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Celia

Louisivlle, KY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Craig Groeschel
    • Narrated By Tom Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    "When people describe my lifestyle or family as weird, I find comfort," writes author Craig Groeschel. He then shares a Christ-centered philosophy on everything from money to scheduling to purity, to help you break out of the normal rut and live according to the rhythms of God's grace and truth of his word.

    Chris says: "What they won't tell you"
    "Weird"
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    Craig sticks to his guns and has meaningful messages, but there are some parts of that message I don't much approve of. About the last two hours pretty much turned me off to the whole thing. Before that, there's a powerful message, after that his extreme ideals come to full view.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Henry Cloud
    • Narrated By Henry Cloud
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (145)

    While endings are a natural part of business and life, we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation, or regret. But consultant, psychologist, and bestselling author Dr. Henry Cloud sees endings differently. He argues that our personal and professional lives can only improve to the degree that we can see endings as a necessary and strategic step to something better.

    Philade says: "A Good One"
    "The Most Compelling & Engaging Yet!"
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    Dr. Henry Cloud goes into the psychology of why we often put off ending things that are holding us back or even hurting us in some way.

    This book is very thorough in it’s approach. It covers how to narrow down if something should be encouraged to try again or stopped. It also explains the hurt we feel about that change, the many reasons behind it and how to address those blocks in our path to a better life.

    If you’re even suspicious that you might be putting some things off that need to be done, read this book. Not only will it give you encouragement and methods on how to make that ending possible and less painful, but it also supplies many examples of how well things go when the ‘dead weight’ has been removed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Win: Find Your Success Code

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar, Tom Ziglar
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Zig Ziglar’s Born to Win, compresses four decades of life-changing tools and practices into one inspiring, concise, easy-to-use format for people who want to grow and improve the whole spectrum of their lives now!

    Celia says: "YES YES YES!"
    "YES YES YES!"
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    One of the best most encouraging self-development books I’ve read in a long time. (And that’s saying something given how many books I read!)

    Zig Ziglar, need I say more?

    Ok how about this: This book is a culmination of the 30day talks Zig gave for years also called Born to Win. In it he talks about all of the things needed to become successful in life. There is the classic 7-Spoked Wheel of Life as well as his phrase: You were born to win, but you must plan to win and prepare to win before you can expect to win.

    Considering Zig has been an authority on personal development and success since before I was born, I’m thinking he might have a few things worth listening to. It’s probably a sign of how encouraging and impactful this book was that, as soon as it was over, I started it over again.

    Not only is this book uplifting, but it also give practical actionable steps towards improving your life. For those who are just interested in business development books – READ THIS TOO! At the end of the book, there is a special chapter on how to apply all the lessons Zig talks about to business life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2607)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1623)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "A Favorite New Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I've already recommended it to several members of my family. They love building their minds but struggle at keeping their bodies in shape. The idea of both being links might just be the boost they need!


    What other book might you compare Spark to and why?

    A high octane boost of energy like Seth Godin or Dave Ramsey mixed with the grounded facts and science of someone like Jim Collins.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    I never felt like he was droning. His intonations were spot on for the content.


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

    Build Brains By Building Your Body!


    Any additional comments?

    This book has helped me not only get back into fitness, but STAY back in fitness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Sundquist
    • Narrated By Josh Sundquist
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    At age nine, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with cancer, and by age 10, he'd lost his leg to the illness. But Sundquist never faltered in his dream to ski in the Paralympics, and in 2006 he achieved his goal in Turin, Italy.

    Sandra says: "A fun read"
    "If you don't laugh and cry you weren't listening."
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    If you could sum up Just Don't Fall in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, Difficult Life


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

    One more thing, one more time. (1MT,1MT)


    Any additional comments?

    Found Josh through youtube and decided I really wanted to listen to the whole of his story. Josh is an amazingly open guy and his story has the feel of being told through whatever age he is at during that part. Good humor and a lot of richly recreated life moments. Some very deep stuff from cancer to learning how to deal with and overcome failure. I love that Josh doesn't sugar coat some of the things in his life because it gives the overall book a much better and realistic.. and therefore more meaningful, taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (744)

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "One of my new favs!"
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    If you could sum up Great by Choice in three words, what would they be?

    Vital Business Info


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

    Emphasis and energy


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

    No, too much information!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, absolutely brilliantly rounds up Built to Last and From Good to Great by answering many of the questions that existed after those two books. Love that this is all based on very rigorous research and debate. Especially that the book doesn't SOUND like a research paper, despite the massive amount of info backing it up. Engaging and a recommended read for anyone - doubly so if you run a business!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Bonny Light Horseman: Bloody Jack #6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (260)

    In My Bonny Light Horseman, the infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she's secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets--all to save her dear friends.

    Celia says: "Stunning & Engaging"
    "Stunning & Engaging"
    Overall

    I don't think I've enjoyed a story or reader yet that is as engaging and "In the Momemt" as L.A. Meyer's Jack series read by Katherine Kellgren. Once again I feel like I am there, beside Jack the whole way, rather than reading what will surely become another account of her adventurers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mississippi Jack: Bloody Jack #5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (296)

    In Mississippi Jack, the fifth installment in the Bloody Jack series, the intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way.

    Tee Bellflower says: "Kellgren does it again!"
    "Laughed, Cried, Enjoyed Every Minute!"
    Overall

    Another splendid rendition both by narrator and auther. Wonderful characters, memorable voice acting. I liked how this one evolved Jamie a little bit more.

    And who can't like Fink?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Bloody Jack #4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (329)

    Jacky Faber, having been called a pirate and had a price put on her head by the King of England, has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.

    Michele says: "Loved it! Loved them all."
    "Still Excellent, If Dark"
    Overall

    Not the jaguar of L.A. Meyer's series but certainly a top notch breed of it's own. An interesting twist I never expected, a wonderful refocus on the evolution not just of Jackie but of her classmates. I can't wait for the next book! Kellgren as always a treat of a narrator. (Could there be a more perfect lady for this role?)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (373)

    In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

    Eileen says: "Best book in the series (so far!)"
    "Jackie (And Series) Spectacular!"
    Overall

    Love the entire series but I'm going to take this book to note just how wonderful a narrator Miss Kellgren is. Her energy, dynamic voice acting, and wonderful singing voice pull you into the story. You won't want to put this 'Book' down!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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