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  • Self-Compassion

  • The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  • By: Kristin Neff
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion - and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learning self-compassion is transforming my life.

  • By Erika on 03-28-13

Life-changing skills in a long format

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I’ve already started practicing some of the self-compassion skills that are described in this book — and it truly works. Events that had caused great distress and subsequent self-flagellation were managed in a way that not only made the pain not last as long, I also felt loved and supported, just as a friend would do. In a way, I discovered what it felt like to be a friend to myself, speaking (sometimes aloud) the things I would instinctively say to a friend, yet never to myself.

The tools are incredible. At times the book felt long and I had to power through the chapters written specifically for women (since I felt somewhat excluded), but I knew the value of the arc of the book was worth any portions I didn’t directly relate to.

I read plenty of spirituality and self-help books, this will surely be one of the ones I readily recommend.

  • Goodbye, Things

  • The New Japanese Minimalism
  • By: Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita - translator
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical , Deep and Self-Reflection

  • By Anonymous User on 05-11-17

Amazing content, ok narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I’ve been told there are 2 types of books on minimalism, the how-to & the why-to. This books actually contains both, but I feel there is a great deal of why-to and the promise of positive benefits from practicing more minimalism. As an intro to minimalism, I found this book very inspiring.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,870

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

Great narration, fascinating topic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-18

The subject matter alone is intriguing in thinking about why we do what we do. Fortunately, this book goes beyond explaining why and, in the appendix, explains how to help modify what we’d like to change in our lives.

The narration is excellent. A topic that could be dry and difficult to stay engaged with is no trouble thanks to the narrator’s skill in enlivening the content. I finished the book feeling educated and empowered.

  • The Surrender Experiment

  • My Journey into Life's Perfection
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Singer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229

Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life's perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Highest Path Of Freedom

  • By Caleb G. on 06-12-15

Inspiring, though long

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I truly enjoyed the overall message of Michael Singer’s book; my difficulty was only in how long it took him to get that point across. It’s easy to surrender and accept the flow of life (even if your ego screams out in defiance) when you’re surrendering to positive manifestations. However, anyone will agree it’s much more difficult when you see fearful manifestations ahead. This book was great at giving many examples of surrender, I just wish it spent more time in the difficult moments to give us all more to learn from.

Tip: Michael Singer’s narration is slow & deliberate, which frustrated me. After I changed playback speed to 1.25x I had a much easier time listening to the content.

  • The Wisdom of Sundays

  • Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations
  • By: Oprah Winfrey
  • Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,494
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,471

Oprah Winfrey says Super Soul Sunday is the television show she was born to do. "I see it as an offering," she explains. "If you want to be more fully present and live your life with a wide-open heart, this is the place to come to." Now, for the first time, the aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a beautiful, cherishable, deeply affecting audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow- profound

  • By M.Reeves on 10-18-17

Oprah is America’s mentor

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book is so enriching. Much like her previous books and interviews, Oprah had given a gift that you will want and need to go back to time and agin to discover something new. There is so much wisdom growth and eternal knowledge in this book that it cannot be retained in just one read/listen — and it’s all the more enjoyable because of that. I enjoyed every section and look forward to the multiple times I will revisit this amazing piece.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 16,114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,121

"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

Challenging

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

It’s not my favorite book by Brené but it still has good points and indeed challenged my thinking — perhaps that’s why it wasn’t my favorite.

This wasn’t full of a-ha moments like her previous work, so I encourage people new to Brené to pick up her other books. That said, this book is likely what we most need to hear in a divisive time.

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,755

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Giving hope when we feel hopeless

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-17

I was surprised to hear such a beautiful memoir amidst the recounting of the 2016 election. Hillary revealed more about herself than I’ve ever heard before and I was touched not only by the personal stories and raw feelings, but by her hope and optimism. Much like any difficult phase of our lives, this book made me feel the full gamete of emotions, and I’m better for having walked through them.

If after the election you’re hurting, read this. If you’re angry, read this; if you’re disappointed, lost or unable to go on, read this. Listen to her words. You will find comfort, and with any luck, remember what hope feels like.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Tears to Triumph

  • The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment
  • By: Marianne Williamson
  • Narrated by: Marianne Williamson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

Marianne Williamson is a best-selling author, a world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important spiritual voices of our time. In Tears to Triumph, she argues that we - as a culture and as individuals - have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing. Instead of allowing ourselves to embrace our hurt, we numb it, medicate it, dismiss it, or otherwise divert our attention so that we never have to face it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE IT!

  • By Carolina Villamizar on 06-25-16

Find inspiration in her words, enjoy comfort in her voice.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-17

This may be my favorite book for working through difficult times. When your heart is broken, for any number of reasons, this book will help you through it. Marianne's voice is gentle and compassionate, offering the hug you may need. Her message is profound and provides hope and guidance in handling the litany of negative emotions you may be feeling. When I need solace, I turn to Marianne. I surrender to the power greater than me and relax into the embrace of her soothing words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alcohol Lied to Me - New Edition

  • The Intelligent Escape from Alcohol Addiction
  • By: Craig Beck
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Craig Beck is a well-regarded family man with two children, a nice home, and a successful media career; a director of several companies and at one time the trustee of a large children’s charity. Outwardly, Craig was a highly successful and functioning professional man in spite of a ‘two-bottles-of-wine-a-night" drinking habit. For 20 years he struggled to control his drinking, all the time refusing to label himself an alcoholic because he didn't believe he met the stereotypical image that the word portrayed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alcohol is an attractively packaged poison

  • By AudioAddict on 03-26-15

A must have

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-16

For anyone with questions about alcohol, either in their consumption habits or the nature of drinking culture, this is a true eye opener.

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,091
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,042

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Entertaining & engaging

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-16

This may be my favorite autobiography to date. Leah is authentic, genuine, well-spoken and hilarious in her recounting of her life's struggles. Her storytelling of church interactions is almost incredulous, yet, you know she's telling the truth of life inside the extremist religion.