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Victoria

RangerGirl

Provo, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (140)
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    (137)

    In The Voice of Knowledge, don Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound and simple truth: The only way to end our emotional suffering and restore our joy in living is to stop believing in lies, mainly about ourselves.

    Lea says: "lovely but abridged"
    "change the story!"
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    Change the story in your head and stop believing all the lies you have told yourself, and other people have told you. Believe in light and love and kindness; pray to be shown the way. A very inspirational book!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spiritual Madness: The Necessity of Meeting God in Darkness

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dr. Caroline Myss
    • Narrated By Dr. Caroline Myss
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (19)
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    (19)

    A pioneer in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness investigates modern mysticism. Dr. Caroline Myss examines the roots of mysticism, revealing the deep and rich "madness" that is unique to modern society, yet is also crucial to spiritual evolution.

    Richard says: "Spiritual Madness"
    "~awesome help~"
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    OMG. It is clearly the most profound (and short!!!!!!!!!!) help-offering title in my library-EVER!!!!!! I absolutely love it and will be listening to and taking notes, and trying to implement it into my life over and over and over again. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you, Janet Connor, for the recommendation!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (309)

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "a perfect excuse"
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    There are many things a human being should already raise above, thinking of how we pride ourselves on our many achievements. I guess, I am not too kin of evolutionary psychology, which has a perfect excuse for just about any amoral behavior, as well as a vaguely noble explanation for all the positive traits. The spiritual being in me inclines to believe, that we have moral standards because a part of us, that tiny, yet undiscovered by the science particle of the SOUL, is connected by the source of knowledge and infinity far greater than we can ever imagine? while being caught in the physical realm. May be I should try to listen to the audio-book once again, because, honestly, I skipped a few chapters, finding them somewhat boring and repeating what had already been explained. But then, I was never good in science.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
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    (35)

    Lawrence Block is a best-selling author of popular mystery fiction. With over 30 of his works in print, he is as prolific as he is skilled. This collection of essays and articlesfrom his Writer’s Digest columns has been in print for over 20 years. Here he provides invaluable advice to the aspiring writer and the established author. Featuring a witty and honest narration from the author himself, Block presents an illuminating look into the world of the professional writer.

    Terry says: "Entertaining, Informative, And Fun To Listen To"
    "inspirational"
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    It's a pretty cute, entertaining audio-book. While it does contains seeds of practical advice, it seemed to be more inspirational and encouraging to me than anything else. A nice listen for when you are tired of writing and want to know you are not alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1693)
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    (1399)
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    (1387)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "boring"
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    Perhaps, I had wrong expectations. But there were many times I wanted to drop the book and find something more engaging, curious and uplifting to listen to. I have not read the praised "Middlesex" by the same author, so I cannot blame his style - yet! :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Practice of Deceit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Benedict
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (12)
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    (13)

    Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year winner, National Book Award finalist, and New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Benedict explores the sometimes disturbing psychology of relationships. Successful psychotherapist Eric Lavender is a confirmed bachelor until he meets alluring Colleen O'Brien Golden - a sexy divorce attorney with an elaborately concealed and fiercely guarded past.

    S. Johnston says: "Brilliant! I have to take breaks..."
    "loved it"
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    Loved the language, the narrator, the story and the characters. I am going to listen to this book once again, I loved it so much!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (53)

    Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

    William says: "Too much like a documentary history book"
    "documentary writing"
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    Insights onto the lives of Chinese in the USA. Detailed research. A fascinating story of a family tree. But I really missed Lisa See's enchanting language which she is so good with! Of course, one has to remember that this is more like a documentary work of literature, not a novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3246)
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    (2922)
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    (2935)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "it might happen...."
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    Sad, disturbing, borderline scary. What would I do?... But we human can adjust to just about anything... and there will always be love and the quest for belonging, for a touch and for an identity. Great, thought-provoking book. I wish the ending was more revealing...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Syrie James
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (175)

    From Syrie James, the best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a novel that captures the passionate heart and restless soul of Charlotte Brontë—the author who gave the world Jane Eyre while longing for a soulmate.

    Victoria says: "WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR DREAM"
    "WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR DREAM"
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    A simple, honorable life of living the gift and the dream. I so wish Charlotte lived a long life: for her newly found happiness, for her devoted husband, for her five deceased siblings, for her old father and for us, enchanted readers of her masterfully written books.
    I am off to listen to "Shirley", the book everyone in the family admired and laughed at, as read in Charlotte's diary.

    Victoria Evangelina

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9084)
    Performance
    (6615)
    Story
    (6654)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "~it's a [very] long story~"
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    The idea is cute, but the story is too long and filled with plenty of unnecessary details. I liked both Diana and Matthew, but they never fully come to life for me. The ending is abrupt though the story was dragging itself for about 20 hours... But it looks like it's the first book in the series. I doubt I will listen to the following books, though I wish the heroes the best on their journey and the quest for the right to love freely.

    Victoria Evangelina

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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