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  • Your Money or Your Life

  • By: Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, Mr. Money Mustache - foreword
  • Narrated by: Vicki Robin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

For more than 25 years, Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money. Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin’s guidance. This fully revised and updated edition with a foreword by Mr. Money Mustache is the ultimate makeover of this best-selling classic, ensuring that its time-tested wisdom applies to people of all ages.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not A Book About Finances

  • By Tristan on 09-24-18

only useful to the utterly clueless

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I was hoping to hear tips about how Vicki Robin made it through decades of market ups and downs after early retirement. Instead, I got a loooong, chiding lecture about my terrible materialism and how dumb I must be about my life and my money. The author addresses all criticism directly at the reader as though we're all white-picket-fencers with 2 enormous homes and an out-of-control shopping habit.

I'm a self-employed single person planning to retire in my mid-forties, so basic financial management is not new to me. I *would* like to hear about how she managed decades of changing markets without income, but this book was totally useless in that regard.

If you feel that your spending is out of control and this is your FIRST book on personal finance, it might be worth reading.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Prince of Thorns

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,016

Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It sticks in your head.

  • By Door on 09-07-13

good, but harrowing

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Any additional comments?

A note on the audio quality: It's rough at the beginning. Weird pauses and stuff. But the deliver is good, and the editing gets better.

For the story: I would never have finished this book if a close friend hadn't recommended it. The story begins with our extremely young protagonist taunting a dying father with the impending rape and murder of his two girls. The girls are described as "the fat one" and "the older one."

Yeah. It's as bad as you think. The writing is clean and sparse, so we don't get a blow by blow, but we get just the right number of details to really FEEL it.

So, I would have been NOPE and out right there. But I kept listening, and I have to say - I think that opening scene is just a mistake. It was Lawrence's first book. This is the very first scene. It was a mistake. While the whole series is very much "grim dark," that opening scene is not an accurate depiction of the tone of the story as a whole, nor is Jorg quite "himself" in that scene. He's a very dark character, but he's not the type to torture animals or children in the rest of the books, nor does he participate in any more rapes.

Rather than think of the rest of the story as an attempt to redeem of that opening scene, I'd encourage the listener to simply view it as a novice mistake on the part of the author. The rest of the books - all three - are very good. They are grim, but they are thoughtful. The language is pure poetry in places. The world is fascinating, and Jorg is a sympathetic anti-hero if you just delete that opener. Give these a chance.

  • Take Off Your Pants!

  • Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing
  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Nathan Agin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When it comes to writing books, are you a "plotter" or a "pantser"? Is one method really better than the other? In this instructional book, author Libbie Hawker explains the benefits and technique of planning a story before you begin to write. She'll show you how to develop a foolproof character arc and plot, how to pace any book for a can't-put-down reading experience, and how to ensure that your stories are complete and satisfying without wasting any time or words.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Book. Hate the Narration

  • By angsty on 09-26-17

Narrator can't pronounce common words

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

The info in this book is fine. It's not groundbreaking, but it may provide you with a few new angles. However, the audio was clearly never edited. The narrator mispronounces the classic book "Lolita" over and over and over... He also mispronounces the author's first name. Who doesn't know how to say Vladimir? I think the narrator must be a robot. Not a single real human listened to the audio before publishing. Unbearable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Exorcising Aaron Nguyen

  • The Millroad Academy Exorcists, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Harris
  • Narrated by: Lauren Harris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

The murder of Millroad Catholic Academy's resident genius Aaron Nguyen shuts down student life at the boarding school in rural North Carolina... for about a week. With the resilience of youth, the student body bounces back, and the memory of murder is nothing but a streamer of caution tape fluttering in the breeze. Unfortunately for them, Aaron's spirit has some resilience as well. The school priest's exorcism fails, and before long Aaron is breathing chills down the students' necks and hurling Bunsen burners at nuns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Suspenseful and Supernatural, All in One

  • By orange fan on 12-31-14

Clever and well-performed

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

Would you listen to Exorcising Aaron Nguyen again? Why?

Yes, because the one-liners make me giggle.

What other book might you compare Exorcising Aaron Nguyen to and why?

It reminded me a little bit of the sharp wit and sarcasm in Gail Carriger Soulless.

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

She's a good performer, and her voice is easier to hear in a car than many female voice actors. And you can't read while driving.

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

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Any additional comments?

This super-natural murder mystery is short, sharp, and funny. I hope we see more of these characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful