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Patricia

Somerville, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (479)

    In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early 19th-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a nave young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry.

    Dawn says: "Fantastic Narrator for a Fun Story!"
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall

    With romance, redemption, witty repartee, and zombies, what's not to like? This prequel to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is superbly written and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is absolutely brilliant. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (792)

    On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

    Elaina says: "Wonderful!"
    "Life-Changing, Powerful Advice"
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    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Energizing. Enlightening. Funny.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    She sounds like my best friend, sharing with me over lunch. She sounds authentic, not slick and self-promoting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When I heard the results of the post-event study of the UT tower shooter -- that he'd had a psychic break because he hadn't been allowed to play as a child -- I was almost moved to tears by that tragic finding. I shudder to think what the current culture of ever more school and parent-scheduled events is doing to the next generation!


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect more women than men will purchase this book because of the topic. But men need to hear this stuff, too! These are uncomfortable topics for most (all?) of us, but that's part of why listening to this book is so powerful and life-changing. Why is it that the most important things in our culture are the ones we value the least?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Joy Diet: Ten Daily Practices for a Happier Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Martha Beck, the beloved columnist and lifestyle counselor from O, The Oprah Magazine, returns with a new prescription for personal fulfillment. The Joy Diet shows readers how to add ten "ingredients" to their daily routine to change the course of their lives: to find purpose, overcome obstacles, heal wounds, and build dreams.

    Stacey says: "Your own therapy session in a book"
    "Delightful book, perfect narrator"
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    Would you listen to The Joy Diet again? Why?

    Yes. I am listening a second time now.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Joy Diet?

    My son and I both enjoyed the part about giving yourself treats -- and the story of the dog Cookie, who smiles in anticipation of getting a cookie.


    Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

    n/a. Kathe Mazur has great comic timing and inflection, and she has a friendly voice that's easy to listen to. She's a perfect narrator for a Martha Beck book.


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

    No. It helps to pause and think about each chapter and do the exercises.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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