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Diana

The Faithful Traveler

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  • 16 reviews
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  • Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jillian Michaels
    • Narrated By Jillian Michaels
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    Stop battling your weight and slim down for life with this no-nonsense, insider’s plan from America’s health, wellness, and weight-loss guru: Jillian Michaels. She has helped millions lose weight and feel great, and now she can help you, too. Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels swore she’d never write another diet book. But she realized that with all of the conflicting, overly complicated information being thrown at you each day, what you need is a clear, simple plan that cuts through all the confusion to deliver amazing results, fast.

    Hassan says: "Full of Facts and great Advices"
    "Sure, You've Heard It Before... But So What?"
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    Jillian's books a fun ways to motivate. her delivery is just as awesome and lively as she is, and the writing is well done. This book has lots of lists, though. I'd recommend getting the physical book to go along with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Doe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alex Gillis
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
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    Obscure documents, Korean-language books, and in-depth interviews with tae kwon do pioneers tell the tale of the origin of the most popular martial art. In 1938, tae kwon do began at the end of a poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea by Choi Hong-Hi, who began the martial art, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who developed the Olympic style and became one of the most powerful, controversial men in sports. The story follows Choi from the 1938 poker game where he fought for his life, through high-class geisha houses where the art was named, and into the Vietnam War where the martial art evolved into a killing art. The techniques cut across all realms – from the late 1960s when tae kwon do trained Korean CIA agents kidnapped people in the United States and Europe to the 1970s when Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and other Hollywood stars mastered the art’s new kicks. Tae kwon do is also a martial art for the 21st century, one of merciless techniques, indomitable men, and justice pumped on steroids.

    Diana says: "An Ugly, Albeit honest, Look @ Taekwondo's history"
    "An Ugly, Albeit honest, Look @ Taekwondo's history"
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    I bought this book because I recently started training in Taekwondo. I love the art. It's a great workout, it helps me feel more confident, and I think it's a great mental practice. This book shows the ugly truth about the history of TKD, created by a dishonorable man who lacks the tenets of taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, indomitable spirit. Well, perhaps he persevered, but he did it in some really discourteous and horrible ways. Suffice it to say, I have little respect for the man. I guess this is a good book to read if you are starting out in the art, but know it for what it is--a history of a sinful man creating something far greater than himself.

    The reader is really stiff, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lose It for Life: The Total Solution - Spiritual, Emotional, Physical--for Permanent Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen Arterburn, Linda Mintle
    • Narrated By Brandon Batchelar
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    Tired of that old yo-yo weight-loss/weight-gain cycle? Lose it for life! "Every other diet I've tried ends in despair; Steve's plan ends in hope!" Most weight-loss plans will help you drop a few pounds, but for how long? You deserve better. You deserve Lose It for Life, a time-tested, uniquely balanced program that deals with the physical, emotional, and even spiritual elements that lead to permanent weight loss. Even if you have already experienced some success on another weight-loss program, this audio will give you the information....

    Diana says: "A great way to look at weight loss"
    "A great way to look at weight loss"
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    This is a Christian view of weight loss, and as a Christian, I appreciated it. It's well read and very thorough. Sure, a lot of the stuff in here is stuff you've heard before. But, really, if you have heard it and are still buying weight loss books, maybe you need to hear it again and again until it sticks. I know that is the case for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    eric says: "WARNING!: THIS IS BASED ON REAL CASES,TERRIFYING!"
    "A thorough and engaging book, spectacularly read"
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    I am a BIG 'fraidy cat when it comes to these things, but I am also curious. As a Catholic, I found this book to be really engaging, and Ed Warren's discussion does come from a Catholic's perspective. This book was FASCINATING and useful in that it helps the reader understand why these things happen and how to avoid them! HUGE.

    The reader does a SPECTACULAR job in reading this, especially the parts where he takes on the persona of the demons. SCARY!!!

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Simon Pegg
    • Narrated By Simon Pegg
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    The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek. Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times.

    Diana says: "WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE ABRIDGED?!"
    "WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE ABRIDGED?!"
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    I love Simon Pegg, and nearly every movie he's been in. This audiobook is fantastic--his reading is awesome, the stories are fun. BUT WHY is it abridged?! I didn't realize that (I know, I wasn't paying attention in my excitement in getting this book) until AFTER I'd listened to it, then started reading some interviews about it, and thought, "Hey, that wasn't in the book!" Now, what? I have to buy the book itself and REREAD it to get the missing bits?!

