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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,439
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,914

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I have not listened to autobiography before and maybe that is the reason I was disappointed . I enjoyed hearing the story behind the songs that he shared. I would like to have focused more on that and the growing of E Street. Unfortunately I found some segments pompous and egotistical but I guess you need that for success?? Really wish he would have chosen to have E Street inducted with him and played with them more.
I am sorry to hear he had issues with his father and depression.
I will continue enjoying his music.

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,261

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem

  • By Sara on 05-12-16

Good extension of a not so good prequel

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

This book is a spin off of My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. I didn't care for the dual story telling in that book by the same author and was looking forward to reaching the end. I didn't like the character of Britt-Marie for the majority of the story. I couldn't believe I wanted to read a whole story about this irritating character. I must say I enjoyed most all of Britt-Marie was Here and recommend it.
Backman does an excellent job in developing each character and slowly reveals them to the reader layer by layer. Very relatable characters. We can recognize ourselves, friends and family members.
This almost feels like the female version of Ove. Backman's beat book so far is A Man Called Ove but Britt-Marie is a close second.

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  • Three Wishes

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,844
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,322

In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their 33rd year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents' dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Caroline Lee or Tamara Lovatt-Smith

  • By carolyn on 09-07-14

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

I really enjoy this author and have listened to most of her books. I like that her stories are based in Australia and picking up some Aussie slang and learning Aussie culture. However it was hard to like this book. Maybe it was too true to "life is unfair". If you are looking for a feel good book this is not it. If you are looking for life happens, have your melt down and move on - then this works.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,611

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Well worth the credit/purchase

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

The narrator sounds like a new version of Siri but the content is great. Most of what she says makes sense. There are couple of items that are a bit of a stretch. I don't know that I will empty my handbag every night.
The book starts slow. Hang in there- it's worth the wait. I will listen again and plan on implementing soon.

  • Going to Pieces without Falling Apart

  • A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness
  • By: Mark Epstein MD
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Weaving together the accumulated wisdom of his two worlds - Buddhism and Western psychotherapy - Mark Epstein shows how "the happiness that we seek depends on our ability to balance the ego's need to do with our inherent capacity to be." He encourages us to relax the ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful and insightful

  • By MossyFernForest on 10-21-15

Tiresome to listen to

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator

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

Glad I made it to the end

How did the narrator detract from the book?

voice did not keep my attention

Was Going to Pieces without Falling Apart worth the listening time?

There were several key points I pulled from it. I will go back and listen to certain sections again.

Any additional comments?

Buy the book and skip the audible.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,248

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Great book to listen to

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

The author reads this so it is truly first person. It felt more like a conversation. Funny and honest. If you are looking for an overview of self help this is a must listen/read. I may listen to some chapters again which is not
something I usually do. I could definitely relate to the author. I was telling my friends and coworkers to get the book or audio before I was even half through!

  • Dark Places

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,929

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark indeed

  • By DQmaine on 08-12-16

Not as good as her others

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

Reviewed: 03-14-15

This is my least favorite of her books. Skip it. Drones on about details. Types of flower names, too many descriptions.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,587

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Beautiful messy memories.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-15

Wonderfully narrated. The characters are well developed. An original take on how messy we can make our lives struggling to find perfection that does not exist.
One of the best lines - maybe we all need a hard knock on the head. I could agree to that if we all learn the lessons Alice learns.

  • New Year Island

  • By: Paul Draker
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 635

Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AREALLY GOOD LISTEN!

  • By Joyce Munden on 04-01-15

Amazing book!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Characters are well defined. Many twists throughput. A really Fresh read. I Highly recommend downloading today. Made the commute enjoyable.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful