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Basel, Switzerland | Member Since 2002

  • 4 reviews
  • 176 ratings
  • 207 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

    Annie M. says: "DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!"
    "Excellent Book, with one small exception"

    I would have given this book 5 stars except that I found author's voice so distracting. He has a gravelly voice (think Rod Serling) and I kept wanting to clear my (his) throat and therefore found it a bit difficult to concentrate on the content of what he was saying. That said, it was an excellent book for those who enjoy case studies and want to know how Mindfulness is practiced. Other readers found the explanations of various brain functions to be a bit heavy-going. I felt it answered exactly those questions I had been wondering about. I look forward to more from Dr. Siegel, but hope next time he opts for a professional reader.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "No Difference Between the 2 Main Characters"

    I wanted to like this book, but the more I listened to the dialog of the 2 main characters, the more I became convinced that they were essentially the same person. The child has a too-developed and adult vocabulary, even for a precocious one. The expressions and observations were essentially the same for both characters. The adult reader was terrific, the child reader had dreadful pronunciation of French words. That is too bad because it could have been a charming book. I found that it tried too hard and came up short. The idea of plugging philosophical musings into both characters' thoughts and lives was very interesting. For me, it wasn't in the end convincing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magical Thinking: True Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs

    A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

    Jessica says: "His best yet!"
    "It seemed like an eternity"

    I suspect it's necessary to be a thirty-something gay man to find this book remotely interesting. For me, it was neither witty nor amusing. It was a collection of anecdotes that left me thinking, 'So what!' I wish I had listened to the sample first. The author's whiny, effeminate voice drove me to distraction. Maybe his other books are better, but this was my first, and last, that I'll get of his.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tammy Bruce
    • Narrated By Tammy Bruce

    If you've always suspected that factions on the Left are trying to destroy the values that define our civilization, this book proves it. Through The Death of Right and Wrong, author, activist, and pundit Tammy Bruce takes you inside the chilling world of the Left - a place where morals and decency have been turned on their heads and the crisp distinction between Right and Wrong has been blurred into a mushy, gray mess.

    Peri says: "Excellent insight"
    "Extremist Nonsense"

    As a polemic it starts out as entertaining, provocative, even interesting. It wears thin quickly however. A point becomes a rant and in the end I found the rant unsustainable. There is no point to this book except as one tiresome arguement that the 'liberal left' is the cause of all that is wrong in our society. A bit of critical reflection tells us that it isn't that simple. Nothing is. If you take the binary view of life, that everything can be reduced to black and white morality with no gray areas, this is your book. For people seeking informed and balanced social criticism, I would urge you to search elsewhere. I found this is a huge waste of time.

    8 of 17 people found this review helpful

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