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  • The Rules Do Not Apply

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ariel Levy
  • Narrated by: Ariel Levy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 581

A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for listeners of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, based on this award-winning writer's New Yorker article "Thanksgiving in Mongolia".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathy

  • By meredith on 06-27-17

captivating but depressing

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

What did you love best about The Rules Do Not Apply?

excellent writing style.. clear, simple and easy to follow.. its touching, emotional and unexpected at times... the narration is good and engaging..

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

her trip to Mongolia is definitely the most memorable part of the story

Any additional comments?

the book is captivating but really sad and depressing, so beware..
but overall, I liked it a lot..

  • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,570

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Response to the bitter comments...

  • By Ashley on 06-15-17

boring

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

What would have made Ep. 1: I've Had Better better?

more background and context maybe... better analysis maybe.. but nothing can really help this episode.. I couldnt relate to this or any other episodes I listened to, so I guess unless someone can relate to the situation described in the episode, this entire discussion is irrelevant and boring.. sometimes I can listen to/read something that is seemingly not relevant to my life but within there are pearls of wisdom that can be related to and/or applied everywhere by everyone... these episodes are not it.. they are more like dull snippets of a soap opera...

Would you be willing to try another one of Esther Perel’s performances?

I tried 4 other consecutive episodes and found them all equally boring, unrelatable, devoid of sufficient context and almost misleading in descriptions.. they are short but I barely got thru and gave up on the last episode I downloaded.. no more of these sessions...

  • The Intern's Handbook

  • A Thriller
  • By: Shane Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 861

John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a movie script

  • By Sandi on 04-14-14

fast paced action

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

not a dull moment here... fast paced, twisted and on point... some fighting scenes were a bit too detailed, I felt like I was watching a movie at times but overall pretty good... and excellent narration...

  • Sisters One, Two, Three

  • By: Nancy Star
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,058

After a tragic accident on Martha's Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear. When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles' carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to follow.

  • By Nessa on 01-04-17

barely kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

this story failed to captivate me... I barely finished... the build up is too long and tidious, too many unnecessary and repetitive details (or maybe I just could relate to the characters? I don't know... also possible), thebculmination is kinddah unexciting and the end is Lifetime-movie sweet... even though the narration is good, I barely finished it, almost gave up mid-book....

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,676

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

kindaahh boring and predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

it starts intriguing but the mystery quickly dissipates... then the story line becomes predictable and, at times, boring... even at the end, when a mild twist occurs, the author fails to gain the momentum... the writing is ok and even though the narration is good, this was an unexciting listen...

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Five Love Languages for Singles

  • By: Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Gary Chapman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Dr. Gary Chapman believes you have a God-given yearning for complete and unconditional love. But you'll never be able to express it, or receive it, until you learn to speak the right "love" language. The Five Love Languages for Singles reveals how different personalities express love in different ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on how to love!

  • By Rachelle on 02-23-06

straightforward good advice

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

short, sweet and to the point... simple yet brilliant concept... I could have done without the Christian angle but in light of author's education and occupation, it's understandable... his advice, at its core, is good, useful, effective and easy to apply... totally worth the listen and if u r reading it, it's easier to skip the unnecessary parts...

  • Real Happiness

  • The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program
  • By: Sharon Salzberg
  • Narrated by: Sharon Salzberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness. There is no better person to show a beginner how to harness the power of meditation than Sharon Salzberg....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and read by the author.

  • By Meow on 06-25-12

concise and clear instructions & guidance

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

this is good... the author's reading is monotone but we are talking about meditation here, so not sure if it's not fitting... kinddah sets ya in the mood to slow down, calm down and go inward... excellent guidance, a few guided meditations and a number of DIY meditations with full instructions.... basically, if u follow her advice and instructions, u'll meditate in no time... but developing practice is hard regardless of how easy the instructions look...

  • Homegoing

  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

this book is epic... beautifully written and delivered... it spans over a few centuries, keeping clear strong connections... the imagery is rich, the characters are well developed and the point is well made... I loved it... a wonderful and thoughtful read..

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,874

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

it's as good as they say it is

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

so beautiful and well written... so sad yet hopeful and elegant...

facing one's own imminent transition with profound sandess but without panic and agression is admirable... entering one's transition with dignity and calm is an art and a skill... the author was well-positioned and well-equipped to do that, and he did... he led by example, I guess... good lesson to learn...

the narration is excellent, flows well and doesn't lose any nuances...

  • Mindware

  • Tools for Smart Thinking
  • By: Richard E. Nisbett
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

Many scientific and philosophical ideas are so powerful that they can be applied to our lives at home, work, and school to help us think smarter and more effectively about our behavior and the world around us. Surprisingly, many of these ideas remain unknown to most of us. In Mindware, the world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail, offering a tool kit for better thinking and wiser decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sound scientific advice on how to live your life

  • By Neuron on 08-26-15

good and useful tools but needs more than one read

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Where does Mindware rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It a solid read that requires some re-reading.. it contains comprehensive set of useful tools for more effective decision-making and for deciphering information we are bombarded with through various scientific sources and mass media... the book is dry at times but there is no other way to present some statistics or methods... but the book is not too dry to make it boring or uninteresting.. It kept my interest and attention up.. I felt that it needs re-reading in order to actually get a hand of the presented methods and to apply them... and don't forget to print the PDF file, it's useful..