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Beth T. Irwin

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  • My One and Only Duke

  • Rogues to Riches, Book 1
  • By: Grace Burrowes
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he's declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the vilest slums, and now he's ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him. Jane Winston, the widowed, pregnant daughter of a meddlesome prison preacher, crosses paths with Quinn in jail. Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers Jane marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they'll actually have a future together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this story and the telling of it.

  • By tresjax on 12-03-18

Kept me up until the wee hours

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I had NO clue how the author was going to get the hero out of this one. Talk about leaving the reader hanging to get to the next chapter! And that was just the start. I did NOT see the villain coming and would never have predicted the very logical but unexpected ending. Loved the descriptions of a pregnant woman trying to sit down - laughed sooo hard while cringing in sympathy. The characters are so intensely drawn that you can see them, hear them, swear you're at the table with them. In short, every time I think this author could not possibly get any better, she gives me such intensely human, flawed, and likable characters that I can't stand to put the thing on pause. I LOVE it when I can't figure out how the thing will end and I'm struggling to stay awake at oh dark hundred because I was stupid enough to start the thing on a weeknight.

  • Follow the Dragons

  • Discovering the Love of Ultrarunning and Myself
  • By: Kyle V Robinson
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

After surviving a traumatic childhood, multiple arrests, six years in high school, and time in drug rehab, Kyle Robinson manages to become a lawyer and business owner. But when he becomes disillusioned with society’s version of success, Kyle throws out the old rule book to happiness and blazes his own path to true fulfillment by doing what any reasonable man in his late 30s would do: He buys a cargo van, builds a bed in the back, and drives west in search of himself, his tribe, and an adventure.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but missing something

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-08-19

NOT a running book - running is incidental

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

The running is a metaphor and the environment of the author. Listening to this was like enduring a particularly painful Dr Phil episode only to have a breaking news alert keep you from ever achieving any true resolution.

Before I get down to the details, let me say the narrator is excellent. He made me forget I was listening, which is the mark of a good narrator for me. I'm a focus on the book listener.

Spoiler alert!
If I hadn't volunteered to listen and review, this would have been a Do Not Finish the minute the author was warned off a man's wife by the husband, then promptly slept with her in an adjoining camper van to the husband's. The entire book is a perpetual apology for why the author blows chance after opportunity after escape from consequences while blaming everyone from his stepfather (a perpetual target) and mother to his lover to...pick any random stranger in the vicinity...all while doing anything except learning from his mistakes. DOUBLE SPOILER ALERT - the thing even ends with the equivalent of...and then I had yet another narrow escape from self destruction and I'm going to do better, with no proof history will not repeat itself.

In short, I came out of this listen feeling vaguely slimy. My response to the ending was a mental, "Dude, really? You are seriously messed up and need YEARS of counseling before attaching yourself to any other community, running or otherwise." This bears the distinction of receiving my sole 1 star review to date and my sympathy to the narrator, who did an excellent job with an extended metaphor memoir. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."


  • The Science of Self Talk: How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence and Stop Getting in Your Own Way

  • Positive Psychology Coaching Series, Book 18
  • By: Ian Tuhovsky
  • Narrated by: Randy Streu
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

We all speak to ourselves on a daily basis. Whether it’s out loud or an internal (or infernal) commentary, we all practice self-talk, and how we speak to ourselves can have a significant effect on our emotions and subsequent actions. Mindfulness expert Ian Tuhovsky explains how we can rewrite the script when it comes to our internal communication. Through a series of simple exercises for use in daily life, you can understand your own self-talk in order to change the conversation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Rabbit on 03-19-19

Loved it until it got controversial at the end

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Clear definitions, instructions, and loved the exercises at the end of the chapters. 95% of the book was wonderful and I was happy doing the work until the last chapter.

Maybe I misunderstood the author's intentions with the section referring people to paid testing at the end, but when I hear sections about adding extrovert tendencies to introverts, I have to disagree with going up against one's hardwired tendencies. If I'm going to take a paid test for personal work, I personally choose the Gallup Strengthsfinder program. Better to learn the balconies and basements of my personal makeup than start getting into categories like Neurotic Tendencies and other terms of art I'm not comfortable with outside of a trained psychologist or psychiatrist rendering them in a diagnosis while working with a person.

I'm still giving the book a good rating as it was more helpful than not. The length was good - informative without dragging. The narrator made me forget he was there - always a good sign when I sink into the book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Mindset of the Successful

  • 7 Powerful and Highly Effective Success and Psychology Habits Used by New Millionaires to Attract Money, Wealth, Personal Growth, and Achieve Life Mastery (Millionaire Success Habits, Book 1)
  • By: Tony Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Your thoughts control your destiny. When you learn how to control your thoughts, you become unstoppable! Whether you’re an athlete, executive, entrepreneur, or anyone who wants to be more, Mindset of the Successful will unleash the kick-ass you. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lit!

  • By Charles Potter on 11-15-18
  • Mindset of the Successful
  • 7 Powerful and Highly Effective Success and Psychology Habits Used by New Millionaires to Attract Money, Wealth, Personal Growth, and Achieve Life Mastery (Millionaire Success Habits, Book 1)
  • By: Tony Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller

Packed with practical application tips

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Cheerfully and enthusiastically narrated. Love how some of the tips include indie published authors. But the best part of this book is the author going beyond the motivational and you-need-to advice and following it up with practical and here's how you do it and here's how you should NOT do it.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Science of Breath

  • By: Yogi Ramacharaka
  • Narrated by: Arthur Rowan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The Hindu yogis have always paid great attention to the science of breath, for reasons that will be apparent to the student who listens to this audiobook. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to read, borderline dense

  • By KD on 01-10-19

Not a modern book - Historical style/info

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Do not expect the language, style, format, or science of a modern book. You're getting the historic tradition of centuries past written in the formal narrative style of another culture. The antiquated and convoluted language, not to mention the scientific terms and descriptions of ancient traditions take some wading through.

If, like me, you don't require the grounding in anatomy and the science of generations past and other cultures, you might want to skip forward a few chapters to the actual information on breath. The information is fascinating for those interested in historical medical and scientific discoveries and practices in other parts of the world and there's a fair amount of criticism of how the West will some day come to recognize what was discounted because it could not be measured by instruments of times past which makes the early chapters really slow going. However, once you come to the breathing practices, which is what I wanted it for, it gets interesting.

The narrator does a fantastic job with otherwise dry historical information and I commend his performance. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Positive Thinking Manifesto: Rewire Your Brain by Manifesting Powerful Daily Affirmations

  • The Positive Affirmations Script
  • By: Kiera Zinn
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

We live in a world where we are constantly reminded that our lives aren’t perfect, and so, we can’t help but feel like this is actually true. This overwhelmingly negative feeling can stunt our own ability to progress and get exactly what we want out of life. A positive affirmation is a way for you to take ownership of your life, to put a stop to any negativity and reap the rewards that come from attracting positivity. One simple positive affirmation can already start to make a substantial shift in your life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a book in the traditional sense but works 4 me

  • By Beth T. Irwin on 11-13-18

Not a book in the traditional sense but works 4 me

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

What you have is a recitation of affirmations in three different modes after an explanation of how positive affirmations work. The narrator's voice is pleasant if a little more educational textbook in flavor than lulling me into a meditative state. I comprehend that it's difficult to read a string of affirmations for over an hour and infuse them with any kind of positive emotion. The end result was that the two tracks with background music (the soothing sort you find in spas or on Brain.FM) worked for me, while the initial track with only his unaccompanied voice reading an endless string of affirmations did not. I took off a star for that.

The pros of having 1 hour 48 minutes of affirmations is each chapter is a perfect length to nod off into a sleep cycle listening to them with the sleep timer set to stop at the end of the lengthy chapter. The con is that I rarely stayed awake to consciously hear the end of the affirmations because of the length and the soporific effect. Bottom line, I got a 90 minute sleep cycle of positivity without the thing ending in mid cycle and waking me up, the downfall of many such efforts.

Cons are the inability to easily find a cluster of affirmations to focus on a particular topic while awake and seeking to focus on a given area while meditating. The affirmations appear to be loosely clumped by topic, but with the work and general positivity statements up front, I couldn't break at my desk and take a ten minute focus on just health or creativity for example. Thus I took off a second star for the inability to tailor the affirmations to my specific needs.

Bottom line - I find these excellent to drop off to sleep to and wake in a good frame of mind, but it's not something to run in the background in my car or be able to take a short break during the day in order to focus on a particular area of my life or spirit. I could bookmark parts, but that defeats the point of listening in a meditative state of mind. I'll definitely use it in hotel rooms on trips and at night, but it's not one I'll grab daily as I prefer to focus on specific areas of focus and this is more generic than my preferences. Your mileage may vary, as they say. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hybrid Author Mindset

  • The Totally Honest, No BS, Myth-Busting, Realistic, Non-Politically Correct Guide to Succeeding at Publishing Traditionally and Independently
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

From New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon overall number-one best-selling thriller and Shamus Award-winning author Vincent Zandri comes a quick, to-the-point listen about making it as a full-time hybrid author. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must for New Authors!

  • By Shannon G on 11-19-18

Hard won experience straight from the trenches

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This is packed with everything you wish someone would tell you, straight from the mouth of someone who did it horribly WRONG and lived to publish over and over again. If you've ever wanted to buy a best selling author a beverage (hell, a case!) and get it straight, you want this one. Don't let the length fool you. It's PACKED.

The bullet list of things you shouldn't do in Chapter 4 is worth the price of admission. But newbies will totally need the "this is how I f--d up my life following conventional wisdom" before they get there. Plus down and dirty conversations about money. How to make it and how to KEEP it. Love a man who talks money strategies to me. Love!

LOVE the contrarian advice blowing publishing myths out of the water. Including DON'T write to market. It'll change before you get there. (Who'd you rather trust - people who write hundreds of advice books about writing, or a guy who's knocked it out of the park earning a living writing fiction after totally plowing it into the ground listening to the "experts"?)

The narrator is fabulous. I love a good voice who fades into the background so that you're completely immersed in the author's words, rather than being conscious someone is reading to you. Wehrlen becomes the author's voice so perfectly that I forgot there even was a narrator until the credits at the end. That's perfection for me.

If you want all the down and dirty business advice and reality checks about publishers from a guy who sold big, lost it all, and made a killer comeback in the modern market, this is definitely for you. I'd much rather hear from someone who screwed up big time and will give it to me straight so I don't. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • F--k Your Feelings: Master Your Mind, Accomplish Anything and Become a More Significant Human

  • By: Ryan Munsey
  • Narrated by: Ryan Munsey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

95 percent of decisions are based on feelings. Not logic. Not rational thought. Feelings. Can you feel the pull of emotions, hunger, guilt, pain, jealously, depression, and everything else weighing on every decision that you make? Business owners, entrepreneurs, regular people looking to get in shape, anyone with a goal that isn't terrified of tough love - you need to listen to F--k Your Feelings - as soon as possible! In this audiobook you'll learn how to use personal mind control techniques to control the way your brain is wired and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science heavy for those of us who want the why

  • By Beth T. Irwin on 10-29-18

Science heavy for those of us who want the why

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This isn't ra-ra touchy feely stuff, tho' it's highly motivating. This is section by section here's a tool, here's why it works, here are the results from when I tried it data driven advice. Each chapter ends with exercises to help you make the changes work and last.

My one complaint is with the audio format. Because of the chapter lengths, it's virtually impossible to back up and replay sections in your car or using a voice command Amazon device. I wish more audiobook producers kept in mind that reference book listeners need better divisions for stopping, flagging, rewinding, etc. But I wasn't going to punish the author by yanking a point from what turned out to be excellent information in a sea of "feel better" self help books that don't have much behind the advice. This one gives excellent and useful tools backed up by studies.

I was particularly struck around Chapter 7 or 8 with the observation that society trains people to be mediocre as a herd safety mechanism because it's dangerous to be an outlier (or words to that effect). Carrying that one with me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Year of Running Dangerously

  • By: Tom Foreman
  • Narrated by: Tom Foreman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971

As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job - it occurred at home, when his 18-year-old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ESPECIALLY Good for Those of Us Who Don't Run!

  • By Gillian on 04-12-16

I'm not a runner and enjoyed this enormously

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Confession - my high school years were spent as a competitive swimmer. But the remembered pain was sufficient to feel echoes of the author's pain. And my memories of my father doing things he wasn't supposed to do at his age in order to encourage me, pace me, and educate me made this a fabulous book.

I grinned. I winced. I couldn't stop listening. Good stuff!

  • Stolen by an Alien

  • An Alien Mate Romance
  • By: Amanda Milo
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

I broke the rules and stole an auction item from her buyers. Because somehow, they’d managed to abduct a Gryfala princess. Though, she doesn’t look, or act, or sound quite like I thought one of her kind would. But I’m merely a Rakhii gladiator; this is the closest I’ve actually ever been to a princess. I’d be considered lucky, indeed, if she chose me to guard her. Instead, I want more. I need her to claim me. Because she doesn’t know it, but now I can’t let her go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew there was a real story in this book?

  • By Keith LaDue on 09-04-18

Swashbuckle and snark!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Kept me entertained and had me smiling in places. Suspend disbelief - the world building is a mix of medieval and sci-fi. Definitely relationship and romance. Sparse on the science and tech.

Narrator had some fun distinguishing voices for lead male characters. I won't ruin it for you, but let's just say one guy's was a bit unexpected.

Ran a teensy bit long and convoluted, but not enough to ruin it for me. This is FUN without smut. Yes, there's sex. But if you're looking for detailed tentacle love or whatever, this won't be for you. Lots of feels and some smiles at a literally horny hero with hazardous morning breath aka fire breathing and venomous secretions plus enough spikes to make whisker burn take on a whole new meaning.

Bottom line, I enjoyed it and got through it relatively quickly. Enjoy! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.