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Martha Morgan

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  • The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Robbins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    How do you define the good life? For many, success is measured not by health and happiness but by financial wealth. But such a worldview overlooks the important things in life: personal contentment, family time, spirituality, and the health of the planet and those living on it. A preoccupation with money and possessions is not only unhealthy, it can also drain the true joy from life. In recent years, millions have watched their American Dreams go up in smoke.

    Kathleen Margis says: "Should be taught in schools today"
    "Right message, wrong messenger"
    Overall

    I confess I couldn't finish this audiobook. It just reeks of conspicuous piety. There's no doubt at all that we as a society need to reconsider our priorities and our relationship with "stuff," but the holier-than-thou puritanism that permeates Robbins's writing is very off-putting.

    I'm a heavy-duty recycler, I bring my own bags to the market, I make the extra effort to buy both local and organic food, I use fluorescent bulbs and power strips, I telecommute a few days a week to minimize car use, and even I found the tone of this book intolerable before I could finish it.

    Perhaps this book would be more effective if browsed in hardcopy form, so you can go directly to the worthy recommendations without having to sit through the sermon first.

    The narrator was fine. No problems from that angle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur.

    Scott says: "Funny and true but also Annoying"
    "Some books just shouldn't be audiobooks"
    Overall

    I enjoy Bill Maher on television, but I didn't care for "New Rules". This is a collection of snarky comments -- one after the other, and the other, and the other... Now, I like snarky comments as much as anyone, particularly of the political variety that is Bill Maher's specialty. However, if you're planning to listen for more than 15 minutes or so at a shot, it's a bit much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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