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  • My Life So Far

  • By: Jane Fonda
  • Narrated by: Jane Fonda
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No ordinary Jane

  • By J F Whitmore on 07-11-14

I fell in love.

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Reviewed: 10-21-13

If you could sum up My Life So Far in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, Perceptive, Empowering

What did you like best about this story?

I had no idea how deeply I would become enmeshed in this book. The time I spent "with Jane" made me a different person. The book is so long that it became a sort of companion. I understand that there are people who don't like her. But I was neutral-to-positive when I got the book, and her performance is so sincere that I wish it hadn't ended. (But I'm okay. It's not one of those book endings you can't cope with. It's just the right length.)

What about Jane Fonda’s performance did you like?

Her writing style was close enough to her natural cadence and voice that it ebbed and flowed like a masterful performance. She was in no way detached from her own story.

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

You Thought You Were Nothing Like Her

Any additional comments?

I didn't have to make myself listen to more. It kept a steady pace, and it was actually a life-changing experience. For some reason, the movie Monster-in-Law is a favorite of mine. There was some quality about her in it that I found endlessly entertaining. If you're a woman, and you come from strong but confusing women, you're likely to sort out a lot of things in your life while listening to this audiobook.

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  • 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 20,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,154
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,948

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

The audio makes all the difference.

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Reviewed: 09-14-13

If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

Comforting, Insightful, Fun

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

I haven't. I wish she were the narrator of all her audiobooks. I want to buy more of them, but I'm afraid to be disappointed!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Two things really struck me. The first was her assertion that we don't call shame "shame," and people want to avoid the subject. The second was her description of perfectionism as a "20-ton shield" we carry.

Any additional comments?

I don't think reading this in print would even compare to the listening experience. I'd hear it in my own voice - and this message is something that I needed to be "told."

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