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  • Goodbye, Things

  • The New Japanese Minimalism
  • By: Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita - translator
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical , Deep and Self-Reflection

  • By Anonymous User on 05-11-17

Minimal Review

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

In keeping with the spirit of the book to minimize I will just say. ”Great”.

  • The Prisoner in His Palace

  • Saddam Hussein and the Twelve Americans Who Guarded Him
  • By: Will Bardenwerper
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

This is the bizarre tale of 12 young American soldiers who are deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006. Rather than fight the enemy in combat, the men are unexpectedly assigned to guard the country's notorious leader - Saddam Hussein - in the months leading to his execution. Living alongside and caring for their "high-value detainee" in a former palace dubbed The Rock and regularly transporting him to his raucous trial, many of the men begin questioning some of their most basic assumptions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Human Side of a Brutal Dictator

  • By Douglas on 06-09-17

The Human Side of a Brutal Dictator

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I like this book which showed the imprisonment, trial and execution of Saddam Hassan from the perspective of the 12 U.S soldiers assigned to guard him during this time period with the back drop of the Iraq invasion.

It was an amazing book to me because you see the human side of Saddam a narcissist psychopath but who developed a bilateral friendship with these guards. A man who could kill his own people but save the crusts from his breakfast to feed the birds at the palace which became his prison. I know it sounds crazy but You kind of end up being inspired by Saddam Hassan in a way because of his life style and the relationship with these guards during this time period. The author takes you right up to, the point of and the time after his execution almost as if you are walking the steps of the gallows with him. It was interesting to me as to the way he died and the way he lived as well as his outlook on life during this time period.

I would highly recommend the book. It's an original.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The American Spirit

  • Who We Are and What We Stand For
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's college commencment day, most of the time.

  • By Jordan Poer on 04-25-17

Really awesome

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

I thought this audio was really great. There is a real depth to it. I have taken information from here gone on and did some other research and even purchased other books as one of the speeches suggests. This is one of a kind. It has history, philosophy and motivation just to name a few. This guy is truly a great man. I have listened to all of his books. They are all great. For those who value their money it is a great bargain as I have listened to the book three times already.

  • Breathe - Sleep and Insomnia: Deep Uninterrupted Sleep

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • By: Benjamin P Bonetti
  • Narrated by: Benjamin P Bonetti
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Breathe is a range of highly effective meditation audios that assist in the control, release and management of anxiety, confidence, relationships, sleep, stress and weight loss. Designed by Benjamin Bonetti, international best-selling author of How to Stress Less, this range of personal development audiobooks utilises a number of his specialist cognitive tools to rationalise triggers, forgive the past and set a new vision for the future. Listeners can use as a part of the series or as a standalone audiobook.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • did not work for me

  • By jmharrison on 10-05-17

The Best of the Best

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

Thank you Benjamin you have made a profound change in my life by allowing me to get better sleep a vital component of the necessity of my life. I'm telling ever person I know about this who has problems with sleeping. Thanks again!

  • Salvage the Bones

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,304

Best-selling author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for this poignant and poetic novel. Unfolding over 12 days, the story follows a poor family living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on them, the Batistes struggle to maintain their community and familial bonds amid the storm and the stark poverty surrounding them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful With No Holds Barred

  • By Gillian on 03-31-14

5 Star

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

So much for there not being such a thing as a 5 star rating. This is 5 star.

The Book is real, Fun, interesting, learn a situation and culture you never knew about, and so greatly written. It is a 5 star.

Sapiens
    A Brief History of Humankind
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    18,052 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,981

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Life Changing

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

This book is a game changer for me and has altered my perspective on life. Think about this one fact: There have been six separate species of humans. One of these other species of humans now extinct was around longer than our species has currently been.

I cannot believe this author has captured and conceptualized our entire universe, world and species and put it into a thought provoking book like this sharing the most current and updated scientific information about who we are, were we are from and were we are going.

I am going to start the book over again now from the beginning and can imagine myself gong back to this book over and over again for the rest of my life as well as giving the book to as many people I can think of.

Why this author is not all over the front page of the international news is beyond me and the fact that he is not says a lot about the priorities of our society as a whole which by the way is a concept that the author deals with head on.

Brilliant author who has to have devoted his life to these subjects.

Check it out and pass it on.

  • You Don't Have to Be a Shark

  • Creating Your Own Success
  • By: Robert Herjavec, John Lawrence Reynolds - contributor
  • Narrated by: Robert Herjavec
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

Many people assume that effective sales ability demands a unique personality and an aggressive attitude. It's not true, and Robert Herjavec is proof. Known as the "Nice Shark" on ABC's Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec is loved by viewers, who respond to his affable nature. He has developed an honest and genuine approach to life and selling that has set him apart from his cutthroat colleagues and rewarded him with a degree of wealth measured in hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting book, rough monotone narration

  • By Elena Vander Woude on 06-11-16

This is a good one

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

A unique perspective, encouragement and instruction on the business of life and life itself. I'm going to start listening to it a second time right now. Very good motivational book. Definitely within the top ten overall business motivation books and for me personally maybe top five.

  • The Etymologicon

  • A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: How you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why settle for the whole nine yards...

  • By Dubi on 12-21-15

Great Stuff-Top 10 Book for Me

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

Reviewed: 12-24-15

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

Yes. I enjoyed this book because of the way it teaches you the history of words and phrases that you use or have heard of. He tells you the origin and history of these words and phrases.

What other book might you compare The Etymologicon to and why?

This is a one of a kind for me.

What about Don Hagen’s performance did you like?

Excellent. He just seemed to be perfectly cast for this book. It was almost as if you were with him one on one.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Everything from where these words and phrases came from: hot dog, bikini, hey-man, don't let the cat out of the bag, pipe dream, upshot and so many more. I listened to the book twice and the second time wrote down some words so I could bring them up in conversation with people later.

Any additional comments?

Forsyth has got to be a real bright guy. You can tell he has a passion for this. Its a lifetime achievement.

  • It Starts with Food

  • Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
  • By: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever-and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's powerful 30-day nutritional reset. Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food-accompanied by stunning health improvements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super informative and easy to digest!

  • By Shaina on 03-26-15

Motivating and informative

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Good stuff that will jumpstart you into going in the right direction with your health as well as educate

  • 19 Lessons on Tea

  • Become an Expert on Buying, Brewing, and Drinking the Best Tea
  • By: 27Press
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gray
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

The world of premium quality tea is every bit as complex and fascinating as wine, and 19 Lessons On Tea is the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about this healthy and flavorful daily indulgence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected...

  • By Emre Gurcan on 10-17-16

Great book about Tea

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

If you could sum up 19 Lessons on Tea in three words, what would they be?

Valuable to Me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 19 Lessons on Tea?

The different types of tea and where they are grown.

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

She is a good narrator for this material.

What did you learn from 19 Lessons on Tea that you would use in your daily life?

I am an tea drinker and tea enthusiast. This book gave me a wealth of information.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the book several times. Each time I listen I pick up something new. If you want to learn about tea from the ground up and then some this is a great book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful