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Valerie

tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 12 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 70 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (573)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "this books changes you"
    Overall

    This by far is the best Audible purchase I have made. Simple said it is an incredible story and told in splendid manner. I think about this book often and it has changed how I live my life.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2742)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (956)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "VERY interesting...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very interesting not what I would call light listening...
    it is deep.....it would perhaps be better if he elected to use another reader rather than himself but once you are use to his voice...much to be gained from this listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4780)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1439)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "be prepared to want change in your own life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    be prepared to want change in your own life after reading/listening this book.
    can say I enjoyed the second one as much...but this one is worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Suck: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (663)

    Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks. Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, the woman of his dreams, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

    Deborah says: "Do They Give Awards For "Best Reader"?"
    "this is just funny....its good funny fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    this is just funny....good funny fiction.
    I would recommend it.
    Mind you..I think you have to have some twisted humor in mind but its funny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Ruthie Henshall, Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (32)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    Anne says: "a virtual page turner"
    "not what I thought..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    not quite what I thought....perhaps just not my type of book.
    reading was good...but can say I would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Agreements

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1118)

    In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

    Yvonne says: "Wonderful"
    "looking for some direction...start here"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    looking for some direction....start here.
    it gives you much to think about and ideas for restarting what you think about and the importance you give it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2221)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (667)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "it will make you think"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    it will make you think about what you are making important in your life.
    sad at times, but moves you to make changes in your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2780)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1313)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Odd Thomas is always a good lite read/listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Odd Thomas is always a good lite read/listen.
    Of all of Koontz characters...I enjoy Odd the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gargoyle

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Davidson
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (129)

    An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Hell is a choice"
    "Wonderful story line, very well written."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Once had a Lit teacher tell me every story line had been written....
    well he was wrong...this was really a new one and very well done indeed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (298)

    In The Four Agreements, a New York Times best seller for over seven years, don Miguel Ruiz revealed how the process of our education, or “domestication,” can make us forget the wisdom we were born with. Throughout our lives, we make many agreements that go against ourselves and create needless suffering.

    Jeremy says: "Fantastic! The next evolution of the toltec wisdom"
    "good food for thought and the soul"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    if you enjoyed the four agreements then you owe it to yourself to listen to this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (896)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "GREAT BOOK, whether personal or business uses"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    changed how I approach all my interactions.
    valuable information for work or home.
    would recommend to any and all my friends

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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