LISTENER

K. Russell

  • 7
  • reviews
  • 39
  • helpful votes
  • 26
  • ratings
  • The Joy of Less

  • A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify
  • By: Francine Jay
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her self-published bestseller, The Joy of Less. In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition - featuring never-before-seen content - Jay brings her philosophy to more listeners who are eager to declutter. Rather than the "crash diet" approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a read!

  • By art student on 07-19-16

Good to listen to when you're decluttering or moving

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

Lots of good thoughts and reminders about living with less. Makes a person really want to toss and donate things.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,848

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

I thought I would hate this book-- LOVED it!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

Right after I bought this book, I learned it was about meditation--AH! I have tried meditating and hated it. And I just bought a whole book about it?! I decided to give it a listen since it had so many other reviews. I'm glad I did.

Dan Harris is a great storyteller. He's not all new agey about meditation and sees the humor in everything. My type of writer and storyteller. AND I have even considered meditating again--haven't done it, but a few doors did open after listening to this.

Oh, and PS, it's not ALL about meditation... A really enjoyable listen.

  • The Art of Memoir

  • By: Mary Karr
  • Narrated by: Mary Karr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers' experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr's own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told - and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic info for writers! Good listening!

  • By K. Russell on 11-04-15

Fantastic info for writers! Good listening!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

What did you love best about The Art of Memoir?

Mary Karr's voice and her ability to tell a good story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but only because there is so much info, I wanted to take it all in.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this to anyone interested in writing memoir and the art of telling a story. Mary Karr is the perfect author for this book!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Wild Oats Project

  • One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost
  • By: Robin Rinaldi
  • Narrated by: Kate Udall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

The project was simple: An attractive, successful magazine journalist, Robin Rinaldi, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was 44, or that she was married to a man she'd been in love with for 18 years. What followed - a year of sex, heartbreak, and unexpected revelation - is the topic of this riveting memoir, The Wild Oats Project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Lezah on 04-30-15

I read this because of all the negative reviews.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

But I had to keep listening and realized people were reviewing the author's choices and less of the book. The story is captivating, however if you do not like detailed descriptions of sex and bodies, you will not enjoy this book. I was impressed neither how honest the author was in her story-- good and bad-- it was refreshing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bright Side Up

  • 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now
  • By: Amy Spencer
  • Narrated by: Amy Spencer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

We all have those days when life could use a lift. Enter Bright Side Up, a clever and comforting compendium to help you shift your perspective and appreciate what's right in front of you. With the warmth and wisdom of a dear friend, this deceptively simple guide offers emergency optimism when you need it with fresh tips that can be put to use on the spot. Dip in whenever you need a boost. Because when you can find the sunshine in your every day, you'll feel brighter, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!! Especially in Audio Format!!

  • By Kevin on 05-07-12

A Bright Surprise! And Many Good Reminders!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

I bought this book as it was one of the buy-2-get-1 free and I really wasn't expecting much from it. It seemed interesting, looked good, but I really wasn't sure if it was going to be one of those new-agey meditative books or something solid I could enjoy without having to have all my karma in row.

It turned out to be a wonderful surprise as Amy is a wonderful writer and reader of her own work. It offered some great reminders with good stories and facts to go with them. I never felt lectured to or that she was someone who was just oblivious to life's sadder side, but her spin on how to take a bad event or moment and put a good spin on it was very wise and helpful.

This is one book I'm keeping on my iPhone to listen to again and again. Especially when I'm not appreciating my life or all I have, this book will remind me again and again, how to lean towards optimism.

Nicely done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Free Range Kids

  • Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
  • By: Lenore Skenazy
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Lenore Skenazy called down a firestorm of controversy when she wrote a newspaper column about letting her nine-year-old ride alone on the New York City subway. In this plainspoken take on modern parenting, Skenazy offers a commonsense approach to letting kids be kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Plenty to think about

  • By C on 08-24-10

Perfect Book for the Worried Parent

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

Headline for all American Parents: Mostly, Things Go Well --- This is what I really took away from Lenore's book, that yes, bad stuff happens, but mostly, things turn out okay. This doesn't mean to ignore or neglect your kids, but it notes how parenting in America has become this micro-managed activity where parents don't even feel comfortable letting their 12 or 13 year old go to the park without them.

It reminds us how we grew up-- without cellphones, with free-range of the neighborhood, walking to school or being out of touch with our parents for hours without them thinking we were abducted.

Why have we become such helicopter parents? Lenore's book looks at the question and considers the media and well, the disapproving looks of other parents and compares what we do as parents in America versus other parts of the world.

It's a great book to listen to if you want to give your kids more independence, but are worried about it or what might happen. I think it will be a book I will listen to on many occasions to re-remind me how much independence we used to have and how to help our kids have a little more.

Oh, the only negative in the book is at first you might think the reader is going to come off as annoying the whole book (almost a know-it-all), but her voice becomes more of a comfort than a hinderance as the book progresses.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lit

  • A Memoir
  • By: Mary Karr
  • Narrated by: Mary Karr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Lit follows Mary Karr's descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness - and her astonishing resurrection. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting poet produces a son they adore. But she can't outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in "The Mental Marriott" awakens her to the possibility of joy, and leads her to an unlikely faith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling.

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-30-10

Strong Memoir & Fantastic Narration by Mary Karr!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

If you could sum up Lit in three words, what would they be?

Compelling. Interesting. Honest.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how this story didn't just discuss Karr's alcohol addiction, but also how she made her way as a writer and author during this time. You didn't just get "Lit" in regards to being drunk, but also in regards to "literary." I found that aspect of her early life as a writer even more interesting than her addiction.

What does Mary Karr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Having Mary Karr read her own story really gave me a sense of place and person. Mary's voice, with its slight southern accent, really added to the nuances of the words and narration. I feel as if I got so much more out of this listening to her read her memoir to me than to read it myself. It was so compelling, I'd find myself doing chores around the house just so I could keep listening to it in on my iPod!

Any additional comments?

If you like a good story by someone who isn't afraid to share it all, to show herself in an unflattering light, and appreciate the writer's life, you'll love this.