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  • Princess

  • A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
  • By: Jean Sasson
  • Narrated by: Catherine Byers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...

  • By Rastein on 03-13-13

Read this book!

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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: 06-18-16

I was enthralled by this book and sorry to finish it. The title and cover picture almost put me off, making me think of a romance novel, but this is not that! It's a fascinating, horrifying, detailed narrative of the life of a Saudi woman (yes, a princess, but they have many). She is economically privileged, but the story is about life as a girl and woman in Saudi Arabia, and her cruel status as a captive and an object. As I read of the cruel punishments experienced by this woman and the women of her country, it became clear that ISIS hasn't come up with anything new. These horrors really do originate in Saudi Arabia. This story and its heroines are heart breaking essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the lives of women living under Wahhabism.

  • The End of Faith

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664

Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to misinterpret

  • By Mark on 08-04-13

An effective damnation of all things religious

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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: 08-16-15

Intelligent, persuasive, and very interesting. If this book doesn't free you from whatever silly ideas you were raised with, I don't know what will.

  • Family Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Akhil Sharma
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision. We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: When automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and touching

  • By Shantanu Sharma on 04-29-14

I got lost in this book

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

Just a beautiful true story, beautifully told. Recommended. The ending didn't feel like an ending, but that was right for the book.

  • The Art of Communicating

  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

Zen master Thick Nhat Hanh, best-selling author of Peace is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life's most important skill: How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear? How can we listen with compassion and understanding? Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday interactions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent short-ish listen for connecting with others

  • By DaemonZeiro on 07-02-15

Loving speech

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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: 08-16-15

Those familiar with Thich Nhat Hanh will miss his gentle voice in the narration here, but Mr. Woren does a fine job. For those not familiar, this book can make a nice introduction. The book discusses human relationships from a softly buddhist perspective. Listening attentively, responding with compassion, being present. Excellent advice, full of wisdom, gently given.

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  • The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

  • By: The Great Courses, Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
  • Narrated by: Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? This lonely and chronically ill, yet passionate, daring, and complex man is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood of all contemporary philosophers. Why are his brilliant insights so relevant for today? How did he become the most misinterpreted and unfairly maligned intellectual figure of the last two centuries?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect entry point for understanding Nietzsche

  • By Charley Yeager on 03-09-15

Permission (and reason) to love Nietzsche!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-15

Nietzsche wasn't an anti-semite after all. Our professors begin by convincing us (convincingly!) of that, and move on to explain just who and what he actually was. Fascinating. I enjoyed the tag team approach to teaching here, but was slightly disappointed that the professors, who are married to each other, seemed always to agree. This course inspired me to read some translated Nietzsche for his existentialism and writing style. Readers with my sentiments generally will need to hold their noses through Nietzsche's misogyny.

  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

  • Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts
  • By: Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
  • Narrated by: Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,408

Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent insights, but a little too long

  • By Anand on 11-11-12

My life makes sense now

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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: 08-16-15

No kidding. This author explained what happened in my life. I can finally sleep nights. If only I had read this at 20 instead of 50. Buy this book. Share it with your friends.

  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,196

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Start with this One

  • By Elvie on 04-28-16

Fun, fun, fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

I laughed out loud! Wonderful escapist light reading. Loved Sedaris' narration! Still telling the mouse story.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,811

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Mockingbird meets the real world

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

So glad I read this book despite the mixed press! It rang more true than To Kill a Mockingbird. As a lover of that book, I found the tension between the idealized father character of that story (and of an adult Scout's memory in this one), and the more complex, sometimes disappointing father the adult Scout sees here, to be exquisite and real. A terrific read!

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  • An Unnecessary Woman

  • By: Rabih Alameddine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family's "unnecessary appendage." Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The 37 books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read by anyone. In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis, listeners follow Aaliya's digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tales of a Literary Snob

  • By Ilana on 02-14-14

I loved this woman!

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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: 03-17-15

Reading this book was something like making a new friend. What an interesting character!

  • The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists

  • Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
  • By: Eleanor Payson
  • Narrated by: Cathryn Bond Doyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

This ground-breaking book offers hope and help to those who have been drawn into these devastating relationships. She includes illuminating case studies that identify the problems that occur in the different types of relationships, from co-workers, to friends, to parents, to lovers. Listeners employing these insights and skills will find new abilities to identify and protect against the narcissist's manipulations and take back control of their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem,a must read, it fulfills all expectations

  • By Sonia on 12-03-12

a very helpful book

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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: 03-17-15

This book helped make sense of a lot of the people in my life and even some of my own behaviors and motivations. Worth the time to read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful