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  • Bite Me

  • How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me
  • By: Ally Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger - foreword
  • Narrated by: Ally Hilfiger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of 18. She couldn't put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now Ally was pushed to a psychotic break after struggling since she was seven years old with physical symptoms that no doctor could explain - everything from joint pain to night sweats, memory loss, nausea, and brain fog.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • It’s a hard pass for me.

  • By gabriella on 12-08-17

Strong content, unsure narration

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

As someone with this horrible illness, I was grateful for the honest writing and story. Ally's narration was sometimes spot on and funny but the over pronunciation and odd timing of words was a bit distracting and a few times annoying. I'd still recommend this audio book due to the great advocacy it gives.

  • Ted Hughes

  • The Unauthorized Life
  • By: Jonathan Bate
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 25 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Ted Hughes, poet laureate, was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. With an equal gift for poetry and prose, and with a soul as capacious as any poet in history, he was also a prolific children's writer and has been hailed as the greatest English letter writer since John Keats. His magnetic personality and insatiable appetite for friendship, love, and life also attracted more scandal than any poet since Lord Byron.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal thanks to narrator!

  • By equinox14 on 06-26-16

Phenomenal thanks to narrator!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Being more of a Sylvia Plath fan, I hesitated in wanting to learn about Ted Hughes, but I must say between the superb writing and compelling and warm narration, I was always eager to continue listening to this audible book. Unlike Mad Girl's Love Song about Plath whose narrator ruined the total book for me, this narrator did the opposite and drew me into the world of Hughes again and again. Bravo!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief

  • Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life
  • By: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

If you're reading this, chances are your life, or the life of someone you know, is shaped by pain - and the physical and emotional suffering that usually accompany it. The good news: Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have helped thousands of people learn to use the power of mindfulness to transform their relationship to pain and suffering, and discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a friend talking to you

  • By A reader on 08-27-11

Relaxing except for chimes

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

This will sound silly, but I used this to bring me into sleep and the long pauses coupled with the chimes kept waking me up with a fright. I do enjoy Kabat-Zinn's work and even his unique east coast accent can be soothing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted

  • By: Andrew Wilson
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

On 25 February 1956, 23-year-old Sylvia Plath walked into a party and spotted Ted Hughes, who she described as a 'big, dark, hunky boy'. Sylvia viewed Ted as something of a colossus, and to this day his enormous shadow has obscured Plath's life and work. After her suicide in February 1963, Hughes became Plath's literary executor, the guardian of her writings.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish due to narrator

  • By equinox14 on 06-26-16

Couldn't finish due to narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to narration of a book I love. This topic is a favorite so I was eager to hear this book. The narrator, who has a beautiful British accent, tries exceedingly too hard to do Sylvia's American accent. It's almost funny if it wasn't so annoying - how long of a pause she takes before transforming even a three-worded Sylvia quote into a drawn-out, husky and smoky voice that sounds rather bored. I kept trying to get past it, but finally had to admit sad defeat.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Art & Fear

  • Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  • By: David Bayles, Ted Orland
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847

Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By zozobraswife on 05-10-12

Struggled to finish

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

Reviewed: 04-23-16

Content would have captivated me more via audible if voice had more inflection. I glossed over too much to decide it was worth continuing.