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Maureen

Dillon Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ayelet Waldman
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Best-selling author Ayelet Waldman delivers a humorous, encouraging look at the nearly impossible - and often thankless! - job of mothering. Filled with humor and deliciously outrageous observations on the world'smost difficult profession, Bad Mother is a godsend for anyone who's ever felt maternally challenged.

    C says: "Eck."
    "I'm not a mother but I still loved this book."
    Overall

    There is just something about Ayelet that I really like. Her honesty is so refreshing and thought provoking. I am mad that I moved away from my fantastic book-group in PA. I would've loved to have heard what they would have said about this book.
    I know I will look at mothers differently after reading this.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2410)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (1988)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "If you meditate or want to, you should read this!"
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    Kelly McGonigal's writing style is so strongly feminine that I can hear her right over the narrator. I guess that is the definition of a great narrator, when you don't hear their voice but that of the author! Such a fantastic book that I have listened to it over and over again. The lessons are so helpful in building will power. I listened to it all the way through and then went back worked on the chapters and the lessons that really spoke to me. I found that the tools let me just flip a switch on my attitude towards situations that used to upset me so. Surfing the Urge is my favorite tool the Author shares in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (459)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    loix says: "A sensory feast"
    "Love it, love it, love it!"
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    I have listened to this book at least 15 times. I love it. Highly recommend it to anyone, interested in cooking or not. Great story, great writing, read by the Author! And great insights into how life unfolds and how you learn from it if you take the time to really look back with new perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bethenny Frankel
    • Narrated By Bethenny Frankel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Bethenny Frankel's no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality won over countless fans, and made her a nationally best-selling author and the star of her own hit Bravo show Bethenny Getting Married? Now Bethenny opens up and shares the obstacles she overcame and the great success she has enjoyed while discovering how to approach life from “A Place of Yes”.

    jen says: "What is your tolerance level?"
    "Not the best written but so interesting"
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    Over time I have become a Bethanny fan. I love her quick wit. Even if she has the humor of a 13 year old boy, I still kind of like her. But the best part of this book is how she inspires you to go out and make things happen in your own life. I came away thinking "if this airhead can do it, then so can I". Which is exactly what she wants the reader to take away from her book. So, in true NYC style, she throws herself under the bus to get her point across loud and clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Many people feel called to help others and change the world, but they just don’t know how to fulfill their potential. They have the creativity and passion, but often get lost, not knowing how to direct their energies. Now, popular life coach Martha Beck shows how readers can find their calling in service and healing - while realizing their destiny. With a sparkling, compassionate, and often irreverent style, Beck draws from a combination of ancient wisdom and modern science to help readers consciously embrace vital skills that may be embedded in our DNA and are now made accessible again.

    June E. Smith says: "Interesting"
    "Interesting but she lost me at..."
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    Spoiler alert:
    Good until she started talking about bending spoons.Guess I am not a Wayfinder or whatever she calls herself. I also don't like how she talks down to her readers when she admits to her daughter that her books are just one big extended mediphor and "Well people seem to like it and buy my books".
    I did like her term, the every when, that is a cool term/concept.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now, in Loving What Is, you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

    Heather says: "simply amazing"
    "So great and easy to apply to real life!"
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    The Work perfectly aligns with my beliefs and gives me the simple tools I was looking for to apply in real life situations. I can't stop talking about this book and have recommended it to all my friends. Fantastic!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Speaks Again: An Introduction to the Bahá'i Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kenneth E. Bowers
    • Narrated By Brian W. Roberts
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    >God Speaks Again is an introduction to the Bahá'í Faith and a must-read for those who are on the spiritual path seeking independent investigation of truth, as well as those Bahá'ís who would like to expand their knowledge of the Bahá'í Faith, including its history and principles. Bahá'ís believe that religions come from the same source and are, in essence, successive chapters of one religion from God. The Bahá’í’ Faith is a recognized independent world religion attracting increasing attention - and a growing number of followers.

    CCIE_Want_to_Be says: "Great Book"
    "Not an introduction but just sad history :("
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    I really wanted to learn about this religion but instead the book just lists over and over again all the persecution suffered by the followers. I wanted to learn the teaching and beliefs not hear an account of their persecution. So mad I purchased this and listened to the whole book without gaining any of the information or introduction to the faith.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (998)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Something for everyone"
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    Just good clear instructions for every area. I like how he tells you everything you will need to gather before you even start the tasks. I always think the job is bigger than it really is. And his list of things I need to get started prove to me that the job is not what I have dreaded in my mind. It is catchy, once you start your momentum takes over and it is fun!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2419)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1081)

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "A collection of short stories"
    Overall

    No real conclussions are ever drawn. Just a collection of stories. He is overly interested in women's issues: Menstruation, Breast Cancer even Hair Dye. His voice is very creepy too. I didn't enjoy Blink either because he just keeps tell the same story over and over again in different examples but never makes a point or draw any conclusion. You come away with nothing asking "So What? What's your point?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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