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Jill Zimmer

MFT Intern, Indiana I enjoy the perks of technology and Audible as a daily commuter!

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  • Psychotherapy Without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mark Epstein
    • Narrated By Dean Sluyter
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Immersed in Buddhist psychology prior to studying Western psychiatry, Dr. Mark Epstein first viewed Western therapeutic approaches through the lens of the East. This posed something of a challenge. Although both systems promise liberation through self-awareness, the central tenet of Buddha's wisdom is the notion of no-self, while the central focus of Western psychotherapy is the self. This book wrestles with the complex relationship between Buddhism and psychotherapy.

    Constant reader says: "Challenging and Enlightening"
    "Not for the Road"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I didn't get to that part. I was very disappointed. I am a MAMFT atudent at a seminary. I am not a Christian, and wanted a sense of providing clinical therapy from a buddhist perspective. I would read this book to give it a second chance, but i would return the audible book. The hour in which i listened to the book sounded like a dissertation. Not something I need to listen to on the interstate at 6am. I know, from listening to Brain Rules, and Aging as a Spiritual Practice (see reviews) that a narrator can make or break a book, and the best books are those that 'teach' well about difficult subjects. In other words, you can't wait to hear the next chapter! This audible book appeared to lack both advantages, and I need to emphasize that fact. There is a big difference betweem writing a dissertation and writing a book for a general population, no matter if the topic is interesting. If it is not presented for the audience to understand; re-think the stance.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I did not like the performance.


    What character would you cut from Psychotherapy Without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective?

    This is not a work of fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    The historic summary of 'western' Buddhism is interesting, and a good explanation of how Americans often abberate belief systems to fit their own mold of secular 'spirituality' , removing authenticity of a very honorable philosophy and way of life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3368)
    Performance
    (3051)
    Story
    (3114)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Very clever short story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Legion the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great; good storyteller who was able to bring alive the many aspects in the room.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The navy seal. As the true alter ego, he provided depth to the main character


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

    No. I have not, but I was impressed.


    Any additional comments?

    Right length; exceptional characters; quick moving plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (764)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Why oh why this narrator?"
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    Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

    Definitely Brene Brown. Karen White was less than impressive and ruined a great story. Ironically, Brene Brown is a fantastic public speaker, with a wonderful voice. I would actually rate the performance -zero- except for the content.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daring Greatly?

    I loved the chapter on shame and the difference in expression between men and women. I also loved the connection to Harry Potter, a wealth of psychology and therapy resources, personality types, culture, and neurosis.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I really looked forward to listening to this book. It was required reading for a Masters level course on Culture, Race and Sexual Identity. Our teacher picks outstanding books from original sources. I do not understand how or why this person was picked to narrate. Her voice was so entirely distracting that i will buy the book to read. I travel for an hour and a half back to school and appreciate Audible and using "listening time". This woman does not have the "voice" of a narrator. This point was amplified by the fact that Brene Brown does have a wonderful voice. See Ted Talks online.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This would not be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Brene Brown does some very out of the box research which is time appropriate to our society, highlighting that on-line communication is not the best source for connection. Wonderful book and a joy to watch on Ted Talks. The narrator of the book stinks and basically ruined the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3019)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1799)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Yes, but is knowing without practice enough?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts to be better than the print version?

    I have not, and will not buy the print version. This provided what i considered to be the "lite" version of therapy, which accentuates a "pixie dust" mentality to working on relationships, but it is a good start - but just a good start.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gary Chapman? Why or why not?

    No. I was a little disappointed. Self-help books to me often provide over-simplified solutions to hard questions and situations. I would put this in that subject category, because the author and narrator over-emphasizes positive results. He can do this because he is a therapist who has practiced over 20 years. The best way to learn about relationship and successful marriage and couple therapy, is to be able to show the failures as well as the successes. Gary Chapman chooses to focus 97% of his time on successes.


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

    No i have not, and would not be interested.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts?

    I do like the categories, and was able to identify my language and that of my husband's.


    Any additional comments?

    As a book for the masses, and a place to start in trying to understand communication difficulties, this book is wonderful, but a little too simplistic. A little over-hyped. I can only imagine a couple coming to therapy mis- "labeling" each other, only adding confusion to the mix. I would skip the first three or four chapters; they are repetitive and sort of blah blah filler material - horrible for a long car trip and rather numbing on a highway. The chapters that actually deal with each of the 5 languages are insightful, and provide some great stories. I enjoyed the Audible book, 'The Greatest Salesman' by Og Mandino more than this book.Many people will like this book, and I know its popular, but consider it only a place to start, not the solution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Og Mandino
    • Narrated By Og Mandino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (322)

    This is the legend of Hafid, a camel boy 2,000 years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life, as told to his apprentice Erasmus. Hafid relates the story of how he became known as the Greatest Salesman in the World. His success lies in the wisdom of ten leather scrolls passed down to him from his master, Pathros.

