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  • The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs

  • By: M Clement Hall, Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

How did Iran get to where it is today, at the forefront of global affairs? The history of Iran and the theme of Persian conflict with the West stretches back thousands of years, and it is a unique history of empire, culture, art, pride, and religious nationalism. The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs comprehensively and descriptively covers this history, progressing through a timeline dating back to antiquity and examining all of the different religious, political, foreign, and military issues that affect Iran and are affected by Iran today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By J and M on 12-09-18

Interesting

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I didn't really know much about Iran and it's culture. This book has some interesting information. The format isn't exactly engaging, but it's also not bad. There's plenty to learn here, just would have been nice to have a more engaging format.

  • Minimalism: The Japanese Art of Declutter to Organize Your Home Life

  • Minimalist Organizing and Decluttering
  • By: Kiku Katana
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Funderburg
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

We work to the point of extreme exhaustion. Everyone is just too rushed, hurried, and stressed. We alleviate our stress by shopping for more stuff, binge eating, and engaging in time-wasting activities. We fill our lives with needless activities, relationships, and clutter. This makes us lose sense of who we really are and what’s important to us. This is the reason why the Japanese people have developed a lifestyle that strips away the inessential things in their lives. It’s called minimalism. In this audiobook, you’ll hear proven strategies on how to practice minimalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great self help book!

  • By Susan C-K on 12-13-18

Great book to listen to while purging

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

As someone who feels like I'm always decluttering and purging, this was great to listen to during one such session. I'm not really a things person anyway, yet somehow it still accumulates. More so from things that my children were into but no longer use, clothes they no longer wear or grew out of, things needed for projects that now need discarding. If one doesn't stay on top of it, it can get out of hand very fast. Though I can't say I am or want to be a hard core minimalist, it was really helpful while sorting things and asking do I truly need certain things or am I just attached to them, or even should I be. I'm never going to only have 10 items of clothing. Alternating between 2 tops seems tedious and would have me spending WAY more time washing than I want. That's stressful to have to be washing clothes daily just to have something clean to wear the next day unless hygiene just isn't important to you. BUT, everyone has their own way and ideas of what works for them, so I get it. As long as my clothing is functional and useful, I can be happy getting rid of things I no longer wear from time to time. I think the principle of getting rid of the things that don't serve you or bring you joy says it all. If my large, well organized CD collection gives me joy, it's not going anywhere. But, I can certainly go through all the old paints I no longer use and donate them to someone else who is still using them. Nothing really new here, but some nice reminders and helped with the streamlining and purging mood.

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  • Learn Beginner Italian Bundle: Lessons 1 to 30 Learning Italian Like Crazy

  • The Ultimate Italian for Beginners Bundle
  • By: Patrick Jackson
  • Narrated by: Giovanna Carriero, Tony Russo, Sophia Colombo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

The learn-Italian-for-beginners bundle audiobook covers Italian for beginners and consists of lessons one to 30 from Learning Italian Like Crazy. This learn-beginner-Italian bundle program will teach you how to speak authentic Italian. I have only used native Italian speakers in this program to make sure you develop an authentic Italian accent.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Just My Opinion on 11-13-18

Awesome program

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Love this program. It's engaging and fun. Keeping a learner engaged is so important. Many programs do not. This one is interesting from the start. My Italian is not great, but due to Spanish and French, I can understand it okay. But, I'd really like to learn to speak it well. And, this program definitely helps with that. It doesn't beat you over the head with grammar. Though grammar is greatly important, it teaches in a way that is engaging and also teaches you to communicate fairly well and quickly.

  • Unzipped

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

Picture this - I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I'm good and ready this time around. After all, if you're going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops. There’s only one little problem. My college girlfriend isn't the one who shows up when I play my "I'll do anything to win you back" tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific rom com with unexpected depth!

  • By RexyRomance on 10-30-18

Unzipped

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-18

What a pleasant change this one was. While still funny, it had a different vibe to it the was very appealing. Though it started out very corny yet entertaining, I was worried it might fall over that edge into not so entertaining. I should have known this author knew how to successfully skirt that edge and deliver a fun story with more depth. This one kept me listening and entertained the whole time. What a fun and different surprise with a bit more depth than expected from such a light hearted fun book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Guided Meditation: 30 Minute Deep Sleep Hypnosis for Better Sleep, Stress Relief, & Relaxation

  • By: Mindfulness Training
  • Narrated by: Mindfulness Training
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Getting an amazing night of sleep every night doesn't have to be difficult. With this 30-minute guided meditation accompanied by an ambient soundtrack, achieving mindfulness and a better sleep is as easy as pressing play. Throughout this audiobook hypnosis, you will be guided from start to finish. We will begin with your current state of stress and restlessness and bring you to a peaceful state of calm awareness, where you will be able to push all of the troubles of the day into the distance and find true relaxation with the ambient soundtrack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done!! It really works!! 👏

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 11-25-17

Relaxing

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-09-18

Not sure it made me sleep better, but it was relaxing. And, I really enjoyed it. It definitely helped to shut my mind off.

  • One More Time

  • By: Laurelin Paige
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Rupert Channing
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 847

Tanner's acting career had just begun. He was hotter than the stage lights and twice as captivating. The gorgeous Australian A-lister was everyone's teenage dream. And he'd picked me. Or so I thought, until he proved to be as false as everything else about Hollywood. Now I've finally scored the perfect opportunity to star in a major film. The kicker? Tanner will be my costar. I don't know if I can do this one more time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Second Chance Romance!!!

  • By Ashley D on 01-31-18

One More Time

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This was a fun listen. The characters were likable and it was just an easy fun listen. Erin Mallon is one of my favorite narrators, and did exceptional as always. Rupert Channing was new to me, though he sounded familiar. I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely a fun story, with a great narration.

  • Once upon a Wild Fling

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 197

There are a million reasons why Miles Hart isn't the man I should date but allow me to enumerate the top three: He's friends with my brother; he's a single dad; and he's a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don't-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign. And there's one more little itty-bitty thing - he's never asked me on a date. That is, until he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion. It shouldn't be a big deal. After all, we're just friends, and no one is giving us our own hashtag. Except me....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 10-12-18

LB Fav list

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

This one made it on the favorites list for this author. I generally like all her books, but among them, some end up being on the fav list by her. This story was fun from start to finish, which hers usually are. So, it's hard to say what about it was even better than normal. But, somehow it charmed me more. It entertained me more, and I was into the characters just a little more.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a horror story by American author Washington Irving. Written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, England, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was first published in 1820. It is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman believed to be a Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannonball in battle. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite classic 🎃

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-16-18

Fun

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I remember reading this as a kid, but remember it differently. Thinking I was so young that a lot was over my head. But, still a fun listen. The narration on this was very well done. Nice to revisit and see anew as an adult.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: James Reynolds
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 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

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on February 14, 1895, at the St James' Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic satire

  • By cosmitron on 10-10-18

Oscar Wilde

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I haven't had much experience with Oscar Wilde, so wanted to try this out. It was entertaining, almost slap stick. The narration was also good. Not sure I'm a new Wilde fan, but it is entertaining!

  • Once Upon a Sure Thing

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

It's so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy. Said no woman ever. Except me. My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world. Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me. Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-27-18

Cute

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This one was cute. This was typical LB. It was fun and cute, with one very pleasant surprise. ERIN!! Love it. Erin Mallon is one of my all time favs! And, her little cameos are awesome. Narration was great, as usual. Cute and fun.