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  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

  • My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating
  • By: Alan Alda
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

The beloved actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the science of communication and teaches listeners to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate mind-reading abilities. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful and pleasant

  • By 22Wonderful on 06-12-17

Really interesting but just too long!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

All the reviewers that said this book is repetitive is correct. I bought this after hearing Alan Alda being interviewed for a podcast and of course, speaking of empathy. The interview was about 30 minutes. The book didn't add much to the point.
Use empathy as a tool to connect with others (not as a state of being). Then there are a few examples, but that's it. I have no idea why it is so long. I'm half way through and returning it. Alan Alda's voice is great; love his narrative style and accent. However, the stories are just too darn repetitive. This should have been a lecture or speech and sold for $3.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,426

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Glad I stuck with it.

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

A bit hard to get into, but you'll be glad you stayed with this book.
We all need characters to love and the main one can be a bit difficult at times, but in the end her journey of growth with charm you. This book is an ode to friendships. Great listen.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,126

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Where are the interesting characters?

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Perhaps it is better as a physical book read. There seems to be a lot of fluff, especially at the beginning.

The book lays out (lists) all the towns characters in the first hour (instead of trying to pull you into a story). I had to go online and search just to make sure I had them all correct! Then I thought "I'm ready let the story begin" - but nope. Very long descriptions of everything. Describing one of the painting of a main character took five minutes. Then she begins to (lists) of the character traits of that artist. Just write a story where action happens and let us discover the character!

I found the writing very frustrating; I only made it to through the first hour! If you are into long descriptions of items that are not important and lists of character traits (ala Marquez) then you might enjoy this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,983
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,872

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Yes! Enthralling story with the best narration!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This is the first novel I was able to get through on audible. I have tried others by actresses that I enjoy (Judith Light, etc.) and I always had to return it - never felt like the character voices were authentic. Ms. Turpin did an outstanding job, no wonder she has won audible awards!
The story is just so enthralling; you will get through this book very quickly. Although it is labelled as a "YA" - I would definitely say there are themes that resonate with adults. This is the story of a young lady, and her family; it talks of self-growth (how do you raise yourself up without leaving others behind?), personal identities (navigating who we are public vs private), prejudice (ideals of who different races/ethnicity would/should act, what they like, how they dress, etc etc) and also family (what defines a family? and what happens when one is lacking - - people look can end up looking in the "wrong" place). Just a great novel.
You will laugh, you will cry, you will count the days until you see the movie version!

  • Real Love

  • The Art of Mindful Connection
  • By: Sharon Salzberg
  • Narrated by: Sharon Salzberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and life itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book is awesome, interface needs improvement

  • By Catherine B. on 02-12-18

Rambles on... not organized

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

There are some good points to the book, instructions for some guided meditations, but they are sprinkled throughout. I've listened for 3 hours and all the stories just seems to be strung together. It's all interesting but delivered in a soft rambling stream of consciousness. Via Audible there appears to be no linear progression of thought. Might be different in print. Also if you have read or study anything about mindfulness (awareness, acceptance,letting go, etc) then nothing really new here. At least not in the first three hours.

  • The Seat of the Soul

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gary Zukav
  • Narrated by: Gary Zukav, Maya Angelou (preface), Oprah Winfrey (preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

With the same extraordinary skill that he used to demystify scientific abstraction and the new physics, Gary Zukav, the award-winning author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, here takes us on a brilliant and penetrating exploration of the new phase of evolution we have now entered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A True Spiritual Classic

  • By Vik on 02-22-06

....that part about Dolphin souls reincarnated?

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Somewhere at the beginning was a chapter on INTENTIONS and the splintered personality; that section was good.

However, to get there...you had to listen to A Lot of monotone repetitive speech about Karma and reincarnation. The basis of which is the same you would find on wikipedia: souls are reincarnated to fulfill their purpose or unfinished business from past lives. Can be hard to swallow, but the suggestions from the intention chapter are good and food for thought.

I listened a little more and the reincarnation speech came back three-fold. Then he started talking about dophins' purpose and what they want out of life (seriously)....how does he know? Did he speak to one? Maya and Oprah - what the heck?

I'm so lost I can't go back and search for meaning in his dribble. Cheers to the people that are so moved by the entire book but most of it reads like the rantings of a teenager on an acid trip that is expelling his/her enlightenments.

I got through 5 hours. I can't do anymore. RETURNING.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wired for Dating

  • How Understanding Neurobiology and Attachment Style Can Help You Find Your Ideal Mate
  • By: Stan Tatkin PsyD MFT
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Everybody wants someone to love and spend time with, and searching for your ideal partner is a natural and healthy human tendency. Just about everyone dates at some point in their life, yet few really understand what they're doing or how to get the best results. In Wired for Dating, psychologist and relationship expert Stan Tatkin - author of Wired for Love - offers powerful tips based in neuroscience and attachment theory to help you find a compatible mate and go on to create a fabulous relationship.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Title is misleading

  • By tfarmer on 06-10-18

Very elementary stuff and bad narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This is a book for people no nothing about physiology and basic behavior. Absolutely no insights for a normally educated person. Although I only could get through chapter 6. I’m returning. And the narrator sounds like a voice from pharma ads. Awful.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • I Feel Bad About My Neck

  • And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman
  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 862

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't make me get out of the car...

  • By Kestrel on 10-09-06

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

I remember seeing her do the interview circuit for this book and thinking "I have to read that." However the stories were just ok...entertaining enough to keep listening, but not really rememberable. In fact, I finished two weeks ago and I can't think of one story, something about plastic surgery, but I don't remember the point. Unfortunately no laugh-out-loud moments. I think I'm giving three stars just because I like her cheesy movies. But 2.5 would be more honest.

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,007
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,899

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

A very long dissertation.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

The book starts off on a personal note and that is somewhat interesting. It’s about her search for belonging and the fundamental need of humans to belong. But then it turns into a scholarly lecturer with numbered points on how to behave that are pretty basic stuff. If you know anything about the social sciences, psychology, human behavior patterns, or even had a really awesome grandmother that explained the world to you then you probably don’t need this book. I have an hour left and I just can’t anymore. It’s very basic stuff. I’m returning. Another thing is she has a bit of that vocal fry. It’s annoying to hear a grown woman with a speech pattern similar to a 20 yr old kardashian.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Rejection Proof

  • How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection
  • By: Jia Jiang
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618

Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. Despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed and spiraled into a period of deep self-doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Waste A Rejection!

  • By Gillian on 05-30-16

Why is this so long?

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Basically this is a TED talk expanded to 6 hours. I got two and a half hours in and I just can’t imagine what else needs to be said for the next 4 hours! Before every “rejection” attempt his heart pounds but he does it anyway. Over and over. I can’t anymore with this book. Doesn’t help the narrator sounds like a robot.