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Liberty

Dunedin, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Oliver Burkeman
    • Narrated By Oliver Burkeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    The Antidote is a series of journeys among people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. What they have in common is a hunch about human psychology: that it’s our constant effort to eliminate the negative that causes us to feel so anxious, insecure, and unhappy. And that there is an alternative "negative path" to happiness and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

    Whitney says: "Very Insightful - Fresh Perspective"
    "Down With UP"
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    Positive thinking, goal setting, do/be/have anything circles the drain, gurgle, belch, as Burkeman reintroduces us to Stoicism, Zen and human mortality. This well written blend of philosophy, culture criticism, reporting and humor confronts the absurd idea that avoiding awful thinking insures health, wealth and happiness. This is my favorite nonfiction work for 2012.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Charades

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Janette Turner Hospital
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This stunning and intoxicating novel speaks of passion and obsession, ranging in setting from an Australian rainforest to Boston and Toronto. A mysterious and elusive love affair haunts the lives of three women in Australia. Twenty years later, on the other side of the world, Charade Ryan sorts through story and counter-story for her father, the legendary Nicholas, and the truth about her origins.

    Liberty says: "Make Time for Hearing Charades"
    "Make Time for Hearing Charades"
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    This is undoubtedly one of the best books ever written in the English language. Somehow I missed Turner Hospital's award winning literary fiction prior to this Audio experience. Charades is a tightly woven character revealed to us in exquisitely visual, scented tangents during her year-long enchantment with and of a brilliant physicist who is twice her age but a few bosons short of a field. The story unfolds in relationship possibilities which impacted me emotionally somewhere between Slaughterhouse Five and The Solitude of Prime Numbers, yet resolves into an elegant solid. If you really love good writing, don't listen to Charades while driving or working with sharp objects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bruce Goldberg
    • Narrated By T. David Rutherford
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Soul healing is more than overcoming illness. It is a total way of life, a form of 'psychic empowerment'. This book will show you how to avoid the pitfalls of conventional medicine and how to select your soul healer. Soul Healing is an energy approach to health and natural healing processes. By following the recommendations and scripts presented in this book, we can all become soul healers. Dr. Bruce Goldberg presents many enthralling case histories to illustrate how we can attain soul healing.

    Liberty says: "don't even bother"
    "don't even bother"
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    the narrator sounds like an auctioneer. the pace is too frantic. the book might be good, bad or even tolerable, but I can't get around the narration to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette for the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jeanne Martinet
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    It’s not the end of the world. That’s what 39-year-old Tess Eliot has to remind herself after losing her newspaper column ("Tess Knows Best") and being dumped by her boyfriend for a younger woman (a feng shui expert? Really?). Then Tess is hired to write an etiquette guide preparing readers for the Ancient Mayan doomsday of December 21, 2012, and she has to ask herself: Could the world really be coming to an end? At first, Tess fakes her way through chapters like "Boundaries in the Bunker" and "Cannibalism: Yes or No?" But after uncovering a secret plot for world destruction, she is forced to embark on a life-changing odyssey.

    Liberty says: "Enjoy a wonderful post-apocalyptic social life"
    "Enjoy a wonderful post-apocalyptic social life"
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    Jeanne Martinet's delightful chick lit/scifi/comportment/adventure reminded me why I search through Audible's new releases every week for 'first' novels. This is definitely a must listen, especially for people who just want to curl up with a good listen. Etiquette delivers accomplished writing, romance, mystery, true love, conflict, a dash of techno paranoia, fun characters and laugh out loud one liners. It's a good start to post 2012 living. Don't miss this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (250)
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    (251)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "Take an exciting ride in Gay Deceiver"
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    This book was written for those of us who grew up checking cereal boxes, just in case, because smart girls need spacesuits too! About a year ago I begged Audible for this book. Let's face it, we aren't getting any younger, and no large print editions were available. Experiencing this book in audio is truly a wild ride in the Gay Deceiver as it should be done, voice and ears only! This is a MUST LISTEN for Heinlein fans.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (663)

    A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

    Melinda says: "Nietzsche in Wolf's Clothing/Philosophy or Horror"
    "Sumptuous!"
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    My hunger for Rice's images - sights, sounds, smells - and characters of pure psycho emotional conflicted flesh, lured me to The Wolf's table starved, deprived. The Wolf Gift is a lavish feast for those of us who love her writing. This was my first Audible of a Rice novel and HEARING The Wolf Gift may have mutated my dorsal root gangilon. Needless to say I'm downloading her other Audible books starting now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Brian Greene
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (370)

    There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

    C. Schmidt says: "Engrossing"
    "more parallel universes than heinlein"
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    this guy is a good writer. he brings all that science channel and history channel stuff into theoretical models i can actually follow

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5796)
    Performance
    (5145)
    Story
    (5138)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Masterful Enchantment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Morgenstern paints with words, animates in deep relatedness. Night Circus is delicious, exquisite word weaving. I haven't experienced anything this in years. Mystery, romance, suspense and incredible storytelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Baily, forced into the story on a dare from his insensitive sister, becomes as involuntarily love driven to the heart of the circus as everyone else - an archtypical hero skillfully plucked from the mundane - embraces the waning lifeforce offered him and steps into his destiny.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Dale seems to understand exactly how and when to use his voice to move from scene to scene, character to character, mood to mood and executes a flawless performance.


    If you could rename The Night Circus, what would you call it?

    OMG this kid can really write ! ! !
    well that's how i'm subjecting my e mails to friends. why would i want to rename this work when the name fits like a small white glove?


    Any additional comments?

    read and listen to this work. it's astounding

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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