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Susan Ways

Middletown, Maryland, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 158 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell

    Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now, in Loving What Is, you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

    Dirty Jerry says: "True Confessions of a Guru Junkie"
    "Some good and some not so good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was glad I listened to the book opposed to reading it. I don't think I would have gotten through the book had I read it.

    Would you recommend Loving What Is to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This book has some good aspects such as turning things around and asking what is true and what isn't, focusing on what we have control over and looking at things from a different perspective. I do think that listeners have to be careful as it may cause some negative self talk as thinking is shifted from self to others. I think this is a good book for people with a strong sense of self and has some good tools but I think it can be a dangerous book for those with lower self esteem.
    My favorite part of this book, which I have discussed with others is paying attention to what is our business, others business and God's business. It is always helpful to remind ourselves which business we are trying to control.
    In my job, I have asked people who come to me if what they are feeling is true and how do they know it is true.
    There are some really good pieces to this book, but overall I wasn't comfortable with my perception of the messaging. One of my gauges with things is "does this make me feel good" and the exercises did not feel good to me. Not because I didn't want to face the truth but because they took me back to a place that I have worked hard to move out of.
    This wasn't a fit for me and I would only recommend it if I felt it was a fit for another person.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell ?


    Did Loving What Is inspire you to do anything?

    It did inspire me to look at things differently. I have done a lot of self work and have to be careful not to "blame" myself for things or take ownership of other people's behavior. I felt this book was pushing me back into that place that I have worked so hard to move beyond so I had to read it with caution and pull out what I thought was beneficial. What she is discussing in this book has some wonderful thought provoking value and people who lack self awareness or accountability would benefit from reading this book.

    Any additional comments?

    Any book that inspires and gives the reader tools to be a better person is a great book. These self help books all depend on the frame of mind of the reader. If taking accountability or not understanding other people in your life or their actions, then this book may be helpful.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Radiance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Narration is "okay""
    Would you listen to Daring Greatly again? Why?

    I think I would read it. I didn't like the narration as much as when Brene Brown is speaking. The narrator was fine but didn't bring the same authenticity that Brene brings to her speaking engagements.
    I found the content to be the same but the hook was not as powerful.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the message that Brene brings with each of her books. All the books overlap a bit in content but they are things we can never hear enough. This book delivers that.

    What three words best describe Karen White’s performance?

    Nice voice
    A bit overacted

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Daring greatly is a game changer to quality of life

    Any additional comments?

    I was reluctant to pick up this book because Brene wasn't narrating but wanted to give it a try since I just love her books. Unfortunately I was disappointed in the narration and it didn't deliver the authenticity, passion or impact that Brene brings. The good news is that now I know not to select another audible book that by Brene that she isn't narrating.

    A note to Audible...there are some lectures by Brene that are about 2 hours each that are one full credit. These should be bundled together into 5 -7 hour selections for one credit. I would love to listen to these but don't want to use one full credit for a selection that is a fraction of the time as a full audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things We Do for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The youngest of three daughters, Angela DeSaria Malone was always "the princess" of the family, a girl who thought she knew how her life would unfold. High School. College. Marriage. Motherhood. That was how it had gone for her sisters, her cousins, her friends. But it didn't work out that way for Angie. She and her husband tried desperately to have a child; year after year, their perfectly decorated nursery remained empty. Finally, their marriage collapsed under the weight of lost dreams.

    Erin says: "Listen with a box of tissues"
    "Wonderful Feel Good Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. It is a great feel good read that keeps the reader captivated throughout. It is a beautiful story about the meaning of love and family.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is hard to answer because there were so many characters that I related to and each had their own very valuable place in the story. I could understand the intent and motivation of each character with each decision whether I agreed with the decision or not.

    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    The performance was fantastic and I think she did a wonderful job of expressive reading, differentiating each character beautifully.

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

    No, sometimes things happen in books that leave me captivated and wanting to read more, but also needing to digest and process the information. There were times when I wanted to walk away and process the events.

    Any additional comments?

    This was one of those books I was sad when it ended. I felt so intertwined with the characters that it felt like I was walking away from friends. The main character Angie was on a journey parallel to other characters but it was exciting to see her through that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Amazing Book. Excellent narration."
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator of this book is one of the best I have heard. His ability to change his voice to reflect the characters was amazing.

    What did you like best about this story?

    This was an excellent story.

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

    No, I appreciated the time to step away from the book and digest certain parts.

    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend listening to this book on audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck..

    Mo says: "16... is a fizzle not a sizzle!"
    "Decent but not the best"

    The last 2 books have been a bit disappointing but still an enjoyable great quick read with a few laughs. Personally I like the love triangle between Stephanie, Morelli and Ranger and this book left me a bit disappointed with that. It was good for the typical laughs and entertaining characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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