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Wendy

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  • Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Wansink
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (93)

    In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you're eating, what you're eating, or why you're even eating at all.

    Jim says: "Mindless Reading"
    "Psychology theory, not a dieter's book"
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    I was intrigued by the title because I thought the book could give me tips for weight loss. Why do I eat what I do? What can I do to change it? The book is a very good psychology theory book on why we eat what we do and backs up those findings with live studies performed by college professors and students. The findings are real and make sense, but if you're looking for quick weight loss tips or several chapters to help you with uncontrolled eating, this is not the book for you. I was looking for tips on weight loss and found some nuggets of wisdom (and common sense) buried in lots of data and studies. I rated this book relatively highly because, as a former psychology student, I did enjoy hearing about the studies and their results. But if I was just looking for quick diet answers, this book would have been disappointing to me.
    In a nutshell,
    - Think about the mindless things you eat out of habit. The author, Brian, provides the rule of thumb that you should take a "0" off the end of the calorie count of some snack you habitually eat and that will be the weight you will gain in a year if you continue that habit. For example, if you eat a snack every night that has 100 calories, in a year you will have gained 10 pounds. The reverse, he says, is also true. If you cut out a snack every night that has 100 calories, you will lose 10 pounds if your calorie intake is otherwise balanced.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The High Queen: The Mists of Avalon: Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (188)

    Morgaine, finally reconciled to the birth of her son, must relinquish him to her aunt Morgause in exchange for the kept secret regarding his parentage. Arthur marries the timid but dutiful Gwenhwyfar, while ongoing wars with the Saxon invaders continue to rage accross the land. Morgaine, tired of worldly concerns, attempts to return to Avalon, but disappears without a trace somewhere near the end of her journey.

    Adam says: "Gwenhyfar is not the Guinevere you think you know"
    "Listening to this story better than reading it!"
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    I read Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" book about 15 years ago and loved it. Please note that the audiobooks that make up the full "Mists of Avalon" story is broken into 4 parts on the Audible website: 1) Mistress of Magic, 2) The High Queen, 3) King Stag, and 4) Prisoner in the Oak. It can be rather expensive to buy all 4 parts - 4 credits or the currently listed price. I was confused about the splitting up of the sections because technically it is one book so I wanted to pass my experience on to others who may also be confused about why there are 4 Mists of Avalon books listed when you do a search on the title.

    I loved the narration and storytelling of this book done by Davina Porter. Her spoken word really brought the tale to life and I came to see her voice as the voice of the characters and it enriched my experience of the story. Some spoken word narrators detract from the story, but Davina's narration brought a great story to an even higher level of enjoyment for me. If I had the choice to read or hear the book again, I would definitely opt for hear!

    I appreciated Davina's narration even more when I listened to "The Forest House" and "Lady of Avalon" audiobooks also by Marion Zimmer Bradley but narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I found Rosalyn's voice too news-announcer-like and flat for my taste. I wish Davina had narrated those books too!

    To review the story itself, "The Mists of Avalon" is the classic King Arthur tale told by a women's point of view. It gives wonderful life to the women imagined to the in the King Arthur experience and celebrates the power, weakness, and experience of the women. If you have interest in the stories of that genre and enjoy a tale where the women can be the heroes, this is the book for you. These female characters are not just empty, mindless window dressing as many Medieval tales would have you believe. I loved the experience of the story and the drama of the tale that Ms. Bradley weaves. I highly recommend this book and the narration makes it even better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prisoner in the Oak: The Mists of Avalon, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Returning to Camelot during the Feast of Pentecost, Morgaine accuses Arthur of compromising the crown, and demands that he return Excalibur to her. When he refuses, Morgaine arranges a confrontation between her lover, Accolon, and Arthur in the kingdom of Fairy, resulting in Accolon's death. Grieving and still without Excalibur, Morgaine makes a hasty retreat to Avalon.

    Wendy says: "Listening to this story better than reading it!"
    "Listening to this story better than reading it!"
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    I read Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" book about 15 years ago and loved it. Please note that the audiobooks that make up the full "Mists of Avalon" story is broken into 4 parts on the Audible website: 1) Mistress of Magic, 2) The High Queen, 3) King Stag, and 4) Prisoner in the Oak. It can be rather expensive to buy all 4 parts - 4 credits or the currently listed price. I was confused about the splitting up of the sections because technically it is one book so I wanted to pass my experience on to others who may also be confused about why there are 4 Mists of Avalon books listed when you do a search on the title.

    I loved the narration and storytelling of this book done by Davina Porter. Her spoken word really brought the tale to life and I came to see her voice as the voice of the characters and it enriched my experience of the story. Some spoken word narrators detract from the story, but Davina's narration brought a great story to an even higher level of enjoyment for me. If I had the choice to read or hear the book again, I would definitely opt for hear!

    I appreciated Davina's narration even more when I listened to "The Forest House" and "Lady of Avalon" audiobooks also by Marion Zimmer Bradley but narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I found Rosalyn's voice too news-announcer-like and flat for my taste. I wish Davina had narrated those books too!

    To review the story itself, "The Mists of Avalon" is the classic King Arthur tale told by a women's point of view. It gives wonderful life to the women imagined to the in the King Arthur experience and celebrates the power, weakness, and experience of the women. If you have interest in the stories of that genre and enjoy a tale where the women can be the heroes, this is the book for you. These female characters are not just empty, mindless window dressing as many Medieval tales would have you believe. I loved the experience of the story and the drama of the tale that Ms. Bradley weaves. I highly recommend this book and the narration makes it even better!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • King Stag: The Mists of Avalon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (152)

    Book 3 takes the listener deeper into the political/religious rivalry in the years following Arthur's coronation. Gwenhwyfar, in possession of a terrible secret, manipulates her husband to secure his loyalty to the Christian church, while Vivian's decision to confront Arthur over his betrayal of Avalon results in tragedy. Behind the scenes, Morgaine arranges the marriage of Lancelet, who has become desperate over the hopeless triangle at Camelot.

    Susan says: "Entertaining"
    "Listening to this story better than reading it!"
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    I read Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" book about 15 years ago and loved it. Please note that the audiobooks that make up the full "Mists of Avalon" story is broken into 4 parts on the Audible website: 1) Mistress of Magic, 2) The High Queen, 3) King Stag, and 4) Prisoner in the Oak. It can be rather expensive to buy all 4 parts - 4 credits or the currently listed price. I was confused about the splitting up of the sections because technically it is one book so I wanted to pass my experience on to others who may also be confused about why there are 4 Mists of Avalon books listed when you do a search on the title.

    I loved the narration and storytelling of this book done by Davina Porter. Her spoken word really brought the tale to life and I came to see her voice as the voice of the characters and it enriched my experience of the story. Some spoken word narrators detract from the story, but Davina's narration brought a great story to an even higher level of enjoyment for me. If I had the choice to read or hear the book again, I would definitely opt for hear!

    I appreciated Davina's narration even more when I listened to "The Forest House" and "Lady of Avalon" audiobooks also by Marion Zimmer Bradley but narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I found Rosalyn's voice too news-announcer-like and flat for my taste. I wish Davina had narrated those books too!

