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stephaniesshoes

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  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (355)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "Interesting listen.."
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    I can't say that I was caught putting off my life in order to hear the end of a chapter each day or anything, but if you enjoy reading about psychology, the human mind, and it's responses to trauma, this was very interesting. It includes chapters regarding the children who escaped the Branch Dividians and how they overcame being brainwashed and how they were able to readjust to "normal" life, as well as several other interesting stories. There isn't a hint of condescension in the authors tone, nor does he engage in overly clinical phraseology, or describe the subjects from a removed, medicalized perspective. He seems to truly care about all of the patients he describes, and his passion for his work comes through clearly. I don't know that I would listen to this more than once, but it was definitely worth a first listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1567)
    Story
    (1571)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "I was pretty surprised to have enjoyed this one.."
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    I didn't know anything about this book until the movie came out, but I hadn't yet seen the movie when I decided to listen to the audiobook. I did so based on some of the reviews, but I didn't have real high hopes for it, since it appeared to be the typical quirky romantic chick flick story, albeit with a little twist (mental illness).

    I was wrong. I loved it. It was sweet, but tragic, it didn't wrap things up too neatly in the end to be believable, but it did give you an ending you were happy with. It was funny, but sad. Crazy, but kind of normal. I loved the main character, and the narrator was excellent. The only thing I might change is that he had a tendency to occasionally speak in a more childish voice than I would have liked, when it comes to the main characters delusional thought processes, as if being bipolar makes you borderline retarded or something. Other than that, it was perfect.

    I watched the movie afterwards, and though it did have a few major differences from the book, it was still a decent movie. I will almost always choose the book over a movie, though, and that was definitely the case here. I might actually even listen to this one again, at some point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jon Gordon
    • Narrated By Jon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success.

    Shemia says: "Simple, straightforward"
    "Same old, same old.."
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    I felt like this was a dumbed down version of a million cliches or "words of wisdom" that have been said a million times over. What?? You mean, if you have a positive attitude, those around you will respond positively?? How profound.. What??? You mean, we are all the "drivers" of our own "bus", and WE determine the "destination"?? Wow.. I really didn't need a cheesy story to illustrate these points for me, but I don't know; maybe some people do. I merely found it slightly insulting.

    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
    Overall
    (17330)
    Performance
    (15396)
    Story
    (15348)

    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"
    "I never meant to like Stephen King..."
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    but I can't help myself. His storytelling ability is superb, and I always end up feeling as if I know the characters he writes about. Many of his books start off a bit slow, taking time to slowly unravel the plot as we get to know the seemingly endless number of characters. This book was not like that. I was interested from the very beginning, and despite originally feeling a bit "put off" by the description (I mean, come on.. time travel??), this book is written in such a way that all of the unbelievable, far-fetched aspects of the story are really not even called into question. It no longer matters *how* this whole time travelling thing is occuring, who cares? The interest becomes focused on what is happening while the character *is* time travelling, and on some intriguing concepts that the author presents, revolving around the idea.

    All of this, believe it or not, is just a lead-up to the official point of the book; you know, the JFK bit.. I am not a history buff, and I am not a conspiracy theorist, and I have not previously felt especially fascinated by the JFK assasination, in the past, or the circumstances surrounding it. None of that mattered here, either. I don't know how historically accurate the book is; I don't really care. The *story* presented was excellent. It was unique. It was creative. It was interesting.

    And, at the end of the day, listening to this book kept me awake and entertained through an entire week of work. I wasn't asking for any more than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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