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  • My Squirrel Days

  • By: Ellie Kemper
  • Narrated by: Ellie Kemper
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

 

There comes a time in every sitcom actress’ life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When Ellie Kemper’s number was up, she was ready. Contagiously cheerful, predictably wholesome, and mostly inspiring except for one essay about her husband’s feet, My Squirrel Days is a funny, freewheeling tour of Ellie’s life - from growing up in suburban St. Louis with a vivid imagination and a crush on David Letterman to moving to Los Angeles and accidentally falling on Doris Kearns Goodwin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry...

  • By Max C Taintor on 11-06-18

If you love Ellie Kemper get this book!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I absolutely adored this book -- it is one of my favorite books I have ever listened to! Ellie Kemper's writing is just as hilarious and entertaining as her acting. I was having a bad day and immediately felt uplifted when I got in my car and started listening to this book. I also highly recommend listening over reading it in print -- her voice and the way that she reads are part of what make it so dang funny.
I listened to this book while driving and was laughing out loud so hard that I was actually embarrassed that people driving beside me could see me cracking up alone in my car. Ellie is hysterical and the way she tells her stories make her relatable. This book is such a treat and I cannot recommend it enough! Its the perfect dose of happy that we all need in our lives.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,416

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Endearing & Empowering

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was fascinating to learn about the way people lived and the practices of midwives at the time. It was also an entertaining story and the narrator was lovely!
I highly recommend this book to everyone, but especially women.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,296

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Such a treat!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This book is such a treat! It’s a funny and entertaining mystery of sorts that tugs at your heart. I wasn’t really sure if I would enjoy it but I finished it in 4 days — and that’s only because I made myself space it out a little more :) one of my new favorite books!

  • The Very Worst Missionary

  • A Memoir or Whatever
  • By: Jamie Wright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

After finding Jesus at a suburban megachurch, young Jamie Wright trades in the easy life on the cul-de-sac for the green fields of Costa Rica. There, along with her husband, kids, and the family cat, she intends to serve God and make converts. But she soon loses faith and falls into a funk of cynicism and despair. Fortunately, Knives the cat is there, looking on with just enough disinterest to make her laugh...and dare her to try another way. That other way turns out to be telling the truth. She launches a renegade blog, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary, which wins a large following.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The VERY BEST memoir

  • By hopedelight on 05-04-18

One of my new favorites!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I loved this book! Jamie is hilarious and had me laughing through the entire book. Not only that, but she speaks major TRUTH and brings some light to a real issue in Christian culture. Such a good read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Undoctored

  • Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor
  • By: William Davis MD
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

In his best seller Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them to remove grains from their diets to reverse years of chronic health damage. In Undoctored, he goes beyond cutting grains to help you take charge of your own health. This groundbreaking exposé reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big business, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • first half of book is rough but 2nd half is a must

  • By Jeff on 11-09-17

Disappointing!!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I LOVE books about health, nutrition, etc. but this was painful. It felt like a 15 hr ad for this guy's work. He kept talking about how amazing his techniques were and how many people he had helped but after 2 and a half hours he still hadn't begun to explain how. It was also terribly dry and boring. I couldn't even finish the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If You Only Knew

  • My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
  • By: Jamie Ivey
  • Narrated by: Jamie Ivey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 513

Among our greatest fears is the dread of what others would think of us "if they only knew" - the parts of our past we hope to forget, the parts of our present we work to conceal. Yet the part we actually do the best job of hiding is not the unsightly debris of our own mess, but rather the stunning beauty of God's grace. The fear that demands we protect this false image at all costs leads us to unwittingly declare a false gospel at every turn. Jamie Ivey finally grew tired of doing that, tired of being too ashamed and insecure to let others see the full extent of what God was capable of doing with our unworthiness. So she quit hiding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will be on my nightstand, like forever

  • By JillyMilk on 04-16-18

This book is for EVERYONE!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Wow! I wasn't sure about this book because I was worried it would be a little bit too "basic" of a book for Christian women -- where the author "admits" their struggles except they only admit what wouldn't shine a bad light on themselves. You know like the "occasionally I snap at my kids" or "sometimes me and my husband argue" or "sometimes I gossip" or something like that.. anyone else read a book like that?
But this book is real, raw, and honest. Jamie describes her real human experience -- of falling, trying, failing, trying again, stumbling after you think you've "gotten it together" and the Jesus who redeems it all and never gives up on her.
This book is for EVERYONE - for the girl who struggles with what Jamie did, for the girl who has different vices, for the woman who judges others too harshly, for the girl who thinks she's too far gone. This is for YOU.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Searching for Sunday

  • Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
  • By: Rachel Held Evans
  • Narrated by: Rachel Held Evans
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals - church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back. And so she set out on a journey to understand the Church and to find her place in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I love and hate about the church

  • By Jaci Bryan on 08-12-15

The writing style isn’t for me.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I fell in love with Rachel’s writing in “A Year of Biblical Womanhood” and I couldn’t wait to read another book by her! Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in this book. It is not the easy to read, almost conversational writing that I loved.
This book is much more metaphorical and her writing in it is almost poetic. It is indeed beautiful, don’t get me wrong! But it was hard for me to listen to. I couldn’t get into it and I didn’t find it entertaining at all. It was so poetic that I found myself zoning out or it would go over my head. I did enjoy the few stories I could pick out while listening.
In the end I returned after only reading a few chapters. If you like poetic writing this might be for you! But if that’s not your thing, I don’t recommend.

  • A Year of Biblical Womanhood

  • How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master'
  • By: Rachel Held Evans
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment - a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous yet thought-provoking book

  • By Karen A. Wrobbel on 03-09-13

Read it!! So worth your credit!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I LOVE this book! This is such a fun read! This book is not only funny and entertaining but it is actually quite educational, and at times really beautiful and insightful. Rachel has a different biblical "challenge" each month and hearing about her experiences was hilarious. I also enjoyed hearing her husband's take on her challenges. My fiance listened to several hours of this book with me on a trip and he thoroughly enjoyed it as well!
What makes this book even better is that I actually learned A LOT about history and the bible through Rachel's research. And her beautiful insight on the more troubling aspects of biblical womanhood is inspiring and comforting (and makes me want to buy a hard copy so that I can bookmark certain pages).
I am actually considering listening again (which is something I am never drawn to do)!

  • Close to Om

  • Stretching Yoga from Your Mat to Your Life
  • By: Andrea Marcum
  • Narrated by: Andrea Marcum
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

By the end of Close to Om, listeners will not only know a lot about yoga and its poses, but they'll also know more about themselves: who they are, what they want, and how to get there - on and off their mat. The progression in Close to Om is the architecture of every yoga practice - and will show listeners that how they do their yoga is how they do their life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book. Very insightful!

  • By Marina on 01-27-18

Amazing book for ANY yogi

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book--honestly, I didn't even know who Andrea was! I was so pleasantly surprised by how easy of a listen this book was. It was educational, inspirational, and informative. In this book Andrea tells you stories from her experiences, guides you through different exercises, and gives you little nuggets of wisdom that take you from your mat and through your everyday life.
I think it would be an awesome book for all yogis--from beginners to those who are advanced/very experienced! I was in a bit of a rut with my yoga practice, but this was just the inspiration I needed to get back on my mat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heartburn

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,223

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a treasure

  • By David Shear on 07-10-13

A Fun, Entertaining Listen

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but it had such great reviews, I had to try it. I found it to be a quick, easy, enjoyable listen. I listened to it on my commute to and from work and was entertained the entire time. The story kind of reads as a glimpse into the main character's life--the interesting people in her Washington D.C. circle, her strange family, her career, and her marriage.
I recommend it for those looking for an entertaining, lighthearted read.
Also, I love that Meryl Streep is the narrator--she is so much fun to listen to.