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Rachael

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  • 42 reviews
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  • 356 titles in library
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  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (1733)
    Story
    (1711)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "Informative & Easy Info"
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    I'd heard variations of this info but it was nice the way it was organized. The narrator does a great job, the book has great info. The basic point is get back to organic veggies, good meats, nuts, some fruits and your body should normalize from avoiding processed, wheat laden foods.

    The last two hours for me were the most informative on how to start this program.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Honest"
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    Guts is funny and brutally honest through the eyes of Kristen Johnston. I enjoy her perspective on everything going on and the comedic way she was able to describe some of the most horrible situations.

    The bottom line is tell the truth. Be honest with yourself but lets face it, that's hard to do and she makes this clear.

    I am also thrilled the author read her book. She has a lot of energy in the way she reads and to me it comes off exactly how she would be thinking it in her head which brings so much life into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Christians Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    In these classic essays, which began as talks on the BBC during World War II, Lewis creatively and simply explains the basic tenets of Christianity. Taken from the core section of Mere Christianity, this book provides an accessible way for people to discover these timeless truths. For those looking to remind themselves of what they hold true, or those looking for a snapshot of Christianity, this book is a wonderful introduction to the faith.

    Rachael says: "Incredible."
    "Incredible."
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    Lewis gets straight to the heart of what being Christian actually is. He hits the hard stuff swiftly and doesn't waste time. He uses solid logic around the issues he had as a believer and when he didn't believe. It's a fast listen and absolutely wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mick LaSalle
    • Narrated By Phil Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Even as actresses become increasingly marginalized by Hollywood, French cinema is witnessing an explosion of female talent - a Golden Age unlike anything the world has seen since the days of Stanwyck, Hepburn, Davis, and Garbo. In France, the joy of acting is alive and well. Scores of French actresses are doing the best work of their lives in movies tailored to their star images and unique personalities. Yet virtually no one this side of the Atlantic even knows about them. Viewers who feel shortchanged by Hollywood will be thrilled to discover The Beauty of the Real.

    Rachael says: "Great but Bias"
    "Great but Bias"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Its beautifully written and I enjoyed the way this book not only stuck with cinematic examples but dove into French culture including literature and other art forms.

    My only issue is the clear bias that shows up within the book. I picked this book to read about French cinema, not to read about what other cinema styles and choices should be according to this author.

    I'm sure over time there will be (and this is slowly happening now) a combining of styles from all countries. We each as individuals will still have our preferences and theres no need to bash what is not approved according to our decision.

    Overall, I really appreciated the way this was written and will probably listen to it again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ann Voskamp
    • Narrated By Ann Voskamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (202)
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    (202)

    In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted... a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved - by God.

    Cara says: "Absolute Must Read"
    "Good"
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    A bit long winded. Kind of Tolkein like in the sense of immense details to get to one simple point. Despite this it was poetic and lovely to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert McGee
    • Narrated By Mike Flynn
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Robert McGee’s best-selling book has helped millions of readers learn how to be free to enjoy Christ’s love while no longer basing their self-worth on their accomplishments or the opinions of others. In fact, Billy Graham said that it was a book that “should be read by every Christian.” Discover what two million readers have already discovered: that true significance is found only in Christ.

    Carol says: "deep and excellent."
    "Simple Explanation of Relational Complexities"
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    Simply written explanation of the complex relationships with ourselves, others and God involving love, condemnation, fear, etc.

    Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ken Sande
    • Narrated By Ken Sande
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Conflict-resolution expert Ken Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers.

    Rachael says: "Conflict Resolution Simply Explained"
    "Conflict Resolution Simply Explained"
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    Easy listening, well written, and perfect explanation of Christ's conflict resolution. This definitely sticks to biblical principles and even addresses believer and non believer conflicts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Debra Ollivier
    • Narrated By Debra Ollivier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    In her groundbreaking and utterly liberating new book, Debra Ollivier goes beyond familiar ooh-la-la stereotypes about French women, challenging cherished notions about sex, love, dating, marriage, motherhood, raising children, body politics, seduction, and flirtation. What French Women Know debunks long-standing myths and offers savvy new thinking from an old sexy culture.

    Josiane says: "The Truth and Nothing but the Truth"
    "Flows of Life"
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    I completely disagree with the idea of having affairs when married as long as you keep it quiet.

    However, I do agree with the idea that there should be mystery with a woman with her man. The section on beauty is fantastic. I agree Americans want understanding and ruled ways of life, boxed up and easy to digest in a false happiness.

    Also, the battle of the sexes and true feminism in America is a serious issue and is discussed in the book also.

    Ironically some of these french ideas are very biblical (despite the book blaming protestant ideals being America's biggest problem but many protestant ideals weren't biblical either!)

    Overall, it's a great book and the narrator is easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Best Friend Forever: Making and Keeping Lifetime Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Townsend
    • Narrated By John Townsend
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Our world has diluted the meaning of friendship, but the reality is, there’s nothing like the sustaining strength of true-blue, forever friends. Still, many people are convinced that they’ll never find such lifelong connections—or that they don’t need them. In this encouraging audio book, best-selling author and psychologist John Townsend delivers hope and help for making these relationships a reality—and for making them even better if you’ve already got a “bestie.”

    Phillip Cohen says: "Met me where my need is"
    "Could be MUCH shorter"
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    Keep up with your friends that matter most. Know when to let go and when friendships naturally seperate. Get out of yourself but also know when you need your privacy.

    This is the basics of the book. The rest of the book are those things elongated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Phil Cooke
    • Narrated By Phil Cooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Stop being average at so many things, and become extraordinary at one big thing. What were you born to accomplish with your life? One Big Thing will help you discover what you were born to do and allow it to revolutionize your business, your ministry, and your life. In today's distracted, digital culture, it’s harder than ever to identify your calling, get your voice heard, and achieve your dreams. To stand out and communicate your ideas and message, you need to cut through the clutter and get noticed. Here's how.

    Rachael says: "One Big Question"
    "One Big Question"
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    Phil Cooke is very blunt and straight forward. I enjoy to the point narration and listened straight through. I can understand if someone leaves this book wanting more and I don't think it's the authors fault but rather because it leaves you with the desire to find your one big thing which no one else but you can answer.

    This book successfully guides you in directions of various ways that you can discover what you're really good at, what's really in your skill sets, honestly evaluating what you do best. There were many questions he asks for you to answer that I never even thought about.

    This book posed more questions for me at the end of it rather than any conclusion, but I believe it's a good thing. He asks what your one big thing is and only the listener can finish the book with their answer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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