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  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,070

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Something that had to be gotten through

  • By Anne on 03-08-12

Great series, great performance (but NOT Brianna)

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Would you listen to The Fiery Cross again? Why?

Probably not. I'm enjoying working through this series but this book is much more slow moving with a lot more dialogue.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

I think she does a great job with Mrs. Bug.

Any additional comments?

I'm truly impressed with the narrators ability to handle so many different accents in this series. Every character jumps to life so clearly with the voice and accent she gives them. With one very notable exception: Brianna. For some reason she talks like a tipsy, old timey, world-weary, Wild-Western barkeep... or something along those lines. Not a young woman who grew up in Boston... or even an American from the 1960s... its really very disconcerting. But truly she's the only character performance that strikes me as "wrong."

  • 2312

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 661

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the past 5 years.

  • By Casey on 09-07-15

Couldn't get attached to the characters

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. I loved the world-building and the descriptions of the terreria etc.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There was a fair amount of boring dialogue and I wish that space had gone to giving the actual plot and events of the story more intensity. When you are talking about potential war, human suffering and major social change you'd think there would be a very palpable sense of intensity and some emotion. It seemed like I should have felt a sense of urgency or of there being "a lot to lose." Instead everything felt a little numb. Also I feel like there was an opportunity lost in dealing with the ramification of life extension. He went into it a little but I think there was a lot more room to delve into that in a less cerebral way.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Zimmerman – was your favorite?

None. I had an extremely difficult time getting attached to the characters. The performance was fine... this was more an issue of how they were written. I just couldn't get myself to care about them at all.

Do you think 2312 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Because I don't want to read it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Energy Anatomy

  • By: Caroline Myss
  • Narrated by: Caroline Myss
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 816

The spirit has an unlimited capacity for self-healing and divine connection. This enlightening recording teaches you to view your health through a spiritual-biological lens to see a new picture of how the human body heals. In 12 step-by-step sessions, Dr. Caroline Myss presents every phase of her groundbreaking work on energy medicine, including the "map" of your body's seven energy centers, its relationship to sacred texts and divine power, and principles of intuitive diagnosis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Roadmap for the Path

  • By Marijo Puleo on 03-18-09

Valuable lessons if you can wade through delivery

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

What aspect of Caroline Myss’s performance would you have changed?

There is a lot of food for thought and some good insights here if you can wade through the evangelical preacher delivery. It strikes me as deeply hypocritical (and odd) that the admonishments to not judge and not be negative were delivered in such a heavy-handed, judgemental and negative manor. I felt as if she were trying to shame me... not very empowering.

Any additional comments?

I recommend reading Louise Hay before getting into anything by Caroline Myss.

  • Keto Clarity

  • Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet
  • By: Eric C. Westman MD, Jimmy Moore
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530

Leading health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces again to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet—one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats—which is emerging in the scientific literature as a means for improving a wide range of diseases, from Type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer's and more. Simply eating a low-carb diet alone isn't enough, and Moore and Westman tell you why. Have you looked at a low-carb diet simply as a means to lose weight? What if you learned that combining a low-carb nutritional approach with a high fat intake produces a powerful therapeutic effect on a wide variety of health conditions that most people think requires medication to control? That’s what Keto Clarity is all about. Jimmy Moore, a leading low-carb diet blogger and podcaster, has reunited with his Cholesterol Clarity co-author Dr. Eric C. Westman, a practicing internist and low-carb diet researcher, to bring you the crystal-clear information you need to understand what a ketogenic diet is and why it may be the missing element in your pursuit of optimal health. This book includes exclusive interviews from twenty of the world's foremost authorities from various fields bringing their depth of expertise and experience using this nutritional approach. Moore and Westman explain why ketosis is normal and how this nutritional approach is being used therapeutically by many medical professionals. You will find a step-by-step guide to help you produce more ketones and track your progress, real life success stories, and more. The solid evidence for nutritional ketosis in dealing with many of the chronic health problems of our day is presented, including but not limited to: epilepsy, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good source of info on Low Carb, High Fat living

  • By Susan on 12-13-14

Practical Info for Keto Beginners

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you listen to Keto Clarity again? Why?

I already have... to really soak up all the info

What did you like best about this story?

I felt like it was broken into bite sized pieces I could absorb. Good mix of personal experience, scientific information, advice from medical experts and practical how-to.

Any additional comments?

Love that this is narrated by the author. His southern drawl and southern mispronunciation of certain words brought a smile to my face.

  • Neanderthal Man

  • In Search of Lost Genomes
  • By: Svante Pääbo
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 567

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human? What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pbo’s mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not really about Neanderthal man

  • By Mark on 08-29-15

Not what I thought

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It would depend on who that friend was!

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

Very very technical but still I caught a lot of it because he describes things very well. I have a mere bachelors degree so this was... a lot for me. I by no means caught it all but did learn a lot.

Any additional comments?

I really thought this would be more about our ancient ancestors and Neanderthals and give a lot of details about the past. Instead it is very autobiographical and primarily about the author's (admittedly) interesting career and life. As a result I have learned A TON about the science behind the dating of ancient artifacts and fossils. If you are not in the science field it could also be an eye-opening view into the nature of research... rustling up funding and the race to publish... the competition etc.
It's not what I thought it would be but it has definitely been interesting and I have learned new things. Boy do I wish I were smarter though...

42 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • Self-Esteem Affirmations

  • Motivational Affirmations for Building Confidence and Recognizing Self-Worth
  • By: Louise L. Hay
  • Narrated by: Louise L. Hay
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

This powerful audio program, created and narrated by Louise L. Hay, contains a series of positive affirmations that will help you experience the joy, fulfillment, love, and wonder that are present in you right now. Hearing affirmations audibly or subliminally is like the planting of seeds in a well-tended garden. It takes time for them to germinate, take root, and blossom. So, to reap the maximum benefits from affirmations, you need only be faithful and consistent in your use of this program.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best thing that i have heard for some time now

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-23-04

Please remake this with better music! Please. :-)

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

What made the experience of listening to Self-Esteem Affirmations the most enjoyable?

It was very calming

What was one of the most memorable moments of Self-Esteem Affirmations?

Realizing that the one song sounds like Pachabelle... which I hate. Oy

Would you listen to another book narrated by Louise L. Hay?

Yep definitely, she's awesome

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

I felt relaxed but bewildered by the 80s synth music

  • Boundaries in Marriage

  • By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
  • Narrated by: Dick Fredricks
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

Drs. Cloud and Townsend help you understand the friction points and even the serious hurts in your marriage - and move beyond them to mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Tool

  • By Stephanie on 04-04-08

Great material, Valuable insight, weird narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-13-14

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

I would highly recommend the book but not the audiobook. The book offers a lot of wisdom and gives case examples to illustrate points. The strangeness of the narration is too distracting and detracts from the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

non-fiction- no characters

What didn’t you like about Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend ’s performance?

Contrary to what is listed the narrator is not either of the authors- it's someone else- I believe the same person who narrates the other boundaries books. This is a self-help book not a dramatic novel. There's no need for the narrator to try and "make things more interesting" by reading so dramatically and making each person in each case example sound like they are ready to jump off a bridge. No one talks that way. It makes it hard to take it seriously. He also gives everyone this weird accent- it's almost like a long island accent but not quite. It's distracting and I would suggest reading this as opposed to listening to it.

What did you learn from Boundaries in Marriage that you would use in your daily life?

That a good marriage and good boundaries start with having good character and good boundaries with yourself.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful book. Weird narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Raven Boys

  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stiefvater does it again!

  • By C. ALLINGER on 09-20-12

Surprisingly lovely

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

Reviewed: 06-06-13

If you could sum up The Raven Boys in three words, what would they be?

Surprising. Funny. Imaginative.

What did you like best about this story?

Very pleasantly surprised by this imaginative and fully-fleshed story. I had my doubts but the author uses the paranormal subject matter as a context to tell a story that is really all about relationships, family, longing and belonging. With clever dialogue and a restrained hand she paints a vivid picture of well-realized characters and spirited relationships. The sense of mystery that winds through the story hasn't (yet) crossed over into cheesy or creepy (for me). Hope the sequel lives up to the original! I will be reading it.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Persephone.

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

Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't

  • By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
  • Narrated by: Dick Fredricks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686

The wounds inflicted by an "unsafe" person can go deep. If you've ever been in a relationship where you were used, abused, or abandoned, then Safe People is for you. It will help you make wise choices in relationships from friendships to romance. You'll discover why good people can get tangled in bad relationships. And you'll learn how to avoid repeating your own mistakes and how to pick safe, healthy people for the friends you make and the company you keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent analysis of Safe and Unsafe People

  • By Weedarkone on 06-14-12

Great insight with helpful action steps.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

Where does Safe People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the most helpful self-help audiobooks I've listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Safe People?

“When we ask we are owning our needs. Asking for love, comfort or understanding is a transaction between two people. You are saying: I have a need. It's not your problem. It's not your responsibility. You don't have to respond, but I'd like something from you. This frees the other person to connect with you freely and without obligation. When we own that our needs are our responsibility we allow others to love us because we have something to offer. Asking is a far cry from demanding. When we demand love, we destroy it.”

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's over-dramatization and use of different voices (most of which sounded like they were drunk or derranged) for every little case example was odd for a self-help book. It was a little distracting and very perplexing but did not ruin the book.

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

No- too much to absorb in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This is from a Christian perspective but still has valuable insight to offer a non-Christian.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Boundaries in Dating

  • How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships
  • By: Henry Cloud, John Townsend
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Petersen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

Boundaries in Dating provides a way to think, solve problems, and enjoy the benefits of dating in the fullest way, including increasing the ability to find and commit to a marriage partner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Packed with good Godly advice

  • By F. Bramming on 01-27-15

Great advice, weird narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-20-13

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

Wise, Godly, down-to-earth advice from a psychotherapeutic perspective.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boundaries in Dating?

Loved all the personal examples.

How could the performance have been better?

Why did the narrator have to say matoor and imatoor instead of mature and immature? Why? Seems silly but the word is used very frequently throughout the book so it really grates on you after a while.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful