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  • Happier at Home

  • Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wish that Gretchen Rubin had read it herself

  • By Jennifer Sader on 09-22-12
  • Happier at Home
  • Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur

Like others, I want Gretchen Rubin to read instead

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

This narrator is the wrong fit for this book. I so dislike her reading that I will be loathe to listen to another book she performs. She reads it like a dramatic performance, not a personal teaching narrative. I loved the other two happiness books that Gretchen Rubin read. I find this one difficult to appreciate and even just listen to with Kathe Mazur reading. What a shame.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,738

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

A find so rare that I delayed coming to the end

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

A pleasure of a book. Glorious character development. Believable. Relatable. Compelling. Terrific performance. Simply adored.

  • They May Not Mean To, But They Do

  • A Novel
  • By: Cathleen Schine
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Honest

  • By Steve M on 07-14-16

Fabulous performance.Better than reading.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Performance was fantastic. Reader does voices of characters exceptionally well, making this a far better listen than a book for reading. The story is painfully realistic, accurate, and thankfully, funny. If you want resolution, you won't get it, as is so often true in life. I enjoyed this book, and didn't love it. No life insights for me, though I appreciated the journey.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Stroke of Insight

  • By: Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent description of stroke experience

  • By Polyhymnia on 09-26-09

A few good chapters, but sadly, underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

I found the description of the stroke experience and her treatment and recovery, interesting. After that, the seemingly endless spiritual discourse which was her "insight" was not particularly compelling. The author is also a bit monotone, and I had trouble getting through this relatively short listen. I should have quit after the first half of the book.
I gave it three stars because the information and awareness of the experience of a stroke victim are valuable. As for the psychological transformation the author experienced, I'm delighted for her, yet found it uninspiring both in writing and listening.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,476

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Held my attention. Good listen. Well read.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

Excellent performance. The story became less interesting as it went on, but overall was a good read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Guide for the Perplexed

  • A Novel
  • By: Dara Horn
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented a program that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt's post-revolutionary chaos, Josie is kidnapped - leaving Judith free to usurp her sister's life, including her husband and daughter, while Josie's talent for preserving memories becomes her only hope of escape. A century earlier, Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor, hunts for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good overall

  • By Raquel Arteaga on 04-15-18

Would not recommend. Had potential.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A reader who could pronounce the words correctly. It was tremendously grating to hear her say the name Moshe, as "Mo Shay". Likewise for Shiva, and a host of other words. This was the wrong narrator for this text.

What was most disappointing about Dara Horn’s story?

The story had no interesting develpments. Turned out to be trite, unsophisticated pablum. Such a shame.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator did not pronounce Jewish, Hebrew, or Yiddish words anywhere near correctly. A terrible narrator selection for this book.

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

There were several elements to the book which had potential to be fulfilling, but sadly, the work turned out the be a tremendous disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I cannot believe this was a PJ library adult selection. Usually, the PJ library books for kids are excellent. Terrible disappointment.

  • 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 24,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,823

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

Catastrophic waste of time. Ashamed I even purchased and listened to this book.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Listen to your socks speak and thank the, for their service before discarding them. You have got to be kidding me. Enough time wasted on such drivel. I've written enough to convey my perspective.

  • Duct Tape Parenting

  • A Less-Is-More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Kids
  • By: Vicki Hoefle, Alex Kajitani (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Vicki Hoefle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

There's a new set of 3Rs for our kids - respect, responsibility, and resilience - to better prepare them for life in the real world. Once developed, these skills let kids take charge, and let parents step back, to the benefit of all. Casting hover mothers and helicopter parents aside, Vicki Hoefle encourages a different, counterintuitive, yet much more effective, approach to parenting: for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines - even if duct tape is required!

Witty and straight-shooting, Duct Tape Parenting entertains as it informs parents how to do less in order to raise more confident, capable children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Parenting for the long haul

  • By Kathi on 03-04-13

Inspiring, thought-provoking, call to action

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

What did you love best about Duct Tape Parenting?

The author makes it clear why typical parenting approaches don't work and why hers is a better way to go in the long term. She inspired me to rethink and behave differently as a parent. I am a better mother for having listened to this book. More importantly, I can see that my children's lives will be far better served by this approach to parenting, A strong statement, yes, and I believe it because I could already see a difference before I'd even finished the book, and now even more so with a few weeks practice.

What does Vicki Hoefle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Passion, commitment, experience.