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Fred

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  • Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joel Salatin
    • Narrated By Joel Salatin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (497)

    From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.

    Erin says: "Sometimes preachy, but informative"
    "I'm now 100% sure that I want to be a farmer!"
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    If you could sum up Folks, This Ain't Normal in three words, what would they be?

    Great book that puts common sense to a lot of subjects. I am a Soldier and will retire in a few years. I am totally convinced that I'm supposed to buy some land and start a farm. Thanks.


    What does Joel Salatin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humor


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

    What we are really supposed to be doing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2025)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Very interesting story."
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    The book was a little slow, but overall it was very good. I had never heard of the story and it's interesting to see how close a person to become with such large animals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wall Street Money Machine: New and Incredible Strategies for Cash Flow and Wealth Enhancement

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Wade B. Cook
    • Narrated By Wade B. Cook
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For beginners and more experienced investors alike, Wall Street Money Machine is a dynamic and innovative guide to understanding Wall Street and making it work for you.

    XEVEN says: "WHAT"
    "Great principles for investors"
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    I originally read this book in 1997. It was the beginning of investing for me. I've made quite a bit of money using some of the techniques in this book. Most of the ones that I used hen have varying success now, but the overarching principle of the book is still awesome. The money is in he "meter drop"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (617)

    Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

    Peter says: "Engaging, fun, and educational"
    "Very interesting."
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    I really didn't know what expect with this book. I had listened to the preview and the book was even better than the preview. I think it covered excellently the main materials in our daily lives and added interesting information about each. I definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (225)

    In The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs, best-selling author Carmine Gallo reveals the qualities that make the Apple co-founder the most innovative leader in business today. Each principle is backed with research, quotes, and first-person interviews with experts and business leaders, as well as specific ideas for applying those principles to every business, large or small.

    A User says: "Good summary of Steve's approach. Sort of."
    "Another excellent book an extraordinary man"
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    This book was good as it helped to get inside of the mind of Steve Jobs. The perspective of this book will love you with a view of the Steve Jobs thy will help you see as he saw and perhaps succeed as he did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business: How to Launch and Grow a Business from Concept to Cash

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Parrish DuDell, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Parrish DuDell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (611)

    From the ABC hit show "Shark Tank," this book - filled with practical advice and introductions from the Sharks themselves - will be the ultimate resource for anyone thinking about starting a business or growing the one they have. Full of tips for navigating the confusing world of entrepreneurship, the book will intersperse words of wisdom with inspirational stories from the show.

    Tim says: "Shark Tales"
    "Very interesting book"
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    This book had many interesting stories and tips that will help entrepreneurs to be successful in business. This book is a guideline that would help anyone willing to put in the work and the time that it takes to become successful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Saroo Brierley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (382)

    At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

    Jan says: "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
    "What intriguing journey"
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    After listening to the first few minutes of this book there was no way I could put it down. This remarkable journey of a child who had seen so much and taken such a journey at such a young age is captivating. I enjoyed his book from start to finish and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bruce Henderson
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    In February 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over "neutral Laos". He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp.

    Stevon says: "the will to live"
    "Very interesting read"
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    It's always interesting to hear stories about war heroes. I am a soldier and currently stationed in Germany and the story was that much more relevant to me. I particularly enjoyed reading the parts where was escaping in SEAR school. This was a good book and I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1494)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "Very informative"
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    I learned a lot of techniques in this lecture series that I will be able to apply to my everyday life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Red: How to Protect Your Savings from the Coming Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Mauldin, Jonathan Tepper
    • Narrated By Jack Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Written by the New York Times best-selling author team of John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper, Code Red spills the beans on the central banks in the U.S., U.K., E.U., and Japan and how they've rigged the game against the average saver and investor. More importantly, it shows you how to protect your hard-earned cash from the bankers' disastrous monetary policies and how to come out a winner in the irresponsible game of chicken they're playing with the global financial system.

    Glen Doki says: "Good financial book, but maybe not on audio"
    "Great insight"
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    Author commonly predict what will happen in the future. Listing to this book years after it was written, we are able to see that this book has some remarkable accuracy with many of its predictions. I bought this book to see if it might assist me with my own future investment decisions. I cab definitely answer yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Hedge Fund: How I made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Timothy Sykes
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Timothy Sykes turned $12,000 of Bar Mitzvah gift money into $1.65 million by trading thousands of stocks from 1999 to 2002. He managed the number-one Short Bias Hedge Fund from 2003 to 2006, starred in the television documentary Wall Street Warriors, and appeared regularly on CNBC - all before the age of 26. It's been a wild ride.

    Jan says: "Ok but something is missing"
    "Interesting and insightful read"
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    This book exeded my expectations. It was great to hear about his journey and how his habits over time worked out in his favor. I enjoyed the part about his trading while in college the most. I would definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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