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  • Capital Gaines

  • The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff
  • By: Chip Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Melinda Paul, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,332

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Now

  • By Brett Ritchison on 10-17-17

Behind the Scenes

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Great insight into the personality of Chip and what he has done RIGHT and what he has done WRONG in his path to success. Success in life and business and spiritual growth. Some surprising tidbits in this book read by Chip himself that will delight the reader. Could easily be a book filed under ROMANCE or SELF HELP or COMEDY, but that is why he is such an easy to like guy--for men and women. All around good person with flaws but honest and willing to share with others. JoAnna found a winner as my wife reminds me frequently when we watch the show. This book is a delight with behind the scenes stories of the years before marriage and after. Just plain fun while being motivated to be a better person. Don't hesitate to listen to this one.
Guess we will have to visit WACO someday.

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  • Wait, What?

  • And Life's Other Essential Questions
  • By: James E. Ryan
  • Narrated by: James E. Ryan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

In his commencement address to the graduating class of 2016, James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, offered remarkable advice to the crowd of hopeful men and women eager to make their marks on the world. The key to achieving emotional connections and social progress, he told them, can be found in five essential questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This Author and Book Rambles On and On and On ...

  • By J Littlejohn on 06-23-18

Ask yourself these questions.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Enjoyable read. Not a lot of new information but the narration by the author is a big plus to bring it to life. Good questions to ask yourself and listening to this refreshes your memory on some communication methods. Short and succinct which is good for retention----no blathering on and on to make the book longer. I like that---gets to the point.

  • The Lost Art of Listening, Second Edition

  • How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships
  • By: Michael P. Nichols PhD
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012

One person talks; the other listens. It's so basic that we take it for granted. Unfortunately, most of us think of ourselves as better listeners than we actually are. Why do we so often fail to connect when speaking with family members, romantic partners, colleagues, or friends? How do emotional reactions get in the way of real communication? This thoughtful, witty, and empathic book has already helped over 100,000 people break through conflicts and transform their personal and professional relationships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling, powerful and practical - a must!

  • By R.A. on 04-28-17

This book is a life changer.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Where does The Lost Art of Listening, Second Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top. I learned so much from this book. Going in I had expected some tidbits on better listening skills but there was so much more presented. There were concrete examples of how to handle misunderstandings and why what we say can be misconstrued.

What did you like best about this story?

The information came from someone who works directly with people in counseling them about relationships. Lots of hands on experience from the author.

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

Audible is always better----draws you in to the story or lesson. My retention of the material is better with audible.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many scenarios were right on target with my own need to improve communication skills. I walked away from this with a homework list of how to change my style of communicating with others.

Any additional comments?

I like books that I can learn from even more than books that are entertaining. But sometimes educational books can be a dry list of things to do. I actually felt this was FUN and encouraging in trying new responses to conversations. Great examples of what not to do and how to improve misunderstandings.

  • It Takes Two

  • Our Story
  • By: Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott
  • Narrated by: Drew Scott, Jonathan Scott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

It Takes Two: Our Story shares never-before-revealed tales of the Scott brothers' childhood and rise to fame - from starting their first business at seven years old and their years modeling and acting to their first house purchase at the impressive young age of 18. They soon found their true passion in life, combining their natural gifts for entertaining with the skills they learned from buying, renovating, and selling homes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Steve on 10-27-17

Great entertainment

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

What did you love best about It Takes Two?

Enjoyed hearing it narrated by the two brothers, Jonathan and Drew. Having their parents,brother JD and close friends speak was an extra bonus. All in their own voices---that is the best because you feel like they are in the room with you. I kept trying to picture who was who because I didn't have the hairstyles to distinguish them like on TV---subtle differences in their voices but no red or white ribbons to distinguish them like in their martial arts classes when they were little boys.

What did you like best about this story?

I watch the Property Brothers show and enjoy their personalities so it was fun to learn about their upbringing and how their parents molded and motivated their lives at an early age. These two have been involved in so many things beyond HGTV!!

Which scene was your favorite?

Really enjoyed that while one brother was telling about his life path, the other would interject the usual taunt or playfulness that you see on the TV show. It was very entertainig and not just a long talk by one and then the other. The back and forth really made it much better.

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

Absolutely----I listened to the book in two days and would love to have heard more. This made me appreciate their show even more knowing about the other things they are involved in and some of their core beliefs in life. Just the kind of people you want to share a coffee with or invite over to dinner.

Any additional comments?

This book could be put into several categories: entertainment, motivation, having a positive outlook and How to Succeed. I learned a lot of things about the family and Jonathan and Drew but most of all it was just a FUN listen and fast pace was wonderful. I usually buy some pretty serious books, always want to learn but this was pure enjoyment.

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,087

Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Fun!

  • By Gwynne O'Reagan on 11-06-09

Get Ready to Laugh

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2 to be better than the print version?

I didn't think there was a print version. I believe this was a radio program.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stephanie Cole of course. She is the lead with her band of incompetent and humorous employees.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Characters are themselves and being British it is a hoot to listen to. Typical British humor if you are into that.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Stephanie Cole always makes me laugh although I have seen her in some serious roles on TV. This is pure comedy.

Any additional comments?

Great for a long drive or anytime you need a light moment.

  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing

  • By: Mignon Fogarty
  • Narrated by: Mignon Fogarty
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

In Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing, Mignon Fogarty, the woman behind the popular Grammar Girl podcast, tackles some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. From "lay vs. lie" and "affect vs. effect" to split infinitives and run-on sentences, the Grammar Girl offers clear explanations and effective memory tricks to help listeners write (or say) it right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great podcast gets booked!

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-07-07

Fun Tips

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

What made the experience of listening to Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing the most enjoyable?

It is always enjoyable when the book is narrated by the writer. I listen to her podcasts so this was a easy selection and it didn't disappoint.

What other book might you compare Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Clean Up Your Writing to and why?

I have many books on grammar and an audio book is much more interesting than print for this subject.

What about Mignon Fogarty’s performance did you like?

A pleasant voice with a touch of humor always makes retention of a tedious subject easier.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I can't imagine a film about grammar. I don't think many people would buy that movie ticket.

Any additional comments?

Good tips and an easy listen for anyone wanting to improve their writing skills for either professional reasons or just basic communication.

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  • Get What's Yours

  • The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security
  • By: Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller, Paul Solman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits? You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but Kotlikoff, Moeller, and Solman explain Social Security benefits in an easy-to-understand and user-friendly style.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very helpful book, but not ideal for audio.

  • By Paz Efrat on 05-31-15

Must Know Info

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

What made the experience of listening to Get What's Yours the most enjoyable?

Tons of facts is what made this enjoyable. I love any book that teaches me new things and this was one worth taking copious notes from.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The topic of interest for me and there were many, was spousal benefits.

What about Jeff Cummings’s performance did you like?

Anyone who can bring the subject of Social Security to life and keep you awake has to be a great narrator. So many details and exceptions and mind numbing possibilities and yet I will listen again and take more notes.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Get What's Yours?

I learned ways to get more money from my Social Security earnings. A must read for anyone BEFORE collecting.

Any additional comments?

Take notes, mark chapters and listen again. Who doesn't love money earning strategies. Don't give away what you have earned!!

  • The Marshmallow Test

  • Mastering Self-Control
  • By: Walter Mischel
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170

In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a sweet solution pill, but still can be swallowed.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-17-15

Psychology class again.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I probably would not recommend this book to friends unless they were a psychology major or interested in knowing more of about childrens self control. There are interesting studies and facts but this is an educational audio book versus a FUN read. Lots of audio books are able to combine both but this was pretty dry material.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Learning about human reactions to certain tests was somewhat predictable. The information was factual but not certain if anything was applicable to learning self control.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Alda?

Absolutely!!! I bought it because he narrated it and he did a fantastic job. Anyone else and I may have fallen asleep or paid less attention to so many studies and results.

Was The Marshmallow Test worth the listening time?

The information didn't add anything to my life and I listen to books to learn or at least be entertained. This audio book did neither. Alan Alda is able to bring the contents to life and keep your interest all the way through but I didn't feel like I gained anything at the end.

Any additional comments?

If you like psychology and reasons for people behaving in certain ways---this book is for you. Lots of studies and data to prove points. Self control which we all want isn't easy to attain but you may get pointers from this book.

  • Wild Swans

  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind-boggling account of Chinese upheaval

  • By SLW on 11-14-16

Amazing resilience.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Swans to be better than the print version?

I always like the audio versions better than print because if the narrator is good it transports you into the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The part of the story I liked best is the insight into a culture and country that I have not visited. Each generation was different in what they had to endure but it was horrifying at times.

What does Pik-sen Lim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice brings the story to life in a way that reading can't come close to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There is a real anguish when reading of what people endured and how different their lives are from generation to generation. It is better but not acceptable yet. Another nauseating example of mans inhumanity to man. I am amazed at how they came through such difficult circumstances but these truths are necessary to learn about. Appreciation for life comes from knowing these histories versus ignoring them.

Any additional comments?

Great story and plenty of historical facts. An eye opener and a definite read for those interested in other cultures.

  • Moloka’i

  • By: Alan Brennert
  • Narrated by: Anne Noelani Miyamoto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book!

  • By David on 08-23-12

Enter another world.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

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

Yes, fabulous story telling that transports you to a time in history that anyone interested in American History or a love for the Hawaiian Islands should be aware of.

What other book might you compare Moloka’i to and why?

Similar to other novels that take place in the Hawaiian Islands but this has a lot of factual information woven into a deeply moving story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Rachel at her prime at the beach. Taking in the wonders of island life and surfing with her first love. A moment of normalcy in a life disrupted by fear of her disease.

If you could rename Moloka’i, what would you call it?

Title is perfect and I would not rename it.

Any additional comments?

Engaging story with lots of history of real people. Great sadness intermingled with moments of joy. The ending will delight and surprise you. Peaked my interest to read more about Moloka'i. Narration was very good!!