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  • Your Inner Will

  • Finding Personal Strength in Critical Times
  • By: Piero Ferrucci
  • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In Your Inner Will, therapist and philosopher Piero Ferrucci explores how to play on the iron chords of our interior selves. In this stirring and deeply practical work, Ferrucci provides a full program for the cultivation of the will by employing insights from classical mythology and wisdom teachings, neuroscience research, case studies, and psychological exercises.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable

  • By Anonymous User on 08-11-18

Disappointing...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

What would have made Your Inner Will better?

Better organization. Ferrucci's random, almost stream-of-consciousness musings were presented in a haphazard way, lacking logical progression or a strong central theme or premise. He leans quite heavily on mythology and legend rather than his far more interesting clinical experiences and breadth of knowledge, which is a shame.

What was most disappointing about Piero Ferrucci’s story?

There didn't seem to BE a story or message of any discernible import...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator seemed to be making the best of an abysmal situation, so I can't fault him.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme disappointment. I listened from beginning to end and came away with nothing new.

Any additional comments?

I'd heard the book promoted on NPR so thought I'd give it a listen. I'm sorry I did.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Is There No Place on Earth for Me?

  • By: Susan Sheehan
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith, Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

This renowned journalist's classic Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of schizophrenia - now reissued with a new postscript - follows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness. "Sylvia Frumkin" was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. In 1978, reporter Susan Sheehan took an interest in her and, for more than two years, became immersed in her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book too long

  • By B Rose on 11-09-14

General Anesthesia, Report to Psychiatry at Once!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-14

This is surely the most yawnworthy selection you could ever hope not to find on Audible. Sheehan is a hideously dull writer, one obsessed with insignificant numbers and dates, and she pelts us with them throughout this dry-as-a-bone chronology of a woman's battle with schizophrenia. The narrator matches the author's talent for turning a good story into a dry rehashing of dates, although for her, reading this book must've been slightly less interesting than recounting the NYC phone book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Home Fires

  • An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America
  • By: Donald Katz, Jonathan Alter - introduction, Ricky Ian Gordon - afterword
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett, Jonathan Alter - introduction, Ricky Ian Gordon - afterword
  • Length: 28 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Home Fires is the powerful saga of the Gordon family - real people, names unchanged. Spanning nearly five decades, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, their story has the scope, depth, wealth of incident, and emotional intensity of a great novel, and an abundance of humor, scandal, warmth, and trauma - the recognizable components of family life. This is also a masterful chronicle of the turbulent postwar era, illuminating the interplay between private life and profound cultural changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Way We Were

  • By Rick on 09-07-14

A Struggle to Savor!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Because Home Fires is such a deliciously lengthy listen, don't be surprised if you often need to put it aside, because like a box of fine chocolate, it's a treat to be savored. Encompassing a half-century, Donald Katz's rich, magical weaving of history and no-holds-barred biography is seamless in its compelling beauty and complexity. Not one Gordon family member escapes the steady intensity of Katz's burning gaze into his or her life.

Especially those of us Baby Boomers caught in the undertow of the bewildering historical and cultural tsunamis which battered the last half of the 20th century will readily relate to the pain, struggle, confusion, and hope which unceasingly washed over us. Listening to gifted narrator Joe Barrett infuse Katz's masterpiece with knowing, understanding breath is an unexpectedly rare treat no Audible listener should miss, and gaining the added opportunity to hear Ricky Ian Gordon sum up his family's saga could not have been a more fulfilling conclusion.

You'll have yourself to thank for not missing this superlative family saga!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Heaven Is for Real

  • A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
  • By: Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
  • Narrated by: Dean Gallagher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,824
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,052

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, yes. Believable? Um...no

  • By AudioAddict on 03-28-15

Wish I Could Get a Refund...

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

...but I used up one of my 3 Audible credits on this piece of nonsense, so evidently, that's not possible.

If you enjoy good ol' fashioned Christian proselytizing, you will adore this book! And know that according to l'il Colton Burpo, who allegedly has a junior hotline to heaven, you'll never see the pearly gates unless you accept Christ as your savior.

The rest, too, is fiction, but Colton's daddy made himself a nice sack o' money by peddling this silliness. With the vast array of wonderful, enlightening books on near-death experiences - Anita Moorjani and Dr. Eben Alexander quickly come to mind - unless you want a good flogging with colorful religious fantasy, avoid this selection.

  • How to Have an Out of Body Experience

  • Transcend the Limits of Physical Form and Accelerate Your Spritual Evolution
  • By: William Buhlman
  • Narrated by: William Buhlman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

For the thousands of explorers that William Buhlman has taught to enter the out-of-body state, verification often comes in a breathtaking flash-the undeniable first-hand experience of lucid awareness beyong the limits of time and space in a realm of vast spiritual potential. With How to Have an Out of Body Experience, you will learn to safely explore this astonishing territory for yourself, to awaken untapped possibilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buhlman fan

  • By Laura on 06-21-11

Nothing new here...

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

Reviewed: 05-29-13

The book consists of a series of what are essentially guided relaxation exercises rather than more specific, helpful instructions on attaining an authentic out-of-body experience. The author's vague comments on his own experiences, which almost seem indistinguishable from more prosaic nighttime dream states, are uninteresting and not in any way instructive. I was very disappointed by this work and can see why the price was so dramatically reduced.

The experience was akin to that of rubberneckers at an accident scene being told by police, "Nothing here, folks - move on." It's little more than yawnworthy.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Light

  • Real Life Stories About Angelic Visits, Visions of the Afterlife, and Other Pre-Death Experiences
  • By: John Lerma
  • Narrated by: Arika Escalona
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Despite our advancements in science and medicine, death remains one of humananity's most glorious mysteries. A handful of doctors have written books on phenomena such as near-death experiences, but research and data is scarce on pre-death experiences. Because of this lack of information, Dr. John Lerma has devoted his career to compiling anecdotal and scientific research on pre-death hallucinations from the countless terminally-ill patients he lovingly cares for as a doctor and director at The Medical Center of Houston, Texas.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • As a believer, I found this book hard to believe.

  • By Bryan on 02-18-13

More Religious Than Spiritual

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

Reviewed: 03-03-13

Lerma wrote this with a strong Christian bias, in case you were looking for something of a more general spiritual nature. He's also clearly a fan of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen, which he freely and generously acknowledges. It's unfortunate that he's used this otherwise enlightening collection of experiences as a bully pulpit for Christianity; I probably wouldn't have chosen the title had I known he had such a penchant for preaching. He offers more in the way of distinctively Christian interpretation than he actually documents accounts from the dying patients' perspectives, which disappointed me.

Narrator Arika Escalona, however, is exceptionally good and deeply engaged in the material! I'd eagerly search for her as such in other audiobooks.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Amazing Things Will Happen

  • A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness
  • By: C. C. Chapman
  • Narrated by: C. C. Chapman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Amazing Things Will Happen offers straightforward advice that can be put into action to improve your life. Through personal anecdotes from the author's life, and interviews of successful individuals across several industries, this audiobook demonstrates how to achieve success, in all aspects of life, through hard work and acts of kindness. Split into five sections, this audiobook details how to begin the self-improvement journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Audio Version

  • By Troy A. Rutter on 02-15-13

Remarkably Unremarkable

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

Reviewed: 02-19-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone very new to the working world - as in right out of high school - might appreciate it as general, shot-in-the-arm, rah-rah encouragement with which to embark on their career, but those with a more extended employment trajectory will find it old hat, motivational-speaker style hyperbole whose main attribute is its merciful brevity.

What was most disappointing about C. C. Chapman’s story?

It's mostly an enthusiastic oral delivery of his own résumé, lacking in far too much specificity to be helpful. To his credit, he's got a reasonably palatable speaking voice, although he stumbles over some of his own writing and doesn't bother to correct the flubs.

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

His enthusiasm is infectious...almost...

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 86400

  • Manage Your Purpose to Make Every Second of Each Day Count
  • By: Lavaille Lavette
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

86400 is the instigator that will inspire you to live a renewed life of intention, ultimately managing your unique purpose to make a difference for others as well as for yourself.Starting with personal accounts of her own challenges with time management and her search to find meaning amidst her success and achievements, Lavaille Lavette provides ten characteristics she has discovered to help discern the value of each moment of the day and fill it with unique purpose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Be Aware: Christian-centred Content

  • By Mettaphorica on 04-30-13

A Huge Disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-11

Incoherent fundamentalist blather couched in the quasi-respectable disguise of the motivational and/or organizational genres. Heavily peppered with Bible verses we've all heard at least 1,354,850 times, this book is the original Bridge to Nowhere, with some very special self-congratulatory back-slapping generously administered by the author, who is about as inspiring as a quiescently frozen mud puddle on a city street in early February. I can't even finish it, it's so dull and pointless.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful