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  • Essays in Love

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: James Wilby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every relationship you've ever analyzed

  • By Maria L. Lantin on 05-07-12

Brilliantly plucks and weaves love's nuances

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

What did you love best about Essays in Love?

The story is engaging. There are really good points made, great references, and de Botton analyzes the nuances of falling in and out of love with the perspective and depth of someone who's lived a thousand lives. The narrator's voice is very attractive.

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

Great voice. Very warm and theatrical (not in an exaggerated way) at the same time.

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

Yes. It was so hard to even go to sleep. I had my Audible on sleep timer several times but didn't want to miss anything to grogginess. So I would relisten the same parts the next day. This book is so wise.

Any additional comments?

Definitely listen to this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,955

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Beautiful, poignant, artful, powerful.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Tayari is a skillful writer, with picturesque metaphors and brilliant tie-backs. The narration is award-caliber and it should easily be nominated for an Oscar, because these voices make a solid movie.

This is my favorite book of the year and it’s only February. Bravo!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hold Me Tight

  • Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
  • By: Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Johnson shares her groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships. The message of Hold Me Tight is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Sensible book on Repairing Relationships!

  • By Debra on 11-05-12

Good listen for anyone dealing w/any relationship

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Where does Hold Me Tight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a very informative book and draws a parallel in communication and dancing. It gives good advice on stepping back to observe the actual steps that lead to a fight, disagreement, unraveling or dissolution of a relationship.

Would you be willing to try another book from Sue Johnson? Why or why not?

Yes. She seems like she has great expert advice.

Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

Not sure. She does well imitating male and female character voices. I like her narration.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Hold Me Tight?

I think I'll apply the background advice to be vulnerable and upfront about needs and insecurities. That seems to have worked in most friendships. I would imagine it'll relate to my next relationship too.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

  • An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
  • By: Russ Roberts
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 654

In How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, Roberts examines Smith’s forgotten masterpiece, and finds a treasure trove of timeless, practical wisdom. Smith’s insights into human nature are just as relevant today as they were 300 years ago. What does it take to be truly happy? Should we pursue fame and fortune or the respect of our friends and family? How can we make the world a better place?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to distinguish Roberts from Smith in reading

  • By Amazing Customer on 03-31-15

Don Hagen narrates too many books in this genre!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have a different narrator. Don Hagen is good but he also did the "You Are Not So Smart" books and his voice is too dooms-dayish and monotonous. It's like he's trying to tell you that the circle you are looking at is a square, but you're an idiot for thinking it's a circle.

What could Russ Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I really cannot recall the stories at all.This is one of the only books on Audible that I listened to mostly and then deleted close to the finish bc I had no desire to continue. And I didn't even recall what I had heard in the first place.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Don Hagen?

Someone more enthusiastic. Maybe a female?

Did How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life inspire you to do anything?

No. Sorry.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,952
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,935

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen.

  • By Lisa on 01-04-12

Too soon. She's a bigger star to herself than us.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

What was most disappointing about Mindy Kaling’s story?

I just don't think this lady has enough experience to write such a memoir. A lot of it was about funniest moments in comedy that she wanted to recount. This should be more of a podcast. She's no Tina Fey (yet?).

  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

  • A Memoir of a Woman's Life
  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Anna Quindlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen!

  • By Sheila A. Dechantal on 05-12-12

An Essential for Any Woman

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

Reviewed: 08-21-14

What did you love best about Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake?

There is a chapter on every aspect of being a female and what we learn as we get older. I'm only 1/3 through the book and have bookmarked plenty of moments. I'm 37 and really identify with her. Her description of solitude as a treat and shunning society's changing and contradictory messages about being a woman.

What did you like best about this story?

I love that this is a very honest anecdote. Like having a wise, cool aunt who is not afraid of being honest.

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

I think there will be more so I will save my applause.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Business Seduction

  • A 30-Day Plan to Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Get Ahead
  • By: Mark Jeffries
  • Narrated by: Mark Jeffries
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

In business, you need an edge. In every business situation—to get that job, get that promotion, lead that negotiation, make that sale—you need to win people over. In highly competitive situations, you need to stand out, get noticed, and be remembered. The Art of Business Seduction gives you the edge you need. This is a concise personal success plan that teaches you how to make the smart moves and say the right things to succeed in any business setting.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Baseless fluff

  • By JJ on 04-12-14

Just basic social savviness. LONG intro.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

What disappointed you about The Art of Business Seduction?

It doesn't add anything to your knowledge if you know the basics of human interaction. The first few chapters are promises about what will happen if you listen to the book. But 3 chapters in, you are still listening to "you will be xyz if you apply the rules we will teach you"... so teach them already!!

What aspect of Mark Jeffries’s performance would you have changed?

He's not bad. Just had a bad script.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Art of Business Seduction?

All the promises and introductory chapters. I'd add some meat. I'd organize the book into clear chapters so people can skip around and still get something out of the book.

Any additional comments?

I don't recommend the book. Unless you're Borat and need all the help you can get.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

  • By: Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,797

Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do not buy the audible version.

  • By Tamara on 09-14-17

This explains everything!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-13

Where does Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Loved this book. It takes the blame or shame away from needing a certain type of love or attachment. And it helps identify how people need and react to attachment.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Yes and I will revisit it again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Living with Intention

  • The Science of Using Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World
  • By: Lynne McTaggart
  • Narrated by: Lynne McTaggart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Is intention simply wishful thinking, or is it a force that can actually change the world around you? Nobody has made a more comprehensive investigation of the power of the mind to influence the universe than Lynne McTaggart. Her conclusion: Thought does shape reality, but much depends on how skillfully the thinker can use his or her intention. With Living with Intention, this groundbreaking author builds upon her findings from The Field to explore what makes mind-over-matter work, what can interfere with its effectiveness, and how you can use focused thought to enhance your life, help those around you, and transform your world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Different View - The Intention Experiments

  • By Tom Gunsmoke on 04-08-13

More of a long podcast

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

Reviewed: 06-25-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator did not seem to have practiced some of the lines. Some sentences seemed longer than she'd planned. It just seemed too casual. Also, the whole thing is just too pulpy. Maybe that's the wrong word. But I prefer Wayne Dyer and his very spiritual approach. This is a bit strange... she talks about buying devices (to neutralize ions or something in the air) to make an ideal occasion to send intentions out. It's just seems a bit too stereotypical-- reminiscent of old gypsies in movies with crystals and incense.

Has Living with Intention turned you off from other books in this genre?

A little bit.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrator?

Yes!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Five Love Languages for Singles

  • By: Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Gary Chapman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

Dr. Gary Chapman believes you have a God-given yearning for complete and unconditional love. But you'll never be able to express it, or receive it, until you learn to speak the right "love" language. The Five Love Languages for Singles reveals how different personalities express love in different ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on how to love!

  • By Rachelle on 02-23-06

Means well but boring

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

Reviewed: 02-19-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I got more out of the website and the online test for The 5 Love Languages. I didn't really like the narrator's accent. I sped up the recording to make it more interesting/fun but the story was just slow, verbose and I got the point in the first few mins of every chapter. I do think it's helpful to pay attention to the person's love language and reciprocate that way but not sure you need to listen to a whole book about it.

Has The Five Love Languages for Singles turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He has a good speaking voice but I didn't love the accent. I felt like this was supposed to be an instructive book and his Southern accent catered more to a more story-oriented type of recording which this was not. Though there are a lot of (unneeded) stories, this is supposed to be a constructive book right?

Did The Five Love Languages for Singles inspire you to do anything?

Yes. I do think I need to pay attention to friends' love languages but really it's hard to know. I guess you have to test people. Bc I tend to talk to a lot of my friends via phone, email or text.I may not get them gifts often enough to know that they prefer gifts. And who doesnt' love gifts? I do think it's helpful to know there are different ways though bc in a romantic relationship, I would be most happy with time spent versus gifts and most men don't know this!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful