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This Is Where You Belong

The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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In the spirit of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and Eric Weiner's The Geography of Bliss, a journalist embarks on a project to discover what it takes to love where you live.

The average restless American will move 11.7 times in a lifetime. For Melody Warnick, it was her sixth move - from Austin, Texas, to Blacksburg, Virginia - that threatened to unhinge her. In the lonely aftermath of unpacking, she wondered: Aren't we supposed to put down roots at some point? How does the place we live become the place we want to stay? This time she had an epiphany. Rather than hold her breath and hope this new town would be her family's perfect fit, she would figure out how to fall in love with it - no matter what.

How we come to feel at home in our towns and cities is what Warnick sets out to discover in This Is Where You Belong. She dives into the body of research around place attachment - the deep sense of connection that binds some of us to our cities and increases our physical and emotional well-being - then travels to towns across America to see it in action. Inspired by a growing movement of placemaking, she examines what its practitioners are doing to create likable locales. She also speaks with frequent movers and loyal stayers around the country to learn what draws highly mobile Americans to a new city and what makes us stay. The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of "Love Where You Live" experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected: dining with her neighbors, shopping Small Business Saturday, marching in the town Christmas parade.

Can these efforts make a halfhearted resident happier? Will Blacksburg be the place she finally stays? What Warnick learns will inspire you to embrace your own community - and perhaps discover that the place where you live right now...is home.

©2016 Melody Warnick (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Perfect book for frequent movers

The author provides great ideas/suggestions on how to make the most of where you live right now through live where you live mini experiments and suggestions for meeting neighbors. As a Military Spouse of fifteen years and living in our first bought home, this book was easily relatable and convinced me to do more in and for our community.

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Look beyond yourself!

Great book for those who have a hard time feeling like they fit into a community. I took away some tangible goals to help get plugged in to my neighborhood/town. Overall, I think this is a book that is aimed to challenge you to think beyond your own world and care deeper about those around you.

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Lots of engaging and actionable ways to love the place you live... with some REALLY annoying narration quirks

I am planning to do so many of the things that Warnick attempted in her “love where you live” experiment. Honestly, I feel like I love the place I live more just by thinking about the possibilities.

BUT the narration is super annoying. I was areadu not a huge fan of the narrator’s delivery, but there are a lot of plain old mistakes here. How would you pronounce the year “2007”? MacDuffie says “twenty-o-seven” EVERY TIME. With as much research as there is in this book, there are a lot of dates and this gets old real fast. She also randomly mispronounces a lot of words like “Herculean.” The book was not changed at all to make it make sense for audiobook (there are times when she’ll say a town name, then “pronounced <repeat town name>”—we know, you just said it). Plus, the editing is just no good, there are phrases/sentences that are repeated twice. I could go on. Usually, I don’t give the narrator grief for stuff like this, but it needlessly marred the listening experience. I would still buy this audiobook again and would recommend it, but just be aware that this stuff can drive you crazy.

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An Author Who Has Learned Alot

I review this audible version of This Is Where You Belong: The Arts and Science of Loving The Place You Live by Melody Warnick, and narrator Carrington MacDuffie with an intuitive understanding that I am very blessed in both my personal and career life. Additionally, I am fortunate to be married to an amazing husband who is supportive of my curiosity and research on various topics including what is referenced in this audiobook. This audiobook is good for many people regardless if the person already has their mind made up on an area andor for a person who is still riding the fence who is at least 18 years older. I say this with judgment-free and open minded intent because there is going to be an obvious difference between a 26 year old who has been independently living on their own since the ages of 16 to 18 and has already moved multiple times choosing where they are going to love the place they live compared to a teenager or an adult who may be planning the same thing for the first time in their lives yet may be subject to what happens in their family/has happened in their family life. What do I mean by this; in 2002 my late adoptive mother passed away when I was already 21 years old and independently living on my own via the navy. Around this time, my late adoptive father persuaded me to come to a certain police station to convince some of my younger siblings (who were all under the age of 16) to move in with him because they had the options of either moving in with him or family members on my late adoptive mother’s side. I agreed to do as he (my late adoptive father)asked knowing that their (my younger siblings) lives where going to change more than just because of where they were going to live (location wise) only because of my belief even then that if one parent dies, then the other parent deserves a chance when both the parent and the kids mutually agree on such a situation. To this day, this is why I keep an open andor compassionate mind to anyone else andor multiple people trying to influence me on where they feel I ought to live long term(regardless whether that person knows me in real life or from online) even when I secretly andor strongly disagree with these subtle influences because I unintentionally did the same to my siblings when my late adoptive mother died in 2002. Such an audiobook like this might interest them only if they voluntarily prefer to look into it because any relocation they make would be very lifechanging as it would be their first time of moving to another state entirely. My point: this audiobook is by an author who has moved multiple times in her life and because of that significant factor feelings/sentiments on this audiobook are going to vary depending on adults/reviewers who have relocated multiple times in their life, reviewers who are mulling a relocation for the first time in their adult lives, or reviewers who already have their minds made up on where they feel they belong andor are going to live in long term. The author explains some of the multiple forces that preceded her move to Blacksburg Virginia including her lives in some of the previous areas she has lived in, Melody Warnick also shares details on how the relocations/moves involved her husband and her daughters, some of the reasons how and why she arrived at the place where she preferred to reside long term for both her and her family, some references to multiple businesses, and much more. As a woman who has been adopted, my only caveat about this audiobook is that there appears to be little references to adults who have been adopted though she does touch on economic opportunity. I appreciate all my family members and friends who accept me in my life though I admit to significantly factoring my place of residence decisions on the maximum economic opportunity potentials for both my husband and I. My husband is supportive and understanding about me doing this because I thought this way even before I experienced the good luck of unexpectedly meeting him. Still,I am delighted/happy to have got this audiobook of This is Where You Belong: The Arts and Science of Loving The Place You Live by Melody Warnick and Carrington MacDuffie using one of my audible credits.