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Marianna

Washington, DC, USA

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  • Exuberance: The Passion for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    We have learned much about depression, but what about its opposite? Why hasn't the human emotion that lifts us, inspires us, drives us on, and makes life worth living been discussed and celebrated? In this outstanding book, best-selling author Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison explores exuberance in all its unrestrained, joyful energy, and shows how its unique vitality is essential to our existence.

    Dennis says: "Overwrought by Exuberance"
    "All it promises and more"
    Overall

    I first listened to the book then had to get a hard copy. There were so many gems that I wanted to read them over and over. I suppose some people could hear this and walk away without feeling exuberant but I couldn't. I don't "do" caffeine anymore but I found this book made me more alert, passionate, and creative than any double espresso or other stimulant could ever hope to do. There are wonderful gems throughout the book, an excellent synthesis of research and traditional knowledge, a weaving of art, science, literature, history, and psychology. The third chapter on play was particularly inspirational for me as it inspired the overall concept for a participatory family gallery at a major art museum that I am developing. This is a book I will consult and re-read for years to come.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Middlemarch is perhaps the finest novel in the English language. Set in a provincial town at the time of the Great Reform Bill in 1832, Eliot's novel is about the quest for both personal and political liberation and fulfilment, and centers on two remarkable individuals: the ardently idealistic Dorothea Brooke and the philanthropically-motivated young doctor, Tertius Lydgate.

    Benedict says: "Wow"
    "Abridged version disappointing"
    Overall

    Middlemarch is one of my favorite novels. Eliot's writing is masterful and the story is powerful. However, I have to agree with Stephen King (in his book "On Writing" available unabridged at Audible and very good) that listening to an abridged version of any novel is just not worth the time and in my case, the money spent on it. There was so much left out of this version that I can't imagine how anyone not already familiar with the story could follow the odd skips in the plot line. Read the book instead!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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