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  • Almost Everything

  • Notes on Hope
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Anne Lamott
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

In this profound and funny audiobook, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward. Candid and caring, insightful and sometimes hilarious, Almost Everything is the audiobook we need and that only Anne Lamott can write.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Went by too fast!

  • By DWeb on 10-22-18

Like eating comfort food for the spirit.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Enjoyed the author's own narration immensely.

Especially good reading for older people to reflect. A calming salve in these days of national upheaval and fear. This is Lamott's best insight into love, hope, grace and forgiveness yet. I listened to it several times.

  • Sleeping Lady

  • An Alex Jensen Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Sue Henry
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Alaska State Trooper Alex Jensen is faced with solving the mystery of what became of pilot Norm Lewis, whose plane disappeared six months ago. When Norm's battered plane is found, empty except for the decomposed, bullet-riddled body of an unidentified female, his wife, Rochelle, is shocked and puzzled. Norm is nowhere to be found, and Rochelle demands to be included in the search. When the body in the plane turns out to be that of a federal agent who was investigating big-game poachers, the FBI steps in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Sue Henry's good books

  • By Herstory buff on 12-05-17

One of Sue Henry's good books

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

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

If you like Alaska and hearing about airplanes and bears in the wild, it will be enjoyable. I always like a good adventure and the plot was well done.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. It was not always predictable.

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

Her enunciation was good and she expressed appropriate feeling when something was shocking, romantic, scary, or unknown.

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

If I could have, I would have just to figure out who did what in the mystery.

Any additional comments?

I loved hearing about the bears in Alaska and it encouraged me to Google about bears and to dream of one day seeing them in Alaska.

  • Sisters First

  • Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
  • By: Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush, Laura Bush - foreword
  • Narrated by: Barbara Pierce Bush, Jenna Bush Hager
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293

Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just 12 years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Memoir

  • By Jean on 11-02-17

Family & Global Connection: It Is Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

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

If you like autobiographies and the sound of the authors' reading, this is a touching collection of many stories beyond politics. The Bush Girls establish their own independence and tell stories of their remarkable parents and grandparents ability and determination to raise them in a healthy home despite their fishbowl life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sisters First?

To learn that after Barbara experienced heartbreak, her father texted her every morning with supportive words, a Bible reference, or just an emoji. She would text or emoji back. I told my husband how much it means to our daughter to do likewise and he took that to heart and started making contact every morning with her and they are closer. George W, regardless of his position, is a warm-hearted father who adores the women in his family and shows what Love is. Any negative opinions of him melted away and my respect for him grows. He truly does care for and honors veterans.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the girls ordered peanut butter sandwiches from the staff at the White House from the bowling alley by phone to the staff when their grandfather was president, and instead they got a personal visit by their grandmother Barbara Bush who informed them they were guests and to never ever do that again. It was something I would have done as a kid probably, but Grandma had her standards and demanded respect for others and for the White House and the office of the presidency. Touching.

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

Their Grandfather, President Bush, greeting Jenna and placing his hand on her stomach on Christmas day in the hospital when his condition turned grave and him telling her he couldn't wait until he met the new baby.. She broke down crying and believed he would never meet her child, whereas, his wife, Barbara talked nonstop about how he was going to meet the baby and all the things he had yet to do, that he could not die, and he didn't. Also, it was touching to hear one of the girls state that every night, the President and Barbara Bush hold hands when falling asleep.

Any additional comments?

Having children about their age, and hearing all that they did, as normal kids do, I recognized how normal they were, as well as mine were, and how much our children mature and come back to the nest and their roots with love and loyalty and greater understanding. I did not vote for their parents and grandparents, but I adore and respect them greatly, so don't shy away from this book as it is sans politics--a good lesson in today's atmosphere. Also, I am in admiration and in awe of Barbara's dedicated work for AIDs resources in our country and Africa. I want my children to do the same--be caring human beings and taking care of our planet near and far and their family. I needed that inspirational book and was so moved that I donated (unasked) to their organization for global health.

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  • 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 15,861
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,900

"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

Be Ready For Some Cultural Truths

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

What did you love best about Braving the Wilderness?

Its gutsiness.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Braving the Wilderness?

When she addressed dehumanization.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Brene Brown told the story of her experience with belonging when she was in high school.

What did you learn from Braving the Wilderness that you would use in your daily life?

What is really going on in our country right now, in our own personal lives, and in our family's lives.

Any additional comments?

Will be interesting to see how it is received on the bestseller's list and what conversations will be spawned across communication lines from television to newspapers to classrooms--as it should be. It is a must read, a mind opener, and asks some good questions about where we are in this country. Cuts across political lines, color, gender and religion. Bravo Brene!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Healing Trauma: Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress

  • Health Journeys
  • By: Belleruth Naparstek
  • Narrated by: Belleruth Naparstek
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

Naparstek, the author of the award-winning book, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, combines this physiologically balancing, psychologically sophisticated, and spiritually inspiring guided narrative with the exquisite scoring of Steven Mark Kohn's music, to deliver a depth charge of healing to survivors of combat and military sexual trauma, childhood abuse, motor vehicle accidents, criminal assault, domestic violence, natural disasters, ICU stays, and traumatic hospital experiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Lyra on 06-28-16

A great narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

What did you love best about Healing Trauma: Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress?

Naparstek's outstanding calm voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author and myself as the two are intended to connect in this meditation book.

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

Yes. This one is just as good as all her other meditation books and exercises.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That affirmations do help you to change your attitudes over time.

Any additional comments?

One of the better self help books because it is about healing solely and meditation. She doesn't advise you to do anything or be anyone--but to simply let yourself listen.

  • How to Be Here

  • A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living
  • By: Rob Bell
  • Narrated by: Rob Bell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

Each of us was created for something great - we just need to figure out what it is and find the courage to do it. Whether it's writing the next great American novel, starting a business, or joining a band, Rob Bell wants to help us make those dreams become reality. Our path is ours and ours alone to pursue, he reminds us, and in doing so we derive great joy because we are living our passions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but not a stand alone.

  • By Britt Hennings on 06-15-16

First book I ever read by Bell

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

I chose this book out of curiosity. What could I learn about spirituality from a modern day pastor? Very good performance by author and motivating. There were several nuggets of wisdom that made this short book worthwhile. Motivating and inspiring. I am glad I listened to it. Uplifting.

  • Rising Strong

  • How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,947

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability - the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome - is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn to live your life with compassion, integrity and authenticity.

  • By Nishna-botna on 08-27-15

New Information in Self Development

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

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

Yes. It's different than the regular self development types of books.

What did you like best about this story?

The author narrated her book and gives it life. The author uses more examples about herself and experiences than she does others which shows me how invested she is in her own findings and theories. (I tend to dislike excessive case study after study about everyone else.) Brown is not afraid to get personal and admits she wrestles with problems even as a professional who helps others.

What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

Her authenticity and courage.

What did you learn from Rising Strong that you would use in your daily life?

That vulnerability is a strong position. How to "rumble."

Any additional comments?

I have read a lot of self development books and this recent one has some ideas I had never heard before that caused me to pause and think. I found that the author grapples with the same emotions and experiences that I do. She has given me insight that helps me with my writing and personal and professional life. Very easy listening, full of good humor, and the author is definitely brave and strong. I have read her former books, and for me, this one stands out.

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  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,467

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 09-23-15

What did you love best about Big Magic?

Gilbert read her own stories and shared her laughter live.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Magic?

The lobster.

Which scene was your favorite?

The court's lobster.

What did you learn from Big Magic that you would use in your daily life?

Perseverance and keep my day job like a grown up.

Any additional comments?

Listened to it all in one day since I could not put it down. Nuggets of pure joy and laughter.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Gulp

  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,810

Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome, quirky read!

  • By Heather on 06-24-14

Substance and Maturity Lacking

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

What disappointed you about Gulp?

Writing style. Narrator. Content.

Would you recommend Gulp to your friends? Why or why not?

No. It would be tough to read to the end. Life is too short for books that just barely hit their mark.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrator should have sounded more mature. There was more about what a scientist or subject looked like, how he moved, her hairstyle, her makeup and personality than substance of the study. Thought I was reading a woman's magazine at times or a gossip column. Now I get how some have criticized the book for being more like a Ripley's Believe it Not exhibit.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gulp?

I would cut out 25 percent of the material not even pertinent to the information--fillers that bore me.

Any additional comments?

I could only tolerate one hour of the book before turning it off forever, so my review is more from my first impression (which is everything to me) and may not coincide with your reading tastes and needs.

  • Adios, America

  • By: Ann Coulter
  • Narrated by: Ann Coulter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,242

Ann Coulter is back, more fearless than ever. In Adios, America she touches the third rail in American politics, attacking the immigration issue head-on and flying in the face of La Raza, the Democrats, a media determined to cover up immigrants' crimes, churches that get paid by the government for their "charity," and greedy Republican businessmen and campaign consultants - all of whom are profiting handsomely from mass immigration that's tearing the country apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An alarming look at the future of America

  • By Captain Funky Junk on 03-13-18

Shocking and Sad

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

What made the experience of listening to Adios, America the most enjoyable?

The author narrated the book, so it is easy listening.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The statistics and assertions surprised me. If these numbers and stories even come close to being fact, we definitely have problems.

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

Knowledge about the denial and silence of rape that is going on in the United States.

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

I feel sad that these problems have evolved, problems that have gone unchecked.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful