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Deborah

Bend, OR, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6020)
    Performance
    (2202)
    Story
    (2228)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Middlesex Review"
    Overall

    This book was extremely well written, and brought to life the anguish experienced by teens facing sexual identity crisis'. This is a must read for anyone working or living with adolescents.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Unquiet Mind

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Narrated By Kay Redfield Jamison
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.

    A User says: "Loved this book"
    "Understanding bipolar disorder"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Unquiet Mind?

    The author did a great job describing why so many with bipolar disorder struggle taking the prescribed medications.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unquiet Mind?

    The author's stories of how she revealed her disorder to the men in her life, her employer, and the world.


    Did Kay Redfield Jamison do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This story was about Kay Redfield Jamison. There were not any other characters in the book.


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

    Although the event had little to do with bipolar disorder, the moment in the book that moved me was when her partner, David, died unexpectedly.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a particularly good book to read if you or any of your loved ones are taking lithium for treatment of bipolar disorder. The author does a good job of talking about the pros and cons of treatment, and the benefit of treatment in spite of losing her hypomanic moments. She also does a good job discussing the pros and cons of parenting with bipolar disorder.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9792)
    Performance
    (4315)
    Story
    (4321)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Understanding beyond outliers"
    Overall

    Outliers really goes beyond explaining those that excel above everyone else, like Bill Gates and the Beatles. It also explains why some fail, such as pilots and co-pilots following cultural practices rather than safe communication techniques. And, finally it explains how all of us arrive with birth gifts from our past that influence our journey. A great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pygmy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    "Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism

    Maude Lebowski says: "A Kinder, Gentler Chuck"
    "Tough to listen to and tougher to read"
    Overall

    At first, I thought, "oh good", a story told in the flavor of "All Things Illuninated", with a new twist on the English Language. However, this author goes a bit too far, making the story telling a bit like reading a foreign language with a dictionary in hand. Every sentence needs translated. The violence and hateful thoughts are also not pleasant. The description of some of the weakest parts of being human (not just American) are thought-provoking, but I found myself either angry or bored through much of the book. I did not laugh out loud, and wondered about those that did.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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