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Robin H.

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  • 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 14,402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,629

"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

Fantastic message with mediocre execution

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I really appreciated the points the author made in this book and felt they were important and relevant. Often, however, the writing style was a bit flat and repetitive, and I found my mind drifting. Also, while in theory I like when authors narrate their own books, sometimes it's just not a good idea. Brené Brown's voice didn't quite have the strength and clarity that this subject matter deserved. Still an important book though, so I definitely recommend.

  • The Ultimate Jim Rohn Library

  • By: Jim Rohn
  • Narrated by: Jim Rohn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 608

So, what is it about Jim Rohn that has made him so tremendously effective in teaching others how to become so massively successful? The answer is he has a unique way of helping you discover that you are so much more capable and powerful than you have ever imagined. This is a breakthrough body of work from this world-renowned success philosopher, teacher, and motivator. Nightingale-Conant has compiled and distilled his most thought-provoking, income-generating, and fulfillment-producing ideas into 10 easy-to-listen-to-and-apply modules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Rohn was the catalyst for change in my life

  • By Justin McClain on 01-09-18

Limited and Dated Ideas

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

If you've done a fair amount of reading in self-development, you will have heard all the ideas here many times before. Take responsibility, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, do the work, etc. While these can be very useful ideas, they're less useful for someone who's heard them a thousand times already and looking for more nuanced content.

Jim Rohn, like so many others in the self-development field, assumes that we can just flip a switch and reprogram ourselves, despite factors like childhood adversity, health status, and depression, for example. We are not robots, and it simply isn't possible to have total control over our mood and mental outlook, even if we understand 100% that those things are getting in our way of success.

To be fair, this title could be very useful for anyone who hasn't yet grasped the idea of personal responsibility, and I guess there are a lot of those out there still.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Goodbye, Things

  • The New Japanese Minimalism
  • By: Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita - translator
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,631

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical , Deep and Self-Reflection

  • By Anonymous User on 05-11-17

Pure Zen

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

This is a wonderful book. Profound and yet written in deceptively plain language. My new bible. Also, this is my favorite narration of all time. Fantastic voice. Rich and expressive, it resonated deeply with the text instead of distracting from it. Bravo. Everything was perfect about this one.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Minimalism

  • Live a Meaningful Life, Second Edition
  • By: Ryan Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn
  • Narrated by: Justin Malik
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things that clutter our lives so we can make room for life's most important things - which actually aren't things at all. At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what's truly important.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tight version of stuff you can learn on podcast

  • By Mark on 03-10-17

I love minimalism, but this book is just ok

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

This was decent but not nearly as inspiring as their movie. The content was a bit superficial and didn't get as creative or philosophical as I'd hoped. I really disliked the narrator. He sounded incredibly apathetic. This is a terrible match for a book that's supposed to be so soulful and passionate. Check out instead Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki. Great writing and narration.

  • A Mind of Your Own

  • The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives
  • By: Kelly Brogan M.D., Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with one in four women starting her day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, and panic attacks to insomnia, PMS, and stress. But the truth is, what women really need can't be found at a pharmacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Critical and Necessary Read

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-01-16

Good, but too optimistic about what it can achieve

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

This is a good guide to healing depression through natural approaches. I do think it is a bit overly optimistic though, especially for people with more persistent and life-long mood issues. Some of us have spent years already working with the kinds of nutritional protocols and lifestyle changes Brogan suggests, but achieving true healing has been impossible or short lived. I agree that psychiatric drugs are not the answer, but I also feel that for many of us, there is no real "answer." The world is inherently a stressful place to live in these days with all the toxins we throw into it, and all the technology we have chosen to live with. Some of us are probably born with genetics that simply don't fit comfortably in this modern world. Brogan seems to assume that if we are mentally ill, we are obviously still eating junk food and not taking care of ourselves. Not true. I have not eaten Crisco or cheatos for over 20 years, but I felt like I was being talked down to by someone who thought she knew better than me. The narrator's horribly precious intonations did not help, and probably lead me to feel a little worse about the author than I would have if I read the book myself. There was just way too much touchy-feely, privileged upper-middle class, white yoga lady vibe. To me, that energy can only make light of mental illness and gloss over the complex challenges involved. Also, the author disregards the fact that doing her "program" requires a tremendous amount of financial and socio-cultural resources that are not available to many.

That said, I still give this 3 stars because there was a fair amount of valid information of how to address depression naturally. For some people this will be very useful. The truth is though, this advice simply will not work adequately or won't be sustainable for some of us who need it the most.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 1

  • 1882–1885
  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

A Russian author, playwright, and physician, Anton Chekhov is widely considered one of the best short-story writers of all time. Having influenced such writers as Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and James Joyce, Chekhov’s stories are often noted for their stream-of-consciousness style and their vast number.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Riot

  • By Robin H. on 05-04-13

A Riot

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

Reviewed: 05-04-13

These stories are absolute gems. In each one Chekhov hilariously (and not without compassion) uncovers the absurdity of some common human foible. Anthony Heald delivers a stellar performance. His various character voices, paired with Chekhov's writing, have made me laugh out loud countless times. Thanks to both of these gentlemen for such an enjoyable listen!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful