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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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clair Huffaker
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars.

    Marie says: "A timeless classic"
    "Yee Haw, What a Great Read!"
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    Nancy Pearl says in the introduction that she hates the expression about a book that "transcends it's genre," but says she has to use it for this book. I certainly see why. I am not a fan of Westerns, but I'd love this book no matter what genre it was in. Why hasn't this "novel" concept been made into a movie? I loved the story, and as someone who considers herself well-read and demanding of quality, I have to admit that I don't know if this book is well-written or not--all I know is that I was so engrossed I couldn't put it down, I sometimes laughed out loud, and I loved and grieved with the characters, felt moved by events and even held my breath with the tension. The narrator was surely one of the best to make all those characters come alive. I already miss them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3888)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1822)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Perfect except..."
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    something, I don't know what, seemed to be missing. Perhaps it was Einstein's voice. It may not be the fault of the reader, but for whatever reason, I kept having a hard time visualizing Einstein. I enjoyed the history and analysis, though I did have some trouble following the theoretical parts (perhaps because I didn't work at it too hard; I'm sure those who know a little physics would find it easier; otherwise, if you hear it as I did, the book is still interesting in explaining Einstein both academically and socially.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11914)
    Performance
    (10826)
    Story
    (10850)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Not Shakespeare but highly original genre"
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    For the Sci-Fi fan, or for someone who just wants "something different," this is really different and really fun. I gave it a five not because it's deep like Shakespeare, but because in it's own genre it's good. Oh, and did I say, fun? Lots of unexpected twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Spock

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

    Mika says: "Excellent."
    "Long needed book"
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    I enjoyed hearing Leonard Nimoy discuss his relationship with Spock, and how Spock has affected and changed him. This book did what I would ask of an autobiography of Leonard Nimoy, it gave me insights into both Nimoy and Spock, and it added depth to both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1176)

    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".

    Robert says: "My favorite book this year."
    "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
    (531)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (417)

    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 1 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
    (42)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (401)

    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
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (608)

    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"
    Overall
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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

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