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Yosemite, CA, United States
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  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

Lifechanging and Motivating

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I enjoyed every minute of this book. The authors narration is smooth, interesting and enjoyable. The method of telling the story of his research is engaging and full of interesting stories. It is somewhat similar to listening to Malcolm Gladwell. For me, someone diagnosed with depression, I found the information presented life changing and at times shocking. I feel lucky I found and listened to this. Glad I have it in my library to listen to again. Wish I could find something negative to say to prove this is an impartial, not fake review. --ok- in spite of loving this, I haven't listened to the last 30 minutes or so. It did its job and made a huge impact and when I got busy I didn't quite finish it. Not because it isn't interesting though.

  • The American Heiress

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Maria on 06-27-11

Interesting and Compelling

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

Reviewed: 11-15-12

The story was compelling - at times I felt the emotions of Cora as she was pushed around or dominated by different characters. I totally disagree with a review I read where it said "nothing happened", but then maybe that was written by a man. The only complaint I had was the abrubt ending that was a little short of totally believable, like the writer ran out of time/room so just wanted us to trust her on that was how it ended instead of letting us feel it, like with everything else in the story. Overall it was worth reading and I enjoyed the notes in the back (again in spite of what another reviewer said about that). I read this on Kindle and listened on Audible. I thought that option was overpriced, but nice.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Wolf

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,028

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good

  • By PlantCrone on 02-29-12

Pretty Good Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-15-12

The narration was great - allowing the story to take front and center. The story was good and kept my interest, the ending was a little bit of surprise, even though you knew a surprise was coming. Overall, totally worth my time and money.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,023
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,386

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Favorite Book This Year!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

I LOVE this book. The story is absolutely fascinating, the writing is excellent, the narration is perfect. This was the best book I listened to this year. I am so glad I found it.

  • The Kill Order (Maze Runner, Book 4; Origin)

  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,490

The prequel to the New York Times best-selling Maze Runner series. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth, and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Totally superfluous

  • By Eric Francois on 11-28-14

Worth it, but the weakest in the series

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

I loved this series and so the Pre-quel was a "must listen" for me. I don't regret listening at all and it was entertaining. But, I found the other books more interesting and more rich. Perhaps knowing where it is all going takes away the punch though. Overall, I do recommend this to fans, but don't listen to it first. Maybe its for "fans only".

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

Loved it, Great Way to Read this Classic

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

I felt I had a hole in my literature knowledge by not having read this book. I didn't know what was going to happen either. The story was excellent and the narration perfect. I was perfectly absorbed into the world of the story. One of the best I have listened to this year.

  • In Cold Blood

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,499

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still the Best

  • By Lisa on 01-10-06

One of the Best For me This Year

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story and characters were interesting and compelling and the narration excellent. I very much felt in the mood of the story and was a little bit glad when my time with it was done, as I was choosing to be part of a dark tale. I definitely recommend this.

  • Eat, Pray, Love

  • One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,736

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inner Journey within an External One

  • By YoginiZora on 07-20-06

Not really that interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

For all the hype, I thought this book was mostly a not very interesting read of someone else's diary. I did learn a few things that made the book overall an "add" to my life and mind and not a detract, but it wasn't truely compelling. At least twice while listening to it I was very close to taking Audible up on its return policy. It was just boring enough that I would have rather read a magazine while working out. Normally getting to hear what happened next is my treat that gets me onto the cardio machine, not so with this book. The narration was good though.

  • From This Moment On

  • By: Shania Twain
  • Narrated by: Shania Twain, Sherie Rene Scott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

By the time Shania Twain was two, her parents had divorced, and by early childhood, her family of seven was often without food, at times living in a filthy one-bedroom apartment. But when her mother and stepfather were tragically killed in an automobile accident when she was 22, Shania knew that the only way to lift her family out of poverty was to use her God-given singing talent. At an age when most young people have only themselves to think about, Shania moved her entire family to a nearby resort where she began performing, supporting her younger brothers and sisters.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By littlesheree on 06-16-11

Riveting story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-12

This was an amazing story and very engaging. There is nothing special about the reader but like all good audio books you forget the reader very quickly and just get absorbed in the story.