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Kendra Holliday

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  • Wallis in Love

  • The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Molly Parker Myers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Everyone has heard of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright. But although her life has constantly been the subject of much fascination, gossip, and speculation, her whole story has yet to be told. Now historical biographer Andrew Morton uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This one is being returned

  • By Rita T on 02-15-18

Fascinating woman and story

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Wallis was so shallow and greedy and nasty, but I get how she got that way. She did not mean for her life to end up like this. Very much reminded me of F Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby. I so didn't like her, but found the whole story very intriguing. I think her husband got off on being emotionally abused. He sounded insufferable and vapid. What world, what a life.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,017
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,030

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

cheesy fun

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Nice little horror story, like junk food. Creepy, I love haunted house stories. Spooky and cheesy.

  • Behave

  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856

Why do we do the things we do? More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful, but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: He starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs and then hops back in time from there in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Doug Hay on 07-27-17

Excellent review of psychology studies

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This book reviews so many famous psychology studies and compares animal behavior to human behavior. A really great overview of social psychology. Easy to follow even for a layperson. Amusing at times. Highly recommend if you're curious about what make people tick, why some people commit atrocities, how altruism works. Plus Robert Sapolsky is one of my fav scientists. Great respect for his life's work.

  • The Velveteen Daughter: A Novel

  • By: Laurel Davis Huber
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The Velveteen Daughter reveals for the first time the true story of two remarkable women: Margery Williams Bianco, the author of one of the most beloved children's books of all time, The Velveteen Rabbit, and her daughter Pamela, a world-renowned child prodigy artist whose fame at one time greatly eclipses her mother's. But celebrity at such an early age exacts a great toll. Pamela's dreams elude her as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage. Throughout, her life raft is her mother. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator makes this fine novel pulse with life

  • By Elizabeth Garber on 09-12-18

Couldn't get into it

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I tried and tried getting hooked on the story, but couldn't focus. Kept forgetting who was who, where the timeline was, where the location was, etc. So many people raved about this, not sure why I didn't get into it. The voice actor is very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Loving What Is

  • Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
  • By: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now, in Loving What Is, you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Confessions of a Guru Junkie

  • By Dirty Jerry on 04-21-05

Get the Abridged version!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Heard about this in one of my recovery groups and got it right away. They said get audio abridged version, I'm glad I did. The personal accounts are incredibly touching, the people's voices and feelings are so raw and real. I feel connected to everyone and it's fascinating applying The Work to my list of grievances. I highly recommend this to someone seeking relief from pain, grudges, "life's not fair" - another great tool to add to your kit.

  • This Naked Mind

  • Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness, and Change Your Life
  • By: Annie Grace
  • Narrated by: Annie Grace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

This Naked Mind offers a new, positive solution. Here, Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence in all of us. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, this book will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture and how the stigma of alcoholism and recovery keeps people from getting the help they need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had a total “AH-HA” moment. 🤔

  • By DezHankins on 01-09-18

Breakthrough

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I've been struggling with alcohol addiction for years now. I've tried SO many things. This is my latest tool., and I'm reading it with an open mind. I listened to about 3/4 of it, but she talks so fast, I started over and am listening to it at .75x speed, which is kindof funny, cuz she sounds a little drunk, ha! The last time I went 30 days without drinking, I felt like I was punishing myself. This time I'm going for 90 days, and am taking on a different mindset I'm learning from this book. I don't feel bummed about it, but excited to prove that I can have a rich and fulfilling life without drinking. I like how she points out that I used to have so much fun as a kid before I started drinking, and that I can again - it's possible to unlearn all the stuff society pours down our throat every day. I tell people I struggle every day with drinking, and she put my frustration and torment into words - my conscious mind doesn't want to drink, but my unconscious mind wants to drink, and my brain is battling itself all day long, which is exhausting! I think she does a great job with research and explaining it in a way I can understand. I romanticize drinking, but it made me feel so tired and sick, and now that I quit, I'm having twice as much romance with my partner! I feel more alert and have more energy. I can relate to so much of what she shares. I'm being more forgiving of myself, which is a relief.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,787

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once over lightly with a nasty tone

  • By Helen Feddema on 08-20-17

You will LOL about plagues

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Where does Get Well Soon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was captivating and entertaining!

What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

She has a very deadpan and droll delivery.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm fascinated by history and medical stuff, so I was expecting that, but wasn't expecting the brilliant wit. I took my medicine! My sugar lump of polio vaccine, to be more exact.

Any additional comments?

I learned WAY more than I expected. The lobotomy chapter felt out of place, but I was engrossed. Dancing plague, bubonic plague, zombie plague, polio - oh my! Highly recommend!

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,405

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will never forget it...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-31-17

Captivating!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Where does The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was surprisingly excellent. Every scene was captivating.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson?

the stamp collector!!!

Which character – as performed by Jon Ronson – was your favorite?

Many fascinating characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES. I was listening to it, then my daughter wandered in and overheard it, and she got hooked on it too. It was fun listening to it together. SO FASCINATING.

Any additional comments?

Really good production, you feel like you're in the different places and it gets emotional. Such an important topic! This is all extremely relevant and deeply layered.

  • Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma

  • By: Staci Haines
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Healing Sex is the encouraging, sex-positive guide for all women survivors of sexual assault- heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, coupled, and single - who want to delight in their own sexuality. While most books on the topic broach sexuality to reassure women that it's all right to say "no" to unwanted sex, Healing Sex encourages women to learn how to say "yes" - to their own desires and on their own terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important topic

  • By Kendra Holliday on 04-12-16

Important topic

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Where does Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's unfortunate this book needs to be written - it's too bad 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually abused. But since we haven't figured out a way to break the cycle of abuse and stop the abusers from violating those younger and more vulnerable, we can all read books like this and heal from the abuse that is passed down with each generation.

This book offers critical information on healing and sex ed, but I found the way it was recorded to be very confusing. The book is edited so that the narrator reads in a rapid, seamless fashion; she shares info from the author, and then without pause launches into a personal account from someone interviewed. This breathless approach left me constantly confused, recalibrating and shaking my head. I kept getting wrong ideas and messed up context. Maybe this is an example of a book that doesn't translate well to audio, or perhaps they could have set it up differently.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Come as You Are

  • The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
  • By: Emily Nagoski
  • Narrated by: Emily Nagoski
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654

An essential exploration of why and how women's sexuality works - based on groundbreaking research and brain science - that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy. Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a "pink pill" for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist - but as a result of the research that's gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women's sexuality works than we ever thought possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positive, Encouraging, Exciting

  • By Kendra Holliday on 01-31-16

Positive, Encouraging, Exciting

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

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

As a sex educator, I encounter many couples with mismatched libido and women who feel like they are "broken." This book taught me SOOO many new concepts I am eager to share! It is easy to understand, eye opening, based on science, and encouraging. ALL women should read it, and all men should, too! We need to come to a common understanding of how society skews male and female sexuality. We all have the same parts, they're just organized in different ways and women have to deal with so many challenges.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author Emily reads the audio version and lends such a positive, upbeat attitude to the learning process. You can visualize the smile on her face as she shares insight. Very comforting and pleasant.

What does Emily Nagoski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I ended up buying a paperback version so I could mark it up - there were so many key points I wanted to remember. I kept rewinding and listening again. Invaluable info.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If someone listens carefully to this book, it can change their life. It can help them accept who they are, which is key to being comfortable with your sexuality.

Any additional comments?

This book can change lives for the better. So sympathetic, helpful, comprehensive, positive. I'm so impressed with the information shared.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful