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Stephanie Coulson

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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • Written by: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 903

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, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Memoir

  • By Vicki Anderson on 2018-09-14

Hard to listen to at times

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-11

I had to put this book down for a month about halfway through before I could pick it up again. It was hard to listen to the author's recollections of the same violent manipulations and careless accidents over and over again, and even harder to listen to the author's endless attempts to justify or rationalise the violence. This isn't a criticism of the author, exactly, but it was just too much for me. The narration and performance was amazing, though; probably one of the only reasons I gave it another try.

  • The Boat People

  • Written by: Sharon Bala
  • Narrated by: Athena Karkanis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

By the winner of The Journey Prize, and inspired by a real incident, The Boat People is a gripping and morally complex novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage to reach Canada - only to face the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism in their new land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By A.B on 2018-02-04

Ending was disappointing

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-02

Too many loose threads that don't get tied up. I think this is a stylistic choice on behalf of the author, but I was so invested in this story that I am sad to feel like there's so much missing from the ending. I did enjoy it up to the end, and the narration was amazing!

  • The World as It Is

  • A Memoir of the Obama White House
  • Written by: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping narrative, fantastic narration

  • By Stephanie Coulson on 2018-09-12

Gripping narrative, fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-12

Beautifully written narrative of the Obama presidency interwoven with Rhodes' own personal journey. I only wish that it was longer.

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • Written by: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 445

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-researched, meaningful and timely.

  • By Michele on 2017-10-31

This book changed my year

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

Reviewed: 2017-10-30

I thought I was looking for some motivational tips and tricks, but what I actually needed was this book.

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