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  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1879)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1704)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "I Couldn't Stop Laughing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    The author truly performed it.


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to and why?

    700 Sundays as it is also a performance


    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favorite?

    Mohammed Ali


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry. Crystal touches your heart deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    His humor is so philosophical, not raunchy. He is a real icon to me in the world of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It Ain't Over...Till It's Over: Reinventing Your Life - and Realizing Your Dreams - Anytime, at Any Age

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Marlo Thomas
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker, January Lavoy, Michele Pawk, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Right Words at the Right Time comes a one-of-a-kind collection of inspiring stories about ordinary women who have reinvented themselves in extraordinary ways. "You can be anything you want to be." "Reach for the moon." "It's never too late to make a change." We've heard it all. But anyone who has ever tried to make a big life change knows that it can be a bit more complicated - and scary - than that. How do you get up the nerve (and confidence) to actually take the leap?

    Herstory buff says: "Marlo Thomas's Heart Champions Women"
    "Marlo Thomas's Heart Champions Women"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of It Ain't Over...Till It's Over to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Ain't Over...Till It's Over?

    The amazing stories of enterprising women with interesting lives.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The authenticity and speed of performance.


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

    Documentary of how older women dare to succeed.


    Any additional comments?

    An inspiring book if you think about doing something daring in your older years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jane Pauley
    • Narrated By Jane Pauley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    In this inspirational audiobook, beloved broadcast journalist Jane Pauley helps people in the middle of their lives successfully navigate a "reinvention" phase and build a positive, powerful future. Everyone is talking about "reinvention." President Obama used the term nine times in a State of the Union address. Magazines, newspapers, and online blogs frequently devote coverage to the topic. But even though people are ready to reinvent themselves, many simply don’t know where to start. Jane Pauley is here to help.

    Jamal says: "A must read for those who are planning to retire"
    "Inspiring"
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    What made the experience of listening to Your Life Calling the most enjoyable?

    Pauley's authenticity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane of course, her life is interesting.


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

    Yes, I read her first book and I like this one even better.


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

    A documentary about the second half of our lives in this era and how society has changed; how people are being more productive in their older years nowadays.


    Any additional comments?

    A feel-good book if you need a lift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    How happy would you be if you had all the money in the world? We spend endless hours obsessing over our budgets and investments, trying to figure out ways to stretch every dollar. We try to follow the advice of money gurus and financial planners, then kick ourselves whenever we spend too much or save too little. For all of the stress and effort we put into every choice, why are most of us unhappy about our finances? According to Laura Vanderkam, the key is to change your perspective.

    Herstory buff says: "Very Practical Book with Good Ideas"
    "Very Practical Book with Good Ideas"
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    If you could sum up All the Money in the World in three words, what would they be?

    Helpful to rethink how you prioritize your resources and work life


    What did you like best about this story?

    Time management with fresh ideas.


    What about Karen Saltus’s performance did you like?

    Pace was fine.


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

    Pretty close. I stayed with it in several sessions until it was complete. It wasn't a long book and got to the point not wasting time which is what the book is all about.


    Any additional comments?

    I like all of Laura Vanderkam's books that reveal her research and findings about how people can spend their time and money more efficiently. There were new ideas she presented--at least for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    Laura Vanderkam has combined her three popular mini auidobooks into one comprehensive guide, with a new introduction. It will help listeners build habits that lead to happier, more productive lives, despite the pressures of their busy schedules. Through interviews and anecdotes, she reveals...What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast - to jump-start the day productively. What the Most Successful People Do On the Weekend - to recharge and prepare for a great week. What the Most Successful People Do at Work - to accomplish more in less time.

    Sara says: "Listening is time well spent"
    "A Great Book To Kick Start your Work Life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author who reveals much of her own successful work habits.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many stories about individuals whose successful habits pay off.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions experienced.


    Any additional comments?

    I like all of Laura Vanderkam's books that validate the importance of women's productivity and how to get more out of one's work day with better focus and clearing one's plate of distractions and obstacles--the theme that runs through all her books and research. Insightful, inspirational, practical, extremely helpful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    • Narrated By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation's most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they - and America - have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

    Jean says: "A Look at a power couple"
    "Intriguing"
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    What did you love best about Love & War?

    The yin and the yang of the authors' lives and how their complicated marriage works in their family and work lives. It's invigorating and uplifting. Starts off medium paced and really picks up about a quarter of the way and gets more intriguing as it progresses. Nice ending.The authors have a colorful sense of humor that breaks up the tension.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inspirational. The authors reveal how they cope with their work and family lives in a world full of turmoil and adventure. They are not the traditional couple as both partners are alphas and head strong. It makes for a delightful story and causes one to pause.


    Have you listened to any of James Carville and Mary Matalin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    How James Carville has the attention deficit order and how his wife adapted when she finally discovered it. How Mary Matlin is an extreme alpha woman and how her husband adapts and appreciates her.


