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ACT NATURAL

ACT NATURAL A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting

by Jennifer Traig | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller delivers this captivating history of how civilizations across the world raise children. Zeller captures the author's humor and irony without overshadowing her mission: to give fretting parents a reprieve from overly ambitious parenting advice. Her understated, often charming performance will hold listeners' attention, giving them time to absorb the... Read More

ARISTOTLE'S WAY

ARISTOTLE'S WAY How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

by Edith Hall | Read by Sian Thomas

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Sian Thomas smoothly narrates this production, which could have been titled "How Aristotle Changed My Life for the Better and How He Can Change Yours." Not many would think of using ancient Greek philosophy as the basis for a self-help book, but Hall gives listeners a self-help book of a different color. Delivering autobiographical anecdotes by the author, Thomas describes the... Read More

THE ART OF DYING WELL

THE ART OF DYING WELL A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

by Katy Butler | Read by Katy Butler

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author and narrator Katy Butler's calming tone softens her insights on reclaiming control over one's life and death. Butler is straightforward in her belief that modern medicine eliminates the customs, rituals, and recognition of this rite of passage. She believes that the desire to prolong life has created secrecy, fear, and shame around dying. Her message that today's medical... Read More

BEBE DAY BY DAY

BEBE DAY BY DAY 100 Keys to French Parenting

by Pamela Druckerman | Read by Abby Craden

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Abby Craden's intelligent narration invites listeners hear about child-rearing in France. Her deeper-pitched voice and comfortable authority make her sound mature and experienced--perfect for delivering the author's pithy observations and urbane insights. International journalist Druckerman writes with the wry humor of an improv comic. Even during pregnancy, she says, women... Read More

BEYOND BIRDS AND BEES

BEYOND BIRDS AND BEES Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality

by Bonnie J. Rough | Read by Bonnie J. Rough

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author Bonnie Rough narrates her thought-provoking and down-to-earth exploration of comprehensive education on sexuality for children of all ages. While living in Amsterdam with her young daughter, Rough observed a fascinating difference between Dutch and American attitudes toward bodies, sex, and gender; her subsequent exploration of the topic led to this audiobook. The work... Read More

CRAFTFULNESS

CRAFTFULNESS Mend Yourself by Making Things

by Rosemary Davidson, Arzu Tahsin | Read by Joan Walker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Engaging in crafts creates more than a quilt, a painting, or a ceramic bowl--it creates peace of mind, say authors Davidson and Tahsin. Narrator Joan Walker delivers this message about the therapeutic qualities of crafting with enthusiasm that mirrors this celebration of traditional crafts. Walker's lilting narration occasionally blurs narrative transitions such as moving to... Read More

DIGITAL MINIMALISM

DIGITAL MINIMALISM On Living Better with Less Technology

Earphones Award Winner

by Cal Newport | Read by Will Damron, Cal Newport [Intro.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Will Damron sustains a heartfelt tone as he explains what digital minimalism is all about. As technology and digital noise encroach upon all aspects of our lives, this invitation to streamline our digital dependence is sobering and timely. Author Cal Newport reads the introduction, setting a tone of sincerity and urgency about becoming more intentional in our use of... Read More

THE ENCHANTED HOUR

THE ENCHANTED HOUR The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

by Meghan Cox Gurdon | Read by Meghan Cox Gurdon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This wonderful audiobook is a fully enjoyable listen. Meghan Cox Gurdon is the WALL STREET JOURNAL's reviewer of children's books, so it isn't surprising that she brings great insight and passion to this work. What may be surprising, however, is just how good a narrator she is. She sprinkles her delivery with appropriate accents and enthusiasm. Furthermore, her pacing is... Read More

FORGET "HAVING IT ALL"

FORGET "HAVING IT ALL" How America Messed Up Motherhood--and How to Fix It

by Amy Westervelt | Read by Amy Westervelt

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Investigative journalist Amy Westervelt narrates her riveting audiobook with the certitude of a seasoned lawyer and the calm indignation of an activist who knows what she's up against. Her steadiness and authenticity as a narrator make it easy to comprehend her message that our culture, private organizations, and government policy have been skewed for a long time against the... Read More

GROWING UP BRAVE

GROWING UP BRAVE Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety

by Donna B. Pincus | Read by Donna B. Pincus

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

A Boston University child psychologist narrates her accessible guide with the buoyancy needed to give hope to the parents of an anxious or easily stressed child. Her reading conveys an uplifting combination of youthful energy and friendly authority. Speaking like she's having an upbeat conversation with listeners, she delivers a performance that will help beleaguered parents... Read More

HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT

HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT Raising a Family, Having a Life and Loving (Almost) Every Minute

by KJ Dell'Antonia | Read by KJ Dell'Antonia

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Listeners will appreciate the overall positive tone in this encyclopedic guide to feeling more effective as a parent. The youthful-sounding author, a mother of four and former editor of a NEW YORK TIMES parenting blog, is an easy-to-hear, likable narrator. Her upbeat attitude is believable as she explains what's behind familiar challenges like morning and bedtime struggles,... Read More

HOW TO BE HEARD

HOW TO BE HEARD Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening

Earphones Award Winner

by Julian Treasure | Read by Julian Treasure

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Apart from his clear-toned voice and flawless delivery, what makes this audiobook so seductive is the visceral way the author's narration pulls in listeners and kindles interest in his thinking.The British communications expert and magnetic TED speaker knows a lot about how humans react to all forms of sound. His broad knowledge of the neurology of sound is also part of this... Read More

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BEGIN AGAIN

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BEGIN AGAIN Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond

by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively | Read by Heather Henderson

Post Hypnotic Press Inc. | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This listening experience is a perfect match between message and performance. Heather Henderson gives listeners warm encouragement as she narrates this how-to guide for creatives seeking advice in the later stages of life. Her delivery is steady, quick, and kind, giving us the sense that she has become our creative coach and urging us to make our chosen form of art no matter... Read More

THE MINIMALIST HOME

THE MINIMALIST HOME A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life

by Joshua Becker | Read by Joshua Becker

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Lifestyle advisor and minimalist guru Becker narrates his how-to guide on learning to streamline one's home in order to better enjoy life. Becker envisions himself as a coach, encouraging others to shed clutter in order to embrace a cleaner existence, and he sounds like one. However, he doesn't sound like an experienced narrator; his pacing occasionally seems a little odd--too... Read More

THE NEUROSCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS

THE NEUROSCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS The Astonishing Science Behind How Everyday Hobbies Help You Relax

by Stan Rodski | Read by Stan Rodski

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author Stan Rodski's easygoing narration invites listeners to apply practical mindfulness techniques to everyday activities to lower stress and improve health. Rodski, a former cognitive neuroscientist and psychologist, explains how the brain's state has far-reaching consequences on the health of our bodies. Rodski's presentation becomes increasingly fluid with time, and his... Read More

THE NEW CHILDHOOD

THE NEW CHILDHOOD Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World

by Jordan Shapiro | Read by Jordan Shapiro

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The author's audiobook on raising kids in a digital world sets out to reassure us that the pervasiveness of digital gaming and 24/7 connectivity is actually preparing our children for participation in new paradigms of personal growth and global citizenship. With diction and pacing that make comprehension effortless, the Temple University philosophy professor explains that the... Read More

THE OPPOSITE OF HATE

THE OPPOSITE OF HATE A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

by Sally Kohn | Read by Sally Kohn

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Once listeners adapt to Sally Kohn's abrupt tone and quick pacing, they'll recognize an authentic humanist with a knack for communicating passion when sharing an idea or a poignant story. The progressive CNN commentator offers remedies for the scourge of hatred gripping our country. She describes at the personal level how quickly we can hate or "otherize" people who don't look... Read More

RAISING AN EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT CHILD

RAISING AN EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT CHILD The Heart of Parenting

by John Gottman, Joan DeClair, Daniel Goleman [Fore.} | Read by Roy Worley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Roy Worley brings his corporate voice-over skills to a project that might have been better served by a narrator more at home delivering an audiobook about parent-child communication. His phrasing patterns are pleasing enough, but they are from the world of advertising. His delivery doesn't always sound connected to this work's emotional nuances. The author's writing style may... Read More

THE SECRET LIFE

THE SECRET LIFE A Book of Wisdom from the Great Teacher

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeffrey Katz, Alys Yablon Wylen | Read by George Newbern

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

With an easygoing narration, George Newbern delivers the keys to living an authentic and intentional life. In this examination of the teachings of the medieval philosopher Maimonides, we see the far-reaching benefits of applying his lessons to our contemporary lives filled with social media. Newbern's affable voice and conversational pace mirror the authors' positive message... Read More

SELF-CARE FOR THE REAL WORLD

SELF-CARE FOR THE REAL WORLD

by Nadia Narain, Katia Narain Phillips | Read by Nadia Narain, Katia Narain Phillips

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Coauthors, sisters, and wellness gurus Nadia and Katia are equally ardent in their alternating narrations of this practical guide on self-care. Together, they work to convince listeners of the importance of self-respect, self-compassion, and taking care of our own needs in order to be kinder, more giving people who can impact others more positively. The sisters' amiable tone... Read More

SMALL ANIMALS

SMALL ANIMALS Parenthood in the Age of Fear

by Kim Brooks | Read by Kim Brooks

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author Kim Brooks's moving narration is the perfect vehicle for the drama surrounding her arrest for a momentary lapse in judgment--leaving her 4-year-old son in a locked car while she ran into a Virginia store. She weaves this experience into the broader story of how the culture of American parenting--competitive, anxious, judgmental--has come to impact everything we do as... Read More

UNCLUTTERED

UNCLUTTERED Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul

by Courtney Ellis | Read by Courtney Ellis

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author Courtney Ellis provides a candid narration of her audiobook about focusing on the essentials in life. Ellis shares how, in the midst of her own seemingly fulfilled life, she began to have panic attacks that made her reevaluate her priorities. Ellis infuses honesty, humility, and humor into her story of her ongoing journey to maintain a pared-down life that has provided... Read More

WEIRD PARENTING WINS

WEIRD PARENTING WINS Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches

by Hillary Frank | Read by Hillary Frank, Nicola Barber, Dan Bittner, Raphael Corkhill, Ana Isabel, Laura Knight-Keating, Barrie Kreinik, Nick Martorelli, Jen Rubins, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Gabra Zackman.

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The popular podcaster serves up novel parenting approaches that she's gathered from friends and her online fans. An assortment of talented voice pros presents these ideas with appealing gusto while Hillary Frank offers running commentary delivered with irresistible vocal charm. It's great fun to hear, and quite enlightening. The creative ideas she's selected will expand the... Read More

WHAT WOULD CLEOPATRA DO?

WHAT WOULD CLEOPATRA DO? Life Lessons from 50 of History's Most Extraordinary Women

by Elizabeth Foley, Beth Coates | Read by Madeleine Maby

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Authors Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates team up on a delightful compilation of feminine advice for today's women. Using the stories of 50 heroines throughout history, they blend antiquity with contemporary concerns. Narrator Madeleine Maby's approach is poised and friendly yet sophisticated in tone. She recounts each iconic woman's story with clarity, adding a playful tone as... Read More

WHAT'S BEYOND MINDFULNESS?

WHAT'S BEYOND MINDFULNESS? Waking Up to this Precious Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen Fulder | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Pete Cross provides a calm and compelling narration as he gently invites listeners to partake in enlightening lessons intended to inspire mindfulness. Enriching chapters accessibly explore aspects of mindfulness relating to such topics as aging, awakening, authenticity, war, empathy, and emotional domination. Cross's narration is engaging, at once persuasive and inquisitive but... Read More

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