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  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,504

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

You Can't Stand in the Sun, Shonda's Blocking It

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Some books are littered with I, me, my, mine and other self-referential pronouns; and some of these books work. Some books, you forgive the author for their me-ism, and you enter into the contract of listening to their story in the hope of gaining some insight, wisdom or knowledge to apply to your own life. Or just for the gossip factor.

However this book disappoints on all those counts. Sure, there's name dropping here and there, (Kerry Washington gets dropped in a few times, probably just to ensure you're still reading or in this case, listening) and it included a few interesting tid bits and factoids if you love Rhimes' TV shows, but the bulk of it was self-referential blah to which I could not relate, or empathise much. The subtitle 'how to dance it out, stand in the sun and be your own person' is misleading. This is how Shonda did it. Little in her priviledged (though earned) life could apply to mine, nor probably yours, either. Once you entered Shondaland, there was no pass outs for reflection time, no door prizes you could perhaps use in your own life, and there was definitely no room for you. No, the hall of mirrors was all reflections of Shonda.

Aspects of the book I liked: It was narrated well, which is probably the only thing that kept me listening. The best insight in the book was also in the script of 'Scandal' (took me a minute to wonder where I'd heard it before) where motherhood is described not as a job, but who you are, and then goes on to explain why this is so. I'm not a mother, but thought it was a refreshing way to look at motherhood.

I am so sorry, I really wanted to like this. I like her shows, I think she's done a great job with her career and deserves every success she's worked for. But she should stick to what she does best - and even she admits this - telling stories. Making things up. And leave the exhortatinal stuff to those who do it better. Dick Van Dyke's recent audio book is a bit more engaging and gets you thinking about saying "Yes" to your own life more than this book does.

Disappointing, and far too much about Shonda and not enough about being your own person. Which leaves you feeling like she's blocking your sun.

  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

  • How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience
  • By: Carmine Gallo
  • Narrated by: Carmine Gallo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

Whether he was introducing the latest iPad or delivering a keynote presentation, Steve Jobs electrified audiences with his incomparable style and showmanship. He didn’t just convey information in his presentations; he told a story, painted a picture, and shared a vision. He gave his audience a transformative experience that was unique, inspiring, and unforgettable. Now you can do it too, by learning the specific techniques that made Jobs the most captivating communicator on the world stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that will change the way you present

  • By Carol Crouse on 08-30-13

Presentation 101

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

Reviewed: 11-01-14

This is a good break down of the elements of a good presentation, using Steve Jobs various presentations to illustrate the points. There are no real 'secrets' here; you can find them in any book on how to give a good presentation, however what carries this book (audio) and makes it engaging is using examples from Jobs' presentations and his life to illustrate the main points. If you are looking for inspiration, you may not find it, but if you are looking for the meat and potatos of presentations, presentation 101 more or less, but delivered using examples from a master presenter, then this will provide a good overview. Don't forget the main take-home, though, "Practice!"

  • Thunder Dog

  • The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
  • By: Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
  • Narrated by: Christopher Prince
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 9/11 and People who are blind

  • By Starlet on 09-05-11

Here's to The Dogs!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

This story was truly enjoyable and educational - I learned a lot about blindess and blind people that I did not know before, and that could only be a good thing, if it helps me understand those with disabilities a bit better. The author gives quite a bit of information about the challenges, and also the occassional advantages and humouress moments, of being blind. What happened in the towers is truly scary.

Most of all the story is a wonderful tribute to seeing eye dogs, and the important work they do. I felt uplifted and optimistic after listening to this book. A much-needed and well told true story.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,568

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Didne Loch It, Me Neither!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-14

I think Barry's review pretty much sums it up for me, as well. It was beautifully, beautifully narrated, but like many one and two star reviewers on Amazon, I quickly got fed up of the violence and the rape, and the connection between homosexual proclivities of one character and his wickedness, as if the two are somehow connected.

The story was an epic adventure, but really, the time travel thing didn't seem to feature largely; once her husband found out she was from the future, there was no real discussion about "What's it like?" or talk of technological and scientific advances, which is, I imagine,would be utterly fascinating to someone in Scotland in the 1700's, just as someone from the 3000's would have us gripped with curosity as to what life is like in the future.

Instead, he (Jamie) seems to matter of factly accept that she's from the 1940s and they go their merry way through the story from there, which leads me to feel that the whole time travel idea was just the USP (unique selling proposition) that could land yet another epic adventure novel onto bestseller lists, but which, ultimately, didn't feature heavily as a them, other than to give Claire more advanced medical knowledge, family history knowledge, and the dilemma of whether to return to her time or stay. And so I felt the story lacked believability.

Although it's had fabulous reviews, I found the story dragged on, and as previously noted, the various flavours of rape, beatings and graphic violence got a bit tiresome.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,841

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

Alas, Ending

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

I picked this book because it was one that was in the highly recommended list (I wouldn't normally do this, but decided to try something different). I sort of wish I hadn't done that.

On the postive side, it was very well-narrated, which is always a big deal with me, and a theme in all of my reviews. As such, the story was compelling and kept moving you along.

I won't go into a synopsis of the story, as this can be found in many other reviews, but I personally found the ending a bit predictable. This conclusion is probably a result of the passage of time - when it was first published, I'm sure this book was ground-breaking and considered in a class of its own. However, since its initial publication, time and technology and brilliant story-telling has seen swathes of similar, or better, stories based on the main theme - a disaster befalls the world and a few have to survive. I guess I've been exposed to some of these, wittingly or not - and so as a child of the modern age and modern entertainment, Alas, Babylon left me feeling, "Alas, Ending" for it's all too easy predictability (And no, I'm not going to tell you how it ends...)

Still, I'm sure it was a masterpiece of its time and many will enjoy it now if for only this reason ("it was written then, and could still apply now!") which is why I guess people still love it so much. I just blame my birthplace in history for my failure to find a satisfying conclusion.

  • Eat Move Sleep

  • How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
  • By: Tom Rath
  • Narrated by: Tom Rath
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 970

In Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath delivers an audiobook that will improve your health for years to come. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleepfeatures the most proven and practical ideas from his research. This remarkably quick listen offers advice that is comprehensive yet simple and often counterintuitive but always credible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm conflicted about this

  • By SamanthaG on 01-07-14

Not New, but OK Refresher

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

Reviewed: 10-22-14

This book won't give you any new advice unless you're new to health and wellness, however it was an easy listen, and the author's own story is a worthwhile reminder that what we do in terms of eating, sleeping, movement and stress management can indeed be the difference between managing or not managing a condition.

There are no ground-breaking insights unless health and wellness are new to you, but it's still worth a listen just as a reminder and motivator to either do what you know you should be doing, or to keep up the good work! The narration was pleasant enough, which goes a long way to making this kind of information enjoyable or not. Because of its lack of scintillating, ground-breaking material, I recommend picking this up in a BOGO or discount sale rather than use up a whole credit on it.Still worthwhile, though.

  • 86400

  • Manage Your Purpose to Make Every Second of Each Day Count
  • By: Lavaille Lavette
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

86400 is the instigator that will inspire you to live a renewed life of intention, ultimately managing your unique purpose to make a difference for others as well as for yourself.Starting with personal accounts of her own challenges with time management and her search to find meaning amidst her success and achievements, Lavaille Lavette provides ten characteristics she has discovered to help discern the value of each moment of the day and fill it with unique purpose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Be Aware: Christian-centred Content

  • By Mettaphorica on 04-30-13

Be Aware: Christian-centred Content

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

Reviewed: 04-30-13

Somehow, in the preamble to this book, I missed that the word "God" was a euphemism for the fundamentalist, born-again Christian God, and not the generic God that many books use to cover any one of a zillion belief systems for which wisdom can be found and applied. Within the first few minutes, the Christ-centred living tenet came up, and I knew this was a fundo manifesto. I turned it off. Somehow, I missed that this audio book has the born-again Christian agenda, and whilst this might appeal to some and be exactly what they are looking for, it's not for me, and if this type of Christian-centric content is not what you are after either, then avoid this book. It's just a pity that the introductory editorial blurb does not make it clear enough that this book is about being a good follower of Jesus and living your purpose for Jesus. Had I known this, I would not have purchased it.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Now Habit

  • By: Neil Fiore Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Neil Fiore Ph.D.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,128

If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A keeper

  • By Ron on 03-17-07

Ok content, painful to listen to

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

Reviewed: 04-17-13

Reasonable content, terrible narration. The issue has come up before, and here it is again: just because you wrote a book, doesn't mean you have the skill to read it! The author's narration is flat and monotone with frequent hesitations as he begins another segment of text. It's almost like listening to your 6 year old stammer over his homework reading because he doesn't know how to pronounce the next word. This book is a little like that in many places. I bought the book because years ago I read the hard copy version and remembered that it had some good content. However, not so the audio version.

The content could be useful, but because he delivers like a robot with the caps lock on, I found I couldn't focus enough on the message to make it useful. Potential authors note; this issue of bad narration comes up frequently in audible reviews, and has certainly steered me away from a book more than once.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Science of Fear

  • Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger
  • By: Daniel Gardner
  • Narrated by: Scott Peterson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real-estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly - believing they were avoiding risk - road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rational assessment of the world we live in

  • By Kristopher on 08-29-09

Lots of Factoids

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

I purchased this because of all the great reviews. I found the delivery dry and dull, as if reading a list from the Guiness Book of Records or an Encyclopedia a lot of factoids collected from various schools of thought. Wasn't cohesive enough for me, so I stopped half way. I will try and listen to it again and if I change my mind, will amend review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If God Were Your Therapist

  • How to Love Yourself and Your Life and Never Feel Angry, Anxious or Insecure Again
  • By: David J. Lieberman Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Dr. David Leiberman, offers insights into the human condition and reveals how, regardless of the opportunities available to us today, a lack of self-control results in poor choices and ultimately leads to negative emotions and destructive habits. If God Were Your Therapist offers neither exercises or affirmations. Rather, listeners learn how to regain self-control and move their thoughts, choices, and lives in a purposeful, powerful direction, free from the shackles of anxiety and stress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Basic rules that make sense and need to be heard

  • By Melissa on 06-08-11

Not Feel-Good, but Food for Thought

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

I needed to listen to this 3 times over, and rewound several times. The content is good food for thought - the execution can seem a little dry and clinical. Though I haven't read it, I imagine it might be easier to digest the content properly with the print version, as it does require some reflection.
Overall, though, some good thoughts and ideas. As for life-changing as some other reviewers have stated, I'm not so sure. If you are into self-help and prepared to also take a good hard look at yourself - this is not feel-good stuff- then you'll like this.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful