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K. Winebold

IA, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    Collected in one volume-and on audio-for the first time, The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories features bestselling author Karin Slaughter at her best: dark, provocative explorations of love, death, and the secrets we keep. This exclusive audiobook contains the previously published tales The Unremarkable Heart, The Blessing of Brokenness, Necessary Women, The Mean Time, Cold Cold Heart, and the never-before-seen story The Truth About Pretty Girls.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horrible!"
    "Haunting"
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    I was of two minds on Karin Slaughter. I listened to this title on a long drive and found it at times a bit too slow, at other times a bit too dark. Considered changing it out for another title more than once, but continued on instead. And when it was over, I was torn. It was mostly the dark that disturbed me. Sometimes it just hit a bit too close to home, and other times I was disturbed by the fact that what weren't truths for me, are surely truths for others. Makes the world just a little too scary and far too sad. I wish it was fantasy. Now, though, I've come to the conclusion that I will surely buy more of her work. It almost hurts to say that, but her characters are still with me, and still haunt me. The stories are disturbing, but they are also compelling (if often far too real).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (235)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Trival Pursuit: Language Edition. Loved it!"
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    A quick introduction to the evolution of languages. Fun and fascinating. Definitely going to pick up some more McWhorter. He was a great lecturer/narrator, and the information was almost as much fun as he was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lin Salamo (editor), Victor Fischer (editor), Michael B. Frank (editor), and others
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (228)

    Irreverent, charming, and eminently quotable, this handbook - an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race - contains 69 aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain’s private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars.

    tracy says: "Mark Twain is Hilarious!"
    "LOLL (laugh out loud, literally!)"
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    Dead over a hundred years and his writing still amazes, both for his mastery and humor, and for his relevance. Doesn't matter which of his works I'm reading, that is always what I come away with. Absolute awe.
    For this collection, I'm actually having trouble recalling the individual pieces (but it's early and I haven't had my coffee yet), but I do remember having to explain myself for literally laughing out loud on more than one occasion. For both my colleagues at work and for my fellow diners (and for most American's, come to think of it), one word of explanation is usually enough:

    "Twain."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By M. J. Ryan
    • Narrated By M. J. Ryan
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.

    Jim Koch says: "Great content. Poor audio"
    "Good ideas, not a good reading"
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    I usually enjoy books read by the author, but I agree with other reviewers that this book would have been significantly improved in being read by anyone other than the author. Admittedly, I've walked away from books in the past where performances were unbearable and I didn't do that here. I did listen through it all. But my first instinct on reviewing the book is actually to review the reading. Extraordinarily unprofessional. Was that a car horn I heard in the background? Was she shuffling papers? Did she record this at her kitchen table with a an old tape deck and cassettes? I kept waiting for a toddler to walk in and start babbling at her knee. And then there are the innumerable times she stumbles over words and even sentences. And the times it sounds like she's yelling, rather than reading. Let's just call it awkward. But I did listen.

    A lot, if not all of what's here has been said before. It's more a compendium of popular psychology and current research than new insight, but it was motivating, none the less. And I obviously didn't listen all those other times I heard it, or I wouldn't have purchased the book. To paraphrase the author (and Dr. Phil) (and that guy who keeps spamming my mail with fitness tips), "Nothing will change if you don't begin." And that's still true. So if you're still looking at books like this, you probably need to hear it again. Go ahead and give it a listen. You may be glad you did. (Just be ready to turn the volume down when she starts yelling.)













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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1009)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Chlo-bell says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "the mystery of the missing workbook"
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    It is apparently a deep, dark secret that Audible doesn't wish us to know, but in spite of their failure to provide a pdf to accompany this book, the author herself does so on her website. She provides a free 10 page pdf "workbook" with the information that other reviewers lamented the lack of. I found this through a google search on the book's title and posted the url in a review I submitted previously. Audible did not see fit to publish that review (deep, dark secrets, I'm telling you), but I'm trying again. Google it for yourself, but be sure to select the link that lists 'Workbook and Audio files" (easy, Audible, it's not the audiobook) since I couldn't find it when I selected the link to her homepage.

    As I said, my previous review, created specifically to provide this information, was quashed by Audible censors, but here we go again. Do your worst Audible.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Do the Work

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Steven Pressfield
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (318)

    Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

    Luke J. Morris says: "Good Information"
    "CliffsNotes for The War of Art"
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    I love Pressfield's The War of Art, and what you get here is the outline of that original and nothing more. There's nothing new here, and nothing worth the cost of purchase. It feels like a bit of sleight of hand, a new twist to squeeze juice from the rind. Or more appropriately, money from your pocket. It's not like it's simplifying a complex, difficult, or even lengthy read. The War of Art is less than three hours, utterly accessible, and worth every minute. This is just a scam, a rewrite of that title using nothing but delete. If you haven't read it already, invest your money in The Art of War. It's worth every minute and every penny. And if you have read it, don't waste your time or money here. You've already got everything Pressfield appears to have to say on this subject. Reread it. It's still worth it, even the second time. I give this title three stars only because the original information is still valuable. But I genuinely resent having paid for that information twice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1655)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Dare I say, "Amusing"?"
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    A surprisingly light-hearted tour of psych wards and psychopathy, no doubt due to viewing it through the WoodyAllenesque glasses of the author's own neuroses. An interesting cast of characters (including the author; I loved his reading), and though it's good to know that some of them are in prison, it was interesting and entertaining to hear them speak for themselves and to define themselves.
    There was far less of 'the madmen at the helm' than I expected from the author's own initial statement that that thought was a primary motivation for the book. That insanity drives policy has surely occurred to us all. And that's a book I'd still like to read, but this is not that book. This one never strayed far from the premise of the title, which was 'the madness industry' and the actual test in current use for diagnosing psychopathy, the Bob Hare checklist.
    There is much in the subject, and even in this book, to horrorify, but as I said, it's actually a very light-hearted read. If you're looking to delve into the real heart of psychopathy, this is not the book. If you wouldn't mind a tour of the neighborhood, though, Jon Ronson makes an amusing guide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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