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Michelle

Mint Hill, NC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Randi Kreger, Paul T. Mason
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    Do you feel manipulated, controlled, or lied to? Are you the focus of intense, violent, and irrational rages? Do you feel you are "walking on eggshells" to avoid the next confrontation? Here's help.

    Ian says: "Really clears things up"
    "Very Good!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Recommended for anyone who might want to learn how to deal with difficult people- not only for those with BPD. Provides some understanding and how to pull from your own emotional reserves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7331)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2094)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Reney says: "Be careful with logical leaps"
    "Perfect book to finish right befroe the New Year"
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    Highly recommended. Its amazing what happens in those few seconds before we have the time to absorb a high stress situation. Enjoyed this very much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7984)
    Performance
    (7198)
    Story
    (7194)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great book with Grisham's usual courtroom drama"
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    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    Each character had both good and bad, some more bad than others, some more good than others but the range and how it was used as part of the story was brilliant


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucian by far was my favorite. The love/hate father/son relationship with Jake


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't give it away- would be a spoiler


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

    The book made me cry, abuse makes me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    John Grisham does not disappoint his readers often. This was one of his bests, one of the most "emotion" filled without the distraction of a man-woman love story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate You - Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jerold J. Kreisman, Hal Straus
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, despairing and depressed the next. For years BPD was difficult to describe, diagnose, and treat. But with this classic guide, Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and health writer Hal Straus offer much-needed professional advice, helping victims and their families understand and cope with this troubling, shockingly widespread affliction.

    LCKW says: "Not valuable to the person dealing with BPD."
    "Technical, clearly defines DSM explanation of BPD"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book was a little too technical for me and maybe it would serve me to get a written version. It does a great job explaining the disorder and its extremes. It's definitely not a "light" read (listen)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Small, Gigi Vorgan
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    True stories are more bizarre than any fiction, and Dr. Gary Small knows this best. After 30 distinguished years of psychiatry and groundbreaking research on the human brain, Dr. Small has seen it all - now he is ready to open his office doors for the first time and tell all about the most mysterious, intriguing, and bizarre patients of his career. The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head is a spellbinding record of the doctor's most bewildering cases.

    Think B4 Eating says: "90% Useless Information"
    "So interesting, great stories."
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    If you could sum up The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head in three words, what would they be?

    A great compilation of patient stories and the thoughts of the doctor as he grew from a young man "faking" it to a seasoned professional. You move along with him on his journey and you can come out the other side, at least a little better of a person than you started as.


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

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Interview: Reader's Edition

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lawrence Spencer
    • Narrated By Lyanne Greystoke
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Copies of two letters, Top Secret military transcripts, and notes from the late Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy, an Army Air Force nurse at the Roswell Army Air Field 509th Bomb Group in 1947. In her letters she asserts that the transcripts are an exact recording of a series of interviews she conducted with an extraterrestrial being as part of her official duty as a flight nurse in the U.S. Army Air Force. During July and August she interviewed a saucer pilot who crashed near Roswell, New Mexico on July 8, 1947.

    Michelle says: "Fascinating story"
    "Fascinating story"
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    If you could sum up Alien Interview: Reader's Edition in three words, what would they be?

    could be true?


    Any additional comments?

    Although I am not onboard with the full believers, it makes for an interesting story and would make a great movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

    jacob says: "Eye opening"
    "Fascinating and insightful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book for anyone interested in how medical studies are done and the difficulty that researchers encounter when attempting to conduct studies. The subject matter and the similar reactions the patients have is just icing on the cake and but if you are looking for the final word, you won't find it here, just more questions and hoping that more will come.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reading Everyday Body Language: Become a Human Lie Detector

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sanjay Burman
    • Narrated By Sanjay Burman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    We all have wondered if we are being told the truth. Well now you no longer have to wonder. Success requires trust in those who surround us and they are speaking to us without even talking, if we know how to read the signs. Three quarters of our communication is non-verbal. Reading Everyday Body Language contains scientifically proven psychological techniques that can be applied to all sorts of everyday situations. Determine if a person is being honest, whether your date likes you or not, and how to know if someone lacks confidence.

    Michelle says: "Too much silly fluff with a few good ideas & tips"
    "Too much silly fluff with a few good ideas & tips"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although this book contained some good tips, the author added way too much nonsense and stupid jokes into the text. I think that if I chose a hard copy for reading instead of the audible version I would have put it down by the second page just because of the jokes and ridiculous comparatives used to make the authors point. Many of the audible clues that show a lack of sincerity were surprisingly prevalent in this very book which is quite ironic. But, there is information hidden in between all the nonsense that I found interesting and will attempt to apply.


    What could Sanjay Burman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Had someone else read the book and cut out the uncomfortable "humor" throughout.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sanjay Burman?

    Any experienced narrator


    Was Reading Everyday Body Language worth the listening time?

    Yes, overall.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (718)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "The fasted 9 hours ever- wanted more"
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    What did you love best about 13 Things That Don't Make Sense?

    This book was fantastic. I think that the fact I listened to it instead of reading it made a big difference. It can be very technical in certain areas but Brooks delivers each of the 13 subjects ( which really stretches more to about 20 with the sub content) with clear and concise descriptions, enough for a complete laymen to comprehend and he brings out as much of the humor and the irony as can be brought about in a book related to mathematical formulas, cell structure and physics can possible offer. James Adams does a wonderful job narrating and kept me listening for hours on end. The worst part of this book was at the end, when it was over. I wish they cover another 13.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense?

    That valium is really a placebo, SHOCKING!


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

    no


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That valium is really a placebo, SHOCKING!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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