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  • Clutter Busting

  • By: Brooks Palmer
  • Narrated by: Brooks Palmer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

In this insightful book, Palmer shows how to get rid of the things in our lives that no longer serve us. By tossing out these unneeded items, we are also eliminating their negative influences, freeing up energy, and unlocking our potential. Loaded with inspiring anecdotes and practical tips, Clutter Busting is based on the premise that your things are not sacred, but you are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book I've Ever Read (Listened to) on Clutter

  • By Brainy Gal on 03-09-17

Best Book on Decluttering

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

The thoughtfulness and thoroughness of the author makes for a genuinely helpful work. Mr. Palmer respectfully approaches this subject, and gives clear guidance. His exercises are good. Very happy to have stumbled onto this gem.

  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,472

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty-something coming of age

  • By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

Wonderful Description of an Important Change

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Cait Flanders has an easy-to-listen-to style that I thoroughly enjoyed. She never talks down to her reader, and freely covers all parts of her journey into a simpler, more authentic life. She’s an inspiration for anyone considering making a similar move.

  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)

  • Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666

Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Important points, anemic delivery

  • By Dara Burwell on 03-13-16

More or Less a Repeat

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I’ve only listened to two of Ms. Brown’s books, and they both seemed like breakthrough works, whereas this one seemed more like a rehash. Also, my preference is to hear the author ‘s own voice. The narrator of this book was fine—but I find the personal connection gets lost when someone else reads it. The written version of this book might be more valuable because I gather there are worksheets that accompanied the text. Not a huge deal for me, but I can’t recommend this particular audio book.

  • 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 106,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,822

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

Not Particularly Insightful

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

The title promised (I thought, anyway) a deeper and more nuanced guide of living in the world without getting sucked into the mess. I listened on Audible and after about 90 minutes (sporadically listening) I had yet to hear anything with much depth. My two takeaways were that we individually aren’t all that “special”, and...ummm...I forget the other one. It’s not that the author is promoting anything wrong. It just wasn’t helpful. As I was deleting it off my device, I realized that I might have found Mr. Manson’s book more useful in my twenties when I was just waking up to reality, but it doesn’t hold much for someone who is already reflective. (At least the first hour and a half didn’t.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Simplified Life

  • Tactical Tools for Intentional Living
  • By: Emily Ley
  • Narrated by: Hayley Cresswell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Do you long to simplify the demands on your time, energy, and resources? Have complicated responsibilities, overwhelming to-do lists, and endless clutter left you feeling overwhelmed? Busy wife, mom, entrepreneur, and best-selling author Emily Ley knows how you feel. With a growing family, increased work demands, and more, she understands the struggle it is to keep the plates spinning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let go of your mom guilt of not doing enough!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-23-17

Silly Evangelical/Religious

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Sadly, I found almost nothing of value in this. I wanted to hang in there, hoping for the best, but in my mind if someone is going to put out a bunch of scripture and their own personal religious views, they ought to label that up front. I have the ability to look past some of this, but there never was anything of depth and value regarding a simple life. Maybe to live a religious life according to the author’s viewpoint, but few people are going to want to that.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Cultivate

  • A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life
  • By: Lara Casey
  • Narrated by: Lara Casey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Written as part encouragement anthem and part practical guide, Cultivate offers wisdom from God's word alongside lessons Lara has learned in her garden. Woven throughout is her personal story that helps release listeners from the pressure to achieve and gives them freedom to move from planning to planting a meaningful legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good.

  • By Tess on 10-24-17

A Bit of Empty Evangelicalism

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If I had understood that this was a Bible-oriented piece of fluff, I would never paid good money for it. Once I realized her point-of-view, I still gave it about an hour of my time, thinking that there might be something interesting and valid. Finally, I understood that the growing irritation inside of me was doing the opposite of creating grace. Amazon recommended this to me as I searched for books on a minimalist life, decluttering, and mindfulness. This book promotes a genuinely damaging type of clutter, in my opinion. Grace, mindfulness, and intention cannot create any lasting improvement if you honestly think it has to come from outside.

What was most disappointing about Lara Casey’s story?

Grace can be elegant, mindful, and serene and promote well-being. This book seemed not to understand that.

What three words best describe Lara Casey’s performance?

Bland. Superficial. Evangelical.

What character would you cut from Cultivate?

This is a nonfiction piece.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Minimalist Makeover

  • Four Complex Step-by-Step Strategies to Simplify Your Life Just as Much as You Want
  • By: Zoe McKey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Heddins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Is your life filled with valueless objects that don't make you happy? Do you feel anxious when you buy things but you can't control the urge? Would you like to let go of unimportant stuff with a peace of mind? Your happiness costs less than you think. You deserve a stress-free life - where the things you own serve you and help you live a well-balanced life. Learn how to be better off with less in Minimalist Makeover.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It went too much into long historical info

  • By Lesli Van Tine on 01-02-18

Not Particularly Helpful; Certainly Not Motivating

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

This book reviews four different types of decluttering, and it came across as an outsiders view on everything. I found the book itself, and the narration, to be bland. I never sensed that narrator was engaged with what she was reading, but it also felt like the author her self was simply reporting. Some books inspire. This was not one of them.