    BOO Randomhouse. Boo.

    Who wants to buy half a book? Seriously? BOO.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "The Best Relationship/Marriage Book I've "Read""
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    I think I finished this book in two days, and when it was over, I didn't want it to end. It was that good.

    First, a note about the reader, author Gary Chapman. I don't know where Chapman is from, but it's clearly somewhere in the South. He's got a very Southern accent that some might find annoying. I did, at first, but eventually it grew on me. By the end, it didn't bother me at all. But it is worth noting for those who have issues with heavy accents.

    As for the content of the book, I have to say I think this might be the best, most useful book on marriages and relationships that I've ever read. The information is so clear, so easy to understand, I regret not having read this book sooner, perhaps even before I had married my husband. How different our lives might have been.

    But this book has made me so excited to move forward, and to have my husband "read" it, as well! I can see myself listening to this book many times, to make sure I make the most out of Chapman's wonderful advice.

    If you have a difficult marriage, this is the book for you. Read it. Open your heart. It will change your life.

    I should also note that while the entire book is not written from a Christian perspective, there are parts that reference Christian themes. As a Christian, I found these to be extremely helpful. I don't know how non-Christians would feel about it, but I thought it worth mentioning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
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    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Wow. Just WOW."
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    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    Open Your Eyes. I think that's best, bc this book really opened my eyes to the science, the facts behind the foods we eat. And it was eyeopening. :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the science was presented in an interesting and understandable manner.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there aren't scenes in this book. :) it's nonfiction.


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

    learning about how the wheat we eat today isn't what our grandparents ate, and how that affects our health was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book, I've completely changed my diet--just started doing the Whole30 challenge. I've really shied away from wheat products and feel so much better as a result!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    • Narrated By Lisa Helm
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    The lies Christian women believe are at the root of their struggles. In Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh DeMoss exposes areas of deception common to many Christian women: lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She deals honestly with women's delusions and illusions and then gently leads them to the truth of God's word that leads to true freedom.

    Demisme says: "Well worth the read"
    "Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This is the kind of book you give to girlfriends you love, almost like saying, "Hey! You have to read this! It will help." And it does. It's hard to say, why... it's just such useful information presented in such a wonderful manner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it presented each lie in list form, then gave plenty of anecdotes to help illustrate them.


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Helm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so. She does a great job of presenting the material in a manner that is easy to listen to and not distracting.


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

    YES! I couldn't stop listening to it!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a Christian book, using Adam and Eve as a wonderful foundation for the lies we women believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    • Narrated By Christian Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Gratitude is a choice. If we fail to chose it, by default we choose ingratitude. And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself but with a lot of other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy. To not choose gratitude - daily and deliberately - is more costly than we usually realize.

    Ronna says: "Great take on gratitude in our lives!!"
    "Fantastic Reminder of Why We Should Be Grateful"
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    Would you listen to Choosing Gratitude again? Why?

    ABSOLUTELY! As in, once or twice a year!

    It's SO easy to get caught up in our negative society. Talking with friends really is just griping or gossiping anymore. News is gossip or depressing. Everything around us just shows us the horrible, depressing world we live in.

    But this book is a great reminder that, no, it ISN'T all that bad, and we have much for which we should be grateful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's like a friendly, loving, spiritual slap in the face. HEY! Snap out of your crank mood, you! Look at everything you should be grateful for!

    and then you're like... "oh yeah!"

    I like that.


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

    The reader has a little Southern twang (not that that's bad), and she does a great job of reading the book in a natural way, almost as if the author was in your kitchen, telling you what she's written over a cup of tea.


    What did you learn from Choosing Gratitude that you would use in your daily life?

    I look forward to using the accompanying PDF to practice the 30-day gratitude challenge.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a Christian look at Gratitude.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "Great book."
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    Michael Pollan is great. He does his research and he writes well.

    I'd recommend reading/listening to this book AFTER The Omnivore's Dilemma, if you're considering reading/listening to both.

    The reader is overly dramatic, but you sort of get used to it. I do wish Pollan would pick a new reader for his next book, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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