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  • The 3-Day Effect

  • By: Florence Williams
  • Narrated by: Florence Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,509

Does nature really make us feel better? The 3-Day Effect takes a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier, and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, hiking in Utah’s wilderness, or walking through Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, scientists are finding that the more exposure humans have to nature, the more we can benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity, and overall well-being.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of opinions

  • By Peter A. Oneill on 05-08-19

Interesting research, so-so storytelling

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

Compelling look given the range of subjects: PTSD sufferers including war veterans, sexual trafficking victims, and a divorcee (the writer). It may be asking for a lot from someone who is a print journalist but the narrator’s delivery was not what I was hoping for with this storytelling.

  • Talking Back, Talking Black

  • Truths About America's Lingua Franca
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Linguists have been studying Black English as a speech variety for years, arguing to the public that it is different from Standard English, not a degradation of it. Yet false assumptions and controversies still swirl around what it means to speak and sound "black." In his first book devoted solely to the form, structure, and development of Black English, John McWhorter clearly explains its fundamentals and rich history while carefully examining the cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined recognition of this transformative, empowering dialect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful but overall better read than listened to

  • By Josh on 05-23-19

Insightful but overall better read than listened to

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

Reviewed: 05-23-19

John McWhorter is incredibly intelligent and his explanations are very thorough but I did find myself often wanting a companion written piece to go with the audio version given all of the minimal pairs and other linguistic features that he talks about. Overall on Black English; his points are well taken that it is its own dialect. And that racism is the primary reason it is not viewed as an alternative or might never be.

  • More Bedtime Stories for Cynics

  • By: Kirsten Kearse, Gretchen Enders, Aparna Nancherla, and others
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,146
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,127

Make sure the kids aren’t around! Just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the art of the children’s bedtime story. Nick Offerman presents this collection of 12 short stories written in the style of a classic kids' tale, but with a decidedly dark and adult approach. What really happened after Snow White died, from the perspective of the one medically trained dwarf? A naive wizard professor reports back from the trenches of an underprivileged school of magic. And much more!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably not for everyone

  • By Katie on 05-03-19

Come for the hilarity, stay for the production quality

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

Nick Offerman is a national treasure. And there are some sensational passages here - my favorites narrated by Patrick Stewart and Jane Lynch. Nicole Byer was a close third. And definitely heed the warning. This is NOT for kids. Masterfully produced and skillfully written.

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  • From the Outside

  • My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love
  • By: Ray Allen, Michael Arkush
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The record-holding two-time National Basketball Association champion reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir. Playing in the NBA for 18 years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat and entered the record books as the original king of the three-point shot. Known as one of the hardest-working and highest-achieving players in NBA history, he was legendary for his sharp shooting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It wasn't bad, but I thought it would be better

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-30-18

The book drags, more punch needed from the narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-09-19

While I understand that Ray Allen is not the most dynamic speaker and has a much more subdued style that the narrator matches, this just doesn’t work very well for a long audiobook. There is not much enthusiasm in any section including when he talks about excitement over winning championships or other aspects of his life. I would say it was a sleepy, uninspired read. Perhaps that was the direction to JD Jackson.

As a long time fan of Ray in his UConn days and following him professionally, I admired his professionalism and his work ethic. He reveals a much bigger ego than I remembered.

The best part of the audiobook is learning about the relationship with the big 3 in Boston and the trouble with Rondo.

  • Chapter 6: Make Yourself Seen, with Maysoon Zayid 

  • By: Sophia Bush, Maysoon Zayid
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The importance of visibility and being seen goes beyond a character in a movie. Comedian, actress and writer Maysoon Zayid talks about how she fought to be seen and heard as a disabled, Muslim woman in the entertainment business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maysoon is amazing

  • By Josh on 04-24-19

Maysoon is amazing

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

Very impressed with her courage and her candor and she is able to share her weaknesses - an obvious sign of strength.

  • Chapter 3: Bring Your Whole Self, with Bozoma St John 

  • By: Sophia Bush, Bozoma St. John
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Being your “best” self is more than just bringing the finest moments, achievements, or strengths to the table. Businesswoman Bozoma St. John reflects on how embracing the entirety of her unique background – the highs and lows - played a key role in the way she evolved and ultimately led her to the best (and most whole) version of herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Big fan of Bozoma

  • By Josh on 04-22-19

Big fan of Bozoma

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

And I didn’t even know it until just now. The way she has found confidence in herself and shares it is truly refreshing.

  • Chapter 4: Be Brave, with Glennon Doyle

  • By: Sophia Bush, Glennon Doyle
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Being brave isn’t always about the extraordinary. Author Glennon Doyle shares about the experiences that reminded her that sometimes, being brave can simply be about listening to your own voice and trusting it enough to speak and act on it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Look at life a different way

  • By Josh on 04-22-19

Look at life a different way

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

I found myself disagreeing at first with Glennon’s take on her older daughter’s bravery but the more that I think about it the more I realize it’s an interesting way of looking at life. Bravery is sometimes within, as she says.

  • And Especially You

  • Stories for all of us from the Hello Sunshine x Together Live Tour
  • By: Sophia Bush
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Host Sophia Bush shares inspiring selected stories recorded live on the Hello Sunshine x Together Live Tour. We’ll hear from straight-to-your-soul writers like Cheryl Strayed and Glennon Doyle, comedians like Sabrina Jalees, and world-changers Abby Wambach and Luvvie Ajayi, plus many more. Their words will make you reflect, laugh, question the status quo… and remember that we’re all in this together.

All storytellers: Bozoma St. John, Nicole Byer, Cheryl Strayed, Sabrina Jalees, Luvvie Ajayi, Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Maysoon Zayid, and Geena Rocero

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had goosebumps!

  • By Anonymous User on 04-10-19

Strong message

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

Speaker makes her point very loudly and boldly and that shows a lot of character. Courage is not easy to find, especially when taking the prospects of such a loss of money. The host seems much more rehearsed, than natural

  • Chapter 1: Rewrite the Rules with Abby Wambach, Maysoon Zayid and Bozoma St. John 

  • By: Sophia Bush, Abby Wambach, Maysoon Zayid, and others
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Rules aren’t meant to be broken, as much as they’re meant to be rewritten or reexamined. Soccer legend Abby Wambach discusses the rule that prevented her from asking for more throughout her career; comedian Maysoon Zayid ditches the rule to be uncomfortable in order to make others comfortable; businesswoman Bozoma St. John revisits an old rule she set for herself, after it resurfaces through a loss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice to hear these new voices

  • By Josh on 04-21-19

Nice to hear these new voices

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

Pleased to learn perspectives that are changing these women’s lives. I was only familiar with Abby’s story before I listened.

  • Waiting for Godot

  • By: Samuel Beckett
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, David Burke, Terence Rigby, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

There is now no doubt that not only is Waiting for Godot the outstanding play of the 20th century, but it is also Samuel Beckett's masterpiece. Yet it is both a popular text to be studied at school and an enigma. The scene is a country road. There is a solitary tree. It is evening. Two tramp-like figures, Vladimir and Estragon, exchange words. Pull off boots. Munch a root vegetable. Two other curious characters enter. And a boy. Time passes. It is all strange yet familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joys of Existential and Spiritual Uncertainty

  • By Jefferson on 07-24-11

Perhaps I need a second listen

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

Theatre friends of mine have always raved about Godot and I finally got around to listening. Yes, there are humorous moments and it has the “Who’s on First” + “Groundhog Day” aspect to it, but by and large I found it less than thrilling. The actors are pros but with nicknames and similar voices it was a bit hard to follow.