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Claudia

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Heidi Grant Halvorson
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    Most of us have no idea why we fail to reach our goals. Now eminent social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson shows us how we can finally win by revealing how goals really work—and by showing us how to avoid what typically goes wrong.

    Claudia says: "Effective and intelligent information"
    "Effective and intelligent information"
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    Wow! I have never awarded five stars. This book is organized like a scientific paper and a handbook on moving forward effectively at the same time. Engaging and sweet but factual, this book has re-framed my perspective on all aspects of my life.

    Highly recommended for those tired of "positive thinking" and "magical thinking"...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Restful Sleep: Self-Hypnosis Trance Work

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Steven Gurgevich
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Hypnosis is simply a system of methods that enable mind and body to share information more effectively. One of its best tools is known as trance, a process of creating an inner experience of focused consciousness that enables your mind and body to accept and share your intentions, beliefs and expectations. In this session, Dr. Steven Gurgevitch gently invites your mind to expect and enjoy the transition into a deep and refreshing state of slumber.

    Arthur says: "Great program except of the last few seconds!"
    "Remarkably effective"
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    Not crazy about narrator's voice but the session is short and has been effective at delivering on restful sleep now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 100 Ways to Create Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sam Beckford, Steve Chandler
    • Narrated By Steve Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    These 100 eye-opening ways to create wealth are drawn from the author's successful careers, with many touching personal stories as well as stories and examples from the hundreds of clients these master coaches have advised. This book is chock full of ways to make money, deepen life's pleasure, increase personal wage-earning power, and start fresh entrepreneurial ideas right at home.

    Thomas says: "A MUST HAVE!"
    "Narration & christian references are off putting"
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    The material in this book is laser focused and simple to implement. The author gets to the point quickly and the book's content is valuable. However, there are two points that are negative. 1) The narrator/author's voice is almost impossible to listen to for more than 30 minutes at a time. I considered attending a seminar or workshop with this author but I will not listen to that voice for 2 or 3 days running. 2) There are quite a few references to the Bible and Ayn Rand - weird framework for us. Additionally, there is a lot of personal opinion about the movie industry and those who work in it. Rather juvenile for a man who makes a living coaching business owners.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1327)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "VERY POLITICAL thriller"
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    I have enjoyed Daniel Silva's work in the past. Each book moves at a interesting pace and intertwines art, Italy and Israel in interesting ways.

    This book takes the political to a new and slightly disturbing level. I am halfway through the book but switch to other books because although I am interested in the storyline, I am tiring of the tireless descriptions of the situation in the Middle East.

    I am beginning to believe this is written by a team of intelligent Israelis hoping to project Israel's precarious position in the Middle East to a much wider audience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jessica Bacal
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    High-achieving women share their worst mistakes at work - and how learning from them paved the way to success. In Mistakes I Made at Work, Jessica Bacal interviews 25 successful women about their toughest on-the-job moments. These innovators across a variety of fields - from the arts to finance to tech - reveal that they’re more thoughtful, purposeful and assertive as leaders because they learned from their mistakes, not because they never made any.

    Claudia says: "Encouragement for women"
    "Encouragement for women"
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    A very interesting book. For those who are feeling like an outsider when instituting new ideas in the workplace and society. A combination of anecdotes and actionable tips, this book is realistic and sensible about executing on your wildest dreams.

    The narrator is an unfortunate choice. I believe her voice is better suited to the romance genre. Too breathy and a bit too perky for these real and beautiful stories of life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

    Yvonne says: "One of the absolutely Best Books"
    "Beyond Dickensian"
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    Not finished with this book but I wanted to warn those who might be depressed to avoid the story. It's beautifully written and an intriguing story but oh so bleak! that might be the goal here but it becomes heavier with each listen. Better to read Amy Tan's latest novel The Valley of Amazement"..heavy content done lightly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (99)

    Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Laghari, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son, Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia Laghari tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers’ psyches and interpreting their dreams.

    Mary Shore says: "A very smart thriller, very well read."
    "Without equal..the most interesting book of 2013"
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    This author is creating unrest in my book listening habits! He is blending the thriller and a philosophical treatise into one pleasurable experience. And although I wish to listen to other books and change the pace, I cannot. Try ANY of his books...creative, imaginative, thought provoking, suspenseful, easy to listen to...listen to these stories and watch the hours fly by!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Owns the Future?

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jaron Lanier
    • Narrated By Pete Simoneilli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Who Owns the Future? is a visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy. Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. Now, as technology flattens more and more industries - from media to medicine to manufacturing - we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth. But there is an alternative to allowing technology to own our future....

    Kevin Wixson says: "Really Long Blog Post Sold as a Book"
    "Listen with an open and attentive mind"
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    Had no real idea of this man's mental prowess. Both in rational thought and an mind that frames the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Here's a quote (one of many).."Moral hazard has never met a more efficient amplifier than a digital network" Speaking in a context of the financial meltdown and middle class disenfranchisement of the last few years. Had to write this review before going any further in the book but I can't wait for each word of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgery of Venus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical - he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly.

    Judy says: "recommended for artists!"
    "Michael Gruber - Always remarkable!"
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    Having stumbled into "The Good Son" by the same author, I purchased this book. Both books deeply engaged me. Left me wondering....Thought provoking, he describes a familiar world that is transformed into a different reality by various means we may never understand. Is it a mind altering drug or prolonged capture that has the power to transform the characters? Or is it the evanescence of our reality? Are we the captors or the captive? Everything flashes in the light of his prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1472)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Enjoy! A remarkable performance and well written."
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    Listening to the book is spectacular. If you are interested in the Western ethic, particularly the people of Texas over several generations executed with immense polish, this book is for you.

    George Saunder's book "The Tenth of December" is also a remarkable performance and much better listened to than read, I believe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (507)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "Listen, then read."
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    Undeniably the best book I have read or listened to in a decade.

    Short stories require the lightest touch, while developing characters and narratives in a very short time. I listened to this and laughed out loud, stopped in the middle of a walk to listen carefully, so very carefully, to the beauty of the language.

    Description - hmmm. Maybe better to read the NY Times interview/conversation with George Saunders. Simple stated, stories that put a finger on the pulse of our times interspersed with tempo changes that either ground the stories in reality or allow them to soar into a kind of magical realism.

    I felt heard and seen in the landscape as I listened to this astounding creation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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