Do You Think Self-Help Audiobooks Are Useful?

I haven’t been very active with writing reviews lately, mainly because of my summer laziness, consisting of traveling, going to the beach a lot and other fun offline activities. But all good things come to an end as they say and so does the warm and fun summer season. It’s already fall around here and my regular blogging schedule of two posts per week will be returning soon, starting off with a couple of audiobook reviews I’m working on.

In the mean time, I got this idea while casually browsing Audible’s catalog. What about self-help audiobooks? Are they actually any good or just the same regurgitated new-age nonsense? I selected a few that seemed interesting and have listed them bellow, but the more important part is if you guys have read/listened to any of these and just your general recommendations on which ones I should grab first. 🙂

1. Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

Download Unstuff Your Lifе AudiobookOne of the country’s most sought-after professional organizers here makes his foolproof rescue plan available for everyone. Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet. Acknowledging that it’s often the “stuff behind the stuff” that holds people back, Mellen offers an action-based plan to redirect clutterers from dwelling on their feelings. This simple shift yields immediate results that will help everyone achieve organizational bliss – from the chronic key-loser to the hard-core hoarder. Mellen’s mix of humor, honesty, tough love, and foolproof strategies will motivates listeners to work through their feelings and make real behavior changes that will have long-lasting effects. Read the rest of this entry

The Brothers Karamazov Audiobook Review

The Brothers Karamazov Audiobook, ABRIDGED By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Narrated by Simon Vance

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The Brothers Karamazov

Written by: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Narrated by: Simon Vance

Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 01-15-09

Publisher: christianaudio.com

I’ve been thinking about reading some classic literature for some time now, and what better book to start with than The Brothers Karamazov. There’re multiple audiobook versions available, both abridged and unabridged, so you’ll have lots of choice of how to consume it. I went for the 2009 abridged edition narrated by Simon Vance. It’s almost 20 hours long which is the perfect sweetspot for me. The full version is something like 40 hours long, so…

Unlike your typical abridged audiobook, this one seems to shorten things on word and phrase level rather then cut out whole scenes or chapters. A word removed here, change of phrasing there and it all adds up with the end result being about 50% shorter than the original. It’s more of a compression than an abridgment. Sure, you’re loosing some of the feel of the original, but you’re presented with a carefully crafted piece, not some hack job. The famous The Grand Inquisitor chapter is still there in all of its glory, for example. Read the rest of this entry

As you’ve probably guessed by now I’m primaraly an audiobook reader and naturally I browse through Audible’s catalog a lot. So it’s no surprise sometimes I stumble into things I didn’t expect (that’s the whole point). I’m not a romance reader but still I see lots of romance books in the catalog and the first thing I do is to judge them by the cover. Most of the time I find them to be either extremely cheesy and/or laugh-inducing, sometimes boring or simply weird. So, I decided to have some fun today (not that kind of fun you pervs :P) and tried to find as much audiobook covers that are actually sexy and/or romantic as possible. After going through the whole Romance section in the Audible catalog I chose 6 romance books that look good. Here they are in no particular order:

 

1. Return to Santa Flores by Iris Johansen, narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith

Return to Santa Flores by Iris Johansen, narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith

I like the overall feel of this one – delicate and soft. The model is good-looking and quite sexy but not like in-your-face type of sexy. I think comming up with a good romance cover is a hard task. There are lots of cliches one could get tangled in but this one turned out alright. Quite romantic and sensual, I think. Read the rest of this entry