Author: Shauna NiequistNarrator: authorLength: 4 hrs 30 minPublication Date: Released 28.11.07Producer: Jeff Bowden Publisher: Zondervan New MediaSynopsis:COLD TANGERINES: CELEBRATING THE EXTRAORDINARY NATURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE
~~~~~~~~~ * ~~~~~~~My thoughts?*“The world is alive …inviting us to get up and dance to the music that’s been playing since the beginning of time…if you bend all the way down and put your ear to the ground to listen for it.“*
a collection of positive vs negative approaches to life.
“… to choose joy, to choose to dance, to choose to love your life. It’s much easier and much more common to be miserable. ” The author speaks of many personal experiences, including her responses to those situations whereby we gain insight into her life and the basis for the discipline to celebration she’s promoting.
Niequist describes how she’s journeyed to these conclusions. “I wanted to connect with God…I decided to go to the beach everyday at sunset. It was the most sacred thing I could think to do…I wasn’t ready yet for church, but I was ready for God and I have always believed that the ocean is one of the surest places to find Him…I started praying a little bit more honestly and listening a little bit more closely…there was something inside me – some hopeful, small , faltering voice that said, ‘there’s room for you’. I don’t know why, but I trusted that voice.“ *Her internal contemplative journey leads her to reconnect with community and further recognition of the life choices within her power . “… all I can see are the crumbs on the counter… I just don’t want to live in only that reality because there’s another reality, a better one. Hope and redemption and change are real and they’re happening all around me, so I choose to act out of that reality “*
“I can’ t live there in the disappointment anymore . I’ve missed whole seasons of my life . I didn’t love the gift of life because I was too busy being angry about a life I was given. I wanted it to be different, but being angry didn’t change those things it just wasted time.”
* Furthering her message of intentionality, Niequist inspires listeners toward this perspective when she states,
Being a contemplative, I valued the instances where that played into Niequist’s spiritual journey. No doubt various aspects of content will resonate with listeners on other paths as evidenced in the many Goodreads reviews.*I found the brief selections of material content to be excellent for audio listening,though what I found to be a major loss was the performance of the author as narrator.*A trained and experienced voice would have added immeasurably to content and understanding,with the outcome being an audiobook with impact.*The entire recording was a race to the finish. I was never given a chance to relish the creative aspects of the author’s poetic wordsmithing. Basically, no rests between thoughts. As in music, the rest allows one to pause, both in playing and in listening, for the pleasurable benefit of both instrumentalist and listener. This audio would have benefited from such meaningful pauses. *Including careful enunciation and articulation of the actual written words. A narrator’s enjoyment of the words spoken translates to a listener’s enjoyment of those very words heard.
Clarity was non existent because Niequist was rushing out the words past a listener’s capability of comprehension. Considering the content, enjoyment of this audio would have increased by a leisurely pace, taking care to clearly articulate the words. Which creates hearing space to comprehend the thoughts being presented. *Another frustration was the voice modulation. At once a normal volume, the next all but faded to non-existent, I found it hard to follow and sensed a loss of many points being presented.Was this an error in production? Could it not have been picked up by the director/producer on playback before release? Sadly, I was not impressed with this audiobook production and wouldn’t recommend without further recording improvements.*