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  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,067

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

One of my all-time favorites!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you listen to 10% Happier again? Why?

I have already listened to it twice. I will likely listen to it again. Its just a wonderful book and I hear new pieces every time I listen to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author is such an interesting character!

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

Because he is a TV announcer, he has a wonderful voice. His humor is always lurking under the surface.

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

When he heard the hummingbird.

Any additional comments?

I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It is one of my all time favorite books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ultramarathon Man

  • Confession of an All-Night Runner
  • By: Dean Karnazes
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as self-congratulating as others have said

  • By Andrea on 07-10-09

I'm a runner so I really liked this!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

What did you love best about Ultramarathon Man?

His personal stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultramarathon Man?

When he was running in the dessert.

Which character – as performed by James Yaegashi – was your favorite?

The main character: the author.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Dean K. is an amazing individual. His story is well worth listening to.

  • Bird by Bird

  • Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049

A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A funny listen, but no writing samples to speak of

  • By Alice on 04-12-15

Wonderful book!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you listen to Bird by Bird again? Why?

Absolutely. I actually own the paperback version! The author is so talented and the reader did a wonderful job.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the author's acceptance of herself and her stories were great!

Which scene was your favorite?

I cannot pick just one.

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

It made me laugh out loud many, many times.

  • What Are You Hungry For?

  • The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul
  • By: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

What do you crave? For many of us, sugary treats, fatty meals, and high-calorie snacks are impossible to resist. And yet, reaching the bottom of the biscuit tin rarely leaves us feeling satisfied. What if we are actually hungry for something much more fulfilling? In this groundbreaking new book, best-selling author and endocrinologist Deepak Chopra unites the latest scientific and alternative therapy research to reveal how our overeating is often a symptom of "inner starvation" - a hunger for love, self-esteem, happiness, and security.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised by the reading.

  • By Craig on 01-11-14

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

Would you consider the audio edition of What Are You Hungry For? to be better than the print version?

For me it is easier to listen to non-fiction than to read it.

What other book might you compare What Are You Hungry For? to and why?

Any of Chopra's books--they are all good

What about Deepak Chopra’s performance did you like?

Sometimes I think he is funny without meaning to be.

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

No. I listen to books in my car.

Any additional comments?

Sometimes his voice can be a bit monotone, but I do love the information that he shares.

  • My Life on the Run

  • The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon
  • By: Bart Yasso, Amby Burfoot (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Steven Roy Grimsley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

My Life on the Run chronicles the heatstroke and frostbite, heartache and triumphs he's experienced while competing in more than 1,000 competitive races on all seven continents. With the wit and wisdom of a seasoned insider, Yasso tells runners what they need to know to navigate the logistics of running in an unfamiliar country. He also offers practical guidance, such as 5-K, 10-K, half-marathon, and marathon training schedules, including his innovative technique known as the Yasso 800s for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fair running book, but there's better out there

  • By Mark on 05-20-15

I mean, gee, its Bart Yasso

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

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

Probably--but it depends on the friend

What did you like best about this story?

The book is actually a series of stories.

Did Steven Roy Grimsley do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Really, it was Bart's story.

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

no--I listen to books in my car.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Running Like a Girl

  • Notes on Learning to Run
  • By: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Until five years ago, Alexandra Heminsley was decidedly not a runner. Nor was she athletic in any sense of the word. She was an ordinary, curvy woman who was convinced that sports of any kind, especially running, were beyond her. But she's made running part of her life, and gets to reap the rewards: not just the obvious things, like a touch of weight loss, health and glowing skin, but self-belief, and immeasurable daily pleasure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh... not what I thought...

  • By Maria on 12-03-14

Just loved it.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

Would you listen to Running Like a Girl again? Why?

It was like listening to a friend.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Like a Girl?

When she fell during her first marathon.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Sastre – was your favorite?

the main character

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

Actually there were several that made me cry.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Eat and Run

  • My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
  • By: Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
  • Narrated by: Quincy Dunn-Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315

A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!

  • By Heidi on 07-25-12

Didn't want it to end...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

Where does Eat and Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top 5

What did you like best about this story?

I am a runner so stories about training and racing appealed to me. But I also liked his stories about his family and friends and his diet.

What about Quincy Dunn-Baker’s performance did you like?

He was very animated.

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

It often made me laugh and made me cry at least once.

Any additional comments?

If you are a runner, you will love this book.