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  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,152

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Too long. Too many platitudes.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

I absolutely loved A Man Called Ove. So I read Brit-Marie Was Here and loved that, too. So I selected Beartown next. This book is NOT in the same league as the other two. Where the first two were whimsical, Beartown is dark and depressing. It is also endless: it goes on and on and on, one brief section after another, one platitude after another (half of which don't make sense). I forced myself to listen to the end just so that I could say I had finished it, but not liking it much.
The narrator, however, was stupendous! She did very credible voices for teen girls, young and old men, mothers, and everyone in between. Her energy was great. She saved what little was left of the book.

22 of 25 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 24,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,238

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

OCD much?!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

This is a very interesting book about creating a better living space by, first, discarding all things that do not "spark joy" in you, and then, second, storing these things in some interesting and surprising ways. I look forward to trying the "Konmarie" method (the name derives from her last and first names). I am pretty sure this woman has a touch of OCD and has had since early childhood, and she discusses the genesis of her need for tidying at the end of the book. So sometimes her zeal for tidying is over-the-top. She also anthropomorphizes objects and her house. If one can accept, or overlook, some quirkiness, I am optimistic that following her advice could indeed lead to a better life (and maybe even clearer skin and a more svelt-like silhouette!)