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  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "Funny, great narrator and good advice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gifts of Imperfection to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version

    Would you be willing to try another book from Brene Brown? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Love her sense of humor, the obvious amount of research she puts into her subject matter, and how she personalizes all of that into a very down-to-earth, intelligent book about how to get over yourself and live life more fully.
    She gives lots of quotes from other authors, recommends their books, gives a pep talk but in a non-corny way (for the most part). I did get a little tired of the repetitious "How do you dig deep?" I could have done without ever hearing that more than once and it's throughout the entire book. Along with that question is the "breakdown/, strike that, spiritual breakthrough" or something like that. You'd think I would remember but I think I purposely blocked it out because it was sorta but not really funny the first time I heard it. It was making me want to throw things out my window at other cars on the freeway by the hundredth time I'd heard it. Which is a a little bit against what I'm trying to learn here - to be a little more patient with other people and myself. I'm wanting to free myself of some bad habits at work, home, and in my head. It's a special little playground for my sickest thoughts. She gave really good advice with excellent research and references to back up what she was saying.

    I felt as though she was a good friend of mine siting in the backyard telling life stories together. It just was't my turn yet but it didn't matter because I was transfixed by her and her descriptions of how she came to her realizations personally and professionally. The narrator was so good that I thought it was actually the author until I looked to see for myself. This was very inspiring in a barefoot in the backyard drinkin a brew and talkin with my girlfriend kinda way. Except this girlfriend is sober, funny, unbelievably intelligent and caring.

    kinda like most of my girlfriends are anyway. :)

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

    Not that I know of

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

    I didn't want to stop listening and actually enjoyed my 2.5 hour commute yesterday morning coming in to work rather than trying to stay awake and in a positive frame of mind while battling Houston rush-hour traffic.

    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! Definitely gonna listen to another one of Brene' Brown's books and I'll probably look up some other stuff the narrator has done too. I loved her voice.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Splintered

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By A. G. Howard
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers - precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

    Maddie says: "Had Potential, But That Was It..."
    "Great storyline and performance"

    I loved this story. It was so creative and compelling. The performance was one of the best I've heard. It allowed me to get totally lost in the story. The only thing that bugged me to the point of giving this 3 stars was the in depth description of how Alyssa felt every two minutes with metaphors that were completely lacking. It took away from the story in a big way. I know you're scared, don't describe it again as the worst pain ever and like a knife cutting into your heart. I wanted to scream every time she'd describe her feeeeelings. Just tell the story. Throw that in every half hour to an hour, not every two minutes. Like I said, I LOVED the story line. Fantastic! Just keep the metaphors on how she feels to a minimum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflex

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Davy has always been alone. He believes that he's the only person who can teleport. But what if he isn't? A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. But there's one thing that they don't know....

    Katherine says: "Exciting sequel to Jumper"
    "One of the best audiobooks ever!!!"

    Unexpected twists, deep unusual characters I cared about, outstanding performance with an excellent plot. This was definitely not a formula book. No cheesy romance or unbelieveable sci-fi with strange creatures. This was a moment of suspended disbelief in an old concept made real. Enter Star Trek, Captain Kirk brand, without the transporters. Not possible, right? Yet, I'm believing it, not believing it, not caring because the story is so freaking good. Romance, brutality, corrupt governmental agencies, twists, turns, I didn't want it to end. Thanks Steven Gould for a great book and Macleod Andrews for an outstanding performance!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Performance was so annoying I couldn't finish it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just couldn't listen to this narrator. It was probably a good book. Seemed like a decent plot but the narrator was so annoying that I couldn't make myself listen to it.

    Has Guilt turned you off from other books in this genre?

    don't know

    Would you be willing to try another one of John Rubinstein’s performances?


    What character would you cut from Guilt?

    don't know

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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