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 :)
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!
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 ;)
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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