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Sea of Memories
- By: Fiona Valpy
- Narrated by: Heather Wilds
- Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella’s life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful Île de Ré and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island’s sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free. But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the Île de Ré.
Frustrating narration of a compelling story...
- By Alexis on 06-15-18
A clean, wonderfully written historical romance!
I loved listening to this fascinating story of two women whose lives are linked together. One story takes place on a beautiful, wind swept island in pre World War 2 and follows the life of a young woman who discovers freedom and her first love there. The other woman lives in 2014, where she and her unemployed husband struggle to meet the needs of her explosive, overly sensitive autistic son.
The story is fantastic. The reader was hard to listen to. She has an odd cadence to her voice which she repeats throughout most of the story, like a tune that keeps repeating itself. I’m writing this comment in the hopes that the person who performed this reading will see it. Her voice should express the action and/or mood of the story. Her accents were excellent.
The Joy of Imperfection
- A Stress-Free Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic, Conquering Perfectionism, and Becoming the Best Version of Yourself!
- By: Damon Zahariades
- Narrated by: Joe Hempel
- Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
Are you a perfectionist? Is your perfectionism causing you to feel stressed, irritated, and chronically unhappy? What if you could silence your inner critic and eliminate your fear of failure? How might these two simple changes improve your life?Imagine being able to take action without the fear of self-criticism. Imagine no longer feeling paralyzed with indecision. Imagine finally letting go of your perfectionism, and feeling confident, enthusiastic, and inspired.
- By Erin on 02-24-18
Life changing book! Short, but powerful!
Perfectionism has become a serious problem for me. This book is the first that has truly helped me, starting after reading just a few pages.
In the first part, the author explains the high expectations perfectionists have for themselves. After reading these, I saw how impossible and ridiculously high these standards are! But that's what I aimed for!
In the second part, he explains how perfectionism hurts a person's physical, mental, and emotional health, their personal and professional relationships, and even their productivity and creativity. The author makes his point so clearly and logically that I recognized attributes of my personality I hadn't faced. This strengthened my motivation to make changes.
The last part has short exercises to help the reader turn from perfectionism to a more rational way of thinking. These teach how to quiet our "inner critic." There are great strategies to help perfectionists change how they think about and perform tasks.
After reading this book, and using the strategies and exercises, I'm getting my life back!