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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States
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  • 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 26,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,603

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

Longer than necessary but still a great book.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

Excellent message. Could have been covered in half the time but the additional words reinforced the technique.

  • The Land of Painted Caves

  • Earth's Children, Book 6
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 34 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,655

Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been titled "The Mother's Song"

  • By Courtney on 04-04-11

Land of boring repetition

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-11

Could have been great. Instead it was incredibly boring. No character development. Repetition of what readers already knew over and over and over. You WILL be disappointed. There was maybe an hour of worthwhile material in 34 hours of listening. Save yourself. Do not buy. One upside, there were a fraction of the stupid, never-ending sex scenes compared to previous books. Narration was fine. Thank goodness for the fast forward button.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mine Till Midnight

  • The Hathaways, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's different from the book - but not abridged

  • By Lori on 10-28-11

Will appeal to a certain type

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-10

After listening to this, I wondered what ever induced me to purchase it. I went back to read the summary, and I still don't know. It is clearly a romance novel, and I've not read one in decades, so I was surprised (and rolled my eyes a lot) at the very graphic "perfect-man" sex. I was annoyed at the perfunctory element of paranormal events and also at the way that key plot elements were not tied up. Guess they want me to buy book 2. Ain't gonna happen.

5 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Bit Wicked

  • Life, Love, and Faith in Stages
  • By: Kristin Chenoweth
  • Narrated by: Kristin Chenoweth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

In this frank and funny memoir, the Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen shares her journey from small-town Oklahoma to big-time Broadway, vamping on what it takes to stand firmly on a foundation of family and faith while wearing a hot pair of Jimmy Choo platform sling-backs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love her!

  • By D. Radtke on 04-23-09

A Little Bit Shallow

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-10

I love her singing, but she spends way more time talking about things like her hair extensions than her experiences on the stage. I still think she's great, but I hope she eventually writes something more substantial. It's amazing that she needed a ghost writer to write something this light weight. C'mon Kristy, you can do better. And the title was ridiculous. She's about as un-wicked as they come, so it makes no sense, even with her experience in the show, "Wicked." Pandering.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Brief History of the Dead

  • By: Kevin Brockmeier
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95

All residents of the City have recently died, and they will remain in the City only as long as someone still living on Earth remembers them. On Earth, however, the population has been devastated by a terrible pandemic. Laura Byrd, isolated at an Antarctic research station, may be the only person to have survived the pandemic. But she's running out of time and supplies, and her memories are fading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone...

  • By M. on 10-09-06

Where was his editor?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-07

What an interesting concept! What a weak result!

Your questions about the characters and the afterworld(s) are never answered. Loose ends are never tied up. Huge sections are tedious meditations or pointless reminisceses.

Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mayflower

  • A Story of Courage, Community, and War
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410

From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Little on Mayflower, more about the Indians

  • By Kismet on 07-18-06

I warmed to the Indian aspects of the story.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-06

I began the book looking forward to the pilgrim aspect of the story, but actually found that the less entertaining part of the book. I found the discussion of the religious aspects tedious. The actual crossing is given short shrift. The real meat is in the analysis of the evolution of the relationship early settlers had with the indians.

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

  • By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

Everything, well, almost everything, you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not; Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quotes Over Conjecture

  • By Patrick S. on 06-12-16

mediocre

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-06

Yes, he shined a light on some things, but there is plenty of rotten stuff he forgot, like the advent of a national income tax and withholding. I agree with a previous reviewer who said that there was a lot of cherry-picking and fact-twisting. Things just ain't that simple.

4 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Endurance

  • Shackelton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

This fabulous account of Sir Ernest Shackelton's epic adventure recreates one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In August, 1914, the Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months Shackelton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfull treatment of a complex story

  • By Timothy C S on 05-10-05

I wish I could have given it five stars

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-06

I can't give this five stars because the sound quality was not very good, even after I switched to level 4 download quality. It was particularly muddy at first, until perhaps I got used to his reading style. The narrator lent very little personality to his characterizations. It is a very interesting story and well written, but I disagree with a previous reviewer who liked that the book did not go into the happenings after the rescue. But I do give it four stars and think it is definitely worth a download credit.

  • The Young Messiah (Movie tie-in) (Originally Published as Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt)

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Josh Heine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A tad short of excellent

  • By R. Moore on 11-20-05

Interesting premise. Well executed.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-05

I approached this as an interested and curious agnostic. I think she did a very good job of telling the story and weaving in the historical and biblical aspects. I think this whole time frame is interesting. I had always viewed Jesus as being born in a manger and then the next we hear, he is pretty much tacked up on a cross. This gives a little novel-like idea of some of those in-between years. I hope she makes a whole series of it, as I view the Bible as a pretty boring and unapproachable read. Overall, it was well read and there is a nice explanatory author's note at the end. As an aside, I have never read her work before (although I thought the Interview with a Vampire movie sucked).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In a Sunburned Country

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud funny

  • By Larry on 06-09-03

Droll and dry wit

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-05

I've never understood the attraction of visiting Australia, and, in all honesty, even after reading this book I still don't want to visit. However, as usual, I loved Bryson's style of presenting intformation, and I do know a lot more about the country. He reads it himself which is always a plus. I recommend pulling out an atlas to get your bearings, and then dive in.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful