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Lea

bookwormmom45

Gladewater, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Twelve Gateways to Freedom: A Training for Life

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Millman
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    The Twelve Gateways to Freedom was recorded at a two-day live seminar based on material in Dan Millman's book, Everyday Enlightenment. Here, Dan presents the full scope of personal and spiritual growth.

    Alex says: "Excellent lecture"
    "marvelous message"
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    Simplifies enlightenment amazingly. Big gripe. It cuts off chapter 8 and there is no way to tell how much is missing. I tried it in two different devices to make sure it was the program and not my device. But I loved this program.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (834)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Oh My Goodness"
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    I hated for the story to end. I really felt the author's concerns and the human-ness of this person from the inside out! We would find an individual such as this challenging, (I work with developmentally disabled persons) but they are just like any other person, with reasons for the things they do and preferences and the ability to grow and mature. Edward is a marvelous, quirky, flawed but dear human being, enjoy getting to know him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (596)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "What a fun story!"
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    You really end up going through a life journey with this character, who discovers herself adrift as to past, identity, purpose....and it's a romp of a journey with twists that leave you laughing, thinking 'how ever in the world!' It's inspiring as well as entertaining.

    I loved the narrator, story, everything but must mention, there are production problems. A couple of times the narration goes back a few chapters and replays entire sections. So don't think you are crazy when you think 'didn't I already hear this part?' you did, and you'll have to forward a few places to pick up the story again. This story is good enough you'll be happy if you don't let this dissuade you!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Choosing Love: Moving from Ego to Essence in Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gina Lake
    • Narrated By Rebecca Van Volkinburg
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    (12)
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    Are you sabotaging the love that is possible in your relationships? Have you ever wished you could unlock the love that is your true nature and express it fully? Loving in the Moment offers a spiritual approach to transforming relationships by showing you how to let go of your preconceived ideas and judgments. By moving beyond your ego and conditioning, you can create a richer, more loving life for yourself and those you care about.

    Lea says: "wise and uplifting"
    "wise and uplifting"
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    I deeply hope persons with a Christian worldview won't bypass this book simply because the author believes in reincarnation. I don't particularly believe in reincarnation but I don't think one needs to do so in order to sense that we are all connected as part of one great wholeness. (I actually think our connectedness means we all have some access to each other's thoughts and memories, etc. which might account for the impression of past lives, but I don't think it's important to know this at this time, I believe we'll all know 'ultimate reality' eventually, are Christians not promised the 'tent of God will be with mankind?')

    In the meantime, spiritual teachers such as Gina Lake help point us to the most loving parts of ourselves, she calls it 'essence' and every time she says 'essence' my spirit hears 'that part of you that knows God.' What someone else's inner Self hears in the place of that word I can't predict, but I think you will find it meaningful to find out. What I look for in spiritual teachers is not 'all the answers,' which they can't have anyway, but for a saner approach to all aspects of my life, inner and outer. Those who appreciate writers like Tolle, Ruiz, and especially Byron Katie, will appreciate Gina Lake. I am blessed by this book, and have found myself listening to parts of this recording almost every day.

    The narration also is excellent, by the way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
    • Narrated By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
    Overall
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    (45)
    Story
    (39)

    Internationally acclaimed parenting experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish have helped millions of families with their breakthrough, best-selling books. Now, they return with a lively, down-to-earth guide that tackles the tough issues teens and parents face today. After years of research, lecturing, and feedback, Faber and Mazlish have developed an innovative approach to maintaining a candid, open, mutually respectful dialogue between parents and teens.

    Robert says: "Got Teens?"
    "Good basic info and somewhat motivational but...."
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    It will make you feel like it is possible to interact with your teen in a more positive way.

    I will finish this book, and I am sure I will even listen more than once so that I can apply some worthy ideas and techniques. But the reviews that say the authors were 'trying to act' and that they felt they were being 'talked down to,' those reviews were spot on. The narration is a turn off, unfortunately. Overblown phrasing when a nice simple reading would have conveyed the information so much better, and I don't hate accents but their accents are annoying. I'll listen in spurts!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3116)
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    (2717)
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    (2756)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "This is one of my faves!"
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    I loved this story. It gripped me, seriously. I cared about all of the protagonists, and worried over their fates. I actually would get to my destination and keep listening with my mp3 player in the car, to find out what happened next. And esp. if you get it in this 4.95 sale, you will be bagging a deal. It's a wonderful story, don't miss out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Three Magic Words

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Uell Stanley Anderson
    • Narrated By Brian Copeland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    In Three Magic Words, you will learn of the unlimited power that is yours. You will learn how you can turn this power to work for you, here on earth, to make your life majestic and overflowing with good. Three Magic Words is not a religion or a sect or a society. In its entirety it is a series of essays aimed at revealing to you your power over all things. You will learn that there is only one mover in all creation and that mover is thought.

