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  • The Nordic Theory of Everything

  • In Search of a Better Life
  • By: Anu Partanen
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Moving to America in 2008, Finnish journalist Anu Partanen quickly went from confident, successful professional to wary, self-doubting mess. She found that navigating the basics of everyday life - from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare - was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. At first she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A non-radical perspective on two societies

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-20-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Every American should read this. It is incredibly interesting and enlightening ... and very well written.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature Fix

  • Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
  • By: Florence Williams
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes!...and No!

  • By Paul on 03-18-17

Great Book, Poor Performance

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I listened to this book with great interest in some important information. However, eventually I was driven to purchase a hard copy book because the reading on the audio book was probably the most over-dramatized and infantile reading of any book I have ever bought through audible. It was annoyingly distracting. So, I recommend the hard cover book but suggest you bypass the audio book.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Tale of Murasaki

  • A Novel
  • By: Liza Dalby
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In the 11th century Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, the most popular work in the history of Japanese literature. In The Tale of Murasaki, Liza Dalby has created a breathtaking fictionalized narrative of the life of this timeless poet - a lonely girl who becomes such a compelling storyteller that she is invited to regale the empress with her tales. The Tale of Murasaki is the story of an enchanting time and an exotic place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favorite book

  • By CMM on 12-02-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Such an excellent story. The Tale of Murasaki is beautifully written with exquisite language and poetry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inheritance from Mother

  • A Novel
  • By: Minae Mizumura
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Award-winning novelist Minae Mizumura demystifies the notion of the selfless Japanese mother and the adult daughter honor-bound to care for her. Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-50s, is a French-language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, is a professor at another private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman. In addition to her husband's infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing 80-something mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By resc on 09-02-17

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

This is such an enjoyable book ... a lovely story, and very well performed. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,531

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge.

  • By PSBoyte on 04-30-17

Best book on this subject

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Great research. Well written. Clear and comprehensive. This is the best book on this subject. Highly recommend.

  • A Week in Winter

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,159

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end.....

  • By Vicki Unger on 02-26-13

Lovely book but abrupt ending

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Great book except the ending seemed too brief, even abrupt. Still, it was an enjoyable story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful