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Marc

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Elizabeth London
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals.

    Tamara says: "save your time and skip this book"
    "Ironically, this book takes too much time"
    Overall

    There is actually some good stuff in here and useful tips. Yet despite the mantra of analyze where time is spent and pare down to essentials, it is about 3 times longer than it should be, with endless repetitive stories and way too much unecessary detail. I'd say still mostly worth the listen but be sure to clear your calendar first...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Unconditional Confidence

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    Pema Chodron is one of today's leading meditation teachers. With more than one million books sold to date, she draws sold out crowds across the U.S. and Canada. On Unconditional Confidence, she offers two accessible sessions to help anyone find courage in times of challenge and change.

    James says: "Another Clear Sign-post from Pema for the Journey"
    "There's just nothing here"
    Overall

    I tried hard to get something out of this book but she never really says anything at all. Fortunately it's short so not a big waste but I think she missed the mark on whatever she was trying to say. There was one great quote about getting knocked down by waves and continuing to get up even though you know there's another right behind it, but the rest is fluff. Not even cliche's, just nothing. Even the interviewer at the end tries to figure out what she is actually saying but without much luck.

    11 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9251)
    Performance
    (3457)
    Story
    (3539)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Lame and much too long"
    Overall

    I didn't have high hopes for this book, and was still disappointed. Very long and tedious, with detailed explanations about uninteresting bits of history and objects. It seems Dan Brown must have been paid by the word by this book, since he uses 5 of them whenever one will do, with a bonus for every ten adjectives. To make matters worse, the actual plot (such as it is) ends about 45 minutes before the actual book, a gap which Brown fills with goofy monologues and soul sucking banter between characters who have long lost interest in their own adventures, let alone what desire the reader may have had to continue to listen to their drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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