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  • 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 25,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,638

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

Unique information

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version. But I tend to like audio better because I like to listen and do something. Sitting and reading is hard for me as my mind wanders.

What other book might you compare The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to and why?

I picked this book because I was looking for something on motivation. Although it's about tidying and not specifically motivation - I think that it is a book on motivation in general.

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

I think she did a great job reading the book. Because this is non-fiction, a lot of readers could have done a good job. But I tend to shy away from women narrators because they over-dramatize. But Ms. Zeller didn't do that and had a great tone. Top notch.

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

Tidy Up and Figure Out Your Life

Any additional comments?

This author had a different take on de-cluttering your life from anyone else I have read. I highly recommend this book as I think there are gems in here for everyone. I definitely learned a lot and feel more confident about getting my house in order - even though I didn't pick up this book for that reason (I was just looking for something non-fiction to keep me motivated with my diet and I have read every good diet book out there - books on any type of motivation also help me). This was a unique find and I'm so glad I read it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Live It!

  • Achieve Success by Living with Purpose
  • By: Jairek Robbins
  • Narrated by: Jairek Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

Jairek Robbins, decorated performance coach and lifestyle entrepreneur, guides you through his proven, step-by-step process for filling the gap between where you are today and where you want to be. In reassuring and easy-to-understand language, Robbins helps you build a strong foundation for authentic happiness. Each chapter is strategically designed to engage you with personal reflections and challenges that will encourage you to make immediate improvements to your everyday behavior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well, I Respect Jairek Robbins

  • By Gillian on 03-13-15

Nothing really new here

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

Jariek did an ok job narrating, but used too much inflection and emotion. I had to speed it up to listen to it. Good advice overall, but the same info I've heard before from others, but the author was touting it as some really new idea. I'm sure some will really like this book. It just wasn't for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eat the Yolks

  • By: Liz Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Liz Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Worry about cholesterol. Avoid red meat. Eat whole grains. Could it all be a lie? We live in an era of health hype and nutrition propaganda, and we are suffering for it. Decades of avoiding egg yolks, choosing margarine over butter, and replacing the real foods of our ancestors with low-fat, processed, packaged substitutes have left us with an obesity epidemic, ever-rising rates of chronic disease, and, above all, total confusion about what to eat and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By P.C. on 02-18-15

Relatable Information

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

Reviewed: 03-14-15

I appreciated that the book was not all scientific information. The author provided information that you could put to good use in your life immediately. I also enjoyed the narrator/author, she did a fantastic job.

  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

  • By: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!

  • By CyndiLooWho on 05-24-12

Over written.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

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

Yes. But you have to get over the cliches. Every sentence is over-written and made me cringe. But I just kept in my mind that these are not book authors. I just wish that their memoirist would have guarded them against dramatizing each and every sentence. I just wanted to learn more about them. But I felt many times that I was reading an over-written play.

Could you see Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Oh goodness no. If it was a movie, imagine the dramatic rises and swells in the music, for every sentence. Every utterance was dramatic and important. Gads.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • You Slay Me

  • Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1
  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 690

You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Three Stooges.

  • By Teresa on 01-16-14

Not interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-20-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I thought it would be funny, but I think the humor is amateurish. I'm not laughing.

What was most disappointing about Katie MacAlister’s story?

It's too simple, and no humor. It attempts to be funny, but I don't get it.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I usually like Barbara Rosenblat - especially when she narrates for Nevada Barr. I think that I'm so used to hearing her in a non-fantasy role, that this was too much of a stretch for me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I hate to put down a book, so I'm going to try and finish, but this may be one that I just let go.

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,975

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

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

I selected this book because it sounded interesting, and I also really do enjoy Bronson Pinchot as a narrator. The story has a great pace and pulls you in.

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

Absolutely everything.

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

Yes and no. I Didn't want it to end, so I spread it out over several days. But it was very hard to put down.

Any additional comments?

If you are at all intrigued by the description, you should listen to this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,021
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,384

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Better narrator may have helped

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

What would have made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter better?

I wanted to like this book. But the narrator didn't allow me to do that. I may try to read a hardcopy later to see if the story stands on its own.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Holst’s performances?

No. He has a stilted reading style. He sounds like I'm sure I would sound to someone if I were to read it aloud. He sounded like an amateur.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked the premise.

Any additional comments?

I wish that audio books could be done by more than one reader, and you could choose your favorite.