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  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,728

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Don't fall victim to 5 star raters like me!

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Reviewed: 06-23-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was really looking for a book on the life-changing magic of tidying up and hoped to glean something new and useful as I am already a very organized person. The only thing we have in excess is Legos which are contained in one large tote. What I heard was an autobiography of Kondo's lifelong struggle to contain things and live like a minimalist. She describes in neurotic detail her life from kindergartner to present day her level of frustration that everybody around her isn't a neat freak.

In the end, she advises listeners to basically throw everything you aren't using or don't have deep and intense connection to. Be warned! If you follow her method you will have to re-buy or spend valuable time hunting down a like item that you threw away but now need.

If I don't have time to organize properly around a hectic schedule do I really have to time speak out loud to everyone of my inanimate belongings and thank them for their service to me? Absolutely ridiculous. If I had the time leisurely read a book and thank each page as I lovingly turned it I wouldn't need an audio service.

I feel the five star raters listened to a completely different book. I am shocked that people felt this book was life-changing or in any way practical. After hearing this book, my method, The Christina Method is perfect for me.I will learn to live with items I don't use everyday but are clearly labeled boxes in storage areas. This book preaches wastefulness and will wreak havoc on your time management.

What was most disappointing about Marie Kondo’s story?

This was very impractical for a busy single mom. I literally learned 2 helpful tips. The first was to store tshirts in drawers on their sides rather than stacked and to seconldy to store like handbags like nesting dolls.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The author is super-excited about tidying (which by the way, this book almost makes me despise that word because of the its overuse.) The narrator sounds like she was reading was forced to read the instruction manuals the author makes you throw away. Two starts for the Japanese pronunciations.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

The details of her life exasperated life and she cleaned and cleaned and tidied and tidied like a thankless Cinderella.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this book. Watch her free youtube videos instead that will show you how to organize and fold your messy drawers.

288 of 344 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,544

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

So many unnecessary, annoying descriptions.

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Reviewed: 06-15-15

Four hours too long due to flowery descriptions of everyday actions like parking a car. It is safe to assume one lifts a handbrake and unbuckles a seatbelt before exiting.

The Biggest Loser mentions was another waste of time the author uses to portray the exact same time span in several different households.

These overly wordy descriptions were repeated over and over to the point where I wanted to delete the book. This novel just needed a better final editor and it would have been five stars. This felt like one of those papers back in college when I hadn't met my word limit so I went back and added elaborate explanations. I might not have minded it so much if I were reading it, rather than listening. Even at 2x speed it felt dreadfully long. I couldn't wait until it was over.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful