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  • Snowbound

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 710

For Will Innis and his daughter, Devlin, the loss was catastrophic. Every day for the past five years, they wonder where she is, if she is - Will's wife, Devlin's mother - because Rachael Innis vanished one night during an electrical storm on a lonely desert highway, and suspected of her death, Will took his daughter and fled. Now, Will and Devlin live under different names in another town, having carved out a new life for themselves as they struggle to maintain some semblance of a family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some problems in story but gripping anyway

  • By horsestuff on 01-27-15

So...confused. 50 stories happening at once sporadically

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Nothing makes sense in this entire book. Each chapter suddenly jumps from one character to another without tying anything together. No transition. No warning. Just a sudden change and sporadically jumps to new stories. I’m sooooo confused. Seriously have no idea what I just read. Totally didn’t expect this from BC

  • Codependent No More

  • How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
  • By: Melody Beattie
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,871

A source of healing and inspiration for millions, this modern classic spent over three years on the New York Times best seller list and made codependency a household word. Codependent No More contains dozens of real-life examples, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests to help you along the road to recovering your own life. For anyone struggling with a relationship involving alchoholism or other compulsive behaviors, this program points the way to healing and the renewal of hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing perspective

  • By Tracy Perkins on 05-12-16

Boring and extremely repetitive

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Every phrase and comment in this entire book feels like a broken record. I couldn’t handle it after a few hrs.

I don’t think I gained a single piece of helpful information. The entire book is formatted like “when I’m codependent, I do XY and Z”. It’s literally the same thing over and over for hours. There is no ‘how to’. No exercises. Just hours and hours of statements that start with “I do this when I’m codependent.”

Reading this was audibly and mentally painful in almost every way and nothing new came from this material that hasn’t been in every other book.

  • Toxic Parents

  • Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
  • By: Craig Buck, Susan Forward
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents---and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You mean I am not the crazy one?

  • By Todd on 06-05-12

Amazing and healing, but caution on one aspect to readers

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This book is amazing. If you feel responsible for your parents or are consciously aware (or even open to it) that you were abused emotionally or physically, pick this up. One word of caution:

She recommends confronting your parents’ abuse later on as a way of healing. This is actually quite dangerous and many therapists recommend this, but everyone I’ve worked with, including countless ongoing research, have shown this to be EXTREMELY ineffective. Not only does it not add to your healing, it can cause catastrophic damage that effects everyone involved.

Her advice to write a letter is on par — absolutely necessary. But do NOT send this to the abuser or try and confront them. Healing should remain within — and between you and your therapist. You can’t expect the abuser to respond properly to your confrontation EVER. And you should NOT be ‘testing’ your courage with the abuser themselves. This advice has caused only damaging outcomes that could and should otherwise be done within (yourself and therapy).

It is of course important to learn how to handle these people moving forward, but listing all the things this person has done and how they’ve hurt you creates countereffective results. In fact, this book stretches to come up with a single outcome that wasn’t adding to your grief and pain. This will paint the abuser as the problem and keep you wallowing deep as a victim.

It is not your job to teach the abuser how to act and this type of treatment is centered around that — as well as testing your ability to handle their reactions. Again, very dangerous and absolutely ineffective. Stay away from that.

I know I went deep into that but it’s important. And mind you, every other part in this book is a must-read. Just keep your mind open that every author has an opinion and is trying their best to help, but never has there been 100% perfect advice.

Side note: the audible voice was a bit difficult for me to listen to. Personal opinion, but I’d test the audio sample first.

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  • The High-Conflict Couple

  • A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation
  • By: Alan E. Fruzzetti PhD
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

The High-Conflict Couple adapts the powerful techniques of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) into skills you can use to tame out-of-control emotions that flare up in your relationship. Using mindfulness and distress tolerance techniques, you'll learn how to deescalate angry situations before they have a chance to explode into destructive fights. You'll discover ways to manage problems with negotiation, not conflict, and to find true acceptance and closeness with the person you love the most.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Notations Should be Left in the Written Version

  • By Jessica Saunders on 10-19-17

Big words, but solutions made for 2 yr olds

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Im really disappointed in this book. At the beginning, its inundated with big words like ‘pejorative’ when it could just say ‘harmful’. And these big words are so random — like the writer went back and just threw in a bunch of unnecessary big terms to sound intelligent.

But that’s not really the issue. The issue is the actual content — the solutions. It’s SOOOO bad I’m sorry :/. I know books are not easy to write, but this stuff is full of ‘preaching to the choir’ material.

Things like: “don’t drink too much alcohol.” Um...yeah that’s a given.

“Pay attention to your partner.” Again, obviously.

“Make sure you notice your partner. Just don’t be critical or judgemental.”

“Don’t get angry at your partner. Instead, think about why you love them.”

I tried to finish but I just can’t. The thing that frustrates me is it claims to be in the spectrum of Cognitive Behavioral Health (CBT), but doesn’t actually include any CBT related material anywhere in the book. Saying “that just proves the partner is lazy. This will hurt their feelings” is not actually a solution — it’s a given. People having relationship issues are looking for real exercises that help identity the actual reason for why th

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  • Power vs. Force

  • The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
  • By: Dr. David R. Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Dr. David R. Hawkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180

The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, good audiobook....

  • By Paul on 09-10-09

Eek. Why didn’t you get someone to read this for you.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Why on earth did you not get someone to read this for you? The content is so amazing that it seems like such a big waste of an otherwise perfect opportunity. It sounds like you hate your own research. We all have skills and yours is research and the content inside this, but reading books man. I would seriously consider hiring someone or honestly finding anyone but you to read this :-/ I know it sounds harsh but only saying this to help because people are going to stop after first chapter — hearing this is almost unbearable.

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  • Why Does He Do That?

  • Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
  • By: Lundy Bancroft
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 599

He says he loves you. So...why does he do that? You've asked yourself this question again and again. Now you have the chance to see inside the minds of angry and controlling men---and to change your life. In this groundbreaking book, a counselor who specializes in working with abusive men shows you how to improve, survive, or leave an abusive relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gives deep understanding of an illusive problem!

  • By Shelly on 06-21-12

BUY THIS RIGHT NOW!!! This literally saved my patients’ lives.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

If there is a single bad review on here, read this one also just to make a balanced decision. (Everyone has right to opinion and there is no wrong answer):

I do CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), trauma, addiction, and abuse therapy. I have read nearly a hundred books regarding this topic and they all had very diluted and unfocused content.

This book is like the Bible to abuse, regardless of what type of abuse you might be involved in or doing yourself. The research, interviews, stories, and therapeutic advice contained within this book is absolutely flawless (Ive never used that word in a review).

If you or someone you know is even slightly considering that you might be involved in abusive patterns, get this now. If you are simply in a relationship of any kind that just ‘seems’ to be in anyway manipulative or repeatedly hurtful, you must get this right now. I say ‘right now’ because timing is absolutely imperative.

I can empathize greatly with how scary it feels to even hear some of these words, but if you can task yourself with one simple challenge as to open yourself to the possibility, please read some pages in here. You don’t even need to commit entirely to the thing. Do it at your own pace and at your own capable will.

Lastly, I want to tell you that you are not alone. While this book may seem a bit scary to pick up (because fear of what you might find out), it does not force ideals into your head or proposition you to make decisions you’re not comfortable making. It will simply give you tools to find the strength to do what *you* think is helpful.

Remember, thoughts are neither true nor false; only helpful or hurtful. You will find a strength within you that you may have never knew existed. A strength that may have subtlety, but surely, been stripped away from you all these years. But it can end now. You were made to succeed and no matter what logic you have, you as an imperfect, valuable human being, deserve happiness and joy.

Get this book and try it out. After all, trying something new is the only way for something new in life to happen.

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

  • A Story of Violent Faith
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965

At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you think

  • By Ashley on 04-06-06

Not for the faint of heart. Amazing book all the way.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

This is the book if you want to truly comprehend the depths what mystical manipulation does to people

  • Step by Step Crowdfunding

  • Everything You Need to Raise Money from the Crowd
  • By: Mr. Joseph Hogue
  • Narrated by: Joseph Hogue
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

In this step-by-step guide, you will find the actual process you need from idea conception through pre-launch and fulfillment to make your fundraising or crowdfunding campaign a success. I skip all the history of crowdfunding and why it is a great tool for your business to go straight to the point; how to put your campaign on the path to beating its funding goal.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This book is the master of the obvious!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-16

Oh my...get someone who can actually read! I couldn’t handle this holy crap

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Seriously could not handle listening to this book. The reader could not complete a single sentence properly during the entire book. He jumbles over basic words about every 3 secs, which made listening to this thing absolutely unbearable. And believe me, I’m pretty lax with readers but I was appalled to hear this got approved by Amazon. Really...basic basic English. Just finish a single sentence without hesitating to accomplish the pronunciation of the word “the” and “s-s-systole. I mean system”. K I’m done.

  • Beyond Magenta

  • Transgender Teens Speak Out
  • By: Susan Kuklin
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Nick Podehl, Todd Haberkorn, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

In Beyond Magenta, six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community. "I’ve always loved my body, and now I love it even more because it fits how I feel." - Jessy "Learn your pronouns because I don’t want to have to slap somebody tonight." - Christina “Transition? Everyone goes through one kind of transition or another. We go through transitions every day. Except mine is maybe a little more extreme." - Mariah

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More books like these, please!

  • By S. Brown on 02-11-15

Not really educational, but interesting and good to fill time.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

It was okay. The book is filled with a huge set of very short statements from trans. It doesn’t give any interview enough time to provide any real depth. Which is fine if you’re just interested in hearing a ton of variety about people’s experiences. Just don’t expect to gain anything really new from it if you’re looking to become more educated. I personally couldn’t recommend this to anyone.

  • She's Not There

  • A Life in Two Genders
  • By: Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

The provocative best seller She's Not There is the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. Told in Boylan's fresh voice, She's Not There is about a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring novel of MTF transition

  • By Jamie on 03-01-18

Eek. Mildly annoying

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I couldn’t handle more than 3 chapters in this book. Get the paperback if anything because the audible will make you cringe and want to tear your friggin cochlears out. The jokes are ‘trying’ to be funny but they’re not clever, just cheesy and elementary. Still haven’t found a full length book that educated people on trans with a good story behind it. I had no idea what was going on half the time in this try-too-hard-comedy

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