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  • Decluttering at the Speed of Life

  • Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff
  • By: Dana K. White
  • Narrated by: Dana K. White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book!

  • By Michelle on 03-01-18

Decluttering ... LIFE

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Thank God, someone heard the cry of an overwhelmed multitude. My home is a over-cluttered mess. This book brought back hope. Trash, easy stuff, and donate. Yes! YES!! And now the journey begins. Thank you ...

  • Rise and Grind

  • Out-Perform, Out-Work, and Out-Hustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life
  • By: Daniel Paisner, Daymond John
  • Narrated by: Sway Calloway, Daymond John
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325

The New York Times best-selling author of The Power of Broke and "Shark" on ABC's hit show Shark Tank explores how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual, and inspires listeners to Rise and Grind their way the top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wake up call

  • By Andrew on 01-29-18

Rise and Grind

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Loved the book! So many take aways, incredible stories and blessings in this book. Gratitude surely goes far. Daymond’s personal story of his upbringing so blessed me; thank God for his incredible mother.

Loved the “What’s Your Club” section. I especially loved the description of Kevin O’Leary, the Renascence man. But, I have to say Daymond’s story regarding thyroid cancer was very moving - set him on another powerful course. I recently began on course to doing more about my health and well-being.

This book was well written and well read. Thank you Sway and Daymond for a job well done. It receives six stars from me.

Finally, it is my prayer this book does far more than Daymond John could ever ask or think. Marva Morris

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect ---- in every way

  • By Amanda on 02-08-06

Memoirs of a Geisha

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Incredible, incredible novel. Well written and well narrated. From beginning to end, I felt it all.
Like many extraordinary stories I’ve read over the years, I can see and embrace the struggles. The end of this story was surely a far cry from its beginning I am happy to say. I am more than glad I read it. This receives a huge five *star*! :)

  • Remnant: Rescue of the Elect

  • Chronicles of the Apocalypse, Volume 2
  • By: Brian Godawa
  • Narrated by: Brian Godawa
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Asia, 66 A.D. Roman Severus, Jewish Alexander, and Christian Cassandra find their target of capture: the Apostle John. But when he reveals the meaning of his secret apocalypse, their world is turned upside down. They journey to Jerusalem where a zealot revolt has broken out, and threatens to bring the Roman war machine down upon them all. Will the Christians get out in time? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remnant

  • By Marva on 01-29-18

Remnant

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Thank God for this book. Loved its depth and thoroughness; felt I am there. Such an incredible narrator which inspires anyone interested in understanding the Apocalypse better. All of the symbols make so much more sense. Can’t wait for the next Audible series to be available. Hurry!!! 🤔
p.s. Would love to meet Mr. Godawa and shake his hand for allowing the Lord to use him to bless so many. Amen.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68,872
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68,557

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Born a Crime!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-17

I️ LOVED THIS BOOK!! Read it twice. Well written, funny, painful, incredible story...I️ could relate to parts; I️ felt the book. The book just made me want to hug Ms. Patricia Noah and tell her, Thank You. Next I️ want to hug Trevor, then his brothers, his grandma and everyone else mentioned in the book :)
I️ recommend this book to any person planning to visit other nations, S. Africa and to anyone struggling or confused with race. Rating scale 1-10. I️ rate 15!
p.s. I️ love JESUS & I️ believe in miracles.

  • Esther

  • A Royal Beauty
  • By: Angela Hunt
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan, Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews - young and old, powerful, and helpless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent retelling.

  • By Sara R. Clifton on 05-25-15

Esther

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Perhaps if I️ had listened further maybe I️ could have endured the narration. But this was not good. Dear God, felt like I️ was riding a slow moving train in the back hills of ten-buck-two. Hated the male narrator w/his less than masculine voice for whatever role he was to play at the palace (ie Administrator, eunuch, whatever. And, the female was equally annoying. I suppose if I️ could bring myself to listen more, maybe, just maybe the book would have caught some fire. After 2 of the 10 hours, I wanted my money back.
I love the book of Esther, but this... Angela, please send these narrators to another assignment. I️ think this might have been the worse narration I’ve ever heard from Audible. -1

  • Wings of the Wind

  • Out from Egypt, Book 3
  • By: Connilyn Cossette
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59

Motherless and raised alongside her brothers, Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting. When her father and brothers are killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving. Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious woman among the casualties. Compelled to bring her to a healer back at the Hebrew camp, he's unprepared for the consequences of what he intended as an act of compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Grace!

  • By linda bement on 04-06-18

Wings of the Wind

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I’ve listened to all three books and WOW!! Alana, Tobiah, their families all went thru much, learned much, loved much and forgave much. Every character gleamed with life through every situation. But, my absolute favorite, seeing Yahweh’s plans and purposes fully activated and demonstrated. Great book! Gets a huge 10!

  • Shadow of the Storm

  • Out from Egypt Series, Book 2
  • By: Connilyn Cossette
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mount Sinai. When the people rebel by worshipping a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to assist a midwife. When the experience awakens a new desire in her, she defies her mother's wish for her to continue in the family weaving trade and pursues her heart's calling as an apprentice midwife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This was worth a read but not very exciting.

  • By funred on 09-18-17

Shadow of the Storm

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Wow, incredible!!!! I first thought the book far too long, drawn out in sections, but I couldn’t seem to stop listening. Also, thought Shera was far too fearful for my blood, but still, couldn’t stop listening. I hated Devora for a long minute, but still, I could not stop listening to the book. Kira was my favorite in the first book and I think I wanted to read more of her in the second, but still, I kept listening.
This was absolutely great!!! The author grabbed my heart and turned my passions upside down, far more than I can ever articulate. And, I thoroughly loved the author’s ability to keep biblical history and storyline at the forefront. AWESOME!!!
The spirit of Forgiveness is ALWAYS my heart and Shera carried that spirit, though fearful, throughout much of the book, she showed forth great strength that I as a reader so embraced and admired. Awesome AWESOME read. :)

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  • Harvest of Gold

  • By: Tessa Afshar
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 270

A hidden message, treachery, opposition, and a God-given success, will lead to an unlikely bounty. The scribe Sarah married Darius, and at times she feels as if she has married the Persian aristocracy too. But there is another thing she did not expect in her marriage - Sarah has grown to love her husband. She has wealth, property, honor, and power, yet securing her husband's love seems unattainable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Donna D Sabsook on 01-30-15

Harvest of GOLD

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I wish to give a great review to this book without any drawbacks. I loved the book; I really loved Harvest of Rubies more perhaps because of its pace.
Nehemiah in this book was my true jewel of the story. His wisdom, skill and military prowess was awesome - noteworthy - Stellar. I loved how his wisdom helped Darius.
Though this was a love story, I loved Darius’ discovery of who he was and who God is the most. That was absolutely fabulous.
Loved the great moment that Darius (though I felt this part took far to long to come) finally was able to say, from his heart, he loved Sarah.
I felt Sarah seemed much much stronger in HOR vs this book. Her character here seemed far too weak; her fears and insecurities began to drain. Yet, I know this was necessary for the book.
Loved Parrie, Lysander. The female spy was great.
I must say my heart was in my throat when I thought the babe had died during birth. But felt relieved when he cried :)
Overall I liked these books. They were clean, left intimate areas to the imagination vs how it is today.

  • Harvest of Rubies

  • By: Tessa Afshar
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 308

The prophet Nehemiah’s cousin has been catapulted into the center of the Persian court - working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and becoming the queen's favorite scribe. Not bad, for a woman living in a man's world. But a devastating past has left Sarah believing that God doesn't love her and that her achievements are the measure of her worth - a measure she can never quite live up to. Darius Pasargadae is accustomed to having his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth reading/listening to...

  • By Stephen on 04-03-15

Harvest of Rubies

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-17

Many of us can find ourselves in Sarah & Darius relationship. This was a an excellent writer & narration. )•(