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Elizabeth

Healdsburg, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (790)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Stands Out From Other Organizing Books"
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    What did you love best about Unstuff Your Life?

    Ready to get organized in the shortest possible time with a minimum of fuss? This is the book for you. This is no-nonsense advice from an expert who has worked out practical systems that really work. Andrew J. Mellen's two battle-cries, "A home for everything" and "Like with like," echo throughout the book and every organizing challenge. Anecdotes and stories about real people solving clutter problems help round out the more technical details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A feature that sets this book apart is that it addresses electronic clutter -- e-mail, phone messages, computer files, etc..


    What does Andrew J. Mellen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mellen's theater background comes through in his narration, and sets it apart from other author-narrated How-Tos. He brings genuine enthusiasm and an expert tone to his subject.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Mellen encourages his listeners to pace themselves through the many stages of organizing their lives. And, he gives helpful support and advice for parting with sentimental items -- a process that often takes time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're serious about getting control of your clutter and simplifying your life, this book can really help.

    74 of 75 people found this review helpful
  • Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jane McGonigal
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (248)

    In today’s society, games are fulfilling real human needs in ways that reality is not. Hundreds of millions of people globally - 174 million in the United States alone - regularly inhabit game worlds because they provide the rewards, stimulating challenges and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. Jane McGonigal argues that we need to figure out how to make the real world—our homes, our businesses and our communities—engage us in the way that games do.

    Dan says: "Slow start But full of Fascinating Ideas"
    "Games Really CAN Change the World for the Better!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book challenged my prejudice about games and gamers. After the first chapter, I became so intrigued with the author, that I sought out her TED talk and other videos. She's intuitive and innovative. Reading this book is like spending time with your smartest girlfriend. It will open your mind to new possibilities.


    What other book might you compare Reality Is Broken to and why?

    "Reality is Broken" reminded me a bit of "Whack on the Side of the Head" by Roger VonOech. They both view conventional wisdom through seldom-used lenses, and reveal valuable conclusions.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Julia Whelan's narration is well-suited to this book. She expressed the author's intent with authority and passion, and her vocal age and pace are just right for the material.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Epic Wins For Everyone!"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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