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  • The Book of Joy

  • Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • By: Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Carlton Abrams, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,567
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,523

The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perspective and Life Changing Book

  • By Dr. Pepper on 10-27-16

Longer than necessary and repetitive, but such a great message!!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Inspiring message on finding joy in life, no matter our circumstances. Loved the different voices for the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, but didn’t care for the narrator.

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,332
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,290

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised! This is not a "chick book"

  • By Mavwreck75 on 07-30-17

Short, interesting listen about how the Gaines started.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Neither Chip nor Joanna are very good at narrating - they spoke so quickly and sounded like they were simply reading a script, but I did enjoy listening to their story and learning how they got started.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,796

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

A little slow to start, but sooo good!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

It took about an hour to get into it, but after that, I was hooked! Couldn’t stop listening!

  • Soulful Simplicity

  • How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More
  • By: Courtney Carver
  • Narrated by: Courtney Carver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

We are often on a quest for more, giving in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Courtney Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Stress was like gasoline on the fire of her symptoms, and it became clear that she needed to root out the physical and psychological clutter that were the source of her debt and discontent. In this book, Carver shows us how to pursue practical minimalism so we can create more with less - more space, more time, and even more love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less shiny, more soul

  • By Dianne Coyle on 04-19-18

Way too “Yogi” for me

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

The main idea of living simply was good, but she added in way too many yogaesque lifestyle practices as well, that just don’t fit with my personality at all. The book was also very repetitive and could’ve been cut down by at least half. Also, just because you write the book, doesn’t mean you should narrate it! She was awful! Completely monotone and boring. The book was also very repetitive and could’ve been cut down by at least half. :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,276

Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a twisted love story...so interesting!

  • By S on 01-23-13

Not nearly as good as "What Alice Forgot".

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Any additional comments?

I loved "What Alice Forgot" so much and especially loved the narrator, so I bought this one as well because it was narrated by the same as "What Alice Forgot". Once again, I thought the narrator was awesome, but the story fell so flat for me. I kept waiting for a fun twist or surprise like the author's other books, but was left disappointed. Narrator- awesome. Story - blah.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rent Collector

  • By: Camron Wright
  • Narrated by: Diane Dabczynski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393

Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Mean Chey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money - a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but has some issues

  • By BR on 02-23-16

Such a great book! Such a terrible narrator!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Any additional comments?

The narrator was horrible to listen to! Whiny and overly dramatic. But, if you can get past that, the story itself is wonderful!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful