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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 17,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,228

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

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

As an avid believer in the power of meditation, I already had a lot of familiarity going into the book. But he’s such a good storyteller, I laughed out loud throughout the book, and I love the progression of where he was at the start of the book, and where the book ended. Really powerful! And his story will help neutralize the stigma that surrounds meditation. I plan to give his book to quite a few people at Christmas. Thank you Dan!

  • The Opposite of Hate

  • A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity
  • By: Sally Kohn
  • Narrated by: Sally Kohn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Famously "nice", she even gave a TED Talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. It was time, she decided, to look into the ugliness erupting all around us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profoundly insightful, important, and digestible.

  • By Scott on 04-24-18

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Some parts of the book were very interesting and she clearly did a lot of research to support her claims. But I remember strongly disagreeing with, or not identifying with things she was saying - basically just having a hard time buying it. And once that happens, I stop; so I didn't finish the book. There are way too many other things I want to do with my time. Finishing mediocre books isn't one of them. (I wouldn't call it outright bad.) The narrator's style also took some getting used too (also happens to be the author). That alone almost caused me to stop near the beginning of the book. But eventually, I became ok with her voice.

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  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,918

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

Not for Me

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Brene Brown is amazing. I thought "Rising Strong" was amazing. But I haven't been able to get into any of her other books, though this is the first one (outside of Rising Strong) where I really tried. I think the strong reviews might be more based on how beloved she is, rather than what a great book it is. I couldn't get past the first several chapters, kept trying to go back to it, but couldn't do it.

  • The Snow Child

  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart - he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone - but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning...

  • By Sandy on 10-04-18

Stunning...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read, certainly one of the top three and I can’t recall what the other two would be right now. So beautiful and so delicate and so wise, so gentle and so real. And the performance of the reader really brought the book to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Courage to Be Disliked

  • How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life, and Achieve Real Happiness
  • By: Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin, Graeme Malcolm, January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous best seller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 20th-century psychology, The Courage to Be Disliked follows an illuminating conversation between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher explains to his pupil how each of us is able to determine our own life, free from the shackles of past experiences, doubts, and the expectations of others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous. A must read!

  • By Shama Patel on 05-10-18

Good book!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Very deep and philosophical, perhaps a little more so than I had expected. But for those who are determined, who are searching, there is great insight within its pages.This format was probably much better, between a man and a youth, than had they gone the traditional route. It made it easier to stick with, and follow the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,444
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,468

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

Simply fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

If you like history, and if you’re wanting to know more about Lincoln’s presidency, this is a wonderful story to read. I liked how much detail was provided about the members of his cabinet, and his travels to the various battle fields. It made me so angry, to see how pitiful McClellan was in his position, and you can’t help but wonder how the course of the war would have been so different, if Lincoln had let him go when others knew he needed to go.

It was also profoundly sad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness

  • Walking the Path of the Buddha
  • By: Bhante Henepola Gunarantana
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

In the same engaging style that has endeared him to listeners of Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. With generous and specific advice, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, to find right livelihood, and to cultivate loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, children, and partners, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances that prevent happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great straightforward listen!!

  • By Michael on 06-03-16

Very helpful guide

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Not everyone would appreciate this book, but if you’re seeking, and if you’re open to the Buddhist ideas, this book has a lot to offer. Practical, very insightful, lots of wisdom.

  • Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

  • How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
  • By: Dr. Joe Dispenza
  • Narrated by: Adam Boyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,826

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accompanying PDF linked in the book description

  • By Adam Countryman on 03-26-17

Really good!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

For people who despair, and think that things can never get better, this book is well worth the read. We really are our own worst enemies, even though we think we know it all, this book shows an alternative path.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,079

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly new age garbage and bad financial advice!

  • By Wayne on 05-25-18

Overall this was outstanding

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Very good advice, very helpful tips, and actionable items. I’ve already set off on this path in my life, so I knew about much of what she shared. But I still haven’t let go of some of the procrastination and lethargy he that continue to hold me back. I wish that speakers like her would open it up a little more to Christian audiences. Not for my sake, but for certain family members of mine, who view this as outside of that realm, and as a result won’t even listen or read. That’s one of the things I loved about Eckart Tolle; he quoted them all: Mohammed, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, the Bible, the Torah, etc. Nonetheless, Jen was really good.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,571

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Amazing...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

This is my second time going through the series, It might as well have been the first, because I couldn't put it down. It's such a well-written story, keeping the reader's attention sentence after sentence, and chapter after chapter.