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  • Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples: 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harville Hendrix
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Originally published in 1988, Getting the Love You Want has helped millions of couples attain more loving, supportive, and deeply satisfying relationships. This 20th-anniversary edition contains extensive revisions to the groundbreaking book, with a new chapter, new exercises, and a foreword detailing Dr. Hendrix's updated philosophy for eliminating all negativity from couples' daily interactions.

    Julie says: "Life saver!"
    "Classic Couples Therapy Guide"
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    This book is a classic among couples therapists and people seeking guidance in their relationships. I listened to the audio book as a "refresher course" having read the book several years ago. Harville Hendrix discusses IMAGO therapy and the dense theoretical and practical approaches to connection. While I enjoyed the audio book, I think reading the book would be essential to using it as a guide. Hendrix also has a workbook that goes along with this book that can be helpful to couples for the exercises.

    Overall, very good listening experience though the narrator has a very severe tone of voice. I recommend it as a refresher or a tool to use with the book(s).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1309)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    cmsande says: "3 out of 5 cheesetastic stars, baby"
    "Guilty Pleasure!"
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    This book is pure, unadulterated, drama-free, romantic & sexual enjoyment - the characters are for the most part wealthy, near celebrity status, and very, very beautiful. (This family of freakishly beautiful, talented, and famous people become the subjects of Kristen Proby's "With Me In Seattle Series".) There is minimal conflict but it is enjoyable when it ensues, and as many of the reviewers have mentioned, the conflict seems manufactured... a precursor to the inevitably hot make up. But I'm okay with that.

    If your cheese-o-meter is so high that you can't handle cliches such as the title of the book being "their song" (the Norah Jones version of "Come Away With Me") then you will probably not make it through this book. I admit that at times, I can't deal with such fluff but I wanted a stress-free, enjoyable, steamy listen and I got it!

    The reason this book gets five stars is that the character of Natalie is more complicated that the average romantic heroine and I really enjoyed her story and watching her history play out in her relationship. I like that she sticks up for herself and what she needs despite jealous protestations at times.

    Thank you, Kristen Proby for this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire Falls: Billionaire Bachelors, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Melody Anne
    • Narrated By Lilly Swan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Joseph Anderson has been successful in finding brides for his two eldest sons. In this book he finds the perfect match for his youngest son, Mark. Mark has a billion dollar ranch operation that takes many employees to run successfully. He loses his cook and leaves it to his father to find a new one. Little does Mark know that Joseph is far more interested in her marriage potential than her cooking skills. Luckily, he finds a woman who can not only cook, but will make the perfect bride for his son.

    Allegra B. says: "Best in the series! In fact, skip books 1 & 2!"
    "Best in the series! In fact, skip books 1 & 2!"
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    If you have already listen to or read the first two books in the Billionaire Bachelor series, this one is much different and a welcome change for me personally. I was tired of the pig-headed, demanding, and at times, downright offensive male leads in the first two books. (We can have an Alpha male without the misogyny... am I right ladies??)

    This book is a breath of fresh air, with a strong lead characters, set on a ranch and far removed from the ridiculousness of the original plot line of Joseph and his emotionally challenged eldest sons.

    My advice? Skip books one and two and just read this book as a stand alone! It's very sweet and steamy especially if you're into ranchers ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Worth the Fall: McKinney Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Claudia Connor
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (255)

    Abby Davis isn't wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she's busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn't looking for fun - he's a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions and fallen brothers. Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt has been sidelined by a combat injury, and he is haunted by the loss of his best friend and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL - focused and dedicated.

    Amazon Customer says: "Snobby reader"
    "Great book but get ready to cry!"
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    This story was so sweet and well done, the narrator is fantastic, but it was SO EMOTIONAL! If you are in the mood for fluff and uncomplicated sex, this is not the book for you. This is a book you can sink your teeth into with complex characters who will pull your heart-strings in many directions.

    On the surface, the story is about a young woman who is pregnant, recently widowed, and the mother of four children. She meets a man, a smokin' hot Navy Seal, while on vacation and the story begins... [Yes, you read correctly. This woman is 6 months pregnant with four post-utero children between the ages of 2 and 6. She's on a "vacation" with four kids with no other adults present. Oh, and she's pregnant with her very recently deceased husband's child.]

    Now that I recap it so plainly, I'm surprised that I bought into the story at all. It is far from any reality I know to exist, but it didn't cross into "painfully unbelievable" territory for me. The lead characters are painstakingly and delicately unwrapped throughout the story and kept me interested, frustrated, elated, and intrigued. The kids are surprisingly well-developed characters who add a touch of levity to the story but broke my heart into tiny pieces over and over. No spoilers below, just themes:

    Below the surface, the story is about family (and all the imperfections that come along with it), grief, loss, abandonment, suicide, feeling unlovable and unworthy of love, loneliness, the fear of needing people and of being alone, attachment trauma, and the incredibly difficult experience of having loved ones in the military. It is also a deeply endearing story that repeatedly reminded me that love is a beautiful, messy, gut-wrenching, amazing necessity that heals us and is available no matter the circumstances if we are brave enough to reach for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3248)
    Performance
    (2880)
    Story
    (2878)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Inspiring, intelligent, and heart-warming story"
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    I was looking for an easy listen while taking a brain-break from work. I knew I would have hours in the car and to myself so I read the reviews of many fiction books and decided on this one.

    This story is as sweet as it is well-written and smart. The narrator, Kathleen Wilhoite, makes this book extra special when read aloud with her incredible ability to shape a character based on tone and voice. It's reminiscent of being read to as a child, my father creating silly and over the top characters in my storybooks. But it's not over the top... it's just right.

    This book illustrates human misunderstandings, misses, and judgments in ways that break your heart. It also demonstrates the payoff of relentlessness and determination, if we have the courage to swim against the current, to continually demand to get our needs met. In the chaos of complexity of life, Bea is an inspirational character who provides lessons of hope for the kid in me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (22981)
    Performance
    (17958)
    Story
    (17897)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Hilarious, laugh out loud, feel good listen!"
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    What do you expect? It's Tina Fey telling you a story...

    Perhaps for people who are non-Tina-Fey-fanatics, this isn't assumed. But I expected to laugh through the book and my expectations were met. She has a special way of talking about her experiences growing up that captures the awkwardness of puberty, early adulthood, and monumental embarrassments in a way that only Tina could pull off. I listened while driving and nearly had to pull over because I was laughing so hard... twice. Also contains interesting behind the scenes info about 30 Rock for those of you who are fans. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1619)
    Story
    (1597)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "A Must Read (or Listen)!"
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    Brene Brown is one of my favorite researchers in the field of emotional study. The Gifts of Imperfection is a great illustration of what it means to life a full life along with operational goals and definitions of words like shame, authenticity, and vulerability. She uses anecdotes and research to make these points in a powerful way.

    My only disappointment with the audio book is the narrator, who is not at all a bad narrator, just isn't at all like Brene Brown. Like many people, I became aware of Brene Brown's work after her TED talk went viral ("The Power of Vulnerability") in June 2010. Her voice and way of speaking is moving and powerful to say the least. I was disappointed not to hear her voice on the audiobook since she's inspiring, funny, and kind of comforting to me.

    **Campaign for Brene Brown to read her audio books!!** Other than that, I loved it :)

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1920)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Necessity for clinicians and patients"
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    This book is an eye-opening, riveting collection of stories told from the perspective of a seasoned psychologist and her 20 years of experience. As a clinician, it has broadened my scope in understanding the people who have mistreated my patients who seek help and healing. It can be a very helpful reframe from the traditional explanations - "he didn't mean to hurt me, " or "I'm exaggerating my childhood." It made me realize that people without conscience are all around us and they have a huge impact on the lives of the people I treat.That pain can be validated through the use of this book and the knowledge that some people do not feel conscience or guilt in the same ways that others do.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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