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Dianne Coyle

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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 3,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728

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

Two times is even better than one

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I loved this book! I am an aspiring minimalist to be sure, but even if you are only mildly curious, he seems to have a firm grasp of the essentials along with the succinct ability to convey them. I heard a few popular lines and I'm not sure if the author originated those or if they were borrowed, but in the end I don't care because they are still truisms. I have listened to this book twice now and I think I will listen to it several more times. I simply can't get enough of Goodbye, Things.

  • Last Christmas in Paris

  • A Novel of World War I
  • By: Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham, Billie Fulford-Brown, Morag Sims, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict - but how? - and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war, he also faces personal battles back home, where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father's newspaper business. Through their letters Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears - and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A romance told through letters

  • By RueRue on 03-29-18

So beautiful...

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I'm so sad to come to the end of this story. The romance is timeless, as are the evils of war. I will be listening to this over and over.

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

  • By Wayne on 09-03-17

Pure Bliss!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I could not have imagined enjoying this book as much as I did when I first started to read it 12 years ago. Life got in the way and I never did finish it until tonight. Mr. Armitage should receive some award for his performances in the reading of this book. I look forward to listening to it over and over again for many years to come.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Soulful Simplicity

  • How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More
  • By: Courtney Carver
  • Narrated by: Courtney Carver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

We are often on a quest for more, giving in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Courtney Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Stress was like gasoline on the fire of her symptoms, and it became clear that she needed to root out the physical and psychological clutter that were the source of her debt and discontent. In this book, Carver shows us how to pursue practical minimalism so we can create more with less - more space, more time, and even more love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less shiny, more soul

  • By Dianne Coyle on 04-19-18

Less shiny, more soul

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I love Courtney Carver's writing so I was really excited to finally hear her read her very own book. Unfortunately, that didn't last. While the writing sounded familiar, her reading of it was terribly off. The phrasing sounded like she never read the book let alone wrote it. I had a hard time forcing myself to focus on the message and let the reading flow past me. And for Courtney Carver fans there aren't many surprises in this book. It was kind of like a greatest hits album. I feel guilty for not being more gracious, or kind, or tolerant, or whatever good adjective would fit here, because she still has a worthwhile message and I certainly have not attempted anything so brave. For better or worse, I just hoped for more from her.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful