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  • Maid

  • Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
  • By: Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich - foreword
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Land
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By NMwritergal on 01-24-19

Almost didn't bother to finish

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I understand how hard it is to be a "single mother" . My husband died leaving me a 5 and 6 year old to raise alone. The author made some pretty bad decisions in her life. I find it hard to believe Washington state was so horrible. She clearly went to Montana to get her life on track. The book left me wondering if she was really such a wonderful mother and since she chose to be a single mother, she chose to be a single mother. What did she think her life was going to be like? Her daughter needed a mother, not a buddy. It sounded like she was never sure about that role.
Having lived in the Pacific northwest, I don't imagine Montana as a "destination" for happiness.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Recovering

  • By: Leslie Jamison
  • Narrated by: Author
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction - both her own and others' - and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Waaaaaaayyyyyy Too Long

  • By Helene Roberts on 05-25-18

Too much AA

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I expected this book to have a little information about Alcoholics anonymous. That's ALL the book is about!
One of the problems with "rehab" is every other treatment program is based on the AA model. There has to be more choice for people who clearly are not interested in "The 12 Steps or A higher power".
Had the author studied the Big Book, she would know it was written in the 1930's, there was NO Treatment other than getting the alcoholic through the detox without killing him due to DT's. The book was written by 2 men. It was never meant for women, non-christians, and non-whites.
There are alternative treatments but no one hears about them because AA has monopolized treatment plans. This is why so many people relapse. They aren't white-Anglosaxon protestants.

7 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE

  • By v2o777 on 09-18-17

Should have hired a narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Under age 30 readers.

Would you ever listen to anything by Katy Tur again?

Not if she reads it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katy Tur’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

I agree with the reviewer who thought it was too much about "Katy". It could have been such a great book but this isn't .

2 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Healing from Hidden Abuse

  • A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse
  • By: Shannon Thomas LCSW
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

Within every community, toxic people can be found hiding in families, couples, companies, and places of worship. The cryptic nature of psychological abuse involves repetitious mind games played by one individual or a group of people. Psychological abuse leaves no bruises. There are no broken bones. There are no holes in the walls. The bruises, brokenness, and holes are held tightly within the target of the abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will change your life

  • By cjg on 07-09-17

Will change your life

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Where does Healing from Hidden Abuse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best and last book I will ever need. At age 65 I am finally at peace with my past. Both the author and reader are so compassionate (the information and presentation) I listened to this book 3 times.
I'm sure there are "professionals" who would dispute some of her approach to healing the pain of past abuse but this is the end of a long search for me. I plan to share this book with my four sisters. It is better late than never.

What about Wendy Tremont King’s performance did you like?

She has a comforting voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it's one you need to take in slowly.

Any additional comments?

For anyone suffering from the abuse of a narcissist, past or in your present life, I hope you find this book as helpful as it was for me.

50 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • A Generation of Sociopaths

  • How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
  • By: Bruce Cannon Gibney
  • Narrated by: Wayne Pyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

What happens when a society is run by people who are antisocial? Welcome to baby boomer America. In A Generation of Sociopaths, Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Single minded but convincing arguments within

  • By Joshua Hagood on 09-25-17

You can't diagnose an entire GENERATION!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Would you try another book from Bruce Cannon Gibney and/or Wayne Pyle?

No, THIS is the first book I refused to waste my time finishing.

Has A Generation of Sociopaths turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another one of Wayne Pyle’s performances?

The narrator was fine.

Any additional comments?

This book made me very sad. To "diagnose" an entire generation is too broad a brush. Does he understand the definition of a sociopath?Based on his description of himself, he clearly has never had to sacrifice a thing in life.I am a retired nurse who married a young physician in the 1970's.After working nights to put myself through nursing school, my husband and I put off starting our careers to work with the poor in the rural South. My husband's brother had already been killed in Viet Nam when we volunteered to work with the poor. Our patients didn't have to worry about the ACA because we provided healthcare for free.My husband died suddenly in the 1980's, leaving me to raise our children alone. I saved enough money to put both of my children through college and grad school, by working more than one job. I have 6 siblings as did my husband. We all struggled to pay for college. Neither of our parents had time for Dr. Spock. I didn't want my children to struggle to pay for college as I had done.During the Great Recession in 2008, I lost over half of my retirement savings. I didn't do it! THE BANKS MISMANAGED OUR RETIREMENT FUNDS! Friends lost their homes because they had second mortgages to pay for THEIR CHILDREN to attend college- not because they wanted another bathroom. We have watched OUR HEALTHCARE get too expensive to maintain. As far as baby boomers causing obesity, we aren't the people too fat to fly.I'm sorry Bernie Sanders wasn't the Democratic nominee. We all are going to suffer because Hillary and Trump are both "sociopaths" who put their needs ahead of what would be best for this country.Paul Ryan dragged Ayn Rand's philosophy out of the dust bin of history - he's not a boomer.We didn't invent divorce. We didn't invent sexual promiscuity. Rowe vs. Wade was the law of the land long before boomers were old enough to have any influence. The author watched too many "Leave it to Beaver" reruns and mistook them for reality TV. Reality TV was a "GEN X" invention. It truly makes me very sad to think my generation is going to be blamed for ALL THE BAD in the world.It's time for the author to grow up and see if his generation can do any better!Did the author do any research or is this just his opinion? I agree the government has all but shut down. They need to turn off the lights and go home until they are ready to work for the American people. Congress is made up of many generations and they have all failed miserably. Health care is a mess and the economy will crash again. We are out here trying to fix what we can at the local level but starting a "generation gap" is not going to help anyone!I would recommend readers to not waste time or money on this book.

23 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Pharma Conspiracy

  • The Drugging of America for Fast Profits
  • By: Max Fitzer
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Howe
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

In his audiobook entitled The Big Pharma Conspiracy: The Drugging of America for Fast Profits author Max Fitzer will take you through the history of the largest companies, discussing the impact they have on society, our youth, disease, and the global economy. Not only will you have an extensive understanding of who the players are, but you will also learn how to contribute to the effort to bring them under control.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pseudoscience

  • By Anthony W. Shallin on 02-25-18

Inaccuracies

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

Would you try another book from Max Fitzer and/or Jennifer Howe?

No

What was most disappointing about Max Fitzer’s story?

There is a glaring inaccuracy so big that I don't think I can take anything in this book as fact. I am a health care professional with a Type 1 diabetic child. There is NO LIFE STYLE BEHAVIOR or CURE for Type 1 diabetics. "Big Pharma" does not have a PILL and to say it can be cured with changes in lifestyle in a five year old child is not only wrong but cruel to both the child and the parents.I know the pharmaceutical companies do BAD THINGS but to include Type 1 diabetes is too big an error to overlook. Audible should correct this before selling one more copy of this book.

What does Jennifer Howe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

How could I know?

What character would you cut from The Big Pharma Conspiracy?

Answered in review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful