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cle elum, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 144 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood - The Good, The Bad, and the Scary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jill Smokler
    • Narrated By Jill Smokler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t. When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection.

    kisa says: "Cracked Me Up!"
    "Cracked Me Up!"
    Would you listen to Confessions of a Scary Mommy again? Why?

    This book was great, it made me feel much better knowing that there are so many moms (or maybe all moms) that are so much like me in my struggles to be a good mom, keep a sense of self and juggle everything else life throws at us.

    Caution: Do not listen to this while you're in the car with your kids ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Sucked Me In!"
    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    There is nothing I dont like about this book, or the series. It took a little while to be able to keep track of all the different characters at first, but Martin makes most of them so unique and unforgettable that you end up thinking about them as if they are real people who are a part of your life.

    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    I love Danny...I can tell she is going to go far...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations to Change Your Brain: Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Transform Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson, Rick Mendius
    • Narrated By Rick Hanson, Rick Mendius

    The structure of your brain changes constantly, in a dynamic, unfolding process that you yourself can direct to create the life you want. This is the exciting premise of Meditations to Change Your Brain, a breakthrough program from psychologist Rick Hanso, Ph.D. and neurologist Rick Mendius, M.D.

    Roddie says: "one of the best"
    What did you love best about Meditations to Change Your Brain?

    I really liked the brief intro to each meditation, then guided meditation, then conclusive remarks about the meditation format.

    What other book might you compare Meditations to Change Your Brain to and why?

    I usually read more Buddhist type meditation books but I really found this to be an interesting and helpful departure from my regular meditation practice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of the Superior Man: The Teaching Sessions

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Deida
    • Narrated By David Deida

    What is your true purpose in life? What do women really want? What makes a good lover? If you're a man reading this, you've undoubtedly asked yourself these questions, but you may not have had much luck answering them. Until now.

    Alvin says: "This is not the book!"
    "Maybe its because I'm a woman..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Men might think this book makes sense or sounds good, I checked it out at the insistence of my boyfriend, but i just could not take it seriously.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alex Lickerman
    • Narrated By Phil Holland

    Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength. It doesn't just happen automatically, and it takes practice. New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop.

    Sigurd says: "Excellent Book"
    "Not what I expected but..."
    If you could sum up The Undefeated Mind in three words, what would they be?

    I downloaded this book because after ordering a bunch of books on amazon on fitness and crossfit this book was recommended to me. So I guess I was expecting it to be a book about learning how to condition your mind to be tuff, in the sense of pushing your self towards goals and through really hard work outs or even pain or injury. Instead it ended up being a book more broad in nature, focused more on everyday problems and a few life changing type events.

    What did you like best about this story?

    There was a section on "finding your mission" that I liked and also a section on "negative thoughts" that have stuck with me on almost a daily basis.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator delivery is a bit...i dont know how to explain seems to lack almost any emotion. Not as bad as a computerized voice...but sometimes it seemed close.

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

    I listened to this book on my lunch hours while taking walks.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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