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  • Refinery29 Money Diaries

  • Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Your Finances...and Everyone Else's
  • By: Lindsey Stanberry
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Lindsey Stanberry, Gibson Frazier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Does it feel like you’re never going to finish paying back your student loans? Do you spend more on coffee per month than you put into your 401(k)? Do you avoid looking at your bank balance because it’s easier to live in denial? The first step to getting your financial life in order is tracking what you spend. Featuring valuable advice on how to get rich (and afford life in the meantime) from a handpicked team of female financial advisers, Refinery29 Money Diaries will empower you to take immediate control of your own money.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Diaries, questionable advice

  • By Kim on 09-12-18

Good for recent grads

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This is a great little book for recent grads, or people new to personal finance. It’s entertaining, sometimes funny, and full of some great advice. The performance wasn’t great though - this book is mostly read by the author and really should have been read by a professional. Her inflections and tone are difficult to listen to... I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more in print. Also, the chapters are in a weird order. She gives advice about financial planning to have a baby before the chapter about renting your first apartment! I think this would have been better organized if it had a more intuitive order.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,949

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Title misrepresents tone of content

  • By Matt on 07-29-14

Intro to Self Help

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

This book was highly recommended by a friend, and although I usually hate self help books I decided to give it a try. Overall it was the same as other self help books, just a really long pep talk. In my opinion, if you really are struggling with a lack of motivation in your life I don't think that reading a book like this is going to suddenly make you quit your job and start a rock band like you've always wanted but hey maybe people do.

  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,134

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strawmen and Ad Hominems

  • By Carolyn on 09-18-12

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

This is one of my favorite audible books. It has a lot of great information in a really easy to understand and follow format. I loved the narration too. Informative and funny, it was entertaining and I learned a lot!

  • Find the Good

  • Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer
  • By: Heather Lende
  • Narrated by: Heather Lende
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186

As she was digging deep into the lives of community members, Heather Lende, the obituary writer for her tiny hometown newspaper in Haines, Alaska, began to notice something. Even the crustiest old Alaskan sourpuss who died in a one-room cabin always had Halloween candy for the neighborhood kids, and the eccentric owner of the seafood store who regularly warned her about government conspiracies knew how to be a true friend - his memorial service was packed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life, Death, Grace & Humor

  • By Gillian on 06-22-16

Short and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

This is a very cute little book. It's short, sweet, and easy to listen to. Would be a nice Mother's Day gift.

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,536

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best novels I've listened to in years.

  • By Rain on 10-27-13

A Young Adult Book

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

I might recommend this book to a 5th or 6th grader. It's a very simple story, and it's very slow. But simple enough that an elementary or middle school student might enjoy it. Would not recommend this book for adults.

9 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Narcissist You Know

  • Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age
  • By: Joseph Burgo PhD
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

In today's social media and selfie-obsessed culture, we are living in an age of narcissism - and a society that often celebrates this potentially harmful trait rather than understanding it as a psychological disorder. Scientists are beginning to learn that narcissism exists on a spectrum - much like autism - and most of us exhibit some mild narcissistic tendencies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • everyone needs to read this book

  • By Brian Silveria on 02-06-16

Interesting collection of anecdotes

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

This book is a collection of anecdotes about different types of narcissists--regular people and celebrities included. It's interesting, but not particularly useful. The only real information about what to do if you encounter one is "don't interact with them". More entertainment value than analysis or advice.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Places

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,840

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark indeed

  • By DQmaine on 08-12-16

Dark and intense

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

This book was very dark and intense. The characters are complex and I felt like their motives and actions made sense and were clear. It is definitely dark and violent at times. I actually liked this better than Gone Girl. Some of the main characters are teenagers, so they're definitely angsty and impulsive, unlike in Gone Girl, where the characters are adults and are a little more sophisticated. Great mystery, and a really great performance.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,589

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Good but somewhat slow story about a rich family, a kidnapping, and Stockholm syndrome

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

Caution: some spoilers!
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Overall the book was entertaining. The epilogue was surprising. But I felt like the characters weren't particularly strong—everyone seemed a little dull. Although this book is about a kidnapping, don't expect an action packed page turner. It's more about a rich and apathetic family and the mistakes the parents made while raising their daughter. Then chapter after chapter of descriptions of hiding out in a cabin in the woods with nothing to do. It's sort of a long sprawling story. The ending was satisfying but I think books like Gone Girl, You, etc have sort of desensitized us and made us expect more dramatic stories with more complex characters.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,391

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Passionate and obsessive

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

I loved this book. The narration was literally perfect, Santino perfectly captured Joe's charming obsession. It sort of reminded me of Gone Girl/Lolita/Fight Club/American Psycho. Highly recommended, can't wait until they record the audio version of the sequel!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,745

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Material Different Title

  • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

Pretty good, not amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

I felt like a lot of this was pretty much common sense. It was sort of repetitive, basically the gist of it is don't believe everything you read, get a consensus from a group of experts, be open to changing your opinion based on new facts.