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  • The Four Agreements

  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,630

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!

  • By R. Baker on 05-25-05

Listen and live a better life!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Only 2 and a half hours, but definitely worth a credit, and worth your time as well. The 4 teachings in this book are straightforward and easy enough to understand, but have stayed with me for years. I have a small well-worn and much loved copy of this book. It's one of the few print books I've kept over the years. The audiobook is just as wonderful.
The advice in this book has helped me through both very difficult times as well as the little rough patches of everyday life.
Treat yourself to this book. It's worth it and you are, too!

  • Living Lagom

  • A Swedish Guide to a Balanced Life
  • By: Maya Thoresen
  • Narrated by: Sarah DaMetz
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Lagom is used to describe the perfect state when something is neither too much, nor too little. The Swedish apply lagom to most aspects of their life without thinking about it. This book will show you how lagom can be incorporated into your personal life, family, relationships, work, home, health, and well-being. Living lagom is to live a moderate life where balance is the key to success in all areas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Contentment and Moderation

  • By Kingsley on 01-10-19

Perfect.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

In American, we don't frown upon excess. For many, excess is an ideal: a massive house, tons of money, lots of cars.
It doesn't work though. Happiness doesn't seem to come from excess, and the pursuit of excess leads to stress and anxiety.
Our society is lacking balance, and we are becoming increasingly aware of it.
Living Lagom by Maya Thoresen offers a solution from Sweden: Lagom.
Lagom is a word with no direct translation into English. It's an idea which lives at the core of Swedish society. In one sense, in means take enough, leave the rest for everyone else. Rooted deep in Swedish culture, this aspect of Lagom dates back to days days of the Vikings, with a single communal horn of mead, passed around the fire, shared by all. Drink enough, and leave plenty for your friends to have enough, too. There are many different facets of Lagom, which is what makes the concept so much more than just the idea of having enough... There really is no single word or english phrase to define it.
This book offers a comprehensive explanation of what Lagom is and what it is not. There are lots of examples, anecdotes and advice on how to bring some lagom into your own life, and it really does sound appealing. I imagine many readers will find this book to be a solid, refreshing way to look at life. Do all things in moderation. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy life. Do, have, and be what makes you most happy, healthy, and content.
Solid, quality content, and excellent narration, I highly recommend this book.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,705

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-13-16

I should not have judged this book by its cover...

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I can't believe how long I put this book off. The cover looks so sad to me. I was sure it was a sad story. Even the title seems like the title for a book that's got to be very sad.
I listen to a lot of books at work. I can not be seen sitting here sobbing at my desk. It's hard enough to be a woman working among men as it is, without crying at work... but enough about me.
This book is amazing, all the way through. It;s such a good story, and so well told.
Ruby Dee reads it like it's her own story, and you're her best friend, the only person she's ever going to tell the whole thing to.
Our main character, Janie, is worth knowing. She's innocent and naive as a girl, almost painfully so.
She gives into the the stronger personalities around her, until she learns not to.
She comes into her own and becomes a strong woman, thick-skinned enough to ignore the gossip and judgement of others and live her life. I really like that about her. She finds a happiness that would not suit most people at all, and lives it without apology. The story goes on from there.
It's not a fairy tale, where happiness is a wish magically granted.
It's a story about a very real character figuring herself out and finding joy in real life, hard work, and true love.

  • The Queen and I

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Angela Thorne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

When a Republican party wins the General Election, they strip the royal family of everything and send them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands. Exchanging caviar for boiled eggs, servants for a social worker named Trish, the Queen and her family learn what it means to be poor among the great unwashed. Is their breeding sufficient to allow them to rise above their changed circumstance or deep down are they really just like everyone else?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made me smile......in commuter traffic

  • By Amy on 02-22-14

Imaginative peek into another reality

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

If you love the Queen of England as much as I do, you're in for a treat. There are a few of these sorts of stories out there, fanciful stories of QE2 out in the world, living some other sort of life. This one is great. It has Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Diana, William and Harry as well as Margaret and at least one of the corgis. It's set in the early 90's, and it's not a tear-jerker. If I shed any tears on this book, it was because I was laughing. It's funny, and at least from an American perspective, I think it's respectful. No cheap shots, just a fish-out-of water kind of story. The audio sample gives a very good idea of what you're in for.
The narrator deserves an award or something. She nailed it. The narration brings so much to the story that it takes it to a higher level. I gave the story 4 stars, but I would have given it 3.5 if that were an option, only because the writing actually does get a little weak toward the end. It's a case of.... you create this fantastical situation... now how to you wrap it up? how do you actually end this kind of story. No spoilers, but unfortunately, the writer disappoints a little with her answer to that question. It's literally the only criticism I have of the writing, but it is a necessarily important point.
Having said that, I will look for more work by both the author and the narrator. This was a very fun, lighthearted listen.

  • The One and Only Ivan

  • By: Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very nice story

  • By Ed on 09-03-13

Kind of Nice, but Kind of Dark

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I wanted to like this book. It definitely had it's strong points, such as really interesting characters, who were very lovable and relate-able. The story was interesting, definitely not boring, but I just did not get into the darker parts of the story. I saw a review that said "I love this story and listen to it before bed about every night before I go to sleep." Maybe so... Maybe there is someone who feels that way and does that, but it's for sure not a story I think most people would want to hear many times. And that review sort of gave me the idea that it might be a story older kids might like. After listening to it, I don't think so.
I didn't love the animal cruelty aspects of the book, but I did kind of know there was an aspect of the story that would touch on that, so I'm trying not to judge the work too harshly on that alone. I give it 3 stars because it's not a bad book, but it's not a book that left me feeling glad I bought it. I would listen to another book by the same team, provided it had nothing whatsoever to do with animals.

  • A Collection of Marxist Writings

  • The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx’s Wage-Labour and Capital, Friedrich Engels’ Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
  • By: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
  • Narrated by: Matthew J Chandler-Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

This audiobook contains three major works on Marxism: The Communist Manifesto, Wage-Labour and Capital, and Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating perspective, great collection

  • By Rocket Girl on 11-30-18

Fascinating perspective, great collection

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I grew up during the cold war, and my ideas about Communism and Karl Marx were formed in that culture, in that time.
I had heard from time to time that Communism "looks good on paper" with the understanding that the meaning was that it didn't work in the real world. When I came across this audio book, it occurred to me that all the times I heard the "looks good on paper" line, this is the thing they were talking about, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. I gave it a listen, just out of curiosity. I'm glad I did. It's a work well worth a listen, just as a historical document. Considering it was published for the first time in 1849, it was ahead of it's time on many fronts. It speaks out against slavery and racism, child labor and the position of women in society as second class citizens. The Emancipation Proclamation would not come along until 1863 in the US, and our 13th amendment formally abolishing slavery would not be ratified until 1865. Meaningful legislation against child labor would not be formally proposed in the United States until 1924, and it was not actually outlawed until 1938. Women, as the world knows, continue to struggle for equal pay and rights even today. The Communist Manifesto literally proposed equal pay for women.... in 1849. Mind blowing.
Obviously, there is a lot more to the story. Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, is just one work of many that shows what a nightmare life was in the Stalinist Soviet Union, just as one example of what Communism Gone Wrong looked like.
Still, the works contained in this audio collection are fascinating. The narration is wonderful. I highly recommend this to anyone who is curious to know more.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Where a Spaceship Goes to Die

  • An Antigravel Short Story
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When a scavenger captain offers her an unusual job in the middle of nowhere, Delphine accepts and tags along. But will she manage to get the treasure they're looking for when she has to operate a seadrone all by herself? When the treasure is buried in a spaceship graveyard two miles under water? And when the challenges she faces go beyond her wildest fears? This story was inspired by Point Nemo, a place located as far away from land as possible where spaceships go to die. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This really needs to become a full length novel!

  • By jstep on 08-30-18

Immersive little slice of sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

It's only 33 minutes long, but quickly transports you to the world of the story. The very slight amount of effects used in the audio add to the story. It's barely there, but it contributes to the story in a good way.
In the cold, murky waters of the ocean floor, in an abandoned ship, the need to resurface into light and air again is overwhelming. A feeling that starts as unease and blooms into something closer to panic... That's the mood of it.
The end felt like breaking the surface and taking in a deep, cold breath, leaving me ready to dive back down and explore this story some more!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Is Writing

  • Free Your Story/Find Your Audience
  • By: Matt Shaw
  • Narrated by: Julian Seager
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The author of over 100 titles, take Matt Shaw's hand and let him guide you through his writing process, sharing formatting tips, writing tactics and secrets that have helped him reach the elusive number one spot on numerous occasions. And then - when you're done - take the tips you want, adapt them to your needs and release your work... And then start that difficult second book... Rinse and repeat...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Advice and Inspiration! (Also Funny as Hell)

  • By Rocket Girl on 04-25-17

Great Advice and Inspiration! (Also Funny as Hell)

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

This book is not for Everyone... I mean, it is, but some of you won't like it.
Matt Shaw is a bit dark and dirty, but in a good way. Just, not everyone wants dark and dirty.
Also, the narrator might not be easily understood by those who don't have an ear for a stronger Brit accent. But! If you're looking for a good kick in the backside to get you started writing right away, and you enjoy some dark and dirty Matt Shaw, as voiced by the deliciously British Julian Seager, then, let me just say, you are in for a treat!!
I actually listened to it twice, in the same day. I also immediately bought Matt Shaw's Wasting Stamps on the Kindle Store and Sick Bastards as well.
I found this book much more informative and useful than Stephen King's On Writing, which didn't really inspire me to write anything. Matt Shaw has made me start writing again. Give him a chance and he may just inspire you as well!

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,837
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,730

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

I love these Bob books!!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

These Bob books are so good!! Please keep them coming!
The audio is a little weird in some places, like it sounds obviously edited, so that's why I rated the performance as 4 out of 5 stars, but it's really ok. Unless you'd be really bothered by that sort of thing, I very highly recommend this book.

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,904
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,896

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Funny, interesting, and cool

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

I liked the subject matter straight away. The title and description grabbed my attention, so I listened to the sample and found I liked the narration as well. I have always been a huge fan of Nikola Tesla, and I liked the lighthearted but truly respectful way he was included in the story. The multi-verse idea is nothing new, but I really enjoyed this author's take on it.
The narration was very good. Overall, I'm very happy to have found this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful