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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 93,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81,834

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

Give a F*ck and listen to this book

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Where does The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top 10 - Top 3 - I do not write many reviews - this one was worth my time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck?

He says Fk a lot - really a lot. I like the way that the book challenges thinking

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

Great reader - fantastic reader - - I enjoyed listening to this book -

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck?

I have to be more selective about what I give my Fks to
The story of Poland after the war and how the Polish people were enlightened -

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book -

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Fermentation

  • An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World
  • By: Sandor Ellix Katz
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Ellix Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide listeners through their first experience making sauerkraut, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding for experienced practitioners. While Katz contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too drawn out...

  • By Farrell on 01-18-17

At times more than I wanted to know

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Where does The Art of Fermentation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked it - I bought the hard copy first and realized I would never read it all. The audio book was very interesting and I am going to make a few things that I would never have tried to make if I had not listened to the book

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

He did a great job.

Any additional comments?

I like this book. It is interesting and I enjoyed hearing about the author's life and different cultures

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Live It!

  • Achieve Success by Living with Purpose
  • By: Jairek Robbins
  • Narrated by: Jairek Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

Jairek Robbins, decorated performance coach and lifestyle entrepreneur, guides you through his proven, step-by-step process for filling the gap between where you are today and where you want to be. In reassuring and easy-to-understand language, Robbins helps you build a strong foundation for authentic happiness. Each chapter is strategically designed to engage you with personal reflections and challenges that will encourage you to make immediate improvements to your everyday behavior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well, I Respect Jairek Robbins

  • By Gillian on 03-13-15

It is not a bad book for the early 20s somethings

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

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

not really - - -

What was most disappointing about Jairek Robbins’s story?

I did not know who he was when I bought the book and he annoyed me about 2 hours in and I had to look to see why he was so entitled. I was willing to suck it up and keep listening. His sad story of how he had to work work so his Dad would pay for his around the world trip was the clincher.

What didn’t you like about Jairek Robbins’s performance?

He should not have read his own book. He came off as whining and self centered.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Never

Any additional comments?

I hate giving a young kid a bad review, but I do not even think he wrote this book. He thanks his writing team. He is delusional about hard work and lacks any reality base. He should give advice to Hypsters and Trust Fund kids.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

  • By: Amy Alkon
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 702

We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen

  • By GH on 08-12-14

Good book for people who think they are nice

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - certain friends. It flows well - it get a little heavy if listended to for long periods. After a while of listening I was feeling like making a species change

What other book might you compare Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck to and why?

It was like a satire or a comedy book - mixed with self help - I am not sure I have been listening to science and brain books. This book was a break for me -

What about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance did you like?

She was tough and sarcastic. She read well and was very funny at times - -

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

I laughed a few times and I got a little angry at the authors depth or understanding a few times.

Any additional comments?

I liked her ideas on how to give Yelp reviews. I really liked the fact that she mentors the little girl next door to her -

  • The Narcissist Next Door

  • Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed - in Your World
  • By: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions of them in the United States alone: entertainers, politicians, business people, your neighbors. Recognizing and understanding them is crucial to your not being overtaken by them, says Jeffrey Kluger, in his provocative new book about this insidious disorder. With insight and wit, Kluger frames the surprising new research on narcissism and explains the complex, exasperating personality disorder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like Listening to a College Thesis

  • By Tiffany Thompson on 09-24-14

Not the book that I thought it was

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book is a collection of stories about the great narcissists throughout history. Not what I wanted but I think others would like it

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeffrey Kluger? Why or why not?

Yes - - I would just have to make sure that I got a more research based book

Any additional comments?

He read the book well. My only issue with the writing is I believe he sensationalized the columbine school killings. He got into more detail with the killings than he did with other murdering narcissists - I did not like that

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gifts of Imperfection

  • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,362

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

  • By tracy on 08-17-14

Perfect Book

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

What made the experience of listening to The Gifts of Imperfection the most enjoyable?

I like the flow and honesty of the author. The guidance/advice seemed genuine and honest

What did you like best about this story?

Some personal experiences and some research based it was a very good balance

Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favorite?

The reader did a very good job and I enjoyed listening to her

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

I like the whole book -

Any additional comments?

I will listen to this book again. I have told friends about this book. It is a good choice if you are thinking about becoming a better person

  • The Practicing Mind

  • Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,428

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some great takeaways despite the robotic narration

  • By azmom on 04-04-15

Enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

Where does The Practicing Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good - - I would recomend this book. It is short and I listened to it twice.

What did you like best about this story?

It flows well and is very easy to follow

Which character – as performed by Thomas M. Sterner – was your favorite?

No characters in this book. He read his book well but it was a little slow at times

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

yes if I had the time.

Any additional comments?

I found the authors quotes online and found that useful

  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain

  • The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind
  • By: Barbara Strauch
  • Narrated by: Nona Pipes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended for all Ages

  • By Virginia A on 05-28-10

I am younger than I thought

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

Reviewed: 12-23-14

Where does The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good - near the top of the list

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain?

The exersice and brain function study and explaination

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

She does a very good job narrating the story. She has mild inflections to show character shift. This type of book does not really have characters and other readers make the mistake of acting. I would listen to her read again.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain?

That I am younger than I thought and that my brain can be helped with exersice. There is no such thing a a mid life crisis.

Any additional comments?

I liked this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rewire

  • Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior
  • By: Richard O'Connor Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,035

We humans tend to get in our own way time and time again - whether it comes to not speaking up for ourselves, going back to bad romantic partners, our umpteenth diet, or engaging in any of a range of bad habits we just can’t seem to shake. In Rewire, renowned psychotherapist Richard O’Connor, PhD, reveals why our bad habits die so hard. We have two brains - one a thoughtful, conscious, deliberative self, and the other an automatic self that does most of the work without our attention.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Julie Simiskey on 12-31-14

A how to fix your brain book

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Rewire to be better than the print version?

No - - I think I need to get some of the information in print. I got lost with some of the steps and would like to read parts of the book over. As an example, I need a reminder about the meditation teqniques.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rewire?

I liked the book. The author shared personal experinces in a very productive way.

What about Fred Stella’s performance did you like?

Even and easy to follow

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

no

Any additional comments?

I have recomended this book and I will look for supporting information on line.

33 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • The Drunkard's Walk

  • How Randomness Rules Our Lives
  • By: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,617

In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interested in statistics? This is the book.

  • By Robert on 02-21-14

I will Proudly walk through life Drunk!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

If you could sum up The Drunkard's Walk in three words, what would they be?

This book is an insightful history of statistical analysis. If I knew that I would not have purchased it - but it is much more and has very deep meaning for daily life.

What did you like best about this story?

The authors tells the story very well. He has a sense of humor that show in the story without being too obvious.

Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

Sean Pratt did an excellent job with this book. I am going to look for other books read by S Pratt

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

A lot of the book - - I liked the story of his son's English paper and grade.

Any additional comments?

This is my highest rating ever. I have recomended ths book to many friends. I was sorry went it was over - -