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Amanda

A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.

Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 79 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
    Overall
    (267)
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    (227)
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    (226)

    Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.

    Momma MM says: "It's so good, you should buy the print version"
    "How many times can we say BRAIN?"
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    I hated this book. It is not that it does not offer good parenting suggestions, in fact it does offer reasonable suggestions. It just over-simplified the topic. The authors said BRAIN so many times I couldn't take it anymore.

    If the human brain is a completely foreign concept to you, and you like hearing the word brain every 10 words to keep you on topic, then maybe this book is for you.

    If you are familiar with the basic concepts of the human brain, where it is located for example, then this book may be too simplistic for you. Perhaps the authors could write a less dumbed down version where they refer to the human brain with a pronoun every once in a while, then personally I think the book would be a lot less irritating. If they did that I would love to continue to listen to their solid parenting advice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George K. Simon
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (219)
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    Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Must Read Primer on Manipulation"
    "White black thinking"
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    I had high hopes reading this book. I thought it might help me at work as I deal with manipulative people and every once in a while I find myself wishing I had put up better boundaries. However I found this author to be too simplistic in his analysis of others intentions. It was as though he found most people to either be good or bad. He would summarize one person as the victim and one person as the aggressor. As I listened to his examples on the aggressive/manipulative people I found myself wanting to ask, why are you assuming that this person is only the aggressor? The examples demonstrated more complexity when you read between the lines. As an example there was a young girl who was verbally abusive to her mother and refused to follow her mothers instructions. They both had been abused by the husband who was out of the house during therapy. He decided that the child was the manipulative person and the mother was a constant victim. When in fact the mother had failed to protect her child and her child was acting out because she was angry at the mother. In my opinion they were both victims and both aggressors. I didn't find the author had a grasp on the complexity of human interactions. So it was hard to take the rest of his recommendations to heart.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (142)
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    (142)

    Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

    David says: "The Best"
    "Great book....mehh narration"
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    I had a friend from Iran who mentioned America's role in the revolution of her country and I realized I was completely uninformed. If you are uninformed about the US's history in the middle east it's probably a must read. I had no idea about Afghanistan and it's role in the cold war. I have actually realized that I have a lot of military history to relearn following this book. My US history class in high school was shockingly poor and biased and this is a good start to understanding some background information.

    The author does a great job remaining unbiased in his explanations of each's side perspective. My only complaint about this book is the narration. It put me to sleep several times. So I wouldn't listen to this thing driving. I should repeat, its not the story or research, it's really the narrator.

    So try it out if you want to understand the Taliban, Iraq, and why on earth we are even there. If I had it to do again I would definitely download it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By John Farrell
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (405)
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    New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.

    Stephen says: "Anecdotes presented as data"
    "Well read, interesting, unique, and worthwhile"
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    The title is not sexy enough to capture the value of this book. The first thing I should say is it was well read. I never tired of the narrator. Aside from the narration it is well written and chalk full of information, written in a compelling way. Ultimately it made me think a little differently about the process of learning. I think it's an essential read for those who teach, coach or parent. Its entirely worthwhile for those that don't fit in the above categories too. So if you are debating it, pick it up. You can't regret this selection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tian Dayton
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hanley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
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    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Do you use substances or engage in compulsive activities to regulate your mood? Do you reach for something sweet, a couple of drinks, or a pack of cigarettes after a difficult day because you can't unwind without them? Do you race to the stores to spend away the day's frustrations or run around in circles taking more time to get less done? If these self-defeating habits sound familiar, Emotional Sobriety will shed light on why and how these coping mechanisms threaten your health and impact resilience

    Amanda says: "Great Book for those from Dysfunction"
    "Great Book for those from Dysfunction"
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    If you had completely abismal parents with severe mental illness or addiction this book is for you. I can't praise this book enough for those who had completely incompetent people as parents. Now if you had slightly selfish parents who were meaningfully employed but were too controlling or manipulative, then Toxic Parents would be a better book for you. It depends on your situation. I like both books but this one was more applicable to me.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
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    (2916)
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    (2921)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "This is several short stories of disappointment."
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    I had high hopes for this work of fiction and it was disappointing. I had hoped for a more fluid piece of literature. It was a mismatched collection of stories of different people who had all survived world war z. The stories varied in length and level of intrigue. The people appear largely selected at random to tell their stories. The story itself was decent. It just felt very fragmented to me and it was not nearly as original I had hoped. I kept waiting for the fragmented stories to merge together. They never did. The story was not fluid in my opinion. I personally would read something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2468)
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    (1211)
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    (1204)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Christopher says: "A fascinating listen"
    "Really Interesting"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Its research and information are both interesting and thorough. The book essentially argues that free is now possible in this digital world economy.

    My only critique is that it was a little long. I feel like each chapter could have gotten the same message across in half the time. So I ended up not listening to the entire book. This being said it is definitely worth a listen for anyone interested in economics, marketing or digital media.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (587)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "It had a few good moments"
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    This short story composition definitely had some funny moments to it. The humor is pretty dry but good. I assume they are based on Jon Ronson's actual life. He's got an interesting way to see the world. I laughed outloud several times, especially in the beginning. However the stories fade into each other. Which makes it unclear when the stories are ending or starting. Furthermore the last two stories are not nearly as enjoyable as the first two in my opinion. So it ended up just being alright. I am not sure I would buy the stories but they were reasonable for a free download.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (2074)
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    (2081)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Nice quick mystery"
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    The novel was nice and quick. The author wrote it's characters well. The mystery was entertaining. Its short and sweet...excellent for short drive. It's definitely worth a download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (494)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "Wicked Fun"
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    I enjoyed listening to this novel. I purchased it, on a whim. I am glad I did. It goes through a story of a couple whose marriage is on the rocks, when a zombie apocalypse starts. Their neighbors and therapist become zombies, and they need each other if they are to survive. It weaves an entertaining fiction through, a believable marital relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed the distraction, if you are on the fence on this one, try it out. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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