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Ms. M. Considine

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  • Thinking About Religion and Violence

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Jason C. Bivins PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

In a world where violence in the name of religion can impact so many other people's lives, it's critical to understand the intersection between religion and violence. What's required is not to see religion as inherently violent but to recognize that the violence associated with religious groups and communities is worth exploring and interrogating. In these 24 lectures, embark on a global, multidisciplinary investigation of religious violence. Delivered with honesty and sensitivity to the diversity of spiritual beliefs, these lectures examine the roots of this phenomenon and guide you toward more informed ways of thinking about it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • glaring absence of discussion of sexual violence

  • By Ms. M. Considine on 20-09-18

glaring absence of discussion of sexual violence

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

I'm still listening so I will return to update this review. I was quite shocked when I downloaded the pdf notes and discovered that an analysis of sexual violence and religion is absent. Also nothing about religious institutions systemic acts of violence do not appear to have been covered. In terms of Catholicism (and other forms of christianity) where are the discussions of Mother and baby homes and forced adoption, Magdalen Laundries and slave labour and torture, industrial schools sexual, emotional and physical violence.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, funny, honest

  • By Michela on 24-03-19

very enjoyable for any fan of Carrie Fisher

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Very enjoyable for any fan of Carrie Fisher. I found the diary excepts a bit cringy but then so did Fisher

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly that I wanted

  • By Lauren Bateman on 09-09-18

insightful and revealling

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

Reviewed: 21-10-17

Completely worth reading and helpful if you find yourself baffled by the loss of the Clinton campaign. A little too polite for me (thats politics I suppose) sexism and misogyny aren't mentioned until half way through the book. I'm with her though.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,231
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,206

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By OldskoolHrdcore on 25-08-17

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

What did you like most about Born a Crime?

I enjoyed trevor Noah as a narrator, he has a beautiful voice and switches between accents, impersonations and languages fluidly.

What did you like best about this story?

He provides illuminating insights on language and human connection and wonderfully ridicules systemic racism.

  • Antigone

  • By: Jean Anouilh
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Marvel, Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The body of Polynices, Antigone's brother, has been ordered to remain unburied by Creon, the new king of Thebes. Antigone defies the law, sealing her fate. Originally produced in Paris during the Nazi occupation, Anouilh's Antigone was seen by the French as theatre resistance and by Germans as an affirmation of authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and credible performance

  • By Dot Marshall-Gent on 23-12-13

over-acted, impossible to get through

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Neutral accents and more subtle acting style would help but mostly I found it impossible to get into the performance because the contemporary north american accents displaced the story/scene

What was most disappointing about Jean Anouilh’s story?

The story is great, the audio is the problem

Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth Marvel and Full Cast ’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Again I love the story, I just cant listen to the actors. I couldn't even get through scene 1

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Full Catastrophe Living

  • Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
  • By: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clear, useful and well read

  • By Stir on 18-07-11

very helpful or adjusting to life with pain

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Has Full Catastrophe Living put you off other books in this genre?

no

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think Jon Kabat Zinn should have used a professional voiceover artist

Any additional comments?

This is a highly significant book for those who are adjusting to chronic pain. Highly recommended, but the voice is irritating as a its sounds nasal and accented.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bedtime Stories

  • A Unique Guided Relaxation Program for Falling Asleep and Entering the World of Dreams
  • By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

As a child growing up in a family of cantadoras (keepers of the old stories) Clarissa Pinkola Estes learned first hand how a stroy told at bedtime can soothe away the troubles of the day and prepare the way for another night's dreams to follow. Now a beloved cantadora herself, Estes shares this treasured family tradition with you on Bedtime Stories, her own special collection of tales to relax and ease you to sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zzzzzz - but in a very good way

  • By ShabadooGMan on 23-12-12

antidote to restless mind

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-12

I love listening to Dr Estes, she has a warm and mystical voice. I used to avoid going to sleep until completely exhausted but with this book I am training my mind and body to prepare for sleep in a healthy way.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • When the Body Says No

  • The Cost of Hidden Stress
  • By: Gabor Maté
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

In When the Body Says No, physician and writer Gabor Maté explores the mind-body link and the connection between stress and disease. Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a relationship between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality?” Drawing on scientific research and years of experience as a practicing physician, Maté provides answers to these and other important questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stress will kill

  • By Ms. M. Considine on 20-12-12

stress will kill

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-12

Written by a doctor, this book is complex but compelling. Mate convinced me to make changes to how I lived and gave me some insight into my own health problems. Recommend for auto-immune disease sufferers who want to make life changes.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a Woman

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain.... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indispensable listening

  • By GlaswegianLassie on 23-12-12

Serious issues tackled through humour

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-12

Moran tackles the problem of the perception of feminism today and its relavance. This book is witty, joyful, tough and honest.

  • Total Body Pilates

  • By: Ellen Barrett
  • Narrated by: Ellen Barrett
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

This is the original and traditional mat Pilates series invented in the 1920s by guru Joseph Pilates. We encourage you to practice and perfect this single workout since this includes foundation moves for ALL of Pilates. This routine tones your whole body, hones the upper body, and improves your posture. This is a very special set of exercises and we urge you to do it again and again. All fitness levels welcome.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible...!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-02-12

An advanced Pilates workout

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-11

I couldn't keep up with this audio. The pace of the speaker was too fast and the instructions lacked clarity. The exercises, were very difficult but would probably suit an advanced practicioner.