    Eric says: "Not the greatest book in the world"
    "A precious gem of wisdom"
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    If you could sum up The Greatest Salesman in the World in three words, what would they be?

    Wisdom of Life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Erasmus, for his loyalty and steadfast character


    Did Og Mandino do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Hmmm, well yes, but I would have preferred another narrator. I caught myself reacting to the brooklyn accent and letting it get in the way of my listening pleasure.


    What did you learn from The Greatest Salesman in the World that you would use in your daily life?

    This little book reinforces what many of us already know, but often do not practice - mindfulness, presence and love.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book after i had listened to the 5 languages of love by Garry Chapman, also available through Audible. Both provide very simple lessons in communicating with each other and offering ways in which we treat the Other. Chapman fails because he only provides his success stories. Some will certainly remark that comparing the two books is like apples to oranges, but of the two, I enjoyed this book, for its presentation, its affectation, its hope for humanity, and its simple way of providing a way in which to become the greatest salesperson in the world. Narration aside, its simplicity is a marvel and wonder to hear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1097)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "Cheers for Mary Russell"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beekeeper's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. However, i would consider buying it in addition to my Audible version. There are two or three very lyrical descriptions one of which occurs when Russell and Holmes are in Palestine. The characters are memorable, and yes, it is true, Holmes is resurrected as his recognizable character, but with a depth that provides fallibility and charisma that reaches beyond Doyle's Sherlock. Very admirable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beekeeper's Apprentice?

    The reconciliation of Russell and Holmes. I laughed over my steering wheel.


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

    Yes, she narrates the Doomsday Book, one of my favorite books. It is also a superb performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. This was a most engaging book. I am not sure there are any slow points. If so, they are well calculated to allow the listener or reader catch her breath.


    Any additional comments?

    Sherlock Holmes story plots can be predictable, but Mary Russell is delightful. Her character is an immeasurable addition to twisting plots and situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (874)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Be prepared to think! And laugh!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules the most enjoyable?

    John Medina is hysterical! I am thankful that my steering wheel stopped me from doubling over and losing sight of the interstate! Plus, i am a geek, i love brain stuff, and Medina knows how and what to explore and in a manner that you do not forget what you are listening to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's organization and Medina's ability to interweave personal experience into the narration.


    Which character – as performed by John J. Medina – was your favorite?

    Medina narrated his own book. This is not fiction. His voice is friendly, expresses humor, yet with an intensity that shows his scientific dedication to finding out how and why the brain works!


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

    Yes, i could sitting in my car which is where i listen to all my audible books. very entertaining and exceptionally easy to follow


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended - interesting even at 9:30 going home on the interstate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's on Your Toddler's Mind: A Roadmap to Toddler Thinking and Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Calvin A. Colarusso
    • Narrated By Ken Maxon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Wouldn't it be useful to know how infants and toddlers differ mentally from adults and how your experience during the first few years of life affects your experience as an adult? What's on Your Toddler's Mind: A Roadmap to Toddler Thinking and Behavior provides answers to those questions. Fascinating aspects of infant development, such as how an infant comes to develop a sense of self are addressed.

    Jill Zimmer says: "Good review of the toddler stage"
    "Good review of the toddler stage"
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    If you could sum up What's on Your Toddler's Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Short, understandable, professional-oriented


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This is not a story. Colarusso is a human development researcher who focuses on toddlers and childhood. I used it to reinforce classroom learning. The content was rather dry at times; not like listening to fiction, for example. Probably more reading appropriate as a resource.


    What aspect of Ken Maxon’s performance would you have changed?

    Not remarkable, but then this is a topic of research and factoids for more of a professional application.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    this would be a documentary on toddlers, and i would call it 'No', a toddler's excursion to independence.


    Any additional comments?

    Because of its length, i am assuming that these audibles were produced for the exact reason i purchased it. It provided a short and concise review of a human development stage. The pictue of the toddler is priceless as a cover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lewis Richmond
    • Narrated By Fred Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Everything changes. For Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities, fresh beginnings, and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself.

    Sandra says: "A must read for all of us who are aging."
    "Graceful aging"
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    Would you listen to Aging as a Spiritual Practice again? Why?

    Definitely. Along with Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, this book makes me laugh, cry, smile and frown. I bought the book to give as a present which has the most wonderfully designed cover.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The buddhist perspective described from a true experiential sense and by some one who authentically practices.


    What about Fred Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    He encompassed the 'voice' of the author.


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

    I suppose . . . However, i listen to books as a commuter. So, over three days i listened to the whole book and looked forward to my commute because i was listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that i have the Audible App on my iPhone. I have bluetooth in my Kia Soul and it syncs with my iPhone! I love technology that works together! Thank you Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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