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  • Waking the Tiger

  • Healing Trauma
  • By: Peter A. Levine, Ann Frederick
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: Why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • essential book- worst narration ever!

  • By madisun on 10-30-16

Ugh, skip audible and get the book

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

This is by far the worst narration I have ever experienced. The content is amazing. Save yourselves and get the book!!!!!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Beautiful Mystery

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,529

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking.

  • By Sparkly on 09-04-12

Ughhhhh

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

This book is the worst. Boooooring!!! I've never given up on a book before, but I just couldn't take it anymore with this one. I quit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Red Chairs

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite prose

  • By Sharey on 05-04-16

Beautiful writing, beautiful narrating

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

First, the narration was perfect. I think the narrator's voice is my favorite that I've listened to. Second, the writing is beautiful, but sometimes the plot was jarring. At times I even checked to make sure I hadn't skipped chapters accidentally. Some of the characters felt a little shallowly developed. I found myself wishing for more information and more development of the relationship between Vlad and Fidelma. I had a hard time understanding how she could make some of the decisions she had, so quickly. It seemed like a lost opportunity that their relationship was glazed over. Then as I listened I understood; that was not the point of the story. This is not a love story and it certainly wasn't about the love affair. In my summation it's about how people deal with, or don't deal with, grief and trauma and the implications of that choice. There are many themes and topics that are intensely interesting and heartbreaking. This book was picked for a book club and I can't wait to discuss it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • A Novel
  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830

In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat - and then for his wife as well - in a netherworld beneath the city’s placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book, flawed narration.

  • By REBECCA on 02-08-14

Very strange, but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I was absolutely captivated by the story at first. My enthusiasm dwindled and I'm not sure why. It is a very long book, but not boring. The plot is engaging and the performance was really well done so I can't quite put my finger on what happened to result in my general feeling toward the book after finishing it. While I do think the narrator was exceptional with the breadth of characterization he accomplished, the voice of May Kasahara became absolutely intolerable for me to listen to. Her storyline was interesting to me and if I had read the book rather than listened to it I may have a 5 star rating instead.