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  • Day After Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Dagmara Dominczyk
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Just as she gave voice to the silent women of the Old Testament in The Red Tent, Anita Diamant creates a cast of breathtakingly vivid characters - young women who escaped to Israel from Nazi Europe - in this intensely dramatic novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some of the saddest and greatest memories of all

  • By Katie on 10-03-09

Thought provoking, hopeful.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I am constantly amazed when I hear stories of people who have overcome unbelievable circumstances. We are all called to overcome. This story gives me courage and inspiration.

  • The Perfection Detox

  • By: Petra Kolber
  • Narrated by: Petra Kolber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Today, women are striving for perfection more than ever - and feeling like failures for not meeting unattainable goals. Health and wellness expert Petra Kolber knows this intimately; as a dancer and fitness professional, she's experienced the ultimately dissatisfying quest for perfection. Her Perfection Detox program helps women to overcome the unhealthy, unproductive demands we place on ourselves - and others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This was emotionally painful

  • By LOL on 09-15-18

This was emotionally painful

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I got a lot out of this book and would have loved to have given it 5-stars across the board. (I have a feeling that might have made the author feel that her book was everything she wanted it to be...) However, the book mostly made me feel bad about myself. It made me feel that somehow I was at blame for falling short in my attitudes and likeableness. The 12 zillion people who she had to name in gratitude for their support left me feeling like I was undeserving... I will probably go back to this book to reconsider some of the exercises, but only in small doses when I have the energy to withstand the gospel of still not enough.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

  • By: John Fea
  • Narrated by: Trevor Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

“Believe me” may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trump’s lexicon. Whether about building a wall or protecting the Christian heritage, the refrain is constant. And to the surprise of many, about 80 percent of white evangelicals have believed Trump. Historian John Fea is not surprised - and in Believe Me he explains how we have arrived at this unprecedented moment in American politics. In this audiobook, Fea challenges his fellow believers to replace fear with hope, the pursuit of power with humility, and nostalgia with history.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, challenging work

  • By HBBC on 07-21-18

Tried too hard

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

The information was good, but the tone was irritating. Also, the author seemed to believe he needed to keep reminding the reader that he's a historian, not a partisan politician. I don't like condescension, no matter how it's dressed. And when the book ended, I felt like I'd had a self-righteous dressing down.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Promise Me, Dad

  • A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
  • By: Joe Biden
  • Narrated by: Joe Biden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,462
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048

In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad Memoir

  • By Jean on 12-02-17

You Can't Help but Love Joe Biden

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Wounded healers give us all hope. My heart walked with Vice President Biden as he told this very moving story. As I hurt with him, my own hurts felt less lonely. I miss hearing kind, loving and encouraging words from the leaders of our country. "Joe" is an inspiration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,602

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Slow Start

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I was ready to write this off as Bridgette Jones. Glad I didn't. Eleanor deserves having her very unique story told.

  • Musicophilia

  • Tales of Music and the Brain
  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for music lovers

  • By Shimon on 11-19-07

Soulful

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Long. Sometimes sad. Yet full of hope. I now believe that music may be the very touch of God within us all.

  • Emotional First Aid

  • Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries
  • By: Guy Winch Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Guy Winch Ph.D.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Explaining the long-term fallout that can result from seemingly minor emotional and psychological injuries, Dr. Winch offers concrete, easy-to-use exercises backed up by hard cutting-edge science to aid in recovery. He uses relatable anecdotes about real patients he has treated over the years and often gives us a much needed dose of humor as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than years of therapy

  • By Mona on 08-03-13

Reading This Once Will Not Be Enough

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

My first read was to get an idea of what belongs in the "medicine cabinet". I think I will be checking back to read the instructions for quite some time.

  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,128

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I made a mistake

  • By A. Musser on 11-29-17

Heartrending

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I was not in the mood for a dark story, but it drew me in.

  • An American Sickness

  • How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
  • By: Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • Narrated by: Nancy Linari
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

It is well documented that our health-care system has grave problems, but how, in only a matter of decades, did things get this bad? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms; she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. Rosenthal spells out in clear and practical terms exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship, explaining step by step the workings of a profession sorely lacking transparency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched, Outlined, and Presented

  • By Craig Schorling on 06-17-17

All the news I never wanted to know but need to

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

I have been recommending this book to anyone who will listen. I plan to buy a hardcopy for reference.

  • You're It!

  • On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found
  • By: Alan Watts
  • Narrated by: Alan Watts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,939

Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My thinking was provoked.

  • By Grant on 01-12-13

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

It seems a bit ironic to me that in being asked to set aside thinking, I felt so compelled to think. Even so, I felt this book walked with me on my journey.