This is an excellent book about retraining your mind to work for you and not against you by centering your thoughts on God, His Word, and therefore, Truth.
I would recommend this book to anyone battling negative emotions such as anger or depression.
Joyce Meyer encourages actively training your mind to think positively through God-centered truths. She does this without overcomplicating the subject matter, and by recognizing that this is an ongoing battle for everyone.
I will listen to this book again. It is a wonderful reminder of why we should concentrate on God's Word and how important it is to keep His Word on our minds.
Yes - the narrator really makes the voices, and therefore, the personalities, come alive as she reads.
This book had a good plot that kept me engaged - just not as engaged as I was for the first book. There was a lot of danger and humor in this story, but there weren't as many twists and turns as I would have liked.
Ms. Polifax is always my favorite.
I related to the moment when Ms. Polifax wishes she could just be back at her apartment relaxing rather than be in the danger she sought. We always want excitement until we get too much of it.
This was a good listen. Again, I would have liked more twists and turns, but there were a few surprises and it was exceptionally well read.
I would call the Ms. Polifax books a cozy spy series. If you like spy novels without the blood and gore, you will enjoy this. There was some language that I didn't appreciate, but it didn't take over the book, so I still enjoyed it. I will be reading more from this series.
The narrator did a really good job of keeping the material interesting.
The ending - which I won't give away - was a surprise that followed a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing.
She makes the characters come alive without "overreading." She is good at performing different voices, which adds a new dimension to the experience that I wouldn't be able to enjoy just reading the book.
No, I didn't have any extreme reactions to the book. It was just a good cozy mystery.
This is not a thriller with nonstop action, so don't pick it if an "edge-of-your-seat" experience is what you're craving. This is a typical cozy with a lot of emphasis on relationships. It's a nice relaxing listen after a long day - the type of thing that evokes the image of a listener reclined in a comfy chair inhaling lavendar aromatherapy with a cup of chamomile tea in one hand, using the other hand to pet a cat while it softly rains outside.
I will probably listen to more from this author when I just want to relax with the sound of a good cozy mystery in the background.
This was a valuable book that I may later re-read. The author, Brene Brown, relates various fears, such as the fear of failure and the fear of rejection, to the overriding emotion of shame. I found most of her ideas to be well presented and on point.
The author doesn't venture much into religion, but where she does, she doesn't commit to anything, she just has a very vague view of how that fits into her world view. I didn't agree with her vague views and found them distracting in relation to the rest of the book. She sounded like she was tryng too hard to not offend anyone to present a real perspective on the spiritual aspect of the human experience.
She did, however, provide a clear explanation of just how the fear of shame impacts and even creates a lot of the other emotions that account for many of our actions. I've actually never heard an author address this topic in this way, and I found it refreshing to hear such a frank discussion of such an important aspect of our existance that we would rather forget about. Ms. Brown reminds us that facing shame and our fear of it can free us to be brave and to forgive ourselves enough to experience joy.
The narrator has such a wonderful voice for this type of book. She is simultaneously encouraging and calming. Her voice is sweet with a natural cadence that keeps you engaged. I listened to the book at a speed of 1.5 and found Lauren Fortgang's performance to be perfect.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a problem with the fear of failure and rejection or who feels that no matter what they do, they are somehow doing the wrong thing and missing out on life. It won't, of course, address every problem in life, but you might gain some perspectve that will help you to see some of your problems in the light of how you relate to shame, and that might help you to make better decisions. After all, isn't that the most one can expect out of a self-help book? Just don't take her vague religious ideas too seriously.
After the first book, I had high expectations of this one. I was somewhat disappointed. The performance was just as magnificent as it was in the first book. Jayne Entwistle is a truly talented storyteller, but the plot was just not up to the standard of the first book. It moves very slowly because it lacks action and tension.
The mystery is somewhat interesting, but I would have liked it more if there had been more danger involved. Don't get me wrong - I don't like blood and guts - but I need more than descriptions to keep me motivated.
I wouldn't say this was a waste of my time or credit, but don't look to this as any sort of an action book. It was worth it for Jayne Entwistle's performance, and I will continue to read this series, but I hope the rest of the books are more like the debut and less like this one.
This is a really good resource for beginning herb gardeners, and it contains some really valuable information that even experienced herb gardeners may not know. The author does a really good job of presenting the material in a logical way, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired. Even after increasing the speed, it was hard to focus on the material because the reading was so boring - without any real intonation or variation in cadence. This would be a much better book than audiobook, but it's a quick read and it has a lot of useful ideas, particulaly about storing, using, and selling herbs.
Dreamland by David. K. Randall was an interesting foray into the subject of sleep, and it did have scientific merit (I particularly enjoyed the part about sleep studies), but it fell off the deep end in a couple of places, especially where dreams are discussed.
There is a lot to be said for the amount of research that went into this book. The explanations of what physically happens when we sleep, the discussion of various sleep medications, and the evidence used to support the importance of sleep were well presented.
The narrators performace was good - not stellar - but good.
The problem that I had with the scientific merit of the book came primarily with the discussion of dream interpretation. First of all, I should say that I studied that topic in college - I don't have a degree in it or anything - but I studied it enough to write a well-researched paper about dreams.
There are a myriad of factors that can influence dreams including, but not limited to: allergies, bedding, sounds you hear while you're sleeping, effects of medications, foods you've eaten (particularly the acidity of the foods), things you've experienced that day (like watching a weird TV show or movie), the weather, etc. I don't recall any of these factors being seriously presented. If they were, it was in passing to the point that I don't remember it with the exception of a limited discussion about things you've experienced that day. The author did account for that one factor, but the other factors are so important that to dismiss them and concentrate solely on Freudian and superstitious interpretation was, in my opinion, downright irresponsible.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in studying sleep, just note that some of it is, at best, poorly researched.
I love the book of Daniel, and this was an example of George W. Sarris' ability to convincingly narrate different voices. I particularly loved his interpretation of the king's voice.
This is a great King James Version of the book of Daniel from the Bible for anyone who wants to hear Daniel read to them. I highly recommend any of George W. Sarris' biblical performances. You won't be disappointed.
This is a really good reference about the uses of Cayenne pepper for health purposes. The narrators did a really good job, and the book has a lot of great ideas about how to incorporate these peppers into your diet to help with various ailments.
I would have liked to hear more about whether other hot peppers could be substituted for Cayenne, but maybe that's not fair, since this book was devoted to Cayenne. The author addressed various precautions, but I would have also liked more on that subject, since the book tends to come accross as though Cayenne peppers were a cure-all remedy (think snake oil).
While I understand that the author is trying to illuminate the various benefits of Cayenne, I thought she should have pulled more references from medical studies, or at least books, rather than the Internet. I don't mind hearing references from the Internet so long as they don't comprise most of the references given, but the author used Internet references so often that she sounded more like a Cayenne salesman than a serious researcher giving you the benefit of her research.
I have to say, though, that thanks to this book, I have added a Cayenne teasan with honey to my diet, and it seems to be beneficial (increased energy and gets my brain moving faster in the morning). At the end of it all, this was a quick, helpful read, and maybe that's all it needed to be.
This is an excellent course about nutrition. I already knew the basics of this topic, but I learned a lot that will help me improve my immunity and prevent disease - I even learned that I was eating something that was making me sick (sugar alcohols).
This course goes beyond the usual nutrition advice that you get in health books - "Just eat plant-based foods and exercise" - to give you in-depth knowledge of every aspect of nutrition science. It explores the basics of diet and excercise, but it also addresses vitamins and minerals, supplements, fads, real-world problems (like getting hungry at night), specific diseases (diabetes and celiac), the psychology of nutrition, genetics research, what is happening in your body with cells, molecules, and bacteria in different situations (such as dealing with high cholesterol levels), and how to incorporate small changes in your life to make a big difference.
There was some really interesting material about the history of nutrition legislation, but refreshingly, politics were left out of it. Not everything in the book is without bias, but at least, when a bias is presented, it is accomanied with researched evidence and analysis supporting it. For the most part, the course was put together with a minimal amount of judgementalism and fussiness.
I especially liked the frequently asked questions portion in the last chapter. I would recommend listening to that first, but the entire course is valuable, and that's rare for me to say about such a long course.
The narrator, Dr. Roberta Anding, does a good job, but her voice can become flat and repetitive in its intonation and rhythm. She doesn't really excite you about the topic, but she does a decent job of presenting the material. Essentially, she sounds like any ordinary doctor giving a lecture - scientific and methodical, but somewhat flat.
This was well worth a credit, and it's something that I will refer to when I need a refresher about nutrition. I can say that it actually improved my health. If I had to, I would purchase it all over again.
George W. Sarris is an impressive narrator with a talent for animating the Scriptures without reducing the reverent tone that is required for God's Word. I will be listening to this one over and over again.
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