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  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,235

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

This is tough stuff

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Brown tackles a large swath of issues in her recent book. It really could be 3 books, each with a deeper dive. I read "Braving" 3 times and only then began to assimilate the important observations and lessons she offers. The first read was difficult because I found myself challenging her conclusions and taking sides. Subsequent readings allowed me to move past my emotional leanings and begin to "hear" the message she is asking all of us to consider. This is important stuff and it's tough stuff to hear and put into action in one's life. I trust Brown because she is exactly who she says she is and her style invites us all to do the same. Be genuine in your presentation and forgiving in your interactions.

  • Life Reimagined

  • The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife
  • By: Barbara Bradley Hagerty
  • Narrated by: Barbara Bradley Hagerty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

There's no such thing as an inevitable midlife crisis, Barbara Bradley Hagerty writes in this provocative, hopeful book. It's a myth, an illusion. New scientific research explodes the fable that midlife is a time when things start to go downhill for everybody. In fact, midlife can be a great new adventure, when you can embrace fresh possibilities, purposes, and pleasures. In Life Reimagined, Hagerty explains that midlife is about renewal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • how to guide for people 50 +

  • By Andy on 04-06-16

Good, but not quite what I was expecting.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

Where does Life Reimagined rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was expecting a more academic read and at one point I almost put the book down (turned off ??) but not before enjoying an anecdotal story the author shared. I continued from there and took several good ideas from it in the end. I'd rank this in the middle of recent books of this type I've read.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was ready.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

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

No.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,248

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

If you could sum up The Girl on the Train in three words, what would they be?

Self Inflicted Injuries

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There was a truthful pattern in Rachel's story that legitimately happens to some folks. They enter life with a cloud over their heads and struggle for a lifetime to step from it's shade.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The main character, Rachel.

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

No.

  • Rising Strong

  • How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,725
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,632

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability - the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome - is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn to live your life with compassion, integrity and authenticity.

  • By Nishna-botna on 08-27-15

Buying this Book is investing in Yourself.....

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

Would you listen to Rising Strong again? Why?

I recommend listening to this book and then reading it in hard back so you can mark up the book and/or make notes easier than using the bookmark feature in audible. I did my audible and reading simultaneously. Some of the ideas in this book are not new but what Dr. Brown has done is flesh out so many nuggets I had to start journaling just to keep up.

This is incredible work and the effort she goes to in exposing her own very personal & vulnerable moments, as teaching opportunities, is a testament to her belief in the power of these precepts. I've experienced personal breakthroughs from this book that have already created more positive communication with my spouse and children, not to mention assisted me in understanding other of my demons.

Who was your favorite character and why?

You'll love Sewer Rats & Scofflaws and the story of the "icing wiper". I laughed out loud throughout that entire chapter. How we can all judge! AND, never think about how or why we do it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the story about her Me-Ma was touching and very educational. So much of what our grand parents learned (endured) during and around the depression should be learned again. Forgiveness and the ability to receive or ask for help are not discussed or understood near enough these days.

What did you learn from Rising Strong that you would use in your daily life?

I'm a firm believer, and it's now renewed, that for the most part we are all doing the best we can and if we can forgive ourselves for "perceived" failings, we can finally and necessarily forgive others. By far, however, the simple statement, "The story I'm creating sounds like this" has been the most powerfull tool in our family's communication since reading this book. So many false grains of course sand have evolved into smooth pearls of truth. We have to smash those pearls.

Any additional comments?

Find a friend you can trust, or a counselor who will, or has, read this book, and work on it in tandem or in a group setting. Amazing things will happen.........

43 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of Blue Water

  • Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
  • By: Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. This is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Morbid Terrorists?

  • By Jack on 11-11-08

The Last of the Mythic Giants

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

What did you love best about Empire of Blue Water?

The 17th century Pirates could easily be written off as simple men of singular thought and to some degree that would be true, but the most successful among them were not just ruthless, calculating and complex but incredibly loyal and the first to demonstrate and embrace democratic actions.

What did you like best about this story?

The depth of character exhibited by a few notable leaders who dared to lead a vagabond group of cut throats and murders.

Have you listened to any of John H. Mayer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, excellent again.........

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

It can be said of all great men and those of the lowliest of character, they all die, and there was an odd unsettling sense when you saw these men die of their self induced illnesses and infirmities after living life so robustly outside societal expectations. They finally engaged a foe they could not conquer.

Any additional comments?

This is a more historical read than just fictional.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,516
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,350

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Man Crashes on Mars, Hilarity and Drama Ensue

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version of this book but the audio was so well done frankly it's hard to imagine why I'd do that. There are "not so great" readers but this was done masterfully....

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

It has to be the glib dry humor of the main character Mark Watney, some of that had me rolling.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think when the HAB canvas wall sheered and blew open onto the lifeless planet of Mars and the character rattled off angrily in utter frustration. It was a funny and dramatic moment. His tribulations were all life or death events, there are no minor "accidents" when you are millions of miles from home on an uninhabited lifeless planet. It's all serious s?!!t Mark Watley would say.

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

Very extreme. It was an amusement ride of stupendous proportions and I'm devastated the read is over. It took me a couple of days to get myself another book. I wondered if anything else would be as fun to read. I'd binge read whenever I could.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for an easy call on your next book, let me put you at ease, this is a no brainer, buy and enjoy.........

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Into Thin Air

  • A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,121

The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio version RUINED with new narrator!

  • By Jeffrey E. on 02-06-16

Beautifully written and beautifully read........

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

If you could sum up Into Thin Air in three words, what would they be?

Awe, tragic, beautiful

What did you like best about this story?

It's a complex story with unending facets each contributing to a tragic end.

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

Masterful performance.

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

The Pinnacle of Sublime.

Any additional comments?

It’s as if one million million lesser gods were convened and each tasked with the creation of one insignificant event to be plundered upon a different unsuspecting being except for the last of the one million million gods who is asked that instead of birthing the final event to instead stitch each of the other god’s events into a tapestry cloth to be cast upon those poor soles on some forlorn world and then the final edict pressed, that the collection of threads be utter devastation upon that sad chosen family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Mountain

  • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • By: Donnie Eichar
  • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,418

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

  • By Sara on 06-30-15

A Disturbing & Tragic Story of Young Lives Lost...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

If you could sum up Dead Mountain in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, intriguing & tragic...........

What did you like best about this story?

The setting, it's the height of the cold war in north central Russia in the "dead" of winter........

Which character – as performed by Donnie Eichar – was your favorite?

I don't have an opinion on a specific character as performed by Donnie Eichar, the narration was all monotone. However, I found the surviving member, Yuri Yudin, to be a very interesting individual who struggled with being the only member of the original 10 to not perish.

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

It left me feeling empty for the young lives lost in this incident and then the ridiculous response by the Russian government to refuse to support the surviving families during the terrible grief filled aftermath.

Any additional comments?

I loved the characters in this book. The author did a great job of giving us his perspective on what drove them individually so that we could view their actions and participate in the mindset that drove them to come together with Eichar to tear off the scab of this incident and dive head long into resolving it some 50 years later.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,396

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

A story of candor and introspection ....

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

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

Wild in 3 words? Grief, Struggle & Resolution..........

Who was your favorite character and why?

The central character Cheryl is the most interesting and complicated of figures.

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

I felt Bernadette Dunne was overall good but I younger voice would have played better overall.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 18,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,295

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

Easy Read & Interesting Stories........

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

Where does 10% Happier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Happier is a good read if you're looking for real time stories about handling stress in your life. Dan offers no elixir for easy solutions but candidly offers his personal experiences for your review.

What other book might you compare 10% Happier to and why?

I'd compare this book in some ways to "Happier" by Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D. They both offer individual insights into managing person stress in a stress filled world.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from 10% Happier?

As with many things in life it's not the full resolution of the difficulty but the healthy management and understanding of it's root. Once we understand what's challenging us we are better able to move forward and experience life more fully.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful