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BP

BP

New York, NY | Member Since 2011

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  • Autobiography of a Yogi

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (440)

    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    D says: "Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!"
    "Too much of magic thinking..."
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    What disappointed you about Autobiography of a Yogi?

    This is a classic book, but as I reread it - I can see that a lot of it can be just a fantasy...


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (157)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "I have new respect and (fear) of ocean..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wave to be better than the print version?

    I like the audio in general and I never read this book in the print


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wave?

    stories about lardge wave surfers


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    good job in general


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It scared me...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jostein Gaarder
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    One day, 14-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find two notes in her mailbox, with one question on each: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl.

    Steven says: "Great introduction to Western Philosophy"
    "Wow"
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    If you could sum up Sophie's World in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, interesting, cute. It is an amazing book that everyone should read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot and education


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    watch it - you need it!


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shawn Achor
    • Narrated By Shawn Achor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (874)

    Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

    Roy says: "Very Informative Application of Positive Psycholog"
    "Hard to remember what I read"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure. First 45 minutes was not necessary at all.


    What could Shawn Achor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less talk about research studies. The ideas were lost.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess


    Could you see The Happiness Advantage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    too much research, too many stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (3051)
    Story
    (3062)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Could have been better"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure who would like it. A lot of chapters on hacking telephone companies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2945)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2124)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Feels like an ad for Google"
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    What disappointed you about In the Plex?

    the same as my headline. It felt like an advertisement for Google, even though, I like and use google.


    What could Steven Levy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Learn from new book about Steve Jobs


    Would you listen to another book narrated by L. J. Ganser?

    Not sure


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

    Disappointment and sadness


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom from the Known

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jiddu Krishnamurti
    • Narrated By Adam Behr
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (87)

    Drawn from a number of Krishnamurti's talks and dialogues, Freedom From the Known explores many of the central themes of his teaching. The chapters include: Learning About Ourselves, Pursuit of Pleasure, Justification and Condemnation, and the Dissipation of Energy.

    Kristinn says: "Absolutely stunning"
    "Great Stuff"
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    If you could sum up Freedom from the Known in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening, Relaxing and Supportive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Freedom from the Known?

    The entire book is great.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Behr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I would try to remember all of it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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