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Judith

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  • 260 titles in library
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  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maryanne Wolf
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (49)

    Interweaving her vast knowledge of neurology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy with fascinating down-to-earth examples and lively personal anecdotes, developmental psychologist, neuroscientist, and dyslexia expert Wolf probes the question, "How do we learn to read and write?" This ambitious and provocative new book offers an impassioned look at reading, its effect on our lives, and explains why it matters so greatly in a digital era.

    Roy says: "Worth the Effort"
    "what a great book"
    Overall

    I was amazed at how captivating would a book on reading be, at how enlightening some of the facts about the culture and the neurology of reading are.
    I was amazed at the number of times I have cited this book since reading it. It seems to be relevant to so many areas of our lives and our culture, as if reading is a metaphor for everything else.
    I highly recommend this gem of a book. The writing is great, the reading is great, the lesson learnt is amazing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Agreements

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (889)

    In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

    sandy says: "The Four Agreements"
    "surprisingly good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Four Agreements?

    When I started listening to this book, I had this deja vue feeling of: Here goes another self-help nothing special book.Was I in for a surprise! what started as yet another one of those books, turned out to be extremely interesting and enlightening. The book is very short and non- complex. This is its greatest virtue. You have to be an absolute genius to say so much in a few words and in a simple yet deep manner.I heartily recommend this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Extremely intelligent. An eye opener.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Coyote’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum NLP

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christiane Turner
    • Narrated By Christiane Turner
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Quantum NLP is the art and science of human excellence. New scientific discoveries show us clearly that we are creating our reality through the use of our language. By teaching ourselves more effective language patterns, our brain automatically forms new neurological pathways that naturally lead to new behaviors and habits.

    MICHAEL KERR says: "very good"
    "very proffessional yet enjoyable and easy"
    Overall

    You just have to commit yourself to more than the first 15 minutes. This is what it takes to realize that in spite of the narrator (the author) you're kind of get used to it.
    Later on you even enjoy her and thank her for having the courage to read it all by herself.
    I liked the personal and clinical narratives. Each one of those carries a lesson. Even when a story sounds completely irrelevant it is followed by an "Aha, that's what it teaches me... nice..."
    NLP is a great clinical tool, but there are so many myths around it. the book kind of unfoggs the matter.
    Wish for some more audio NLP books. Some of the classics are really great.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (141)

    Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

    Shimon says: "A must for music lovers"
    "enlightening"
    Overall

    extremely interesting, some of it almost unbelievable. makes one rethink what music is all about and how humane a quality it is.
    the missing star of my rating is due to the annoying mentioning throughout the book of other books by Mr. Sacks. after a while this becomes too much of an annoying sales pitch. a regular bookmarked bibliographical list should have been enough.
    the narration gets a 4 star too. it's very OK but not outstanding.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (260)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "My best audiobook yet"
    Overall

    When I try to convince friends to get into the audiobook habit, i recommend starting with this one! This is the best of the best. Flawless. Great book and exquisite narration.
    By the way, there is another recording of the same book. I recommend this one. Ever since I listened to Jill Tanner reading here, I try to get any other book she is reading. She is my best narrator yet.
    In short: a warm recommendation! If you have to listen to just one audiobook ever, this should be the one.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

    Karen says: "Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer"
    "cruelty for cruelty's sake"
    Overall

    This is a very well-written book, but it left me very angry. i felt the writer used his great talent to plainly manipulate the reader. The structure of this rather long book becomes quite predictable after a while: nice, sweet relaxed parts followed by gruesome cruel ones. The "bad" parts become more and more intolerable, and once you realize the pattern you kind of dread what's to follow.
    As i said, the book is very manipulative. Like a horror film made by a talented director, whose main objective is to leave you shaken and breathless. This requires writing skills, no doubt, but it's far from being "good literature" or even just literature for that matter.
    The narration is very good, which, in a way makes things even worse. It's as if the narrator is an accomplice to the writer's manipulative story-telling.
    It is especially pitiful as Mr. Mistry is such a fine writer. His other books are really good. He knows better, no doubt.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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