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Daphne Stevens

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Violent Bear It Away

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Flannery O’ Connor
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    The orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle - that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

    Darwin8u says: "Biblical, American and Absolutely Brutal"
    "Southern Literature at its Best"
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    If you could sum up The Violent Bear It Away in three words, what would they be?

    PiercingSardonicFierce


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth and relationship among characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The many encounters between Tarwater and his uncle created a thread that was a scene in itself. The ambivalent relationship between the two characters-- actually shadows of one another--was both funny and poignant.


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

    I wanted to listen, then digest and reflect before listening further.


    Any additional comments?

    Flannery O'Connor once said that the South is "Christ -haunted," and the religious motif is prevalent here. Her characters are both archetypal and personally compelling. This is classic Southern literature at its best--a book worth re-reading and discussing with others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Raise Your Adult Children: Because Big Kids Have Even Bigger Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gail Parent, Susan Ende
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (3)

    There are many books out there to teach you how to handle your children after they graduate from diapers, but none tells you how to proceed once they graduate from high school. As new patterns emerge in the lives of young adults, parents find that their grown children have bigger problems than they did just a few years ago. How to Raise Your Adult Children is a manual for anxious moms and dads.

    Daphne Stevens says: "Condescending"
    "Condescending"
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    Would you try another book from Gail Parent and Susan Ende and/or Karen White?

    I couldn't finish this book. It's directed toward people in tremendous pain, but its tones quite disrespectful. It's answers are pat, and the authers seem to be too caught up in mutual congratulation to be of servive to the reader.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gail Parent and Susan Ende again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Raise Your Adult Children?

    The repeated responses beginning with derogatory labels are unnecessary.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this if you're helped by pat, formulaic answers. In my experience as both a therapist and a mother, the challenge of dealing with adult children is extremely complex.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon takes the listener on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease.

    Daphne Stevens says: "If you want to get depressed...."
    "If you want to get depressed...."
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Solomon and/or Barrett Whitener?

    If you haven't suffered from catastrophic depression and want a guide-book, this is the book for you. The author has researched his topic well, but his preoccupation with his own story makes it difficult to distinguish the difference among autobiography, scholastic statistics, and anecdote. All three are in fact pretty grim.

    Depression is serious, and it deserves serious attention. But the fact that the author leaves open the question of his own suicidal risk while graphically describing his mother's assisted suicide and citing statistics on the risks is not helpful to the reader.

    I've read a number of the works the author cites. Kay Jamison has written graphic memoirs on her own depression, suicidal feelings, and the multitude of difficult treatments she underwent before she was stabilized on the correct regimen. She's also written a body of literature--for both clinical practitioners and those struggling with the disease--exploring the realities of mood disorders, suicidal risks and statistics that should be considered in treating depression. She also explores the creative aspects of ongoing mood swings.

    Solomon tries to convey a message, but the reader is left to discern what it is. It may have been therapeutic to write. Not so therapeutic to read.


    What three words best describe Barrett Whitener’s voice?

    Whiney
    Resigned
    Sing-song


    Did The Noonday Demon inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. To avoid recommending this work to my clients.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Parmy Olson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (332)

    In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers.

    Adam K says: "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"
    "Sobering"
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    Would you listen to We Are Anonymous again? Why?

    No. Dwells on our vulnerabilities without offering answers or solutions. Depressing.
    Characters are shallow.


    Would you recommend We Are Anonymous to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Informative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2682)
    Performance
    (1672)
    Story
    (1670)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Engaging but chilling"
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    Would you listen to The Sociopath Next Door again? Why?

    Yes. Lots of Information, well written and delivered, nice interweaving of theory and case studies, as well as recommendations for dealing with sociopaths. A bit chilling to be aware of the prevalence of this disorder.


    What other book might you compare The Sociopath Next Door to and why?

    Quiet. Similar use of case studies and stories, theory, and recommendations if the reader is an introvert or has a child who is an introvert.


    What does Shelly Frasier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice delivery, use of tone and cadence is easy to follow.


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

    Yes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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