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  • Love Heals

  • How We Deal with Grief
  • By: Miles O'Brien Riley
  • Narrated by: Miles O'Brien Riley
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

This is part of a series by Dr. Miles O'Brien Riley, PhD. The series is devoted to "being happy and being loved". Dr. Miles deals with issues revolving around the grief process and the adjustments that have to take place before the process is complete. Told with many examples taken from a long career as a Marriage and Family Counselor, Dr. Miles offers many thoughts for meditation and action. Those facing the loss of a loved one will find this conversation very helpful and supportive in the journey through the grieving process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Water for the thirsty soul of a new widower !

  • By Psychdoc on 01-08-17

Water for the thirsty soul of a new widower !

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

If you could sum up Love Heals in three words, what would they be?

Accurate, Inspirational, Realistic, Spiritual. Yes, that's four words couldn't sum it up in three.

What other book might you compare Love Heals to and why?

I've listened to some other books which are good for grieving but this one is a nice one hour size which allows me to listen to it for a recharge when I need it. The first time I listened twice because it was so informative but didn't overload my grieving mind with too much.

What does Miles O'Brien Riley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The passion about the topic in his voice adds an extra dimension. I could feel that he could relate to this topic by his tonal inflections at places that only a grieving person would understand.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love Transforms Grief into Life

Any additional comments?

My wife transitioned beyond this world a few weeks ago (a couple of weeks before Christmas). Though I'm a psychologist and familiar with death because I have worked in situations with the dying, the transitioning of my wife was personal. We were making preparations as the Inflammatory Breast Cancer ravaged her. We prepared spiritually, mentally, financially, physically, and she even planned her memorial...still the grief hit me hard. Slowly after the shock of her death, grief began inching up on me and then coming in torrents on and off. This book speaks in a way that I found unique. I was immediately drawn in by the author's mix of practical stories from his work, essential spiritual truths, and pragmatic suggestions. As a psychologist and a newly grieving widower, I strongly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Newjack

  • Guarding Sing Sing
  • By: Ted Conover
  • Narrated by: Ted Conover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

As he struggles to be a good officer, Ted Conover angers inmates, dodges blows, works to balance decency with toughness, and participates in prison rituals - strip frisks, cell searches, cell "extractions" - that exact a toll on inmates and officers alike. The tale begins with the corrections academy and ends with the flames and smoke of New Year's Eve on Conover's floor of the notorious B-Block. Along the way, Conover also recounts the history of Sing Sing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE BEST BOOK ON PRISON LIFE I HAVE EVER READ!!!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 06-27-09

BRAVO...can't wait for his next

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Where does Newjack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 5

What was one of the most memorable moments of Newjack?

When he walked into the prison for the first time on duty down the long corridor and he realized what he'd gotten himself into...yet pressed on to do his job

Which character – as performed by uncredited – was your favorite?

Conover himself...although his descriptions of fellow academy cadets, supervisors, and inmates were so colorful I could see them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Walk a mile in another person's shoes and you'll understand their world better

Any additional comments?

I'm a psychologist but I was also a police officer. This book was solid in reality and it made me feel like I was back on duty as a patrol officer. I was really impressed that an academic had gone to this length to go undercover for the sake of qualitative research. I can't say how much I respect him for what he did because in that job there is nothing but danger and it sets upon you fast, before you realize it at times. Conover puts himself in another realm from dry academics who sit behind computers only spouting theories and pontificating about the real world....he experienced it first hand !

Having been a police officer I can tell you...everyone should know what it is like to have to be on the front line in the middle of the night pulling over a car full of suspicious guys on a dark highway by yourself with backup coming from a mile away. Once you've experienced that, you have a different point of view. In Conover's case, he was a corrections officer, and I totally respect those men and women because they don't have weapons while out numbered in tanks full of people that the average person doesn't even know exists.

Great book full of insights on life and it never preaches politics.

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  • Release Your Anointing

  • Tapping the Power of the Holy Spirit in You
  • By: T. D. Jakes
  • Narrated by: Destiny Image Audio
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

I believe that we're in the beginning stages of the greatest revival this world has ever known. In order for us to carry out the plan of God, we must realize that divine intervention and not human effort will usher in this end-time revival. Christians must know that their lives with God can be full of new experiences every day. Instead of merely enduring our salvation, we can enjoy the fullness that God has provided in the Holy Ghost. You need to realize that these gifts and callings were not placed in your life to lie dormant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to hear voice of TD Jakes himself

  • By Psychdoc on 04-06-16

Wanted to hear voice of TD Jakes himself

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you want a stream of scriptures read by someone (NOT TD Jakes), it is the book for you. If you want the analysis of TD Jakes, this is not a good book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Release Your Anointing?

did not finish much of it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He seemed to just be reading. ....and fast.

Do you think Release Your Anointing needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, same thing but with TD Jakes reading and elaborating...analysis from him in his own voice.

Any additional comments?

Get something read by TD Jakes himself

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  • On Death and Dying

  • What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and Their Own Family
  • By: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross MD
  • Narrated by: Carol Bilger, cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross created her classic seminal work, On Death and Dying, to offer us a new perspective on the terminally ill. It is not a psychoanalytic study, nor is it a "how-to" manual for managing death. Rather, it refocuses on the patient as a human being and a teacher, in the hope that we will learn from him or her about the final stages of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Death and Dying

  • By Roman on 02-19-05

Why the melancholic music and tone?

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

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

Yes, I'm a psychologist and I recommend this (HIGHLY) both for clinicians and ANY PERSON who is trying to understand death, dying, and the temporary nature of our physical existence.

What did you like best about this story?

The direct and candid discussion of a topic too many people avoid was refreshing and inspiring. Death is a reality but we don't have to be afraid of it. We just need to realize it and understand the role of death....in life.

Would you be willing to try another one of Carol Bilger and cast ’s performances?

No, I really did not like the melancholic and overly dramatic music and the overly empathetic tone of her voice. It reminded me of bad depictions of therapists in movies. Harps??? ...really, seriously???...and that constant piano interlude designed to make the listener "feel" the mood. It was not necessary and actually that undermines the purpose of the book. The book is supposed to help people become realistic.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Too many to name.

Any additional comments?

Great book but if I can ever find another audio version with just the reading of the text without the pseudo emotion provoking music, I'll get that one instead.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful