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  • Meet the Frugalwoods

  • Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living
  • By: Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 632

In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day - as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends - they enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over 70 percent of their joint take-home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Self-congratulatory, pollyanna garbage

  • By Cecelia on 08-06-18

Simple Life?

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

This is hardly a self-help book about living a simple life. Wasn't worth the time I spent listening to it.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,809

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Beautifully Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I first listened to this story a couple years ago, didn't really remember it so I went back for a second listen. Very glad I did. You will be moved by the characters and the point of view of the narrator is quite unique.

  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,334

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

Interesting enough.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Basically a podcast about the porn industry. it was an interesting listen, but nothing Earth shattering.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Present over Perfect

  • Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
  • By: Shauna Niequist
  • Narrated by: Shauna Niequist
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,280

In this book, New York Times best-selling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life. In Shauna's warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours, too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A long, curious blog post

  • By Fromatoz on 02-13-17

Made it 1/4 through.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I must have missed something in the description of this "book" that said it was so religion and God heavy. Didn't find anything helpful in what I was able to make it through.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,896

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Very interesting. Easy to listen to in one sitting. Another insight into the backward workings of the Government.

  • All the Beautiful Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

From the acclaimed author of Her Every Fear and The Kind Worth Killing comes a diabolically clever tale of obsession, revenge, and cold-blooded murder - a sly and brilliant guessing game of a novel. Harry Ackerson has always considered his stepmother, Alice, to be sexy and beautiful in an "otherworldly" way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years. Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead, and the police think it's suicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LISTENERS BEWARE!

  • By shelley on 04-04-18

Must enter a headline even though it's optional?

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

A gripping story, easy to listen to in a few marathon sessions. The narrator was a pleasure for the ears and did a fantastic job with the characters.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,275

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Dan Brown has again succeeded. The narration is as great as always. I'll be looking forward to the next one!

  • Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Eric Michael Summerer, and others
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 777

You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute idea! Thanks, Audible!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

I never know my life was missing this

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Starts off a little slow at first, but the narrators really get into character and you can actually hear the hunger in their voices. I'll warn you, the characters in this book are deep, they'll become entwined in your soul and your belly will growl for more. I personally fell in love with the pastrami sandwich. Can't wait for the next in the series!

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,003
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,007

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

What do West Cork and Lucky Charms have in common?

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

What do West Cork and Lucky Charms have in common?

They are both Irish Serials. Get it?! Was so proud of myself for that.

This presentation is very similar to the production of Serial. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just something to note.

A good "true crime" documentary with no real resolution. I think I was most amazed at how similar the court and law system in Ireland is similar to that here in the U.S.

  • Above Suspicion

  • By: Joe Sharkey
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

A personal look at a crime of passion describes an FBI agent's successful career, family life, and extramarital affair that ended in murder, and the guilt that drove him to confess in spite of his impenetrable government shield. In a true story of crime, guilt, and conscience, a model agent's illicit involvement with an informant leads him to commit a crime that reveals all the workings of the human heart - and the dark side of the FBI.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent journalism

  • By 6catz on 02-01-17

True Story

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Since it was so long since I picked this up, I had forgotten that this book was non-fiction. it wasn't until about halfway through that it occurred to me that this sounded like a documentary. I went back to read the description and was surprised that the story was true. very well researched, and well performed.