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  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,489

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Surprising!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I surprised myself over how much I liked this book. I have read a ton of books on this subject, and, like Harris, get turned off by the over-the-top "woo-woo" claims and general silliness that so often accompanies spiritual practice. I am so interested in and attracted to meditation and thoughtfulness, but as a skeptic, get frustrated by all the extra junk that comes along with the study of meditation. The science is there to support practicing meditation, but it can be so hard to find untainted information on the subject. Like Harris, I've been to several retreats and lectures, but always have a hard time drinking the koolaid. Harris is a flawed, skeptical, messy person like the rest of us. He doesn't claim to hold the keys to eternal happiness and nirvana. He doesn't promise a whole new world of profound inner peace without stress. He keeps it real. By dedicating yourself to learning the art of meditation and thoughtfulness, you can produce realistic, attainable improvements in your life. As he puts it, you can be 10% happier. That sounds pretty good to me! This book gave me something valuable, which was validation. It's ok if you don't buy into all the wacky stuff. You don't need to spend your weekends in a sweat lodge or hire a reiki healer to benefit from these practices. You face it head on as who you are and you make it work for you. It was so refreshing and freeing to hear his message, and I'm so glad I read this book.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,794

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Just WOW

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

This is not at all my style of book, but after it was recommended to me by so many people I finally decided to give it a try. I am SO glad I did. I loved absolutely everything about this book. Circe is an incredible, complex protagonist that I loved rooting for. The storyline is incredibly complex without getting confusing - Miller is an incredibly talented author who manages to cram all kinds of information into a genuinely entertaining, captivating story. The narration is fantastic - maybe the best I've heard. Cannot recommend this book enough! I can't wait to read her other work.

  • The Lathe of Heaven

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Adrienne R. on 11-23-18

Interesting Story, Slightly Boring Delivery

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as I expected to. The storyline is fascinating - I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic style scifi. However, the story dragged a bit in places and even though this was a short book, it took me a while to finish it. I think this may be a case where it's better in print - the narration didn't really do it for me. Overall though, I enjoyed it.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,204

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Favorite Scalzi So Far

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

If you like Scalzi, you'll love Lock In. I've read several of his books and this one is hands down my favorite. As usual, Wil Wheaton knocks it out of the park. Lock In is super creative, fast paced and FUN. My only gripe is that I always blast through these books in a couple days and I always want more. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,339

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

An almost perfect commentary on issues of race.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

This book left me humbled and reflective. Jones brilliantly takes on one of the most contentious social issues of our time and packages it within a genuinely enjoyable novel. We all read the headlines and know the statistics, but Jones forces us to look at the real life ramifications of a broken system and unjust society. It's messy, it's gut wrenching, it's all gray area, and it's real. This is one of those books you wish was required reading.

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,810

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stay-up-all-night-reading kind of book

  • By Katya A on 03-06-13

Unpretentious Good Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I wanted a palate cleanser after some heady reading. This was a great choice for that goal. I actually looked this up after a dude at the gas station recommended this author to me since I mentioned I was a scifi fan. This book is dumb, funny and fun. It's oddly compelling for reasons I can't explain - probably just the pure absurdity of it all. I am excited to read more of his work!

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,692
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,882

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

A Wonderful Little World

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I did not want this book to end! In fact, I dragged the last few hours out because I wasn't ready to say goodbye. Endearing characters, rich storyline, impeccable narration - I have nothing critical to say about this book. I've recommended it to practically everyone I know, and I already have Towles's other book on order. If you need to get away from all the bad news and negativity in the world - this book will take you away on a great vacation away from it all. Love love love it.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,847

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some fire, a little ice

  • By Elese Newman on 06-03-18

Artfully Written - Without Gimmicks

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I've seen this book everywhere and it's been recommended to me many times, but upon reading the summary, I didn't think I would be into it. I was wrong. I'm so glad I relented and decided to give it a try. Celeste Ng is a masterful writer. The multiple storylines weave together beautifully and Ng thoughtfully develops a host of characters. This book was completely free of gimmicks, which I love. I know others prefer a twist or climax to spice up the story, but it says a lot about a book that can stand on it's own without cheap thrills. This story felt genuine and heartfelt. It's not without it's flaws - I agree it was slow at times but overall I was impressed. Highly recommend.

  • The Financial Diet

  • A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money
  • By: Chelsea Fagan, Lauren Ver Hage - designer
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Fagan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 697

The Financial Diet is the personal finance book for people who don't care about personal finance. Whether you're in need of an overspending detox, buried under student debt, or just trying to figure out how to live on an entry-level salary, The Financial Diet gives you tools to make a budget, understand investments, and deal with your credit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely interesting!

  • By Wayne on 07-14-18

Maybe Useful for Privileged Teenagers?

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

OK so when they say "total beginner", they really, REALLY mean it. As in, someone who knows literally not one thing about the absolute basics of money. I appreciate what she's trying to do here and think there are some useful tidbits in this, but I was really disappointed at the lack of detail concrete tools/ideas in the book. She glosses over really meaty subjects then goes into weird detail about non-essentials. It's also written through the lens of someone whose parents paid for college (are you really the right person to advise on millenial finances when you haven't experienced the main issue?) and generally seems to have lived an extremely privileged life - her idea of being "bad with money" is juvenile, laughably low stakes and gives zero consideration to "real life" circumstances that most people deal with. For the average person with real problems, a recipe for a yummy and affordable quiche is going to do precisely nothing to help them out with their finances. In fact it's a bit insulting to suggest otherwise. Really the biggest takeaway from this is being raised in a well-off family and entering adulthood with no meaningful debt is the best way to go - go figure.

Giving an extra star because if you are a teenager or very very young adult without life experience, this would be a great starter tool.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,329

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Super Racist

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I LOVED this book when I read it as a teen in the 90s, and was so excited to revisit it as an adult. You can imagine my disappointment when I realized how deeply racist and sexist this book is - something that had escaped my young mind. I'm honestly shocked I'm not seeing more criticism of this book. I'm a huge sci-fi fan and sadly I'm used to comically sexist characterizations of females in the genre, which isn't ok but also not that surprising. However, the staggeringly ignorant, simple minded stereotyping of racial groups in this book is overwhelming. It flat out ruins this otherwise awesome story. I feel gross and can't continue to love this book. We can do better than this.

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