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Elizabeth

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  • Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
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    (2075)
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    (1779)
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    (1741)

    The author of the blockbuster New York Times best sellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home tackles the critical question: How do we change? Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

    Debra says: "Loved this book!"
    "Kind of Interesting; Didn't Learn Much"
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    The information presented was not as enlightening as I thought it would be. Her insights into using your personality type to help you establish positive habits seems useful--but there is no really exciting, new information in this book. In addition, the author comes across as a kind of goody-two-shoes, the hero of her own tale, which I found distracting. If you are interested in habits and how and why we form them, I think there are probably better books out there.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (11875)
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    (9641)
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    (9592)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Colin says: "good info just not suited for audio"
    "Empty"
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    This book is a lot of silly business-speak. And it is disingenuous. Don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 6 Months to 6 Figures

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter J. Voogd
    • Narrated By Peter J. Voogd
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    (4526)
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    (3917)
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    (3895)

    Peter Voogd, who has been labeled the leading authority for Gen Y leadership, reveals the exact strategies he's used to go from dead broke to over six figures within six months. Peter has trained over 4,000 entrepreneurs, and built an eight-million-dollar sales organization by age 27. If you're one of the select few who are serious about success, this book will change the game for you, regardless of what industry you're in.

    Martin says: "Not much different from others like it..."
    "Nothing New Under The Sun"
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    There is no new news in this book. Get up in the morning. Dedicate yourself to your business. Work hard. Be successful--or what Peter Voogd considers successful. Frankly, after he reviews his upcoming schedule, trying to impress readers with his jet-set lifestyle, I found it all a little sad, empty and exhausting. Clearly, I'm not his audience. But even if I were, there is no revelation or life-altering information to be found in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
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    Overall
    (128430)
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    (113326)
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    Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    BookReader says: "The Girl on The Train"
    "Good read"
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    Not the most amazing book I ever read. I enjoyed it though. I liked the structure. I liked the writing. The characters became less interesting as the book went on. This is a beach read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primates of Park Avenue: Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
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    (739)
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    Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

    Elle says: "Feels like girl talk"
    "Lord, Someone Help These People"
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    If ever there was an argument to solve income inequality, this is it. I felt downright sorry for folks living on the Upper East Side. We need to help them. If that’s what money does to people—people who it turns out really do have feelings—I want no part of it. Hard to believe you can be an educated adult person with the world placed at your doorstep, and your interests revolve around handbags and being thinner than. So much stress and fear of their own making.
    Also frightening, once in this world, the author longs to be part of the in-crowd. Could that happen to me? Could I ever spend time researching, groveling with a salesperson for and then finally justify paying $10,000 for a purse?
    I suspect, if studied, we all are guilty of the posturing and petty acts the mommy’s of the Upper East Side display. Thankfully, our limited financial situations keep us in check, empathetic, and connected to each other, so we don’t have to wait for a crisis to jolt us into remembering our humanity.
    Fascinating look into a horrible world. Definitely a fun read.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Young, Brian Alexander
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
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    (159)
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    (153)

    How much control do we have over love? Much less than we like to think. All that mystery, all that poetry, all those complex behaviors surrounding human bonding leading to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make, are unconsciously driven by a few molecules in our brains.

    Carlos Manuel Saraiva says: "Astonishing"
    "Super Interesting"
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    A little more technical than I thought it would be and sometimes repetitive, but overall I loved it. Gave me so much to think about as far as love, sex, and the fluidity of sexuality.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gerald Posner
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    Overall
    (344)
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    (306)
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    From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, this book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this audiobook is about the church's accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world.

    Dr. JSH says: "The book was really good till it wasn't."
    "Fascinating"
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    This book explained so much. The author works hard not to simply vilify the Vatican but to show the thought patterns that led to the making such horrific, selfish, godless decisions. No excuses though. Insulated men making unbelievably poor decisions. The book is also well written, so a good read. I highly recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Adam Phillips
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
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    (29)
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    (28)

    We all have two lives - the life we live and the life of our fantasies. But it is the life unlived - the person we have failed to be - that can trouble and even haunt us. In Missing Out acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips delves into the gap between who we are and who we are not, to discover whether not getting what we want may be the unlikely key to the fully lived life. Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and the author of several previous books, all widely acclaimed.

    Elizabeth says: "A bit boring"
    "A bit boring"
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    While the subject was interesting, the writing is stiff. The author needed to use more examples from life or literature to bring his "getting it" and "not getting it" to life. Perhaps it would have been easier to follow in print. I don't know. I got confused. And then bored.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Steven Brill
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
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    (426)
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    (430)

    America's Bitter Pill is Steven Brill's much-anticipated, sweeping narrative of how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing - and failing to change - the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. Brill probed the depths of our nation's healthcare crisis in his trailblazing Time magazine Special Report, which won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Interest.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good facts but sometimes one sided conclusions"
    "Everyone should read this"
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    I don't even want to talk with you about healthcare reform in American unless you have read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16724)
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    (14629)
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    (14675)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Well Written"
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    I came to this book uninterested in the subject matter. However, Cheryl Strayed's story but mostly her writing sucked me in. Well done. Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Almost Famous Women: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Megan Mayhew Bergman
    • Narrated By Lesa Lockford
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
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    (27)

    The fascinating lives of the characters in Almost Famous Women have mostly been forgotten, but their stories are burning to be told. Nearly every story in this dazzling collection is based on a woman who attained some celebrity - she raced speed boats or was a conjoined twin in show business; a reclusive painter of renown; a member of the first all-female, integrated swing band.

    Chablis from Seattle says: "Most depressing book in a year"
    "Wonderful, Wonderful"
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    I was riveted. I hated to leave every chapter of this book because the characters were so interesting, and yet I couldn't wait to learn about the next one. And the story-craft and writing are terrific. This is a book I will recommend, give as a gift, and read over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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