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Loriel13

Love facts..hate drivel. Want cutting edge resesrch that is relevant to my daily life - what effects me - you - us. No "50 Shades" for me.

Boston MA | Listener Since 2006

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  • The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rick Warren
    • Narrated By Rick Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (175)

    Translated into over 50 languages, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey that has transformed millions of lives. Once you take this journey, you’ll never be the same again.

    Alberto says: "Very well reasoned and contagiuos, with big bias"
    "It has commercials in between chapters - ICK"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they are Christian. I love the author and his style. I listen to his podcasts regularly. he makes Christianity, well, not so "offensive" as I remember it from childhood. He makes it OK and understandable. Now, if I could just get past my doubts I have about the translation of the Bible.
    And, if they would remove the commercials in between the chapters read by the lady with the sickening voice, it would be far better!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Warren? Why or why not?

    Yes. I like his style. He is down to earth and humorous.


    What does Rick Warren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His delivery is pretty darn awesome. He sounds like the kind of guy you's want to have a beer with - to be your neighbor - to be your friend.


    Could you see The Purpose Driven Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No - it is not a story.


    Any additional comments?

    LOSE THE DARN COMMERCIALS IN BETWEEN THE CHAPTERS! The sappy voice of the lady that reads these makes me want to vomit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2619)
    Performance
    (1547)
    Story
    (1522)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Interesting in parts...but mostly B-O-R-I-N-G"
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    What disappointed you about The Drunkard's Walk?

    It was WAY too technical. The facts were great - and that was why I ordered the book (based on someone's review)...but, geeeeez, the guy yammers on and on and on and on about math dreck for 30 minutes at a shot. It is as if his publisher wanted him to just fill pages with anything to make the book longer.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure what this means - next book? Not sure...


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    There was no characters in this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the facts were cool.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't use your credits to get this book. It sounds much more fun than it actually is. I was soooo bored with it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2741)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1725)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "You KNOW these people! Read and find out!"
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    Would you listen to The Sociopath Next Door again? Why?

    Yes. And again and again. And again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sociopath Next Door?

    When she (the author) described the typical sociopath and listed who these poele could be, and described the head of our Condo Trustee Board 100% - and then said, this person could be the head of your condo Trustee Board. YIKES!!


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

    Never heard any others...


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

    No - it is too heavy of a topic. And it hits WAY too close to home for me. I was married to a diagnosed sociopath, my father was one, and the head of condo association is one. That man had single-handedly ruined the lives of SO MANY people in our condo complex...yet people think he is so "charming." That is the key word used to describe most sociopaths...or so I learned in this book. They are more deceptive than you think. And, 1 in 25 people fall into this category...yikes.


    Any additional comments?

    A MUST read for every adult. I can't emphasize this enough.
    If more people read this book, they would know what to look for and question the actions of people that seem just a bit "off." If more people did this - so many other people would be better off and lead better lives because of that. Had someone questioned my father's actions, perhaps I wouldn't have been sexually abused by him for 14 years....every one thought he was sooo "charming."
    Gross.

    "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1824)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1601)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "A-MAZING. A MUST READ for everyone that doubts...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It is much better to hear the author read it the way he MEANT it to be read. And his Southern accent was charming.


    What other book might you compare Proof of Heaven to and why?

    Tom Piper's book is very good - and there another about a little boy that had an NDE - Colton Burpo - it used to be on Audible but is no longer there, sadly.


    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

    Eban himself - Hearing his words in his own voice (and charming southern accent) helps the reader "be there" with him.


    If you could give Proof of Heaven a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "a medical journey there...and back!!"


    Any additional comments?

    The acknowledgements at the end were WAAAAAAAY too long. Not meant to be read out loud, in my opinion.Best book on the subject that I have read. Tom Piper's book is great, as is Colton Burpo's story written by his mom and dad - it was in my library but is no longer there for some reason - (Heaven is For Real).
    Looking forward to reading additional, more current science-based books on the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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