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  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "StoryCorps: when you need a good cry."

    I listened to this audiobook in one day, since it is less than an hour long. I cried no fewer than 4 times. I often hear the stories on NPR and am often amazed at how listening to a few minutes of someone else's story changes mine. I never had a sense of just how important the steel industry was in Pittsburg until I heard one of these stories. Another, of a couple discussing the wife's recent diagnosis of Altzheimer's and what it means for them now and in the future.

    This book is a reminder that listening intently is giving a gift to the story teller. As I rush around in the next few weeks, I hope to be able to remember that more fully. This was the perfect book to listen to at the holidays.
    Thanks, Audible!

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  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Part Memoir, Part Writing Guide- All Good"

    I decided to listen to this audiobook, to get inspiration to work on my dissertation. Even though it is a completely different type of writing, this audiobook provided grammatical guidance, ideas for developing writing style, and more importantly ideas for developing in the habits of mind and practice essential to getting started and completing the project.

    All the while, King tells us bits of his personal life story to illustrate points and to explain where his ideas came from. Wow.

    Recently I've listened to his 11 /22/ 63, which is an amazing book, and between these two books, I really have developed an appreciation for King's ability to think through complicated storylines, and to narrate in very simple language. This is a skill we all could use.

    Spoiler alert: King tells us about his terrible car accident in the summer of 2001 at the end of this book. He continued to work at On Writing while recovering. This alone was worth the purchase price for me. I can't recommend this book more highly. ( With apologies to Stephen for using an adverb.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illuminata: Prayers for Everyday Life

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Marianne Williamson

    Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.

    Teresa Barreira says: "Riveting"
    "Hoping for a little more"

    The prayers themselves are nice, beautiful, soulful; Marianne Williamson at her best. BUT, it doesn't work as well with the audio format. It would be great if the production was split into chapters/prayers with headings so one could forward specifically to what she's looking for.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Sheffield
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When he turned 13 in 1980, Rob Sheffield had a lot to learn about women, love, music and himself, and in Talking to Girls About Duran Duran we get a glimpse into his transformation from pasty, geeky "hermit boy" into a young man with his first girlfriend, his first apartment, and a sense of the world.

    Tricia - Audible says: "Before there was Team Edward...there was Team John"
    "Music and Memoir: Who Could Ask for Anything More?"

    This audio book is a terrific blend-- part memoir, part music history.

    Because many of my own memories of the 80's and 90's are knitted together with the music of that era, I truly appreciated Sheffield's ability to move between telling his own story and it's relationship with the music of that time. Music is the vehicle by which Sheffield can tell his story-- one even suspects that the story wouldn't be a story at all if music weren't part of it.

    This is a terrific book for anyone who grew up in the 80's-- particularly those who can hear a song and remember, say, driving in a car up I-95 with 4 other teenage girls screaming the words to "Push it (Real Good)", or walking down the streets of NYC singing "Nothing Compares to YOOOOUUU!" with your BFF, or dancing with a crush to "Crazy For You," or cramming into a recording booth on the Wildwood Boardwalk to sing "Livin' On A Prayer" with your 3 sisters (and one of you still has the cassingle produced from said recording booth... somewhere). These are my own memories, but they might as well be Sheffield's. You'll enjoy every bit of this trip in the way-back machine.

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