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  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,153

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Awright

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Well written treatment of those impediments to living well and keeping our fingers out of others’ pies, as well as our own. How important could it be, anyway?
Good write, easy worthwhile listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Icelandic with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

This course includes lessons 1 through 5 from the Icelandic Level 1 program, featuring 2.5 hours of language instruction. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Islandic is pretty difficult!!!

  • By Alida on 10-15-17

Islandic is pretty difficult!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

This is soo difficult and soooo much fun! I am thoroughly enamored with Pimsleur language learning programs. The changes in Japanese and French words were more easily deciphered. Icelandic not so easily distinguished. We'll see when I get there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eat That Frog!

  • 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,331

There just isn't enough time for everything on our to-do list - and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task - but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was a little disappointed

  • By Megan on 09-22-14

Probably one of my least favorites.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

What would have made Eat That Frog! better?

Probably new information would have helped.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything entertaining

Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Tracy’s performances?

Probably not

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eat That Frog!?

The whole premise

Any additional comments?

Just not on my list of favorites.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Unknown Shore

  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Best-selling author Patrick O'Brian turns to Commodore Anson's famous 1740 voyage for this rich tale of exploration and adventure. In The Unknown Shore, the inspiration for and immediate precursor to the acclaimed and immensely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, O'Brian's splendid prose and enthralling attention to detail launches listeners, spellbound, into the Age of Discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Good as the Series

  • By Robert Goldston on 08-09-06

Spellbinding.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-12

Would you listen to The Unknown Shore again? Why?

Six or nine times because I hear something new each time and the story is so excellently written and narrated. I love Patrick O'Brian's wordsmithery.

What other book might you compare The Unknown Shore to and why?

Don't know, other than Cold Mountain, it's just one of my favorites.

What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

Virtually everything.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

One really vicious trip through a frozen hell and back again.

Any additional comments?

I'll most likely listen to it again...and again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,014

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Supurb!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-12

If you could sum up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in three words, what would they be?

Really excellent listen.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

At the outset I kept waiting for something to happen bu when it started to happen I was hard pressed to unplug and go to work!

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

Excellent narration and presentation of the story while I'm driving...just don't like to read and drive at the same time.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the jerk killed the cat! A dead, mutilated cat just tells you that this is going to get really ugly.

Any additional comments?

Splendid.

  • Feast Day of Fools

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story with remarkable delivery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-13-11

Classic Burke

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

Reviewed: 12-20-11

What did you love best about Feast Day of Fools?

The plot and the characters and, as always, Burke's use of the language - his wordsmithery is incredible and an absolute pleasure to behold either visually or auditorily.

What other book might you compare Feast Day of Fools to and why?

Bitterroot - multiplicity of schemings and plottings happening at the same time, overlapping and intertwining.

Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yup, comparable and excellent, as usual.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Classic James Lee Burke - I think I said that.

Any additional comments?

Excellent - right up there with the many others I've read/heard.