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Karen

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  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1629)
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    (1363)
    Story
    (1372)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Heartfelt stories"
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    I listen to NPR every morning during my commute to work. The 4-minute Storycorps segment is a favorite: Two people who are connected in some way (e.g., parent - child) share a heartfelt story with the other. Without exception, I enjoy the story and am touched by the listener's response. I often ponder the story long after the segment ends.

    This audiobook is a delightful collection of Storycorps stories. The stories are moving and the dialects diverse. The production values are outstanding. I recommend it highly.

    Thank you, Audible, for gifting this lovely audiobook to your listeners. It's a gem.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Russell Simmons
    • Narrated By Herbert Point-Du-Jour
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and New York Times best-selling author Russell Simmons shares the most fundamental key to success - meditation - and guides listeners to use stillness as a powerful tool to access their potential. In the New York Times best-seller Super Rich, Russell Simmons proved that to be rich is more than just having money in the bank - wealth is about balance, joy, and conscientious living. In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success.

    ATL_sweett38 says: "Great insights into meditation"
    "Good read for folks interested in meditation"
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    Full disclosure: I meditate, so reading this book was a bit like preaching to the choir. Nonetheless, it's an interesting read -- Russell Simmons is a hip-hop mogul who's become a prominent advocate for meditation. In Success Through Stillness, he describes his life prior to taking up meditation and the beneficial effects he's experienced since then. He specifically mentions how meditating enables him to experience greater equanimity, maintaining a mental calmness rather than being subject to emotional extremes. He also provides tips near the end of the book about how to meditate, which would be useful for beginning meditators. Recommended, especially for those interested in meditation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Russell Brand
    • Narrated By Russell Brand
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (171)

    You have been lied to, told there's no alternative, no choice, and that you don’t deserve any better. Brand destroys this illusory facade as amusingly and deftly as he annihilates Morning Joe anchors, Fox News fascists, and BBC stalwarts. This audiobook makes revolution not only possible but inevitable and fun.

    Dan says: "Absolutely Fabulous"
    "Definitely worth a listen!"
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    I confess, I'd read one of Russell Brand's earlier books and abandoned it due to its repetitive focus on sex and drugs... so I didn't have high hopes for this book.

    Well, I'm happy to say I was wrong. In Revolution, Brand shares his perspective about the deepening equality gap and other current societal issues -- it is a fascinating book. Despite Brand's somewhat goofy public persona, he's actually a very bright guy who articulates what so many feel / experience in a way that's engaging and accessible. I found Brand's narration style to be very compelling -- he's fired up and after listening to Revolution, you will be too. Unlike his prior books which were more autobiographical, Brand looks at the world around him in Revolution and ponders how we can all improve society and the world we live in. This is an interesting listen and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Janet Conner
    • Narrated By Jane Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (208)

    You could pray, or meditate, or dream, or visit a shaman, or a minister, or a hypnotherapist. With so many routes into inner consciousness, why write? Of all the ways to get in touch with God, as you understand God...to hear the small, still voice pointing you in the right direction...why take the time to write? One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just a hair below your conscious awareness, write.

    angelina spence says: "Great Book! A Must Read!"
    "Good reminder about the value of journaling"
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    I used to journal every day as a way to savor the good and to transform the not so good. I picked up the audible.com version of Writing Down Your Soul to help remind me of the value of journaling, and found it very effective. There are some elements of the book that didn't resonate for me but like other reviewers, I recommend ignoring the elements that don't work for you and mining the gems that are useful. About halfway through the book, the author provides a long list of questions one can ask him/herself to trigger writing during a journaling session -- this list of questions is comprehensive and worth the price of the book alone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Moon Rising: Beatrix Rose, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Dawson
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (13)

    Beatrix has returned from Somalia with a fresh target in her sights. Bryan Duffy is in Iraq, surrounded by mercenaries, with no easy way to get to him and no easy way to get out. Will Duffy prove to be a challenge too far?

    Amazon Customer says: "Awesome audio book ."
    "Interesting story and smart, relatable female lead"
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    Disclosure: I received this audiobook from the author in return for a candid review.

    Beatrix Rose is a former covert British agent on a mission. And although it's a personal mission, she pursues it with single-minded professionalism. I normally tend to avoid spy novels with female leads because they're all too often the spy version of a "Bond girl" but Beatrix Rose is different. She's smart and level-headed, the kind of person who lives down the block or whose child goes to school with yours. There is an element to her circumstance that creates additional urgency for her to complete her mission, and it ratchets up the story's suspense level. This is an interesting, compelling story and Mark Deakins' narration is pitch perfect -- not too dramatic nor too flat. He really brought the story to life for me.

    When the sequel to Blood Moon Rising is released, I'll be picking up a copy to catch up on Beatrix's next adventure. Highly recommend Blood Moon Rising to spy thriller and suspense fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Have to F--king Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (1476)
    Story
    (1466)

    Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle) follows in the exasperated footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, giving voice to the long-suffering father whose indifferent child will just not eat in this hilarious follow-up to Adam Mansbach's international best seller, Go the F--k to Sleep.

    Darren says: "Another role that Bryan Cranston plays to a T."
    "Another classic!"
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    A classic in the same vein as "Go the F--- to Sleep." Oh, how I love these audiobooks! As I listened to "You have to F---ing Eat," I couldn't help but picture Bryan Cranston as Heidelberg trying to get a small child to eat. That, in itself, made me chuckle... a great listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Subversion: Life on the Edge - of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By R. Manolakas
    • Narrated By Paul J. McSorley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    Fast-paced plot driven by the threat of a world-wide viral pandemic, an underlying suggestion of government evil, and a pervading sense that all is not what it appears to be. This is a great listen filled with suspense as our central character races with time to perfect an anti-virus in his top-security lab near the nation's capital, all the while uncovering startling secrets about his surroundings, his work, political and scientific history, and even his family-including his brilliant and sexy wife Dara.

    Nichole says: "On the edge of your seat the entire time!"
    "Lots of plot twists"
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    Suspenseful story with enough plot twists to keep most mystery fans interested. I listened to the audible version of this novel and found the narration to be well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (701)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "Inspiring stories about technology & innovation"
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    Isaacson's THE INNOVATORS is a series of inspiring stories about technologists and their innovations. The stories are woven together to give the book a cohesive flow and it reads like a novel. For technology fans, some of the stories won't be new... but the way the stories are told and juxtaposed with other innovators' achievements makes this book unique. These are geeks' stories told lovingly by someone who clearly respects them and what they've done. I listened to the audible.com version of this book and found the narration well-done. I highly recommend this book to those interested in technology or innovation.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Randall Munroe
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (534)

    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

    Charles says: "Good in Smaller Chunks"
    "My only complaint: It wasn't longer"
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    Oh, I loved this audiobook... a great combination of interesting (and sometimes strange) science facts and xkcd-flavored humor. My only complaint: It ended too soon. Highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (293)

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "Interesting peek into Murakami's life experiences"
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    Until I listened to "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running," Stephen King's "On Writing" was my favorite nonfiction memoir-like book by a novelist. Both books are a rare treat, peeling back the veil on the novelist's mind to reveal something of their daily life and motivation for writing. While a significant portion of Murakami's book is indeed focused on running and his thoughts during his runs (which are usually quite philosophical), he also shares experiences from his stay in Cambridge MA, his earlier career as a tavern owner, his search for a swim coach, and how he runs in order to do his "day job" more effectively. I found this book absolutely fascinating and like King's "On Writing," it gave me a greater appreciation for Murakami as a writer. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hallways in the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By R.C. O'Leary
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead. A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It's a decision that will have deadly consequences. That's because the Porsche is being driven by Remo Centrella, baseball's home run king, who is half-drunk and at the tail-end of a steroid cycle that makes him think he's bulletproof.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "We are introduced to a pair of police detectives,"
    "Just when you think you know how it will end..."
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    Disclosure: I received this audiobook in return for an honest review

    Take one professional sports star, a cheating wife, an old school cop, an ambitious district attorney, a late night shooting and what do you get? Those characters and that scenario form the foundation of R. C. O'Leary's Hallways in the Night. Just when you think you know what happened, the story unfolds yet again and you realize everything you thought was true and certain, wasn't. What initially seems straightforward is later found to be multi-faceted and complex. I wasn't sure how the story would end and didn't want to put it down. The narration adds wonderful nuance and ambience to the story. I was impressed by the variety of accents voiced by Mr. Cohen and their authenticity. This was a very interesting listen and I recommend it anyone who enjoys crime / legal thrillers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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