)
    Story
    (4691)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Excellent book all around"
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    The plot and characters pulled me in. The narrators were excellent. I would get another Grissom book or one narrated by these women in a flash.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Distant Shores

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a future together. But after the children leave home, they quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job offer, Elizabeth puts her needs aside to follow him across the country. Until the sudden death of her father changes everything.

    Gina says: "Great Story, horrible reading"
    "Narrator in wrong line of work"
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    The narrator talks as if every part of the story is urgent and as if this speed provides drama and character embodiment. It makes it very hard to enjoy the story. I would never get an audiobook w/ this narrator again. I've enjoyed every Kristin Hannah audiobook until this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, and others
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (217)

    A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one's working relationship with others, one's overall health, outlook on life, and so on. For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year's Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can't people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?

    Amazon Customer says: "Different"
    "Excellent Source for Change"
    Overall

    The authors' focus on change mechanisms and their concept of the listener as both scientist and subject are compelling. They give logical ideas for change based on the work of Albert Bandura, well-known in some circles for his work on self-efficacy - a perfect springboard for this kind of book. I finished with tangible ideas for making changes in my life and access to their website to help me make those changes. My life is already better for having just finished this audiobook.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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