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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (225 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Rafkin Narrator: Louise Rafkin Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Louise Rafkin never imagined she'd end up cleaning refrigerators or having a preference for a particular brand of paper towels. But what started out as a quick way to earn a living became a curious preoccupation with all things clean...and messy. Other People's Dirt is a collection of Rafkin's observation and commentary about her and her clients' dilemmas with dirt. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 2/20/2014

    " Lousie Rafkin is very comical in this memoir on cleaning. On the surface it is a book about cleaning but there is so much more to it. It also delves into what makes a person happy...I expected more "dirt" on her clients, like a Nanny Diaries or Devil Wears Prada type tell all, but she doesn't divulge too much info, which is alright since that really isn't the book's main focus as I had assumed when I signed up to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cori | 2/19/2014

    " Not as juicy as I'd hoped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 2/5/2014

    " A funny tell-all look at life from the inside out. It's a memoir that delivers the dirt in a tidy manner on what goes on behind closed doors. Surprisingly insightful look at life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 1/24/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyable read. Gratuitous mentions of David Bowie an added bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/25/2013

    " Not every essay collection will please every reader, but I found this one held my interest well by varying the topics covered (cleaning remains from crime scenes, working for corporate cleaning outfits, etc.). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 12/22/2013

    " The book was ok. To be honest I was hoping for more dishing dirt and less introspection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann Beckman | 12/22/2013

    " This is a short book but I thought it would be more like the Help. The author gives her insights into being a housecleaner--using the insights from other house cleaners. She seems to have a like/hate relationship with her job and with theose who employ. Basically I feel like she was letting us know that housecleaners know a lot about their employers by their dirt-not really telling us much, but letting us know that she knew. Best part of the book was the wisdom, take care of everything you have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 12/21/2013

    " I liked this-it was fun cleaning the house to this as an audio-book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merrill | 12/20/2013

    " A cleaning woman who works primarily for the wealthy in California treats us to stories of the strange things she learns about her clients. Strange, funny at points, but mostly just bitter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 12/9/2013

    " This book was hilarious! a really good fun read, I totally enjoyed her writing style and her sense of humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 11/28/2013

    " Such a funny and entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 11/20/2013

    " Memoir of a housecleaner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Killinger | 10/5/2013

    " Interesting, especially since we grew up in the same small town and she talks a lot about her childhood there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 9/22/2013

    " Ok. It was a light, easy, quick read. I just had a hard time connecting with (or really liking) the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy Lewis | 9/13/2013

    " amusing, easy brain candy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian Vilmin | 4/6/2013

    " It was too boring for me. I didn't finish it. Too repetitive and I didn't like the housecleaning clothing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 3/16/2013

    " This was okay, I guess? It was cute at times, but not terribly insightful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Es | 9/26/2012

    " Started off really well,but then died.The first part had me reading quickly and laughing out loud,but then it got boring to the point I had to skip parts.A shame,considering how it began. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 6/4/2012

    " A house cleaner's perspective on her chosen career--interesting, light read--doesn't make me want to hire a house cleaner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 10/28/2011

    " This book is super funny, and I very much enjoyed the author's accounts of just trying to do her job and gaining entirely too much information about the goings-on of her clients. This is a laugh out loud funny book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tima | 3/30/2011

    " Awful. I thought this would be fun read about a housekeeper's funny anecdotes but it was more akin with rubbing sandpaper on your face. Painfully dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Singing | 11/30/2010

    " basically a memoir of an upper middle class gal who ended up cleaning houses for a living. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/5/2010

    " Not every essay collection will please every reader, but I found this one held my interest well by varying the topics covered (cleaning remains from crime scenes, working for corporate cleaning outfits, etc.). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 8/20/2010

    " About far more than cleaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 6/2/2010

    " Such a funny and entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/9/2009

    " Not a bad read. Author felt kind of full of herself time to time, and she did use the word "ironically" absolutely wrong. But aside from that, it's light and easy enough to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie (julie37619) | 5/8/2009

    " This was cute and fun, not exactly what I expected, but if you enjoy keeping a clean house (or snooping) you'll enjoy this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 9/19/2008

    " Thoroughly enjoyable read. Gratuitous mentions of David Bowie an added bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 IreneS | 9/15/2008

    " good fun light read. Everything you wanted to know about cleaning.. maybe a little MORE than you wanted to know

    I read it on vacation, and was sure to tip the chambermaid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 9/15/2008

    " This book was hilarious! a really good fun read, I totally enjoyed her writing style and her sense of humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 9/13/2008

    " This book is super funny, and I very much enjoyed the author's accounts of just trying to do her job and gaining entirely too much information about the goings-on of her clients. This is a laugh out loud funny book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 8/21/2008

    " This has some funny stories

    Finally finished....it was so so.
    Way better start, funny, than the end, preachy... "

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