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Virginia

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  • 32 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 91 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nina W. Brown
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Being a parent is usually all about giving of yourself to foster your child's growth and development. But what happens when this isn't the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder.

    sarah says: "content good"
    "Good information"
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    This is a very good book if you had a narcassist parent ... there are plenty of good information ... yet if you only had to read one book on the subject then skip this one ... watch out for the narrator .. she got on my nerves

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

    Nick says: "Entertaining and insightul"
    "Something different"
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    I really did enjoy the book, even though it's kind of a new genre for me ... what i liked most about it is that it took me away from everyday life to a new mysterious existence .... it's also challenging in some aspects ... as it did challenge many of my firmly held beliefs ...
    one thing i know for sure ... i will never look at a "veiled" woman the same way again ... which is quite cool really

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Trauma of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mark Epstein M.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (22)

    Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness touch us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic. In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker, Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind's own development. Western psychology teaches that if we understand the cause of trauma, we might move past it while many drawn to Eastern practices see meditation as a means of rising above, or distancing themselves from, their most difficult emotions.

    Virginia says: "This is what i call a GREAT book"
    "This is what i call a GREAT book"
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    If you must read one book on pain, suffering ..etc then let it be this one ...
    But let me first clarify that this is a Buddhist book filled with the teachings of the Buddha ...it is also filled with information about the life of the Buddha, but that usually comes with a purpose ...
    I cannot praise this book enough ... as it helped me finally OPEN my eyes to reality instead of dreaming away with all the self-help junk i have read throughout the years ..
    An insightful ... sobering ... well written book
    note: i didn't like the narration at all ...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Most of us live in a constant state of fear - of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn't have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity.

    eugene says: "Clinging to the monk"
    "A great great book"
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    First let me clarify that this is a Buddhist book filled with the teachings of the Buddha ... i am not a Buddhist yet i found it extremely helpful ... it's kind of a next step after one digs deep into one's self (introspection work) ... it helps with getting over the pain and suffering (after being acknowledged and experienced that is )
    I found it much more "REAL" than the self -help books that usually left me lost and frustrated ... i highly recommended
    note: the narration was excellent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (469)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Speechless"
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    Not only is the book totally amazing ... the story ... the characters ... life lessons ..etc
    everything about Elliot's novels is just fantastic ... the narrator is without a doubt the best there is ... many times throughout my listen i even forgot that it was a single narrator ... Juliet stevenson is so talanted ... so passionate and just plain FANTASTIC

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Jacobson
    • Narrated By Larry Jacobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

    LINDA says: "Wonderful!!!"
    "Couldn't get myself to finish it"
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    I love books about travelling and finding one's self ... i love books about achieving one's childhood dreams ... i just don't think this book is one of them ... i guess unless you are a sailor who is interested in the subject of sailing this book would seem too far off ... i hardly ever put a book down ... only the one's i cannot stomach ... i wasn't able to go through this audio book ... not because it was bad or anything ... just not for me ...
    Lately i am having a hard time finding good travelling and adventure books on audible ... this and "all over the map" which was about a whining single woman dying to find a man and is not REALLY interested in travelling as much as she would like us to think ( i reviewd this book earlier) would top my list of the worst books of the month ...
    sorry for being so harsh

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All Over the Map

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Laura Fraser
    • Narrated By Kristen Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Laura Fraser, the New York Times best-selling author of An Italian Affair, buys listeners the plane tickets and takes them in search of adventure and romance, as she wonders whether it's possible, in midlife, to have it all.

    Virginia says: "A travelling book?"
    "A travelling book?"
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    The book is amusing and won't make you bored but i doubt it has anything to do with travelling or discovering one's self ... it's a book about how the author is so desperate to find a man and a describtion of her affairs ... there is no information about the places she goes to ... nothing about her journey of self discovery (which was non existant) ... she is a woman who can afford travel ... very stubborn and doesn't seem to want to learn from her mistakes ... and keeps going on and on about men ... she is so dependant on men for someone who describes herself as a feminist ...
    i found in some parts of the book that she had no respect for "certain" cultures ... for example she was harrassed by a man in egypt .. so she speaks ill of muslims and egyptian men and culture ... but then she was raped in samoa ... yet she considers this to be a matter that isn't related to the country and the people (which is true)... this "seasoned" traveller strikes me as the "average" American TOURSIT (no offense intended)
    I am someone who loves to travel and i consider my self foot loose ... so i was really angered discovering that she travels because it's what she does (even though she doesn't say it plainly) ... all she wants is to get married and have children ... very strange for someone who keeps reminding us - because we tend to forget - that she is super adventerous and strong ...
    In a travel book i really missed the travel part ... other than the food and men the whole travel thing is nearly non - existant ...
    i don't want to be harsh ... but don't bother with her book ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century. Although best known for Ulysses and The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he also wrote a number of shorter works. Chief among them is "The Dead," which was published as part of a collection in 1914.

    Virginia says: "Simple ... but really good"
    "Simple ... but really good"
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    A very simple theme ... an amusing story ... and an absolutely deep ending ... the difference between the concept of living and mere surviving ... would recommend it to anyone

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (297)

    On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa.

    J. Becker says: "Don't Need A Crowbar"
    "Disappointed"
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    This was my first encounter with Pema Chodorn and due to her reputation i was extremely excited .... i thought i would find some answers ... some wisdom ... but far from it ... i found this speech to be mediocre to say the least ... i am saying it was useless or a waste of time and money - it's not- it's just not that useful ... and i have to strongly disagree with all the glowing reviews of this "speech" ...
    This book also lead me to read about Pema's master and i must admit i was shocked ... i am sure this has nothing to do with the speech or her books but still i was puzzled ...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Do the Work

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Steven Pressfield
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

    Sara says: "Powerhouse of Motivation"
    "Love it"
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    Short ... simple ... amusing and to the point ... it's a very good listen for those who need to start writing or begin with any project ... funny at times ... but inspiring always ... worth your time and money

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristin Neff
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (96)

    The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion - and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.

    Jeanette says: "Worth Reading"
    "Brilliant"
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    This is a really really good book ... it's not a self help book ... it's written after years of study and personal experience ... i found so much sense and wisdom in the words of Dr.Neff ... i can honestly say it's one of the best books i have ever read on the subject ... it altered the way i see things drastically ... i feel happier and a better person after reading this book ... it's a book that one would listen to more than once ... recommended

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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