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  • Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses
  • By: Amber Lia, Wendy Speake, Brooke McGlothlin - foreword
  • Narrated by: Amber Lia, Wendy Speake
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78

Do you believe your struggle with anger stems from the wrong behavior you see displayed in your children? The knee-jerk reactions and blowups you're facing are often a result of a bigger set of "triggers". Some of these are external, like a child's disobedience, back talk, or selective hearing, while others are internal, like an overflowing schedule, sleep deprivation, or perhaps your own painful experiences from childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-13-18

Uncommon common sense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-17

This book gives gentle, sensible responses to real situations and specifically includes Autism and other issues we parents deal with. A great set of answers to the harsh opinions we hear in our heads.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Detecting Deceit

  • The Most Dangerous Sexual Predators Never Let You See Them Coming
  • By: Eric Dupree, Olivia Dupree
  • Narrated by: Susan Fouche, Eric Dupree
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

There is an invisible enemy hunting our teens. An enemy so cunning he is almost completely undetectable, and once he sets out in pursuit of his target, no teen can escape him. How do you protect yourself or your family from an enemy you don't even know exists? Even those who do know about this threat don't know how to protect themselves or their family, so they do nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't hesitate, LISTEN TO IT NOW!

  • By book lover on 11-07-16

First of Many

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-17

If you could sum up Detecting Deceit in three words, what would they be?

This is a book I needed to read forty years ago.

What other book might you compare Detecting Deceit to and why?

I am hoping that this will start a trend of similar books; there is nothing out there like this today.

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

Yes, and then backed it up to listen again.

Any additional comments?

This absolutely is useful for people who don't have modern media as a factor. I was gobsmacked at how clearly the authors described what happened in the social bullseye around the abuser and victims.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Book of Talent

  • 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills
  • By: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

Daniel Coyle spent the last few years traveling around the world and meeting with top coaches, teachers, and neurologists in order to unlock the secret of how greatness happens. Now he has taken his groundbreaking research and boiled it down to the essentials: 52 simple, proven rules for developing and growing talent in sports, art, music, business, or just about anything.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should havegotten the paper book.

  • By Wendy Dethloff on 06-18-15

Regular Tune-up

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-16

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

I come back to this book over and over again, and give it to other people. Possibly my top value audiobook ever.

  • NeuroTribes

  • The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
  • By: Steve Silberman
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Contrast to "In a Different Key"

  • By Gadget on 06-01-16

Everything you know is wrong, Hurray!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-15

What was one of the most memorable moments of NeuroTribes?

The descriptions of the lives of children under the care of Lovass. My son was actually in therapy based on his methods, and after two sessions the therapists demanded I step out during the sessions. Instead we both quit. What a good call that was!

11 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,905

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You To All Who Recommended This!

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-16

Sneaks up on you

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-15

What made the experience of listening to So You've Been Publicly Shamed the most enjoyable?

I have read other books by Jon Ronson, and had expectations. This is not an expose sort of book. The second listen gave me time to see how he came to a very surprising (to me, anyway) conclusion.

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

People like to be looked at. It's a pretty simple idea. Being the parent who stays looking into the play place makes you a very great parent by kid standards, and if you are willing to go up with them -- ever -- it's as if you hung the moon. We never outgrow wanting to be seen and included.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Asking

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
  • By: Amanda Palmer, Brené Brown (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Amanda Palmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,559

In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use her principles in our own lives to "let people help".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book. Palmer reads and sings here!

  • By Matthew on 12-01-14

Amanda lives in the world I live in

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-14

Would you listen to The Art of Asking again? Why?

This is a book best listened to in a group of people and then hearing the book as heard by all the people.

What other book might you compare The Art of Asking to and why?

The book most like this is one I found in my grandmother's collection, the Art of Writing by Dorothea Brande because of the courage of their voices. That book is now on Audible; check it out.

Which scene was your favorite?

When her husband proposed -- over and over again.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Asking?

Now I know someone famous does stuff I've done all along.

Any additional comments?

Like Dorothea, Amanda is way ahead of her time. I plan on living in a world with many of her kind if I live long enough -- and humanity will be better for it.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • High Price

  • A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society
  • By: Carl Hart
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

A pioneering neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his groundbreaking work in drug addiction. As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist - Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does what it says it does

  • By Winita on 10-27-16

A reality that makes sense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-14

What did you love best about High Price?

I loved the book that was not written, Without going out and saying so explicitly every time Carl Hart made a choice that changed the direction of his life at least one other "how this could have gone down" was clearly available. It was like an origami book, folding in on itself every which way.

What other book might you compare High Price to and why?

I don't know if this counts as a book but my first reaction to finishing it was to go to people I had not talked to in years, make re connections, and collect their stories while they still could. This book reminds me of the best of what autobiographies can do and made me wish to collect my own.

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

Hard looking

Any additional comments?

I wish that this book could be read by everyone, especially people who are at the social far ends.

  • Night School

  • Wake Up to the Power of Sleep
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One half of a very good book

  • By Julia on 04-03-14

One half of a very good book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-14

Would you listen to Night School again? Why?

I'm going to be listening to the back half of this book over and over again. The ongoing research and instructions for lucid dreaming will take time to learn but puts into words something that I have done myself since my teen years.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The idea that your dream life can be a video game of your waking life allowing you to create new paths to go on, to practice and rehearse, and to explore so that you have the opportunity to experience in your waking time a far richer and more confident "time when it counts".

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

How to succeed in Dreamland without really trying

Any additional comments?

The beginning of the book covers the history of sleep research, which I think everyone knows. I enjoyed his retelling of Thomas Edison's flexibility with the truth as far as how much he in fact slept. Taking another look at The Wizard of Menlo Park's life as opposed to his legends is pretty common lately but both Peter Noble and author Richard Wiseman gave an especially funny "behind the curtain" look at a not so well known figure in history.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Enlightenment

  • Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
  • By: S. Frederick Starr
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Julia on 11-10-13

What a wonderful find!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-13

Would you listen to Lost Enlightenment again? Why?

I've listened to it more than once and will be listening again.

What did you like best about this story?

The rich, personal and true to the moment exchanges between the people who created history. It's possible to have a dialog with a book and this is one of the best examples I've ever read on how someone can have as a mentor someone hundreds of years in the past.

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

The most gut wrenching moment for me was the author's candid, frank and short explanation of why this period produced no women who were great lights. This came early in the book and in it explained how so much learning never passed out of the courts and to the common people.

Any additional comments?

I hope to find more of the source material and read it, then return and read this book again.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a Sociopath

  • A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
  • By: M. E. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Sullivan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

As M. E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent - even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.... Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that's 1 in 25 people!).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interested in this book in spite of the author

  • By Laura on 06-03-13

If I could give my brain a long, hot shower

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

Reviewed: 05-21-13

What did you like best about Confessions of a Sociopath? What did you like least?

I Loved the contradictions and internal disconnect -- I've rarely seen the concept of a person without empathy more clearly acted out. For someone to express that they are broken, abused and stunted while at the same time crowing that they are the apex and possibly an improved part of the human condition -- yes, that's these people at their most two dimensional. What I liked least was the lingering feeling of pity. The mood brought on by reading hung on after like a bad smell.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

The concepts were overexplained and the book could have gotten in and out in a much shorter time.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful