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  • Unzipped

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901

Picture this - I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I'm good and ready this time around. After all, if you're going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops. There’s only one little problem. My college girlfriend isn't the one who shows up when I play my "I'll do anything to win you back" tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Appealing to my college self!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-31-18

Just boring

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I wasn't disappointed by Joe Arden and Andi Arndt, as usual, but the rest of the book was pretty dull and predictable. The character's relationship started out exciting and quickly devolved into the typical "oh I can't tell him/her how I feel, he/ she might reject me, even though all evidence leads to the contrary." Ugh. I was optimistic for a little more creativity out of this one.

  • Reaper's Property

  • By: Joanna Wylde
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,463

Marie doesn't need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother's house one afternoon doesn't agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now. But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she's not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse - she doesn't know his real name or where he lives, she's ninety percent certain he's a criminal and that the "business" he talks with her brother isn't website design.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Hot Bikers

  • By Tara on 10-02-13

Poorly written characters and plot

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Who thinks like this? I managed to make it through the first several chapters, but I had to stop. All of these reviews about how steamy this book is are right, I will say that. The author knows how to write a sex scene. However, the positives stop there. I'll avoid nitpicking the hell out of the book, but in short: the main character has no self-confidence and seems OK with being taken advantage of, manipulated, and pushed around. The story line borders on sex trafficking. No thank you.

  • Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

  • The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career
  • By: Sylvia Ann Hewlett
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Who's pulling for you? Who's got your back? Who's putting your hat in the ring? Odds are this person is not a mentor but a sponsor. Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board - but they're not your ticket to the top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely easy to listen to

  • By MsJasmineR on 06-27-16

Could have been a 30 minute podcast

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This book was highly recommended to me by a friend. I had just begun a mentoring program at work, and I scored two great mentors. My friend advised I read this to help tee up my conversations with them. I am glad I did; there was definitely some valuable advice in here. The idea of transitioning a mentor relationship into a sponsorship as well as ensuring it is mutually beneficial was important. It also helped me talk myself down from reaching out to an executive that briefly showed his approval of me once, but he doesn't have the visibility and clout in the organization to truly help me.

However, there were a few things that I had to fault this book for.
1. As previous reviews had mentioned, this book is mostly dedicated to advising women and minorities. The advice can be helpful and I appreciated it as a woman, but that's not what I thought this book was about. A lot of the advice to women seemed arcane to me as well. I don't need anyone to tell me not to sleep with my boss. If you think you can sleep with your boss and succeed in your career, you have bigger problems than finding a sponsor.
2. The narrator. Good grief. Where to begin. The way she spoke was so forced and dramatized. It didn't sound even remotely conversational, and she spoke with this lilting, breathy quality that was distracting and annoying. I think her voice and reading style have a lot of potential, but this performance was far too forced. For non-fiction books, I prefer narrators that sound like they're just talking to me during a normal conversation.

Overall I gave this book 3 stars because there really was some very valuable advice in here. Fortunately it's a quick listen.

  • Safe Haven

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111

When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Safe Haven

  • By Tina on 11-09-10

Better than the usual chick-lit

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I love a good romance just as much as anyone, but some of them can be so sappy and just so BAD. I don't know what made me try this good, maybe just the good reviews, but it lived up to the reviews. The story was dark enough and suspenseful enough that it was much more interesting than your average romance novel.

What made this book, though, was the narrator. Rebecca Lowman completely nailed it. Sometimes fiction audio books where the narrator has to assume different genders can be a bit annoying; the narrator will sometimes try too hard or just sound too odd when pretending to be the opposite gender. Rebecca somehow managed to do the male voices wonderfully without sounding like she was truly trying to sound like a man, if that makes any sense. The performance sounded effortless. I'll be looking for other books that she narrates.

  • Insurgent

  • Divergent, Book 2
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,198

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not as interesting as Divergent

  • By Lore on 03-08-14

More whiny teenagers

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I loved Divergent, the first book in this series. However, this is my second time trying to get through the subsequent books, and I couldn't quite do it. The story was okay, the performance was okay, but eventually the constant teenagers-with-attitude tone rubbed on my nerves. The dialogue is predominately teenagers either being snarky or overly dramatic. The narrator even seemed to add sass to lines where it didn't make sense. I eventually found myself just skipping ahead in the book to find out what happened.

  • Orange is the New Black

  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • By: Piper Kerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,852

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year, so far

  • By Mark on 03-31-14

A million times better than the TV show!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Any additional comments?

I watched the first season on OITNB on Netflix, and then I just couldn't stomach anymore. The show just became too inane and sex-obsessed for me. I was still interested in hearing the true story, though, and when I saw this pop up on my Audible recommendations, I decided to give it a try. I'm SO glad I did. The narrator was good and easy to listen to; I'll be looking for other books she narrated. The story also made sense. It was interesting to pick up on what parts of the book carried over into the TV show and which parts were totally fictionalized. Highly recommend.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,130

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Seek the truth and I will meet you there"

  • By Ryan on 09-04-17

Targets 20-somethings

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

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

Probably not. It has an interesting premise, and a lot of the points the author makes are useful and logical, but as a 34-year-old woman, I found it hard to relate to a lot of what the author said. It seems he's garnered most of his wisdom from years of partying and traveling. Both of those are things I haven't done extensively and don't really do now. The principles still hold true, but I probably didn't need a whole book to learn them. I think a simple blog post would do.

Which character – as performed by Roger Wayne – was your favorite?

I really liked the narrator. Even when the book became repetitive, I was able to pay attention to him, which is saying something for me.

390 of 462 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,331

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Helpful, but could have been a 1-hour audiobook

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

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

If that friend was dealing with a sea of stuff and didn't know where to start, yes, I'd recommend it. Behind all the fluff, the author does offer good advice on how to reduce the amount of useless crap we own.

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

In the beginning of the book, the author challenges the reader to ask themselves WHY over and over. i.e. Why do you want to be more tidy? To have a neater house. Why do you want a neater house? So I can use some of the rooms better. Why do you want to use the rooms better? I want to be able to work at home comfortably. Why do you want to work from home? To spend more time with family. And so on. For me, traveling down that path to find the root cause of what I'm doing helps me focus and prioritize what I should keep and what should go.

However, the author's comments about talking to things, thanking her clothes at the end of the day, greeting a house, etc., are bizarre. Of course I guess that's interesting, too.

What does Emily Woo Zeller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I imagine this book would be incredibly dull to read. I did like the narrator - she was easy to listen to and was believable as the author. Other reviewers have commented that she sounded arrogant - I honestly think that was just the voice of the author coming through.

Did The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up inspire you to do anything?

I don't know anyone that has the ability to dedicate hours and hours on end toward ridding their house of stuff. I did, however, manage to get through my daughter's clothes and most of mine. I had several boxes of her old clothes that I was saving for a future kid that I don't know if I'll ever have (or if she'll be a girl, or if she'll be born the same time of year so the seasons can line up with the sizes). Two of my friends are about to have baby girls, so I Took every one of her clothes that I wasn't attached to or didn't feel I'd very much need (i.e. they were hard to find items) and gave them to my friends. Using the "Does it spark joy?" mantra, I also gave myself permission to keep impractical items that I just love. It's no one else's business but mine which clothes I keep, and it felt good to not have to adhere to any other limits on what I should keep (i.e. only five shirts of each size, etc).

  • Dad Is Fat

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,208

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

  • By Sean on 05-17-13

If you like his stand-up, you'll like his book

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

What made the experience of listening to Dad Is Fat the most enjoyable?

I've listened to a few memoirs from comedians, and I typically find myself at a place where I just can't relate to the author. I really don't know what it's like to perform on stage, or be hired on a TV show, or even to want those things. However, I do know what it's like to be a parent. While I only have one kid and Jim has five, I still found myself nodding my head and relating to many of his funny stories about parenthood. That kept me interested and prevented my thoughts from wandering as I listened. Also, I like Jim's deadpan style comedy, and he brings that style through in this audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dad Is Fat?

I loved it when he discussed his usual responses to people that were less than excited or downright rude when they found out he and his wife were having their 3rd, 4th, and 5th children. That was an attitude I could relate with - it's really no one's business. Except I relate in the inverse. Yes, I only have one kid. I don't know if I'll have any more. My husband and I reserve the right to make that decision, and discussing our plans or lack thereof is awkward to do with people outside of our marriage. Also, I loved his repeated excuse for having many children: his wife is hot. That ought to shut people up!

Have you listened to any of Jim Gaffigan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've seen his life performances, not any other audiobooks. It's definitely in line with the style of his stand-up.

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

I did occasionally spontaneously laugh, which is super cool when you work in an open concept office.