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R. Van der Lugt

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Naturally Tan audiobook cover art

Thank you to Tan for addressing racism 👍🏼

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-19

I knew Tan France’s memoir would be entertaining but what really enticed me into listening was the fact that he talked openly about his experiences throughout his life with racism. Tan reflects on explicit, more hidden and also internalized racism that he has faced in the U.K., the U.S. and even in his own Southeast Asian community. He also talks about the difficulties of being a gay man in these different communities and cultures. I really appreciated that he used his voice to bring these important topics to the surface. Bravo, Tan! :) And yes, in addition, the book is also very entertaining!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love audiobook cover art

Fantastic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Esther Perel gets right down to the heart of the issue and then helps each relationship to open and unfold just enough that they can continue on to new ground from there. This is very worth listening to!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

A Man Called Ove audiobook cover art

Heartwarming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This book moves very slowly at first and makes you wonder where it is going. Right into the nooks and crannies of your heart, that’s where! Marvelously narrated and well worth your time!

All Creatures Great and Small audiobook cover art

Delightful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

James Herriot’s wonderful writing is paired perfectly with the talented, versatile and playful narration of Christopher Timothy in this audio book. I enjoyed every moment and felt sad when it ended.

The Color of Water audiobook cover art

Fabulous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

This is one of those books I want to buy a big box of and pass out copies to everyone I know! I feel grateful to the author for writing his story because so many of us can relate to it in many different ways.
The narrators of this audio version are superb! They are skilled in different accents and really bring a new level of life to the story!

Finding Freedom in Illness audiobook cover art
  • Finding Freedom in Illness
  • A Guide to Cultivating Deep Well-Being Through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
  • By: Peter Fernando
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark

Great book, wrong narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-17

This is the best book I’ve read on living life with a chronic illness. The author really goes in-depth with the challenges that long-term illness brings up in one’s emotional, psychological and spiritual life. Experience with meditation definitely helps one to understand the content of this book.
The narrator is wonderful but, I feel, not the right narrator for this book. His voice is regal and dramatic. He is a very good narrator for a different type of book. My opinion is that this book would have been better with a more neutral voice and intonation. Personally, I found this mismatch distracting but it is still really worth listening to this book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

You'll Grow Out of It audiobook cover art

Fantastic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Even if you don't agree with Jessi Klein on every topic, you will be so happy you listened to this audio book. She is original, honest, vulnerable, daring and downright hilarious! Her delivery and timing are perfect. Listening to a few minutes of this book just made my day over and over.

Leap Year audiobook cover art

The Year of Living Danishly was much better

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-17

After listening to The Year of Living Danishly, I decided to try this audio book too. I really loved the Danishly book. It was very fun, funny, comforting (hygge style) and educational. I found learning about the Danish culture fascinating. So, I decided to give this book a try too. The author is witty and the book is researched in a fun way (just like the Danishly book) but it is a re-run of gazillion self-help books that have come before it, unfortunately. I will continue to follow Helen Russell's writing though. I do like her style, just hope for more interesting content in the future.
Lucy Price-Lewis is a lovely narrator. I could listen to her every day.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narrator warms up as he goes along.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-17

This little book holds a genuine world of comfort. It is worth listening to for learning the Danish way of enhancing happiness and Hygge. In the beginning, the narrator speaks in a mechanical and choppy way but he relaxes and warms up as the book progresses. At first, I found the narration distracting and wondered if it had been worth purchasing. Now that I've listened to the whole book, I can say yes, it was worth buying. I enjoyed this book. And I'll be incorporating even more elements of Hygge into my life. :)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

It's What I Do audiobook cover art

Impressive and empathizing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

(Don't know if empathizing is proper English, but what the heck...) The book brought life in Iraq, Afghanistan, syria close by. Gave me some perspective of Islamic culture, especially from a female perspective. Read very convincingly without overly dramatizing. Loved it.