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Pflugerville, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 128 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Portia de Rossi
    • Narrated By Portia de Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

    Dawn says: "Beautifully Sad"
    "Way too long, tedious, boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Way too detailed and way too long. Could have been an hour or two long and covered everything well. I would get so bored with all the details I would set it aside and then go back later hoping it would get more interesting. Never did. Sorry I wasted my time on it.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Portia de Rossi again?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Portia de Rossi’s performances?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Unbearable Lightness?

    90% of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Amazon's Best Customer says: "Love this book"
    "I wish I had had this info many years ago..."
    Where does Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very helpful info to discover the attachment types you or the people with whom you are in relationships have. Could help make changes in yourself so you have better relationships. I wish I had had this info a long time ago. I think it would be better to read the book because it has a lot of assessments that don't work very well in the audio version and there is a lot of it I would like to review without having to listen to the whole thing again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ken Robinson
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There is a paradox. As children, most of us think we are highly creative; as adults many of us think we are not. What changes as children grow up? Organizations across the globe are competing in a world that is changing faster than ever. They say they need people who can think creatively, who are flexible and quick to adapt.

    vasilios says: "Disappointing"
    "Info was interesting. Narration was annoying."
    Would you try another book from Ken Robinson and/or John Lee?

    Info in the book was interesting but I had trouble paying attention because the narration was distracting/annoying. Very choppy, up and down intonation that pulled me away from the content.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "Stories of life from the perspectives of differenc"
    Would you listen to Far from the Tree again? Why?

    Once is enough -- well done.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The interview of the parents of Dylan -- one of the shooters in the Columbine shooting. Such a great job of showing a very different perspective -- I have great empathy and respect for them now.

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

    It was well written -- many small stories in one package. Too much for one sitting. Often intense information. But I definitely wanted to go back to listen to more.

    Any additional comments?

    The book greatly stretched my perspectives and empathy for people living with the conditions and their parents. Especially the loneliness of parents with children with autism, the perspective of being the one that society stares at because they are different, and the immense difficulty of developing a personal identity when you are very different from and often not accepted by much of society.

    The discussion of vertical vs horizontal relationships/family was very interesting.

    I wish the author would have discussed more about the costs vs value to society of some of the conditions that he reviews -- such as his estimate that an autistic child costs about $5 million during their life but no discussion about the return on this investment for society. Schizophrenia is another topic he considers -- it is also very expensive. I have worked with severely retarded, autistic, and mentally ill people and see the huge costs -- with apparently very little return. He did not discuss what society receives from these costs other than diversity. Is the "diversity" worth the enormous cost? And is the "diversity" something that society even wants? It seems that the solution was usually more money, more services. But not much on the long term return for this money and services. And is this the best use, for society, of these resources? What if these resources were invested in people with potential to give more back to society? No easy answers but the discussion is needed. Resources are not unlimited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Reads like a novel -- very well done"
    Would you listen to Gang Leader for a Day again? Why?

    probably not -- don't think I would get much more from it second time around. Very good first time through.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Liked it all

    If you could give Gang Leader for a Day a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The inside life of housing projects in the city

    Any additional comments?

    I was working with someone in a gang and wanted to understand them better. This gave me much better understanding but it is actually about much more than gangs -- it is more about the life of poverty in the housing projects in the city. Well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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