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Gina M Clingerman

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  • Emotional Rescue

  • Essays on Love, Loss, and Life - with a Soundtrack
  • By: Ben Greenman
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

What songs have made up your life's soundtrack? Which have captured your every mood and deepest sentiments? Pop music, like no other form of entertainment or art, is capable of articulating our feelings, desires, joy, and pain. In a few soul-grabbing minutes, artists from every genre - from Little Richard to Lou Reed, Willie Nelson to Wu-Tang Clan, Sly and the Family Stone to the Rolling Stones - can help us understand our place in our own lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional Wreck...

  • By Gina M Clingerman on 09-19-16

Emotional Wreck...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

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I was so excited about this book but was sorely disappointed. There were some good parts like the histories of the songs selected but often I felt like the author spent most of the time whining about not being able to hook up with various girls, whining about having to listen to his emotional friends (girls) go on about emotional garbage while not feeling compensated enough by being their sound board, and being sexist throughout most of the book. It is clear that the author loves music but there are some underlying messages about what men expect from women, about how men perceive women, and about how sexuality should function from a man's perspective that rubbed me entirely the wrong way. If you have strong beliefs that men and women should be treated equally this is not the book for you. Actually, I would not recommend this book to anyone even men! It was blatantly sexist. At one point the author even states that some women may find his writing sexist but he doesn't really care. The only positive I can give this book is that this man really loves music and the history of music. Beyond that it's a bunch of sexist drivel.

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  • The Psychopath Test

  • A Journey Through the Madness Industry
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,008

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky, intriguing and educational.

  • By Flavius on 11-08-11

Psycopaths Are Everywhere

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

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After reading the Men Who Stare at Goats I had to pick up the Psychopath Test. And I was not disappointed! I could hardly stand to turn off the audio book when I had to go to work or shut off the car. I listen when I travel. This story about the madness industry is absorbing, well researched, and totally scary! I love how Jon gets so involved in the stories that he is researching/reporting on. This is a must read/listen if you may have lived with a psychopath or are curious about how to identify them, who they are, and how they operate in this world. It is eye opening and a bit scary to realize that psychopaths are often involved in shaping the law, the stock market, and other aspects of our lives that we are blind to. Read it!!

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  • Bear in the Back Seat

  • Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Volume 1
  • By: Kim DeLozier, Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Carey Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 528

A hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the number one most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over 30 years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America - and the bears from tourists who get too close.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Funny stories - But not as funny as I expected.

  • By Kelly on 06-29-16

Great Book!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

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Wonderful book about life as a wildlife ranger. I really loved how they found someone to narrate the book who had a regional accent - it makes it more real/believable. The narrator kept me engaged and added some comedic relief to the stories in the book. I can't wait to get the next book in the series. Pretty great!

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,463

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

An Excellent Romp and Exciting Story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

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This novel was excellent. What makes it excellent? Let me tell you all about it! The story is extraordinary! The comic events of Alan's life is enthralling and will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The narrator was superb! I think mostly the narration keeps you totally engaged. There was never a moment of mental drifting and the story never had a real low point. I also loved how the bonds of friendship arose in such a hilarious manner. This is a must listen!! Loved it! But be forewarned - there is a movie version of this book and it absolutely sucks! So listen to the book and skip the movie!

  • In Sheep's Clothing

  • Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People
  • By: George K. Simon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 743

Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A safety-belt for going through life

  • By Roman on 09-08-11

Narration from 1950s Documentary Hell

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-16

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I really wanted to get through this book. I recently had some encounters with people I would call narcissists. So I got this book to help me identify and ultimately avoid these people in the future. I should have listened to the audio sample. The narration is right out of a 1950s era documentary. The voice is so awful that I almost wrecked my truck driving home from work. The tone is bland across the spectrum. It's like be lectured by a white dude from the Reefer Madness film - google it and you'll see what I mean. I can't even really evaluate the content of the audiobook because the narration was so awful. I guess you could listen to this in order to fall asleep because after a few minutes your brain just naturally begins to shut down. Awful.

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  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,234

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

Eh... Okay.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-16

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I don't know what I thought I was getting into with this audiobook. I had just finished watching Master of None and was on an Aziz binge when I picked this up. It was not quite what I thought it was going to be. Mostly statistics on the dating and romance scene for millennials. I am not a millennial but I stuck it out and finished the book. I am also not single so it just did not really speak to me. There were moments of humor but not enough to keep me hooked and after a few hours I just became weary of Aziz's voice which can happen with any audiobook. Really, I just think that I am not the target audience and that this might be better received by someone about 5-8 years younger. Not awful but not excellent either. Eh... Okay.

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,234

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

If you have depression - a must listen....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-16

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Jenny Lawson says some outrageous things! And some quiet truths that pack power and will knock you on your ass. I found this book to be both over the top and reassuringly supportive of those, like myself, who suffer from depression. They were moments when I thought I could not take another minute of her high pitched voice but then she would descend into this truthful lullaby about how depression tries to swallow you alive. I wish that I could approach life with more of Jenny's mania than I possess now. And it is this very blend of maniacal zaniness and heavy truth that make this book work so well. I was at each turn impressed with her vulnerability and comedic awareness of her own depression. I was impressed by her ability to reach through this audiobook and reassure me that I am meant to be here as much as she is. It is both a riotous, frivolous romp and a descent into the depths of grey depression. I would recommend this book to those who have depression, who have experienced depression, to those who live or love people with depression, to those who have never had an inkling of depression. It is an eye opener for all. Ultimately, I am immensely grateful to hear another person's take on what they go through and the value and the crap that comes with being depressed. Awesome. Funny. Sad. Witty. A real paradox of a book.

  • The Collectors

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

"But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Henry James, meet Rudyard Kipling

  • By Michele Kellett on 02-18-15

Interesting Vingette

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-16

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I was a bit confused about this piece. I am not sure what I thought this was but it turned out to be a vignette about characters from the Dark Materials. The narration was excellent if a bit on the quiet side - which made listening challenging. The plot was good and eventually I realized what was happening but overall I was left wanting more - more story. If you are looking for a piece to immerse yourself in this is not it. It is a short story.

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,080
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,876

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

Get Ready to Feel Vulnerable and Like It...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-16

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This was amazing. Brene Brown has taken what it means to be human to an entirely different level. And we are much the better for it. There were so many parallel moments in this book where I felt her describing exactly what I do. Introspection required. It would be hard to listen to this book and not try or begin to apply this to your own life. Lovely narration - like having a conversation with Brene. Highly recommend if you are looking to make that leap into really living life. Being vulnerable, being real. Being here in this moment. Excellent.

  • Soul of An Octopus

  • A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 878

Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect", about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eight legs and so much more!

  • By Kirstin on 07-02-15

Thrilling!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-16

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This book was amazing. I loved the way that Sy Montgomery narrated her story. She is so involved and it shows in her voice and emotion. The story is engaging and thrilling as we get to explore with Sy, through her really, what makes an octopus an octopus. I was enthralled, delighted, devastated, and ultimately impressed by her ability to immerse herself in the world of octopuses and bring her audience with her. The narration is beautiful. I highly recommend this book to any and all. No need to be interested in octopuses because by the end of the first chapter you will be left wanting more information and descriptions of her octopus interactions. This book surely secures a place for the octopus in the sentient realm alongside humans. Sy - wonderfully written. Thank you for your observations and willingness, nay your enthusiasm to become an octopus.