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  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

  • How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
  • By: Margareta Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner rather than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs listeners to embrace minimalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Home like story, very vivid. I found it practical

  • By Natalie on 01-05-18

Great Title, Bad Book

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

I was expecting this book to be funny and irreverent in a "I don't want to bother anyone" sort of Scandinavian way. It was not any of that. Fortunately, the book is only 2:37 long. The narrator is also British, not Swedish.

I don't think Grandma has anything to add to the decluttering movement. Her ideas are too simplistic, "make two piles: Keep and Get Rid Of", and are not up to date. There are better and more current ways to manage your things in the 21st century. Grandma talks about how she put up a hook for her key and how she donated her encyclopedias to her local school! WOW! She also recommends GIFTING things you don't want from your house to others! There was not enough guidance for how to make tough decisions when you have an emotional connection to your things.

Grandma describes moving into a new, smaller space. She talks about the importance of measuring your new space and your furniture. Duh! Her philosophy on pets is obviously not the same as mine. My pets are family members. This Grandma just got rid of her pets when they became inconvenient for her. Grrrrr.

Yes, everyone needs to manage/edit their belongings. Your stuff will never be as important to someone else as is to you, so unless you want your possessions to end up in the dumpster, start "death cleaning"!

37 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • Ice Capades

  • A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey
  • By: Sean Avery, Michael McKinley
  • Narrated by: Sean Avery
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

As one of the NHL's most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For 13 seasons Avery played for some of the toughest, most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player that was sometimes loved, often despised, but always controversial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Great!

  • By S. R. Sopha on 02-05-19

Bully on Ice

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

I didn't know of Sean before I listened to this book. I am more of a college hockey fan. I don't like his brand of "hockey". I don't appreciate players that bully and fight. Fighting takes away from the game, time and injury-wise. Fighting is just stupid in my opinion. I wonder if he has CTE?

Sean seems to be a good study of people. I admire the fact that he pursued his different interests and owned his mistakes. I hope he can overcome his insecurities and pursuit of the newest shiny thing.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,259
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,250

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Perseverance Wins

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Very interesting story of the birth of Blue Ribbon Sports and ultimately Nike from 1962 - 1980. Phil is smart and hard working. Personable, and not. He seemed to have a good balance of competitiveness and the ability to let things go, intentionally and unintentionally. There were so many challenges early on that I came away feeling that Phil earned every dollar of his now $27 Billion. Now older and reflective, he shares many good business and personal lessons.

I would have liked to hear more about Nike's journey after they went public. Shoe Dog II (1980 - the present?) Why is there no mention of Phil's daughter Christina? Weird.

  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see why Prince fell in love with her.

  • By S. Winchester on 04-07-17

Amazing, Emotional Roller Coaster

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Loved this book! Thank you Mayte for reading your own story in your loving voice. That made this so personal.

This is a very interesting, heartfelt and gripping glimpse into Mayte's life before meeting Prince, during their growing and changing relationship and beyond. Mayte is a strong, talented, kind, smart, and beautiful woman. This is a story mixed with innocence and ugliness. I can totally understand why Prince loved her so much. There is so much joy, fun, hope and love, as well as pain and rejection in this book. An emotional roller coaster for sure.

  • 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 63,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,672

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

I Don't Like A Man Called Ove.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Nope. I can't finish this book. I won't finish this book. I listened to 6 out of the 9 hour story and just don't want to hear any more about this grumpy, boring, bitter, awkward, rigid, stubborn, suicidal, negative, socially inept, etc... curmudgeon. Done.

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,241

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

This Man Has Lived!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

I am a casual, mostly '80's Bruce fan. I had this idea of what Bruce was all about, but I really had no idea that he had such a tough upbringing and that he has struggled with depression. His is a very interesting story that I didn't want to stop listening to. I am so glad he chose to narrate his book himself. It makes all the difference in the world. I learned that outside of being a talented singer/songwriter, he is introspective, a thinker, a control freak, a historian, and somewhat tortured. His story is both inspiring and exhausting. Great book.

  • The Longevity Book

  • The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time
  • By: Cameron Diaz
  • Narrated by: Cameron Diaz, Sandy Rustin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Cameron Diaz follows up her number-one New York Times best seller, The Body Book, with a personal, practical, and authoritative guide that examines the art and science of growing older and offers concrete steps women can take to create abundant health and resilience as they age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring. Nothing new here<br />

  • By Silke on 04-07-16

I Can't Get Through This!

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-17

This book is a combination of Health and Well Being 101 and a Harvard Medical School course. After several tries, I am officially quitting this book. I just can't get through it. It is both interesting and dry, elementary and complex. I think old advice to eat well, exercise, get your rest and be positive (along with inheriting good genes) still stands.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ranger Confidential

  • Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks
  • By: Andrea Lankford
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing from Cover to Cover

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 04-13-15

Psycho and Dumbo go to the National Parks!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

We just returned from a family vacation to the Grand Canyon and I thought this book might be interesting. Well, the stories in this book are pretty disheartening. Based mostly in the Grand Canyon and Yosemite in the '90's, the real life mishaps are like CSI, ER, and Rescue Me all rolled up into one. There is a lot of badness in the parks that I didn't realize was there. I assumed that a Ranger's job was mostly being an ambassador and educating the public about plants and animals. Not so I guess.

The narrator's voice was a little airy fairy for my taste and some descriptions felt sensationalized. Good, but not great book.

  • Return to Life

  • Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives
  • By: Jim B. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

A first-person account of Jim Tucker's experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, Return to Life focuses mostly on American cases, presenting each family's story and describing his investigation. His goal is to determine what happened-what the child has said, how the parents have reacted, whether the child's statements match the life of a particular deceased person, and whether the child could have learned such information through normal means.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new

  • By Pita on 08-09-14

Return this Book

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

I did not enjoy this book at all. Way too much monotonous detail. What few STORIES there were were from foreign countries a long time ago. I kept skipping ahead because this book was so uninteresting. You can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh*@.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Survival Lessons

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Fifteen years ago, Alice Hoffman received a diagnosis that changed everything about the life she'd been living. Most significant - aside from the grueling physical ordeal she underwent - was the way it changed how she felt inside and what she thought she ought to be doing with her days. Now she has written the book that she needed to read then. In this honest, wise, and upbeat guide, Alice Hoffman provides a road map for the making of one's life into the very best it can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty within brevity…

  • By Benjamin Hartin on 02-22-17

That's it?

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

Reviewed: 07-29-14

This isn't really a book. It is more like a pamphlet. This entire book takes only 57 minutes to read and 5 minutes of that is instructions for knitting something. What little there was, I liked.

When your life is threatened, you start focusing on what is really important and what you want to do with your remaining time. Alice's list isn't unusual. I do wish she had talked about her diagnosis and treatment, After reading her "book", I still don't know her story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful