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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 2,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171

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

Pretty good until the last couple of chapters

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

The author offers some interesting theories as to the causes of depression and what to do about it. Many of them seem to be valid, however I would caution anyone who reads or listens to this book to keep in mind that this information is just one source of information on a very complex subject. Hari feels that antidepressants have been over-prescribed, and that may well be the case. But it should be noted that for some individuals, medication is absolutely necessary and in some cases life-saving. The recommendations that Hari makes with regard to reconnecting with your outside world are all very good suggestions. Where I had the problem was when he started to push his social agenda toward the end of the book stating that if we could just give everybody a guaranteed income that that would somehow solve the depression problem. Seriously?!? That simplistic utopian view was where I felt he went off the rails. He should have kept his social/political views separate from this issue. We already have too much political divide in our lives, and politics may well be a contributor to our overall depressive state these days. Skip the last couple of chapters - the rest of it is ok.

52 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • Jasper

  • The Tudor Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Tony Riches
  • Narrated by: James Young
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

England, 1461: The young King Edward of York has taken the country by force from King Henry VI of Lancaster. Sir Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke, flees the massacre of his Welsh army at the Battle of Mortimer's Cross and plans a rebellion to return his half-brother King Henry to the throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No end of days

  • By JM on 02-07-17

A moderately enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

I really wanted to like this book more, but unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as book 1 of the trilogy (Owen.) I did enjoy it enough however, to purchase the 3rd book, which I will begin shortly. Evidently, the author did some extensive research in Wales for this book, so I am impressed with that. But the story just seemed to move slowly. It was decent, but not thrilling.

  • Uninvited

  • Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
  • By: Lysa TerKeurst
  • Narrated by: Ginny Welsh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

The enemy wants us to feel rejected, left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ's powerful love. In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection - from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Great Book!

  • By Charles Andre, Jr. on 01-27-17

Helpful. Good insights throughout.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Very helpful, insightful & useful. Enjoyed this book very much. I'll keep it and refer back to it as needed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,538

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Profiles in Mindset

  • By Michael on 03-29-14

Some good info, but a bit too simplistic sometimes

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

This book is interesting overall, especially for those who may be struggling with a "why me" mind set. It outlines some of the differences in the way people with a positive attitude think as opposed to the way a more negative thinking person thinks. This information is helpful if you're someone who hasn't done a lot of work on yourself, but it tends to over-generalize in many respects. I think there should be a general caveat given that the information should be viewed as a starting point for self improvement. Unfortunately, the way the material is presented, one is left with the impression that this book is a complete, highly authoritative source for self improvement. The tone of the book is just a bit too "new age" for me. Personally, I feel that Napoleon Hill's book (among others) is a better source. Being a teacher I give it a "C".

  • Liberal Fascism

  • The Secret History of the American Left
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

"Fascists", "Brownshirts", "jackbooted stormtroopers" - such are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents. Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up, defining their views as beyond the political pale. But who are the real fascists in our midst?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By Denis Josue Lopez on 08-30-15

Well-researched and amazingly accurate factually.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

Even though this was written during the Bush administration, it's amazing how accurate and how relevant the information is for the upcoming 2016 elections. I can only hope that people read this book and inform themselves as to Hillary Clinton's background and history before they decide to vote this year.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,321

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

Good sequel to Pillars of the Earth

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

I enjoyed this story because Ken Follett was able to reference characters from the previous book "Pillars of the Earth " and bring the importance of them into this story. Follett also gives us some interesting new characters who are loveable , detestable and memorable. I did find the story a bit too long, however. Still a good book though.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,886

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Another enjoyable epic from Follett

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

Very good narration, an interesting and at times, exciting story, though a bit too long. Still, the characters were well developed and Follett was able to bring vivid imagery to the story.

  • The Total Money Makeover

  • A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,436

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy makes sense

  • By Alexandra on 02-11-14

Just what I needed to hear

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

While I'm sure that there are many people out there who already have the knowledge in this book, I was not one of them. My parents did not teach me the basic rules found in this book. This wasn't because they held anything back from me, it was because they didn't know these rules either. I feel so fortunate that I found out about this book. If you're someone like me who had no good plan to get out of debt, this book is for you. We are definitely fed a lie about having "stuff" in our lives and keeping up with the Joneses. This book outlines steps to get out of debt, and be able to live a life of true prosperity. Thanks Dave!

  • Edge of Eternity

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,054

Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Elisa on 09-22-14

Going out with a wimper

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

What disappointed you about Edge of Eternity?

I first read the other two books in this trilogy, anticipating that this one would continue in the same vein. Boy was I wrong! This just turned out to a vehicle to show Mr. Follett's leftist views on what the recent history of the US, Europe and Russia have been. I don't begrudge him his views, however, he got a lot of the history wrong, and in the process bashed many Conservatives and Republicans while giving the Liberals and Democrats a pass. Let's be real - we all know that no one, least of all a politician, is perfect. Even though this was a work of fiction, that bit of fiction goes way beyond believability. Then the epilogue was just banal, as if Follett was just hurrying to finish the book to get it to his editor in time. What a let down! I was going to get one of his other historical series, but now I'm not so sure I want to spend the time with so many other great books out there.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

I'm not sure. I felt very let down at the end of the last book in this series.

How could the performance have been better?

John Lee had some problems trying to do certain American accents (some of the southern accents particularly.) He was better in the first two books in this series.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Edge of Eternity?

The epilogue. Completely unnecessary.

Any additional comments?

This last book was so incorrect and biased at times that I actually thought about not finishing it. Now that I have finished it, I honestly think that I wouldn't have missed much if I didn't.

  • The Amateur

  • Barack Obama in the White House
  • By: Edward Klein
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And yet, he was re-elected.....

  • By Daryl on 07-08-13

Great book and information that needs to be told!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-13

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

Absolutely. It is an "insider's" view of the Obama White House, complete with interesting anecdotes and fascinating observations.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that this was written by a man who had an "in" at the White House because he worked for one of the mainstream press outlets, who historically love a Democratic President, and are therefore given greater access to him.

What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

He was pleasant to listen to.

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

Be careful what you vote for - you just might get it.

Any additional comments?

I hope that more journalists bring to light more of this type of information about this administration. We heard plenty about all that was wrong with the Bush administration, but the "mainstream" media is strangely reluctant to be as tenacious and thorough in their reporting of the current administration.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful