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  • A Really Good Day

  • How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life
  • By: Ayelet Waldman
  • Narrated by: Ayelet Waldman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

When a small vial arrives in her mailbox from "Lewis Carroll", Ayelet Waldman is at a low point. Her mood storms have become intolerably severe; she has tried nearly every medication possible; her husband and children are suffering with her. So she opens the vial, places two drops on her tongue, and joins the ranks of an underground but increasingly vocal group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Radically Different Approach to Self-Medication

  • By Ilana on 01-15-17

Shifting ideas about drugs and mood

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

With honesty and nuance and humor, Ayelet Waldman describes both the effects of her mood on her family and her work, and her experimental protocol of micro dosing LSD. She tends to the effects personally and also provides a well told legal and social commentary on the disastrous War on Drugs. Well read, compelling and nuanced.

  • One Wild Bird at a Time

  • Portraits of Individual Lives
  • By: Bernd Heinrich
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. Heinrich's observations lead to fascinating questions - and sometimes startling discoveries. A great crested flycatcher bringing food to the young acts surreptitiously and is attacked by the mate. Why? A pair of northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrich's cabin delivers the opportunity to observe the feeding competition between siblings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Adventure In Nature

  • By Sara on 12-21-16

Bird love

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Bernd Heinrich is deeply attentive and curious. In this book he records some of his close observations of individual birds near his home in Maine, and in so doing invites the reader to be more attentive and curious about birds and other animals that we might observe close to home over long periods. Great book for birders and others who want to be attentive to the world around them. Narration is well suited to the text.

  • H Is for Hawk

  • By: Helen Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,819

When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mabel The Hawk--The Fire That Burned The Hurts Away

  • By Sara on 04-09-15

Moving and authentic, with great breadth

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

This is a beautiful book, skillfully read by the author. The intensity of her grief for her father, and her appreciation for the non-human centered world of her goshawk, and her capacity to understand herself and others with depth, imagination and compassion make this book very compelling. The author is brilliant, and vulnerable and she uses her capacity for thinking and feeling to tell a story that is by turns raw, thoughtful, wry, and creative. Those looking only for a book about falconry will be disappointed, but those who are interested in the meaning of falconry, of our relationship to loss and to the non-human world, the ways we are embedded in history and in our own time will fall in love with this book. Both intensely personal and intellectually honest and exciting, it goes far beyond a simply personal telling.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,170

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Excellent Performance, but empty Novel

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

Well read, entertaining, but ultimately there are no appealing characters and didn't really feel worth all the time I spent listening to it. Little meaning in the end.

  • Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life. This is a deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Urbane

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-11-12

Beautifully written and beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

This is on par with Toni Morrison's other fiction-- moving, redemptive, and poetic. This audiobook is an outstanding performance, and listening to Ms. Morrison perform gives weight and movement to the words. The understated and contained expressiveness of her voice reflects the tension and containment that the characters must bring to themselves as they cope with overwhelming traumas of war, medical abuse, and racism. Listen and listen again.

  • Joseph Anton

  • A Memoir
  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor, Salman Rushdie
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of a police protection team.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, Timely

  • By Lynn on 10-21-12

Indignation, Love, Imagination and Art

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

Reviewed: 12-10-13

Salman Rushdie, writing his memoir in the third person, illustrates the relationships and values and mistakes and triumphs that characterized his response to the outrage of being a writer targeted by the Iranian fatwa. He writes about his loves and imperfections, his angers and the pain he felt at the frequent criticism (often distorted) in the British press as the Fatwa and the risk to his life extended on year after year. Vivid friendships with many notable writers, artists and musicians run throughout the text, and were the web that helped him and his family survive the emotional burden of maintaining security in face of repeated renewals of the threats against him coming from the Iranian government each year. This is a memoir in which the multiple losses-- through divorce, death, estrangement, and personal vulnerability-- play next to the threat of violent death as the result of terror. Perhaps it is most moving when the 65 year old Salman writes to his 52 year old self that it is time to grow up. In this moment, he remembers some of the most painful (and unfortunate) choices he made and faces them with grace and responsibility. Throughout, his love of imaginative worlds and their possibilities shines through, as does his absolute commitment to the sacred values of free speech and human rights.

Sam Dastor is a wonderful reader and creates an amazing variety of voices and accents. Great performance!

This is a long and lovely listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life and Operas of Verdi

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 135

The Italians have a word for the sense of dazzling beauty produced by effortless mastery: sprezzatura. And perhaps no cultural form associated with Italy is as steeped in the love of sprezzatura as opera, a genre the Italians invented. No composer has embodied the ideal of sprezzatura as magnificently as Giuseppe Verdi, the gruff, self-described "farmer" from the Po Valley who gave us 28 operas and remains to this day the most popular composer in the genre's 400-year-old history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Verdi!

  • By Paul on 01-30-15

Professor Pompous

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

Reviewed: 11-24-13

What disappointed you about The Life and Operas of Verdi?

I found the lecturer incredibly annoying and pompous. The biographical information is interesting, but the delivery is much longer than necessary and full of annoying attempts at humor that fall flat. I've found the opera synopses vapid and distracting, and the orientation to the musical highlights insufficient for my interests. Read a Verdi biography instead.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

NO

What didn’t you like about Professor Robert Greenberg’s performance?

See above--

6 of 21 people found this review helpful