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  • 30 Days - Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

  • A Couple of Simple Steps Every Day to Create the Life You Want
  • By: Marc Reklau
  • Narrated by: Derek Doepker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In this simple, fast-paced audiobook, you will be learning what it takes to create the life you want. 30 Days is for people who are struggling, wanting to change their lives, but they feel powerless and think change comes from the outside. They also keep doing the same things over and over expecting a different result, which Albert Einstein considered to be the purest form of insanity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Eh....

  • By Andrea on 03-27-17

Eh....

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

What would have made 30 Days - Change Your Habits, Change Your Life better?

The book had different activities in every chapter - you go from writing down your goals, to visualization, to meditation, to listing top items you want to change and so on and so forth - at some point the reader is like 'what' now what - I would describe it as unfocused.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I really believe there is a lot of good stuff in the book and possibly just demonstrating that there are different techniques to be used to make changes would make the story more credible. Or I think the author could have focused on a few key principles and demonstrate how they are used in conjunction with each other. I re-read a bunch of it because I kept restarting every time I got on a plane (travel for a living) and I think it all was a good review of exercises we all have heard of before, but it was just that. Like a reminder of all the ways people bring change to their lives.

I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this book but it was okay. I was hoping for some inspirational insight but got fire hosed with options instead.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

A light book to read - if you are interested it would be good for the beach or simply a light read.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Sober Revolution

  • Women Calling Time on Wine O'Clock, Addiction Recovery Series, Volume 1
  • By: Sarah Turner, Lucy Rocca
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Do you count down the minutes to wine o'clock on a daily basis? Is a bottle of Pinot Grigio your friend at the end of a long hard day? If you want to give up being controlled and defined by alcohol then now is the time to join The Sober Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Time Reviewer

  • By norahs on 04-30-16

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Wow very moving and captivating. I spent the whole time so engaged with the story that I continually thought of all the friends that I have to. It this book for. After reading "kick the drink" this book was like the icing on top of all the reasons alcohol robs your life of peace. I cannot recommend this enough! The stories at the end might be the best part of the book as you can find yourself and people around you in this stories in some way. Very impactful.

  • Waiter to the Rich and Shameless

  • Confessions of a Five Star Beverly Hills Server
  • By: Paul Hartford
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I imagined

  • By Maia C. Larkin on 02-17-17

Vapid

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Oh boy what do I say? Just a fluffy piece with an author who is edgy and kind of obnoxious. He tells a story about Hollywood types that spend excessively and he spends a lot of time shaming them for how they behave. It is mildly entertaining but honestly I thought that I can't get that time back. I don't recommend this book as it's hard to even believe his view as he waits on someone a few times and this is supposed to be a judgement on the diner's character! It kind of says more negatively on the writer. He also makes comments like Donald Trump and his wife had martinis. I think it is well known and witnessed that he doesn't drink. Move on.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Between Breaths

  • A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
  • By: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482

From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in Between Breaths, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety - which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam - and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brave and Beautiful

  • By LAFalls on 09-14-16

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Wow what a great story and love that "Beth" read the story herself. Been reading a lot about addiction and alcohol in the average everyday household and this one resonates as she nearly lost it all but still had loved ones who stuck by her and of course ABC. The honesty about how many times she stumbles is painful. By the last time your grimacing thinking oh no not again! Recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful