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  • Day 1: Settling Down

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Ceasar F. Barajas
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

In this quick, seated meditation, you'll learn about breathing meditation and be introduced to the importance of consciousness of breath.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor phone and Windows App Experience

  • By Code Toad on 08-27-18

Much value here

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

If you’re a beginner exploring meditation or, like myself, someone returning to meditation practice, this is a nice series. The narrator’s kind and encouraging, many breathing techniques are introduced, the music is not invasive. If you’re already a meditator, perhaps this series isn’t for you. But for the rest of us, this series reveals or re-explores the joys and benefits of meditation.

  • 4 3 2 1

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Paul Auster
  • Length: 36 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 505

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much detail.

  • By Jax on 03-03-17

It all grew tiresome

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Intriguing theme, exploring “the road(s) not taken.” But successful authors need an editor just as much as anyone else. 4 3 2 1 went on (and on) for way too long & needs a good pruning.

Author Paul Auster narrated the book, sounding tired, adenoidal and slightly depressed.

At about the 2/3rds mark, I didn’t know which of the three Ferguson characters was which and frankly didn’t really care anymore. Game over!

  • Bright, Precious Days

  • A Novel
  • By: Jay McInerney
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Even decades after their arrival, Corrine and Russell Calloway still feel as if they're living the dream that drew them to New York City in the first place: book parties or art openings one night and high-society events the next; jobs they care about (and in fact love); twin children whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a fiendish cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's worth the read but…

  • By frances haertling on 08-15-16

Good summertime read; fabulous narration

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

There's no real solution to the dilemma explored in this book (in McInerney's own words): "Whether true love can exist between husband and wife and whether lovers have any right to be jealous of spouses. A love both ellicit and spiritually elevating existed outside the legal sphere of marriage. Possession blunted desire -- while the unattainable lover shimmered like a brilliant star -- and festered in the heart like a shard of crystal."



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  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,630

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Narration spoils story

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

After listening to My Brilliant Friend, I won't listen to the sequels. I didn't enjoy the narrator, who repeatedly mispronounced the name of one of the main characters: Leela? Lyla? Lola? Come on now!!! (In the author's defense, friends who READ the book enjoyed it more than I did LISTENING to it.)

83 of 102 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing to Envy

  • Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • By: Barbara Demick
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent listen!

  • By Laura on 06-05-10

Compelling Story

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15


Loved the story, had trouble occasionally keeping track of the characters. At times it appeared that the author either did not understand the cultural significance or did not like the tradition, for instance the description of the soup celebrating the birth of a child. Also, I did not care for the narrator. At times I found the recording difficult to listen to due to the narrator's style..