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Jose

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 155 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1537)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (438)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "Well worth two hours of your time"
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    This was one of my first Audible books, and I loved it. I found Julia Sweeney’s performance to be more than entertaining- I laughed and smiled most of the way through, thinking this person is brilliant, but it was clearly not all fun and games for her to come to her decision- to let go of God. How could it be? If you are interested in the spiritual, you should listen to this audio book, especially if your instinct is to push up against the title, not because I think you should be converted one way or the other, but because it’s that good. I feel we need to do more than just listen to what others think about when it comes these matters, we need to try to deeply understand their points of view in order to fully understand our own. This is well worth two hours of your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1226)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "Good ol’ Billy Pilgrim"
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    It’s where he goes and where he takes you through his journey that makes this book so good. This is a must read, unlike other books, which are good, maybe great, but where the ideas are so clear and well structured that you don’t really need to read them, because you “get it” before reading it. This is a book to be experienced- that’s what makes it good. I can’t explain it any other way. “So it goes!”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1599)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1078)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Amazing! Faulkner read by Will Patton = Amazing!"
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    Faulkner can be tough to read, though I don’t think this book is particularly challenging. I would start with Light in August if you were going to read/listen to Faulkner for the first time. It’s a well-crafted story from start to finish, where the words dance off the pages, leaving you in awe of Faulkner’s ability to stitch them together to create a pallet of delightful imagery and sound, which transports you to this realm, like it or not. Will Patton is a master at his craft; I’m talking high-level master, well beyond first or second degree. I couldn’t stop myself from telling others about his voicing, his accents, because I couldn’t believe it was one person reading this book aloud, which he does with grace and impeccable timing. This is a must listen! Highly, highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (991)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Just Terrific!"
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    What a great story. Fahrenheit 451 is a classic that stands the test of time. This short review is for the book read by Christopher Hurt. For some reason I can no longer find this version when I search for it on Audible. It includes an Afterword by Ray Bradbury. Mr. Bradbury is a master storyteller, and Mr. Hurt’s reading is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22245)
    Performance
    (13652)
    Story
    (13793)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Why bother seeing the movie?"
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    This is simply a terrific, well-read story from start to finish. I have no interest in seeing the movie after listening to this book. I have a clear visual representation in my mind about what I experienced as a listener- I can still picture many of the scenes when I think about them. This is a creative sci-fi thriller with coming of age overtones (not a coming of age story in the traditional sense), where wisdom unfolds in such a way that you experience it in your past and present and it pushes you think about the future. Definitely worth your time- the postscript by Orson Scott Card at the end was an additional treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2044)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1123)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Brilliant book, but…"
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    It’s a terrific book about the absurdity of bureaucratic authority in conflict with the personal. I think it was brilliant for its time, but it does feel dated, despite the universal themes explored. There is a lot to like about this, including the unique structure of the story, but there was something off in the reading for me. While I think Jay O. Sanders is an excellent reader with an excellent voice, his voice changes, especially during many of the comedic moments, were often strained, as I’m sure was the intention, but it didn’t work for me. In those moments, I wished for a hard copy of the book instead.

    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
    (392)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (329)

    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.

    Nancy says: "Be well and happy!"
    "Enlightening! Valuable lessons well explained"
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    This is a valuable course; it’s thorough and covers a lot of information, guiding the listener through varying stages of meditation, highlighting the purpose of each technique and clarifying how letting go is really about connecting. The reader does a good job with pace, tone, and with using a “just right” level of attachment as he reads, which is important for this genre. If you are interested in this subject matter, this audio book is a worthwhile addition to your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1071)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Crazy Good! What a treat!"
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    This audio book made me feel as if I was there, in the story, experiencing it. The reading by Alan Cumming is amazing! I was transported by this version of Macbeth. I’ve always loved this play, but while listening to this, I wanted to learn more about it and wanted to experience other works of Shakespeare in this style. This is not to be missed. It’s a real treat!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bernice Bobs Her Hair

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Bernice has rare beauty and wealth, but is undeniably socially awkward. Her cousin Marjorie does her best to make Bernice into a social vampire. Being a socialite in America in the 1920s, it seems to her that some of the more archaic feminine ideals need to go. Bernice's long, luxurious hair may need to go, too.

    Jose says: "Definitely worth an hour of your time."
    "Definitely worth an hour of your time."
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    This is good listen while you do something like iron your shirts or fold your laundry. Worth a few cents for sure, but don’t spend a credit on this. Well read and worth the hour. Don’t miss the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (619)

    The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

    Glenn says: "Delivers on its Title"
    "Thinking that could leads to change"
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    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, reflecting on how to become better at what I do. I read about mindfulness, enjoy learning about brain based research on cognition, and I like thinking about issues like free will, systems of approach and activation, social constructs, and all that sort of good stuff where we have to figure out how to fit in and move about as we relate to others and to the self. So I do a lot of thinking on these topics, but what actions have I taken to become better at what I do? The Five Elements of Effective Thinking is a short, well read, well thought out book. It provides practical advice that you can use to help activate new ways of thinking that could shift your perspective, which in turn could produce more favorable outcomes for you. That’s the key here- change starts with a shift in perspective.

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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