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Bonnie B. Matheson

Charlottesville, VA United States
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  • Molecules of Emotion

  • Why You Feel the Way You Feel
  • By: Candace B. Pert Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Candace B. Pert Ph.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from one another, or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system? Neuroscientist Candace Pert provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries. She explains the scientific basis of popular wisdom and phenomena like "gut feelings" and makes comprehensible recent discoveries in cancer and AIDS research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable Discoveries

  • By Pauline on 10-31-05

I want the UNabridged version!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

Love Candace! It was such fun to hear her voice since she was the reader! I miss her. And the world will never be the same.
However there should be an audible version of the entire book. Every wording hatbox was important. Now I must go read the physical book again, because I miss the parts left out of the Audible book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Plague

  • One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases
  • By: Kent Heckenlively, Judy Mikovits PhD
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with 24 leading scientists at the National Institutes of Health to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and eventually neurodevelopmental disorders in children. When Dr. Judy Mikovits finished her presentation the room was silent for a moment, then one of the scientists said, "Oh my God!" The resulting investigation would be like no other in science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far Beyond Compelling

  • By Gregory on 03-30-15

So Dry, it crackles! But vitally important.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

The story is almost unbelievable in its unfairness. But it points up the cronyism amount the scientific community and their donors as well as Big Pharma.
If only this book could describe the riveting story without repeating over and over again, the technical terms, the confusing names of viruses,drugs, cells and macrophages!
Everyone should hear this story, however the details should be an addendum at the end of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Mind of Your Own

  • The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives
  • By: Kelly Brogan M.D., Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with one in four women starting her day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, and panic attacks to insomnia, PMS, and stress. But the truth is, what women really need can't be found at a pharmacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Critical and Necessary Read

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-01-16

Excellent Information

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

If only everyone would read this book, there would be a lot more happy, healthy people. Today so many look to doctors to "fix" them, when in truth we all have the power to heal ourselves if we would make the effort. Granted, the changes recommended here are pretty drastic for most people.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,451

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

Important for everyone to read and discuss.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

This subject is often skipped over. No one wants to talk about end of life. But we must. Decide what you want and be very careful to find Doctors who agree with your choices. Do want quality of life or quantity? We must all think about this deeply.

  • The Door into Summer

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By Greg on 04-05-09

One of the very best!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Wonderfully imaginative! A must read for everyone. Heinlein got so much of the future right.

  • Voyager

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 43 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,994
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,699

Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Gabaldon book

  • By Karen on 12-09-09

Great story telling!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

The entire Outlander series immerses one in time travel, romance, good versus evil, and Scottish, British, French and American history. Diana Gabaldon even spices the story with some medical lore thrown in for good measure.

Better read the whole lot of her very entertaining books!

  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,667

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Life on the Frontier Is Difficult. Duh.

  • By Carol on 01-19-13

Love all of Claire and Jamie's adventures. He is my ideal man!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Such fun escapist literature! Cheery and pleasant to read. I always feel wonderful while keeping pace with their busy lives!

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,832

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Narrator needs rehab!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

Beautifully written, smart and funny and depressing. Honestly , I could not wait for it to be over! Loved the "performance", the accents and differing voices were fun and constantly interesting. Not an uplifting tale, and one I will never wish to revisit, it is never the less a very unique book.

  • A Troublesome Inheritance

  • Genes, Race, and Human History
  • By: Nicholas Wade
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory. Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating page-turner

  • By Cassandra on 12-10-14

Brave Book!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

Good book on a very sensitive subject. Enjoyed the narrator's serious delivery.
Why do they want 8 more words? Huh?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Swordspoint

  • A Melodrama of Manners
  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Deadly, Sexy Sword Fights and Manners

  • By Jefferson on 01-01-12

Historic fiction??? Just a really bad book.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A true plot, characters whom one would care about, and less contrived writing.

Has Swordspoint turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, because I am not sure to which genre this book actually belongs. It is supposed to be a fantasy, yet it seems the author goes to great lengths to make it read as if it were not fantastic.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

uncultured
insincere
boring

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, not really. It just seemed to be one of the most self conscious, tatted up, over embellished books I have ever read.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother unless you are young and inexperienced and know little of history.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful