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  • The Holy Sh!t Moment

  • How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant
  • By: James Fell
  • Narrated by: James Fell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

After years of helping people change, James Fell had a sudden insight about sudden insight: significant life change doesn’t often come from just putting one foot in front of the other, carefully observing and altering habits, slogging through baby steps toward new behavior. Rather, the research reveals that serious life turnaround usually happens in a moment, with a flash of inspiration. Epiphany arrives like a lightning strike, rapidly shifting the recipient of such enlightenment onto a new path that creates a better life.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening

  • By Jose on 01-25-19

No. Just NO.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

I kept trying, I really did.

But this book. OH my god. If you like generalizations, repetition and hearing OVER and OVER and even MORE over again about how this fella is married to a DOCTOR..grab this and waste a credit and a whole lot of your time.

Junk.

  • Mrs. Everything

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor, Beth Malone
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

From Jennifer Weiner, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places - and be true to themselves - in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history - and herstory - as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely beautiful

  • By JustAMommy on 06-13-19

FABULOUS

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

Reviewed: 06-26-19

I just adored this book.

My favorite book of the year <3

Thank you for a beautifully written, composed, and narrated piece of absolute art!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Naked Truth

  • A Memoir
  • By: Leslie Morgan
  • Narrated by: Leslie Morgan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Leslie Morgan, best-selling author of Crazy Love and Mommy Wars, was a mom turning 50, reeling from divorce and determined to reclaim her life. In a radical break with convention, she dedicates a year to searching for five new lovers, reclaiming the rapture absent in a life of minivans and mom jeans - and finding a profound new sense of self-worth.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good GRIEF, Leslie!

  • By karen nichols on 06-07-19

Good GRIEF, Leslie!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I absolutely loved your work. Until THIS mess came along.

I'm so disappointed with this, Returned.

I just could not stand ONE more comment about your perfect ass, Audi TT (could you have just said "car" once in a while? Did you really find it necessary to say "Audi TT" or "TT" every SINGLE time? Along with your Persian rugs, marble tile, designer handbags, name brand yoga pants, perfect ass, platinum hair, mermaid fountain and furniture that you and Marty imported from Europe, I found myself struggling to deal with your ridiculous "struggle,"

You couldn't deal with your boyfriend's elderly dog? Poor thing. (the dog, not you)

I just cannot believe you narrated this and couldn't hear how ridiculous your entitlement is.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girl in the Moonlight

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Dubow
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Since childhood, Wylie Rose has been drawn to the charming, close-knit Bonet siblings. But none affected him more than the enchanting Cesca, a girl blessed with incandescent beauty and a wild, irrepressible spirit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First novel better

  • By Mrsscago on 05-16-15

OH my stars, I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-19

The narration was superb!

I cried my head off for the last hour of this one. Thank you, Mr Dubow, for a BEAUTIFUL story!

I will be purchasing everything you write.

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,458

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

Mixed feelings about this one.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

The story is touching.

The author drones on and on and onnnnnnnnnn about how intelligent, successful, and brilliant he is as a neurosurgeon/neuroscientist. I wish I had a nickel for every time he congratulated himself on a procedure, surgery, patient encounter, etc.

All the while, I thought it was a peek into America's health care system for the Rich and Privileged. Because, THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, EVER. Unless, of course, you are (for the millionth time) a NEUROSURGEON/NEUROSCIENTIST.

Many, many, many people in this country have a similar fate, but nobody gets the perks that this guy did. And I don't bemoan him. Cancer is horrendous. But for MOST, this level of care is unavailable.

  • Broken

  • My Story of Addiction and Redemption
  • By: William Cope Moyers, Katherine Ketcham
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

In Broken, William Cope Moyers tells the story of a love affair with alcohol and crack cocaine that led him to the brink of death over and over again. A harrowing account, it paints a picture of a young man with every advantage who found himself spiraling into a dark abyss. Battling shame and self-doubt at every turn, the author finally emerges into the clear light of recovery as he dedicates his life to changing the politics of addiction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average story with a lot of introspection

  • By Jason on 09-01-12

AGONIZING arrogance, entitlement, self promotion

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

THE worst, the absolute worst book about addiction and recovery that I've ever experienced.

Cope's recounting of his life tells the story of a spoiled child who grew to be a spoiled brat. This entitled, self promoting, arrogant man drones on and onnnnnnnnnnnnn about how famous his dad is (poor baby!), how he always has money, how he constantly extends his stays in expensive rehabs, his nice clothes, his WONDERFUL life.

NOBODY around him is as wealthy, notorious, attractive, or as intelligent as he.

And then, when it gets almost so nauseating that it's intolerable....he shares that God spoke directly TO HIM.

If you want to feel inadequate, unimportant, poor, and betrayed by the Almighty Sky Dad, who speaks directly into the ear of an ass like this person, this is your book.

IF you are a recovering addict or alcoholic, I DO NOT RECOMMEND. This book will hurt you.

  • Heavier than Heaven

  • A Biography of Kurt Cobain
  • By: Charles R. Cross
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - missing chapter 12

  • By Richard on 02-15-07

Beautifully Written Sad, Sad Story

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I loved this book. The writing is eloquent and the narration was perfect.

I will come back and listen to this one again sometime. Such a sad, sad story.

  • Brain over Binge

  • Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good
  • By: Kathryn Hansen
  • Narrated by: Lydia Wente
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Brain over Binge provides both a gripping personal account and an informative scientific perspective on bulimia and binge eating disorder. The author, Kathryn Hansen, candidly shares her experience as a bulimic and her alternative approach to recovery. Brain over Binge is different from other eating disorder books which typically present binge eating and purging as symptoms of complex emotional and psychological problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It worked for me

  • By Treelistener on 11-29-16

Please Edit and Re-record!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This subject fascinates me, and the author has some good ideas, but her writing is sub-par and this narration is the worst I have ever heard.

Several times throughout the book, the narration skips. The narrator mispronounces several words, sounds robotic and uninterested. It took me, no kidding, a week to finish the last hour.

If I took a drink each time the author wrote:

-urge to purge
-urge to binge
-however
-therefore, and
-moreover...I'd have been dead by chapter 3.

PLEASE edit, and then edit again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but Jarring

  • By TammyR on 02-05-19

LOVED this book...and then....

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

...it just fizzled out in the end. Almost as though the author was tired of writing.

GREAT story, intense until the last third, and then....blahhh.

Left me disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Forgot to Die

  • By: Khalil Rafati
  • Narrated by: Khalil Rafati
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Khalil Rafati went to Los Angeles in the 1990s and had it all. He was working with Hollywood movie stars and legendary rock musicians, but it wasn't long before he found his way into the dark underbelly of the City of Angels. When he hit rock bottom-addicted to heroin and cocaine, overtaken by paranoia and psychosis, written off by his friends and family - he grabbed a shovel and kept digging. So how does someone with nothing, who feels like they deserve nothing, and who just wants to end it all turn their life around?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-17

Oh mannn .....

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

GREAT listen, and then it turned into a weird, preachy, NA/AA endorsement.

REALLY disappointed with the religious undertones mixed with a healthy dose of woo woo.