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  • Meet the Frugalwoods

  • Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living
  • By: Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day - as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends - they enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over 70 percent of their joint take-home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Self-congratulatory, pollyanna garbage

  • By Cecelia on 08-06-18

Made me think before I use money! It gets better!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

The very beginning of this book was a little hard to get through, but the story was very thought-provoking. It made me rethink spending. Though I don't think I will be going as extreme as her, I value financial independence and now see frugality as a source of power instead of boring. The book is a good story about her journey to becoming uber frugal as well as a book on how to be financially independent so that made it fun to read. The book stayed with me long after I read it. This would be great for an open-minded recent grad or college kid to read before choosing a spouse, having kids, buying a house, and getting a bunch of stuff. Now I follow her blog too.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Soul of Discipline

  • The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance - from Toddlers to Teens
  • By: Kim John Payne
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

From the author of Simplicity Parenting comes an elegantly simple and inspiring plan to help parents set limits, correct behavior, and influence a child's decision-making by playing three specific roles: the Governor, of younger kids; the Gardener, who watches, listens, and decides on the right course of action for school-age children; and the Guide, who collaborates with increasingly mature teenagers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transformational

  • By Teresa on 04-14-18

Such a helpful book for raising children all ages

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I wish I had read this sooner. definitely helped me parent. children are happier now and listen better and I know when to be a governed, gardener or guide.

  • Decluttering at the Speed of Life

  • Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff
  • By: Dana K. White
  • Narrated by: Dana K. White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ONLY book that has ever helped

  • By Dawn L. Zajk on 04-07-18

great guide for decluttering as an american family

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I liked how she went over the same concepts in different scenarios without seeming redundant. good humor and realism while covering serious topic.

  • Soulful Simplicity

  • How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More
  • By: Courtney Carver
  • Narrated by: Courtney Carver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

We are often on a quest for more, giving in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Courtney Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Stress was like gasoline on the fire of her symptoms, and it became clear that she needed to root out the physical and psychological clutter that were the source of her debt and discontent. In this book, Carver shows us how to pursue practical minimalism so we can create more with less - more space, more time, and even more love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less shiny, more soul

  • By Dianne Coyle on 04-19-18

a guide to living simply ... well

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I really liked how this book helps you work through simplifying your life from the perspective you are doing it to get more out of life. she emphasizes listening to your heart and being kind to yourself. I am on year two of simplifying life and this year with the help of this book I am taking a gentler approach and having fun with it! she has a lot of knowledge and experiences she shares that make the book memorable and a great story too!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Girl, Wash Your Face

  • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
  • By: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,391

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More for women who are mothers

  • By MeredithNCSU girl on 04-07-18

Empowering, funny, honest, entertaining, fast read

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

This was such a fast read! I am now following Rachel on social media because I want more of her wisdom and fun! I love her open, funny style and that she is covering real topics. I like her Christian perspective that does not preach. She doesnt shove it down your throat, or coast by on her resume of Christian childhood or past work. She lives it out by showing its in her heart with fearlessness and desire to help others. I like that she challenges people by saying its hard work to change your life while simultaneously saying you have the control. Its a great book for anyone looking to take control of their life and design the one they want. Excellent narrator!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Town on the Prairie

  • Little House, Book 7
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 310

The little settlement that weathered the long, hard winter of 1880-81 is now a growing town. Laura is growing up, and she goes to her first evening social. Mary is at last able to go to a college for the blind. Best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to walk home from church with Laura. And Laura, now 15 years old, receives her certificate to teach school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of Little Town on the Prairie

  • By Emily Hinshaw on 09-22-18

Happy to share the laura ingalls books with my kids and read again myself

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

I am happy to have a way to listen to these books as a family, but I would prefer another narrator. She does a good job with the different voices, but I had to take breaks since I just really don’t like her voice.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful