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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I loved every moment of this long novel

This book contains novels with a novel, and all the stories were compelling. “Joan Ashby” is one of the most satisfying novels I’ve read in a while, and I read a lot (I run a book festival). I read this book completely for pleasure, and it was indeed that. Another friend who reads a lot (she’s a book reviewer) recommended it to me, and I now recommend it to you.

One note on the audio. The book does break often from the main story into excerpts of what the main character herself is writing, and sometimes in the audio it was difficult to know where we were — main story, or a story that the narrator was writing? The physical book uses different fonts for these excerpts. But in the audiobook, only one set of excerpts had a different voice, a male voice. It would’ve been better if all of the excerpts were distinguished by a different voice so the listener could track better. I found myself leafing through the print book to figure out what was going on.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

What a delicate, beautiful book

Absolutely lovely… A subtle, easy-reading meditation on grief, family, friends, and love. The characters are deeply real, and the story swept me along all the way to the satisfying ending. Definitely recommend it.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Fascinating story, frustrating male narrator

This was a terrific and informative story, and the framing by the writer who was hired by Gyalo Thondup was thought-provoking. The female narrator was good. The male narrator was very frustrating. He hardly knew how to pronounce the Tibetan names, and “Takster” and “Rinpoche” in particular were forcibly and awkwardly pronounced the entire time, which broke into the experience of the story because the narrator In a first person story would have pronounced these words as naturally as breathing. Instead, they were laboriously pronounced, and it really interrupted the story. I almost didn’t keep listening because it bugged me so much, but I managed to get past it and enjoy the rest. It’s well worth reading, but I do wish they paid more attention to the narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Couldn’t stop listening

Fabulous novel, really well plotted, fascinating characters. Great to listen to on audio. I highly recommend it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Must-read

I bought this book in hardcover, then wanted to read it more quickly so also bought the audio. Magdalena reads the book herself on the audio, which can give you a clue into the overall generosity of this work. While the print book already is so warm and personal, the audio makes it even more so. Now I’m going to go back to the hardcover to reread and mark passages that felt especially pertinent to me.

I’m an entrepreneur and often struggle with the sheer exhaustion of “doing it all” and making something from nothing. Magdalena’s book gave me many tools not only to pick myself up and keep going but to be even more skillful along the way. This is one of the best business books and wise “pep-talk” books I’ve read, and I’m recommending it to all my friends. I recommend it to you too.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Wow – definitely read this book!

Urgent, passionate, smart – and shocking. This book gets at the root of a major cause and symptom of economic inequality in society today. The author also shows how the CEO pay machine hurts American industry. This book is easy to understand for a non-specialist and really opened my eyes. Well worth the effort to read.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Terrific, important book and great audio recording

This book was a page turner in terms of story while also conveying a larger political and social context. It’s excellently written, and the audio was smooth, appealing, and convincing. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Wow... And excellent audio

This book was difficult to listen to at times because the story was so intense and dark, but it was so worthwhile. I could hardly stop listening. The writing is superb. I’ve read about the controversy around this male author writing a story from the perspective of an abused girl, but I found the novel to be sophisticated, insightful, and deeply compassionate — all that a novel should be around a topic that should be explored in fiction much more than it is. (Besides, writers should be able to explore any topic and point of view that appeals to their imagination, especially when done with such care as was the case here.) I applaud the writer for taking on such an important topic and doing it so well. Full, rich, highly nuanced worlds were created in this novel, both psychological and physical worlds.

I also must comment on the narrator for the audiobook. I could hardly imagine a more perfect voice, and the delivery was flawless. I highly recommend this book in the audio version, and I think I may also buy the hardcover version to have a copy of this fine novel for my library and to enjoy the language at a slower pace than by listening.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Wonderful, well worth listening to

I downloaded this book based on Audible reviews, and I'm so glad I did. I can now add my review to the rest. The narrator's voice perfectly matches the material, and the generosity and inspiring nature of the delivery and tone of the book means as much as the information itself. I've read quite a few books on health and healing and have engaged in spiritual practices for many years, and yet this book is truly special. The information contained inside is fairly basic – much of it you might have heard somewhere else – and yet hearing it in the way it's delivered here makes it penetrate more.

The author also does get very practical. While I'll probably listen to the audio version again, I might also order the print book so I can more easily refer to the material, such as the suggestions regarding diet. Highly recommended book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-17

One of the most important books you'll read

Everyone needs to read this book, and urgently. It describes where and how the American healthcare industry has broken down, how that affects you, and what you can do about it, as an individual and citizen. I started putting this book into practice about halfway through and it has already changed my life. I listened to this book and now am going out to buy a print copy, worth every dime in hardcover, because I need to make copies of the pages of advice for going to a doctor, evaluating whether to get a test, etc. I will make copies of the relevant pages to have with me for time in the hospital, as a cheat sheet, to protect both my health and pocketbook.

The health care reality that Rosenthal describes is enraging, and something that I have experienced thankfully at lesser levels than some of the people described in the book. She explains everything thoroughly and clearly, and the book is written at a perfect pitch, sophisticated and yet not overly technical, illuminating the societal levels of the issues but also making them very practical. Best health advice you'll receiveall this year: get this book.

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