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Julia

Inspired life-navigator, self employed twenty-something, a-book-a-week-minimum-listener, loyal sweetie to my family& buddha loving do-gooder

FLORISSANT, MO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 161 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12704)
    Performance
    (11637)
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    (11701)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "A Masterpiece: As Typical of John Green"
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    You can tell his already exceptional storytelling skills are honed and at a thus far peak in this book. I laughed & cried- I loved it even though it was a "cancer book" because it's not a cancer book. It's a great story about the experiences of a girl, facing a thing in life like we all face things in life. The gift if getting to be in Hazel's head is one I hope gets repaid to John Green a million times over for the rest of his days.

    Just be prepared to go buy the hard copy when you are done, because you will have a visceral urge to underline, hug and treasure these words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How A Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathleen Flinn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals.

    J. Locke says: "Just as much a self-help book as a cookbook."
    "Surprisingly Outstanding"
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    I wish I could give this book extra stars. I feel bad for having him-hawed over whether or not to listen to this one. I love cooking from scratch and thought that perhaps there would be a few basics or tricks covered in here I wasn't already familiar with. And there were lots of things I learned. As a non-fiction lover though, generally a narrative is not my favorite form of delivery- I loved her voice in this! She found a balanced sweet spot of personal stories & anecdotes with quality content and structure. I adored every min of this one!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Millionaire Upgrade

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Parkes Cordock
    • Narrated By Nigel Acheson
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (598)

    Imagine finding yourself sitting next to a self-made millionaire for eight hours on a long-haul international flight. Imagine that person was prepared to share with you the secrets of their success. For one lucky person this actually happened. Inspired by a true story, Millionaire Upgrade is the tale of one very experienced entrepreneur and one very lucky passenger.

    Philippe says: "A complementary book for the Millionaire series"
    "Surprisingly Unique, Deep, and Entertaining"
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    I did not expect to care much for this book, fearing it would be superficial or cheap or something. It was not, it was well organized, had an empowering & uplifting motivation to it. Great little narrative for when unrewarding but comfortable stagnancy sets in.

    Slightly cheesy if anything, but in a degree I thought made it endearing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (619)

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
    "Looked Up This Book After Seeing Authors TED Talk"
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    And it did not disappoint. This author helped to found the Singularity University with Ray Kurzweil, hyper intelligent- he lays out examples of aspects of a very attainable abundant future of mankind and also gives insights to how we make these possibilities a reality. If you have ever found yourself saying "There has to be a way! But how?" in the face of todays surmounting global challenges, this books shows you a plethora of up and coming technologies that have every ability to change life as we know it, each in its own felt swoop. It is refreshing and inspiring to hear someone of such knowledge and background giving a voice to hope & optimism today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1118)
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    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "So Grounded & Inspiring: Fast Favorite"
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    It is not all the time that a non-fiction book gives me that feeling at the end "oh god, no one else around just experienced that. It CAN'T be over!" SAVOR THIS ONE

    This author is seasoned, clearly practices his insights and has looked at humankind from an extensive number of angles, from academia to Hindi temples to the insights of the hive mentality of bees to our own feelings of connections to the whole.

    I cannot recommend this author and book enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dutch Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand Dutch with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (45 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Dutch Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

    Julia says: "This is Worth Your Time"
    "This is Worth Your Time"
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    This free first lesson (and introduction to the learning process) was so exciting. I LOVE their process and this one lesson is all it takes to taste and know if it's right for you. I found the lessons to be exciting & I look forward to them each day. Digestible and leave me totally confidant in the conversational topics covered!

    I have since continued into the following units & am very grateful for whatever it is about Pimsleur method that is worlds apart, more comfortable and natural than any other language method I have been exposed to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
    • Narrated By Po Bronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (343)
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    (342)

    NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring - because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

    Carin says: "I liked it and I don't even have kids."
    "Fantastic"
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    If you are looking for some fresh & modern insights into developmental philosophies based in recent research- this is it! It covers aspects of all age ranges, from how we speak to children, set their sleep patterns, & how they experience the world. Very insightful & well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dutch Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Dutch with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Each lesson in Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

    Julia says: "Gold Star BEST Language Course"
    "Gold Star BEST Language Course"
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    This course is hands down the best spoken language resource I have ever gotten my earbuds on. I look forward to each day's lesson, it's in digestible chunks, I truly feel comfortable and proficient with the material. This course brings up the old lessons to review just at the perfect time to keep it fresh. I cannot recommend Pimsleur enough.

    The only Cons:
    1.) These courses will not get you ready for your trip this weekend necessarily, be at least 2 weeks out to get some basics
    2.)Obviously this will do you worlds of good with oral skills but does not reference spelling for written
    3.)Dutch program only goes to Unit 30! They do not have the later phases! So if you had hopes like me of those, accept that (For now at least) this is only a 6 week maximum course!

    Pros:
    Absolutely everything else!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary Leadership

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Robin Sharma
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (898)

    In a constantly changing, hyper-competitive world, leadership is more important than ever. Yet few people have what it takes to inspire, develop, and guide others. In this presentation, Robin Sharma shares the leadership lessons that he gives to clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and NASA.

    Mrs says: "Di's point of view"
    "Fantastic Content & Voice"
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    I so enjoyed every min of this speech. Full of not only solid principles of leadership and business but points on how to put them into practice as well. Also tied extremely well into how core principles can not be surface or business deep, being your best whole person is how his philosophy teaches growth. I was excited to go find more by the author after listening. Time very well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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