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  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,545

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mind numbing

  • By katrina on 09-17-16

I love Amy Schumer!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

She has such a great spirit and wit. And a kick-ass sense of humor "to boot"! Her book feels less like reading a boring autobiography and more like hanging out with a girlfriend. I love her and if you do too, you should listen to this book Right Now.

  • Left to Tell

  • Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
  • By: Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin
  • Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 885

In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a triumphant spirit

  • By Kim on 01-22-07

Amazing - Beatiful Faith in a World of Horror

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

What made the experience of listening to Left to Tell the most enjoyable?

I already knew the details of the genocide, but hearing it from a personal level takes the story even deeper. Imaculee's developing faith is wonderful and her ability to find God's perspective on the killers is deeply healing. I wish everyone, especially those struggling with the true evil of mankind, would hear or read this book. It is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.

  • Spark

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • By: John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spark

  • By Kathleen on 11-02-08

Way too many words....

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-10

The point is simple. Exercise is good for you in many ways, with examples. But somehow this book seems to go on and on saying the exact same thing, over and over and over. Another study, the same result. I listed to this on my commute and repeatedly fell asleep, only to wake up and not feel like I had missed anything. (Thankfully, I wasn't driving!)

This would be a great book as a resource to cite examples of the importance of exercise. But as an audiobook to listen to? Really, it's about as dull and repetitive as possible.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Resilience

  • Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities
  • By: Elizabeth Edwards
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Edwards
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

While on the campaign trail, Elizabeth Edwards met many others who have had to contend with serious adversity in their lives, and in Resilience, she draws on their experiences as well as her own, crafting an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on the gifts we can find among life's biggest challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense and emotional

  • By Jill on 12-27-09

Heavy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-10

I thought this would be a little more positive sort of listen, but it moved me to tears more than once (a bad thing while driving!). I have all sorts of sympathy for Mrs. Edwards, but I couldn't finish it. It was just too sad and too heavy for me. But it is memorable!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mommywood

  • By: Tori Spelling
  • Narrated by: Tori Spelling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

With the same down-to-earth wit that made her entertaining memoir sTORI telling a #1 New York Times best-seller, Tori tells the hilarious and humbling stories of life as a mom in the limelight. From learning to be the kind of parent her own mother never was to revealing what it's like to raise a family while everyone is watching, Mommywood is an irresistible snapshot of celebrity parenthood that you won't get from the paparazzi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Tori!

  • By Amber on 04-19-09

Cute and interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-09

I didn't expect to enjoy this book, but I really did! Tori is very upbeat and suprisingly real in this take on her life as a mother. I've never watched her show, but if I catch it on now, I actually might. I had a couple of good laughs and enjoyed the ride.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of Overeating

  • Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
  • By: David A. Kessler M.D.
  • Narrated by: Blair Hardman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

The End of Overeatinguncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits - and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters - from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast-food franchises.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best 'NON-DIET" diet book out there...

  • By Deidre on 05-05-09

A little too descriptive

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-09

In the first half of this book, the writer extensively describes how the food industry markets and designs food to tempt us. The unfortunate side effect for me (which goes to prove his point) was that I became obsessed with food while listening to the first part of this book, and I overate compulsively as a result! Eventually I stopped the book for a week or two, let myself break away and stop overeating, and finally came back and finished listening to it. Overall the book does not provide any great new breakthrough of how to eat well or manage overeating, but it suggests reliable and perhaps under-utilized methods.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • In Defense of Food

  • An Eater's Manifesto
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275

In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion - most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life and Death

  • By James on 06-03-10

Lovely follow-up to An Omnivore's Dilemna

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-09

This is a very informative, easy-to-listen-to book. An Omnivore's Dilemna is an excellent account of the writer's exploration of how food gets from the farm to the plate, and this book answers the question he most often received after publishing the first, "What should we eat?" Very pratical, realistic and soundly written, he discusses the nature of the food industry and food itself. Enjoyable and worthwhile.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful