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  • The Woman's Hour

  • The Great Fight to Win the Vote
  • By: Elaine Weiss
  • Narrated by: Elaine Weiss, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis" - women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required listening

  • By Matthew Storrs on 04-01-18

Good book, poor choice of reader

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The book itself is good, but I had to stop listening because the over-cutesy, little-girl delivery is a poor match for this book. Direct quotes from women's speeches are read in a mincing, exaggerated way that makes those women sound silly. It's ironic, in view of the topic, that women are still being rewarded for sounding like this.

  • Awakening Compassion

  • Meditation Practices for Difficult Times
  • By: Pema Chodron
  • Narrated by: Pema Chodron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

For over 800 years, Tibetan Buddhists have used lojong (literally, "mind training") to transform difficulties into insights, and conflict into genuine communication. Lojong practice uses a special meditation technique and 59 written maxims - a treasury of practical wisdom that inspires everyday awareness. Awakening Compassion is the first audio retreat on the practice of lojong taught by Pema Chödrön, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and best-selling author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pema Is A Hidden Treasure

  • By Tammy on 07-09-07

Content helpful, sound quality poor

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I've listened to several of Pema Chodron's recorded books, and although this one is useful, it's enough like what she's said elsewhere that I almost stopped listening because the sound quality is so poor. After about half an hour, though, the narration stops, and then starts again with a different mic. It's still not professional quality; most of us could get clearer sound with a cellphone recorder, and her habit of dropping her voice at the ends of sentences doesn't help. Still, it's worth persevering, because it does become possible to get most of what she's saying.

  • Stress Relief

  • Relax the Body and Calm the Mind, Restore Balance, and Resolve Difficult Situations
  • By: Martin L. Rossman
  • Narrated by: Martin L. Rossman
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Stress is a normal part of life, but too much stress can wera us out and lower our resistance to illness. On Stress Relief, Dr. Martin L. Rossman provides clinically proven techniques for managing both the internal and external causes of stress. "These practices often yield immediate, positive results," explains Dr. Rossman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent relaxation technique

  • By 6R8Dane on 06-24-10

Very good up to the last few minutes

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

This recording offers three relaxation exercises, each building on the one before. They come one right after the other without a lot of lecturing in between, which I like. They're basically self-hypnosis, where you imagine yourself going down a flight of stairs to deeper consciousness. The last one goes into the spirit guide imagery that Jack Kornfield often uses, where they insist that you personify wisdom and compassion as a being you can interact with - either a real person living or dead, or a religious or imaginary figure. What it's really getting at is the wisdom and compassion within ourselves, or that we have access to, and I don't like the one-size-fits-all demand that we HAVE to personify it into a being we can talk to. I'm sure that technique is helpful to many people, or meditation teachers wouldn't keep doing it, but I wish they'd make it optional. At least some of us who are agnostics or atheists aren't going to be willing to personify those forces into a figment of our own imagination any more than we're willing to call them God. We just don't do that process.

  • Pimsleur Italian Level 4

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

A new 30-unit course designed to be completed after Italian Level 3 (replaces the Italian Phase 4, Units 1-10 course). Thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Italian language learning, plus one hour of reading lessons designed to expand your vocabulary, expose you to a variety of cultural events, and give you practice reading and hearing Italian.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Educational Experience, but...

  • By Jane Eyre on 04-01-14

Good technique but impractical vocabulary

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I really like the way these lessons are structured, with lots of repetition, and one thing building on another. I wish, though, that the vocabulary were more useful for a beginner - like colors, parts of the body, and clothing rather than lesson after lesson about playing tennis and golf, and about opera singers, painters, and art reviews. I'm all in favor of the arts, but I'd first like to know words that are more basic to daily life, and more broadly useful.

  • Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine

  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

In Dr. Benaroch's 24 lectures, experience for yourself the high-stakes drama and medical insights of life in an everyday emergency department: the most intense department in any hospital and home to the kind of split-second decision making, troubleshooting, and detective work that can make the difference between a patient's life and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're into this sort of thing....

  • By Norman B. Bernstein on 11-27-15

I can't believe this is meant for adult listeners

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I suppose they're trying to be accessible and entertaining, but it's SO basic it's boring, with even more boring asides like a lecture on why you shouldn't mind waiting in an emergency room. It's delivered in a deliberate, sing-song way, as if speaking to a grammar school class.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman: An Action Steps Summary and Analysis

  • By: SpeedReader Summaries
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66

Daniel Kahneman's purpose in his book, Thinking Fast and Slow, is to bring within the grasp of everyday understanding the power of psychology, perception, illogical thinking, irrationality, and behavioral economics. Arguably Kahneman's most famous publication, the book summarizes research that he has conducted over decades and decades. Inside, Kahneman explains how we, as humans, often think and behave irrationally due to faulty intuition, biases, and erroneous mental shortcuts and how these patterns of thought can hold us back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By far the best of the summaries

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-17

By far the best of the summaries

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Since I'm going to teach Thinking Fast and Slow in a college class, I read the book itself and then listened to all the summaries available on Audible. Without doubt, this is the best - in fact, it's the only one worth using. The others present a chapter-by-chapter summary that's useless if not misleading, since what's said about each chapter consists of a few sentences taken out of context by someone who doesn't seem to have understood the book. By contrast, this summary, organized by topic, gives a sensible and accurate summary of the book's main points. If my students want to cheat by reading a summary, this is the only one that could possibly do them any good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman - A 30-Minute Summary

  • By: Instaread Summaries
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115

With Instaread Summaries, you can get the summary of a book in 30 minutes or less. We read every chapter, summarize, and analyze it for your convenience. This is an Instaread Summary of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the listen

  • By Loren on 06-14-15

CAUSAL, not casual

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

This is an okay summary of Kahneman's book, but either the people who wrote the script or the reader made a serious error. Some chapters are about cause and effect - thus, they talk about CAUSAL relationships - i. e., one thing causing another. But the reader consistently reads that word as "casual," like a casual drink in a bar. In context, that's not just mispronunciation; it turns the central concept of those chapters into gibberish. Ironically, this error proves another point in Kahneman's book: that humans are fundamentally lazy, and will settle for whatever is simplest and most familiar, without worrying about whether it's accurate.

  • Savor

  • Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh, Lilian Cheung
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight. Too many of us are in a cycle of shame and guilt. We spend countless hours worrying about what we ate or if we exercised enough, blaming ourselves for actions that we can't undo.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Same old advice with justa pinch of mindfullness

  • By L. Wallach on 05-15-15

Mishmash of platitudes

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

I love Hanh's *real* books, and this is a dumbed down version designed to increase sales by adding the ever popular notion of losing weight. The dietary advice is not only separate from mindfulness, but actually contradicts it, as in recommending the use of tangible goals and frequent measurement. That's western nutritional advice, not mindfulness, and it's been shown not to work. It's also out of date: e. g., the old studies about the importance of breakfast, which were funded by cereal companies, have been debunked. I'd suggest sticking with Hanh, Salzman, Siegel, Kabat-Zinn, Chodron, etc. to learn mindfulness, and looking for more up-to-date nutritional advice.

  • Italian For Dummies

  • By: Teresa L. Picarazzi
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Italian for Dummies gives listeners immediate results in a self-paced environment that's customizable for their needs - listening to each lesson from start to finish, or repeating tracks several times, or learning strictly by audio in the car.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not suited to audiobook format

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-17

Not suited to audiobook format

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Like other "for Dummies" books, this is a helpful introduction, and it would be handy to carry around as a paperback so you could look up words or phrases when you need them. If you're trying to learn Italian, though, it's not much help, since all it does is repeat a word or phrase a couple of times and then move on, as if you could learn all the words in a dictionary just by hearing someone read them out loud to you. If you really want to learn Italian, Quickstart Italian is good for acquiring a basic tourist vocabulary. Pimsleur's Italian, which I'm using now, is for really learning to speak the language.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero K

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Thomas Sadoski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293

Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his 60s with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to lives of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frightening. Redemptive. Brilliant.

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Booooring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

I stuck with this book for a couple of hours because of the great reviews it got. But I have four graduate degrees and have published several books of my own with good publishers, so I don't have to pretend to like something just to sound intellectual. Part of the problem might be the flat, droning reading, but this book just maunders on and on and on and on in interminable pseudophilosophy. Other recent novels about death, notably Jose Saramago's Death, Interrupted, are much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful