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  • Ametora

  • How Japan Saved American Style
  • By: W. David Marx
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Look closely at any typically "American" article of clothing these days, and you may be surprised to see a Japanese label inside. From high-end denim to oxford button-downs, Japanese designers have taken the classic American look - known as ametora, or "American traditional" - and turned it into a huge business for companies like Uniqlo, Kamakura Shirts, Evisu, and Kapital. This phenomenon is part of a long dialogue between Japanese and American fashion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but terrible narrator.

  • By Marian on 05-06-17

Great story but terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Weak.

How could the performance have been better?

As a professional Japanese linguist I felt the narrator should have used the Japanese order of last name/first name instead of following the western style of first name/last name. Why follow the western style in names when he pronounces Japanese words as a Japanese speaker would while speaking English? At some level pronouncing Japanese words with English inflections is okay - the narration sounds stilted and unnatural when he switches back and forth from English to pronouncing Japanese words as a Japanese native speaker would. Don't mean to be pedantic but linguists will know what I am referring to. The narrator's narration is not smooth plus monotone - which makes for dull listening.

Was Ametora worth the listening time?

No. I should have gotten the hard cover book.

Any additional comments?

I was tempted to return the book based on the narration but enjoyed the content so decided not to.

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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 104,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,256

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

Works for me

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

What did you love best about The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck?

Common sense approach

What other book might you compare The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck to and why?

Any of the self help types out there - along with The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up one of my favorites.

Have you listened to any of Roger Wayne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

What did you learn from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck that you would use in your daily life?

What's important and that to determine that is actually pretty easy.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to this audio several times to drive home the point - what's important isn't hard. Just focus and do it.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,837

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Great book - so glad I wasn't born hillbilly

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Would you listen to Hillbilly Elegy again? Why?

Yes - very compelling story

What other book might you compare Hillbilly Elegy to and why?

Dont know

Have you listened to any of J. D. Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you could give Hillbilly Elegy a new subtitle, what would it be?

Why does Audible ask such questions? Not relevant to my review.

Any additional comments?

I have met and interacted with people described in this book and am not unfamiliar with the culture. The stories in this book are awful and mind numbing. The lack of education and appreciation for it is frightening. Not sure what at the reasons for it are but I am glad the author got away. The womenfolk in the book I am sure are well meaning (grandma) but for the most part extremely disturbing. My ethnic and cultural background emphasized education and familial love (my ancestors weren't rich but hardworking farmers who moved into the professional classes over time). Drunkenness, drug abuse, lawlessness and irresponsibility re children were unheard of. It pains me to think all of the lives wasted because of the adults in the author's life. He is one of the lucky ones. It really is about the kids and family - I do not understand drug abuse and addiction. Understand it is an illness but it is not fair to the children. This was an excellent but very disturbing book - perhaps it shook my sheltered life and I am unfairly judgmental but children do not ask to be born - the adults need to get with it fast!

  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

  • The Untold Story
  • By: Barbara Leaming
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

The untold story of how one woman’s life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma. Barbara Leaming’s extraordinary and deeply sensitive biography is the first book to document Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ brutal, lonely, and valiant 31-year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following JFK’s assassination.Here is the woman as she has never been seen before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Has New Information

  • By Jean on 11-07-14

A good read

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know - never read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis?

It makes sense that Jackie acted so neurotic given the circumstances still given all the resources at her disposal she still didn't seem to be able to find peace.

Which character – as performed by Eliza Foss – was your favorite?

Not sure.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction one way or another.

Any additional comments?

Jackie was a very privileged woman but certainly had more than her share of tragedies in her life. Younger people today may not be able to relate to her upbringing and life style but it was something common with the very well to do at that time in history. Some reviews mentioned the absence of her children in the book but that is understandable - I got the impression they were always in the care of nannies and others. Jackie was as hands on as she could be given her upbringing but certainly nothing like the helicopter moms we see today. Yet her insistence on good manners speaks well of her as a parent. She has always impressed me with her appreciation of foreign cultures, foreign language skills and her good manners. Nowadays these qualities are given short shrift in American society and it is unfortunate. Jackie was and will always be remembered as a lady.

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  • First Women

  • The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
  • By: Kate Andersen Brower
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 414

In one of the most underestimated - and challenging - positions in the world, the first lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny; and an able CEO responsible for the smooth operation of countless services and special events at the White House.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Who is missing?

  • By Southern belle on 05-07-16

Good Reading

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

What made the experience of listening to First Women the most enjoyable?

Focus on the first ladies as individuals and their personal quirks.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Andersen Brower? Why or why not?

Sure - while there was some old information there were some new insights about the first ladies I found interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

There wasnt one in particular.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - just like I can't just sit and read a book in one sitting I can't listen to a book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I am not surprised at the pettiness of Mamie Eisenhower re Jackie Kennedy and the wheel chair. In a way it is sad that a middle aged frumpy woman on her way out has to make her pettiness so blatant especially since the incident lives on in history. I read in other biographies about first ladies that Mamie was surprised at Jackie's restoration success story and was upset she hadn't thought of doing it herself. Oh well!

  • Revenge in a Cold River

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Commander William Monk has learned to live with the fact that he cannot remember the events of his life prior to a horrific carriage accident years ago. But when a ghost from his past, a man he has no recollection of, attempts to frame him for a series of murders, he must rely on the help of his wife, Hester, and his close friend, Oliver Rathbone, in order to free himself - from both the charges and the demons that have haunted him since the accident.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 12-02-16

Tiresome Tedious and Not Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Would you try another book from Anne Perry and/or David Colacci?

Not sure. David Colacci is great, Anne Perry has become increasingly tiresome as a writer..

What do you think your next listen will be?

A biography.

Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I am an Anne Perry fan but this one is just downright boring, tedious and hard to follow. Her style of writing is distinct and I am usually okay with it but this time I found it awful. The story line produced a big "HUH" in me - so long and that's it? Totally illogical, way way out there and hardly plausible even in her fantasy world. Also she along with other authors really need to easy up on these out of the world beautiful women - her descriptions are always the same (slender, beautiful,etc). Why so much emphasis on a woman's looks? Maybe that is all there is to say about aristocratic women because their personalities are as flat and dry as toast according to Anne Perry. I was bored with this book but will not return it; case in point: level of boredom was such that I listened to it as background noise when I was cleaning the house.

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  • Lady Bird and Lyndon

  • The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President
  • By: Betty Boyd Caroli
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

A fresh look at Lady Bird Johnson that upends her image as a plain Jane who was married for her money and mistreated by Lyndon. This Lady Bird worked quietly behind the scenes through every campaign, every illness, and a trying presidency as a key strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, peacemaker, and indispensable therapist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lady Bird & btw Lyndon

  • By Richard on 11-27-15

Betty Boyd Caroli does it again!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Where does Lady Bird and Lyndon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top easily.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lady Bird

Which character – as performed by Amanda Carlin – was your favorite?

Lady Bird

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Descriptions of a hard working steadfast Lady Bird unswerving in her dedication to LBJ

Any additional comments?

As a student of the first ladies I thought I knew quite a bit about Lady Bird but this book was a wealth of new information. LBJ was a classic jerk and a mama's boy but Lady Bird was either madly in love with him or a saint or both. Her story as a politician's life is not surprising but she did choose LBJ over all else - a true story. In his own way he loved her too. I don't judge but in a way envy her passion - she met the man who meant more to her than her own life. Always thought we no longer have politicians that are bigger than life - LBJ always was - this book proved it!

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  • Under This Roof

  • The White House and the Presidency - 21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories
  • By: Paul Brandus
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

In Under This Roof, award-winning White House journalist Paul Brandus weaves together stories of the presidents, their families, the events of their time, and an oft-ignored major character, the White House itself. From George Washington to the current occupant, Barack Obama - the story of the White House is the story of America itself, Brandus writes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff for presidential buffs

  • By Richard Hadden on 09-05-16

Could be better

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no. The narrator was not very good at all. The story had potential that wasnt followed up on.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Kind of anticlimactic. It is about past presidents so not much to add,

What didn’t you like about Tom Zingarelli’s performance?

Flat and boring.

Was Under This Roof worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

The book is about the White House but got the impression the author is a Reagan fan. That is so boring! He went on and on about Reagan which had nothing to do with the White House itself. Carter got short shrift among others. There is no need to talk about policies and politics - the house itself and the stories contained in the walls so to speak - the personal side. No mention about the staff quarters and other details.

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  • On My Own

  • By: Diane Rehm
  • Narrated by: Diane Rehm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long, drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of 54 years and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. With John gone, Diane was indeed on her own, coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more important, with the profoundly emotional ones. What to do, how to react, reaching out again into the world - struggling to create a new reality for herself while clinging to memories of the past.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Long, rambling, disjointed narrative

  • By Cyndi on 08-03-16

Diane Rocks!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

Where does On My Own rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best - authors don't always score by narrating their own books but Diane seals it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Diane.

What does Diane Rehm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her story is riveting and I can empathize with her pain from my own personal experience. I can feel her pain and joy in her voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This does not need to be a movie.Not everything does.

Any additional comments?

Really admire Diane - a self made and educated woman. Brutally honest and love her NPR show - she keeps the commentators on track. Would rather listen to Diane and her views than the commentators for the most part. They are too much into praising each other which gets old - very clubby that strikes listeners like me as disingenuous.

  • As Time Goes By

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

Television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom after she begins covering a sensational murder trial for the six p.m. news. She should be thrilled, yet her growing desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When Delaney's friends - Alvirah Meehan and her husband, Willy - offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good book k8nda dragged it out

  • By Brenda c on 07-26-16

Brain Candy

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was entertaining but that's about it.

What was most disappointing about Mary Higgins Clark’s story?

Author's stories are formulaic and all the characters are goody two shoes. The heroine is always beautiful, pale, thin, etc. The hired help are minorities and despite NYC being the site of many of her books the lack of diversity amazes. I say this not because I desire diversity but reality in a major city like NYC is hard to avoid!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was ok.

Do you think As Time Goes By needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No because author's books are all the same - sad heroine, saved by a dashing stranger, cookie cutter characters.

Any additional comments?

After a few of her novels I get that the formula works and is entertaining in a limited way when the reader has time to kill but this will be the last one. I don't expect deep literature but the cookie cutter characters are enough already. Also without being a spoiler alert I found the Avira's gesture in the book completely off the wall - come on!