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  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,643
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,494

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Pollan does it again

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Stellar book, really enjoyed him reading it as well. Michael Pollan is always worth listening to, as far as I am concerned. And this is a fascinating topic. Frankly, psychopharmacology is very often not effective. We need some advances in this field. Having said that, I think one comes away knowing that this is not the panacea to all ills. If one wants to maintain the gains made with a best case scenario trip, one has to put the work in - a.i. continue therapy, meditate, etc. I am glad he brought this topic to the mainstream - he was a perfect person to do so.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

A must-read.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

So glad that this was a daily deal, and I was just curious enough to buy it. This is a truly important book on the topic of depression. If you have been touched by the subject in any way - directly or indirectly - I highly recommend it. There are certainly circumstances, in which medications can be helpful, or even necessary. But everyone should be well aware of what Hari discusses here.

  • The Year of Magical Thinking

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,715

"Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to Read, but I didn’t like it

  • By Michael on 05-08-15

Incredibly valuable to me

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I purchased this a while a go at a time of terrible loss and was only recently able to listen. This is not a "pick-me-up", or guide to getting over it (which would have infuriated me). It is simply an incredible woman allowing you in at the most dreadful of times.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,225

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Indescribable

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

A sublime book, with a sublime performance by well - known character actor Jim Broadbent. The lives of ordinary people,. Only they are not. They are simple, and complex, and downright extraordinary all at the same time. And they remain unresolvedly human. What they go through ranges from reassuringly familiar, to bone-crushinly brutal on an emotional level. yet nothing seems contrived or manipulative. An incredible gem.

  • Lieberman's Choice

  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Bernie Shepard comes home with a shotgun. He opens the door to his bedroom, and sees what he expected - his wife in bed with another cop. Two pumps of the shotgun take care of them, and Shepard carries out the rest of his plan. Accompanied by his dog, this half-mad detective goes to the roof of his building, where he has built a small fortress stocked with food, water, and weapons. Talking Shepard down falls to Abe Lieberman and Bill Hanrahan, the odd-couple partners in Chicago homicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 15 Stars for Lieberman's Allegory!

  • By Ted on 07-05-16

What a difference compared to the first!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

I just wrote a review on the first book in this series... it wasn't great. I am happy that I purchased these two together as part of an Audible deal, because I would otherwise not have purchased the second in the series. This is what I had been hoping for in terms of quality of writing. Within the first ten minutes the observations and descriptions had me transported into the book. And the narrator - bordering on extremely annoying on the first book - is also vastly better on this one. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of these now.

  • Lieberman's Folly

  • The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

A pair of cops hunt the killer of the most beautiful hooker on Chicago’s North Side. On a blistering Chicago afternoon, the Cubs are winning and Abe Lieberman is waiting to meet a prostitute. This mild-mannered old police detective still has a few tricks up his sleeves - and one of them is named Estralda Valdez. One of the city’s loveliest women of the night, she is Lieberman’s most prized confidential informant, and she needs help with a psychotic john. Though they suspect she’s only paranoid, Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, agree to watch Valdez’s back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How can this man write so much, and so well?

  • By Richard Delman on 02-07-16

The alte kackers haven't saved this one so far.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

The book has some nice touches - a.i. the alte kackers - but it just falls short left, right and center. The author keeps getting into bits of background story that really don't go anywhere - they somehow don't help to develop his characters, and so I am often left with a sense of "who cares?!". The narrator... he's just short of being bad enough for me to stop trudging on altogether. So far. He has this annoying habit of drawing ooout and emphasizing the last vowel on some words for absolutely no reason. It sounds totally contrived. I mean, it's not an accent, it's not 'acting' in the sense that he is trying to emphasize a part of the story - why on earth does he do it??? Very distracting.

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  • The Professor and the Madman

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,410

Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

  • By Jerry on 07-07-03

Brilliant

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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: 09-13-14

Wonderful narration by the author, extraordinarily interesting, well-told story in terms of the people, as well as the history of the Oxford English Dictionary.

  • Slumdog Millionaire

  • By: Vikas Swarup
  • Narrated by: Christopher Simpson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By JoeWig on 04-06-10

the movie was good; the book is BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

Any additional comments?

The movie ran with the general premise of the book, and it was a nice watch particularly for the scenery of India (the good, bad and ugly), but there it ends. The characters in the movie are not taken from the book at all - and the stories told in the book are captivating, and complex, and the characters authentic, yet layered and unique. I listened for six hours the first day, and finished it the next. The narrator is excellent - one of the best I have ever listened to. To those who are annoyed because he does not portray Indians with a Texan accent, because it would be easier for you to understand... whatever. I have no words for you.

  • The Gods of Gotham

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Steven Boyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one!

  • By Kelly on 11-06-12

An absolute gem

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

What made the experience of listening to The Gods of Gotham the most enjoyable?

Perfect combination of excellent story line, well-developed characters, great pacing. The author displays a knowledge of history and language that makes it fun to look things up and never seems like it isn't pertinent to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

It totally drew me in and gave me a sense of being transported to a different time. There is nothing predictable, cliche or overdone about it.

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

Flawless performance, as far as I'm concerned. Again - nothing is annoyingly overdone. No verbal equivalent of "mugging" or bad acting. His accents are great. I'm really, really impressed. Over 60 audio books in, this one takes the cake.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't completely convinced by the listening sample. It was about Bird and not told from the same perspective as the rest of the book. When it switches to Tim's perspective about 5 minutes in, it really takes off.

  • Foreskin's Lament

  • A Memoir
  • By: Shalom Auslander
  • Narrated by: Shalom Auslander
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. Auslander remembers his youthful attempt to win the "blessing bee" (the Orthodox version of a spelling bee), his exile to an Orthodox-style reform school in Israel after he's caught shoplifting Union Bay jeans from the mall, and his 14-mile hike to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden without violating the Sabbath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best memoir I have listened to in my life!

  • By Crusader on 03-06-09

Great book

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

Reviewed: 06-16-11

I never feel moved to read books or see movies more than once. I know that I will listen to this book again. It feels like a friend. The kind you meet somewhere random, end up talking to the whole night. And you're amazed how much you have in common, although you really don't have much in common. I love this book. I particularly love that it is read by the author - I don't think anyone else could have done it justice.