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  • Letters to a Young Therapist

  • By: Mary Pipher
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture", Reviving Ophelia, has sold nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in 30 years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried professionals restore peace and beauty to their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth the listen!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-14

Clear-eyed perspective on life, culture, issues

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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: 06-12-18

I found this book to be a straightforward story of advice one might give one’s younger self, through benefit of time, experience and the wisdom gained through both. The focus is psychotherapy as a professional occupation yet centers on the human condition which transcends professional advice.

The author was raised in Nebraska in the 1950s and eschews much about current societal / cultural mores. Some may see this as saccharine or overly sentimental. To me this provided context. The reader can take it or leave it. In sum, I found this to be a frank look at therapy as an occupation mixed with a great deal of common sense advice in dealing with thorny, complex issues.

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  • Hacks

  • The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
  • By: Donna Brazile
  • Narrated by: Donna Brazile
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 720

From Donna Brazile, former DNC chair and legendary political operative, an explosive and revealing new look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Donna is going to need protection after this....

  • By Kristen on 11-07-17

Brave. Authentic. Poignant. Wisdom. Perspective

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This read is like inside baseball to the 2016 general election. I have no doubt Brazile is telling it like it was. Politics being what it is, her own party will try to discredit her. Yes, she is settling several political scores, which is what many D’s feared and excoriated her for. However... she places this event in a larger context of the ever-present dangers seeking to disrupt the normal functioning of our American democracy. So cynically, and as the more passionate, more Hillary-focused of my D friends maintain, she is “selling out” for mere personal gain. I did not see this in her book, at all. Brazile has a very strong message, and it’s not Big D or Big R, it’s what is at stake for our country, America, in a setting where there are many external actors who only wish us ill.

The end of the audiobook, ‘acknowledgements,’ is 15 minutes of thanking what begins to seem like every person she ever knew. I’m not sorry for having listened to the end, bc she wraps it up so beautifully with an incredible quote which, no spoilers here, just cut me to the quick. The period to the end of the sentence. It made me stop, sit, reflect.

For all this, the story is well written, well told, and Brazile’s narration is icing on the cake, bc the emotion is raw, it is right there. It is not the ‘acting’ she well describes was part of her job description as acting interim Chair. Honest, authentic, count me part of the ‘wings&wine’ family.

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  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 903

Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant, simple, and true

  • By Alexandria on 09-22-13

Stunning

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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: 09-16-16

Tolstoy is a master ... Prebble's narration was fantastic. Uncanny insights that remain so true, and so powerful today.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,815

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

A relevant, practical primer on achievement

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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: 07-21-16

Where to begin? Just finished listening ... now ... wow. So well done. This should be a 'must-read' manual for all teachers, and that is just one facet, albeit a critical one, and a focus for Dr. Duckworth. A great read for parents. Insightful for coaches. A practical roadmap for the rest of us.

The gist of the book is the synergistic intersection of passion and perseverance. The building blocks are interest, deliberate practice, purpose and hope.

Dr. Duckworth integrates findings of years of her research as these address questions of the role of talent, effort, passion, focus and 'stick-to-itiveness' with a plethora of examples spanning history to present-day, current culture -- the 'grit paragons.' I especially admired how she deftly integrated self-deprecating, very-relatable examples from her own life story. And I appreciated the fact that she read her own work - this makes such a difference as she knows exactly where to place the focus of her words, even thought she is not a 'professional' narrator.

There is so much to this book, it's impossible to encapsulate beyond saying this is one work which has led me to fundamentally re-examine how I spend my time, and the quality of effort I consistently apply to the activities I engage in.

  • Finding Ultra

  • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Different Books

  • By Roger on 02-11-14

Rich Roll is one of a kind

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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: 07-09-16

Having been a competitive athlete, I found the book - overall - to be a worthy listen. It is Roll's journey to re-set his life, all within the context of 'righting the ship,' finding himself, and finding what works for him. Some of the ultra race narratives seem to go on a little longer than was frankly enjoyable, but the final chapters tied it all together as a manifesto and practical manual for addressing nutrition, performance, energy and optimal health. However it is not for everyone, although his enthusiasm and insights, candor and information, have led us to vastly reduce the amount of animal proteins in our diet, although the cheese stays ;)! I appreciated the story enough to pick up Roll's book "The Plant-Powered Diet" on kindle, and have recommended this book to others serious in their pursuit of optimal athletic performance.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,275

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

The plot line sounded intriguing, so I decided to give this a listen. While I found elements of the book intriguing - such as the initial opening of the book - there were many other elements that were just plain tiring. I have never heard so many - stereotypically-drawn - characters say, ad nauseum, "We need to talk." It became trite, much less the degree to which the characters would drop everything to rendezvous? ... I did want to listen to the end to see how it came together in the end, and yes, Hawkins does wrap it up fairly neat and tidily. And finally, in the denoument, I thought several times, will this book never end? Thankfully, it did.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,028

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

This book could have been a lot shorter

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

Some intriguing concepts and research findings, but use of stories to make points way too drawn out. I almost gave up on the last hour as author began to moralize on habit outcomes and personal responsibility exclusive of concepts of addiction, enablers and co-dependency, which I found nearly insufferable to listen through, but bit the bullet (which only best exemplified my behavioral cognitive dissonance re 'sunk costs.' The first 60% of book was worthwhile but could get quite tiresome. Bottom line, many excellent points and good info buried in several drawn out stories (Angie the gambler just did me in - too much emphasis on this story, with little informing yield).

  • Sepulchre

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

From the author of the New York Times best-selling novel Labyrinth comes another haunting tale of double crosses, murder, and the occult set in both 19th and 21st century France.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many subplots

  • By Molly Widstrom on 12-08-09

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Before purchasing this book I did note that this audiobook appeared to be less well regarded per its reviews. I did enjoy Mosse's first book of the trilogy 'Labyrinth' enough to continue on, although I found the ending of that book disappointing -- but decided to give Mosse the benefit of the doubt as to the less than stellar reviews. The reviewers in this sense were correct. I found this story to be just average, with sections that were nearly unbearable. And again, the narrator Peters completely is wrong for this story - her range covering the characters just feel well short of the mark. The main characters are in their teens/twenties, and Peters sounds almost grandmotherly - not awful, just not right for the parts. A long audiobook which I slogged through. Not sure I plan to follow through to the final book of the trilogy, Citadel. I plan to see what others have written and do note that a different narrator performs this.

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  • The Lady in Gold

  • The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer'
  • By: Anne-Marie O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the 20th century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait. Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for the Washington Post, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, tells the galvanizing story of the Lady in Gold, Adele Bloch-Bauer, a dazzling Viennese Jewish society figure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get a better narrator.

  • By David A Weatherbie on 04-13-15

Interesting, ironic and so so tragic

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

I picked up this book after seeing "The Woman in Gold" exhibition at the Neue Gallery in NYC. The portrait itself is spectacular, innovative, awe-inspiring. I was not fully aware of the story behind it, which as told in this audiobook is both fascinating and horrific in its personalization of the dehumanizing atrocities committed during the rise to power, fall and aftermath of Hitler. The narrator did a capable job but at times her incredibly nasal reading made it sound as though she had a cold, which interfered in an annoying way. The flow of the book was generally good although at times it became difficult to keep straight who exactly the author was referring to and what their relationship to the storyline was.

  • A Vineyard in Napa

  • By: Doug/Andy Shafer/Demsky, Andy Demsky
  • Narrated by: Kevin Young
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

At the age of 47, when he was a successful publishing executive and living with his wife and four children in an affluent Chicago suburb, John Shafer made the surprise announcement that he had purchased a vineyard in the Napa Valley. In 1973, he moved his family to California and, with no knowledge of winemaking, began the journey that would lead him, 30 years later, to own and operate what distinguished wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. called "one of the world’s greatest wineries".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story of one family's growth with California's Wine culture

  • By Scott on 08-16-15

One of the better historical perspectives

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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: 05-24-15

I liked this book, starting this on heels of 'Gallo be thy name,' and having listened to most of the other audiobooks on CA wine currently available (Gallo, Mondavi, Kendall Jackson, etc). It seemed authentic and unpretentious and lent interesting historical perspective on both the region as it emerged into a winemaking powerhouse, the personalities, the changing styles relative to an increasingly sophisticated US consumer. Plus, the book delves into many of the issues related to making quality wine, how they made mistakes yet learned from them as they moved forward. It's definitely not a barn burner book or a cliffhanger listen, but it was definitely worthwhile.

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