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  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer

  • By: Trish Bartley, John Teasdale
  • Narrated by: Christine Rendel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

An Invitation to the Practice of Mindfulness. We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm only 1.5 hours in, but

  • By JMC on 01-17-17

I'm only 1.5 hours in, but

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

What disappointed you about Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer?

This is going to be a TOUGH book to finish. Imagine the most annoying British woman reading you the most acronym-laden, boring book on the planet. TADA! That's this book. I am TRYING to hang in there for the "nuggets" that might lie within, but this is a second by second struggle. The alternative was to listen to some gong-banging yoga-esque mindfulness book . . . which I'm wishing I'd done.

What could Trish Bartley and John Teasdale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not sure . . . except the narration is truly grating.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She makes it incredible difficult to hang onto this reading.

What character would you cut from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer?

None

Any additional comments?

You can hear the imperialism in some of the commentary . . . about how they've "discovered" concepts but given no credit to Asian or other cultures that have practiced these concepts for centuries before their "discovery" and documentation. Referring to individual countries but then referring to all of the continent of Africa as if blanket statements apply to the entire continent. Things like that. And for God's sake, STOP with the acronym reading, please!

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  • The City of Mirrors

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book Three
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,221

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ends the series with a whimper.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-03-16

The type of writing to which authors should aspire

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Where does The City of Mirrors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there at the top. This story is one that runs forward and back in time, but which is full immersion n the best way.

What other book might you compare The City of Mirrors to and why?

Dune, perhaps . . . because of the epic way the story is told . . . and the visual/emotional investment in the characters. Maybe the Left Behind series.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe so, but either way, this was excellent audio.

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

No.

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  • A Full Life

  • Reflections at Ninety
  • By: Jimmy Carter
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Carter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

Jimmy Carter, 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Scott Volltrauer on 08-19-16

Initially good, but southern charm wears off

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book reminds me of what I tell my supervisor . . . that, "a series of anecdotes does not a good manager make." Except, in this case, it's "a good story make." The voice can get hard to follow at times, and the poetry readings reminded me of (was it?) Cheech and Chong saying, "Wrote a story 'bout it. Wanna hear it? Here'it go!". Not a lot of meat in this writing . . . more like listening to an old southern gent reminisce on his life before the rest home. Only, he was the president. More of the dirty details (besides those that emphasized how the world was out to get him despite his universal fairness) would have been nice.

If you’ve listened to books by Jimmy Carter before, how does this one compare?

I haven't.

What didn’t you like about Jimmy Carter’s performance?

Personal, but sometimes not so audible.

Did A Full Life inspire you to do anything?

No. I'd hoped it would, as I heard Carter had had a hard life and been an overcomer, but it was nothing my sharecropping greatgrandparents hadn't gone through, well, except they were black and didn't have a way to "hard work" themselves out of racism.

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  • Girls & Sex

  • Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
  • By: Peggy Orenstein
  • Narrated by: Peggy Orenstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

A generation gap has emerged between parents and their girls. Even in this age of helicopter parenting, the mothers and fathers of tomorrow's women have little idea what their daughters are up to sexually or how they feel about it. Drawing on in-depth interviews with over 70 young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts, renowned journalist Peggy Orenstein goes where most others fear to tread, pulling back the curtain on the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities of girls' sex lives in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for anyone who has a daughter

  • By Erin on 04-01-16

This was headed for 4 stars, then I felt duped

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

What did you like best about Girls & Sex? What did you like least?

I bought this to get some premise for a conversation or conversations looming in the future with a one-day teenage girl. As a father who thought he'd seen most and heard all, I was surprised by the lack of inherent self worth in the interviewees. The book started off and ended well-enough, but somewhere along the way, I felt like I had been duped. All of what preceded and came after seemed a set up for a treatise on rape. It was like buying a book on fishing experiences and interviews with fishermen only to find 100 of the pages devoted to stories of raped fishermen and societal obligations to stem the horror of rape. I felt very blindsided in the audiobook, and the discussion seemed to persist longer than any other theme.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was a bit deflated. The author was a good author, with a very conversational style. But the random citing of "research" was, I felt, more of a "let's find a Bible verse to support our morality" approach.

Which scene was your favorite?

Descriptions of college experiences and what was gong through these peoples' heads.

Did Girls & Sex inspire you to do anything?

Besides lock my daughter up? . . . I'm inspired to make sure she knows AND feels that her self worth is not defined by others . . . nor should be her values . . . and that boys and young men are vicious horn dogs who play and love to get sex, while girls can be empty vessels obsessed with social interactions that (they feel, and may ultimately) define them, and who very often play at sex to get love.

  • Darktown

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Mullen
  • Narrated by: Andre Holland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Responding to pressure from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers. It's a victory of sorts, though the newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers, and their authority is limited: They can't arrest a suspect unless a white officer is present; they can't drive squad cars; they can't even enter the station through the front door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT Historical Police Procedural

  • By shelley on 12-13-17

Surgical and wonderful storytelling

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Darktown to be better than the print version?

I walked in the early morning hours, and at night, while listening to this book. It was always pre-dawn or after dark, and it gave me a feeling of solidarity with the police officers, and a tangible sense of "walking the beat" and being drawn into the story. So yes, I'd recommend more than print.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darktown?

The death of antagonist.

Which scene was your favorite?

The death of the antagonist.

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

Yes, it was one where you wonder about the characters while you're not reading or what you would do if you were them.

Any additional comments?

I say "surgically" written because so many authors expend my reading energies demonstrating that they have some mastery of the period in which they're writing or want to repeat-dive into some memory of the characters that has no real relevance to the story. These other authors meander, tiringly-so, through all sorts of sidebar storylines and recollections. This author told a story, directly and without wasting a single word. It was so very well written.

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  • The Twelve: A Novel

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,353

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expanding The Story In Every Direction

  • By Amanda on 10-21-12

Another immersive, incredible experience

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

Would you listen to The Twelve: A Novel again? Why?

Absolutely. I can hardly imagine being the author creating this series . . . so much depth.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve: A Novel?

That's the thing . . . this book keeps you engaged throughout. It's a 10 on the interest/engaging scale.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Performance was excellent.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to finish up this trilogy. Was worth the audible subscription alone.

  • Mister O

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,347

Just call me Mister O. Because your pleasure is my superpower. Making a woman feel "oh god that's good" is the name of the game, and if a man can't get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I'm talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time. I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST BOOK I'VE LISTENED TO IN A VERY LONG TIME!!!

  • By Cyndi on 05-11-16

A painful listen

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

When I walked away from this book, I did NOT miss it. I didn't wonder how the characters were going to develop or where the plot might be going. When I returned to the book, I would check to see which chapter I was on, hoping each time I was nearing the end. Unfortunately for me, I seem unable to put something down (movie, book, etc.) once I've started it, and getting to the end of this book was more suffering than an audiobook should be. It was like having a guy friend I barely know ramble on and on about how awesome and cool he thinks he is, but really not caring. I am not sure what type of reader would have enjoyed this book more than I did.

What could Lauren Blakely have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author did a good job writing a narrative as a man, but not as a very interesting or entertaining man. Think "Alphabet of Manliness" written as a supposedly-sexy novel.

What three words best describe Sebastian York’s performance?

More than three: gruff voice, initially believable, gets boring after a while. But reader does an overall good job.

What character would you cut from Mister O?

Only a handful of characters, so none

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