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  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

Sometimes the truth is both radical and sensible

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Johann Hari's book, Lost Connections, is the most profound book on mental health I have ever read. I recently returned to school in my mid thirties and am soon to pursue a masters in social work so I can become a therapist. For my undergraduate studies, I double majored in sociology and psychology because I have long felt that it was critical to understand the systemic structures of our society which contribute to poor mental health outcomes and widespread unhappiness. Humans are, after all, social creatures and any study of the "care and keeping" of humans which overlooks the role of society and social interactions is not just incomplete, it's negligent. Hari understands this on a level that many people are only just beginning to understand. His book is at once personal, academic, vulnerable, and yet a profound, prosaic, well-researched advocacy for deeper connection. This is one of the most important books I have ever read and I am relieved to know that others are waking up to our need for meaningful connections and meaningful lives. Thank you, Johann, for being a change agent in these dark days for humanity. There is much work to be done but voices like this can only accelerate the necessary changes.

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,125

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm F'd for sure!

  • By Kerry Strong on 08-24-17

A good scolding to get off your a**

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I'm a student of sociology and psychology, returning to college after years of being away to finish up and pursue becoming a therapist while also studying to be a life coach (different people need different kinds of help). I'm also a single parent of three. Naturally, I struggle sometimes with keeping my head above water and staying engaged with my struggles in order to avoid being buried by them. I've read/listened to so much in the self-help and psychology realm over the last twenty years, it's ridiculous. My bookshelves are breaking under the weight of all the books I've read and occasionally lend out. But this very brief volume stands out - truly. And I very much recommend the audio book because it makes an impact to hear the passion in the author's voice. Maybe getting a good scolding and a reality check from a slightly b*tchy, no-nonsense Scotsman will motivate you to finally get off your a**. At the very least, he has me re-evaluating some of my long-held beliefs about my life and the struggles of others. If you need some prodding to level with yourself and get honest with yourself about where you are in life and what you need to change, this will do it. Everything starts with that. I haven't looked into it but I appreciate that the author waited until the last ten minutes or so of the book to mention his website and program he provides: It really does make it more tasteful, less about plugging him and his services, and more about trying to get people involved in their own lives and back to *doing*. This is an excellent book - funny, inspiring, motivating, honest, and thoughtful. Easy to get through in an afternoon. Highly recommend it and I'm sure you will be gifting copies to people you know who haven't yet managed to "unf*ck themselves" - I know I will.

  • At Home with Madame Chic

  • Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life
  • By: Jennifer L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

When Jennifer arrived at Madame Chic's Parisian apartment as a foreign exchange student, Madame Chic took her under her wing and tutored her in the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living. Years later, Jennifer was back in California with a husband, two young daughters, a dog, and her first home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like a robot.

  • By Jo on 08-25-15

Reminds you of things you already know

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of At Home with Madame Chic to be better than the print version?

The audio is really terrible, honestly. I cannot STAND the narrator's voice at all. It's obnoxious and ridiculously slow. And there are things to go hunt for on a site which I always prefer to avoid.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer L. Scott? Why or why not?

The content of the book is fine. It's nothing earth-shattering and really mostly things we all know but don't always do. I would hope that since she has several other books, some of them are at least more informative or useful. This book was benign and didn't really leave me feeling strongly one way or another about the author.

What didn’t you like about Amy Rubinate’s performance?

The narrator's voice is horrible. Absolutely horrible. This is not a suitable voice for narrating a book. Too slow. There's just something about her voice that's obnoxious and painful to listen to. I think she's trying to sound sultry and sophisticated but she just sounds strange and annoying and pretentious. Her voice really is so terrible that even if she were the most wonderful person in the world and we were friends, she would be the last person I'd want to get together with for a chat over coffee. I really don't buy that this is anyone's real, everyday voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A film would be a total waste of time. Maybe a series of YouTube videos: "How to be more pretentious than all the other mom's in the drop-off line"

Any additional comments?

I'd probably have a more positive view of the book and the author if the narrator weren't so grating and intolerable.

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  • The Crash of 2016

  • The Plot to Destroy America - and What We Can Do to Stop It
  • By: Thom Hartmann
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before - including during the Great Depression and the Civil War - because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New twist/ much learned

  • By Cal H on 04-29-15

The crash is coming

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Hartmann does it again! But what a warning to digest. Excellent book, well researched. I'll be listening to it again. Bought a copy for my dad, too. In terms of economics, this is THE book to read before the upcoming election.