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penelope

Moraga, ca, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Exclusive Interview: James Atlas with John Irving

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By James Atlas
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (344)

    James Atlas interviews John Irving about his life and works.

    John Lane says: "A Little Dull"
    "beware - spoiler alert in the interview"
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    I wish that I hadn't started listening to this before I finished Owen Meany. There was some information that he disclosed about the book that I knew must be a critical plot twist that I hadn't gotten to yet, so that basically killed my desire to continue listening to either Owen Meany or the interview.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (399)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "It took me over a year to start listening...."
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    AND I LOVED IT. Loved it. Moving, funny, real. Puts a lot of things in perspective in my own life and has challenged me.
    I am not a religious person and that is what caused me to stop listening the first time. In fact, getting past myself and my preconceived ideas was what was necessary to open my heart. In the end that is the theme of the book - being able to hear someone else's story with compassion.
    Worth the time. It will make you laugh and cry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1015)

    On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

    Elaina says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wish I could buy a copy of it for everyone I love!"
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    This is powerful stuff. Love the live recording, hearing the crowds reactions. Will be listening to this multiple times!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18337)
    Performance
    (16364)
    Story
    (16418)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Loved it the writing, loved the plot"
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    Excellent, gripping. A good book that makes a great transition to audio.
    Couldn't wait to get back in the car and see what was going to happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Now Method: A Cure for Anxiety, Panic Attacks & Depression

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    >The Now Method is a system of understanding the causes of anxiety, panic, and depression and at the same time reprogramming the subconscious to retake control from the over endorsed conscious or ego. Designed by a sufferer of the symptoms to cure his own condition, the success of the course is partly attributed to the empathy Craig Beck demonstrates throughout....

    Amazon Customer says: "Finally Centered"
    "terrible"
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    I thought this was worthless, not worth the time or the credit. It actually felt like he was taking advantage of people looking for some relief from depression or anxiety by trying to sell them something that in the end is not going to be insightful in the least.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27334)
    Performance
    (13943)
    Story
    (13991)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "surprised at just how much I loved this"
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    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    Yup, it was rich with details, heart, and I have grown truly fond of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book a while back and put off listening to it - not sure why really. But once I gave it one full ride to work, about an hour, I was hooked. The performances were beyond what I have come to expect in an audio book, probably because there were different readers for different characters. The pace was just like a humid, summer, Mississippi day, but once you are sucked in, that seems so right. It can be a bit of an adjustment if you have just finished a fast-paced book, but it is oh so worth it. I really cannot say enough about this book, the writing and the performances. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lenore Skenazy
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Lenore Skenazy called down a firestorm of controversy when she wrote a newspaper column about letting her nine-year-old ride alone on the New York City subway. In this plainspoken take on modern parenting, Skenazy offers a commonsense approach to letting kids be kids.

    C says: "Plenty to think about"
    "like it - opens your mind"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found this book really enlightening - although I thought that childhood had changed too much over the years, I was amazed at the statistics of reduction in crime (or some crimes never really happening - Halloween candy issues anyone?) and the mania that we have all bought into. I don't know that when I have kids that I will be as bold as the author (letting her 9 yr old take the subway by himself), but I remember my cousin and me at 9 and 6 going out to dinner by ourselves in Brooklyn to my aunt and uncle's favorite neighborhood restaurant. That meant walking a few blocks, eating, paying, walking home. I don't know if my aunt and uncle called ahead... but it was an awesome feeling. And I took a cross country flight at 11 with another 11 year old friend. Of course, the flight attendants were watching out for us. And I took the flight home by myself. And another flight at 12 alone. I don't know many parents who would do this now. And the book wasn't just statistics - it was a lot of fun listening to this book.... But beware, after you listen, you may get into a heated argument with some friends with kids (just as a did) about not doing our kids any favors by keeping them so cloistered. Highly recommend the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood - The Good, The Bad, and the Scary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jill Smokler
    • Narrated By Jill Smokler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t. When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection.

    kisa says: "Cracked Me Up!"
    "how can you not love it?"
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    What did you love best about Confessions of a Scary Mommy?

    Irreverent, honest, funny, touching - the stories of all the ups and downs of motherhood.. and for an adoptive parent in the "waiting" stage, this gives me solace. It is confirmed that all my worst fears are true, BUT I am not the only one that thinks this way. What if I try for so long to become a mom and day after day, I will hate it? Looks like I will and I will also love it! These women's stories crack me up and help me pass the interminable wait with a smile.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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