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  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

  • Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions
  • By: Christopher K. Germer
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in and responding compassionately to our own imperfections are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take Good Care of Yourself

  • By Allan on 04-20-16

Mmm-hmm

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

This is truly excellent. I would really recommend purchasing the hard copy of the book, though, because the meditations are not presented here in a way that can be used as guided meditations. When listening to an audiobook, we usually can't stop and meditate on the spot, while the instructions are fresh in the mind (or even to write down the instructions). I'll be buying the book for the meditations and the self assessments, as well as other lists and resources. It's easier to thumb back through a physical book when previous points are brought up again and whatnot. But being in a place in my life right now where I cannot sit and read anything alone, this audiobook plus the hard copy will do fine. Again--freaking fantastic book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shrill

  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
  • Narrated by: Lindy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressed

  • By Chey Davis on 05-27-16

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

Best book I've listened to in a long time. This is the portrait of a truly beautiful person.

  • Sex Object

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jessica Valenti
  • Narrated by: Jessica Valenti
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

Sex Object explores the painful, funny, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti's adolescence and young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as one of the most recognizable feminists of her generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone needs to read/listen to this book.

  • By Megan on 07-15-16

Good

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

I really appreciated her feminist perspective and her honesty. Her sense of humor was pretty fun. That said, it's a drag in places...mostly I just have trouble relating when folks talk about how they cheated on almost everyone they ever dated, and cheated with people who were also in relationships.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Toxic Parents

  • Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
  • By: Craig Buck, Susan Forward
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents---and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You mean I am not the crazy one?

  • By Todd on 06-05-12

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Forward covers a lot of ground here and gives a lot of practical advice. I wish Toxic In-Laws and Emotional Blackmail were also available on audio.
I do feel, personally, that Forward was a bit soft in her relative lack of encouragement for "divorcing" toxic parents. I mean, if you can go so far as to call someone TOXIC, the implication is that even a small dose of them is detrimental to one's wellness. Also, any person who was raised by toxic parents has been systematically trained from day one of life to be a victim, so staying in relationship with said toxic parent(s) seems like an uphill battle of epic proportions--a lose/lose situation. I realize that many people hearing/reading this book are dealing with abusive parents who are not necessarily TOXIC, but the title states what the book is supposed to be about.
But it's a great book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,101
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,052

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

She's awesome

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

Reviewed: 12-25-15

Don't agree at all with her sentiments about or experiences with parenting or romantic (un)faithfulness BUT I understand where she's coming from and she's a good person who gives a shit and is very entertaining. Best reader of any book I've listened to. Another great perspective on the absurdity of the Church of Scientology.

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,057

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

Sexist despite effort not to be

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

I appreciate a lot of things he said regarding gender politics, but he lacked awareness around several things that really bugged me. He matter-of-fact-ly mentioned that he specified in his online dating profile that he wanted to date younger women, even though his girlfriend is in reality older. He didn't at all talk about that whole common older-male power dynamic or how women live longer than men so this is totally backwards. He also gave a shallow and very skewed perspective on the subject of monogamy (in favor of "open relationships") that appears to me to be quite sexist. The book is kinda funny though.

  • Girl Walks into a Bar...

  • Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
  • By: Rachel Dratch
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dratch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,683

Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hanging out with Rachel Dratch

  • By LARRY on 04-30-12

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

She's sweet and funny. I was personally put off by how little she is educated about birth, because I think of all the women who read or listen to this who may then also assume that what doctors tell them about "needing" a c-section is true, about the "need" for ultrasounds (that actually are completely inaccurate at determining the amount of amniotic fluid), etc. But I appreciate her discussion of the beauty standard and everything else. Very heartwarming and pleasant book.

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,737

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Poetic, candid, silly...absolutely brilliant. Steve Martin is a genius of all sorts. His descriptions are so vivid and effective that I really felt viscerally able to recall times before I was born. I so appreciate this window into his life.

  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

  • By: Stephen Colbert
  • Narrated by: Stephen Colbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033

What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, but disappointing.

  • By Ty A Hansen on 10-24-07

Of course it's great

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

It's Colbert. Loved it. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Yes I did.

  • The Autoimmune Solution

  • Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases
  • By: Amy Myers
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Over 90 percent of the population suffers from inflammation or an autoimmune disorder. Until now, conventional medicine has said there is no cure. Minor irritations like rashes and runny noses are ignored, while chronic and debilitating diseases like Crohn's and rheumatoid arthritis are handled with a cocktail of toxic treatments that fail to address their root cause. But it doesn't have to be this way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • where is the PDF enhancement?????

  • By BRAN TAT on 03-09-16

What an annoying voice!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

I really liked the book's information, but I feel like the author is a snotty jerk. Maybe it really was written with a snotty attitude or maybe it was just the speaker. I know for sure that I never want to listen to her speak again. As much as I was interested in the book, it took me a while to get through it because I couldn't stand her voice & attitude. It made my baby cry!

30 of 37 people found this review helpful