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Kelly

Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

    Anna Dresner says: "Nice Introduction, but the Heart of it is Missing"
    "coping with stress through meditation"
    Overall

    If you want to learn more about how to cope with stress via meditation then this is a good book for you. The book was written for people who have never practiced mindfulness and meditation before. It is not for people looking for a “quick fix” for their daily problems. The techniques taught by Dr. Kabat-Zinn are intended to be practiced everyday and eventually you will improve your ability to cope through relaxation techniques.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You: 101 Encouraging Stories about Dieting and Fitness...and Finding What Works for You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark (editor), and others
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Buck Schimer
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (18)

    There’s nothing better than hearing the success stories of other people. Listen to what worked for them and what didn’t. You’ll find your own path to success in these 101 stories about getting fit and shaping the right body for you.

    Lisa says: "A great walking companion :)"
    "nice to listen to on your wellness journey"
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    What made the experience of listening to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You the most enjoyable?

    There were some very nice stories that brought up good points about the importance of taking care of ourselves. It was a positive and motivating book. I recommend it for people who are on a journey towards improved health and could use a little extra support.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You?

    Majority of the stories talk about eating better and exercising for improved health and quality of life versus just fitting into a smaller pants size. Also, it didn't push for people to engage in any one particular diet or exercise. Everyone had a different story or experience that worked for him or her. I was able to take pieces from the stories and apply them to my life.


    What does Joyce Bean and Buck Schimer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    While I listened to them, it was listening to a friend tell me their own personal story over a cup of coffee.


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

    Their was one part that literally moved me. One of the stories talked about a woman who made the decision to start swimming laps in the pool. Something about her story really clicked for me and I have now started trying to do the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once a Warrior - Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home - Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charles W. Hoge
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, than the time spent serving in a combat zone. It's with this truth that Colonel Charles W. Hoge, M.D., a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental-health care, presents Once a Warrior - Always a Warrior, a groundbreaking resource with essential new insights for anyone who has ever returned home from a war zone. The heart of this book focuses on what's necessary to successfully navigate the transition - "LANDNAV" for the home front.

    Charles says: "Helps you understand a Warrior."
    "Fantastic!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book for any Veterans. I would also recommend this book for friends and family members of Veterans so you can get a better understanding about what PTSD is and how you can help your loved ones.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: 10th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (228)

    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

    J says: "Really meaninful stuff."
    "Thank you, Morrie and Mitch for the lessons"
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    Would you listen to Tuesdays with Morrie again? Why?

    Yes - there are some great life lessons


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book while working on a painting and I loved it. It felt like Morrie was sitting with me and talking while I worked.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone asked me if the book is depressing because it involves conversations with a man who is dieing. Personally, I didn’t find it depressing at all. I equated it to Randy Pausch’s book The Last Lecture. Both books were written by people who were diagnosed with a terminal illness and both books have good lessons and good stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7020)
    Performance
    (1824)
    Story
    (1813)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Good book!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I agree that it is entertaining and illuminating and I’m looking forward to reading his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Joel Fuhrman
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (366)

    When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

    Joseph says: "The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us"
    "Can be summed up in 4 words: eat salads or die"
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    What would have made Eat to Live better?

    I just got very tired of his use of extremes. After two hours of listening to this book, I felt like he was starting to beat a dead horseradish. I tried getting through this book but after 4 ½ hours I couldn’t take any more.


    Any additional comments?

    For some people, this might be a great diet but it isn’t my cup of tea. The publisher’s summary says “When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight”. Maybe this book didn’t work for me because my life doesn't depend on losing weight. When I last saw my doctor he said all of my tests results were great. I normally eat at least 5 servings of fruits/vegetables per day and walk over an hour every day. My sibling and I have lost about 300 lbs together just by increasing our water intake, decreasing portion sizes and increasing activity levels. My family also tends to live into their upper 80s and none of them were ever vegetarians.

    I think it is great that this diet has helped some people improve their health and decrease their weight but I don’t think it is for everyone.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (330)

    Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

    Joyce says: "More Crivens!"
    "Thank you Terry Pratchett"
    Overall

    What a great book series! My sister gave me “The Wee Free Men” for Christmas and I was hooked. I think the Hat Full of Sky is just as delightful. The stories are interesting, humorous and good for both children and adults alike. This is one of those books you will listen to over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy and Lenore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

    piano13 says: "Another Great Jon Katz book!"
    "A Touching Story"
    Overall

    This is a good book for anyone who loves dogs/pets. It is also good if you have any experience with Alzheimer's disease/dementia, and end of life care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1465)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "entertaining but not one of my top picks"
    Overall

    This was enjoyable to listen to and I liked the fact that there are two narrators for this story. There are times when I thought it dragged a bit and some of my friends said the constant changing of times became confusing for them. If you struggle with time lines, you might prefer to watch the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6021)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2839)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "two thumbs up!"
    Overall

    Loved it! Neil Gainman does an excellent job narrating this wonderful story. I have listened to it twice now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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