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Sandra

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  • Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Emmons
    • Narrated By John McLain
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    (15)
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    (12)
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    (13)

    Recent dramatic advances in our understanding of gratitude have changed the question from "does gratitude work?" to "how do we get more of it?" This book explores evidence-based practices in a compelling and accessible way and provides a step-by-step guide to cultivating gratitude in our lives. Living Gratitude also shows how religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions validate the greatest insights of science about gratitude.

    Sandra says: "Good topic & advice, oddly mechanical delivery"
    "Good topic & advice, oddly mechanical delivery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gratitude Works! to be better than the print version?

    I think I would enjoy the print version better. The reader's style detracted from the important and interesting content for me.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This topic is very interesting, and the author reviews research and his own experiences on gratitude techniques that is likely to help a good many people live a happier, more engaged life. Unfortunately: The reader speaks clearly and fluently, but makes the book sound like a monotonous litany. While this is a non-fiction work and the author presents research data, it is written in the first person, by an author who writes informally and in a personal, engaging style. Very often, the reader is simply reading the book in the same lilting tone, without any emotional inflection at appropriate places, including punctuation marks, as if the reader never read it before the recording and is reading the prose cold. This reader seems well-practiced at cold-reading informational texts with excellent diction and pseudo-emotional inflection. It's very much like listening to a reading by a sophisticated computer. In fact, I had to verify that it was a human being credited as the reader. I'm certain I would get more out of this book if I could listen to the author reading his own work or presenting a lecture.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4530)
    Performance
    (3963)
    Story
    (4019)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Extraordinary final book"
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    What did you love best about Inheritance?

    I love the way the characters have grown and yet remained true to themselves to the end, the way the books build upon the former stories and details of the character's experiences. Paolini's meticulous attention to accurate is evident in his descriptions, imagery, natural science (I like how he alludes to magic as a natural aspect of matter and manipulation of energy, and how he makes it seem scientifically feasible; his magic has natural and sensible limits, unlike most author's conceptions of


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    He has a warm and engaging voice, which suits Eragon perfectly. Yet he is able to capture various characters with different voices convincingly. I enjoyed listening to his voice as much as imagining the story in my head.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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