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Sharalyn

I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.

Fairfield, IA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Anger Management and Real Life Stories: Controlling the Rage Within

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Belinda Grattison
    • Narrated By Claton Butcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    We have all experienced anger at one point or another, and for some it may be a regular emotion. It can be as simple as a minor irritation or as complex as full-fledged rage. The human emotion of anger is completely common and perhaps, could even be considered healthy and normal. The trouble sets in when the anger is out of control and actually turns negative and destructive. You can have issues in your various personal relationships, your job and in your life's overall quality.

    Scott says: "How did this get published?"
    "There are better books on anger management."
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    I wish I could say something nice but while the topic is of utmost value this book is very dry and boring.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (961)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "A book of depth and imagination--I LOVED it!"
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    I kept thinking this was going to be a children's book, a story to be told to children, but not so! I often found this book stunning in it's depth, amazingly creative, extremely well read, colorful and interesting beyond description.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (334)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Personal Opinion: Surprisingly not interesting"
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    I love Steven Pinker but for some reason, this book didn't charm me. Some stories were interesting, but somewhere along the way, I quit listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Be Happy!: 50 Principles and Exercises to Help You Enjoy More Happiness Now

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Holden
    • Narrated By Robert Holden
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Be Happy! is the follow-up to Robert Holden's best-selling Happiness NOW! In this book, Robert gives you a front-row seat on his 8-week happiness program - famously tested by independent scientists for the BBC-TV documentary called "How to Be Happy". Step-by-step he introduces you to a set of proven techniques, principles, meditations, and insights that will help you be happy now!

    Tad Davis says: "Disappointing"
    "Happy reading"
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    I loved this book because it is fun, meaningful, well written. It's advice is practical and do-able.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philip Plait
    • Narrated By Kevin Scullin
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

    Steven says: "Answers to the astronomy questions that matter."
    "Mostly interesting but not entirely accurate"
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    I am always bored by writers who insist there is nothing scientific about astrology and other things which they dismiss out of hand but which they themselves have never researched. Being "anti" astrology is a common bias of scientists despite the fact that it has survived at least 3,000 years and is found in most cultures. Western astrology is off by 23 degrees so it's difficult but not impossible to do research with it, but Eastern Astrology is phenomenally accurate for anyone who knows how to construct good experiments. I am not an astrologer, but I am a researcher and I have read better skeptics' books than this one. I recommend SCIENCE FRICTION.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ghizela Rowe
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Two Gentlemen of Verona is believed to be one of Shakespeare's early comedies and as a result provides us with the first examples of a number of themes and devices that are further explored in many of his plays. These include loyalty, friendship and the nature of love.

    Sharalyn says: "This is the "cliff notes" version of the play."
    "This is the "cliff notes" version of the play."
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    I have listened to other of Shakespeare's plays in which the play is, line for line, explained and then read as a play. This one is just an overview of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (512)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Charming, creative, imaginative"
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    Some children's books, such as THE LITTLE PRINCESS and TOM SAWYER are satisfying for adults, at least to me. In the case of Dr. Doolittle, I found it amazingly creative but it didn't captivate me as I'm certain it would be captivating for younger listeners. It was very well read and what happens next is always surprising, and I felt it is well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Black

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Steve Perry (based on the screen story, screenplay by Ed Solomon)
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Tammy says: "Men in Black"
    "One of my favorite movies, in book form"
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    I am a big fan of the Men In Black movies, and enjoyed listening to the book. Did the book come first, or the movie? I don't know, but my experience is that movies and books work hand in hand to enrich each other, and that is certainly true with the book.The book lacked some of the detail in the movie, but contained details not in the movie. Both book and movie are full of great humor, and is all the funnier if you know anything about the history of Ufology, so you know where the author/screenwriters got their material--Men in Black is a hilarious spoof based on real life.

    Regarding the star point system, I am often not sure how to use it. Compared to Tolstoy or Shakespeare, this is just a popular novel, deserving perhaps a 3, but in it's own genre of humor, popular books, etc., it's definitely a 5. The performance was really well done overall, but I found a glitch or two that kept it from being perfect, hence only 4 stars. But who cares! It's still plenty good enough for a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Course in Miracles: Workbook for Students, Vol. 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)
    • Narrated By Jim Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Book 2: Workbook for Students includes 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. It is not necessary, however, to do the lessons at that tempo, and one might want to remain with a particularly appealing lesson for more than one day. The practical nature of the Workbook is underscored by the introduction to its lessons, which emphasizes experience through application rather than a prior commitment to a spiritual goal.

    Joanne says: "Completely transformative"
    "Doesn't work for me on audio"
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    I really enjoyed listening to the audio ACIM Part I but can't remember to listen to the daily lesson, and I don't want to stop with just one lesson when I do. I think this workbook would be better in printed book form.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13494)
    Performance
    (7974)
    Story
    (7828)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Everything from mundane to brilliant"
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    I really don't know how to characterize this book. For the first 16 hours I thought it was a mundane romance with the stereotypical macho-tough hero and smart-ass heroine duo who take turns rescuing each other from impossible situations. I was basically just sticking it out because I'm compulsive about finishing things. Historical romance genre fans would probably find it well-written, at least until the last few chapters, when it suddenly takes a horrific twist that seems to have no where to go except to complete tragedy. But then, it twists again find resolution with a flash of psychological brilliance (however unlikely) and a merging into some well-written, genuine depth of sanctity, before returning to the mundane romance. No matter what your tastes and preferences, this book requires a significant amount of "suspension of disbelief," but if you can make the twist and turns, you might like it. It will certainly will be shocking and distasteful to some, though I thought those parts required some of the best writing and a deep understanding of dark psychology. I also appreciated that the faith aspect was neither maudlin nor dogmatic, but meaningful. Even so, I think I'd rather have spent my time with War and Peace or other proven classics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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