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  • You Need a Budget

  • The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want
  • By: Jesse Mecham
  • Narrated by: Jesse Mecham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

For most people, budgeting conjures up the same feelings as, say, prison and dieting. But your initial instinct couldn't be further from the truth. You just haven't budgeted the right way. You Need a Budget will teach you four simple rules to completely revolutionize the way you think about managing your money. With a budget, you'll break the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, get out of debt, and save more money. A liberating, enabling, empowering budget will actually make you feel more free, not more restricted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning Budgeter

  • By Brant on 12-29-17

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I listened to every chapter of this book and some chapters multiple times. This style of budgeting is perfect for me since it is both low-key but also effective in helping me accomplish my goals. I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck most of my life but am finally in a place where I’m able to save and invest and make my money work for me instead of the other way around. I have been using the YNAB software and also sharing the book with several family members. Thank you for this book - it has helped me so much!

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,179

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

So Sad To Listen To This Now...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

As a writer, Bourdain is definitely gifted, but his performance here is flat and it sounds like he is literally reading off a sheet of paper rather than relating the story of his life. The audio quality is also not good, but the book is still worth a listen, or better yet, a read. The last chapter is a sad piece of irony because Bourdain literally says "but I'm still here, still alive" after some of the other crazy characters he's worked with and trained under didn't make it for various reasons. Of course, now that statement is no longer true.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,546

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Very engaging and uniquely told story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I really enjoyed this book. Bernadette’s quirky personality is very much like my own except I’m not a genius architect. Her daughter B is smart and precocious and the description of Seattle is spot on. I especially enjoyed the narration. Of the narrator is the person who sings O Holy Night then she has a very lovely voice. This particular section of the book had me crying along with B!

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,944

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Laugh Out Loud Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I had not heard of this book before purchasing, but the description sounded intriguing. I have never laughed so hard while driving to work. The narrator captured the clueless nature of the protagonist perfectly. I haven't finished the book yet, but have already recommended it to several friends and can't wait to listen to the sequel!

  • Paris in Love

  • A Memoir
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Eloisa James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

In 2009 Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life - discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to love it.

  • By skyblue21 on 01-26-13

If you like Readers Digest...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This book makes Paris sound like the most ordinary place on earth. If I was wondering what Paris is like and whether I might want to move there, reading this book would not help one bit. I think the author believes that her life is interesting and that she is a clever writer and that people would want to know all about her, but when boring people move to Paris, they are still boring! The writing is something akin to what I might write in my diary, but I haven't kidded myself into thinking that other people are interested in what I do every second of the day and every banal thought that pops into my head.

  • A Bad Man

  • By: Stanley Elkin
  • Narrated by: Anthony Haden Salerno
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Breaking the law in a foolhardy attempt to accommodate his customers, unscrupulous department store owner Leo Feldman finds himself in jail and at the mercy of the warden, who tries to break Leo of his determination to stay bad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Bad Book...

  • By clridenhour on 10-09-17

A Bad Book...

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

First I want to say that the narrator does a terrific job of capturing all of the nuance of the material. The author is definitely expounding on his feelings about consumerism, the penal system and maybe being a Jew in America, but the method is very bizarre and Kafka-esque in the picture it paints. There are some comical moments and some thoughtful commentary, but overall this book is disjointed and as ill-fitting as one of Leonard Feldman's prison suits. From Chapter 12 to Chapter 13 it feels like there is some missing material. One minute Leo is sleeping in an electric chair in the warden's basement, and the next, he is sitting in an auditorium listening to the warden give an evangelical speech on joys of conformation. If this was done on purpose, I'm afraid the meaning was lost on me.

  • Finding Gobi

  • A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
  • By: Dion Leonard, Craig Borlase
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing story!

  • By EF on 06-14-17

A wonderful, heartwarming story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Finding Gobi is just the kind of story I like. A true story of love, sacrifice, friendship and loyalty. Things we could all use more of in our lives. I cried in some parts and smiled in others. If you love dogs or are into running marathons, you will like this book. I wish all the best to Dion, Luchja and little Gobi!

  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading for humans

  • By L. Gutman on 08-14-13

Afraid to read any further..,

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I found myself caring about Leonard so much that I was afraid to keep reading in case he didn't make it. I'm 52 years old, but I'm a mom who hates to see kids neglected or abused in any way, so this story spoke to my heart in a painful way. Noah Galvin does an excellent job voicing all of the characters. I hope to hear more of him!

  • Mademoiselle Chanel

  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to an orphanage after their mother's death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction Not Biography

  • By Sara on 02-07-16

I am now obsessed with Coco Chanel!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

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

I know this is a fictional account of Mademoiselle Chanel's life, but it all seems plausible given everything I've read about this determined woman. I can't say that Chanel is all that likable, given her penchant for married men, but the conversations and relationships make this such an interesting read. Her determination to make her own way and to not depend on any man is a feminist's dream!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mademoiselle Chanel?

When Boy Capel was killed in a car accident on his way to see her. So tragic.

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

I wish that Rebecca had portrayed Chanel with a French accent. It would have added tremendously to the ambiance of the story. She seems to do fine with German accents.

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

I had always heard that Chanel collaborated with the Germans, but now I am rethinking this.

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of Gortner after listening to two of his books. I plan to check out everything he has written.

  • The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

The Portrait of a Lady tells the compelling and ultimately tragic tale of a beautiful young American woman's encounter with European sophistication. Set principally in England and Italy, the story follows Isabel Archer's fortunes as a variety of admirers vie for her hand. Her choice will be crucial, and she is not wanting for advice, whether from the generous-spirited Ralph Touchett or the charming Madame Merle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get past the terrible American accents.

  • By Sarah on 04-07-17

So much detail...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Henry James is so verbose in his descriptions of...everything. From the clothes the characters wear to the tiniest inflections in their voices, there is a back story to every minute aspect of each characters life. I listened and listened and listened, thinking there would be some explosive climax, but alas the pinnacle of the story is barely a blip. I guess my disappointment in that taints my view of this book as completely boring and a waste of time. When it was written, I'm sure there was nothing else to do and the story might be considered quite torrid. I tried watching the movie also, and that was even worse.

What could Henry James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get to the point more quickly.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scene when Isabel Archer appears to Ralph and Lord Warburton for the first time. The story held such promise then.

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

I saw the movie and would not see it again, nor recommend it.

Any additional comments?

Juliet Stevenson is very good as the narrator.

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