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  • The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (186)

    Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain.

    Douglas says: "Do Not Mistake The Message Here For Dualism!"
    "Only read if you are a Neuroscience junkie."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had written a more engaging narrative that would help his readers apply his findings to their own lives, much more like the "Down the Rabbit Hole" movies. The author spends most of his time trying to prove how right he is. It reads more like a dissertation than a book one might buy to leaner more about the fascinating field of neuroplasticity.


    Has The Mind and the Brain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He's a little dry. I know the material is very dry, but adding more inflection might have helped keep me engaged.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and disappointment.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival, the Second Season

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kc Wayland, Shane Salk
    • Narrated By Blackstone Audiobooks
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Season two of this action-packed audio drama plunges listeners back into a ravaged world of violence and terror. The hope of a better life forces the survivors of the Tower out into the dissolving world around them. The consequences of past battles leave them struggling not only with each other but the remaining fragments of humanity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not much on zombies, but a decent story/show."
    "Even better than the first season!"
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    Would you listen to We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, the Second Season again? Why?

    Yes! Better than the first season, really action packed and the performances and writing were considerably better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael. I love a flawed hero.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end- what a great cliffhanger!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4294)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (2002)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Imaginative but fails to connect"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The writing style is a little cold and makes it very difficult to connect with any of the characters. By the time the book was over, I just didn't care what happened to everyone.


    What could Gregory Maguire have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make his characters more likeable and more 3-dimensional.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. Choosing a male actor to narrate a piece with mostly female protagonists doesn't make sense.


    Did Wicked inspire you to do anything?

    Only to never read another Maguire novel.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been really exceptional, but the writer spent way too much time on metaphorical ideas and simile descriptions and not nearly enough time on the interactions between the characters and how to make his readers connect with them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34653)
    Performance
    (25756)
    Story
    (26117)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great story, truly unique and well written!"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Ten


    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    She's too old for the part of a 16-year-old girl. She sounded kind of whiny.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great read for just about anyone, not just teenagers. I truly enjoyed the characters and the story. I didn't want it to end! If you like romance, adventure, and futuristic dystopian stories, this is fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knowing Your Value

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mika Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    It's no secret that women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great strides have been made in recent decades, the value placed on women versus their male counterparts is still consistently unbalanced. In Knowing Your Value, bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.

    M.N. says: "Gives what it says it will"
    "A great read for all working women!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have! As a working mom, it is so difficult to balance your "responsibilities" with your dreams. Whether you like Mika or not, her story gives wonderful guidance based on real experiences by successful women and many male employers and it is written in a compelling format that most women will find engaging and easy to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inequities in salary based on sex is a fact. This book can help you grasp how to navigate that very rocky road while also giving voice to the frustrations that all working women and moms (whether you are working or not) face on a daily basis.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8719)
    Performance
    (7571)
    Story
    (7583)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "A great addition to the series!"
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    Would you listen to Fifty Shades Darker again? Why?

    Yes, and I have. The ending is great, although it does tend to wander a bit in the middle.


    Any additional comments?

    great to get more insight into Christian's background and love the additional characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7773)
    Performance
    (6811)
    Story
    (6818)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "My favorite of the trilogy!"
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    Would you listen to Fifty Shades Freed again? Why?

    Yes! The plot is intriguing, the characters are even more interesting than the first, and the ending is great!


    Any additional comments?

    The best of the three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15062)
    Performance
    (12407)
    Story
    (13044)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Great story, wish the writing were better"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    The characters were really engaging and the story was very well crafted.


    Any additional comments?

    EL James is not the best writer in terms of her descriptions and use of variation, but her characters are very engaging and the story kept me hooked. Good job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29403)
    Performance
    (22569)
    Story
    (22727)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Great story!"
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    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    She's too old for the part of Katniss.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a really unique and creative story. Great characters, interesting plot. Definitely a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (5409)
    Performance
    (2437)
    Story
    (2435)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Scott says: "A true guide for life"
    "Good, but probably more effective in paper version"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to be better than the print version?

    Probably not. It's hard to work on all the concepts when you have to stop and start the audio version. I think this is one of those books that is probably better when you can actually flip back and forth to certain pages.


    What does Stephen R. Covey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's great to hear the author read the book! He brings a real connection to the material.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the listen because it's great book, but probably better in paper form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4179)
    Performance
    (3785)
    Story
    (3799)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Just a sex book. Not that interesting."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I cared at all about the characters. The entire plot was just completely unbelievable, which would have been fine if the author had taken her time to really develop the relationship between the two main characters. It felt like the "plot" was just a way to connect the sex scenes (which were good).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvia Day again?

    No.


    What does Jill Redfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a great job. She really committed 100%. She did not shy away from any of the explicit material and tried to make the rest of the plot as interesting as she could.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I feel like Sylvia Day is probably a better writer than this book shows her to be. I wonder if her editor made her keep it short or something.


    Any additional comments?

    Fifty Shades was a better story, even if Day is a better writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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