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Kate

Santa Monica, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Martha Beck
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (90)

    Described as one of the best-known life coaches in America, in media such as Psychology Today, O columnist Martha Beck has demonstrated a rare gift for helping people who have gone off course to find their way back to authentic, rewarding lives. Now, in Steering by Starlight, Dr. Beck describes the step-by-step process she uses with her private clients to help them find their way back to their "homing instincts" - their true destinies.

    Ashraf says: "This book is life-changing!"
    "Enjoyable book with lots of great tips"
    Overall

    Great company on a daily commute or a regular walk, with lots of helpful insights and concrete suggestions for getting centered, taking stock and making changes.

    It's not crammed with revolutionary ideas or new concepts, but I have very little patience for gurus who insist their audience throw away everything they know and buy completely into the "one true way according to so-and-so."

    I much prefer Martha Beck's style of offering her own perspective on some common issues we all face, suggesting some steps that might help, and readily agreeing that you don't have to swallow everything she says.

    A self-deprecating, honest book with a few profanities and a lot of helpful ideas.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3257)
    Performance
    (2478)
    Story
    (2498)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Deeply frustrating -- avoid at all costs"
    Overall

    I feel badly for Mark Brahmall, trying as hard as he does to give a compelling performance as he reads "The Magicians," but the deck is stacked against him. In a long book, crammed with interesting ideas, there are exactly two funny lines, and one five minute passage that actually manages to justify the reader's attention. The rest is an unfocused, unsatisfying trial.

    It's almost as if the author thought it would silly or cheap to be entertaining, or give in to the impulse to make his book enjoyable. I cannot understand what other motive could have kept him writing a book about people who are not happy and only manage to make themselves less happy over the course of the book.

    Preston Sturges would call this the O! Brother Where Art Thou of fantasy novels -- the brainy, understated work of fiction that endeavors to prove that all fantasy is a ridiculous escape from reality, while neglecting to realize that every fantasy reader is well aware of the escape fantasy provides and craves it for just that reason.

    I am embarrassed for Lev Grossman that he spent so much time writing a book when a single viewing of "Sullivan's Travels" would have cleared up his misapprehension about what audiences want in a work of speculative fiction.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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