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Betsy Disharoon

Stoughton, MA, US
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  • Threading My Prayer Rug

  • One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim
  • By: Sabeeha Rehman
  • Narrated by: Sabeeha Rehman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant's daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims - while they lobby for a Christmas tree!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Vital Step towards Interfaith Bridge Building

  • By Brian (aka: Brainwise) on 10-19-18

Leadership with Graceful Power

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

After hearing Sabeeha and her husband speak at Chautauqua I was fascinated with their method of interfaith work so I bought her book on Audible. My expectations were low thinking it would be more of the same. But NO! Her personal story details intrigued me every step of the way. Her commitment to living her faith as her heart and mind interpret Islam is most admirable. If a few of us Christians would study and contemplate the issues as she has done we could all stand stronger in our faith and values.
Then there is the passion in her voice that carries the listener on and on. No, it is not a professionally trained or even a high quality recording. But Sabeeha’s powerful commitment to live life fully and carry others with her comes through so beautifully that if a professional reader was used it would not be nearly as impactful.
And all this done as she Americanized herself and her family determined to be American Muslims living fully with in the American culture, tolerating flaws while working hard to enlighten all to the one God of us all. This is powerful leadership with grace!
Thanks, Sabeeha, for guiding me through life and making me feel a part of your family.

  • The Invention of Nature

  • Alexander von Humboldt's New World
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant origin story

  • By Jeremy Fairbanks on 03-03-16

History, science, philosophy, and art never before so palatable

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

Wulf writes about a little known, but very influential historical character, in a manner that fascinates and educates us about the history of ecology in this current period of climate change debate. Taking us back more than 200 years and bringing us forward following all the tentacles of influence that Humboldt had on many historical figures that we are familiar with, the intriguing narrative is as luscious as Humboldt's life was. I don't usually read history or science but this is a must!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,270
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,368

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

Must listen

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Every woman between 25 and 70 should be required to listen to this. And, yes, listen, not read, in order to experience the amazing energy and wisdom of Shonda Rhimes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thomas Murphy

  • A Novel
  • By: Roger Rosenblatt
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Trying his best to weasel out of an appointment with the neurologist his only child, Máire, has cornered him into, the poet Thomas Murphy - singer of the oldies, friend of the down-and-out, card sharp, raconteur, piano bar player, bon vivant, tough and honest and all-around good guy - contemplates his sunset years. Máire worries that Murph is losing his memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not going gently into that good night...

  • By Mel on 01-05-17

A Novel for Poets

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

The lyrical prose danced from the reader's lips into my brain not slowing a bit through the ears. The poet character was so beautifully portrayed through the first person rambling thoughts rattling around in his ageless mind as others were accusing him of losing his mind! The writing was wonderful but I think I fell head over heels in love with the reader, Gerard Doyle!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Pakeha Maori

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Europeans Who Lived as Maori in Early New Zealand
  • By: Trevor Bentley
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Ronald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

This audiobook describes one of the most extraordinary and fascinating stories in NZ history. In the early part of the last century several thousand runaway seamen and escaped convicts settled in Maori communities. Jacky Mamon, John Rutherford, Charlotte Badger, and many others - this is their largely untold story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By B Reader on 04-12-16

Many facts, no plot

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

Expecting a story, I was disappointed to hear an academic dissertation without any plot. The author has done his research and presents all of the facts but in a boring way.
The reader does an amazing performance with so many Maori words. The appendix is the best part because it is the story of an individual woman in her own words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,052
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,055

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

Required reading for anyone with concerns about aging

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Athletes Gewande, a quite unusual surgeon with a behavioral slant to his thinking, shares how he lived through life's ultimate concerns of how we deal with our existence as our bodies no longer function as we wish. His perspective changes from one of a physician to a loved one with wisdom every step of the way. My advise to friends and family: "Read it now and then reread it every couple of years or whenever you have a health crisis."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful