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Donna

Crownsville, MD, USA

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  • Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Wolf Shenk
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

    Scott says: "Lincoln was depressed - who knew?"
    "Excellent audio book"
    Overall

    I read this with utmost fascination. I enjoyed this extremely. A must listen!! So much in this related to my own mind set and experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "excellent"
    Overall

    I love books such as this. So very fascinating to the end. I fell into this book as if I were there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Phillips
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Mayme and Katie have become friends, which is unusual given that their friendship has spouted at the end of the Civil War and that Mayme is a former slave, while Katie is the daughter of a plantation owner. Both girls have been orphaned by the war, left alone on Katie's family plantation. The land is the one thing they still share, and they don't want to leave it. But if anyone finds out the two of them live there alone, they will be forced to move.

    Robin says: "A great Story"
    "thought provoking"
    Overall

    I loved this read. Very thought provoking through and through. It held my interest and was very profound to the end..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert B. Oxnam
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, Oxnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffery Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasn't until 1990, during a session with Dr. Smith, that the first of Oxnam's 11 alternate personalities, an angry young boy named Tommy, suddenly emerged.

    Omar says: "A solid look at a rare disorder"
    "Interesting but disappointing"
    Overall

    I can really relate in my own personal life experiences with the authors account of multiples. I struggle with many of my own.
    I was not impressed with the narrator. He did not have the right voice for the job. It was boring to me. Sorry. It was a most interesting story but I was totally let down when the author seemed to indicate that Christianity was dirt under his feet. And that had turned me off. In this I was offended at his ignorance. I do not think I would recommend this book. 2 stars is being generous.

    9 of 20 people found this review helpful

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