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  • The Financial Diet

  • A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money
  • By: Chelsea Fagan, Lauren Ver Hage - designer
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Fagan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

The Financial Diet is the personal finance book for people who don't care about personal finance. Whether you're in need of an overspending detox, buried under student debt, or just trying to figure out how to live on an entry-level salary, The Financial Diet gives you tools to make a budget, understand investments, and deal with your credit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED This Book

  • By Jennifer Seymour on 04-13-18

Unnecessary use of the F word

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

About 30 minutes in, the author starts using the F-word. I am not sure what she is trying to prove by showing she has no class. Decided to return the book. Nothing in the first 30 minutes made it redeemable.

  • Breakthrough

  • The Great Martian War, Book 2
  • By: Scott Washburn
  • Narrated by: Ray Greenley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

This is the second of the three-part series covering the opening salvo of the Great Martian Invasion. US forces recover from the initial shock of the Martian invasion of the Southwest and attempt to set up a defensive line along the Mississippi. The best minds in the US try to come up with ways to defeat the Martians using the little captured technology available to them. Meanwhile, President Roosevelt tries to rally world leaders to aid in stopping the invaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Martians are entrenched!

  • By Spudboy on 03-20-17

The Martians are entrenched!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Second book in this series. I liked the first book better, but this is common for me. Middle books aren’t nearly as exciting as the first book in the series. However, I am absolutely looking forward to the third book in the series. There was a lot of character development in this book. Of course, Ray Greenley really brings this book to life.

If you have read the first book in this series, you can’t miss this second book. We really start seeing the challenges the world faces. How can we truly seek to beat this foe when they are so deeply entrenched? Not sure how the author is going to pull this one off, but I am sure anxious to find out. It is helpful to have read the original book, but not necessary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Walden

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Walden

  • By Zoe on 06-22-17

Classic!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

This is truly a classic and must read for anyone seeking to improve themselves, their community, and their country. I love the timeless truths which were brought to life by the Narrator Kevin Theis.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Introvert

  • A Scientific Explanation and Guide to an Introvert's Mind
  • By: Madge Falco
  • Narrated by: Sheree Wichard
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

I'm shy. I make excuses - even lie - to avoid certain social situations. I've been called anti-social, awkward, and odd. The way I behave doesn't feel unnatural, but I'm constantly being told it is. I'm afraid of confrontation and disagreement. I lack confidence in my abilities, I'm reluctant to defend myself, and I get taken advantage of by others...a lot. And worst of all, I don't know why. That was me, before writing this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it, my brother loved it, and my son loved

  • By Spudboy on 03-20-17

I loved it, my brother loved it, and my son loved

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in understanding their introverted friend, sweetheart, or acquaintance.

CONTENT: Most individuals with introversion already know this information intuitively, but it is nice to be able to share with our sweethearts and friends so that they understand why we sometimes act the way we do. This book is the kind of book that I would like to give to friends in my life.

NARRATOR: Great job narrating this book. It was easy to listen to.

OVERALL: I loved it, my brother loved it, and my son loved it!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • To Build a Fire

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Austin Vanfleet
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Day had broken cold and grey, exceedingly cold and grey, when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth-bank, where a dim and little-travelled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland. It was a steep bank, and he paused for breath at the top, excusing the act to himself by looking at his watch. It was nine o'clock. There was no sun nor hint of sun, though there was not a cloud in the sky. It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable reading of this classic tale by Jack Lon

  • By Spudboy on 03-20-17

Enjoyable reading of this classic tale by Jack Lon

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Enjoyable reading of this classic tale by Jack London. The narrator Austin Vanfleet did a wonderful job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Ugly Duckling

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

It was so beautiful in the country. It was the summer time. The wheat fields were golden, the oats were green, and the hay stood in great stacks in the green meadows. The stork paraded about among them on his long red legs, chattering away in Egyptian, the language he had learned from his lady mother. All around the meadows and cornfields grew thick woods, and in the midst of the forest was a deep lake. Yes, it was beautiful, it was delightful in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful reading of this classic tale

  • By Spudboy on 03-20-17

Delightful reading of this classic tale

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Delightful reading of this classic tale. I listened to this with my children who enjoyed it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Peter Rabbit Collection

  • By: Beatrix Potter
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir tree. "Now, my dears," said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning. "You may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delight for all Ages

  • By Tiasdolls on 02-01-17

My Children loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Wonderful reading of this classic tale. The narrator Jack de Golia did a wonderful job in reading this audio book. He really brought the story to life. My children loved it.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Glass and Steele, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Start to Historical Fantasy Series!

  • By LilMissMolly on 01-16-17

Absolutely loved this unique victorian fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

TARGET AUDIENCE: Although not a young adult genre, my teenage son loved this book, and so did I. Contains actions, suspense, and character development.

PROFANITY AND SEX: None. Appropriate for all ages. Thank you.

STORY: Set in Victorian England, the story is that of the daughter of a Watchmaker, who’s fiancé dumps here unceremoniously after conning her father into giving him the watchmaking business. She hooks up with an American who is returning home to England looking for the watchmaker who made his failing watch. We soon find that this is not a typical watch! This is the first in a fantasy series and I can’t wait to listen to the rest of them.

NARRATOR: Amazing narration. Emma Powell did a wonderful job narrating this book

OVERALL: Absolutely loved it and am looking forward to additional books in the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Goal Setting

  • The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Goals That Truly Excite You
  • By: Thibaut Meurisse
  • Narrated by: Meral Mathews
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

As the personal development expert Brian Tracy says, you have two choices in life: you can either work on your own goals, or you can work for someone else and help them achieve their goals. Did you know that only a small percentage of the population has clearly written goals that they work on every day? These are the people who end up achieving the most in life. You've probably reached the point where you realize that setting goals might be beneficial and I'm here to tell you that you're entirely right.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, consise review of effective goal setting

  • By EY on 01-07-17

Thoroughly Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

TARGET AUDIENCE: This is not a basic book on Goals, but an advanced, well researched book on how to truly make effective goals that will make a meaningful difference in your life. I have read enough books on goal setting to see that this book is for the individual who is truly ready for change.

CONTENT: Although this book contains the basic, well known introduction to setting goals including SMART goals, it goes far beyond that teaching SMARTER goals and DUMB goals. (I particularly liked the DUMB goals. All of us have been taught how to make goals, and forget them. This book talks about making meaningful goals which will actually make a difference. It is very well researched, and based on sound principles.

NARRATOR: Wonderful narration. Smooth and easy to follow.

OVERALL: I plan on downloading the accompanying material from the author’s website and teaching it to some of my clients. I highly recommend this book.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winning Habitudes

  • 99 Habits and Attitudes of Leaders, Visionaries and Achievers
  • By: Leonard Mack
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Our never-ending quest towards self-improvement and success is a long journey of small steps. Habits we repeat day after day, week after week, year after year. Habits that have turned us into who we are today that will also determine who we will become in the future and the success we will have. This goes for all our habits, the good ones, as well as the bad ones, from working out and reading books to smoking and drinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great advice with practical examples

  • By The Lovely Rod on 01-14-17

I Want More…..

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

TARGET AUDIENCE: I would classify this book as a Motivational book, and not a “how to” book. Very inspirational. Terrific book to use to help you rejuvenate yourself.

CONTENT: The author has come up with 99 real, effective habits, using examples of everyone from Hugh Heffner to Carl Marx. My biggest two frustrations are (1) I was listening to it in my vehicle, and couldn’t write down the specific Habitudes that I would like to try to implement, and (2) The author didn’t explain how to implement these habits. That said, I loved it.

NARRATOR: Amazing narrator. Jim’s reading really added to the text.

WOULD I RE-READ? Absolutely. I often read some of my books two or more times. This is definitely a book that I will make sure I read again, only this time I will make sure I have some paper handy.

OVERALL: A must read, especially times when you want to re-evaluate your current path, and rejuvenate yourself.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful