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  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,254

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

I hope everyone takes time to contemplate this!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

this was a wonderful book - well written and researched with so much food for thought that I will definitely read it again. The content on how our brains work and how psilocybin or LSD allows our brain to experience things differently, freshly; and the positive healing effects (that people with widely varying issues) experienced... Very inspiring, made me cry a few times, and definitely left me feeling hopeful for the mental health crisis that is so widespread. I do think that it should be re-narrated by someone besides the author - his voice at times lacks a certain amount of enthusiasm and inflection, making it difficult at times to differentiate between his thoughts and quoted interviewees. I managed to get past it, and obviously it's not terrible since I plan on reading it again, but there it is.

  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,850
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,788

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Outlander! How you take over my LIFE!

  • By DebbieK on 07-21-14

Setting the stage

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

For a continuing saga. This installment does introduce a lot of new characters, as well as continue and deepen character development and existing characters. Davina Porter continues to hit the ball out of the park with her ability to narrate both men and women, young and old, even speech impediments with excellent distinction. I may have to listen again to catch a few things that slid by me the first go around while I wait for the next book. Or maybe start over from the beginning, as it is that good. Or may start the side books. Decisions, decisions...

  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Outlander, Book 6
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,673
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,248

A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged!

  • By JerryT on 05-20-11

A Race to the Bottom of the Bottle...er...Book...

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

how to review a book tbat keeps you occupied and engrossed and sleepless for over 40 hours?

we know how the American Revolution ends, but how it ends for our heroes and heroines, the little twists and weaves in the plot, the little hints that leave you wondering, sometimes for whole books...

on to the next one. I just heard a dirty, dirty rumor that this series has not yet been completed, that I may actually have to wait some awful span of time to read an installment (rather than just buy another credit and binge listen). I don't know how I'll cope, except for maybe just to start over at the beginning!

  • Voyager

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 43 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,466
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,433

Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Gabaldon book

  • By Karen on 12-09-09

another bull's eye!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

loved it, lots of room for further developments and adventures in books to come. can't wait to start the next book - I'm hooked! historical fiction+romance+adventure=AWESOME!

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,753

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Continuation of a Masterfull Tale

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

A graceful weaving of history, philosophy, love, adventure and honor. I wasn't sure at first if I had the right book, as it starts out in the modern age. Be patient, listen on, trust the author as Clair and Jamie have learned to trust each other. It is worth it.

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,987

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

Classis tale, didn’t know it was a musical

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I remember reading this when I was young and my beard still short, and it is still a good tale.

While the narrator does manage to lend a different voice to each character, I would say that he needs to work on his breathing. As in, I don’t want to feel as if he has just returned from a jog up the stairs to convey the tale. There were also many parts where you could tell that the narrative paused mid paragraph and then resumed later, with an awkward pause in recording.

Lastly, I had no idea I was in for a musical. I feel awful for the narrator, having to sing the songs dispersed throughout the novel, as... Well, let’s just say it wasn’t his gift. The songs of the elves, in particular, are not best suited for an old man to sing.

However... Overall, The Hobbit is a good book, and likely a great read for young people. Maybe it just needs to be re-recorded.

  • The Poisoner's Handbook

  • Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • By: Deborah Blum
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533

In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CSI eat your heart out

  • By Aaron - Audible on 10-12-11

Fascinating history of an era of change

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Told through the age of new chemistry and forensics, following the careers of a few pioneers in those fields. Little mysteries, big discoveries, gruesome deaths, and some painful descriptions of the research conducted to establish protocol and prove innocence or guilt. There is some chemistry talk that may confuse readers who aren’t into such things, but it is sporadic and brief, hence easy to just wait til it passes. The result (chemistry aside) is also explained in layman’s terms. Recommended read for history buffs and who dunnit afficiandos.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Sacred Thing

  • By: Starhawk
  • Narrated by: Maya Lilly
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

The year is 2048. Climate change and bio-warfare have ravaged much of the Earth, and societal meltdown has splintered the US into fragments. But out of the ruins, Northern California has built a thriving culture based on respect for the four sacred things: air, fire, water and earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunningly beautiful and rich with optimism!

  • By Tim Cyr on 10-14-16

Inspiring and applicable

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Story: Really nice character development and insights into the struggles that we all have in communication and growth as we strive to be better humans. Explored and described equality in daily life, alluded to the path that some modern practices (medical and governmental) could lead us if not resisted. Very beautiful depiction of a utopian society and the structure of how it worked (which was appreciated greatly).

Narrator: The narrator did a great job of representing a vast variety of characters, sexes, ages and attitudes. Used some nice techniques to make voices sound like they were coming from the back of the room or far away, even a voice for a character with a speech impediment. Perfect narration for for subject - soothing and peaceful for the characters of that ilk, and variably strident, aggressive, dry, old, sad, or just palin desperate for the wide variety of characters in this lovely book.

Highly recommend for those looking for inspiration, strength, social diversity, or a model of how life could be when we finally tire of insanity.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,960
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Poetic, heartbreaking, and eye opening

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I would recommend this book to philosophers, artists, conservatives and liberals, and humans in general. Definitely reveals parts of the world, economic status, and reasoning that one might never otherwise think of or explore. I cried, I laughed, and now I start this book again with pen at my side to take note of the many little tidbits of wisdom that I want to share with friends.

Also, the narrator was AWESOME! Great at all accents, male and female, and conveying emotion.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,468
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,469

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is the one to spend 50 hours listening to!

  • By james on 03-05-13

Best read ever!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

Holy cow!

The reviews of the narrator are all just and true, though it would require a poet to give full credit to Bill Homewood's skill and passionate reading of this epic classic. Brilliant!

And the book itself... Skillfully wrought, with no character leaving his or her role unresolved. They just don't write books like this anymore. I will likely listen to this one again!

Very much worth my time and Audible credit!