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kimberly

claremont, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
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    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
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    I liked it. This book gives a glimpse into the French way of parenting. It turns out there is a lot to admire and emulate. The author did a good job of high-lighting the things that drive me crazy about what a lot of Americans moms tend to do (I'm guilty!), but in a light way. I don't see this book's premise as a another reason to feel bad as parents, though. I look at it as food for thought. Speaking of food, I've been introducing more variety w/ my kids (based on the French way),...voila! it worked!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Consumer Detox: Less Stuff, More Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mark Powley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Consumerism is everywhere. It shapes the way we eat, shop, rest, think, love and believe. We can't escape it, but how can we live well in the midst of it? We are daily seduced by a 250 billion dollar marketing machine. But how often do we consider how this might influence us? The current prevailing orthodoxy is that life should be lived to the max. By contrast, Jesus modeled a life of joyful limitation - free to do; free not to do. Consumer Detox, complete with the Detox Diary in the back of the book with suggestions for each chapter, encouraging stories, and space for writing personal reflections....

    kimberly says: "Have a deep life instead"
    "Have a deep life instead"
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    Have a deep life instead of the shallow life of the perpetual consumer. I found this book to be insightful, true, and often quite funny. Humor isn't the point of the book, but it's nice to have such a heavy topic handled with lightness. The deep life means better relationships...with yourself, your kids, your spouse, your community, your environment, your God. If these things are important to you, then get this book and let it change you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond
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    Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.

    Melinda says: "A Spoonful of Sugar"
    "Touching, heart-breaking, funny, wise...memorable"
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    I believe my headline says it all, but let's see if I can add more praise. I just adored this book. The book is a series of letters and responses to and from an advice columnist called Dear Sugar (Cheryl Strayed). This is no Dear Abby/ Ann Landers/ Ask Amy type experience. This book is not strident/ pedantic as are some advice- givers. This is like advice from a wise and fabulously credentialed therapist/ best friend/ mom/ teacher.

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks and most are not that memorable, although perfectly enjoyable. This one will stick with you AND make you a better person. There will be something there for you, I promise.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
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    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "grating"
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    I could not bear her voice. I was looking forward to a David Sedaris, David Rakoff kind of experience (whose voices are also, umm...-unusual-, but I ADORE them for their wit and brilliance). Yes, I did listen to the sample snippet of this book. But what is bearable for 5 minutes isn't for a half hour or more. Also, had the material had more substance/ humor,...but it didn't for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kim John Payne, Lisa M. Ross
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    From internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne comes an eloquent guide that seeks to help parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their individuality to flourish.

    Kathy K says: "A worthwhile listen for new parents"
    "Down to Earth advice for parents"
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    It's a shame that we need this advice, but we do. We have gotten so far away from fostering connection, creativity and curiosity in bring up our children that I think this book should be required reading/listening for all parents. This book is a wonderful reminder to de-clutter our children's environments, activities, and schedules so that they can get on with- well, being children and all the natural growth that requires.

    I found the book to be very, very insightful,- in fact I'm on my second listen. If you're a parent, get this book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Beth M. Howard
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
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    When journalist Beth Howard's husband dies suddenly, she packs up his RV and hits the American highways. At every stop along the way - whether filming a documentary or handing out free slices on the streets of Los Angeles - Beth uses pie as a way to find purpose. She eventually returns to her Iowa roots and creates the perfect synergy between two great American icons - pie and the American Gothic House, where she now lives and runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand.

    kimberly says: "That's a lot of pie"
    "That's a lot of pie"
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    I read an article about the author in The Los Angeles Times and was charmed by her story. I sought out the audiobook and was disappointed. What makes for an interesting article does not necessarily make for an interesting memoir. The pie metaphor turns dogged around,- I don't know,- the 50th reference.

    There is an element of L.A.-ish narcissism in how she needs to document her grief, blog about her grief, make a reality show about her grief, all in the guise of trying to work her way through grief. Well okay, that was cranky...I guess I just had too much pie.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
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    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Thought provoking"
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    This is a thought-provoking book about introverts and extroverts, and what makes each personality type tick. It is useful knowledge since everyone is in one camp or the other (albeit to varying degrees).

    I read in a previous review that the book was politically left (to the irritation of the reviewer). But, although the statement was fresh in my mind, I couldn't find any evidence of a political leaning. Yes, there is mention of Rosa Parks and Obama, but not in a political sense...just in relation to the topic at hand.

    The reader is excellent.

    63 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "A must-have for anyone creative (or not)"
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    This book will acquaint you with Resistance in all it's cunning disguises, so you can face it down and get on with your Work. This book is not only for artists, writers, or other creative types. I think it would be helpful to anyone who can't seem to lose a bit of weight, kick the drinking habit, or commit to taking the actions toward whatever eludes them. It's probably Resistance, and this book will show you what to do about it.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David B. Agus
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
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    Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.

    Roderick says: "The "techie" medicine needs!"
    "A lot of detail"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Perhaps this book was written for other medical professionals, who would appreciate the boring details of various studies. While I appreciate the author's knowledge, and am very interested in the topic itself, I feel the explanations and set-ups to his points are too tedious. I got through 3/4 of the book and just couldn't go on.


    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Minding Frankie

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
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    Overall
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    When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can't do it alone.

    Carolyn says: "Top Notch Binchy"
    "contrived"
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    I couldn't get past the first half hour.I could tell in that short time that the story was shaping up to be contrived, with details wrapped up in an obvious way. Wasted my $...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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