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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,738
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,627

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

An amazing story of endurance, tenacity and grit. Relatable. Hauntingly so. Well worth the read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,219

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

The book seems like a prologue

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

The book never happened. I enjoyed what I heard but kept waiting for her to land on the central points. With eight chapters it fell short.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,874

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Flew Through This One

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

This was truly a great book. I recommend it highly. It may have been better to read than listen but I have a long commute so this is how I make the most of the time. The story portrays an unbelievable truth. I listened while at home also because the story was so captivating.

I rated the performance low because the author mispronounced southern words but was clearly trying be be authentic, such as slough’ pronounced “sloo”. I also didn’t enjoy the baby voices she made. It would’ve been just as effective to use her own voice for the children.

  • WomanCode

  • Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source
  • By: Alisa Vitti
  • Narrated by: Alisa Vitti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Alisa Vitti will teach you how to support the chemical conversation of your entire endocrine system, from your head to your ovaries. With a few easy strategies and changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can not only solve hormone-related problems, but have the energy, mental focus, and stable moods to be your best self. Simply put, once you support the flow of your hormones, you create flow in your life. In WomanCode, you will learn how to connect the dots between your symptoms, your biochemistry, and food.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the PDF ?

  • By carolina molina on 08-09-17

Not a good choice for an audio book.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

The book is more or less an "infomercial" she constantly references supplemental materials (PDFs) that you don't have. There are a few good ideas but frankly I couldn't get through it. Painfully boring.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks for this gift

  • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

A beautiful tale

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

A beautiful tale, a beautiful life. This book, the voice of the forgotten; alive. You will be changed.

  • The Best Land Under Heaven

  • The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny
  • By: Michael Wallis
  • Narrated by: Michael Wallis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Cutting through 160 years of mythmaking, best-selling historian Michael Wallis presents the ultimate cautionary tale of America's westward expansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched but performance is just mediocre

  • By T. Redwood on 07-14-17

Capturing, intense and heartbreaking.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

An incredible tale. Like most people I learned about the infamous Donner Party in three paragraphs written in a history text book. Never being told the back story about the people, who they were, and who they were not. A tale pieced together through individual accounts, diaries and letters describing their dreams, talents, shortcomings and the twisted path that led them to a place of no return, and of survivors; forever changed. The most profound individuals to me were the women, each having unimaginable courage, grit, and devotion.The tale was set within the perverted and recklessly coined notion of Manifest Destiny, cast like a pebble in a pond that ripples even still.

A highly recommend read.