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  • The 3-Day Effect

  • By: Florence Williams
  • Narrated by: Florence Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,950

Does nature really make us feel better? The 3-Day Effect takes a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier, and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, hiking in Utah’s wilderness, or walking through Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, scientists are finding that the more exposure humans have to nature, the more we can benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity, and overall well-being.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of opinions

  • By Peter A. Oneill on 05-08-19

I prescribe 3 days in nature!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

the story sets up a number of interesting characters that provide quantitative and qualitative data that supports the thesis that 3 days in nature has a significant effect on well-being.

  • The Whole-Brain Child

  • 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,858

Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very helpful listen!

  • By Jeannette on 10-01-12

great book for understanding kids and parenting

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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: 04-12-19

this book presents a fairly analytical walkthrough of neurology and tactical ways to work with kids better. I think it's a great book

  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

  • By: Meg Meeker
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441

Drawing on her 30 years' experience practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker explains why an active father figure is maybe the single most important factor in a young woman's development. In this invaluable guide, Meeker shows how a father can be both counsel and protector for his daughter as she grows into a spiritually and mentally strong young woman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Author describes what she finds offensive for kids

  • By Malty Whench on 01-04-17

good topic. a bit preachy

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I thought this was a good book to listen to you to understand my daughter. I wish it had more data points around the topic and less anecdotal advice.

  • Mating in Captivity

  • Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic
  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,532

Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intimacy is in the eye of the beholder.

  • By Grant on 03-10-13

interesting!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I enjoyed that this book broke out of conventional ways of thinking relationships. the author provides lots of examples to illustrate points suggestions

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  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,607

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally Mind-Altering

  • By John on 09-08-15

interesting overview

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I like the book very much. I felt like it was long on description of the theory but short on applications and methods to move to a growth mindset. I will seek out additional content 2 further that goal.

  • Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness

  • A Proactive Guide to the Psychology of Motivation
  • By: Roman Gelperin
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86

What is motivation? Why do we feel totally paralyzed to do certain things, and utterly unable to quit others? Too many people conclude, falsely, that they are just lazy or lacking in willpower. But what they lack is a correct understanding of their own minds, of motivation, and the way that it operates. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Formal text read by monotonous narrator

  • By RRambal on 06-24-18

somewhat interesting take on a topic

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

it's an interesting listen but it's more logical deduction/opinion than science. I found some of the passages to be oddly written and fairly trivial.

  • Kick Ass with Mel Robbins

  • Life-Changing Advice from the Author of “The 5 Second Rule”
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,845

Want more out of life? You're not alone. And best-selling author Mel Robbins is here to help with no-bullshit life and business advice that you won't get anywhere else. This follow-up to The 5-Second Rule - available only in audio - takes the classic talk-show format and elevates it to a premium audio experience. Listen to private, one-on-one coaching sessions between the celebrated motivational speaker and people like you - people who want better relationships, to be healthier and more productive, to get unstuck from destructive habits.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • wasnt a fan, but it might work for you.

  • By racing expectations on 04-11-19

nice to be a fly on the wall

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I thought that this was a good story because it allows you to hear other people's stories. I think I end up relating the stories back to myself and the advice or recommendations that I might not otherwise consider if offered in another format

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,763

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a self-help book

  • By Jason Crawford on 08-06-18

great direct content, greatest Scottish accent.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

very direct grappling with interesting subject of motivation. totally in the tradition of Hume, Smith, and obi wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) with all the necessary cursing.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,359

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

greatest most terrible story ever told

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I can't believe that every morning I wake up and things are the way they are. this book helped explain some of the chaos in the world and with good humor cured my disbelief. my fingers are crossed for America

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Earth Will Shake

  • The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Vol. I
  • By: Robert Anton Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scot Crisp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

They have been with us throughout the ages: the "Invisible College" of wisdom and their adversaries, the destroyers. Naples, Italy, circa 1764: A young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. As witness to a vicious assassination and victim of his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine is forced to begin a mystical odyssey amidst an ageless clash of Freemasons, Mafia, and the Illuminati.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful start to the series

  • By Kamal on 09-13-07

great story, I wanted more

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

written in the same style as the illuminatus trilogy, this has great storyline an interesting subject matter. I just wanted more. but sadly the author is no longer with us