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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 152,868
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141,063
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 140,916

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Loved it. Loved every minute. Great story, great narrator. Best audio book so far, or ever.

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  • Taking Charge

  • The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
  • By: Michael R. Beschloss
  • Narrated by: Michael R. Beschloss
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great as an audiobook

  • By Amanda on 11-22-11

Michael Beschloss is one of our great authors.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the subject matter, the research, the superb writing - all excellent and hard to put down. Or in this case, turn off.

Who was your favorite character and why?

LBJ of course, for his political skills in getting some of the most important legislation in the history of the USA passed by Congress.

What does Michael R. Beschloss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His passion for the research and subject matter is evident in his writing, but hearing his voice really adds to my enjoyment of the book.

  • 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 20,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,511

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

Alternating boring and extremely boring

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

Would you try another book from Marie Kondo and/or Emily Woo Zeller?

No, the author is annoyingly condescending and boring, and I'd rather get a sharp stick in my eye than hear the narrator's voice ever again. There were a couple of humorous moments, namely those where she instructs that we touch and thank inanimate objects for their service. But the narrator's headache inducing voice prevents me from getting through chapter 3. And I only got to chapter 3 b/c I slept through chapter 1 and 2.

Has The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely. I can get this same advice free at the Container Store.

What didn’t you like about Emily Woo Zeller’s performance?

She sounds like she's above reading such trite subject matter but needed the money so she'll read it but not like it. I'll make sure not to buy any book that she narrates.

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

I'd have cut out at least half of the instances of the use of the word 'tidying" in chapters 1 - 3 (which is as far as I could stand listening). I would also delete all inane references to thanking inanimate objects for their service.

Any additional comments?

I will make sure to pay attention to who is narrating the book, and listen to the entire audible snippets before buying any more audible books. I don't think I want to listen to anyone but the author reading their own book.