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William

Butler, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Half Empty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (322)

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    Maeghan says: "Even better heard than read"
    "Completely Empty"
    Overall

    This book is far from the psychological rebuttal to the hyper-optomistic personality types that it claims to be. The author takes the reader on a meandering disconnected journey from somewhat universal topics of human nature to mundane personal incidents with absolutely no underlying theme. Sure, the narrative is sometimes witty and clever. But most of the time the story (if there is one) is so buried in such contrived descriptions it becomes totally lost. I stopped listening as he was going on and on about some trade show for adult sex toys.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dr. James Hollis
    • Narrated By James Hollis
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Author James Hollis' eloquent reading provides the listener with an accessible and yet profound understanding of a universal condition - or what is commonly referred to as the mid-life crisis. The book shows how we may travel this Middle Passage consciously, thereby rendering our lives more meaningful and the second half of life immeasurably richer.

    Kathleen says: "Where would we be without Hollis?"
    "A Roadmap for Midlife"
    Overall

    Whether you have arrived at a turning point in your life due to a traumatic event or are just looking for ways to relieve a gnawing sense of boredom, this book is for you. Dr. Hollis does an eloquent job of explaining where we are on the map of life while not making the reader feel like everything up to this point has been a mistake. His descriptions of the ruts, pitfalls and misconceptions that we sometimes all face encourage the reader to more closely examine his/her past from new perspectives. His examples from case studies are relevant and nicely integrated with the narrative of each psychological theory. He identifies the milestones on the road to our second adulthood in a way that is encouraging while still emphasizing that true change does not come easy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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