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Jordan Dossett

Buddhist, philosopher, relatively sane day walker living day2day life w/ MS. Founder @sitandsayover + @antharia. Speaker/Author #nptech.

Maryland | Member Since 2007

  • 6 reviews
  • 143 ratings
  • 495 titles in library
  • 55 purchased in 2014

  • Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Bodhipaksa
    • Narrated By Bodhipaksa

    Mindfulness has been shown in clinical trials to be an effective way of reducing stress. It is a form of focused awareness that helps to prevent the runaway thinking that gives rise to physical and emotional hyper-arousal. The two meditations in this audiobook help us to develop this transformative quality of mindfulness and to practice acceptance of our present-moment experience in a non-judgmental way - in particular, with their emphasis is on learning to "be comfortable with discomfort".

    Julia says: "Very relaxing except for the very end"
    "Peaceful, Calming Voice"

    The audio is nice, but only a 3 star. I have many books that have guided meditations and for some reason after I listen to this section I do not come away more or less relaxed or less stressed. The audio is also set up funny where it is not broken down into neat chapters so that you can simply when listening again and again jump to a set point. You will have to use audible's application to set bookmarks, but take that as a positive plug for audibe's iPhone app.

    The reader's voice is nice but sometimes he is too close to the microphone or has hard time with set pronunciation. If the audio goes on sale I recommend it but not at full price.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Shockingly Addicting"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I absolutely will listen to Gone Girl again. This is an amazing book and like a movie you love and have seen a thousand times that you see a facial gesture or background object this book will yield clues and insights that will still have me reeling come the end of the book.

    What did you like best about this story?

    What did I like best? Well I am just going to say the ending. I was shocked and surprised and my mouth actually fell open.

    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I love Nick. He is a great guy and I don't want to give any spoilers so I am just going to say that his character was developed well and is rich and complex and one of the nice things was at the end the twist makes you realize just how true blue this fella is.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A moment that moved me? Isn't the shocking end enough? The book made me run back to Audible and buy all of Gillian Flynn's books and listen to them back to back.

    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anyone that is stuck looking for that "thriller" that won't have you on the edge but has enough humor to have you smirking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "Captivating & Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book to a friend. It is equal parts exciting and questioning so it keeps you guessing and going so that you don't know what is coming next.

    What other book might you compare Feed to and why?

    Wow, I can't think of any other books that I would compare to feed. It is the first that I have read like this. I can see now that I am finishing up the trilogy that there will now be many that follow it and strive to copy and what what they have done. But really that should stop. I really enjoyed so many aspects of this trilogy and felt that the author did a good job blending it all together.

    Which character – as performed by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein – was your favorite?

    Sticking to just Feed and not reading into another other aspects of the series I will sat that at first Shawn got on my nerves and that at any second I was expecting him to get eaten, but that I had fallen for Buffy - though her character had not been developed fully for me. Georgia is pretty hot, she rocks and seems to have all of her "sh*t" together and that commands respect so I have to giver her my 2 major thumbs up. So I am going to say that in book one of this serious my fav has been Georgia. She has been the watchful but not overly doting sister, she has been fearless and rational and tried to do best by everyone in her family.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The book already has a tag line of: The Good News, We Survived, But so did They... but I think that may get washed off by mainstream media too quickly as just another zombie flick so I would think I would have to say:

    FEED: the thirst is insatiable.

    Any additional comments?

    Feed was an enjoyable book. You have to accept it for what it is and can't go into it expecting the book to deliver a bunch of insane plot lines, but to be honest it has enough o f those to have to you chasing your own tail through the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Exciting, Daunting, Dead End"

    WHAT? When did Ken Follet become a character in my book?

    Ok, I am not into spoilers so I will say that I did this as an audio book and at the end Ken Follett came on and explained how he chooses what to include or not include, what is real and what is not real, what to quote or not quote and what to say or not say. But from an audible perspective it was a trip as it was just the same ol' narrator that he been reading the book to me for the last 60 hours. At first I had no idea that we had a character change.

    BUT and that is the but and minor spoiler... that is how the book ends. Abruptly. It just up and ends. I read a lot of the reviews posted on the book and changed my review from a 4 star to a 3 star review and now here I sit and write this. I loved World w/o End but who didn't and I loved Fall of Giants. Until the last say 400 pages.

    In the beginning the book was amazing and had strong female leads which I have to say is something that I think Ken does really well is honor female role models but then somewhere in the middle something went really wrong and everything in the book became this minutia about WWI. Hell Ken even tossed in a lame one liner about Hitler but somehow negated to ever even once reference the 1918 flu (Spanish Flu) that killed over one million people. Ken really missed out on a gripping piece of history. From Andrew Price-Smith "The viral waves hit the Central Powers before they hit the Allied powers, both morbidity and mortality in Germany and Austria were considerably higher than in Britain and France." How could Follett have such a glaring omission, how could none of the family back home not suffer from any flu like symptoms.

    Anyway, the book was a good read but for me I think it is as much as I am in love with the narrator as I am with anything. Well this has to be one of the longest reviews I have ever written but I am so bummed and shocked at the way that things ended that I just don't know what else to say.

    ~ Jordan

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "A Wonderous Story & Adventure to be Had"

    The book is amazing but the audio book (narrator) left me wanting. I read this book for the first time in 2009 and bought the audible copy so that I could listen to it when home on medical leave, I thought it would bring me peace to have the story told to me. But I struggled with the narrator.

    The book, story and plot itself are however stunning. Listen to the same first to make sure you like the narrators voice and if that is ok by you this is a must read for everyone. It is an amazing book and takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime. The book is often played down as a book for children, but I have to tell you I would not want my <11 reading it without me around to explain as the book is full of adventure and fright and love and epic morals sometimes beyond adult explanation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Level 26: Dark Origins

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Unlock a new level of fear. It is well known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized on a scale of 25 levels of evil, from the naive opportunists starting out at Level 1 to the organized, premeditated torture-murderers who inhabit Level 25. What almost no one knows is that a new category of killer is in the process of being defined. Only one man belongs to this group. His targets: Anyone. His methods: Unlimited. His alias: Sqweegel. His classification: Level 26.

    Katie says: "People are being way too harsh..."
    "Thrilling & On the Edge"

    Level 26 has been one of the most riveting and exciting books that I have "read" in a long time. The book has interactive elements which you can pause when listening and experience online but my first time through I chose to just listen an didn't miss a beat. The book has you jumping at all the right spots and screaming in others.

    Your hair will stand on end. The author did an amazing job on character development and I find myself wanting for another book in this series, but it is not that kind of tale. A series could end up like a movie's bad sequel.

    I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys thrillers and being a bit on edge. It will have you checking not only your doors to ensure they are locked but looking for the boogieman in all the strange places.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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