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  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

    William says: "Life Changing Once You Are Ready"
    "Maybe a Catholic Convert..."
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    If you could sum up Falling Upward in three words, what would they be?

    We are connected.


    What other book might you compare Falling Upward to and why?

    possibly something by Pema Chodron...


    What about Richard Rohr’s performance did you like?

    Loved Rohr's honesty and vulnerability.


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

    Some parts made me laugh and some parts made me cry. My reaction most of the time, though, was to rewind, replay, and reconsider what he had written.

    However, I have not converted to Catholicism (nor do I anticipate doing so).


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. I will read and re-read this over and again.

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13354)
    Performance
    (12220)
    Story
    (12289)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "It is the nature of stars to cross..."
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Yes. I found that this was a relieving book to read/listen to. While some find it heavy and sad to consider death and cancer in teens, it reflected my reality (having known many with cancer - both teens and otherwise - but not having it myself). I appreciated Hazel's and Gus' cynicism towards cliche personalities and behaviors and enjoyed stepping into their lives for a while. I normally listen to non-fiction books so this was a nice break.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Hazel because of her sharp wit and cautious heart, and I also enjoyed her dad even though he was a distant character. I enjoyed how completely Rudd created each character and personality, though I confess that there were some things about Augustine that I couldn't stand.


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

    No.


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

    Yes. And had I not had multiple destinations while traveling I would have. But it kept me good company while traveling from Indiana to Michigan, then to Wisconsin, and back to Washington state.


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  • The Little Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (392)

    A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

    Heather says: "A children's story for adults"
    "The LIttle Philosopher"
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    Where does The Little Prince rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite "lighter listens". I'm not much of novel reader, but I do like the simplicity of children's books though I rarely read them. I read Le Petit Prince in french while in high school but don't remember getting as much out of the story then as I have 20 years later.


    What other book might you compare The Little Prince to and why?

    The Lesson by Carol Pearson. I doubt it's an audiobook, and it's significantly shorter, but it's a wonderful story.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He did the voices so well. And I could visualize the story as it was being told.


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

    ... if only I could be as creative as the little prince I might come up with an appropriate tag line :).


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  • The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective.

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    >. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.

    Eric says: "not so much"
    "Perspective Counts"
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    What did you like best about The Noticer? What did you like least?

    When I first started listening to the book I was about to engage in a difficult conversation with a person I love dearly. Having "read" the first 3 chapters by the time the conversation took place I had received a good reminder that the person I love dearly has a perspective different than mine, and that if I could step outside myself for long enough to listen to that perspective, the conversation might end differently than if I refused to listen. So I think that what I liked best about the book that it offered a simple concept, and it offered the lesson pretty quickly.


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

    It depends on the friend. Friends who like cliches and fairytales might enjoy the entirety of this book. And folks who like easy reads might find it engaging throughout. However, those who are searching for a bit more depth in literature, or who don't appreciate trite endings, probably wouldn't be satisfied.


    Did The Noticer inspire you to do anything?

    The Noticer reminded me to think before speaking, question before accusing and finish what I started.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a good book - not bad, not fabulous. I picked it up at my brothers' suggestion since my brother seldom suggests books for me to read. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if the ending hadn't been so corny and exaggerated. ... Also, while I think I understand what the author was doing when deciding to create a "Raceless" protagonist, there was something that bothered me about that decision. Maybe, if the author hadn't brought attention to the unidentifiable race (such as simply not mentioning the skin color or eye shape at all), that would have been enough. Instead, the author brought to attention that different folks called him by different names (one traditionally african /american name, and another a traditional hispanic name) and couldn't identify his skin color. That action discredited the reader, in my opinion; it told me that the author did not have confidence in the reader to see beyond the color him/herself, and so needed to blatantly (but not directly?) point out that "Any Man" (emph. on Man) could be so wise to point out the power of perspective.
    Maybe I'm all wet on my interpretation, but I took that away. Decent book overall; I'm appreciative of the recommendation. For most, though, I'd probably be inclined to simply share the moral of the story than suggest someone read it...

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