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  • Slow

  • Simple Living for a Frantic World
  • Written by: Brooke McAlary
  • Narrated by: Larissa Gallagher
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Slow is an inspirational guide on creating a life filled with the things that really matter, and it is meant for anyone seeking peace, meaning, and joy in their otherwise rapid lives. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Briony on 2019-04-09

Not a boring self help book

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-27

The narrator had a nice easy to listen to voice. The book was not a boring self help book on steps to a better life. Enjoyed the story of how the author made some small changes to
Her own life. It’s a book about her everyday life and what you take away from it is an individual experience. No steps to follow or things to do - presented is a much more laid back manner which I enjoyed

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • Written by: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 215

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Neat facts and great advice for better sleep

  • By Connor Morgan-Lang on 2018-07-04

Would be better as a physical book

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-06

I had high hopes for this book. I do believe that in this case the physical book in your hand would have been better. It is informative and you don’t need to listen to chapters in order. However, that being the case it is difficult to go back and reference something from another chapter. This should be treated as more of a text book/ reference book not as easy listening

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  • Medium Raw

  • A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • Written by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for your wish list

  • By NePatsGirl on 2019-02-02

A must for your wish list

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-02

Once again bourdain tells a great story. Although I enjoyed kitchen a bit more (can’t put my finger on why) this was a great book. As he tells more stories of his life I couldn’t help morbidly looking for some key or clue from way back then to explain his last year(s). I would recommend this book as I did the last for any fan, foodie or someone wanting a break from their own monotonous day. Bourdain’s ability to tell a great story is comparable to none

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • Written by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 417

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • definitely one of my favourite books.

  • By patrick on 2018-09-29

Every fan must get

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-10

Finished this book in no time - listening to was almost addictive. Bourdain is the perfect narrator for his own story and the only person who ever think of doing so. His story telling draws you in and you want more. I don’t have any particular cooking background and none is required to understand the book. Will get more by him - a little scared as I don’t want to be let down now that I know what to expect from his work but if he is at consistent that shouldn’t be a problem. Will recommend this to many and if I ever find myself faced with a long drive or trip I will listen to again. Bourdain lets you peek into his life and the troubles he faced along the way. Appreciate him now more than ever- RIP

  • The Inner Life of Animals

  • Love, Grief, and Compassion: Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
  • Written by: Peter Wohlleben
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Awesome, Enjoy It

  • By Adam Clarke on 2019-04-02

Not as good as hidden life of trees

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-07

Didn’t enjoy this as much as his book on trees. Starts off interesting but soon his anti hunting, leftist conservationist comes out and I found it distracting. Understandable that if the author is
Writing of communication etc
Amongst the animal kingdom he will need to draw comparisons with human - perhaps I am just ready for this yet.... would much rather hear about the hidden life of trees

  • A Delusion of Satan

  • The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials
  • Written by: Frances Hill
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

During the bleak winter of 1692 in the rigid Puritan community of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a group of young girls began experiencing violent fits, allegedly tormented by Satan and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' initial denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations soon multiplied. In less than two years, 19 men and women were hanged, one was pressed to death, and over a100 others were imprisoned and impoverished. This evenhanded and now-classic history illuminates the horrifying episode with visceral clarity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps your interest throughout

  • By NePatsGirl on 2019-01-07

Keeps your interest throughout

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-07

Tells the story of the Salem witch trial in an interesting non textbook way. Filled with info but keeps your interest.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • Written by: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic! highly recommend

  • By hussam on 2018-03-13

Very Good- good narration

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-05

Having read the book many years ago I couldn’t remember most of the story - now
Seems to be very popular again - likely due to the new series. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Normally I do not listen to fiction on audible but I highly recommend this book. It kept your interest and the narrator had a pleasant voice. Often there are books I would get but am turned of by the chosen narrator.

  • I'll Be There for You

  • The One About Friends
  • Written by: Kelsey Miller
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson, Kelsey Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

I’ll Be There for You is a deep dive into Friends history and lore, exploring all aspects of the show, from its unlikely origins to the societal conditions that amplified its success. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most powerful moments, sheds light on its sometimes dated and problematic elements, and examines the worldwide trends that Friends catalyzed, from contemporary coffee culture to the wildly popular ’90s haircut The Rachel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read even if you didn’t think you were a true fan

  • By NePatsGirl on 2019-01-05

A must read even if you didn’t think you were a true fan

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-05

Friends had always been one of those shows that you watch when there’s nothing else on or you just want some quiet time to yourself. I didn’t realize that this wasn’t just my opinion but that if practically everyone who watched it. This book is basically a sociology course about modern society and the role friends played. I never realized or thought about it being anymore than just a show. After listening I gained an all new appreciation for the show, the writers and understanding of people. I will listen again and would recommend to anyone. Funny story -several hours after finishing I was at a restaurant in a resort in the Dominican Republic when 3 women were at the next table discussing their favourite episodes. I laughed and said oh my god everything the author said is true... everyone relates to friends in some level. Of course I had to interrupt and apologize for listening to their conversation to recommend this book - for which they truly appeared thankful and sincere in saying they too were going to have to get.

  • How to Get Sh*t Done

  • Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything
  • Written by: Erin Falconer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Finally, in the first productivity book by a woman in a decade, Erin Falconer will show you how to do less - a lot less. In fact, How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to offload, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest. In How to Get Sh*t Done she shows how even the most perfectionistic among us can tap in to our inner free spirit and learn to feel like badasses rather than drudges.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Belle on 2018-02-03

Can’t finish this book-don’t spend the money on it

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-28

Thought this would be an interesting listen. Not really looking for a self help book but interested in a suggestion or two along the way. Only got in about 3 chapters and it turned into the typical - women don’t make as much as men complaint. Honestly,we’ve all heard it enough and I’m tired of hearing it. Felt like I was hearing another “I am victim” story. What little I might have gotten out of isn’t worth listening to her whine any more. I’ve read my share of feminist points of view on multiple layers of our society and I’m not sure how this author has rose to where she is. Perhaps there are enough sad people (women) who truly eat up the self help crap that she has made a fabulous living at telling you what you don’t have, who to blame and how to get what you really want (as she describes it). Unfortunately I just don’t have the patience for it anymore.

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