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United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 201 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristin Neff
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion - and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.

    Jeanette says: "Worth Reading"
    "Important concepts, flat delivery"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There's some very important information in this book about how the need to be perfect fails us, how recognizing our weaknesses and failures is valuable, and generating self-compassion activates healthy physiological processes (compared to self-judging). However, I wonder if the average reader can pull those ideas out of the writing. I'm a therapist, and I have recommended this book to clients, but I spend some time outlining and preparing clients about the points above.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Neff again?

    I've read Neff's research on resilience, and it's informed my therapy practice, as well as my own life. I'll continue to look for her work for sure.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "My idea of the perfect book"
    Where does Middlesex rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Where many books have one or two strengths, including character develoment, plot development, language, tone, etc., this story has everything. Absolutely perfect!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Middlesex?

    Several memorable moments, key to the story. Don't want to spoil, but there were many moments when characters made quick decisions that changed the direction of their lives.

    Which character – as performed by Kristoffer Tabori – was your favorite?

    Grandmother, Desdemona.

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

    No, it was nice to listen to on my commute to work, and let the story steep for awhile.

    Any additional comments?

    This was a story that could have been full of the political and social aspects of gender, but was thankfully a beautifully told personal account that didn't pretend to represent an entire group of people. This is what distinguishes Eugenides, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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