    Lea says: "11 hours long and I'm on my second listen."
    "11 hours long and I'm on my second listen."
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    If 'New Thought' authors appeal to you, and Tolle, Dyer, and Chopra resonate with you, give this book a try. I am thoroughly enjoying it. I don't feel as though I have to agree with every word and interpretation the author makes to benefit from the upbeat, encouraging ideas. If you want to make friends with your mind, this book is a step in that direction...maybe a very big step if you are ready for it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (304)

    A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain explains how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. The authors are two pioneers: best-selling author and physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. They have merged their wisdom and expertise for a bold new understanding of the “three-pound universe” and its untapped potential.

    Lea says: "I expected a lot from this book, it came through"
    "I expected a lot from this book, it came through"
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    I took away a couple of important 'big ideas' that I had long suspected but couldn't understand because I didn't have the reference point I needed. The most important point for me was how to know when to look for your own hidden agenda in situations. That is going to be so helpful. The book is also encouraging by making change seem possible, and failure understandable and even part of the process of growth.
    I feel positive and strong and capable and inspired after listening to this book. I will be playing this one frequently. Liberation seems not only possible, but inescapable. If you even faintly suspect you might like this subject matter, just do it, buy it, it's a fabulous book.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Venuto
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (345)
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    (168)
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    The Body Fat Solution is neither super low carb nor super low fat, and the author steers clear of demonizing entire food groups. Instead, Venuto shows you how to personalize an eating plan that takes into account your unique metabolism and calorie needs. He details the stumbling blocks we all face to success, and gives you the tools to overcome them.

    David says: "The Most Sensible "Diet" Book Ever"
    "This is a sensible approach-food is fuel"
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    I have lost weight in the past with extreme lowcarb, which works like crazy, but also left me with thinned hair. So that left me concerned about this approach. However, the foods eaten on this plan are not very limited. You really don't need to count carbs, but be conscious of the total calories, and get your calories from nutrient dense food.

    So going into the plan, this is what I discovered: When you start eating fibrous, nutrient dense foods, you end up with little room in your diet for empty calories, and little desire for them as well, which is very helpful. If in my day I eat a big apple, a carrot, a salad, some lean chicken, a little oatmeal, a slice of cheese and whole wheat crackers, black bean soup...you end the day quite satisfied.

    and you do lose weight. I'm down 17 pounds so far.

    Some parts of the audio were more interesting than others, which is the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5. I docked the performance stars for pronunciation mistakes, especially inconsistent ones.

    It's a very worthwhile book, and if you are ready to give up empty foods or have already done so, this can extend your knowledge of how to eat, and maybe more importantly, how not to eat. Eat to fuel your body and life, and not for comfort, to fill emotional voids, etc.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (937)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "On my second listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Abides to be better than the print version?

    I managed to miss every seeing this in print, but I'm loving this book even on my second listen. I don't usually listen to fiction books twice, but I truly loved this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't pick one!


    What about Jonathan Davis and Connie Willis ’s performance did you like?

    It was a balanced presentation, no over-acting really, just a well-told story well-read.


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

    I laughed several times, sometimes there was a bit of that human absurdity that we just have to turn a wry grin at, recognizing our own foibles. The sad parts were touching, but not to the degree to really pull tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Just really glad I got this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)
    • Narrated By Jim Stewart
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (194)

    A Course in Miracles, also known as "the Course" or ACIM, was scribed by Dr. Helen Schucman. It is a self-study course that aims to assist listeners, readers, and students in achieving spiritual transformation. Book 1: Text is largely theoretical, and sets forth the concepts on which the Course's thought system is based. Its ideas contain the foundation for the lessons in Book 2, the Workbook for Students.

    Lea says: "Course Students will adore."
    "Course Students will adore."
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    I actually didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I am, when I listened to the narration, I was not pleased with the voice. I thought it dry and unenthusiastic. But 10 hours in, I can say Mr. Stewart was an excellent choice. His pacing is excellent, his enunciation clear.

    The Course can be daunting, and I truly believe being able to listen as well as read will be helpful to any serious Course student.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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