    Any additional comments?

    It made me think about my own marriage and family and how the September 2001 affected our society. I learned a lot about what it was like in Washington, D.C., at the time of the tragedy and how our government worked and coped. I learned about how dedicated people are when it comes to pulling together--individually and collectively.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trauma of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mark Epstein M.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (23)

    Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness touch us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic. In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker, Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind's own development. Western psychology teaches that if we understand the cause of trauma, we might move past it while many drawn to Eastern practices see meditation as a means of rising above, or distancing themselves from, their most difficult emotions.

    Virginia says: "This is what i call a GREAT book"
    "It's Predominantly Buddhist Philosophy/Psychology"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Epstein M.D. and/or Walter Dixon?

    no


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    to include more religious perspectives


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Did The Trauma of Everyday Life inspire you to do anything?

    no, not at all


    Any additional comments?

    While the philosophy is interesting and is applicable for therapists to use in their work, it wasn't for me seeking inspiration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Elizabeth London
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals.

    Tamara says: "save your time and skip this book"
    "Excellent Read"
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    If you could sum up 168 Hours in three words, what would they be?

    Would read again.


    What other book might you compare 168 Hours to and why?

    Her other books.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth London – was your favorite?

    Not applicable


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    How to keep a time sheet on what I do with daily hours and how much time there really is when something is a priority.


    Any additional comments?

    You will never be able to say again that you don't have time for something. You will learn that you are the prioritizer of your life, and it is not about what you wish to do, but what you like to actually spend your time doing that should be on your list to do. Talk about zeroing in on one's core competencies and getting on with your productivity. If you are a woman who needs to clear her plate of obstacles and distractions, read this book. Self empowering. A good look at yourself in the mirror. And somewhat revolutionary as in, doing your children's laundry is not an act of love. Wow. I rethought my whole schedule when it comes to house keeping. I wish I had done things different twenty years ago. I never "got it" until now how remarkably underpaid and under appreciated household management and cleaning and other similar distractions are to the female gender. This book may wake you up and you actually might earn more money when you rearrange your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoarding, Smoking, Sex, and Porn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Christopher Kennedy Lawford
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (24)

    From New York Times bestselling author of Symptoms of Withdrawal and Moments of Clarity Christopher Kennedy Lawford comes a book that will save lives. For most of his early life, Christopher Kennedy Lawford battled life-threatening drug and alcohol addictions. Now in recovery for more than 25 years, he works to effect change and raise global awareness of addiction in nonprofit, private, and government circles, serving as the goodwill ambassador for drug dependence treatment and care for the United Nations.

    Grady says: "I didn't know I was a workaholic"
    "For parents, doctors, etc., the addict"
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    Where does Recover to Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good solid nonfiction, research oriented read. The most comprehensive book on every addiction that is fresh, believable, well researched and put together.


    What other book might you compare Recover to Live to and why?

    Perhaps his recent book on Ten Things That Addicts Know. I haven't read it yet.


    Which character – as performed by Seth Michael Donsky – was your favorite?

    Not applicable.


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

    No. It is full of heavy information and there is a lot to digest and take notes on if you want to follow up on any of his resources, websites, or research.


    Any additional comments?

    The Best book available on these subject matters. I wish I had known this information ten years ago when my kids and their friends were teens; I would have done things different. Talk about insight. Lawford shows how wrong this country is about handling addiction effectively in our culture of shame and persecution, and how we need to rethink our approach from parenting, to schools, to the mental health profession. I admire this author for his chutzpah. He doesn't hold back--we can't afford to not listen with a society in crisis when it comes to addictions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance - What Women Should Know

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Katty Kay, Claire Shipman
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (91)

    Working women today are better educated and more well-qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.

    Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition - with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business - Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to "lean in".

    Megan Hewins says: "Stop Ruminating and Give it a Listen"
    "Hyped Up"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Confidence Code the most enjoyable?

    There were good ideas for women to consider about their own lives --getting on track and staying on track.


    Would you recommend The Confidence Code to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but it is not a terribly exciting read.


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

    never have listened to her before.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Confidence Code?

    The acknowledgement of how important confidence is to a woman's career and how her confidence is strikingly different from men's cultural upbringing. That information was interesting and insightful.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book to add to your reading list if you like success in business, etc., for women stories and feminism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (433)

    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    Steven says: "Outstanding introduction"
    "It's all right, but not earth moving"
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    What did you like best about Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation? What did you like least?

    It gets better as you reach the middle of the book


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    least interesting was mindfulness while eating and walking--way too lengthy


    What aspect of Professor Mark W. Muesse’s performance would you have changed?

    Would have had him move along a little faster to get to the point.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't regret reading it, but I would not place it high on my list of "to reads."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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