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Laura Humphrey

Austin, TX | Member Since 2007

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  • 523 titles in library
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  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1351)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (780)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "This book captured me."
    Overall

    The story follows real people through terrible circumstances in 1930's America. Diaries and newspapers shape the story. Before I finished the book, I could imagine being there --but knew that really being there would be much more than I could imagine. Still, this is the best and most interesting rendition of the time that I've read, and I think it helped me to better understand why things have unfolded in our country as they have. Books like these make history so much more appealing than textbooks. If you liked "Isaac's Storm" or "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, you will like this book by Timothy Egan too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (101)

    Rich with storytelling, history, folklore, and Marshall's own personal experiences, The Lakota Way expresses the heart of Native American philosophy and the 12 core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of living: bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion.

    Catherine says: "You feel like you're at the camp"
    "I LOVED this audio book."
    Overall

    This collection of stories would be fine for older children to listen to as well. The author explains the values lessons behind each story with anecdotes. He explains what the story meant to him personally or how it is important to the Lakota people. I enjoyed learning about the Lakota philosophy and lifestyle (past and present) through this book. I definitely will look for other books by this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David A. Kessler
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (167)

    The End of Overeatinguncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits - and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters - from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast-food franchises.

    Deidre says: "The best 'NON-DIET" diet book out there..."
    "This book is looooong...."
    Overall

    ....but I have to admit, helpful if you like a cerebral/technical reason for your food habits. For me, intellectual explanations behind why I do things helps me to make changes. The author explains that "conditioned hyper-eating" and "highly palatable foods" are the foundation for our collective current obesity problems, and along about chapter 40, gives suggestions to modify behavior to regain self-control in the face of foods that are designed to be the object of obsession. Worth reading if you struggle to lose weight and are seduced into over-eating certain favorite foods.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10437)
    Performance
    (4870)
    Story
    (4887)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Utterly fascinating!"
    Overall

    I was riveted from the beginning of the book. I think every parent/grandparent should definitely listen/read this book and consider the information in it. Even if you don't have the responsibility of influencing the next generation, it is quite something to consider and contemplate how ideas, actions, culture and opportunities have shaped your own life. After reading this, you may even decide to take a new direction from this moment forward. Certainly it will give you a new view of the world and the people in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (404)

    At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

    Nancy says: "Perfect timing"
    "Elizabeth's reading is wonderful!"
    Overall

    I loved "Eat, Pray, Love" so of course I had to know what happened after that story. My own story is nothing like Ms. Gilbert's. I have been married happily for 25+ years, but I learned much about the institution I did not know before in this book. As she discovers what marriage is and is not, she shares her insight with the rest of us. For me, it was both surprising and fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Sleep: Hypnosis for Relief of Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By Maggie Staiger
    • Narrated By Maggie Staiger
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This hypnosis session, created by longtime paramedic and clinical hypnotist Maggie Staiger, is designed to be listened to at bedtime. It enables the listener to replace the habitual disturbing "bedtime script" with a positive, relaxing one.

    Laura Humphrey says: ""Easy Sleep" is aptly named."
    ""Easy Sleep" is aptly named."
    Overall

    The first time I played this, I did sleep well, but it ended with the standard loud Audible tag at the end ("Audible hopes you enjoyed this program."), which is a bummer at the end of something that is SUPPOSED to help you get to sleep! However, I told my daughter about it anyway since she also suffers insomnia, because despite that little jolt at the end, it did help a lot. My husband was also in the room when I told her about this one drawback, and he told me there is a way to fix the problem!

    Once your copy of "Easy Sleep" is in iTunes, right-click on it and select "Get Info". Then pick "Options" along the top bar. In the Options window, you may select a start and stop time for the book! I was able to cut off the loud disturbing Audible tags. Then I reloaded it into my iPod, and it plays and ends quietly now! Once again my hero comes to the rescue!

    "Easy Sleep" is a helpful program and definitely worth the price, at least for me. If you are having a hard time sleeping, give it a try.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful

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