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Lisa J. Shultz

Breckenridge, CO
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  • The Courage to Be Disliked

  • How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life, and Achieve Real Happiness
  • By: Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin, Graeme Malcolm, January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous best seller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 20th-century psychology, The Courage to Be Disliked follows an illuminating conversation between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher explains to his pupil how each of us is able to determine our own life, free from the shackles of past experiences, doubts, and the expectations of others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By yoguinha on 09-30-18

Title caught my eye!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

The dialog was well crafted and well performed but occasionally annoying. It is not my favorite style of a book presentation. However, I liked the title of the book and the messages within. Some highlights: all problems are interpersonal relationship problems. A relationship is vertical (inferior/superior) if it contains either praise or rebukes. A relationship is horizontal (more evenly matched) if gratitude is expressed. Living a life of contribution to others and living each moment now is the ideal way to live.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,286

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

Quite a compelling read. Left me pondering for awhile afterward. The ending was a surprise in multiple ways. Seemed like many aspects of history were integrated into this concept.

  • The End of Old Age

  • Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life
  • By: Marc E. Agronin MD
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

As one of America's leading geriatric psychiatrists, Dr. Marc Agronin sees both the sickest and the healthiest of seniors. He observes what works to make their lives better and more purposeful and what doesn't. The latest scientific research and Dr. Agronin's first-hand experience are brilliantly distilled in The End of Old Age - a call to no longer see aging as an implacable enemy and to start seeing it as a developmental force for enhancing well-being, meaning, and longevity. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Positive spin on aging

  • By Lisa J. Shultz on 02-12-19

Positive spin on aging

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I appreciated the author's positive spin on aging. Some of the language didn't resonate with me despite the book being well-articulated. Encouraging and hopeful and a little boring at times. Reader was a bit robotic.

  • You Can Stop Humming Now

  • By: Daniela Lamas
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones, Daniela Lamas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research. To the public eye, medical stories often begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. But these are only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for those whose lives are extended by days, months, or years as a result of our treatments and technologies?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlighthening

  • By GMA on 07-29-18

Explores critical illness with multiple patients

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I appreciated hearing stories of critically ill patients and their choices and decisions about living in a state of prolonged hospitalization or recurring hospitalizations. I gained more perspective on the complexity of life in ICU and acute care floors. The doctor contemplated her patient's lives and their futures. It caused me to think more deeply on the subject of what I might face if was very ill or living with a serious, perhaps terminal diagnosis.
I felt something was missing though. I would have liked more discussion about how our health care system might provide a look at not doing so much to extend life. Western medicine tends to aim to prolong life and I would like to see more thought about if that is really in one's best interest.
Would rather have had the author read the whole thing.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,693
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,210
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,024

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Gripping and mind boggling

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This book will probably be one of the best of the year and I read an average of a book a week. I experienced a wide range of emotions. Unchecked and untreated mental illness coupled with physical and emotional abuse were horrific. Not allowing school or medical care was incomprehensible. Needless suffering and isolation from the rest of the world was shocking. It was also compelling, inspiring and hopeful that anyone could escape such conditions and thrive. Bravo Tara Westover!

  • The More of Less

  • By: Joshua Becker
  • Narrated by: Joshua Becker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill, and it distracts us from the very lives we wish we were living. But it doesn't have to be this way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changer

  • By Elsie on 12-18-17

Appropriate for all levels

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I have been reading books on minimalism for years and am well beyond the beginning stages of being a minimalist. Because I have read so many books on this subject, many of them bore me. Despite the author catering to beginners, he also gave me, as an intermediate, aspects I appreciated.
Here are a few of the points I most enjoyed:

The Universal Benefits of Minimalism
Consumerism broken down for each generation
Tools of marketers
Declaring your Why
Goodbye Mr. Paper
Finding Enough
A Better Way to Get Rid of Your Stuff (giving it to charities in need)

If you are ready to give minimalism a try, need a boost because you are stuck or are well on your way to a minimalist life, this book has something to offer every stage. Well done!

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,926
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,283

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I got a lot out of this short Audible Original. I didn't know much about the author prior to listening to this book. His stories have made me pause and contemplate a great deal of assumptions I might have had in the past. It also confirmed a few things I felt, which was a relief to feel less alone in those thoughts. If you are open to some amazing stories that might shake your beliefs a bit, I recommend it.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,752

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

What fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Delightful, fun Audible Original. I listened to this story between longer books and it was a great pick-me-up. Throw in a little life lesson and laughter and the result is a worthy 2 hours of your time.

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  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow

  • Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief
  • By: Francis Weller, Michael Lerner - foreword
  • Narrated by: Derek Botten
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with personal and collective sorrows, Weller reveals the new vitality we may encounter when we welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book, but generically read

  • By laurie on 02-18-18

Help with grief

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I have been feeling grief in many areas of my life and this book helped me understand the multi-faceted grief experience. I feel grief about our earth, our ancestors and in my present situation of a recent loss of my dad and upcoming loss of my mom. As I grew to understand the grief experience in a deeper way through this book, it helped me with perspective and how to view grief in a way that honors it and me. If you are grieving, this book might be one to consider reading.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,894

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

This book had a wide range of reviews. People either liked it or didn't. I am a bit in the middle but more favorable than not. Sometimes the author seemed to be close to yelling but mostly just really passionate. He could have been preaching from a pulpit. Often when talking about a rule, he would go off on a tangent and it was really distracting. Sometimes he would pull it all together and sometimes the tangent just seemed like drifting.
I did like that his rules weren't always titled in a way that most self-help books would do. He got a bit out of the box and that kept my interest. The author has a keen intellect but perhaps needs to be a bit more succinct. I think I remember more about lobsters than the rule that he was speaking about. He brought in random stories that were not always woven into an understandable point.
Even though I read the whole book, I cannot recall the 12 rules to recite them to someone else.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful