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Betty A. Avants

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  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,646

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Great concept

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

The principle is solid, its application is open to interpretation. Over all I enjoyed it the first 4 or 5 chapters far more than the rest

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shattered Lens

  • A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria
  • By: Jonathan Alpeyrie, Stash Luczkiw
  • Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Capturing history was Jonathan Alpeyrie's job, but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French-American photojournalist weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. But, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels. For 81 days, he was bound, blindfolded, and beaten. Over the course of his captivity, Alpeyrie kept his spirits up and strived to see, without his camera lenses, the humanity in his captors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this

  • By Magdoll on 11-14-18

Good story, not great writing

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

It’s a good story and if he had just stuck to it perhaps it would have made for a good read. Unfortunately he often goes off on tangents that are not really related. It seems he wasn’t sure if this was going to be a book just about the kidnapping or a memoir of his life and personal philosophies. I wish it would have been much shorter and focused on the topic. Can’t really say I would recommend it. Additionally, every once in a while he gets needlessly graphic and it appears that he’s trying to dramatize a situation that really requires no dramatization.

  • Asperger's and Girls

  • World-Renowned Experts Join Those with Asperger's Syndrome to Resolve Issues That Girls and Women Face Every Day!
  • By: Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, Teresa Bolick, and others
  • Narrated by: Francie Wyck
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Winner of the Gold Award in the 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year competition, this groundbreaking book describes the unique challenges of women and girls with Asperger's Syndrome. In it you'll hear candid stories written by the indomitable women who have lived them. You'll also hear from experts who discuss whether Aspie girls are slipping under the radar, undiagnosed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No so much women but rather girls

  • By Betty A. Avants on 06-24-17

No so much women but rather girls

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Not too much information for women, it mostly focuses on helping girls up to adulthood. That informations is very good. But there's not much practical information for women

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The First 20 Hours

  • How to Learn Anything... Fast!
  • By: Josh Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Josh Kaufman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 846

In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Finished the thesis early in the book

  • By Grady on 06-16-13

Could've been a pamphlet

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-15

It's a good system it's just that most of the book is about how he applied it to his own purposes so unless your desire to learn the exact same things he taught himself you're only going to find the first 2 chapters useful.