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  • Knitlandia

  • A Knitter Sees the World
  • By: Clara Parkes
  • Narrated by: Clara Parkes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Clara Parkes' rich personal essays invite listeners and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes listeners along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris' 13th arrondissement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but even better

  • By Nanciann Nowlen on 09-21-16

Clara Captivates Knitters

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I have listened to this book three times, and I am sure to listen to it again. Clara captures the heart and soul knitters (REAL knitters who love everything about the yarn world as much as they love quality yarn ) and captivates readers with tales from everything on what it's like to be on television to memories of yarn festivals and trade shows.

If you are someone who is immersed in the knitting world (or if you long to be), this book is for you. You will also fall in love with Clara, who is down-to-earth, honest, and a brilliant expert on yarn. I hope she writes another book similar to this one and revisits the trade shows, festivals, etc., and maybe add some new ones. Stitches, perhaps? Or maybe a knitting retreat or two?

  • Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline

  • Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties? One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships (Travelers' Tales)
  • By: Brian David Bruns
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

In Cruise Confidential, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt - or, in this case, the dirty water - on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the year he spent working for Carnival Cruise Lines takes listeners down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving listeners gasping with laughter as they're assaulted nonstop with events that range from the absurd to the utterly bizarre. Stewards fighting over food. Cutlery allowances and other nonsensical rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never been on a cruise but this makes me want to take one

  • By Mary Karowski on 04-28-16

I liked it better after I listened to it again

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

What made the experience of listening to Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline the most enjoyable?

It is fascinating to get an inside glimpse of what the crew experiences, the politics, the interactions.

What did you like best about this story?

The statistics at the end and the list of stupid questions cruisers ask made me laugh out loud.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes with his boss that show how unfair and prejudiced things can be.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to travel on cruise lines that have the highest ratings from the crew. I want to travel on a line where people are treated as fairly as possible.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this book to those who love to cruise.

  • Sleep on the Plane and on Travels

  • Fall asleep easily on Your Journey
  • By: Franziska Diesmann, Torsten Abrolat
  • Narrated by: Colin Griffiths-Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

You want to fall asleep comfortably on a plane or on a longer journey? You want to glide over into a pleasing slumber? Then put on your headphones and start: "Sleep on the Plane and on Travels". You will be taken away to a wonderful palmbeach. A soothing deep voice guides you through an imagary program - using formulas of the Autogenic Training. A special relaxation music and the sounds of nature will let you calm down completely and put you to sleep finally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, but Powerful

  • By L. Bernstein on 04-13-18

Simple, but Powerful

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Would you listen to Sleep on the Plane and on Travels again? Why?

It allows me to relax and fall asleep. The repetitive phrases and relaxation instructions work for me. One thing I love about this book is that it doesn't have the "Audible hopes you enjoyed this book" at the end, which can be disrupting once relaxed or asleep.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The soothing voice of the narrator.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the way you are guided to relax. All that is said is "Observe your," followed by the body part. Other relaxation recordings go into greater detail, which is boring and unnecessary.

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

Yes, because it is made to listen in one sitting. However, if my plane ride is shorter than the recording, it still works just fine.

Any additional comments?

I wish that relaxation tapes would always end with the suggestion to stay asleep and bypass the awakening suggestions. Some do, but not all.

  • Home Sweet Anywhere

  • How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World
  • By: Lynne Martin
  • Narrated by: Lynne Martin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Reunited in love after 35 years and suffering from a serious case of pre-retirement wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin made a life-altering decision: They sold their house and possessions and hit the road to live internationally full-time. Now tethered to nothing but their suitcases, each other, and their next exotic location, they've never looked back. From sky-high pyramids in Mexico to monkeys in Marrakech, this delightful, inspiring memoir is a romantic tale of derring-do for grown-ups and a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of life abroad into a reality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • She makes it sound SO unappealing!

  • By Barbara on 05-18-14

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-14

Any additional comments?

I'm a book bitch. I have a horrible habit of buying book after book only to be disappointed in the book immediately or, if lucky, amused for a while yet bored beyond tears before the book ends.

Not with Home Sweet Anywhere.

Every minute entertained and delighted me. Lynne Martin is one of those writers who writes so well she makes it look easy . . . but to keep a memoir upbeat and fresh throughout is a gift.Martin writes in one of those conversational styles that leaves readers saying to themselves "Oh, I could do that!" -- but, make no mistake about it, Martin is a skilled writer. She's also a skilled reader who did an excellent job with the audio version. I cannot imagine listening to this book read by anyone else.

I'm addicted and can hardly wait for Martin's next book. My only complaint is that my husband and I do not have the Tim and Lynne as friends. I knew I loved them the minute I heard Lynne reference Guy Clark's LA Freeway (a favorite song of my husband's and mine) and, later, listened to her explain the passion behind Tim's skull ring.

These were two of the countless tidbits that made me smile along with Lynne's travel writing. Sorry, you'll have to read the book to get the details. No spoilers here.Approach this book expecting to be entertained. Thank goodness, this is NOT a how-to . . . unless you take reading it as a lesson in how to have a good time, in which case you'll get exactly what you pay for.

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