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Rio Rancho, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 6 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 142 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • 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

    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.

    J. Smith says: "Interesting"
    "Wow! This is a fun book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World to be better than the print version?

    I'll let you know after I read the print version. I liked the audio version enough to order it.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was told by the author. Not really a character book.

    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really felt like Martha Beck was having a conversation with me.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Expeditions into finding the Wild True You!

    Any additional comments?

    I had read a few Martha Beck articles in O'Magazine. I read the reviews of her book here in and thought, what the heck, I'll try it. Talk about feeling like Destiny dropped this in my lap. Wow! If you are reading this review, then there is probably something drawing you to listen to this audiobook. Beck's unconventional approach is simple and profound. It quickly brings you to a clear way to find and follow your path to your true self.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    "Stranger than Fiction and more frightening"
    Would you listen to The Demonologist again? Why?

    Yes. The book balances between getting the reader to understand the down to earth grounded personalities of Ed and Lorraine Warren against the highly unusual and extremely dangerous work they did. There is a lot of detail missed in the first listen worth going back and hearing again.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Ed Warren as a lay person living in our time juxtaposed against a very real and very ancient religious battle between God and Satan. Ed and Lorraine are true heros going into rescue people they did not know.

    What about Todd Haberkorn’s performance did you like?

    Voice inflection and cadance

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

    The most amazing tidbit to me was the affirmation of how truly the power of love and happiness can immunize people from potential demonic infestation. How Satan using despair to gain entry into someone's life.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is a very fact based documentary on the work of a well-known and highly respected couple.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    What did you love best about The Alchemist?

    The story. It is woven together seamlessly. Works on many levels.

    What other book might you compare The Alchemist to and why?

    It is a traditional hero's journey, but it is very beautifully told. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet meets Hemmingway's The Old Man and the Sea with a bit of Gulliver's Travels. It is brilliant.

    If you could rename The Alchemist, what would you call it?

    That is a perfect name.

    Any additional comments?

    It is a must read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Must read for any trainer or educator"
    What did you love best about Brain Rules?

    Medina explains the science of learning: how long a trainer has to get the message across to her audience. The book addresses how to feed information to an audience in a way that an individual's brain will not shut down and their attention drifts away. Medina explains with analogies and stories what is happening in the human brain to process information. He debunks several myths like left and right brain and "multitasking." This information is really helpful in planning a presentation to help the audience learn. He takes a topic which could be very technical and difficult to process and breaks it into easy to follow pieces.

    What did you like best about this story?

    His use of stories to explain highly technical information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    Michael says: "Leaves you wondering"
    "Great Information for anyone interested in history"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Misquoting Jesus to be better than the print version?

    Not familiar with the print version

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was written by the author - not really a character book. It was more like a lecture.

    What about Richard M. Davidson’s performance did you like?

    Good speed. Great clarity of voice.

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

    No extreme reactions. Great information on how the manuscripts were created and how they were copied. A bit of information about the scribes. How the documents were scrutinized by the early churches.

    Any additional comments?

    I think it is very helpful to anyone trying to understand the history of the Old and New Testaments and how the current versions of the Bible came into being.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Calculus Ergo Modernity"
    "Amazingly interesting history lesson"
    If you could sum up The Clockwork Universe in three words, what would they be?

    Scientific Revolution 101

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clockwork Universe?

    I loved hearing how the Royal Society was basically a group getting together to try scientific experiments as more of a social club than a laboratory. Looking back from the 21st century makes some of their experiments seem like high school pranks.

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


    Any additional comments?

    Dolnick describes the Galileo, Kepler, Newton and several other great scientific minds as mere mortals with egos. He brings dimension to world issues they were facing during their lifetimes, like the Plague. He presents the moral challenges these men faced with tying teachings from the bible and natural laws together. He explains their social-economic backgrounds and how this influenced their research as well as their peers and rivals. And he does it in a way that is fresh and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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