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  • Love and Happiness

  • By: Ben Burgess Jr.
  • Narrated by: J. Lee The Fabulous
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Karen has it all: a handsome husband, beautiful twin daughters, a lovely home and a great job. Karen also has a secret; she's cheating on her husband, with not one man, but two. On the outside her life seems perfect, but on the inside Karen feels neglected, bored and unappreciated. Yearning for affection and excitement, she falls into the arms of first Raheem and then Tyrell. Out of fear of losing her husband and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but things don't turn out how she planned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By DMN on 10-22-16

Realistic Love story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

My biggest pet peeve is unrealistic Romances, so I kinda enjoyed this real love story. However, it did kind of ended abruptly.

If you’ve listened to books by Ben Burgess Jr. before, how does this one compare?

I've never read this author's work before, but I will look out for more.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't want to give too much of the story away, but I enjoyed how everything Karen was doing just came to light.

Do you think Love and Happiness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Like I said, it did sort of end abruptly, so a follow-up would be interesting. Does Karen change her cheating ways, what about the guys she was cheating with? Etc.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

  • Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets
  • By: Dana K. White
  • Narrated by: Dana K. White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

"The dirty little secret about most organizing advice is that it's written by organized people," says blogger, speaker, and decluttering expert Dana K. White. "But that's not how my brain works. I'm lost on page three." Dana blogs at A Slob Comes Clean, chronicling her successes and failures with her self-described "deslobification process". In the beginning she used the name Nony (short for aNONYmous), because she was sharing her deep, dark slob secret. Now she has truly come clean - with not only her real name but the strategies she has developed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gold star plan for de-slobification

  • By zuly on 01-18-17

She Gets Me!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Finally, a self-help book that actually works. Dana k. White gets down to the nitty-gritty of home management. No sweet talking or deep thinking. This is truly the lazy girl's guide to organization.
I love when she gives the Ultimate Number 1 Rule "Just wash the dishes!"

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I freakin loved this book!

  • By Maria on 10-20-14

Great book!<br />

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-16

This was the first time I've read anything from this author, and I will certainly be looking for another story from him. This was a sweet, funny and sometimes all too real story of a couple in a competition to lose some major weight.
A very touching story with very real and believable characters.
I loved it!

  • Dumplin'

  • By: Julie Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

Dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I could read it again and again

  • By tessa on 09-19-16

It's be done, And done better

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

My header says it all. probably won't finish. I've read many stories like this, and this story added nothing to the genre. I didn't really feel anything for the characters and the storyline was weak.
Overall, blah.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hollow City

  • The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,322

This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different narrator

  • By System1459 on 09-29-16

Actual book is better

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-16

This is one of the first books I've ever listened to that I prefer the actual book. The pictures In the book really enhance the experience. Something missing with the audible.

  • Mini Habits

  • Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
  • By: Stephen Guise
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits

  • By Sara on 11-26-14

Mini Habits?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-16

It's funny that the author recommends that your first habit should be reading Mini Habits every day.

  • The Prayer Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out the rambling Victorian house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, dating from Iola's youth to her last days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to understand

  • By S. Rains on 01-08-15

Just not for me

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

What would have made The Prayer Box better?

Did not finish, story just long and drawn out. You know the type, details about every single thing in a room. But no real details about the characters.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure yet.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrator gave a strange performance. Strange delivery, I kept adjusting my play speed.

What character would you cut from The Prayer Box?

All of it.

Any additional comments?

Story just not for me. I kept hitting the fast-forward trying to get to the guts of the story, but I just didn't get it. Sorry.

  • Debt Free

  • How to Get Out of Debt and Stay Debt Free by Changing Your Perception
  • By: Patrick Bunker
  • Narrated by: Trevor Clinger
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Is debt taking the fun out of life? Are you a prisoner to debt? Debt puts a great deal of pressure on you. This pressure creates stress and worry than can easily consume your life. When you are in debt, it can feel like there is no way out. This book will show you how to control debt and not let your debt control you. In order to do this you must change your mind set in regards to money, consumption, and debt. Developing a plan to get out of debt is easy. Remaining committed to your plan to get out of debt is very difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Debt free? You gotta be kiddin' me!

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-06-18

good advice terrible narrative

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-16

The author gives good honest advice. But the narrator is VERY mechanical to the point of distraction. I literally thought a robot was reading the text! Good thing it's a short audio.

  • Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome

  • By: Bill Harley
  • Narrated by: Bill Harley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He's even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha! But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he finds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie concocts one plan after another, but nothing seems to work. To make matters worse, his dad has assigned chores to all the kids in the family and Charlie's job is walking Ginger, the diggiest, sniffiest, and poopiest dog in the universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun!!

  • By Leslie on 08-04-16

Lots of fun!!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

I'm a big fan of Bill Harley. His characters are so real and fun and they always kind of learn some lesson in the end.
A big keeper!

  • Seize the Fire

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

Captain Sir Sheridan Drake is no knight in shining armor, even if he happens to be famous for his heroism. An exiled princess with revolutionary ideas is just a convenient opportunity to get himself out of debt. Princess Olympia isn't precisely fairy-tale royalty herself; she's plump and a little shy, and desperate to do something of importance in the world. But though their meeting begins with her hopeless hero worship, a harrowing journey to the bleak edge of the world will transform them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had a book like this to read every week!

  • By Leslie Keshishian on 11-08-15

Way too much ANGST

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-16

One of the few I didn't finish. A lot of push and pull. (he loves me, he hates me. UGH!) I may go back and try again. This just was a bit more than I expected or wanted.