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Richard Parker

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  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

  • The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping - Now Revised and Updated
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is awful

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-15-14

If this is what passes for science...

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

I listened to this with my book club and should have been warned just by the title. If this is what passes for science then it's no wonder so much of our society has given up on it. Much of what is described is incomprehensible, the basis for many of the conclusions is derived from studies of men to the exclusion of women and much of the value of any of the studies is lost in the author's disconnected and meandering thoughts unrelated to the subject. It also strikes me as being just another diatribe about being "victims" and this kind of nonsense makes me nuts!

  • Demian

  • The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth
  • By: Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Here is the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent - led by precocious schoolmate Max Demian - into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Demian

  • By Debra on 12-08-08

The painful revelations of youth

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I have long treasured Hermann Hesse's works and this is by far my favorite. It is a story so relatable that it astounds me it can be revealed so simply and beautifully.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,911

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Protecting the inner soft stuff

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Would you listen to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine again? Why?

I actually did listen to it a second time and, as is usual, I learned more the details I had missed before

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

I would tell you but it would be a spoiler

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

A kindness to Eleanor that might be missed otherwise.

If you could rename Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, what would you call it?

I wouldn't want to rename it, the title is perfect

Any additional comments?

This was a very enjoyable listen that kept me looking forward.