Jane Oppenheimer narrates this deep dive into our complicated relationship with one of our most primal emotions. For 12 years Kristen Ulmer proudly held the title of "World's Best Extreme Skier." She fearlessly flew down any mountain she could find--but eventually grew to understand that she'd have to face her fears about fear. Oppenheimer reflects the author's intelligence,... Read More
Narrator Keith Nobbs's low-key enthusiasm is the perfect embodiment of this audiobook's enlightening advice on influencing people. Nobbs lets the writing speak for itself, a style that allows listeners to decide how much they want to engage with the ideas of the author, a behavioral science professor. Narrator Fred Irby is similarly effective delivering shorter segments... Read More
Author and narrator Bruce Feiler draws powerful lessons from more than 200 life stories from diverse individuals across the U.S. His genuine interest in finding meaning in change and his depth of understanding make him the perfect narrator for his audiobook. While Feiler doesn't have a traditional narrator's timbre, he masterfully conveys authenticity and emotion while sharing... Read More
Akemi Tanaka, a Japanese business owner, teacher, and lecturer, has crafted an inspiring and accessible guide to chowa, the Japanese practice that cultivates peace, balance, and harmony in everyday life. June Angela narrates softly at an appropriate pace. Her tone sounds optimistic. Tanaka expertly describes the influence of chowa in Japan, making the audiobook a delightful way... Read More
Author/narrator Casper ter Kuile brings a British accent and examples from his own life to his discussion of turning everyday practices into ritual. He introduces himself through his experience as a gay teen at boarding school. More currently, his interest in CrossFit comes through as he talks about the exercise program's opposition to Big Soda. Ter Kuile emits jubilant yells... Read More
Robin Dreeke's appealing baritone vocals and laid-back confidence help make this a powerful lesson on how to identify the features that make people trustworthy or not. Along with writing that reveals an impressive level of humility and self-awareness, his relaxed delivery is perfect for spelling out the ingenious markers he uses to identify good character, loyalty, honesty, and... Read More
Jay Shetty, the British writer and narrator of this audiobook, showcases his considerable talent for motivational speaking as he explains his methods for reducing everyday stress. As a former Indian monk, he practiced how to live a clean and serene life. His keen observations and magnetic delivery will appeal to even the most materially driven individuals. By using simple... Read More
Listeners seeking solace and strategies for managing these unsettling times may benefit by this audiobook, narrated by Amy Noble. It provides a tool kit for those who are suffering from feelings of failure, self-doubt, impostor syndrome, or perfectionism--that is, people who need to raise their sense of self-worth. Noble narrates in a precise, calm voice that encourages... Read More
Could being different from everyone else in a community make one's life more fulfilling? Renata Friedman brings a bright, steady voice to her narration of a new audiobook on weirdness, the effects of social rejection, the importance of differences, and advice on how to thrive when one is blessed with being weird. Friedman delivers the author's tongue-in-cheek descriptions of... Read More
A garden is a physical, natural, social, spiritual, and therapeutic space. The author lays this out in her book about the healing, consoling, and life-affirming effects of gardening. A trained therapist, she narrates her work with a soothing, comforting but far-from-sleep-inducing voice. Her cadence is even and clear but not monotonous. She argues that a garden helps us cope... Read More
Narrator Seth Podowitz uses his calming and measured voice to bring listeners this explanation of why smart people often endure mental frustrations that others do not. This audiobook deals with anxiety and how to create a personal road map for a more meaningful life. The author recognizes multiple types of being smart and doesn't try to nail down one type of intelligence. For... Read More
Narrator David Rintoul presents renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl's 1946 lectures with sophistication and agility. They examine life's meaning, the value of perseverance, and the importance of seizing opportunities. Using wisdom gained from his horrific experience in Nazi concentration camps, Frankl explains how an individual's response to love and suffering significantly... Read More
Al Roker, the well-known "Today Show" cohost and weatherman, offers a career-centered memoir that also includes several humorous stories supporting his "Al-truisms"--suggested techniques for success. Despite decades of media experience, the narration is noticeably uneven. Principally, bleeping tones, familiar to listeners from television, are plentiful even within the same... Read More
Actress Patricia Heaton, known in particular for her role on the TV sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," shares her own and other people's stories of unexpected transitions in life. The audiobook begins with Heaton's story of going to college, starting out in journalism studies, changing her major to theater, and pursuing her passion for acting. Continuing on, she introduces the... Read More
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