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  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,262

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

An absolute pleasure!!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

As an audiobook addict A Gift of Time has moved to the very top of my favorite list. I didn’t want it to end. I highly recommend giving it a listen. It will not disappoint.

1 of 2 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 24,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,306

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

Repeats itself over and over and over....

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

Would you try another book from Marie Kondo and/or Emily Woo Zeller?

no

Has The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes

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

no

Any additional comments?

I gave up listening halfway through. It has some good advice, but the repetition is so pervasive there was time I thought I was replaying a chapter.

Save your credit. This one is not worth it.

  • 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 4,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,732

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

Moved up on the Bucket list

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

Would you consider the audio edition of In a Sunburned Country to be better than the print version?

I love Bryson's writing style, a milder "gonzo" style of travel writer with Englishman's humor. I missed an opportunity to travel to Australia in my early 20's to work as a tourist guide in the bush when I was a very active outdoorsman, backpacker and survival instructor. Now I sorely regret not taking the plunge. Listening to Bryson describe the history and quirkiness of the country was a delight. Now I must see this country before I die.

I highly recommend the book, just wished it was twice as long.

What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

Englishman's humor wrapped in gonzo style

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

  • The Buddha, Geoff and Me

  • By: Edward Canfor-Dumas
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Ed is having a hard time - at work, in his love life and, well, generally. Then he meets an unlikely Buddhist - who drinks and smokes and talks his kind of language. Bit by bit, things begin to change...Ed doesn't always take Geoff's advice. Or, when he does he lapses at the crucial moment. His path to understanding is not a straight one, especially as life keeps throwing more and more 'stuff' at him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book actually changed my life view

  • By J. Wood on 10-15-12

This book actually changed my life view

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

Reviewed: 10-15-12

After studying Buddhism on and off for 6 years I have to say this book has drawn me closer to the teachings. It's a wonderful story of how we are woven into each other's lives and how one person can affect the lives of many. The Buddhist teaching that "one candle can light thousands of other candles and not have it's life shortened." really applies to this story.

This quote from Daisaku Ikeda used in the book pretty much sums it up....

" I feel most deeply I have done something creative when I've thrown myself wholeheartedly into a task and thought it through instinctively to it's conclusion, and thusly I've won a struggle to enlarge myself. It is a matter of sweat and tears.

The creative life demands constant effort to improve one's thoughts and actions. Perhaps the dynamism involved in the efforts is the most important thing. You will pass through storms and you may suffer defeat. The essence of the creative life however, is to persevere in the face of defeat and to follow the rainbow within your heart.

Indulgence and indolence are not creative. Complaints and evasions are cowardly, and corrupt life's natural tendency at creation. The person who gives up the fight for creativeness is headed, ultimately, to the hell that destroys all life.

You must never slacken in the efforts to build new lives for yourselves.

Creativeness means pushing open the heavy door to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the hardest task in the world. For opening the door to your own life is more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe but, the act of opening your door vindicates your existence as a human being and makes life worth living. No one is lonelier or unhappier than the person that does no know the pure joy of creating a life for himself.

To be human is not merely to stand erect and manifest reason and intellect.

To be human in the full sense of the word is to lead a creative life."

I'm on my second listen and enjoying just as much this time around, if not more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Breakfast with Buddha

  • A Novel
  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,178

When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a thoughtful and often hilarious journey

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-15-11

Great Listen.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-12

Wonderful story that I wished had been a bit longer. Actually laughed out loud a few times. The teachings are worked in the story in a non-obtuse way making it quite listenable to those not interested in Buddhism.

  • Folks, This Ain't Normal

  • A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
  • By: Joel Salatin
  • Narrated by: Joel Salatin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awakened me from my ingnorance

  • By matthew on 05-27-12

This is a great listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-12

After owning a couple of Joel's other books, I was very happy to see him finally offering a reading of his new work. You can hear the passion in his voice and feel the deep belief in the messages he is relaying about our food, government and state of family life in America. He is an excellent speaker and his narration is superb.

I found the book's message very moving and at the end when Joel's voice was actually breaking with emotion talking about his farm and family, I also had tears in my eyes. As one who feels the same love for his farm and lifestyle it really struck a chord. The message is powerful and the logic is as sane as it gets.

I highly recommend this book. In fact, I can't recommend it enough. Download it and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. It might just change your perspective on life. It reaffirmed mine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Patriots

  • A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,781

America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking for preppers

  • By Allison on 02-02-13

Waaaaaay to much detailing....

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

Reviewed: 09-13-11

I found the person/voice reading book exceeding annoying. Explaining every detail of the equipment got old really quick. Also the referencing of God, Fox news and very conservative world views wore me a bit thin. A great reference piece for learning what you will need in a survival situation, but a horrible novel....

Wishing I had let this one pass and saved my credits. Try "Earth Abides". It's one my favorite books dealing with a societal collapse plot line.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • World Made by Hand

  • The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1
  • By: James Howard Kunstler
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A kind of Amish post-apocalypse

  • By David on 06-27-13

The Long Emergency is much better.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-11

I love Kunstlers other book "The Long Emergency", his blog and interviews but was a bit disappointed by this novel. The story is a bit flat and predictable. The descriptions of the post collapse society was interesting, but left me wanting more detail on the characters. A very one dimensional story.

It's an OK listen one time through, but doubt I'll listen to it again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Artist's Way

  • A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
  • By: Julia Cameron
  • Narrated by: Julia Cameron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international best seller, millions have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist's life. Still as vital today, or perhaps even more so, than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant materials, horrible as an audiobook

  • By T Cyr on 03-15-17

Remedy for Artist Block

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-08

Although skeptical at first, I gave the program a try. By the end of the first week I was seeing progress. As I worked my way through the audio program I decided to also get the physical book as a point of reference.

I highly recommend this book to clear the cobwebs and focus your creative energies.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Armed Madhouse

  • By: Greg Palast
  • Narrated by: Greg Palast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Greg Palast has spent the last 30 years getting the goods on corporate con men and political hucksters. Now he and his special guests cut through the TV news babytalk in Armed Madhouse. Armed with more than 50 classified documents and confidential memos, Palast brings you the stories not allowed in The New York Times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh and be mad at the same time

  • By Kimberly on 07-15-06

Speaking Truth in the Face of Power

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-07

Palast's reporting for the BBC of the Bush/NeoCon crime family are well documented and concise. The humor injected lightens the mood of the otherwise depressing/disgusting subject matter of lies and deception perpetrated on the American people and the world at large.

Everyone who voted for Bush needs to read this book. For the rest of us, it confirms what we already suspected or knew.

This is an excellent piece of straight up journalism. The world needs more journalists like Palast instead of the those in the talking head media we have today who are afraid to investigate the real story, as ugly as it may be.

Highly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful