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Judy A. Smith

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  • Barking up the Wrong Tree

  • The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
  • By: Eric Barker
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,887

By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them - and find out, in some cases, why it's good that we aren't. Barking up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't, so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable wisdom. I just wish I were the author

  • By Celso Relvas on 03-21-18

Insightful

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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: 01-11-19

A number of insights were presented that I hadn’t anticipated. A nice book in which to sink one’s teeth! Often seeming to aim at a younger audience, I still often felt validated, looking back at my life. With real-life examples, research studies, and the author’s theme of success running through it, this is a book that is worth one’s time.

  • Ben Carson - The Inspirational Life Story of Ben Carson MD

  • Doctor, Humanitarian, and One of Americas Top Political Leadership Figures
  • By: Patrick Bunker
  • Narrated by: Chris Burke
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Life is a twisted event. Sometimes, the hand a person is dealt can truly bring a person to their knees and deny them the pleasures of seeing blue skies and rainbows. For some, that denial fills their bellies with a raging fire that propels them forth from uncertainty into assured blessings. Sometimes, the mighty phoenix must rise from its ashes only to soar higher and higher with no mind to the risk of falling. While some dream to be lawyers or dancers or astronauts, some dream to heal the sick and tend to the wounded.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brief, but Good

  • By Judy A. Smith on 12-26-18

Brief, but Good

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I appreciated the brief summary of Ben Carson’s life and career. A couple of mispronunciations were irritating to this retired English teacher (i.e., Mackinac and plasticity), but an overall good job of presenting the written material.

  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see why Prince fell in love with her.

  • By S. Winchester on 04-07-17

Heartbreaking

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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: 09-30-18

On a personal level, this story was heartbreaking, especially as the author discusses the loss of her son and her molar pregnancy. I wept with her, as if she’d been sitting in the room, telling me herself. The love that she has for her daughter is palpable. (I won’t say here why she has a special organization for pets, so as to leave the reader with something that I haven’t revealed.) Thank you, Mayte, for sharing yourself.

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,134

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not well read

  • By Shane Fuder on 03-11-17

Cool, Man

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Always wanted to know what was written in this classic. The only fly in the ointment was the reader’s mispronunciation of “cavalry,” but that seems a bit picky, given the nature of the book.

  • The Ghost in My Brain

  • How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back
  • By: Clark Elliott Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. At times he couldn't walk across a room, or even name his five children. Doctors told him he would never fully recover. After eight years, the cognitive demands of his job, and of being a single parent, finally became more than he could manage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly Tedious With Moments of Insight

  • By Brent on 01-17-16

Changed My Life!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I only knew a little bit about minimal Traumatic Brain Injury from my Dallas Physical Therapist . . . until I had my own. I was unbelievably fortunate that Dr. Elliott published his book only a couple of months before my rear-end collision, and which I purchased only after. My point is that he had success, remarkable success, with his treatment. I was told that I'd be "fine" after three months (I wasn't), and a qSPECT scan showed damage in every part of my brain. I had enlarged optic nerves, and a neuro ophthalmologist asked if I'd had a stroke. It took me some time to get the money together to make the trip to Chicago to see the doctors that Dr. Elliott saw, but I am improving and finally have some hope of, as he did, ending up with a brain that may be functioning even better than before. I will forever be indebted, and I hope that others find this book and its support information as helpful as I did.

  • The 7 Irresistible Qualities Men Want in a Woman

  • What High-Quality Men Secretly Look for When Choosing the One
  • By: Bruce Bryans
  • Narrated by: Dan Culhane
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

A high-quality man who knows what he wants will not settle for just any woman to build a meaningful relationship with. Men like this want a woman who exudes high character. And though she may be beautiful on the outside, he expects her inner worth to be far superior to the women around her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book for ladies....

  • By lizfit on 10-06-15

Good for Beginners

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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: 04-23-17

At the age of 58, and having read many such books and articles, I can't say that I learned anything new. On the other hand, everything here is critically important: embrace your femininity, have boundaries, show respect for your man as well as yourself, men come "as is"...they're not fixer-uppers, communicate, and try to pick up on cues that are not overtly communicated. Overall, well done; good, solid information.