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Roberta L. Ruben

Retired Library Media Specialist. Professor of Instructional Technology. Over 65 and living in Chicago.

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  • Is There No Place on Earth for Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Sheehan
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith, Kate Reading
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    This renowned journalist's classic Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of schizophrenia - now reissued with a new postscript - follows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness. "Sylvia Frumkin" was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. In 1978, reporter Susan Sheehan took an interest in her and, for more than two years, became immersed in her life.

    Roberta L. Ruben says: "Sad But True"
    "Sad But True"
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    What made the experience of listening to Is There No Place on Earth for Me? the most enjoyable?

    I found the author's understanding of the mental health system for young people in America very enlightening. I was amazed by the number of drugs tried by sufferers of mental illnesses and the fact that Drs. do not understand how the drugs effect each patient differently. This is an eye opening study of painful life one human who tried hard to fit in but could never please herself or others. She was a lost soul who kept searching for the cure to her diseased brain.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that her sister stood by her through out her illness and tried to understand and love her in spite of her strange, childish, and often violent behavior.


    Have you listened to any of Kaleo Griffith and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listen to Kate Reading before and I think she is a very good reader. She did an outstanding job conveying the pain of the main character of this biographical study of a mentally ill young American.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to learn if the Drs. ever found the medication(s) that could keep this bright women from self destruction and other psychotic behaviors.


    Any additional comments?

    An eye opening true story of the failures of modern medicine to help the mentally ill young people living among us try to exhibit "normal" behavior patterns. As we learn about the number of youth who are mentally ill. We all need to listen to this book to truly understand their frustration with the mental health system in the U.S.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Nine Guided Practices to Awaken Presence and Open Your Heart

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tara Brach
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    A profound transformation can occur just by training your attention in awareness - a practice sweeping schools, workplaces, and institutions across the country with its capacity to decrease stress, cultivate inner calm, and expand wisdom and creativity. Clinical psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach has been at the forefront of mindfulness-based therapy since its inception, successfully bringing principles of mindfulness to alleviate depression, chronic pain, and more.

    G. A. Kalwinski says: "Great content; wish it was organized differently."
    "Relaxing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend because it is relaxing and the author helps me reach my goal to learn to be more relaxed when mediating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindfulness Meditation?

    The author's ability to explain what Mindfulness Mediation is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Visualizing calmness and the feelings of the love of self and others.


    What did you learn from Mindfulness Meditation that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned many different ways to relax beyond just watching myself breathing in and out.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for those who are new to mediation techniques.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Relaxation: A Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practice for Healing in the Hospital and/or at Home

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
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    The World of Relaxation was conceived as a way to reach out to patients lying in bed in the hospital and inviting them to experiment inwardly, with Jon’s guidance, in bringing mindful awareness to their present-moment circumstances, utilizing the occasion of having to lie in bed for some time - whatever the viewer’s medical condition and prognosis - to do something for him or herself to promote healing of the mind and body, as a vital complement to whatever the health care system and one’s doctors are doing by way of medical treatments and rehabilitation.

    Roberta L. Ruben says: "Bad Reaction"
    "Bad Reaction"
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    Would you try another book from Jon Kabat-Zinn and/or Jon Kabat-Zinn?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Jon Kabat-Zinn’s story?

    The speakers voice is muffled. Music is too loud in relation to the voice.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader and better recording systems. This was not read, it was a speech. Music too loud. Microphone of the reader is not clear.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The concepts are good. It is not relaxing. It is should be reproduced in a different room.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stillness Speaks

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    This long-awaited second book by renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle goes deeper into the teachings so eloquently and clearly expressed in his first book, The Power of Now.

    A User says: "Brilliant"
    "Tolle's philosophy and methodology in brief"
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    Would you listen to Stillness Speaks again? Why?

    Yes; as recommended by author. This is the manual to his other writings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No character in this book


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eckhart Tolle?

    I already have


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I would no make a film of this book


    Any additional comments?

    Write better questions!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (6045)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Makes you use your imagination"
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    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    Full of visual surprises


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi he controlled his fears and survived


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The strange flesh eating plant on an island with no people


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Could this be true? Beliefs are about man vs animals are false.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for young and old listeners

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel Therapy Meditations

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Doreen Virtue
    • Narrated By Doreen Virtue
    Overall
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    This calming and healing program allows you to open up to the miraculous healing power of the angels. Doreen Virtue leads you through a powerful healing journey, and then reads heart-opening affirmative messages from these heavenly beings.

    L. Banks says: "A wonderful, powerful and healing meditation!"
    "Mediate for Healing"
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    If you could sum up Angel Therapy Meditations in three words, what would they be?

    Helpful, Thoughtful, Restful


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I thought that the author was very tuned into the mediations and guiding listeners to freedom from worry. The least interesting was the purpose of each angel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like all of it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the visual images the author had you conger in your mind were all moving to me.


    Any additional comments?

    It is not a meditation I would listen to everyday. It is special for times when you are in pain or feeling in need of energy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    Kosmas says: "I'm so glad I got this book!"
    "Learn More About Yourself!"
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    What did you love best about The Power of Now?

    The author saved himself from a life of anxiety, mental illness, and self torture. He learned to go into himself and face his demons and is now an enlightened teacher of others who do not want to live in the present for fear of the future. I can't say that love is the best word to describe anything about this life. The objective of the author's awakening of his place in the universe is not a knew story. It is the story of learning to love the moment and not to worry about the past or future. I think he delivers a very important message.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author is my favorite character. He has all of the answers while the other two characters only have questions. I do not see them as characters but as seekers of knowledge about their place in the universe.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I do think that it is difficult to understand his meaning at times. I suggest listening to "Revisiting the Power of Now" right after you listen to The Power of Now for a better understanding of the goals of this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I do not think most have the mental ability to listen to all of it at once. I suggest you listen it in 3 sections and later try listening to it all at once; if you have time. Wait about 6 months and listen to it again and you may relate to why not thinking is a positive behavior.


    Any additional comments?

    It is my suggestion that you also listen to other works by this author. The methods of meditation he is giving you are difficult to comprehend if you are not a New Ager or do not Meditate as part of your religious practices. I recommend you try his suggestions and see how you feel when you do not think about anything. It is frightening for some at first. It makes you think you are lost in space.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashing the Soul of Money: Find Sufficiency, Freedom, & Purpose Through Your Relationship with Money

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lynne Twist
    • Narrated By Lynne Twist
    Overall
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    (24)
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    (22)

    Imagine feeling completely at peace about your money, whether you're earning it, spending it, saving it, or using it to help others. In Unleashing the Soul of Money, world-renowned fund-raiser and "money mentor" Lynne Twist shares from her 30 years of global research into happiness and money to reveal a surprising truth: that the size of your paycheck has little to do with fulfillment, and everything to do with getting your money aligned with your deepest commitments, values, and desires.

    Fatiha says: "Amazing"
    "It Really Made Me Think!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unleashing the Soul of Money to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I am sure hearing it from the author is better than trying to infer her meaning.


    What other book might you compare Unleashing the Soul of Money to and why?

    I have not read another book like this.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The outstanding description of the culture of the consumer and how Americans are being manipulated into thinking we are poor were outstanding and memorable. But most important was the authors method of questioning the audience about their relationship with people and how it compares to their relationship with money.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was most moved when the author referred to her experiences funding raising for the world hunger program.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend that everyone in America hear this book and the mediation about money she recorded separately and in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Black Hawk
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (1215)
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    This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

    Darwin8u says: "A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative"
    "Biography of an Important Illinois Native"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Autobiography of Black Hawk to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it let's you feel the horror of how the U.S. Government treated the Native Americans when it (the military) worked to get North America for the white race. It let you understand who truly naive the leaders of the Native American tribe were about the power of the US Government and people who wanted more land.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Autobiography of Black Hawk?

    Most memorable what when the women and children were forced to starve to death because they were not allowed to surrender and return to their land.


    Have you listened to any of Brett Barry???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard Brett Barry before. He is very expressive.


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

    The fate of the Indians in the Midwest makes a person want to cry. The selfishness of people and our unwillingness to share with other cultures makes me wonder what would happen if someone or think invades the US for the purpose of taking over our land. How would we react to them? Would we fight to the death or surrender in hopes of saving our life if not our culture and land.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David DiSalvo
    • Narrated By David DiSalvo
    Overall
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    Science writer David DiSalvo reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. In fact, much of what makes our brains "happy" leads to errors, biases, and distortions, which make getting out of our own way extremely difficult. DiSalvo's search includes forays into evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive science, neurology, and even marketing and economics - as well as interviews with many of the top thinkers in psychology and neuroscience today.

    Sean says: "Cursory but not instructive"
    "Too much data for audio"
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    Would you try another book from David DiSalvo and/or David DiSalvo?

    No hard too understand what the point of the book really is. Too many studies no good summary of the results and how it relates to the title of the book. What is this about? Not for average reader. Every other paragraph is a quote from an work or study. Maybe a number crunched would like this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite?

    Happy brain never defined. Nothing is memorable. Would not recommend to anyone looking for insigh to their behavior. WE IMITATE OTHERS.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    SPEAKER HAS A LISP. HE NEEDS TO SLOW DOWN AND STOP AFTER IMPORTANT IDEAS. AUTHOR NEED TO CHOSE A READ WHO WAS NOT HIMSELF.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you finally get to the last chapter; you might get some useful info.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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