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  • An Undivided Life

  • Seeking Wholeness in Ourselves, Our Work, and Our World
  • By: Parker J. Palmer
  • Narrated by: Parker J. Palmer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

We all yearn for a life that is whole - where "soul and role" are aligned, and our innermost wisdom guides us in our actions. Perhaps no one has explored this topic more deeply than best-selling author and distinguished educator Parker J. Palmer. Now you can experience his inspiring and transformative teachings in An Undivided Life. Infused with compassionate intelligence, this landmark program will encourage and deepen your reflections about what it means to live "a life divided no more".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring. I will make more of my life.

  • By Kimberli on 10-03-16

Listen to why we need "An Undivided Life"

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I have read and reread Parker Palmer for several years. Only recently I decided to listen to his book, "An Undivided Life". I've read the book when it was first published in early 2000. Once again, I felt pulled to discern his wisdom and gave the book a listen.

How does a person become whole without having a "backstage" and a "front stage" persona? Mr. Palmer is non-judgemental. He is trying to help us capture who we really are and present that person to the world in everything we do. Some would say, "Oh yeah, I've heard that before." Others would say, "Been there...done that..." Or even, "It's impossible, if people knew who I really was no one would like me." We get buried in our reasons for not being whole.

I lived a very long time trying to be all things to all people. Of course, I knew I couldn't keep doing it, but as long as it lasted I kept it up. I suppose a lot of women fall into this trap. Mr. Palmer steps out of the shadows and tells us why we need to present a solid front. He is calm and supportive. I truly do believe I could listen to this again in another 10 years and find yet other parts of myself that need to be incorporated into the one.

  • The Good Lord Bird

  • By: James McBride
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 680

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abolition Huck Finn arouses interest in history

  • By A. Hatch on 12-13-13

Nothing but...this is one hell of a book

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I've read this book and fell in love with both the story and the characters. James McBride is a masterful writer. If you enjoy a well written book you will want to pick up this book. Then, I had to listen to the book. Oh my....Michael Boatman caught the very essence of this book with his narration.

Onion, the name of the boy who is dressed as a girl (it really does work in this book!) tells his story of living and traveling with John Brown the abolitionist. It is a colorful account of this boy's life and the life he had with John Brown. John Brown is so full of character that Michael Boatman, once again, captured his and made the story come alive.

You'll laugh at the way the story comes together. It is a wonderful book. Please take a listen!

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,517

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Listened twice and read once...it's that good

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

The first time I listened to the book I'm not entirely sure I gave it my 100% attention. That was and is my fault because I work on genealogy at the same time as I listen to my books on Audible. I knew after the first listen that I needed to read the book to fully engage. I am so glad I did the reading. I knew I didn't give it my full listen. And this book deserves a full listen.

I decided to relisten to "Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel"with a cheat sheet by my side so I would know who I was listening to. Again, good decision. It enhanced the listen so much. I will probably listen to the book a third time. It is just that good. It is that well read and produced. Excellent.

Do not walk away from this listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,266

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

  • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

I usually love Jennifer Egan, however...

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

I have no idea how it happened, maybe it was after I restarted the book for the third time. After the first two times I thought I was in the groove of the book. But after round three I was still completely lost.

I was put off by the back and forth narration. That might have been one cause of my overall confusion. Heather Lind has a beautiful voice. Almost hypnotic. I had to pinch myself a couple of times so I would sit up straight and be an active listener.

It could have been I didn't listen to this book from beginning to end in one sitting. Maybe, but I usually follow most other books.

I think it was the story. A long, slow moving story.

Still love Jennifer Egan. Just not this one.

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,489

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

Predictable story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I am going to use the word, "snarky" to describe the tone of the narrators voice. Snarky. The book is written in first person so the narrator is voicing the main character. The story is an old story line. And a story I've read several times in various stages. Sometimes a bit of a punch is added and it can enhance the story. Not in this case.

I couldn't wait for the book to be done. There was not one character that pulled me into the story which is unusual for me. And why I love reading and listening to books. I can put myself into the story in some way or the other. Not with this one.

I don't believe I'll listen to this narrator again.

43 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,171

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

Story drags

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I think because we were in the car listening as we took a road trip we kept the book going way longer than I would have here at home. I noticed more and more we talked over the narration. Probably not a good sign. We did listen to the book to the end, however. It's not a bad story, it's just not an interesting story. The story just drug on and on. We weren't the happiest with this selection. May not do Harlan Coben again as a book we can both listen to as we take our next car trip.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,525

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood Memories

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Yes, it is a children's book, but....

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Kate Winslet does such a great job with her voice in this book. I enjoyed each and every second. I am going to plan to listen again with my grand daughters when they are a bit older. Roald Dahl can be a bit abrupt with what he dishes out in his books. Barely a cozy-comfy feeling to be had for poor Matilda. But, Kate Winslet is not to be out done by these crazy mean folks living in Matilda's world. She has found a perfect voice for each character. You will be thoroughly caught and mesmerized with this reading. I highly recommend this book.

  • Why Won't You Apologize?

  • Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts
  • By: Harriet Lerner PhD
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Renowned psychologist and best-selling author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language - I'm sorry - and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry

  • By D. Thomas on 10-19-17

I'm sorry

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Several years ago I read two or three of Ms. Lerner's books. I moved away from self-help over time and I didn't give Ms. Lerner a thought since then. I know now that I have sincerely missed her wise words!

I am 62 retired, married woman in the Mid West. I really have a pretty small life. I go to knitting, and do a lot of genealogy while listening to Audible. I really don't have the need to apologize for much anymore. Or so I thought.

There is wisdom in this book. Not only wisdom on how to apologize right the first time when it really does matter. But how to live with the apology when you are still emotionally involved. Tough stuff. But words worth listening to.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,500
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,490

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

I had no idea!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

If you could sum up In Harm's Way in three words, what would they be?

I had no idea about the sinking of the Indianapolis. What an interesting story. So much information the author was able to find either by reading accounts or talking to those who survived. Just incredible.

What did you like best about this story?

Once the survivors were in the ocean the accounts of their survival is riveting. The story is impossible to walk away from.

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first book with Mark Boyett's performance. He is so clear with his spoken word. I will listen to him in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,860
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,052

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Simply wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

What did you love best about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

The story is so well put together. There is never a huge reveal because it is not needed. The author keeps the story moving along at such a strong pace. Bit by bit more is revealed. I don't want to give away the story for other listeners but you will want to sit and listen. It is a well written book and the narration is grand.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

Just listening to Eleanor speak to herself and she does that a lot. She has a life fully supported by many, many facts!!

Have you listened to any of Cathleen McCarron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first book with Cathleen McCarron. I have looked at her other books and plan to get another book. She is a perfect narrator.

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

I don't think I could listen to this in one sitting. But I will admit to not wanting to leave it behind at the end of a day! I work on genealogy as I listen to books. I found myself stopping my work just to make sure I heard each and every word. That to me is a good book!