LISTENER

Carol Binta Nadeem

usa
  • 5
  • reviews
  • 8
  • helpful votes
  • 6
  • ratings
  • Paradise

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

As the book begins deep in Oklahoma early one morning in 1976, nine men from Ruby (pop. 360), in defense of "the one all-black town worth the pain", assault the nearby Convent and the women in it. From the town's ancestral origins in 1890 to the fateful day of the assault, Paradise tells the story of a people ever mindful of the relationship between their spectacular history and a void "Out There...where random and organized evil erupted when and where it chose."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interestingly Bizarre

  • By janice Criss on 05-02-16

Raiding Life

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

After being ravaged by the titillating voice and graphic vocabulary of the author, I found myself lost in a sea of personal diaries and historical sequences that took a second reading just to capture pieces of the plot. No complaints though since the second visit to “Ruby” was even better than the first. Which I concluded by reading a Wikipedia study of the summary of the plot only to long for the experience once again of walking along the tragic yet melancholy lives of its inhabitants and almost citizens. The metaphors in Ms Morrison’s work are sculptures of the soul and the jazz rhythms of her narrative with their syncopated messages that tell you their meaning backwards while revealing it to you is like the push and pull of intercourse. This work is mystical, magical and blasphemously symbolic. Ms Morrison is a literary gymnast and her art work is not intended for the faint of heart! Captivating read that raids the heart and soul of the unsuspecting voyeur. Thanks

  • Entering the Castle

  • Exploring Your Mystical Experience of God
  • By: Caroline Myss
  • Narrated by: Caroline Myss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

This audiobook is a poweful program that will give you a deeply personal, revelatory experience of your soul. What is required is that you "enter your castle" and explore with great intent the contents of your "seven mansions" and their many rooms. You'll be introduced to a new spiritual renaissance as Caroline Myss explains the nature of mysticism and its experiences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it...

  • By Janice on 04-24-07

I am touched

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Being a mystic without a monastery gives one an opportunity for recognizing other mystics especially as a mental health provider. Certain people realize that they are not “crazy” and learn how to channel grace with mindfulness and loving detachment.
I liked the methodical approach and concrete examples of the author. No need to recommend the book it will find its audience. Although I have sent it to a few and find it interesting how easy some may barrel through it intellectually.
For me it was affirming as I have experienced many aspects of the mansion. It was inspiring because there is always deeper and higher places to go and it was enlightening.
Pray for me all you readers. Amen

  • The Body Keeps the Score

  • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • By: Bessel Van der Kolk MD
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,984
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,913

In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring - specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably clear and Life Changing

  • By colleen geis on 05-06-15

Revolutionary

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I cannot express in enough words my profound gratitude for this book and the groundbreaking work of Dr Bessel Van der Kolk! I first started diagnosing clients with chronic PTSD in 2001 after hearing their stories of childhood abuse. It was not accurately described in the DSM IV and I ignored those guidelines and continued the dx. At that time I was only accepting out of pocket payments and did not have the insurance billing problem. Fortunately because of Dr Van der Kolk’s advocacy and research it is at least recognized as a form of PTSD and hopefully will be better defined in DSM V revisions. The scholarly evidence helps me in my approaches to therapy and in supporting the recovery of persons who were living in the shadows of childhood trauma. Deep bow in respect for his accomplishments in this field.
Carol Binta Nadeem, LCPC, CCTP, NCC

  • Song of Solomon

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life, he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Death United Them

  • By Carol Binta Nadeem on 09-28-17

Death United Them

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I so enjoy the language of Ms Morison which carries you syllable by syllable along with her rich detailed descriptions “swallowed up by the darkness” for example. That have you walking beside her sensing and feeling each encounter with people places and things. Thanks audible for presenting the captivating vocals of the author that played with death from start to finish.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Beloved

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps best read on paper

  • By Cathy on 07-29-06

Mysterious

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

The symbols, metaphors and descriptions were as though the author is a thousand people staring down into earths places, things and people all at once from every direction and knowing just what it is and how it manifest a life. Even inanimate things are brought to life.
Telling a story that is never told but shown. Honoring spirits and bleeding the truth about slavery. How intimate a terrifying view of it all!