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Sven Severin

Fort Collins, CO
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  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,422

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Like Books? Like computers? Get this.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This was like Dan Brown’s Davinci Code meets the nostalgia of Google in the late 2000s meets the sleeziness of Chuck Palahniuk. I learned about this book from an article about Google Books.

  • Living with the Monks

  • By: Jesse Itzler
  • Narrated by: Jesse Itzler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Thinking all monasteries were like the ones he saw in the movies, Jesse Itzler arrived at the New Skete religious community in remote Cambridge, New York, with a shaved head and a suitcase filled with bananas. To his surprise, New Skete monks have most of their hair. They're Russian Orthodox, not Buddhist, and they're also world-renowned dog breeders and authors of dog-training books that have sold in the millions. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing book!

  • By sammy on 05-18-18

Heartfelt Short-term Monastic Experience

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Reviewed: 07-21-18

The author takes a non-religious and funny look at what can be learned from a short stay with a monastic community. This book is irreverent and practical. Fun beginner book.

  • Barbarian Days

  • A Surfing Life
  • By: William Finnegan
  • Narrated by: William Finnegan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Performance by the Author

  • By Laura - Audible on 02-01-16

A California guy and his life of waves

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Reviewed: 07-15-18

This reminds me of Sean Penn narrating the skateboarding documentary Dogtown and the Z-Boys.

The guy is literary. He’s countercultural. He’s activist in his own way. He wants to explore the world and waves give him a reason to do it beautifully. There’s a realism in this book. The narration is on point. Bad decisions are made but their not set on a pedestal. There’s a humble wisdom in this book.

This is a book you’re going to like on audiobook—probably better than sitting down with the real book. Once the author even breaks out into song. It makes sense. The metaphors work. You don’t have to love surfing to love the way the author writes about surf.

This book is a lesson in writing memoir.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,012

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Can Video Games and Popular Culture Be ART?

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Reviewed: 06-17-18

Probably obvious but this book has inspired me to reacquaint myself with video games and popular culture. Such beautiful art to share with those you love. I’ve heard it said that classical literature and paintings will be in heaven. Well, why not video games and movies? I’m going to pray about this.

  • The Master

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

In The Master, his brilliant and profoundly moving fifth novel, Colm Toibin tells the story of Henry James, a famous novelist born into one of America's intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War. James left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Kathy on 05-06-05

Found this book in “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die”

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Reviewed: 05-25-18

I chose this book because it’s biographical fiction about a writer. I was losing interest and then I read 3 or 4 reviews on this book from notable publications. This gave me context. One review compared this book to “The Hours” because of it’s contemporary feel on a historic author. Glad I listened to this one.

  • The Road Back to You

  • An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
  • By: Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile
  • Narrated by: Ian Morgan Cron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach - a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of God and of ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enneagram made simple

  • By Ed Shepherdson on 12-23-16

Great introduction to the Enneagram.

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Reviewed: 01-13-17

Very readable. Ian Morgan Cron has a great sense of humor and is a talented writer and reader. I followed along with the physical book while listening to the audiobook. This was a very effective way for me to stay on task. This was a required textbook for my schooling in spiritual direction.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8

  • By: Mary Pope Osborne
  • Narrated by: Mary Pope Osborne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

This audio collection includes the first eight stories from The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, Pirates Past Noon, Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon. Join Jack and Annie in adventures in time and space!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chapters have been fixed on audiobooks now

  • By J Hasan on 06-18-15

First audiobook for my kids

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Reviewed: 09-14-16

This collection was a perfect first audiobook for my kids 5 and 2 years old. They're stoked about the next one.

  • The Writing Life

  • By: Annie Dillard
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

With color, irony, and sensitivity, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard illuminates the dedication, absurdity, and daring that is the writer’s life. As it probes and exposes, examines and analyzes, The Writing Life offers deeper insight into one of the most mysterious of professions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Annie Dillard

  • By Virginia on 01-12-12

Climb into the brain and emotional life of a writer

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Reviewed: 01-02-16

After listening to this short book I got the feeling that I was given the privilege of experiencing what it is like to be a writer for many years. As the book progressed it became more difficult to understand and more difficult to describe. It's as if the progression through the book has left you more complicated. You have more questions but you're also wiser than you were before reading it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Mind

  • Living the Writer's Life
  • By: Natalie Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Natalie Goldberg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Writer, poet, and teacher Natalie Goldberg shows you how to unleash your "wild mind" - the true source of your creative power. In this crisp mix of memoir, teaching guide, nonfiction and poetry, Goldberg strips creativity to the essential mind that is "raw, full of energy, alive, and hungry." Natalie is compassionate, practical, and humorous. "Even if it's just a leg hanging out the window, she says, "write it down." Highlights include: provocative "try this" exercises to compel you into action, advice on how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, how to make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block. She'll also explore the larger vision of the writer's task: knowing when to take risks as a writer and a person, learning self-acceptance in life and art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get to know Natalie Goldberg

  • By Sven Severin on 04-21-15

Get to know Natalie Goldberg

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Reviewed: 04-21-15

This book is fun to listen to and it's short and to-the-point. The narration by the author can be funny. She left a number of moments in the recording where she breaks down and laughs and makes some funny self-deprecating comments. This book is helpful for writers who are stalled out, can't get started or are just having a difficult time believing that they have something worth saying. Goldberg frees people up.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Getting Things Done

  • The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
  • By: David Allen
  • Narrated by: David Allen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,770

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Productive Right Away

  • By Lisa on 02-10-08

Listen again and again

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Reviewed: 04-17-12

If you could sum up Getting Things Done in three words, what would they be?

Practical. Step-by-step. Get-going.

What did you like best about this story?

This is an entire approach to your entire life. That means both work and play.

Which character ??? as performed by David Allen ??? was your favorite?

This approach clears out your mind so that you have bandwidth for creativity and new ideas. You don't have to be overwhelmed when people approach you with advice anymore.

What insight do you think you???ll apply from Getting Things Done?

This is one of those books that you're going to want to listen to on your headphones while you're getting things done.