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Springdale, AR, United States
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  • Summary of The Body Keeps the Score

  • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • By: Book Avenue
  • Narrated by: Cathi Colas
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The Body Keeps the Score is the definitive guide to trauma and its treatments. It is meant to help you to navigate the mind-body link so you can see the effects of childhood trauma and adult trauma. (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon and Audible.)    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved.

  • By TEMP on 06-17-18

Dry interpretation of a fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I can see why someone might get a summary to pass a test or something. This is the first time I tried a summary and it will be the last. I got it along with the actual book to serve as a brush up on key points. Don’t judge the book by this summary. It’s a dry husk if the juicy original.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • All the Names They Used for God

  • Stories
  • By: Anjali Sachdeva
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Various
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In a secret, subterranean world beneath the prairie of the Old West, a homesteader risks her life in search of a safe haven. A workman in Andrew Carnegie's steel mills is turned into a medical oddity by the brutal power of the furnaces. A young woman created through genetic manipulation is destroyed by the same force that gave her life. With her distinctive blend of magical realism, science, and poetic prose, Anjali Sachdeva demonstrates a preternatural ability to laser in on our fears, our hopes, and our longings in order to point out intrinsic truths about society and humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astoundingly fresh and just so GOOD

  • By Dana on 07-20-18

Astoundingly fresh and just so GOOD

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I can’t remember the last time I encountered a writer who so effectively breaks new ground. Saying it is a ‘fresh voice’ is somewhat cliche— but so it is. I enjoyed these stories immensely. I particularly appreciate depictions of women and girls of very diverse backgrounds that are entirely without stereotype.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Love in the Time of Cholera

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Armando Durán
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,869

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless Romance, brought to life by Armando Duràn

  • By Anne on 09-05-13

Legendary (almost)

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I have heard from many people that this was their favorite all time book, and while I agree it is excellent— I have read many excellent books and this will not make my list of favorites, although, let me say again it is excellent and should be read for its view into (what was for me) a very different time and place. Beautifully handled immersion into the culture, something I love and appreciate. Outstanding performance.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,972
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,201

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Man's inhumanity to man knows no end!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Not a pleasant story, this book fills in some of the gaps in understanding the fragile relationship between Native Americans and European Americans.
I personally hope that 'we' can address these and other heinous crimes against humanity with new and open dialogue. As one of the Osage descendants said: "Our ancestors were victims. We do not have to be victims." That is the grounds upon which to start all such dialogues.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,262

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Story is good but citing are distracting.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I struggled to stay focused in the beginning because of all of the sightings. I believe that a stage production, without verbal sightings, would be an excellent way to present this.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,615

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Delightfully and richly old fashioned

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

The story is a long LONG collection of fairy stories linked together by a slow moving plot about magicians in the early 1800's. Read it for the journey not the destination-- it is satisfying when you finally get there. Beautiful passages. Written in a style that is very appropriate for the time period and if you love all the full flavors of history you may revel in it as I did. Readers who prefer more fast paced formulaic fantasy might not know how to get on with this work. I confess I set it aside after the first few chapters and only came back when I had nothing else to read. I'm so glad I did. So very rich.

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,802
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,819

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Hogwarts/Narnia mashup with sex and drugs.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Some will see this as a gleeful return to childhood favorites with a decided adult slant. Some will see it as a derivative desecration. In the end I had about decided it was a parable about addictions and the stubborn refusal to grow up but then the ending turned back on itself and I just don't know. It was entertaining and well written but at times I felt like I was witnessing an old wino taking a leak in a preschool playground.

  • A Moveable Feast

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hemingway without being TOO Hemingway

  • By Cathy Dopp on 09-20-06

This is supposed to be great?

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

I only listened to the whole thing because I love history, art and literature and the first person account of Hemingway in the middle of it all was interesting. And he made some beautiful phrases here and there but overall I don't know what the fuss is all about.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,932

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

One of my all time favorites.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

Made even better by Martin Jarvis. The only apocalypse book worth reading for people of a mischievous and hopeful nature.

  • The Speed of Dark

  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 522

In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Recommended!

  • By Andrew on 01-02-09

Wonderful story. Mismatched narrator.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

This story has so much depth and insight and vivid imagery of the 'every day' -- not limited to autism at all (and I don't think that was necessarily the intention). However the performance would have been better suited to a thriller or crime novel. Not a book like this with so much sensitivity and pathos. Had the story not been so intriguing I would have abandoned it. I wish I had taken the time to read it myself. I would have loved it without reservation.