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  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,877
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,800
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,768

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised! This is not a "chick book"

  • By Mavwreck75 on 07-30-17

Fun story to listen to, I recommend it

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I really enjoyed hearing their story in their own voices. Fun story to listen to. Genuine. I appreciate that they included their spiritual views since it was an important part of who they are and made their story that much more interesting. My one criticism is that Joanna's reading/performance was fast and somewhat mechanical, but that's OK. I would rather hear the story in her voice than someone else's that was more polished.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29,332

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Another Dan Brown classic

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Like all of Dan Brown's classics, I didn't want to put the book down (or stop listening to the audio). Great locations. Great characters. Good plot. I had one issue with the ending but I can't explain it here without spoiling it for those who have not yet read/listened. If you enjoyed other Dan Brown books, you'll enjoy this one.

  • The Science of Natural Healing

  • By: Mimi Guarneri, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mimi Guarneri
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Uneven, several problems

  • By ViennaMom on 06-17-14

Covers all the main topics quite well

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

I didn't know what to expect when I purchased this book, but I was pleasantly surprised after just a few chapters. The book covers all of the main topics you would expect to be covered for this topic: diet, exercise, spiritual, eastern medicine, herbs, acupuncture, emotional well being, etc. But the presenter, "Dr. G" comes from a western medicine background as a heart specialist. So the presentation is special in that it is seen through the eyes of someone who was professionally trained to cut and prescribe drugs. The chapters are about 30 minutes each. I found the information very helpful. My only issue is I would like a hard copy of this information but have been unable to find a copy yet.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

  • By: Leslie Kean
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Books on UFOs That Is Out There

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 08-19-14

Just the facts

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Stays focused on just the sightings of UFOs. Very fact based. Kind of dry. Almost textbook like. The narrator had flawless enunciation, especially with foreign words and names, but was sooooo monotone; it made it hard to stay awake listening to her. Good narration requires varying your pitch, pace, and power. Unfortunately Ms. Henderson's pitch, pace, and power almost never changed and she was hard to listen to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Communication Skills Training

  • A Practical Guide to Improving Your Social Intelligence, Presentation, Persuasion and Public Speaking: Positive Psychology Coaching Series, Book 9
  • By: Ian Tuhovsky
  • Narrated by: Wendell Wadsworth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

If you don't know how to communicate properly, you are going to have problems in both your intimate and your family relationships. You are going to be ineffective in work and business situations. It's going to be troublesome managing employees or getting what you want from your boss or your clients on a daily basis. Overall, effective communication is like an engine oil that makes your life run smoothly, getting you wherever you want to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to understand

  • By Kathy on 02-27-17

Very practical for everyday communication

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

This book was an easy listen. It provides many good tips to being an effective communicator. It helps you with your weaknesses and gives instruction on how you can be a better listener and better speaker with others around you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,413

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

If you enjoy Billy Crystal's humor - then get this

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Short and sweet - if you enjoy Billy Crystal's humor - then get this book. You won't be disappointed. It's essentially an autobiography with Billy Crystal's brand of humor sprinkled throughout. A fun read/listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

  • Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
  • By: Amy Morin
  • Narrated by: Amy Morin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges? Or as psychotherapist Amy Morin asks, what should we avoid when we encounter adversity? Through her years counseling others and her own experiences navigating personal loss, Morin realized it is often the habits we cannot break that are holding us back from true success and happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, simple to the point

  • By Carlos Vera on 09-13-16

Author should have hired a professional narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I'm sorry to be so critical, but the author should have hired a professional narrator. The author's voice comes across as monotone and low energy. It was tough too listen to. The material itself was practical, but nothing extraordinary. And finally, the author should consider changing the title to "13 Things Mentally Strong People Do" and avoid negative phrasing. I was really looking forward to this book but struggled to get through it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Calories, Bad Calories

  • Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 25 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bold Explanation of Real Dietary Advice

  • By John on 08-27-12

Way too long - good research but. . .

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

If I knew what I know now about this book, I would have not purchased it. It's a great research book. The author cites tons of studies to prove his points but I kind of got lost in the weeds of all the information and ended up confused and not even certain what his points were. This book would have been great at about 1/4th the size. The author really needs to condense the main points and leave a lot of the reference material in an appendix. So as far as rating this book, it's hard to do. 5 stars for being thorough and well researched. 1 star for listenability. So I gave it 3 stars. The narrator of the book was OK but not great. Honestly - not sure anyone could have done a great job narrating since the material was pretty dry and textbook-ish.

  • The Matheny Manifesto

  • A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life
  • By: Mike Matheny, Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 481

Mike Matheny was just 41, without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher, when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success, leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years, people have noticed something else about his life, something not measured in day-to-day results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If your a youth coach, get this book

  • By Brady on 12-11-15

If your a youth coach, get this book

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

Simple: if you coach youth sports up through high school, get this book. It should be the handbook for every youth coach. Great content. Great ideas. The narration was so-so.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Compound Effect

  • Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
  • By: Darren Hardy
  • Narrated by: Darren Hardy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,017

Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of Success magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small actions repeated add up huge

  • By Jeff Currey on 06-19-15

Make this book part of your library

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

First time listener/reader of Darren Hardy. These are the basic ingredients you need to be successful distilled into a small compact read. The author is right on the mark. I purchased 4 copies of his book to give to my kids. The author does a terrific job reading his book. If you don't have this, get it, and get it for your kids as well.