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  • Sleeping Giants

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,684

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good.

  • By Fluffy on 06-05-17

Interesting but not fabulous

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

The style of the book is awesome. It's written as a variety of interviews and transcribed records and requires you to piece the story together from a multitude of different viewpoints. It reminded me a lot of the Illuminae Files, which I loved. That being said, the constant use of an unnamed essentially all powerful CIA character is a really annoying plot device that seriously grated on my nerves. Basically, it's a good book. It's entertaining and the voices are really well done. But it could have been a great book if the author had taken it in other directions. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Beauty Myth

  • How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
  • By: Naomi Wolf
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity. In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • still revelant

  • By Angie B on 03-05-17

Every western woman should read this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

This book is both enlightening and frightening. It illuminates a lot of the issues that modern women face. I can't think of a book that better explains how patriarchial culture effects women and shapes the way we think and perceive reality and particularly our bodies. It's still completely relevant 25 years after it was written. I highly recommend it to any woman who has body issues or for anyone who is interested in the impact of social/cultural conditioning on western women.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm Before the Calm

  • Conversations with Humanity, Book 1
  • By: Neale Donald Walsch
  • Narrated by: Neale Donald Walsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Here, not a moment too soon, is a genuine reason not to be afraid of our Tomorrows. The author of seven New York Times best sellers in the world-captivating Conversations with God series, Neale Donald Walsch offers us a striking explanation for the upheaval we are seeing all over our planet right now, then proposes a simple plan by which we can impact both our personal and collective future in an extraordinarily positive way. Here, at last, is something we can do — and do easily — to help our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Master Piece by Mr. Walsch

  • By Efrain on 08-07-15

Skip the first 1 1/2 hour. After that fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

The first 1 1/2 is literally Neale repeating over and over again that we should go to the conversation website and participate in changing our cultural story. After that, the book is great and looks deeply into the issues of current society and cultural that have led us to where we are. In the end I loved the book, but I almost stopped listening because the first 1 1/2 hour has no real content. The content convinced me that talking about our societal issues is step 1 to healing and that every one of us needs to take up the torch, but trying to drill participation into the listener in the beginning just wasn't effective.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Only Pirate at the Party

  • By: Lindsey Stirling, Brooke S. Passey
  • Narrated by: Lindsey Stirling
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Dancing electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey in an inspiring memoir filled with the energy, persistence, and humor that have helped her successfully pursue a passion outside the box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, genuine, and lit up with joy

  • By A. M. Waite on 01-14-16

Fun, Easy Listen

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

I LOVE Lindsey's music and I really liked her book. It's easy to listen to, fun and light-hearted. You can tell how important her value system is to her, and I think it's awesome that she's managed to become famous without compromising.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Prophecy

  • What the Future Holds for You
  • By: Sylvia Browne, Lindsay Harrison
  • Narrated by: Jeanie Hackett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

For nearly half a century, Sylvia Browne has been the psychic people turn to for answers. In this fascinating book, she considers all of the major prophecies from the past, including those from the Bible, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, even George Washington and other important historical figures. She gives her own predictions of what life will be like in 5, 10, 20, 100, and 500 years, and shares the comforting, reassuring message about what the future holds for all of us.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Makes The Author Look Like A Fraud

  • By tracy on 09-14-15

This Book Makes The Author Look Like A Fraud

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

I don't know much about Sylvia Brown, but going by the fact that NONE of her predictions in this book are accurate (excluding of course those that are supposedly going to happen in 2020+), I am in serious doubt about her abilities. She might be a real psychic, but she doesn't appear to have the gift of accurate prophecy. There's also a significant amount of fear mongering in this book, which feels unnecessary. I do NOT recommend it. That being said, the beginning hour where she discusses the stories of different prophets such as Edgar Cayce, Madame Blavatsky, Nostradamus, etc... is interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gifts of Imperfection

  • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,581

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

  • By tracy on 08-17-14

Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-14

This book is amazing, except it is the exact same content as the power of vulnerability, which is narrated by Berne Brown herself. The work just seems much deeper and the stories a lot richer when you hear it from the author directly. When I say they're the same I really mean it. Same stories, same content, same organization.

334 of 342 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,256
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,017

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

Insightful and Really Funny

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Brene Brown is amazing. She has incredible insights into American culture and where we fall flat in terms of understanding what truly matters. I love her authenticity and her willingness to share her own stories, which always made me laugh. She's incredibly funny without meaning to be. I highly recommend this book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Your Creative Soul

  • Expressing Your Authentic Voice
  • By: Caroline Myss, Sandra Joseph
  • Narrated by: Caroline Myss, Sandra Joseph
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Many of us wear a mask that covers not our faces but our souls, hiding the authenticity we yearn to express. But how do we remove these masks and step into our full creative power? On Your Creative Soul, Caroline Myss and Sandra Joseph, the author and actress best known for her role as Christine in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, investigate the profound relationship between our spirituality and our creative lives - and why it's essential for each of us to honor the impulses of the soul.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Two different voices...disjointed

  • By tracy on 08-07-14

Two different voices...disjointed

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

I found this audiobook really disjointed. I'm a big fan of Carolyn Myss and I find her other works really powerful and insightful. Unfortunately in this one, I found her sections really angry and harsh. She spends a lot of time saying how we revel in our wounds instead of getting ourselves to do serious work. Most of the time I find her style to be very honest and straight up, but this time I found several of her sections incredibly uncompassionate. Sandra Joseph's sections were much lighter. They focused more on her personal journey, which was interesting. I was a little annoyed that she sang a broadway song after each of her sections. It just felt really out of place to me. I think either of the authors could have made a fine audiobook about this subject on their own. The truth is they don't really seem to go together and the whole book just felt like it was jumping back and forth without any connectivity.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of the Power of Intention

  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Narrated by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

In this live lecture, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores intention as an all-pervading force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. Intention, he explains, is not something you do, but an energy you're a part of. Not only do you emanate from the field of intention, but if you align yourself to it, your desires become fulfilled and you find yourself at peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it!

  • By Donna on 04-29-08

Best Book in Manifesting I've Read So Far

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

Reviewed: 10-20-13

This book is amazing. Dr. Dyer has a really nice voice to listen to, and I found all his stories funny and comforting. Unlike a lot of other books on this subject, this one wasn't repetitive or preachy at all. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to change their life for the better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living

  • A Handbook for the Damned Human Race
  • By: Lin Salamo (editor), Victor Fischer (editor), Michael B. Frank (editor), and others
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 608

Irreverent, charming, and eminently quotable, this handbook - an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race - contains 69 aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain’s private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some of Twain's funniest advice/opinions!

  • By Sylvia on 03-15-15

Mark Twain is Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-13

Mark Twain is insightful and funny and no matter how much time passes his work will still be relevant. He just gets people, and he knows how to take everyday stories and bring out the humor in them. I loved it!

28 of 33 people found this review helpful