    To review the story itself, "The Mists of Avalon" is the classic King Arthur tale told by a women's point of view. It gives wonderful life to the women imagined to the in the King Arthur experience and celebrates the power, weakness, and experience of the women. If you have interest in the stories of that genre and enjoy a tale where the women can be the heroes, this is the book for you. These female characters are not just empty, mindless window dressing as many Medieval tales would have you believe. I loved the experience of the story and the drama of the tale that Ms. Bradley weaves. I highly recommend this book and the narration makes it even better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of Magic: The Mists of Avalon: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (423)

    In the tradition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King, the author makes use of the prerequisites of the Arthurian legend: Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Lancelet's illicit love for Gwenhwyfar, the destruction of Camelot, but with a twist - she presents the entire panoramic story from the female point of view.

    leslie says: "Excellent Narration-Frustrating Hatchet Job"
    "Listening to the audiobook better than reading!"
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    I read Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" book about 15 years ago and loved it. Please note that the audiobooks that make up the full "Mists of Avalon" story is broken into 4 parts on the Audible website: 1) Mistress of Magic, 2) The High Queen, 3) King Stag, and 4) Prisoner in the Oak. It can be rather expensive to buy all 4 parts - 4 credits or the currently listed price. I was confused about the splitting up of the sections because technically it is one book so I wanted to pass my experience on to others who may also be confused about why there are 4 Mists of Avalon books listed when you do a search on the title.

    I loved the narration and storytelling of this book done by Davina Porter. Her spoken word really brought the tale to life and I came to see her voice as the voice of the characters and it enriched my experience of the story. Some spoken word narrators detract from the story, but Davina's narration brought a great story to an even higher level of enjoyment for me. If I had the choice to read or hear the book again, I would definitely opt for hear!

    I appreciated Davina's narration even more when I listened to "The Forest House" and "Lady of Avalon" audiobooks also by Marion Zimmer Bradley but narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I found Rosalyn's voice too news-announcer-like and flat for my taste. I wish Davina had narrated those books too!

    To review the story itself, "The Mists of Avalon" is the classic King Arthur tale told by a women's point of view. It gives wonderful life to the women imagined to the in the King Arthur experience and celebrates the power, weakness, and experience of the women. If you have interest in the stories of that genre and enjoy a tale where the women can be the heroes, this is the book for you. These female characters are not just empty, mindless window dressing as many Medieval tales would have you believe. I loved the experience of the story and the drama of the tale that Ms. Bradley weaves. I highly recommend this book and the narration makes it even better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (414)

    President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, energy, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business".

    Christine A. Haimann says: "Great and it all makes sense"
    "Hope for the unemployed!"
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    I chose to read this book because I am unemployed for the second time in 3 years. 3 years ago, the company I worked for laid off all the employees and sold the building they owned. They pretty much went under. It was a very sad time for the many of us who had worked there over 10 years. I was unemployed for 14 months and finally landed another job which I held for a year until they laid off my entire department only to rehire the same positions for salaries of $10-15K less (we were never offered the option to accept pay cuts). I am a skilled project manager and marketer, but the Boston job-seeking environment is brutal and many hiring managers are biased against hiring the currently unemployed for their open positions. This is not just my paranoia - I hear many hiring managers who are directly told by their supervisors to look for younger candidates who are currently employed. Some help wanted ads even state "unemployed candidates need not apply."
    This book, I hoped, would provide me with some ideas for where our economy is headed and where it could go if we laid the groundwork to get masses of people back to work. I know there's no panacea, but I wanted to be aware of some ideas for how our country could grow to be stronger and how we can get people, like me, back to work who are willing to work hard, at reduced salaries, and put long hours if necessary. We are not afraid to work or work hard, we just need the opportunity. I was looking for someone who could help explain to me how the U.S. could make this happen.
    I found Bill's ideas very sound and compelling. The book starts by explaining how he had worked hard to put the U.S. in a good economic situation and when he left office unemployment was low and there was a government budget surplus. He explains where a lot of the surplus money went and how we got into the big debt hole we are now in. I think he does a good job of looking at the situation from a 30,000 foot view and not slamming any particular political viewpoint. He talks solely about the actions taken by each administration and how those actions led to the situation we currently find ourselves in. He holds government individuals accountable for their decisions and doesn't slam them or give them a pass based on their particular party affiliation.
    Presenting a list of over 30 suggestions for how we can improve the economy (which I found very helpful and inspiring), Bill gives props to many political leaders who are not Democrats. This is not a "Democrats are perfect, everyone else is messed up" tirade. He really takes a broad perspective view of the economic situation and provides his intelligently-derived suggestions for how we can move toward economic prosperity and get people back in jobs rather than leaving them on the unemployment payrolls. He talks about how we need a new, strong industry to focus on to create jobs and prosperity. This industry, he believes, is alternative energy sources and we need to move fast before other countries dominate this market and leave us to need to find another booming industry. We should be putting smart and targeted business ventures into place immediately that will make us a worldwide solution provider for alternative energy - and currently we are not even close.
    I liked that the book was narrated by Bill himself. His voice has been damaged a bit from so many years of talking so it's not as smooth-sounding as it used to be, but I always enjoy hearing the author narrate the book themselves because they know how it is intended to be read and put the emphasis in the correct places. Bill keeps his tone very even and calm even though, in places, I might have liked him to show more emotion to motivate the U.S. government to make changes NOW, not later. I think he could have done well to impress upon the audience that we have a window of opportunity to make the changes he outlines and that window is quickly closing. Once the window is closed, we will need to start over and to look to a brand new strategy. And who knows how long it will take for us to find the "next great thing" that will pull this economy out of the hole it's currently in. Hopefully this will happen before there are bread and soup lines in every major city in the U.S. filled by people willing and able to work.
    The book gave me hope that there are viable answers out there. They just need to be acted upon - and quickly.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Roosevelts

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Peter Collier
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Filled with drama and anecdote, presenting familiar characters in a penetrating new light,The Roosevelts is a soaring tale of triumph over heartbreak and frailty. But it is also a daunting story of the vanity of human wishes.

    Wendy says: "Excellent content with disappointing delivery"
    "Excellent content with disappointing delivery"
    Overall

    I had listened to "Mornings on Horseback" by David McCullough and it left me wanting to find out more about the Roosevelt family. "Mornings" focused on Teddy Roosevelt's early years -- past college and into his early political undertakings that led him to seek the presidency. But it stops before getting into his presidential years and I was also curious to learn about FDR and Eleanor. I had hoped this book would cover that area -- and it did. But this publication sorely pales in comparison to David McCullough's writing and Edward Hermann's narration. Rather than telling a compelling story, I feel like I am back in school listening to a teacher lecture on facts. And the narrator is quite expressionless and the audio quality is horribly "tinny". I had checked this review area to see if others had thought the same and was shocked to see only 2 excellent reviews listed. I think the content is probably worth trudging through the audio delivery, and I did. But it felt like more of a toil than not. Listen to the sample reading carefully before making your decision to purchase this audiobook. If you're willing to put up with the poor audio delivery, then definitely go ahead with the purchase. But if you're put off by that, then think carefully beforehand.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, and the Unique Child who Became Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood.

    Michael O'Brien says: "Great!"
    "Very entertaining and educational"
    Overall

    The narrator, Edward Herrmann, has a great voice and it was a pleasure to listen to his reading. I didn't recognize his name when I purchased this audiobook, but I sure recognize his voice. You've heard it a million times in voiceovers and just never knew the name. His reading is very pleasant, clear and unobtrusive.
    I truly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. So much so that I wondered why I didn't pick the unabridged version instead of the abridged. When I looked it up I found the reason is Audible only offers the abridged. I would have liked to have heard even more. This is a great book to find out about Teddy Roosevelt's roots and upbringing. I wanted it to go on and talk more about his presidency, but the detail stopped just before that time period and gave a quick synopsis of his presidential years. I was hooked and I would have loved to have heard more... it was that good. I actually listened to parts of the story twice because there is so much detail and so many relatives listed it's hard to get it all on the first listen. I highly recommend this audiobook to those looking to expand their education and be entertained at the same time. I would have loved public school history classes if they had provided material like this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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