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  • The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gary Greenberg
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    For more than two years, author and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg has embedded himself in the war that broke out over the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM) - the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) compendium of mental illnesses and what Greenberg calls "the book of woe". Since its debut in 1952, the book has been frequently revised, and with each revision, the "official" view on which psychological problems constitute mental illness has changed.

    Reader says: "Disappointment"
    "Disappointment"
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    This could be a very good book, and quite accurate, if the writer (and narrator) weren't so dramatic. Greenberg clearly has an axe to grind, so his approach is very slanted. Most clinicians (I am one) know there are many many flaws in DSM IV and 5; we work around it. But Greenberg takes it too literally. There are some issues ("diagnosis" needed for insurance, drug companies exploitation) but in general, i day-to-day clinical practice, DSM is not a "bible" nor a main ingredient.
    As a result, Greenberg intends an anti-psychiatry screen rather than a balanced critique of DSM, and the profession. Its not fair, nor accurate; it is a one-sided approach.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Hands Are Stained: What Happened to Our American Dream?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Dwayne D. Willis, MA, MSW
    • Narrated By Gerry Hughes
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    One progressive social worker's observation and opinion as to the decline and collapse of the American social and economic system, in which the American dream is unfairly rigged from the moment we enter public education, where the rich continue to get richer and the rest of us are left to get it the best way we can.

    Reader says: "Terrible. Just an angry rant."
    "Terrible. Just an angry rant."
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    I bought this because I expected that, written by an MSW, would have some intelligence. But no, it is an angry personal rant by a man who had a hard time getting workman's comp, tax issues, bullying, etc. It is rambling, incoherent anger fest, poorly written. The narrator is also terrible, dramatizing the rant aspect. I couldn't understand the point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By T. D. Allman
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Over its long history, Florida has been many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; "god's waiting room". With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but today is our fourth most populous state, with 19 million. The site of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery, and the roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of our most diverse states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st century America.

    Reader says: "Excellent, well rounded"
    "Excellent, well rounded"
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    I have listened to this book over 3 times since I bought it a few weeks ago. I listened before a recent to trip to Northern Florida, again while on the trip, and again when I came home. It has fascinating details about the state history and touches on many aspects: ethnic and race relations, politics, skirmishes, geology, cultural history, geography, tourism, etc. It also focuses on different parts of the state so you get good representation. Good for general listening as well as for trips.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Business As Usual: A Mitch Jacobs Corporate Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steve Bederman
    • Narrated By Margaret Whittum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Mitch Jacobs is handsome, charismatic, and troubled. He returns for the third sensational time in the corporate thriller series, Business As Usual. Mitch has built one of the largest and most successful technology companies in the world. He has had to face internal corporate strife, takeovers, fraud, death, destruction, and chaos. He has also gained loyalty, trust, and love from many the world over. He is now living in London, in the flat of his murdered love, Angela. One evening he gets a call from Denver, Colorado, his corporate headquarters. In that moment, his world again turns out of control.

    Wilbur says: "A good listen!!!"
    "OK story, terrible terrible narrator"
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    The narrator sound like she is reading to a first grade class. She has the pronunciation and intonation one would use with young children, No only that, but this is a terrible problem in a action, adventure book. I don't understand how this could happen. It is so bad I couldn't finish the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hothouse Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
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    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    After Special Agent Holly Barker lets international terrorist Teddy Fay slip through her fingers for a second time, the CIA thinks she might want a long vacation, at least until Teddy is captured and the bad publicity has blown over. So Holly returns to her hometown of Orchid Beach, Florida, where she had been police chief for many years. But a very unpleasant surprise awaits her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not Hot Orchid"
    "Terrible, no plot, no suspense"
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    Compared to other of Wood's books, including Orchid Beach, this is a real dud. Its just about identifying and apprehending who is a sexual murderer. Sprinkled with other things, like "romance" and job status. Most of it was inane, since there were only 2 suspects, one of whom was identified halfway through the book. The rest was setting traps to catch him. Yawn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated By Laura Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial. Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was.

    Ginger Heyman Pigott says: "Compelling and important"
    "Much better than expected"
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    A riveting story of what probably is a routine type case. Police looking for "numbers" do shoddy work and send an innocent young man to jail. The legal side of the story and efforts to exonerate him are a well-told-tale.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Agatha Christie
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (102)

    Back in print in an all-new edition is the engaging and illuminating chronicle of the life of the "Queen of Mystery". Fans of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and readers of John Curran’s fascinating biographies Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making will be spellbound by the compelling, authoritative account of one of the world’s most influential and fascinating novelists, told in her own words and inimitable style - and here in her own voice. These audio excerpts were dictated by Agatha Christie herself.

    Duane Bolton says: "Authentic recording"
    "Impossible to hear"
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    SO much static that you can't her it. Therefore it is a total waste, and really annoying too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buttons and Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth Betsy Devonshire heads for the Minnesota north woods to renovate an old cabin. But beneath the awful linoleum is something even uglier--the skeleton of a Nazi. Betsy's investigation yields the site of a former German POW camp, a mysterious crocheted rug, and an intricately designed pattern of clues to a decades-old crime.

    Lavinia says: "Too Sweet"
    "Really annoying children's voice"
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    Slow moving, focus on Minnesota. But the characters of the children, and the narrator's portrayal is so annoying I could hardly listen. Its not "cute" its irritating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Land Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick D. Smith
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

    Janice says: "They paved paradise . . ."
    "Wonderful and evocative"
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    This is an engrossing story that is written to bring visual images to mind. The listener learns much about the history and atmosphere of "Old Florida" while following a family chronicle.
    Guidall is, as usual, and excellent narrator.
    I was sorry when it ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (1740)
    Story
    (1757)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "All in the last few pages"
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    This somewhat plodding legal "thriller" leaves most of its surprises until the end. So it could easily be cut in half, then its worth the effort.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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