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  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,302

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-16-11

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the narrator had a smooth tone of voice, it would've probably felt more encouraging rather than accusatory. I don't understand why the author picked an old man who narrates like we are in the 70s. I assume he picked the narrator that sounded close to himself, but the listeners want to feel relaxed when listening to these books, not lectured.

  • How to Be Sick

  • A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
  • By: Toni Bernhard
  • Narrated by: Deon Vozov
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers is a life-affirming, instructive, and inspiring book about living gracefully and purposefully with the challengesfaced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The audiobook contains over two dozen tools and practices to help people live skillfully and to find equanimity and joy despite the profound changes in their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST book for chronic suffers

  • By Brooke on 08-26-15

The BEST book for chronic suffers

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be Sick?

This is probably the best book I've purchased so far. The narration fits perfectly with the contents. It is so gentle, encouraging and reminds us to always love ourselves and not blame ourselves for our suffering. It is like drinking a calming tea, so soothing to my soul. I would give it 10 stars if I could.

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

She is such a talented narrator. Her voice is healing and genuine. Just listening to her voice puts me at ease.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief

  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain
  • By: Nick Ortner
  • Narrated by: Nick Ortner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Do you suffer from chronic pain? If so, you're not alone. In fact, more than 100 million Americans deal with this life-changing issue every day. And if you're like most of them, you've tried all the normal "solutions": doctors, injections, medications, and surgeries. While these all have a place in healing, they have fallen short in dealing with the pain epidemic. So what can you do?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very practical approach: Testimony of a pain psychologist

  • By Les on 08-20-16

Definitely get the additional downloads

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

Would you listen to The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief again? Why?

Although the author did not suffer chronic pain, I'm glad he released this book for chronic pain. There's additional downloads on his website where you can practice more tapping with his guidance (the URL is in the book). When I did them, tears came out of my eyes because I felt so understood. All of the pain and suffering I was going through were being validated and acknowledged.

What about Nick Ortner’s performance did you like?

The narration of his book is a little fast and not as warm and caring as his downloads. His videos on YouTube are also fantastic.

Any additional comments?

I don't do the actual tapping every day, but the concept of loving and accepting yourself is something I need to hear over and over again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Calming the Emotional Storm

  • Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage Your Emotions and Balance Your Life
  • By: Sheri Van Dijk, MSW
  • Narrated by: Mary Dominiak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Calming the Emotional Storm is your guide to coping with difficult emotions calmly and responsibly by using powerful skills from dialectical behavior therapy. This method combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices to change the way you respond to stressful situations. By practicing these skills, you can stop needless emotional suffering and develop the inner resilience that will help you weather any emotional storm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the Counselor

  • By Samuel Peasah on 02-19-15
  • Calming the Emotional Storm
  • Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage Your Emotions and Balance Your Life
  • By: Sheri Van Dijk, MSW
  • Narrated by: Mary Dominiak

'Mindfulness for Dummies'

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

What disappointed you about Calming the Emotional Storm?

Not only is the narration so condescending and choppy, the first hour of this short book is spent on the logistics of how to practice mindfulness. I guess if you've never practiced meditation, it's fine, but it feels like the narrator is almost laughing at you with her tone of voice.

How could the performance have been better?

Terrible, terrible narration.

  • Broken Open

  • How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
  • By: Elizabeth Lesser
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

In the more than 25 years since she co-founded Omega Institute - now the world's largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth - Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition. In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Allya on 02-01-10

It's a memoir

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Lesser and/or Susan Denaker?

I am a fan of Lesser's work and the Omega Institute, but this book is not a self-help, it's a memoir. If you like memoirs, I think this is a great book for you. But personally, I'm not interested in memoirs, so this was not for me.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Denaker?

The narration is wonderful. She has warmth and depth.

  • The Anxiety Toolkit

  • Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points
  • By: Alice Boyes PhD
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

In The Anxiety Toolkit, Dr. Alice Boyes translates powerful, evidence-based tools used in therapy clinics into tips and tricks you can employ in everyday life. Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or are just anxiety-prone by nature, you'll discover how anxiety works, strategies to help you cope with common anxiety "stuck" points and a confidence that - anxious or not - you have all the tools you need to succeed in life and work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good info

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-07-17

Q&As disrupt the flow

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

What could Alice Boyes, PhD have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I wish there weren't questions with multiple choice answers in the book. "Question and A)--- B)--- C)---, which one applies to you? Repeat." If it was paperback, you can just skip them but when each and every one is read out to you, it's annoying.

How could the performance have been better?

If we didn't have to hear the Q&A's throughout the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like the concept of this book, the CBT approach and the upbeat "let's fix it" attitude. The narration was cheerful and decent, although it could've been a little slower.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Stop Overreacting

  • Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions
  • By: Judith Siegel PhD LCSW
  • Narrated by: Janis Daddona
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Stop Overreacting helps you identify your emotional triggers, discover a new way of processing impulsive thoughts and feelings, and understand how your emotions can undermine your ability to think rationally in moments of crisis and stress. You'll learn how to neutralize overwhelming emotions and choose healthy responses instead of flying off the handle. Ready to make a change for the better? It's time to stop overreacting and start feeling collected and in control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good balance of science and self-help

  • By Brooke on 08-23-15

Good balance of science and self-help

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

What did you like best about this story?

Some self-help gets too technical with data and science, but this included just a hint of science. Just enough to back up the self-help strategies.

What about Janis Daddona’s performance did you like?

Narration was excellent, very comforting and soft.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Living with Your Heart Wide Open

  • How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Unworthiness, Inadequacy, and Shame
  • By: Steve Flowers MFT, Bob Stahl PhD
  • Narrated by: Janis Daddona
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The way we talk to ourselves is often unkind and filled with self-judgments. These overly harsh self-criticisms can make us feel unworthy and incomplete. What if what you really need is not higher standards for yourself, but greater self-compassion? In Living with Your Heart Wide Open, you'll discover how mindfulness and self-compassion can free you from the thoughts and beliefs that create feelings of inadequacy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Many guided meditation with music included

  • By Brooke on 07-30-15

Many guided meditation with music included

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

What did you like best about Living with Your Heart Wide Open? What did you like least?

The narration was great, the contents were good, but I did not expect there to be 5 or 6 guided meditation included in the book. If you aren't in the state of doing meditation, it could be a little annoying. It's good if you are already lying down and in a relaxed state of mind.

I wish they had the guided meditations as a separate download from their website like so many other audiobooks do. If they had done that, I would've given it 5 stars because the content itself was good.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Fear Cure

  • Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul
  • By: Lissa Rankin M.D.
  • Narrated by: Jenn Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Not many people in the medical world are talking about how being afraid can make us sick - but the truth is that fear, left untreated, becomes a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Now Lissa Rankin, MD, explains why we need to heal ourselves from the fear that puts our health at risk and robs our lives of joy - and tells us how fear can ultimately cure us by opening our eyes to all that needs healing in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stress is Fear

  • By radchick on 08-21-16

Scary statistics and supernatural phenomenons

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

First she starts off with a drawn out play-by-play of her own experience of being mugged. Then the first part of her book is slamming statistics of how "anxiety and fear actually kills people." It made me have a great deal of anxiety just by listening to the data. But I'm a fan of Rankin, so I kept listening even though I wanted to stop. Then it got better, more positive. And then midway through her book, she started talking about supernatural experiences that she and others has had. It was creepy... I like to listen to these books before bed in a dark room. With all of the scary information, I just can't listen without getting spooked.

Has The Fear Cure turned you off from other books in this genre?

I think she has good intentions in writing this book, but she gives out these death stats, gruesome stories, supernatural experiences and says, "But don't these things help cure your fears?" And I'm thinking, "No, it just gives me more anxiety and stresses me out!"

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fear Cure?

I feel this book is hot and cold. In one section, it's scaring me out, then the next she's positive and reassuring, then it's scary again... It doesn't seem to be consistent. I really wanted to like this book...

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Courage to Be Yourself

  • A Woman's Guide to Emotional Strength and Self-Esteem
  • By: Sue Patton Thoele
  • Narrated by: Kyrsten Weber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Sue Patton Thoele continues her quest to help listeners enhance their self-esteem and tap into their core emotional strength. Geared toward women who too often find themselves meeting the wants of others at the expense of their own needs, this book provides necessary tools to help listeners transform their fears into the courage to express their own authentic selves. By sharing her own journey and the journey of other women, Thoele helps readers learn to set boundaries, change self-defeating behavior patterns, communicate effectively, and become a loving and tolerant friend to themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing...and Powerful!

  • By Andrea on 09-24-16

Soothing...

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

What made the experience of listening to The Courage to Be Yourself the most enjoyable?

The author's message is to have love and compassion towards yourself. She touches on a variety of negative emotions we might have, but does it in a positive and encouraging way. The narrator is perfect, she reads slow and has warmth.

What other book might you compare The Courage to Be Yourself to and why?

This book is similar to Self-Compassion, another book that I love. Which also has excellent narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful