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Bianca

Linguist, translator, addicted to Audible.

Porto Alegre, Brazil | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 134 titles in library
  • 46 purchased in 2014
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  • Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Keith Ablow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    The trial of 25-year-old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter, Caylee, was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of this troubled young woman.

    Catherine Post says: "In-depth psychiatric analysis - complex"
    "Blame the mother!"
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    It was a good read, but the author's demonization of Casey's parents got unbearable after a while. What to expect of a psychiatrist... of course he blame it all on the mother (in this case, Cindy Anthony). Anyway, that aside, I was able to understand Casey's behaviors and crazy lies a little better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
    • Narrated By Stephen Batchelor
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Before it was a religion, a culture, or even a system of meditation, what was Buddhism? On Buddhism Without Beliefs, celebrated teacher, translator, and former Buddhist monk Stephen Batchelor takes us back to the first years after the Buddha's awakening to reveal the root insights of Buddhism hidden beneath centuries of history and interpretation.

    Kimberly says: "What you wondered about but were afraid to ask ..."
    "Wonderful!"
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    I am not a buddhist, even though I'm interested in buddhist "themes": impermanence, emptiness, mindfulness, loving kindness, death and dying, etc. I've read a number of authors of many different traditions (Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, etc.), and Stephen Batchelor was the only one I felt wasn't speaking in riddles or trying to convey a sense of mystery that I never felt was necessary. And here I don't mean, for instance, Zen koans or Zen stories - I mean the convoluted and pasteurized speech of some Western buddhist teachers.
    As an atheist, this is as close as I'll ever get to a real experience of spirituality. Wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katy Butler
    • Narrated By Katy Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Like so many of us, award-winning writer Katy Butler always assumed her aging parents would experience healthy, active retirements before dying peacefully at home. Then her father suffered a stroke that left him incapable of easily finishing a sentence or showering without assistance. Her mother was thrust into full-time caregiving, and Katy became one of the 24 million Americans who help care for aging parents. In an effort to correct a minor and non - life threatening heart arrhythmia, doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker.

    Wendy says: "The most important book I've read in recent memory"
    "One of the best books I've ever read"
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    We need more books like this one. And we need to discuss death and dying more openly. This book did just that, without the melodrama and the easy appealing to spirituality lots of other books about the same subject tend to show. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (494)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "The wisest teenagers you'll ever meet"
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    Well. I won't say I didn't enjoy the book - I did. But the two main characters are completely unrealistic. The no internet-no cell-no technology thing fits somewhat nicely into the plot, but please... There are no 17 year-olds that mature and wise, it's just simply too unrealistic to expect teenagers to have the reactions and conversations that these two have.
    Also (without revealing too much and spoiling the book), the excuses for the things some of the characters do are sexist and lame. Very sexist, as a matter of fact.
    Anyway. It was a reasonably fun listening, but filled with sexism and cliches and unrealistic characters. Worth my time but definitely not worth 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11508)
    Performance
    (10457)
    Story
    (10480)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "...Seriously?"
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    I don't understand why people seem to like this book so much. I found it absolutely ridiculous. The characters, the "mystery", the whole thing is just ludicrous. I kept listening because I couldn't believe a book this bad could have elicited such great reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Create a Magical Relationship: The 3 Simple Ideas that Will Instantaneously Transform Your Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ariel and Shya Kane
    • Narrated By Ariel and Shya Kane
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    An instant classic in the field of love and relationships, this deeply profound book by self-help gurus Ariel and Shya Kane teaches you and your partner how to have a successful relationship in three simple steps. By learning how to let go, let be, and fully commit to the happiness that can only be found within you and each other, you will rediscover the passion that first brought you together and the magic to keep you as a couple.

    Abby says: "Great book! OK Narrator."
    "Are you kidding me me?"
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    I disliked this one deeply. It's filled with ludicrous "truths" and platitudes, and it annoyed me to no end that they used so called Zen teachings for writing this. No, didn't convince me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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