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  • The Fire Starter Sessions

  • A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
  • By: Danielle LaPorte
  • Narrated by: Danielle LaPorte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved idea but some of the "passion" was "cheesy"

  • By Valarie on 12-16-12

Some great ideas, too "New Age-y"

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

Where does The Fire Starter Sessions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

No idea how I would rank it since it doesn't really "fit" with my usual listening topics. This is the kind of book I might have preferred to have a hard copy of as I found the different lessons difficult to follow in this format.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending? There isn't one, really.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I found the narration to be distracting. It is the author reading it, which is cool, but she's so "flowery" in her writing and her narration just emphasized this point. It was actually really annoying.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I have to say that she really does have some inspiring things to say about doing what you love. This book motivated me to sign up for some classes on herbalism, a topic I've been interested in since childhood. I felt motivated to look at things I really love to do and find ways to incorporate them in a more serious manner into my life.

Any additional comments?

I can't get behind the "flowery" writing or New Age stuff, BUT this is a book I intend to listen to again. If you're into New Age thought, you're gonna love this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins

  • Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots
  • By: Brenda Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Helicopters thwopped low over the city, filming blocks of burning cars and buildings, mobs breaking into storefronts, and the vicious beating of truck driver Reginald Denny. For a week in April 1992, Los Angeles transformed into a cityscape of rage, purportedly due to the exoneration of four policemen who had beaten Rodney King. It should be no surprise that such intense anger erupted from something deeper than a single incident. In The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins, Brenda Stevenson tells the dramatic story of an earlier trial, a turning point on the road to the 1992 riot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening, unbiased, and life changing

  • By C Z on 03-14-16

Eye-opening, unbiased, and life changing

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

What made the experience of listening to The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins the most enjoyable?

It's hard to describe any part of this book as "enjoyable," considering the topic, but I really enjoyed the extensive background histories Stevenson gave for the people in this event. It really put so much into context for me and opened my eyes to the bases for conflicts between people in South Central LA. I also would say I enjoyed the author's unbiased approach to this topic. It allowed me to learn a lot about race relations in this part of the country and form my own understanding of what took place between Harlins and Du on March 16, 1991.

What other book might you compare The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins to and why?

I'd compare this to a book I'd have read in grad school. It is not for the faint of heart. It is a well researched book with a lot of data and information. This is not a superficial telling of an event and is not light reading!

What does Lisa Renee Pitts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pitts' voice was clear and properly paced, though I did speed it up at bit to 1.25x.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's hard to not have a reaction to this book and, yes, I cried. How do you NOT cry when you hear about the torments of African-Americans in this country? How do you NOT cry when you hear about Latasha Harlins' hard 15 years of life? How do you NOT cry when you hear the details of the Rodney King beating, the killing of Korean shop keepers, and the struggles of people in South Central LA? I cried. I became obsessed with this story. I even drove through the neighborhood store Latasha was killed at. I seriously think about her every day now. This book is life changing.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book. Yes, it's detailed. Yes, it's got a lot of university-level concepts and discussion. But it's important to hear this story and understand what happened that day and how it is reflective of so many other things that had been happening, and happened afterwards, in South Central LA. This book has really motivated me to learn more about the civil rights movement and the history of African-Americans in California. Really, this is a really good book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Goddesses Never Age

  • The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being
  • By: Dr. Christiane Northrup
  • Narrated by: Dr. Christiane Northrup
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

Though we talk about wanting to age gracefully, the truth is that when it comes to getting older, we’re programmed to dread an inevitable decline: in our health, our looks, our sexual relationships, even the pleasure we take in living life. But as Christiane Northrup, MD, shows us in this profoundly empowering program, we have it in us to make growing older an entirely different experience for both our bodies and our souls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 30-something, loved this book!

  • By C Z on 03-02-16

30-something, loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Where does Goddesses Never Age rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is in my top 3 of health books I have listened to on Audible. It was informative on so many levels and I enjoyed it so much that I have recommended it to a dozen or so women of different ages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Goddesses Never Age?

I went into this book looking for health advice, but came out with so much more. I'd have to say her discussion on dealing with past emotions was very helpful to me.

Which character – as performed by Christiane Northrup – was your favorite?

No characters except myself. So, I guess I am my favorite character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES. I listened to it everyday during my commute until it was done. Very interesting, very easy to understand, well narrated, and I just loved it.

Any additional comments?

I read the other reviews on this book and noticed a few folks taking issue with her mentioning her love for dancing the tango at various points in the book. I also noticed people complaining that you'd need to be living a life of leisure into practice. BS. That is NOT true. I work a full-time job and I commute FOUR HOURS A DAY in Los Angeles traffic AND I am a single parent to a teen living on a non-profit museum salary! I never once felt like her suggestions were out of my reach. She never says, "You must do Pilates, dance tango, work from home, blah blah blah, in order to be healthy." She simple gives ideas on things that have brought her joy, happiness, and health in order to inspire to reader to find their own way. At her suggestion to try new things, I enrolled in a Pilates class because it was something that I have always wanted to do and even though my first lesson had me feeling like a fat Mr. Bean tangled in an octopus, I kept thinking about how encouraging her words were as I stuck it out! Her food suggestions are ON POINT and totally back by current nutritional science and I loved her writing style and "voice." Loved this book. ALL females should read it. Seriously.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Fighting God

  • An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World
  • By: David Silverman
  • Narrated by: David Silverman, Cara Santa Maria
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Fighting God is a firebrand manifesto from one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. In his audiobook, Silverman - a walking, talking atheist billboard known for his appearances on Fox News - discusses the effectiveness, ethics, and impact of the in-your-face-atheist who refuses to be silent. Silverman argues that religion is more than just wrong: it is malevolent and does not deserve our respect. It is our duty to be outspoken and do what we can to bring religion down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He is not shy

  • By S. Nielsen on 06-21-16

Motivated me to fight religious privilege!!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Would you listen to Fighting God again? Why?

I would listen to this everyday if I had the time. It is motivating and drops so much knowledge on the insidious reach religion has in politics and our lives. I love that the book was narrated by the author.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene that will be my favorite hasn't been written yet: it's the end scene where religion retreats from public life and politics and people can live their lives as they wish without intrusion by religion and its "morality."

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment that moved me was the moment I learned that the US alone loses 60 billion in tax dollars EVERY YEAR that religious organizations are not required to pay. While our infrastructure crumbles, homeless people sleep in the streets, and military personnel is underpaid, these churches collect money that they never pay taxes on so that church officials can buy jets, fancy cars, and cover up sex scandals. Gross misuse of the non-profit system!!

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book today. It's entertaining, funny, smart, and CORRECT.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wahls Protocol

  • How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine
  • By: Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients' ailments with drugs or surgical procedures - until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a PDF file with it

  • By Book Lover on 05-23-15

Best narrator I've experienced thus far

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

To preface this: I do not have MS. I have no idea what some of this issues Dr. Wahls speaks of are like, but I am always fascinated by food as medicine.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in eating a diet that leads to vibrancy.

What other book might you compare The Wahls Protocol to and why?

I can't compare the book to anything in particular, but I will say that it held my attention as well as any other great book does.

What does Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator has fantastic voice inflection. I feel like she is speaking to me directly and everything is clear and at a great pace.

Any additional comments?

Great book for those, like me, who are struggling to find the motivation to eat better. I do not have MS, as I stated previously, nor do I have any autoimmune disorder. However, I don't think that eating right is only for the sick. I can't wait to start the Wahl's protocol as a form of prevention from a multitude of diseases and as a way to age gracefully.

  • Shadow Divers

  • Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715

In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING!

  • By Douglas on 07-03-04

The ocean is scary!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

What did you love best about Shadow Divers?

I loved everything about this book. The narration was fantastic. The in depth discussion of the characters' personalities, fears, and flaws helped create a real picture of what these people were like during their discovery and exploration of the U-boat. I loved how much time the divers put into researching and putting a good ending to this story for everyone involved.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Divers?

I think there were many memorable moments. The author really helps you feel the emotions of the characters in the book. I was scared when the diving was difficult, anxious when something went wrong, sad when someone died, and elated when the pieces start to fall in place. I think the moments in the end of the book when the divers connect with the kin of the lost sub crew were very touching and memorable. It really showed how much these men cared about closure for the families of these German soldiers.

Any additional comments?

Great book for any WW2 enthusiasts!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nutritional Grail

  • Ancestral Wisdom, Breakthrough Science, and the Dawning Nutritional Renaissance
  • By: Christopher James Clark
  • Narrated by: Adam B Crafter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

How did 2.3 billion people become overweight? How did heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases become the leading causes of death worldwide? Our ancestors, especially our distant, Paleolithic ancestors, before the advent of agricultural, enjoyed remarkably robust health. What went wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great guide to healthy eating!

  • By Warrior Princess on 01-12-15

Fantastic book on how to reclaim your health

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Would you listen to Nutritional Grail again? Why?

I plan to listen to this book again today because the information was so fantastic and clearly explained. It also makes intuitive sense: just eat real food!

What other book might you compare Nutritional Grail to and why?

It's definitely got the paleo/primal/ancestral theme going, but I think it is written in a much more interesting and clear cut fashion than other books dealing with the same subject matter.

Any additional comments?

Honestly, this book is great. It really renounces diet labels and just impresses upon the real reasons to eat a diet free of processed food. And it isn't just the author's diatribe on why Twinkies are bad. He goes into the science to support everything he says and includes actual suggestions on how to implement his ideas. The recipes are simple and designed for everyday people. Really a fantastic read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful